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Monthly Archives: December 2016

ALESSIA CARA-SCARS TO YOUR BEAUTIFUL

ARIANA GRANDE W/NICKI MINAJ-SIDE TO SIDE

MACHINE GUN KELLY W/CAMILA CABELLO-BAD THINGS

MAROON 5 W/KENDRICK LAMAR-DON’T WANNA KNOW

RIHANNA-LOVE ON THE BRAIN

ZAYN W/TAYLOR SWIFT-I DON’T WANNA LIVE FOREVER

ADELE-WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE

BEBE REXHA-I GOT YOU

BRITNEY SPEARS-SLUMBER PARTY

DRAKE-FAKE LOVE

HEY VIOLET-GUYS MY AGE

LUKAS GRAHAM-YOU’RE NOT THERE

RAE SREMMURD W/GUCCI MANE-BLACK BEATLES

SHAWN MENDES-MERCY

WEEKND W/DAFT PUNK-I FEEL IT COMING

ANNE-MARIE-ALARM

DAYA-WORDS

DJ KHALED W/NICKI MINAJ-DO YOU MIND

FITZ & THE TANTRUMS-HANDCLAP

FLUME W/TOVE LO-SAY IT

LADY GAGA-MILLION REASONS

ONEREPUBLIC-KIDS

CALUM SCOTT-DANCING ON MY OWN

CHARLI XCX W/LIL’ YACHTY-AFTER THE AFTERPARTY

CLEAN BANDIT W/SEAN PAUL & ANNE-MARIE-ROCKABYE

G-EAZY W/MARC E. BASSY-SOME KIND OF DRUG

JONAS BLUE W/JP COOPER-PERFECT STRANGERS

KALEO-WAY DOWN WE GO

NOAH CYRUS W/LABRINTH-MAKE ME (CRY)

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A leaky water pipe has caused serious damage to the offices of the SPCA of Lake County. A board member who went to check out the facility Tuesday because she was in the area, found a pipe burst in the main surgery room. Lake Co News reports the board member found water leaking out of the building, running under the front door, thru the parking lot and into the street. There was water on the floor inside, condensation on the walls, and soaking boxes, paperwork, computer equipment and more. The building no longer has full time staff and is used for monthly vaccination clinics and spay and neuter surgeries.

The DMV got slammed the day the state said undocumented residents could get driver’s licenses. It’s been two years since the law took effect, Jan. 1st of 2015 when about 806,000 undocumented residents got driver’s licenses, but now the law may be something looked at by the federal government as the new president takes office. President-elect Donald Trump had campaigned on an illegal immigration crackdown. The law went into effect to ease fears for those living in the U-S illegally, that if they get tested and licensed to drive, they won’t be deported necessarily. Getting a driver’s license allows some residents to get work and put their kids in public school. A new law starting next month automatically registers most licensed California drivers to vote. But the DMV says that doesn’t mean everyone will be able to vote. They also say the President cannot unilaterally repeal either law.

Distracted driving laws take effect next month, and now the CHP is jumping into the fray by starting a campaign to impact teen drivers. The California Highway Patrol teaming up with Impact Teen Drivers, or ITD for the most inexperienced drivers on the road to stay safe. The CHP commissioner says ITD and the CHP share the same goal, to “raise awareness of the dangers of reckless and distracted driving.” So the partnership will have representatives at schools and community events around Calif to educate kids about the risk of distracted driving. Statistics show ten percent of all drivers 15 to 19 involved in deadly crashes were reported to be distracted at the time. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the age group is the biggest chunk of drivers distracted at the time of a collision.

A hearing’s set regarding what’s to be done about the Palace Hotel in Ukiah. The hearing after the New Year, Jan. 9th comes after the city petitioned the court for a receiver to oversee the work that was supposed to be happening at the old hotel. The building has been empty since the owner took it over in the 1990’s. The city say the owner, Eladia Laines, bought the building at a tax auction with former business partners then bought them out. The city says it’s tried several times to work with Laines but she’s not followed thru on promised renovations, even after mediation with a visiting judge. The Ukiah City Council looking to potentially declare the building a public nuisance because of several code violations. But a vote on that was postponed so Laines could clean the place up. Now the council is considering the same after the mediation ended. A three day trial is set for next month.

A horse has been injured after the trailer it was in overturned near Willits and the truck pulling it went down a steep embankment. The CHP reports the accident happened on the 101 near Willits when a teen driver in a Ford F-250 was towing the horse trailer. The CHP says the driver started to feel the trailer sway and lost control, which jack-knifed the trailer, which became unhitched. The truck went down the embankment and the trailer rolled. One of the horses in the trailer had a large laceration to its face and the driver was uninjured.

A car crash by the Ukiah airport lands two people in the hospital. The Ukiah Valley Fire Authority reports a man driving on S. State Street headed to work yesterday morning fell asleep behind the wheel. They say he swerved, crossed over lanes then hit a power pole in front of the airport driveway and rolled. The car landed on its roof. 4 people inside the car made it out safely before rescuers arrived. But two adults in the car with two kids, had to go to the hospital. The two kids were released to family. Drugs and alcohol are not suspected as factors. Power lines were down after the crash and the road was closed for a time until the pole was up-righted and the power lines repaired.

Fort Bragg police still looking into the death of an elderly woman who’s name they’ve not officially released. Neighbors have id’d the woman as Arlene Potts who died December 14th. Police say she was found in a mummified state and arrested her caregiver, Lori Fiorentino. As we reported Fiorentino was working for the victim as a caretaker. The Adult Protective Services of Mendocino County oversees the department Fiorentino had been working for.

