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Monthly Archives: July 2016

The Ten Mile Estuary is about to become a public spot. The area about ten miles north of Fort Bragg on Highway 1 is part of the Mendocino Land Trust now. The 49 acres where the ocean meets the river has been gifted to the land trust by the Conservation Fund. The Land Trust says they’ll put in a new parking lot, picnic area and carve out about a mile of trail so the public can gain access to the south side of the river so they can walk under the Ten Mile Bridge to MacKerricher State Park’s Ten Mile Dunes Reserve.

An anniversary for one of the devastating wildfires of the summer of 2015. The Rocky Fire started last July 29th, a year ago, last Friday. The fire was reported in the late afternoon at just about 5-10 acres but it was moving fast in hot weather, dry fuel and windy conditions. The fire grew from 5 – 10 acres to 500 in about a half hour. There was an immediate evacuation in Morgan Valley. More than 69 thousand acres burned, 43 houses and 53 other structures were destroyed and 8 homes were damaged.

Police in Clearlake arrest a man they say stole an ambulance as firefighters worked a nearby fire. Police ended up pinging a firefighter’s cellphone and found the stolen and heavily damaged vehicle soon after. They say the man who took it may have been trying to get meds and supplies out of the rear cargo area which was ransacked. They say it was stolen from a wildfire off 18th Ave. near St. Helena Hospital, Clear Lake. Derrick Schuleter was found inside with blood on his hands, admitting he stolen the vehicle. He was arrested and charged with theft of an emergency vehicle while on an emergency call, tampering with a motor vehicle and several other crimes.

Ukiah Valley Medical Center hoping to help patients of a doctor who had his license revoked. Dr. Pablo Cortina, an OB/GYN lost his license earlier this month so the hospital’s helping his patients with lists of other specialists in the area and helping with their medical records. They say it’s important for the patients, particularly the ones nearing their delivery date to find another doctor and get a hold of their records. The hospital does have a copy of all of the docs patient records in case they do go into labor before finding a new doctor.

An independent Internet Service Provider in Ukiah purchased another provider in Lower Lake. Pacific Internet acquired Clearlake Internet, the first company its acquired outside of Mendocino County. Clearlake Internet provides high-speed internet and other services and has been around since 2009. And Pacific’s been around since 1993. They’re headquartered in Ukiah.

A man from Nice found guilty of the death of a woman from Upper Lake has been sentenced to life in prison. Daniel Loyd will be in prison without the possibility of parole in connection to the shooting death of Cindy Quiett. He first has to serve 36 and a half years on other charges and allegations for the murder. Police said at the time he drove a borrowed van to rob Quiett’s boyfriend, Patrick Ryden, who he said owed him for drugs he fronted to him to sell. Loyd had a gun and confronted the man, then during a struggle, he hit Quiett.

Almost 125,000 pot plants have been found and taken by deputies in Mendocino County the last couple weeks. The Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman says they were trying to take down large marijuana grows found in the area. Several law enforcement agencies went out last week, finding multiple properties in the Laytonville area where there were more than 40,000 plants eradicated and more than a dozen arrests. They also found firearms and a honey oil lab. Then in Covelo a couple of grows, one with 84,500 more illegal marijuana plants and the other with 9,000. Another grow with 16,000 plants was found between Boonville and Point Arena

A REACH aircraft has crashed and killed all four aboard, It was leaving Humboldt County with three crew members and a patient inside. It left early Friday morning from Crescent City Airport headed to Oakland International when the pilot declared an emergency, with smoke in the cockpit. The pilot indicated he was headed back to Crescent City but apparently radar contact was lost near Arcata Airport. The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office along with the Coast Guard, Cal Fire and others went searching and found the plane debris north of McKinleyville.

A bit of a different way to drive thru… A mounted police officer used his horse to drive thru the Dunkin Donuts in upstate New York. The officer and his partner rode thru the line at the Saratoga Springs donut shop, getting a coffee for the officer and a glazed munchkin for his horse partner, King Tut.

Proposition 57 the prison realignment appearing on the November ballot would mean many inmates out on the street. The Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act would be the fourth prison realignment since 2011, if it passes. Some county district attorneys and law enforcement officials (including Mendocino County’s DA and Sheriff) say Prop 57 doesn’t consider the public’s safety. An estimated 30,000 prisoners could be let out if the new proposition passes.

An off duty cop, out sunbathing in Sweden helped take down a suspected thief, all while sporting a teenie, weenie, bikini. Officer Mikaela Kellner posted on Instagram it was her first take down while wearing a bikini in her 11 years of police work. Kellner and three friends laying in the sun last Wednesday in Stockholm when they saw a homeless man selling newspapers. Soon after one of their phones was missing, so Kellner and a fellow police officer chased the guy down and arrested him. She says she would have done the same thing, even if she were naked.

