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No Art in the Gardens this summers The Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens says their board of directors decided since they’re going thru a transition in leadership and since they’re facing challenges maintaining infrastructure, and are going thru contract negotiations with Mendocino Coast Recreation and Park District, now’s not the time. They say their primary purpose has been to bring in money to keep the Gardens open to the public 362 days a year. Their new executive director, Dr. Molly Barker, will start in July.

Ukiah Police praising the “Business Watch” team-up of the Asset Protection Manager at Wal-Mart and the Redwood Business Park Manager working together to keep track of suspicious activity. UPD says the two continually compare notes and assist Ukiah Police by reporting possible criminal activity. UPD say last week they were able to arrest a parolee who was at-large in Ukiah due to the diligent identification by a Wal-Mart employee as well as the Redwood Business Park Manager who’d noted the suspicious activity. Police say if they hadn’t all worked together so consistently they might not have caught the guy.

The Lake County Board of Supervisors has unanimously voted to ask the California Fish and Game Commission to lower the bag limit for crappie on Clear Lake from 25 crappie a day per angler to 10. Lake County News reports a member of the Lake County Fish and Wildlife Advisory Committee appeared in front of the commission to ask for the approval because they believe an excess number of the fish are being taken out of the lake this year. They say part of the problem is that some people are coming in groups to catch the crappie and sell them to restaurants, which is illegal.

Overall felony crime is down in Ukiah so far this year. The Ukiah Police Chief Chris Dewey says his officers are performing far above the state average, solving 84 percent of reported crimes here, compared to the state average of 47 percent. Dewey is getting set to present the department’s long-term strategic plan to the Ukiah City Council. Dewey says they have five overall goals: Reducing Crime and Fear of Crime; Improving Quality of Life; Enhancing Community and Police Partnerships; Developing Personnel; and Continued Accountability. Among other recent wins, he says their new Special Enforcement Team has worked to reduce blight and improve quality of life with 203 cases disposing of more than 62 tons of debris. But Dewey says one major challenge is that while felonies may be down, violent crime is still a significant concern, especially, he says, with state prison changes that have led to more violent offenders being housed in county jails and therefore released into counties. Dewey has a presentation in front of the council tonight.

A body’s been found on the side of the road near the Lytton Station exit off Highway 101. The Sonoma County Sheriff’s office reports a group from Catholic Charities’ Homeless Outreach Services Team and the Sheriff’s Office were out searching for a homeless camp in a field when they found the body off a dirt road. They say it showed “clear signs of decomposition”. The coroner’s office was called and as a precaution the area was cordoned off for the investigation. Cops not sure if the dead person had been at the homeless camp but they questioned a couple of people living there.

A lot of vacant buildings in Lucerne, local realtors say they’re having a hard time filling them because of water service. The Record Bee reports the five-mile stretch of shoreline on Highway 20 in the city has some businesses, but the price of water service is seriously high. Fosters Freeze tells the newspaper it costs them more than $1,000 a month to have California Water Service Company water flowing. The paper reports the North Shore Business Association President says the recession hit the area hard and the water has affected business. And District 3 Supervisor Jim Steele has written testimony for the rate case so the rate doesn’t go up anymore. Other businesses say there’s competition closeby and that’s the real issue.

A new city councilmember is being chosen in Clearlake. Denise Loustalot left in March. The application process started mid last month and the city reported getting nine submissions. An ad hoc committee was put together to help find someone as part of the recently adopted Appointment Policy. Four of the nine applicants are the finalists: Lake County NAACP president Aqeela El-Amin Bakheit, retired CPD Detective Sgt. Nick Bennett, John Phillip Harris and former councilman Joey Luiz. They will all be interviewed tonight at the public meeting which starts at 6pm. The new member will be appointed by a majority vote of the city council.

Moving forward with the Clearlake Visitor Center/Chamber of Commerce building. The city-owned property next to Highlands Park being worked on by volunteers. The Record Bee reports windows have been uncovered, a new front door put in and the start of concrete work. The inside and outside wall work has been put out to bid. The closing date for the bids is May 19th, next Thursday. They’re still looking for help with the project. Those with basic construction knowledge are needed. Those who know cabinetry work and wood flooring work and experienced tile workers and painters.

A passenger airline officials say forced an Alaska Airlines flight to be diverted because he didn’t get a beer pleaded not guilty in court. Luke Watts of Portland, Oregon charged with interfering with a flight crew. The crew says he threatened to become violent if flight attendants didn’t get him a beer during his flight from Sacramento, to Seattle. So the guy locked himself in the bathroom and yelled and slammed on the door. He also apparently demanded hugs from flight attendants. The pilot stopped the nonsense by landing the plane in Portland. Watts is free while waiting his trial.

A Moose in Alaska likes the music. Britta Schroeder got some video of a moose playing with her wind chimes at her rural cabin near Denali National Park and Preserve. The video’s gone viral. The woman says she heard the chimes last week and looked out her window and didn’t see wind. Then she says she heard a thump, and spotted the moose, rubbing its head against the chimes and sucking on a glass pendulum hanging down from the middle of the instrument. She caught the whole thing on video. . We’ve posted the link on our website… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXpzKb74RxE

A planning partnership with fifteen branches of federal, state, and local government. The agencies to partner up on planning and projects in the Yolo Bypass and Cache Slough region for restoration of wildlife habitat, management of floods, preservation of farmland, improving water supply and quality, and to provide economic development and recreation. Lake Co News reports the pact agreed to in a memo of understanding signed earlier this month. The news site reports the partnership is for strategic input on putting together projects like strengthening and setting back levees, removing barriers to fish passage, sustaining agricultural operations, and making it easier for salmon to rear on the Sacramento River floodplain. It covers the Yolo Bypass, more than 90-square-miles of farmland and wetlands which are a flood safety valve to protect the cities of Davis, Woodland, West Sacramento, and Sacramento, plus important agricultural lands and several small communities. The memo of understanding lasts 10 years.

Burn permits now required for any outdoor burning on State Responsibility Lands in Mendocino County. Cal Fire Mendocino Unit reports the permits are available at their Howard Forest Headquarters office Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. You may have to call other stations where you want to burn as they’re all not open daily. We’ve listed each station and their phone number on our website.

•Boonville Station: 895-3323

•Covelo Station: 983-6499

•Howard Forest Station: 459-7413

•Fort Bragg Station: 964-5673

•Ukiah Station: 462-7448

Only a couple weeks left to register to vote in the presidential primary election. May 23rd the deadline for the June 7th primary, and Oct. 24th for the Nov. 8th general election. You can go to the Mendocino County Assessor-Clerk-Recorder’s Office in Ukiah, any DMV office or call the secretary of state. To register online, visit http://registertovote.ca.gov/. If you’ve moved, have a name charge or want to switch parties, you have to re-register. Those voting by mail should get their ballots soon, they went out Monday. You have until May 31st if you want to request a vote-by-mail ballot.

Forms and further vote-by-mail information is on the county website athttp://www.co.mendocino.ca.us/acr/absentee.htm.

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