A neighbor tells the Advocate newspaper there were notes on the front door of the house saying not to knock or it would disturb the woman. They say they were concerned after catching a foul odor smell drifting from the home. They reported it to the apartment manager several times and say they also called Adult Protective Services twice. Fort Bragg Police Chief says the apartment was in deplorable condition, “not healthy for someone in need of care.”

The two brothers accused of the stabbing death of a man inside a Target store in the Bay area have been arrested and charged with murder. The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/2hxHzTu) 22-year-old Frankie and 25-year-old Jesse Archuleta were in court in Oakland on the charges of stabbing Tyrone Griffin on Christmas Eve. Griffin with his 4 year old son in the toy aisle and reportedly asked them to turn down loud and inappropriate music. Then a scuffle and Griffin was stabbed three times in the chest and once in the arm.

A memorial of sorts for a woman missing from Northern Calif. since October. 52-year-old Stacey Smart disappeared without a word. Volunteers had been searching for her with the help of search and rescue. The Trinity County sheriff’s dept. says they’ve found no sign of Smart and have no clue what might have happened to her. Family and friends held a vigil for Smart yesterday.

A good year for wine’s all around along the North Coast, and Champagne and other bubblies did especially well. The Press Democrat reports it got a major boost because of lower-priced Italian Prosecco which the younger crowd is quite fond of. The CEO of Iron Horse Vineyards in Sebastopol tells the paper half of their production is in sparkling wines. They go for $40 to $375 a bottle. The paper says the overall wine market is up 2 percent a year, sparkling wine sales have gone up by more than 12 percent even though it only makes up 6 percent of the entire market. Korbel’s premium sparkling label was a top seller in supermarkets, drugstores, convenience stores and other retailers, with more than $105 million in sales the past year.

Two people in a head on crash had major injuries. The two airlifted to hospitals yesterday in Chico and Redding. Cal Fire reports it happened about 1:30 yesterday afternoon with a couple of sedans north of Laytonville.

A couple of teenage students from UC Santa Barbara being hailed as heroes after jumping into action when they see a pickup truck go off the highway in the Central Valley then submerge in an irrigation canal. KEYT-TV (http://bit.ly/2ibY0W3) says they stopped their car and one dove into the water while the other called 911. It happened Monday while the two 19 year olds were driving to Fresno on State Route 41. One saw it happen in the rear view mirror so they pulled over and ran to the truck going down. 4 people in the truck pulled to safety.

A landlady at a building in Germany smells some suspicious odors and calls police who find a man trying to get gold out of an old cellphone and some computer circuit boards. The landlady in Braubach says she was worried because she hadn’t seen the tenant in a while. When police got there, they saw there was a cache of chemicals, which they first thought was an illegal drug lab. Upon further investigation, they found the guy was using chemicals in an attempt to pull gold from the phone and computer. Apparently he was asking people for advice, including a physicist, who all suggested, he stop trying.

A suspected gang member’s been busted for tagging buildings in Redwood Valley. The Sheriff’s Office says a witness saw Elias Sanchez spray painting buildings and fences on Ellen Lynn Road. Deputies say it was gang-style graffiti with the letters "SUR" and "X3" – known references to the Sureno gang. Deputies found Sanchez with paint on his hands and clothes so he was arrested for felony vandalism and participation in a criminal street gang. Investigators say he caused about $5,000 in damage.

A 4-year-old boy has been seriously hurt in a crash and the CHP says his mother was driving drunk. It happened before Midnight Weds on Highway 101 in Healdsburg. The CHP says the child was not in car seat or wearing a seatbelt when his mom, Melissa Miller of Santa Rosa, lost control near Dry Creek Road and rolled down an embankment into a tree. The little boy was partially ejected from the rear window. He was flown to Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland where he was reported in stable condition. Miller was arrested on suspicion of felony DUI, violation of probation and child endangerment.

The board of directors for the Ukiah Valley Sanitation District looking for a new member as one has resigned. There was a special meeting of the board Tuesday when it was noted Travis Forrester resigned his position. The board chair has only said the reasons are “confidential.” The board was deciding if there should be an election for a new member or if someone should be appointed. The board chair says they’ll be appointing a new member to save taxpayers the cost of an election. Last time this happened, back in 2013, there was an election instead. The board will decide at their January 19th meeting who to appoint. If they have enough applicants by then, they may do it that day or wait…

Fundraising by the Friends of Middletown Library goes on to replace books lost in the Valley fire last year. The treasurer for the group says they’re trying to raise $10,000 and say they’ll match up to $4,500 in donations. There was minor damage to the library, but many of their books were checked out at the time of the fire and they were destroyed. The Friends group is putting $6,000 they raise for new picture books, $3,000 for young adult books and $1,000 for audio visual materials. The fundraiser started Sept. 30th. The group reached out to local businesses and other organizations with a letter asking for donations. That kicked things off with some good sized donations, plus they had an open house in October which brought in a large chunk. The original deadline of New Years eve is extended for up to six more months. Donations are tax-deductible and can be sent to the Friends of Middletown Library in Middletown at the library on Washington Street.

Crabbers who lost nearly an entire season last year and are still recovering are now striking for higher per pound prices. Crabbers from Bodega Bay north to Oregon and Washington all the way to the Canadian border are striking after wholesale Dungeness crab buyers were looking to lower the per pound price. So in turn fishermen agreed to either stop crabbing in some areas off the Sonoma Coast or delay their start in areas where it’s not begun. They want to keep the rate of $3-per-pound which is what they’ve been getting so far this year in Northern Calif. Wholesale buyers want it at $2.75 per pound. The price has not been set at all fisheries yet because of staggered season openings.