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CALVIN HARRIS W/RIHANNA-THIS IS WHAT YOU CAME FOR

KENT JONES-DON’T MIND

PINK-JUST LIKE FIRE

SHAWN MENDES-TREAT YOU BETTER

SIA-CHEAP THRILLS

TWENTY ONE PILOTS-RIDE

ADELE-SEND MY LOVE (TO YOUR NEW LOVER)

ARIANA GRANDE-INTO YOU

BRITNEY SPEARS W/G-EAZY-MAKE ME…

CHARLIE PUTH W/SELENA GOMEZ-WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE

DAYA-SIT STILL, LOOK PRETTY

DNCE-TOOTHBRUSH

DRAKE W/RIHANNA-TOO GOOD

FIFTH HARMONY W/FETTY WAP-ALL IN MY HEAD

FLUME W/KAI-NEVER BE LIKE YOU

JORDAN FISHER-ALL ABOUT US

KIIARA-GOLD

LUKAS GRAHAM-MAMA SAID

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MEGHAN TRAINOR-ME TOO

RIHANNA-NEEDED ME

BEN RECTOR-BRAND NEW

COLDPLAY-HYMN FOR THE WEEKEND

DJ KHALED W/DRAKE-FOR FREE

GNASH W/OLIVIA O’BRIEN-I HATE U, I LOVE U

KATY PERRY-RISE

KUNGS VS. COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS-THIS GIRL

RED ONE W/ENRIQUE IGLESIAS, R. CITY, SERAYAH & SHAGGY-DON’T YOU NEED SOMEBODY

TROYE SIVAN W/ALESSIA CARA-WILD

1975 (THE)-THE SOUND

HAILEE STEINFELD W/ZEDD-STARVING

MARC E. BASSY W/G-EAZY-YOU & ME

NICKY JAM W/DADDY YANKEE-WITH YOU TONIGHT

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ZARA LARSSON-LUSH LIFE

The Lake County Sheriff’s office has contracted with counselors to work on processing emotions. The Sheriff Brian Martin says the loss of Deputy Jake Steely and after the Valley Fire have been difficult and told the board of supervisors they process emotions like all other humans. Last November they started working with the Counseling Team International for peer counseling training for more than 2 dozen deputies. The work teaches them to get in touch with symptoms and help co-workers who have a hard time processing emotions. The Record Bee reports local charities and businesses contributed funds to help pay for the program.

Free and reduced meals for kids in the Upper Lake Unified School District. The district is making meals available thru the National School Lunch Program and/or School Breakfast Program. The schools in the district take household size and income into account for free, reduced-price or full-price meal benefits. Applications are being sent to homes in the area with a letter showing who is eligible. You can also get an application from the principal’s office at their school.

There may soon be a new way to rank Calif. schools. A plan from the California State Board of Education after they met in Sacramento and considered giving schools numbers based on test scores, from 200 to 1,000 and color coding. The Academic Performance Index was tabled last year for other ways to rate the quality of a school like thru student attendance, English proficiency, dropout rates and access to college-level classes for high schoolers. The new way to score schools part of the Every Student Succeeds Act.

A bulldozer operator working the fire in Monterey County has been killed. The Soberanes Fire has charred more than 27 thousand acres. Robert Reagan of Friant died when his dozer rolled near part of the fire. He was one of more than 3,000 firefighters, but a private contractor working the fire. More than 30 homes have been destroyed and another 1,000 were threatened. The fire started a week ago south of Garrapata State Park.

There are still several dead trees and other woody debris left behind after the Valley Fire still needing to be removed. The property owners need to get the dead wood out before they can start to rebuild. Disposal a little difficult at the moment as burning is not allowed. It’s considered increased fuel which could heighten fire danger. The Lake County Resource Conservation District is working with the Lake County Air Quality Management District, offering chipping of brush, branches and tree trunks on small parcels in the Valley Fire Recovery Area. It’s a free service for small parcel owners in the fire area. For more info, call 707 262-7089.

An elderly man from Clearlake’s accused of shooting his girlfriend’s son to death during an altercation. 82 year old Johnny Stevenson has been questioned in the death of 33 year old Stephen Wooldridge who had one gunshot wound to the chest. He died at St. Helena Clearlake Hospital. The Press Democrat reports the shooting happened after a conflict between Wooldridge and his mom. Her name has not been released. Apparently there was a fight on the phone then Wooldridge went to his mom’s home where he was shot. Police say he threatened Stevenson who armed himself…

A transfer of territory means Mendocino College can stay on the coast in Fort Bragg. The California Community Colleges Board of Governors which sets policy for the 72 districts said yes to the proposed transfer of territory from Redwoods Community College District (RCCD) to the Mendocino-Lake Community College District (MLCCD) last week. The board of trustees for both of the districts said yes to the proposal from last year.

The Fort Bragg City Council says yes to a cannabis manufacturing ordinance, directing staff to draft the language. The council will revisit the ordinance in the next couple of months. If it goes thru, that means the ordinance could go into effect by the end of this year or in early 2017. It aims to regulate pot manufacturing businesses in industrial zoning districts with an approved use permit. Last month the Public Safety Committee looked at a number of different policy options and made several recommendations to the Council regarding the ordinance.

The Oregon State Fair will have a new featured crop… pot. The Oregonian reports (http://bit.ly/2acqU2V ) there are different prizes for fruits, and this year weed will also be displayed and judged by a panel of growers. The Oregon Cannabis Business Council is the sponsor. There will be 9 plants on display in a greenhouse and it will be monitored by a security guard. You’ve got to be 21 years old to enter. The fair runs Aug. 26 through Sept. 5.

A couple of circus acrobats got married, on a tightrope while performing in Houston. Mustafa Danguir (moo-STAH’-fuh dan-GWEER’) and Anna Lebedeva (AHN’-yuh leb-uh-DAY’-vuh) tied the knot 30 feet above the ground during the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey show at NRG Stadium. The groom wore a white tuxedo coat and came in on a camel then climbed a side ladder to get to the tightrope. His bride rode in on a horse then the ringmaster presided as they exchanged vows and rings.

A man from Albion’s been arrested after several gunshots were fired at phantom intruders. Deputies say Douglas Higginbotham told them he thought there were multiple, armed intruders breaking into his home. He told his wife to call police and started to fire shots at walls and doors, while his grandkids were in the house. When deputies showed up they say they heard gunshots, but saw nobody intruding into the house. Police say Higginbotham and his wife were high. The grandkids were taken into protective custody and Higginbotham was arrested on suspicion of child endangerment, discharging a firearm into an inhabited dwelling and being under the influence of a controlled substance.

The Gypsy Moth has been found in Mendocino County. The Department of Agriculture reported finding the pest in the Anderson Valley area. The Department’s trapping program detects 5 different kinds of serious insect pests and found the moth. On Monday, the department had more intense Gypsy Moth traps set up in a 4 square mile area near where the original pest was found. A second moth was found Tuesday and more traps set up immediately. The traps will continue to be examined on a weekly basis until the end of September.

A man from Clearlake has been arrested after police from Lakeport on patrol stopped a Chevy pickup. Police say Robert McGrew had a suspended drivers license and was in trouble multiple times for driving with that suspended license. McGrew was arrested then officers found a meth pipe, methamphetamine and an extensive array of burglary tools and an air BB gun they say looked like a revolver. He’s charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of controlled substance paraphernalia, driving on a suspended license and for possession of burglary tools.

Police warning a man they suspect stabbed another man is on the run. Police say they found a victim with multiple stab wounds at a “bloody crime scene”. They were searching for a known transient Craig Allen Fenno Jr., who they say is wanted for the stabbing in Clearlake last Saturday. The weapon has not been found and investigators looking for Fenno say he should be considered armed and dangerous. The victim’s name is being withheld, but cops say he’s in stable condition. There are multiple outstanding warrants out for Fenno, who’s described as a white male 5 feet, 9 inches tall, weighing about 145 pounds with blond hair and blue eyes.

The jury trial against a businessman from Lakeport accused of attempted rape is set. The Record Bee reports nine months after he was arrested, Rick Hamilton was arraigned on the charges of attempted rape of his ex girlfriend. He pleaded not guilty. The alleged victim didn’t report the incident for weeks after. And Hamilton was not arrested. A detective from the Lakeport police dept. says he met with the victim who told the story of her relationship with Hamilton who she claims jumped her at her home. Hamilton faces False Imprisonment, Stalking and Rape By Force/Violence/Duress/Menace or Fear charges. He goes to trial November 2nd.

A new report says Calif. is not very business friendly. The report from CNBC says California is in fact, the least business- friendly state in the country. The 10th annual America’s Top States for Business study showed Calif at the bottom of the list for 2016. It also says the state’s one of the most expensive places to do business, with 49 out of 50 ranking. The report also showed California’s educational system was fairly low on the scale, at 38 but not all is bad news. Calif. rated second for technology and easy access to capital.

Some Northern Calif. restaurants recovering after suspected prank callers had workers at the restaurants testing their fire suppression systems. The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/2a9sNxa) city officials in Elk Grove had incidents reported where the employees activated their systems, discharging a suppression agent which left a mess and forced the restaurants to close down for a night.