A man at a Target store in Northern Calif. has been stabbed to death. Police say Tyrone Griffin Jr., of Hayward was stabbed to death Christmas eve after he confronted a couple of other men who witnesses say were playing inappropriate music in the toy section. Griffin was with his 4-year-old son looking for Christmas gifts. Police say Griffin was seen fighting in the store right before the stabbing. Two men were arrested right after and have been identified as brothers, 22 year-old Frankie Archuleta and 25 year-old Jesse Archuleta, both are also from Hayward.

A reminder from the California Highway Patrol as New Year’s eve gets closer to have a designated sober driver. The CHP will have their maximum enforcement period starting tomorrow night at 6:01 p.m. thru just before midnight Monday. They will have many officers out on the streets focusing on impaired and distracted drivers, speeding and seat belt violations and anyone out on the roads needing help. Last year 27 people died in crashes on California roadways. CHP officers also arrested more than 920 people for DUI’s. They say there are more people out on the road traveling for the holidays which means more impaired drivers.

A preliminary hearing for a man accused in the death of a teenager in Eureka finds the accused will stand trial. 33 year old Nicholas Leigl due back in court today. He’s accused for a second time, after charges against him were dropped for a lack of evidence. But the guy was arrested and arraigned again in October, then yesterday a female in the apartment with the teen at the time of his stabbing testified. She says 14-year-old Jesus Garcia-Romero and another man were at her apartment when Garcia-Romero was stabbed. She says he was a runaway she watched over. She also says he and the other man were concerned they had a hit out for them. She was also dating the suspect, Leigl, who came over, followed by three other men. She heard commotion, but says the teen’s stab wound didn’t seem serious. He was found lying in the street later.

A woman in Roseville busted for using credit cards, sometimes for months, of those who worked with her business. Police arrest Heather Lemere of Lincoln last week for grand theft and identity theft involving 10 or more victims. Detectives say they had spoken to potential victims in California, Florida, Canada and Australia but were still looking for more people who may have been defrauded by Lemere for up to a total loss of $100,000. Police say Lemere owned Salon Success Strategies, a marketing and consulting firm for beauty salons, day spas and some medical and dental businesses. Police say she used credit card numbers of clients for monthly charges that were illegal.

A couple in Mendocino County have to pay a $37,000 penalty after a water storage unit burst open causing sludge to settle in the Eel River. Polly and Daniel Franklin were fined after the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board found it to be a violation of the Clean Water Act. The board says a 50,000-gallon fuel bladder was overfilled, so it burst open, spilling over a berm, moving 2,000 feet downstream, water ripped thru vegetation, soil, and rocks on its way into the river. The board noted the bladder failure was not intentional, but says it was negligent.

An Uber driver in New York City bragging about driving thru 240 green traffic lights before hitting a red light. Noah Forman on a nearly 30 minute drive thru the streets of Manhattan starting early Dec. 6th. He recorded his early morning jaunt on video, some of it showing him barely moving, then swerving thru traffic and taking multiple turns to avoid the red. The same driver attempted the same, two years ago, but only made it thru 186 green lights in a row. This latest time he started in Harlem and ended on the Lower East Side at the first red light around 4 A-M.

A coyote roaming thru a major park in Atlanta not what visitors were hoping to see. A spokesperson for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources says the coyote was spotted by a biologist in Piedmont Park Saturday. A video shot of the animal shows it eating food some visitors were leaving behind. The coyote had people getting up close and personal, but others complained they were worried about the dangerous animal. Experts at the Atlanta Coyote Project say it may be because it’s mating season for coyotes and say it wouldn’t be good for coyotes to associate people with food, because they will become less afraid of humans.

A volunteer group in Willits that looks after the Eel River watershed is looking for money so they can study green algae infecting the river. The Eel River Recovery Project needs $5,000 which they’re trying to get thru the website Experiment.com. It’s like kickstarter, but this site is apparently transparent when it comes to accountability. The group working with the Cal. Berkeley and the University of California Santa Cruz using info from 2013-2016 on toxic cyanobacteria found in the river. Each has certain impacts on human health. One of them blamed for the death of some dogs in 2009 in Humboldt County. The group says analysis of some forms of the algae can help protect residents. So far the group has raised only 12 percent of their $5,000 goal. They have 2 weeks left in their fundraising time frame.

Police in Willits on the lookout for whoever tried robbing a bank. A clerk at Tri Counties Bank gave a description of a possible suspect from last Thursday’s heist attempt. Police got a call that afternoon to the robbery. Police have stayed pretty mum on the matter. The bank just said they had to close early and asked the press to call their main public information officer in Chico. Pictures of the suspect were released thru social media on Saturday. The bank clerk described the guy as in his late 20s, 5 foot 11, 200 pounds with a beard, in black hoodie.

A group looking to put up a tiny house community in Ukiah for the homeless was apparently eyeing the property being used for the emergency winter shelter. The chief financial officer for Redwood Community Services appeared in front of the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors a few weeks back saying the property valued at more than $1 million dollars on S. State St. is about the only option after a lengthy search. The group would use a $1 million dollar Community Development Block Grant they got last January for the Housing First Village, or as it used to be known, the “Tiny Houses Village,” but apparently there are new state codes and regulations bringing the costs up tremendously. The houses have to start being built soon or the grant funds will expire.

A man from Eureka’s been arrested after a chase with police on Highway 101 south of Willits. The California Highway Patrol reports getting a call about a possible drunk driver on the 101 south of Hwy. 20 in a Toyota Tacoma pickup. A CHP officer saw the truck Monday driving south and tried to stop it but the driver didn’t yield and the officer says they made “obscene hand gestures” at them. A spike strip was thrown down and the suspect stopped. Jesus Garcia Jr. has been arrested on suspicion of failure to yield or comply with officers. He was booked into Mendocino County Jail.