Cloverdale is the first city in Sonoma County preparing to set up a local tax on marijuana-related businesses. The Press Democrat reports as medical marijuana becomes more regulated and the chance weed could be legalized for recreational use in November, Cloverdale is setting up to make money off of it. The City Council has agreed to put a measure on the November ballot for voters to approve the tax on pot operation profits to pay for essential services like police, streets, parks, libraries, senior and youth programs.

Willits may soon force property owners to maintain vacant properties. The Willits Revitalization and Economic Development Committee and some business owners are pushing a building ordinance so property owners maintain vacant properties. The same committee is also considering the kinds of signs to be used to promote Willits and its businesses after the Willits Bypass opens this fall sometime.

The new schools superintendent in Willits spoke about his plans with the school board. The school district board had a retreat last week where Mark Westerburg spoke about goals including raising test scores, creating a safe environment where students can learn, and looking at deficit spending. Westerburg says he also wants a school nurse at Brookside, more funding for arts and athletics, and to use local garages to fix school vehicles.

A scam warning for those in Northern Calif. The United States Marshals Service warning about someone or a group of people pretending to be a Deputy U.S. Marshal and trying to collect “fines”. The service says the scammers use the name John Wayward and call residents posing as a marshal or other law enforcement agent. They say that person missed federal jury duty, but they won’t be arrested if they pay a fine. Apparently, this is happening not only in Calif, but across the country.

Part of a half million dollar grant is going to the Anderson Valley Health Center. The United States Health and Human Services Department is getting part of $500,000 for health information technology. The Redwood Community Health Coalition received the money for participating health centers, including the location in Anderson Valley. The $500K came from a pot of more than $36 million for health center controlled networks across the country.

A motorcycle rider in suburban Detroit got away from a chase, but not for long. Police in Lake Orion say Michael Brown of Rochester Hills turned himself in Tuesday for fleeing police and reckless driving. Police the guy was pulled over after a cop saw someone doing motorcycle maneuvers in the street then sped away when he saw the officer. He then bragged on Facebook, saying he was going “140 in a 35 mph” adding the hashtag: “#nojailthisweekend.” Someone shared the post with police.

A woman already convicted of embezzlement, is now accused of lying during a family court proceeding. The Mendocino County DA has filed the new charges against Christine Kelly Kelsay of Brooktrails. She was brought from jail to court and pleaded guilty as part of a plea deal, to committing perjury during testimony in April during the embezzlement trial. She also pleaded guilty to perjuring herself the second day of that trial. Then after the verdict came out, prosecutors found she’d lied almost 2 dozen more times. Kelsay pleaded guilty as well to falsifying a financial declaration from a separate family court proceeding from 2010. She will be sentenced for these new charges in Sept.

A man from Laytonville has been arrested after police got a call to a drunk and combative person at a music festival. Police say they found Christopher Gavela being held on the ground by security at the Enchanted Forest Music and Art Festival. Favela was reported to be under the influence of a controlled substance and security says the man had been uncooperative and wouldn’t leave when asked. Favela was apparently high on multiple drugs and had a misdemeanor warrant out for his arrest. So he was arrested at the festival for multiple crimes including being under the Influence of a Controlled Substance, in possession of a controlled substance and brought in on that warrant.

A man in Ukiah’s been arrested at a local storage business who wouldn’t leave. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s office got a call last week to G & W Storage and found Robert Fackell there who was also wanted for an outstanding felony warrant for violation of Spousal Battery. Fackell was arrested and booked into the Mendocino County Jail, to be held without bail.

A man in Calpella has been arrested in connection to an ongoing civil dispute that turned into a physical altercation. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s office reports calling both parties and found out their fight had to do with the purchase of a car. Deputies found suspect Aaron Black had confronted the female victim demanding he get the vehicle back but the woman refused and they argued and it got physical. The woman fell to the ground during a struggle over the keys to the car. Black was arrested after sending threatening text messages to the woman. He’s charged with Battery with serious injury, Criminal Threats, Elder Abuse and more. He was being held on $55,000.00 bail.

Fort Bragg’s holding their HazMobile household hazardous waste collection. The pickup at Fort Bragg Disposal next Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The HazMobile goes to Fort Bragg the first Friday-Saturday each month unless it’s a holiday. Dangerous chemicals can be brought to the collection. They ask that those participating are careful to keep items in their original container. For more info, call the local Recycling Hotline, 468-9704, or visit www.mendoRecycle.org.

A man in Covelo has been arrested after a security check at a local bar turned up a man who had not registered as a sex offender. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office was at the Buckhorn Bar and found Garrie Hoaglin who they knew from previous contact on parole and a sex registrant. They checked his background and found he had not recently registered. So Hoaglin was arrested for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender and Parole Violation. Hoaglin was booked into the Mendocino County Jail and held on no bail.