A new study shows teens view marijuana differently in areas where it’s legal to smoke. The study co-authored by Dr. Magdalena Cerda, associate professor in emergency medicine at UC Davis and professor Deborah Hasin of Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health published in the JAMA Pediatrics publication. It compares teenagers attitudes to weed before and after it being legalized. In Calif, where it’s now legal, the study showed teens were much less aware of the potential harmful effects of weed, surmising then that many were more likely to smoke. The two professors surveyed more than 250,000 students in 8th, 10th and 12th grade in 45 states. The views compared to students the same age in Washington and Colorado, where weed has been legal since 2012.

An Uber driver supposedly helped a young girl get away from what might have been a sex trafficking ring. The driver called police after hearing a suspicious conversation, which police say was the young girl, her pimp and another person on their way to a job. The driver says they started to discuss their plans in the car, and he heard specific details about how the young girl should conduct herself. Police say the 16-year-old was dressed provocatively and sitting in the front seat. He says they told the teen how to talk to the customer, how to take the money and to make sure they had no weapons. He dropped the trio off and called police who showed up and arrested three people.

New laws taking effect in Calif. with tougher restrictions for distracted drivers. Beginning this Sunday, drivers are no longer allowed to have a cellphone in their hands for any reason. Even to use a phone’s apps, for such things as playing music. Assemblyman Bill Quirk of Hayward, who drafted the bill, which the governor signed into law, says the law should make it easier for cops to stop and cite drivers for illegal phone use. He says it closed a major loophole in Calif’s hands-free cellphone laws which only banned talking and texting, but not any other use of a phone, which could include shooting videos or visiting Social Media sites. The new law allows some cellphone usage, but only hands free. So phones have to be mounted on the dashboard or windshield.

Two decent sized earthquakes near Lake Tahoe could be felt across two states. No reports of damage or injuries after the 5.7 quakes early this morning. The U.S. Geological Surveys say the two were both centered in a remote area of Nevada by the California line and around 70 miles southeast of Lake Tahoe. They hit just after midnight last night about four minutes apart. There were several aftershocks too. The USGS says the temblors were felt in Carson City, Nevada, and all the way out to Yosemite National Park and Mammoth Lakes in California, each about 60 miles from the epicenter.

If you are interested in the idea of a public bank for the Northern California cannabis industry, there’ll be presentation on a proposal for how such a bank would work. Organizers from the Public Banking Institute say it would comply with state banking regulations through the Adult Use of Marijuana Act and their research includes the legal foundation to protect your capital and deposits in the public bank from federal seizure. The presentation is Thursday, January 12th, from 12pm-2pm at the Synergy Yoga Center at 340 Main St. in Point Arena. Admission is Free. For more information, go to the website www.Commonomicsusa.org

The Lake County Grand Jury has made their annual report public with recommendations for county improvements, plus they’ve noted local officials’ responses to the recommendations too. The grand jury report was out in July with a 90 day window for officials to respond, if they chose to. Then the report went public, but some offices were required by state law to respond. The grand jury has now put it all out in the form of a chart so the public could see for themselves all of the recommendations and responses together in one place. You can see it on the Lake County website under the grand jury section. The report covers more than a dozen investigations generating 48 specific recommendations for improving county operations including disaster preparedness, pension plans, the DA’s Victim-Witness Division, zoning ordinances, nuisance abatement and others.

2 people from Point Arena have been arrested for the sexual abuse and pimping of a 16 year old girl for a week in Santa Rosa and Oakland. 21 year old Tion Foster and 25 year old Monica Morales accused of picking the girl up in a park for what was apparently supposed to be just an afternoon encounter. Police say they took her to the Bay Area where they each had sex with her, threatened her and prostituted her, knowing she was only 16 years old. Foster and Morales are accused of posting info on social media and at Backpage.com for the girl’s services. They each face a mandatory minimum of 10 years or a maximum of life in prison if they’re found guilty of sex trafficking a minor and conspiracy. The two met the teen thru MocoSpace, an online community where the girl had supposedly advertised herself for prostitution.

The two main reservoirs serving Sonoma County are at above normal levels for this time of the year. Lake Sonoma was measured at 100.3 percent of its water supply capacity Monday. Lake Mendocino was even higher with 120.1 percent of its supply. The Sonoma County Water Agency reports above-average rainfall the last few months which have been good for the reservoirs which provide water to more than a half million North Bay residents. They report the levels have not been this high this early in the season for 4 years. The water agency also says its hoping to keep as much of the extra water as they can. They’ve asked the Army Corps to keep more than 5,800 acre-feet of water over the targeted supply level through mid-March.

A major march for guns as the state looks at new laws in the new year. The Press Democrat reports automatic weapons and other soon to be illegal weapons and ammunition have been selling like hotcakes, up 40 percent by early December. Last Wednesday, Dec. 21st was the last day to buy a gun with bullet buttons, due to the 10-day wait for a background check. A new package of gun control laws signed by the Governor in July. That meant a rush to buy guns the last part of 2016. Gun sales at almost one million sold in the state as of Dec. 9th. That compares to a year before when the entire year, 700,000 guns sold. The California Department of Justice reports 364,643 semiautomatic rifles were purchased before Dec. 9th. Only about 154,000 sold all of last year.

New data shows the state’s birth rate at a historic low. The info from the state Department of Finance which demographers say is probably because younger adults are putting off parenting until they finish college and start their careers. The state’s birth rate was at about 12 ½ births per 1,000 population in 2016 which is the lowest in California history. The last time figures were put out, in 2010, the birth rate was 13.69 per 1000 population. The department says young folks want to start families nowadays when they’re between 30 to 34 years old, and they report that’s when it’s harder to conceive.