There are 3 openings on the Assessment Appeals Board of Mendocino County. The Board’s looking for one member and 2 alternates. There are a minimum of four meetings a year. The meetings are usually from thirty minutes up to two hours long usually at about 9:00 a.m. on the third or fourth Monday of the month in January, April, July, and October. For more info, contact the Mendocino County Clerk of the Board’s office at (707) 463-4441.

A burglary at a church in Clearlake Oaks. Members of Clearlake Oaks United Methodist Church went to service last Sunday and found some of their electronic equipment stolen from the sanctuary and the fellowship hall. Rev. Dawn-Karen Roberts says it’s a sad day when folks feel free to steal from community churches that serve them. She says they lost all electronic equipment they use for services, outreach and events. The Lake County Sheriff’s office reports the equipment had just been gifted to the church.

More than 40,000 pot plants have been yanked during a multi day sheriff’s dept. operation. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s office reports an eradication effort with multiple agencies where they removed almost 40-thousand-400 plants. They also arrested 14 people, found seven weapons and 37 incidents of environmental damage including illegal water diversions and stream pollution, plus solid waste violations. Adrian Glass of Sacramento was one of those arrested, police say he had a butane honey oil lab and was armed. There were many areas of eradications that added up to the total plants pulled.

Two people have reportedly been confirmed as having the West Nile virus in Yolo County. Yolo County officials confirm the report as aerial spraying was to be done last night to get rid of infected mosquitoes. The Yolo County Health Department says two residents tested positive for the virus. They do say the two are symptom-free. They have not released the specific cities of residence for the two patients.

A warning about toxic algae. The State Water Resources Control Board has put out a warning for the North Coast due to high temperatures and continuing drought conditions. They say it’s in area streams, rivers and lakes. The blue green algae, known as cyanobacteria growing in Sonoma and Mendocino Counties killed three dogs last year. Lake County water resources dept. is trying to educate the public saying children and dogs are the most vulnerable against the algae because they tend to ingest water when swimming or playing in it. Symptoms include nausea, liver or kidney failure and convulsions.

One heckofa Salmon Run. A truck carrying fish to a cannery in Juneau, Alaska rolled, spilling Salmon everywhere, onto a highway and backing up traffic for an hour and a half. Police say it was pretty stinky on the highway after several fish spilled out of the truck onto Egan Highway. The driver had minor injuries, but didn’t go to the hospital.

A four day marijuana eradication effort last week resulted in more than 40 thousand plants being destroyed, 14 people being investigated, 7 guns being taken, and dozens of environmental damage cases being investigated. Two of the sites destroyed were found in the burned area o f the “lodge fire” Officers from 10 different agencies worked together to make those busts happen including Ukiah Police, Willits Police, and Cal fire.
This Thursday the Valley fire Long Term Recovery Task Force will meet at 6pm at Cobb elementary School. Anyone from the public interested in a brief status update can pick up a written copy at that meeting it will detail all recovery activities.

Next Sunday a pride festival will be held at Thomas Jr. Plaza in downtown Ukiah. Festivities kick off on Sunday at 11:30am. A documentary by a high school student shows the stories of several gay men and women in Mendocino County in “Straight isn’t the Default” which will be down at Slam Dunk Pizza

A report from the Ukiah Daily Journal details how Ukiah Police officers see the need for a Psychiatric facility in Mendocino county. There is currently no psychiatric facility in Mendocino county, so those on a psychiatric hold will often end up at Ukiah Valley Medical center, in a cool down jail cell, or at an outpatient facility.

Fort Bragg is the first city in the state to be declared a “bee city USA. That honor bestowed by “bee city USA” for trying to make the city more pollinator and bee friendly. Part of that includes more native plants, shrubs and perennials, and no pesticides.

Some vaccines are being made available at a significantly reduced cost for seniors in Lake County. The Public Health department says they have Zostravax, a Singles vaccine, and Prevnar 13 a pneumococcal pneumonia and 13 streptococcus pneumonia strains. Anyone above the age of 65 can get the vaccine for just a $9 administration fee while supplies last.

The Fort Bragg Police Department will hold its first meeting next week for a new Cadet program. The program is open to area youth between the ages of 13 and 21. It’s designed to provide an introduction to law enforcement and the criminal justice system. That meeting will be held august 3rd at 6pm at the Emergency operations Center on Cypress Street.

This Saturday a blind wine tasting event will be held at Moore family Winery in Kelseyville. A ticket to the 2016 People’s Choice Wine Tasting is $40 ticket in advance or $45 at the door.