Even as the state recovers, California entered its sixth year of drought in 2016. But in Northern Calif. the state saw drastic reductions in dryness. But Southern California was still deep in dry conditions. The El Niño this year brought a lot of rain in Northern Calif. with the highest rainfall in about 5 years, but not so much in the South of the state. The Sierra Nevada snowpack was at nearly normal levels by April so the Governor dropped the statewide mandatory water cuts a month later. The state reports conservation was off over the summer as some started to water their lawns again. The state’s looking at restoring mandatory rules again, depending what happens after January.

A mother in Victorville has been arrested after her toddler was out alone in a dirty diaper. The San Bernardino County sheriff’s office says the 2 year old was found in a park in the rain surrounded by dogs as his 26 year old mom, Cassandra Bustamante slept at home. Police get a call last Wednesday to the park about a small child alone, almost naked and surrounded by more than a half dozen dogs. They also say though that the dogs seemed to be protecting the tot as a sergeant approached the boy. When police went looking for where the toddler lived, the front door was open and the dogs that had been at the park were also there. Mom was there with two other young children. The three kids were released to their father. A dog that lunged at an officer was shot, but is recovering, mom was arrested for child cruelty.

A man who’s working to get a wool mill up and running in Ukiah is a step closer. The Daily Journal reports Matt and Sarah Gilbert have been raising money and constructing the wool mill on South Orchard Ave. The wool comes from Mendocino County which Matt shears himself. They say instead of wasting some of the yarn they make, they’d instead like to make it fine enough to sell to clothing manufacturers. The couple says they’ll soon be able to quickly process batches of several hundred pounds of wool, that will be customizable. So far the Gilberts’ wool mill project has received more than a quarter million dollars in a low-interest loan. So now they’re wiring for electric and will have an inspection this week, then drywall goes up next. They say they look to be operational by the middle of the new year.

A woman from Fort Bragg has been hurt after crashing into a deer on Highway 20. The California Highway Patrol reports the woman in a 2015 Kia headed west on the Hwy around seven miles east of Fort Bragg Friday when the animal suddenly ran in front of her and into her car. She says she then lost control and swerved, going off the highway and into a tree. She was taken to a hospital with major injuries. Officers say she had on a seatbelt, and they don’t suspect alcohol or drugs to have been contributing factors.

A hike at a local park is on tap for New Year’s Day. Both Anderson Marsh State Historic Park and Clear Lake State Park are taking part in the fifth annual America’s State Parks First Day Hikes initiative. This Sunday the hikes are meant to bring people together with the outdoors with a healthy hike. The hikes Sunday, start at noon. There are two different hikes, which are both guided at Anderson Marsh. One is longer and the other flat and faster. But they could be changed with the weather. Over at Clear Lake State Park, there’s only one led hike, which is one hour, one mile and handicap accessible. For more information go to www.parks.ca.gov .

Six missing inmates get out with the help of a toilet. Four of the inmates have been found after they all removed a leaky toilet from a wall. They got out of the Cocke County Jail Annex in Newport, TN early Christmas morning. The Sheriff’s office says the bolts that were holding the toilet were rusted out so the inmates simply took it off the wall, and went out the hole. One of the four still on the loose is considered dangerous, he was inside for aggravated robbery and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.

A big oops at this Christmas concert. Tupac Shakur’s “Hail Mary” ended up on the lyric list from the church in Sri Lanka. Thousands of caroling booklets contained the wrong song for the Catholic 2016 Joy to the world Festival at the Nelum Pokuna Theatre in Colombo. The concert was a fundraiser for the poor.

ALESSIA CARA-SCARS TO YOUR BEAUTIFUL

ARIANA GRANDE W/NICKI MINAJ-SIDE TO SIDE

HAILEE STEINFELD W/ZEDD-STARVING

MACHINE GUN KELLY W/CAMILA CABELLO-BAD THINGS

MAROON 5 W/KENDRICK LAMAR-DON’T WANNA KNOW

RIHANNA-LOVE ON THE BRAIN

ADELE-WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE

DRAKE-FAKE LOVE

DUA LIPA-BLOW YOUR MIND (MWAH)

HEY VIOLET-GUYS MY AGE

JOHN LEGEND-LOVE ME NOW

JON BELLION-ALL TIME LOW

MARTIN GARRIX W/BEBE REXHA-IN THE NAME OF LOVE

NIALL HORAN-THIS TOWN

RAE SREMMURD W/GUCCI MANE-BLACK BEATLES

SHAWN MENDES-MERCY

WEEKND W/DAFT PUNK-I FEEL IT COMING

ZAYN W/TAYLOR SWIFT-I DON’T WANNA LIVE FOREVER

ANNE-MARIE-ALARM

BEBE REXHA-I GOT YOU

BRITNEY SPEARS-SLUMBER PARTY

DJ KHALED W/NICKI MINAJ-DO YOU MIND

FLUME W/TOVE LO-SAY IT

LADY GAGA-MILLION REASONS

LUKAS GRAHAM-YOU’RE NOT THERE

ONEREPUBLIC-KIDS

CALUM SCOTT-DANCING ON MY OWN

CHARLI XCX W/LIL’ YACHTY-AFTER THE AFTERPARTY

CLEAN BANDIT W/SEAN PAUL & ANNE-MARIE-ROCKABYE

DAYA-WORDS

FITZ & THE TANTRUMS-HANDCLAP

JONAS BLUE W/JP COOPER-PERFECT STRANGERS

KALEO-WAY DOWN WE GO

NOAH CYRUS W/LABRINTH-MAKE ME (CRY)