A man is facing numerous charges after allegedly doing drugs in a public bathroom. Fort Bragg Police Officer were called to a public restroom at Bainbridge park where they found Shawn Ford. They say he was smoking and had meth in his possession. He was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, loitering about a public toilet, and due to the proximity to Wiggly Giggly park he was also charged with willful endangerment to children. Public works cleaned and sanitized that restroom before reopening it to the public.

CALVIN HARRIS W/RIHANNA-THIS IS WHAT YOU CAME FOR

DRAKE W/WIZKID & KYLA-ONE DANCE

KENT JONES-DON’T MIND

PINK-JUST LIKE FIRE

SIA-CHEAP THRILLS

TWENTY ONE PILOTS-RIDE

ADELE-SEND MY LOVE (TO YOUR NEW LOVER)

ARIANA GRANDE-INTO YOU

CHARLIE PUTH W/SELENA GOMEZ-WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE

DAYA-SIT STILL, LOOK PRETTY

DNCE-TOOTHBRUSH

DRAKE W/RIHANNA-TOO GOOD

FIFTH HARMONY W/FETTY WAP-ALL IN MY HEAD

FLUME W/KAI-NEVER BE LIKE YOU

JORDAN FISHER-ALL ABOUT US

KIIARA-GOLD

MEGHAN TRAINOR-ME TOO

ONEREPUBLIC-WHEREVER I GO

RIHANNA-NEEDED ME

SHAWN MENDES-TREAT YOU BETTER

ZAYN-LIKE I WOULD

BEN RECTOR-BRAND NEW

BRITNEY SPEARS W/G-EAZY-MAKE ME…

COLDPLAY-HYMN FOR THE WEEKEND

DJ KHALED W/DRAKE-FOR FREE

LUKAS GRAHAM-MAMA SAID

RED ONE W/ENRIQUE IGLESIAS, R. CITY, SERAYAH & SHAGGY-DON’T YOU NEED SOMEBODY

TROYE SIVAN W/ALESSIA CARA-WILD

1975 (THE)-THE SOUND

DRAKE W/POPCAAN-CONTROLLA

GNASH W/OLIVIA O’BRIEN-I HATE U, I LOVE U

KUNGS VS. COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS-THIS GIRL

MARC E. BASSY W/G-EAZY-YOU & ME

NICKY JAM W/DADDY YANKEE-WITH YOU TONIGHT

ZARA LARSSON-LUSH LIFE

Another illegal marijuana bust at two sites yesterday. Several law enforcement agencies worked together to seize 200 marijuana plants, 700 pounds of “marijuana shake” and 50 pounds of marijuana buds at the first site and 171 marijuana plants, 3 pounds processed marijuana buds, and 4 ounces of marijuana “honey oil” at the second site. No suspects were found at either location, but an investigation is ongoing.
Work on a new city of Ukiah well was stopped last month, but now Public Works director Tim Eriksen says that facility may produce drinking water out of those. There was a higher than acceptable level of manganese, but Eriksen says the manganese doesn’t pose any health risks but can stain things. It’s also been pointed out that the high levels of manganese are a by product of the well development itself.

If you’re in the market for a new fuzzy friend, good news. Tomorrow the Ukiah Animal Shleter is offering free animal adoptions for cats and just $25 for dogs. Potential owners must prove they’re allowed to have animals. If you miss tomorrows Clear out the Shelter event most animal adoptions are $40 through the end of the month.

More than a dozen Lake county 5th graders received the Mendocino College Foundations Adopt a Fifth Grader Award. Each of those students were given a $25 check and a receipt saying they will get a $1,000 scholarship when they get a high school diploma and enroll at Mendocino College, or $500 for any other college. That program is supported by a variety of businesses and community members

Declining value of aluminum and other scrap metal and recyclables is making it hard for Recycling centers in the state to thrive. Earlier this year RePlanet closed 200 locations including one in Mendocino County. There are only ten certified locations in Mendocino county where you can get beverage container returns. The Ukiah Daily Journal reports that the state’s 2,100 certified beverage container redemption centers lost $20 million in 2015 due to a lack of proper payment by the government.

There were at least 5 illegal marijuana busts in Mendocino County yesterday, but at a site in Laytonville two people were arrested. Law enforcement seized more than 2,000 marijuana plants and have charged Timothy Trygg and Samuel Kim with marijuana cultivation and possession of medical marijuana for sale. Kim is also facing weapons charges.

The CHP is looking for the driver of a tractor-trailer after some parts fell of its brake assembly and hit the car behind hit, killing a 23-year-old Redwood Valley woman. It happened around Noon Wednesday on Highway 101 Northbound near Walker Road. The CHP says they think part of the big rig’s brake assembly came apart and flew toward the car, causing the woman to lose control and go down an embankment. She was dead at the scene. Police say since it was a double trailer, it’s possible the truck driver did not even know it happened until later in the day. They say there were several witnesses and they have some good leads, but as of this (Thursday) evening still had not found the truck.