ALESSIA CARA-SCARS TO YOUR BEAUTIFUL

ARIANA GRANDE W/NICKI MINAJ-SIDE TO SIDE

BRUNO MARS-24K MAGIC

HAILEE STEINFELD W/ZEDD-STARVING

MAROON 5 W/KENDRICK LAMAR-DON’T WANNA KNOW

WEEKND W/DAFT PUNK-STARBOY

ADELE-WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE

DUA LIPA-BLOW YOUR MIND (MWAH)

FIFTH HARMONY-THAT’S MY GIRL

JOHN LEGEND-LOVE ME NOW

JON BELLION-ALL TIME LOW

MACHINE GUN KELLY W/CAMILA CABELLO-BAD THINGS

MARTIN GARRIX W/BEBE REXHA-IN THE NAME OF LOVE

NIALL HORAN-THIS TOWN

RAE SREMMURD W/GUCCI MANE-BLACK BEATLES

RIHANNA-LOVE ON THE BRAIN

SHAWN MENDES-MERCY

SIA W/KENDRICK LAMAR-THE GREATEST

X AMBASSADORS-UNSTEADY

FLUME W/TOVE LO-SAY IT

HEY VIOLET-GUYS MY AGE

LUKAS GRAHAM-YOU’RE NOT THERE

ONEREPUBLIC-KIDS

WEEKND W/DAFT PUNK-I FEEL IT COMING

ZARA LARSON-AIN’T MY FAULT

ZAY HILFIGERRR W/ZAYION MCCALL-JUJU ON THAT BEAT

ANNE-MARIE-ALARM

BRITNEY SPEARS-SLUMBER PARTY

DAYA-WORDS

DJ KHALED W/NICKI MINAJ-DO YOU MIND

DRAKE-FAKE LOVE

KALEO-WAY DOWN WE GO

LADY GAGA-MILLION REASONS

ALESSIA CARA-SCARS TO YOUR BEAUTIFUL

ARIANA GRANDE W/NICKI MINAJ-SIDE TO SIDE

BRUNO MARS-24K MAGIC

HAILEE STEINFELD W/ZEDD-STARVING

MAROON 5 W/KENDRICK LAMAR-DON’T WANNA KNOW

WEEKND W/DAFT PUNK-STARBOY

ADELE-WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE

DUA LIPA-BLOW YOUR MIND (MWAH)

FIFTH HARMONY-THAT’S MY GIRL

JOHN LEGEND-LOVE ME NOW

JON BELLION-ALL TIME LOW

MACHINE GUN KELLY W/CAMILA CABELLO-BAD THINGS

MARTIN GARRIX W/BEBE REXHA-IN THE NAME OF LOVE

NIALL HORAN-THIS TOWN

RAE SREMMURD W/GUCCI MANE-BLACK BEATLES

RIHANNA-LOVE ON THE BRAIN

SHAWN MENDES-MERCY

SIA W/KENDRICK LAMAR-THE GREATEST

X AMBASSADORS-UNSTEADY

FLUME W/TOVE LO-SAY IT

HEY VIOLET-GUYS MY AGE

LUKAS GRAHAM-YOU’RE NOT THERE

ONEREPUBLIC-KIDS

WEEKND W/DAFT PUNK-I FEEL IT COMING

ZARA LARSON-AIN’T MY FAULT

ZAY HILFIGERRR W/ZAYION MCCALL-JUJU ON THAT BEAT

ANNE-MARIE-ALARM

BRITNEY SPEARS-SLUMBER PARTY

DAYA-WORDS

DJ KHALED W/NICKI MINAJ-DO YOU MIND

DRAKE-FAKE LOVE

KALEO-WAY DOWN WE GO

LADY GAGA-MILLION REASONS

New numbers for the November election say people came out in historic numbers. 14 and a half million Californians voted last month, more than in any election in state history. The secretary of state’s office reports on the numbers which are nearly one million more than the last record, in November 2008, when President Obama was on the ballot. Voter turnout statewide was at 75.27 percent this time. Usually the presidential election turnout is higher than other elections. There were nearly 20 million registered California residents before Election Day 2016, another record high. Registrations soared before the primary in June and again before the general election in November.

A man from Stockton accused of a domestic incident with a rifle at a McDonald’s in Clearlake appears in court. Court documents say 21 year old Tailor Broman was arraigned this week for the incident in July. He pleaded not guilty to assault with a semiautomatic rifle, discharging a firearm in a negligent manner, and one lesser charge. The shooting at the fast food joint by Broman who was there with Owen Valenzuela who was accused of abusing his ex girlfriend on the phone while the two men were in the restaurant. Police say Broman fired a gun during a scuffle with a restaurant employee. No one was hurt. The next court date set for January 24th.

2 and a half million dollars has been set aside for a special health center in the North Bay for disabled residents. The residents have been living at the Sonoma Developmental Center, but it’s closing in 2018. That means as many as 350 patients will be without special care, including medical, dental, mental and adaptive services. State Sen. Mike McGuire says the money will go to build a so-called “health care hub”. The state will request bids by the end of this month. McGuire says when the center officially closes, the specialty medical, dental and mental services goes with it.

Heavy rains bring heavy flows to the Pudding Creek Dam which has overflowed. Last Thursday night the dam overflowed and eroded about 12 feet of the foundation which needs to stay built up due to nearby homes and businesses. Georgia-Pacific owns and maintains the dam, says they’re working with officials in Fort Bragg to repair and make sure the dam’s stable in the future. There are several gates at the dam that regulate flows, but last Thursday some of the gates stayed closed, so the water poured over the edges. They do say the dam is stable right now and the water level will be maintained at its lowest level, but it will still let fish migrate thru. Fort Bragg’s insurance adjusters were out earlier this week inspecting the damage. And the city’s also in touch with the State Office of Emergency Services.