No vote Wednesday on a plan that would help facilities like the golf course use recycled water when it is available to them. Vice Mayor Jim Brown says recycled water just makes sense for recreation areas that need a lot of water. Another council member voiced concern about using Water Capital funds for the project. The proposal was not voted on to give more time for discussion on the topic. It was continued to a future meeting.

Ukiah Police have arrested a man suspected of breaking into two homes and stealing a car. UPD arrested 46 year old Jarrett Williams after his cell phone was found at the scene of another daytime home burglary in Ukiah. The Mendocino County Sheriffs office also suspects Williams may be involved in several burglaries they’re investigating. A search of Williams car turned up more property identifies as stolen from the homes burglarized. Law enforcement is doing their best to get the recovered items back to their proper owners.

There will be two competing marijuana tax initiatives on the November ballot in Mendocino county. The Mendocino County board of Supervisors want’s a 2.5 percent business tax on gross sales from both cultivation and dispensaries. They would also charge marijuana distributors a $2,500 annual fee. Marijuana advocates are also proposing a 2.5 percent tax for medicinal pot. IT would also allow a 5 percent tax on non-medical marijuana.

The Foothill fire is now at 100 percent containment. Cal fire doused any hot spots yesterday. That fire burned 69 acres but didn’t damage any structures.

The Lakeport city council has voted to put a 1 cent sales tax on the November ballot. If it’s adopted Measure Z would raise around $1.5 million. Much of that money will go towards repairing bad roads and infrastructure. Additional money may also go to public safety, including the police force, which is not currently fully staffed due to budgetary restraints.

A Clearlake man was caught by a police K-9 after a high speed chase in his smart car. Clearlake Police say 26 year old Venancio Martinez was frequently weaving through oncoming traffic to avoid them. When he drove into a dead end street police tried to arrest him, when he didn’t comply they deployed the K-9 which bit him in the leg and apprehended him. Police aren’t sure why he was evading them in a reckless manner.

Moonlight Movie Madness at Alex R. Thomas Jr. Plaza will show Star Wars: The force awakens tomorrow night. The event will include a Star Wars themed costume contest with prizes. Blakcets nad low back sharis are allowed with the movie beginning at dusk.

A 91 year old woman is in trouble after filling in part of the crossword on a paignting at an art museum in Germany. A museum spokeswoman says the woman filled in the blank spaces with a ballpoint pen and the work by Arthur Koepke will have to be restored. 6::30

A woman driving near Willits yesterday was killed after debris hit her car yesterday morning. CHP says the 23 year old was in the left lane behind a semi when debris flew off the truck. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. Her dog, who was riding in the backseat of the car was taken to a nearby animal shelter.

The Carl’s Jr. In Ukiah is hosting a Pokemon Go event from 10am until noon this Saturday. The restaurant is setting out lots of lures, as well as discounts and discounts and free cookies to attract customers.

Firefighters say after burning 69 acres the Foothill fire is about 90 percent contained. That fire started Tuesday night near Foothill and Country Club Drives. Firefighters were able to save three homes. Crews will stay with the fire and continue working with it to make sure it’s contained.

A ruling set to be issues by the California Supreme Court today could add millions of dollars to the cost to build two giant water tunnels. The ruling will determine if the state of California must pay landowners for access to their land that they pipes are running through. State officials say they won’t significantly damage the land and the project is for the greater public good, so no payment is necessary. Property owners say the tests needed before the tunnels can be built are invasive and require fair compensation. The decision could have a far reaching impact on land rights and imminent domain in the state.

Another complaint in the case of a former jail inmate whose family says he died because he was physically abused by local law enforcement. Another hearing’s set in the case of Steven Neuroth. This complaint, the third, lists sheriff’s jail deputies, and Willits Police Department Officer Kevin Leef as contributing to Neuroth’s death. His brother James is also suing the county and the Sheriff, the city of Willits, a medical provider in Calif and several other deputies and medical professionals. The inmate’s brother says he had paranoid schizophrenia, schizo-affective disorder and depression. He was arrested in June of 2014 then died of a heart attack the next day. His brother says it was due to actions by jail staff that led to asphyxia, and contributed to his brother’s death.

Looks like there’s going to be a Dollar General store in Middletown after all. Almost three months after the Lake County Planning Commission said no to the permit, the Board of Supervisors said, that’s not happening, overturning that decision and giving the developer a win in their appeal. It was a tight vote though, 3-2, in support of the appeal by the developer, Cross Development. It comes after hours of community and board discussion. The proposed 9,100-square-foot store will be at 20900 State Highway 29.