Four inmates at the prison in Susanville had to be treated after a riot involving as many as 100 prisoners. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation reported one inmate shot in the butt by a guard who was trying to stop the fighting. Three other inmates were injured by other inmates. It all started Tuesday in the medium-security block of the prison. Two inmates were taken back and two others stayed in the hospital, listed in fair condition. The prison is a couple hundred miles away from Sacramento. There are about 3,000 inmates and 1,900 more at conservation camps.

Ukiah city councilmember Jim Brown is now the mayor. It was official as he took the gavel from fellow council member Steve Scalmanini. Scalmanini and Doug Crane were officially sworn in for four-years. Scalmanini had been appointed before when Mari Rodin stepped down, but this time he was elected and spoke about how excited he was at the last meeting. Crane and Scalmanini had no challengers for their seats. Kevin Doble was appointed vice-mayor.

A Glock handgun reported missing in Ukiah. A resident reported the handgun ripped off from his pickup truck Monday. The man said he left it in the truck a couple days earlier because he planned to go get it cleaned. He says there was a lock on it and was in a case, but he found the case empty. He says he thought he locked his truck too, so he wasn’t sure how they got in and took his weapon.

A woman from Santa Rosa’s busted after police say she wouldn’t leave someone’s home where she had been a guest. Police in Ukiah say the woman was staying in the 400 block of East Gobbi Street. A man at the house says he let the homeless woman stay with him, but she wouldn’t leave. The officer who responded found the woman, who’d been living in Santa Rosa, had a warrant out for her arrest. She was booked into the Mendocino County Jail.

New equipment purchased for Frank Howard Memorial Hospital in full swing. The equipment, including new hospital beds, portable X-ray machines and 3D mammography paid for out of a $4 million settlement from Pepsi after a lawsuit by the Willits Environmental Remediation Trust for contamination at the old site. Money paid was supposed to be for the new hospital but instead was paid for from the Frank R. Howard Foundation. The new hospital was done in October. One more piece of equipment comes next month, it will tell what kind of bacteria is in a culture and what antibiotic will kill it.

Even though the Willits Bypass has officially opened, nearby businesses are complaining about lost business. One permanent closure blamed on the massive loss of business and foot traffic because of what they say are inadequate signs along U.S. Highway 101. Nikos Gyro Shop closed last Wednesday. The business owner says when the bypass opened the business was off more than 40 percent so they were forced to close after just two years in business. The owner says they were told by Caltrans they’d get proper signage, but they say not enough people saw signs when they got off the highway at either end of town. They say they lost a ton of business around the second week of November, then after the bypass opened, it was dead.

Some self-driving Uber cars have left California and are in Arizona after being banned because of safety concerns. It happened after the Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey went on social media to sell Uber on his state instead. Dash cam video in San Francisco was posted online showing a self-driving Uber go thru a red light. That was the same day the pilot program started. The cars do have a driver behind the wheel just in case. Uber says it shipped cars to Arizona but they’ll also be expanding their self-driving pilot program. The DMV in Calif. was threatening a lawsuit if Uber didn’t get the same special permit as other companies with self-driving technology.

Shasta deputies on the lookout for whoever attacked an employee of a gas station, spraying them with a flammable liquid and setting them on fire, which killed him. The Record Searchlight newspaper reports the Wednesday attack happened near the town of Burney, which is a tiny logging community east of Redding. The Shasta County Sheriff’s dept. says they’ve got no suspect or motive. Surveillance video shows the suspect covered up in yellow rain gear, a black hoodie and gloves. The victim has been identified as David Wicks.

A man in Wyoming busted after a half-eaten peanut butter and jelly sandwich is left behind after a burglary. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/2hZsgUt ) on three ripoffs of power tools and equipment from a business, three separate times. They say the first time they found the half eaten sandwich. They then called the guy the “PB&J burglar.” After DNA tests, they linked 26 year old Zachary Munoz. He pleaded not guilty earlier this month and is due back in court in February.

A man from Talmage gets almost 12 years behind bars for the rape of a child. Silviano Gonzalez was sentenced to 11 years and 10 months in state prison for lewd and lascivious acts on a child under 14, attempted forcible rape, oral copulation of a child under the age of 14, and unlawful penetration with a foreign object. He will have to serve 85 percent of the sentence unless it’s modified under the newly passed Proposition 57. After he’s released from prison, he’ll have to register as a sex offender in any community he lives in. The crimes he was found guilty of from 2012 and 2013, with a girl who was 8 and 9 years old.

A man from Lucerne has been killed in a crash on the Nice-Lucerne Cutoff. The CHP says a woman in the crash was also injured yesterday. The cars crashed after one drifted into the other’s lane, going in the opposite direction. The driver then overcorrected and tried to cross back over the double-yellow lines, hitting the other vehicle which rolled. The driver hit by the oncoming car died at the scene and his passenger had major injuries and was flown to a hospital. The second driver was not hurt. The CHP says all 3 people in the crash had on seat belts. Investigators have not figured out if drugs or alcohol were a factor.

The Lake County Board of Supervisors agrees to a different way forward, removing trees that are burned out or dead after the Valley Fire. The Board Chair Rob Brown brought the idea to the board Tuesday that old trees need removal before any new building can start. Some of the trees that were dead or dying are further infested with bark beetles. The county needs $10 million in Community Development Block Grant funding to get the trees out of Cobb. So far there’s a small bit of money being used to take trees out of abandoned pear orchards. Apparently some want to see if the trees can recover, but Brown says the trees are becoming dangerous. Like last week in Cobb when a tree fell down in the wind and rain storm on a newly placed modular home which caused a lot of damage.

Lake County Board of Supervisors looks at the final update on the Clayton Fire cleanup. The Environmental Health Director along with the Lake County Public Health Officer went in front of the board to continue several local emergencies, which has to happen to get the money coming in for the disaster. The Clayton fire burned 300 structures in Lower Lake, 200 of those were homes. There are nearly 150 lots still needing to be registered for the state-led cleanup program with CalRecycle, the same agency that handled the Valley fire cleanup. 134 lots are done. As of last week there was almost 33,000 tons of debris and materials pulled from properties hit by the Clayton fire. Much went to the landfill and some to recycling. As of a couple weeks ago, the cost for all the cleanup had hit nearly $8M.

Someone busted by cops in their anti-mail theft program. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office working with United States Postal Inspectors and private citizens catching a thief last weekend in Ukiah. Sheriff’s dept. says they got a call with a description of possible suspects and their car. They arrested Amanda Delvalle for possession of stolen property, violation of probation, conspiracy and mail theft. Then deputies learned there was another suspect, Ryan Maxstadt who had felony warrants for his arrest from the Bay area. He was arrested after a chase that ended in Willits. A police dog finally nabbed the guy who was arrested on several charges including conspiracy, possession of stolen property and possession of burglary tools. He’s held without bail.

Another mail theft arrest, this one a transient from Willits. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s office reports arresting Katelyn Walker with a 17 year old . The Sheriff’s Dept. along with citizens and the US Postal Service working to get mail thieves off the street this holiday season. They got a report of mail stolen inRedwood Valley and identified a car connected to the crime. They found stolen mail in the car from various locations. They were eventually lead to Walker and the teenager who were both arrested for stealing packages, holiday cards and other items that might have had cash or valuables. Walker booked on conspiracy to commit a crime, theft, mail theft, possession of stolen property and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The minor went to Juvenile Hall on charges of conspiracy, theft, mail theft and possession of stolen property.

A jury trial for a man accused of murder in Lower Lake has been continued to March. Robert Hitchcock accused of several crimes including Murder, Two Counts of Gross Vehicular Manslaughter, DUI and Under The Influence Of Controlled Substance for the September incident where he hit a pickup. The CHP reports Hitchcock pinned another driver between the two cars, she died. Nichole Welborn was trying to get into her car when she was hit. Hitchcock had no injuries and was taken to see if he was under the influence. It’s back to court next month with the jury trial to follow in March.

Rural Californians to get better phone service. The California Public Utilities Commission moving a provision forward improving outage reporting requirements for rural residents. So there will be a change to the number of user minutes where phones are disconnected in an outage. The amount required right now for a data request is 900,000 mins., it will go way down, to 90,000. The commission says that should help rural areas with frequent outages get more attention from phone companies. The vote was split, 3 to 2. The rule also means law enforcement will have a direct line into the phone company to get quick answers if there’s an outage. So there couldn’t be another issue like during the blackout in 2014 in Mendocino and parts of Lake counties. The Mendocino sheriff’s office was unreachable and didn’t know it.

Toppled statues, broken windows and a ransacked office lead to the arrest of a man from Guerneville. Andrew Faulkner stood in court giving his name as Satan earlier this week after he was arrested in Santa Rosa Catholic school. Police say he vandalized the school to the tune of $100,000 in damage. While he was arraigned for burglary, vandalism and being under the influence of methamphetamine, he waved to the judge, said hi, then said, “by the way, I’m Satan”. Just a few minutes before that his lawyer said he doubted the guy’s mental state. The judge wouldn’t move the proceedings forward until after Faulkner see’s a doctor. He was ordered to be held without bail.

Congressman Jared Huffman visited community members in Ukiah, taking a ride on the holiday trolley and visiting the downtown ice rink. He met at Slam Dunk Pizza after that. The Daily Journal reports on many topics the Congressman discussed including marijuana and the passage of Prop. 64. They discussed how it will still be a federal crime and may become more difficult with the new president and his pick for attorney general, Jeff Sessions, who Huffman says is “openly hostile to even medical marijuana,” and says his views on weed could “take us back to the 1950s". He reassured those in attendance they’d all make it through somehow. After the lunch, Huffman went to the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs Clinic on Kings Court in Ukiah.

More commercial Dungeness crab fishing has opened on the Sonoma Coast and the first section of the Mendocino Coast. Recent tests by state health officials show crab in the area with no unsafe levels of Domoic Acid and safe to eat. Fish and wildlife officials announced an opening this Saturday from near Salt Point to the Mendocino County line. Then Monday it will open from the Mendocino County line to near Point Arena and, in Humboldt County, the fishery will open from near Shelter Cove to the north jetty of the entrance to Humboldt Bay. Still no commercial fishing between Point Arena and Shelter Cove until the acid levels go down.

A man from New Hampshire will go on trial for the murder of a fellow marijuana grower in Covelo. Joshua Ruoff is suspected of the baseball beating death of Timothy Sweeting. After the preliminary trial, the judge said there was enough evidence to move forward. One witness said Ruoff attacked Sweeting while the victim was laying on a couch where the three men were growing marijuana. Court papers say Ruoff was complaining Sweeting was lazy, messy and didn’t take good care of his dog. The judge decided after that testimony, and from others, that Ruoff should answer on a first-degree murder charge with a sentencing enhancement for use of a bat. He’s held without bail.