A candidate for U-S Senate, trailing Kalama Harris is going after the president. Loretta Sanchez says Obama should not spend his time endorsing her Democratic rival, and instead should be focusing on beating Republican Donald Trump in the presidential race. Sanchez says it’s a historic Senate race between two Democrats. She’s a nearly 20-year congresswoman out of Orange County. She says the Senate seat doesn’t belong to the

political establishment – but the People of California. Obama and Vice President Joe Biden both have endorsed the state attorney general Harris.

Increased blood use at hospitals, stricter federal restrictions about who can donate and typical summertime blood shortages means the North Coast could use a refill on blood supplies. Blood Centers of the Pacific, serving from San Francisco to the Oregon border, into part of and down to Merced says they need more blood. Sutter Santa Rosa says it’s just a bad time for blood banks. Hospitals have also been using more. This month alone, Blood Centers of the Pacific says they’re expecting to use 500 more pints of red blood cells this month opposed to the same time last year.

California’s being represented by a Republican delegation in Cleveland, but they’re staying about an hour away at a water park resort in Sandusky. Apparently the Republican National Committee put them up there. They’ll have to bus it in to Cleveland this week for each of the 4 days of the convention.

Flood relief money comes in many forms in West Virginia. Lap dances at a strip club are helping in Morgantown. The Blue Parrot Cabaret club is offering $20 lap dances for charity today thru Saturday. The club says it’ll donate part of what they make for flood relief efforts in southern West Virginia, hit particularly hard by flooding. At least 23 people were killed, 15 in Greenbrier County alone.

A popular area along the Calif. Coast had to be closed down because of a raw sewage spill. A buried pipe about 20 miles away from Long Beach and Seal Beach collapsed Monday, blocking the pipe which let loose 2.4 million gallons of sludge onto streets and into storm drains. About 750,000 gallons was somehow removed but the rest went into the Los Angeles River and officials say some more may have gotten into the Pacific Ocean. The flow was stopped yesterday.

A new homeowner goes to their new property and finds an unexpected guest. 75 year old Mary Karacas has been arrested for the murder of her 83-year-old boyfriend, Salvatore Orefice, whose body was left in the bedroom in the home in Simi Valley. Karacas was arrested Sunday, after the body was found. She confessed to detectives she shot Orefice after they had an argument. The man who had just purchased the home from the couple a month before found the body as he checked in on the progress of the couple moving out.

A couple of “Pokemon Go” players in Ohio behind in points after being arrested for criminal trespassing at the Toledo Zoo. Cops say the two hopped a fence by the tiger enclosure so they could score more cartoon monsters. Police say since the smartphone app was released a couple weeks ago, there’s been a rise in police calls for possible burglars or other strangers prowling the neighborhood.

Lakeport’s National Night Out Against Crime is August 2nd. The event from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the far north end of N. Main Street, just north of 16th Street. They’re closing the road from the intersection of 16th Street and North Main Street. It’s to increase and improve police and community partnerships in the city. There will be all sorts of activities including a kids game area, bike decorating and raffles.

The first ever job fair in Mendocino County a resounding success. The event last Friday to promote County jobs to fill several vacancies. The event at the County Administration building in Ukiah with as many as 300 job seekers showing up. They say almost every County department participated with staff available to talk with job seekers and give them information about the positions in their departments.

The Obama Administration announced Tuesday plans to make solar an option for all homeowners – by extending more zero-down loans. As part of the Clean Energy Savings For All Initiative, the Veterans Administration and the Department of Housing and Urban Development will start insuring mortgages on homes with a PACE loan. PACE is a program that allows homeowners to finance solar and energy efficiency improvements without paying a dime upfront – and instead make payments through their property tax bill. California Governor Jerry Brown supports the program but says other government sponsored organizations such as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac should have been doing this all along.

Cut 65345 :17 "This makes everybody better off. The homeowner, the environment. And FHA and VA. Why doesn’t Freddie and Fannie do that? The Federal Housing Finance Agency, because of the mortgage meltdown, is so paranoid and so fearful, they won’t step up to the plate and do the right thing. "

Tag: The president’s Climate Action Plan originally set a target of installing 100 megawatts of solar by 2020 – but the White House has now upped the goal by a factor of ten – to one gigawatt.

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Second Cut: Brown says this complements his stated goal of getting fifty percent of California’s energy from renewable sources by the year 2030.

Cut 66345 :16 "It is another important government effort to accelerate the movement toward renewable energy and efficient housing. So we’re not wasting water, gas and electricity and we’re using the sun as much as we can to get the job done."

Tag 1: As part of the plan – several housing agencies in California have committed to putting more solar on government owned apartment complexes. The initiative will also increase job training for more solar installers to meet the expected rise in demand.