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It’s official the Third District Supervisor Tom Woodhouse is resigning. Effective today, Woodhouse is no longer on the board, per a letter dated yesterday to the Board Chair Dan Gjerde and Vice Chairman John McCowen. Woodhouse was in the hospital and cops had gone out to his house several months back for a domestic situation that landed him there. In his resignation letter, Woodhouse says though he’s made significant progress recovering from his recent health issues, he’s not fully recovered. His wife had petitioned a court for permanent conservatorship so she could resign on his behalf. Woodhouse was in a state hospital for several weeks. He apparently had refused his meds and was being treated for bipolar disorder and manic behaviors. Plus he’s on medication for cholesterol and blood pressure to avoid heart and stroke complications.

City representatives in Willits are telling local businesses to become part of the Caltrans’ Business LOGO Sign Program so when folks take the new Bypass, they don’t bypass their business. The logo program to help travelers find services at rural freeway interchanges. A business can apply and pay for their LOGO to be applied to the signs then Caltrans puts the sign up and maintains it with yearly rental fees. The program is for gas, food, lodging and camping businesses for populations of less than 5,000. Willits squeezing by. In 2014, Willits had a population of 4,861. To apply though, businesses have to meet some basic criteria. One city councilmember noted on Facebook that only a few businesses have applied so far.

Internet and phone outages in rural areas are going to get more attention after the California Public Utilities Commission approved a so-called Final Decision of the Revised Proposed Decision to improve rural telephone and emergency services. The final decision was released just before the New Year. It outlines what carriers have to do now. That includes an investigation into the August 2014 outage in Mendocino County that left telephone, internet, cell and 9-1-1 services off the hook in more than a half dozen coastline communities. Now the Consumer Protection and Endorsement Division has to investigate if carriers followed law during the outage and if they quickly notified public-safety answering points. That helps law enforcement get information to protect people.

The first meeting of the Willits Unified School District Board of Trustees to be a busy one. The meeting tomorrow includes a public hearing regarding the sunshine proposals for Teachers and School Employees Union negotiations. That basically means proposals that have to be presented to the public, before they can properly negotiate a new deal with employees. The Board will also move to approve school accountability report cards and approve a revised policy prohibiting tobacco use on school campuses, and if there’s time, other matters too. District officials released the agenda which also includes updates to the tobacco-free school policy to include the new state law requiring all district-owned or -leased properties to ban tobacco use on school grounds. That means signs up all over the place reflecting the new rule. The meeting today at 5:30 p.m. in the Willits High School Media Center on N. Main St.

Another two year grant’s been approved to monitor invasive Quagga mussels in Clear Lake. The California Department of Boating and Waterways approved $318,000 in grants to pay for more than a dozen ramp monitors and two supervisors to see if all incoming watercraft have inspection stickers and to make sure they don’t have any Quagga’s hanging on. Right now there’s no sign of any of the invaders in the Lake. The grant reported to help successfully continue keeping the Lake Mussel free. If any got into the lake it could be disastrous for the natural lake environment and could mean millions to pay for any damage to the waterworks infrastructure.

More folks in Calif. with the flu this season. In the last week, three deaths were reported in the state and dozens ended up in the hospital during the holidays. The Calif. Dept. of Public Health says it’s reached widespread levels, especially in Northern and Central Calif. The director of the agency says it could be that traveling and holiday celebrations where large groups gather helped spread the flu. She explains the flu usually continues from December to February. The dept. has received nearly 30 severe influenza case reports so far where a patient ended up in a hospital intensive care unit. The patients were all 64 years old and younger. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also reported the flu’s been increasing across the country, especially in Arizona and Alabama, then in Oklahoma, Mississippi and North Carolina.

Quite the winter storm that’s passing by Northern Calif. with more on the way. The National Weather Service reporting possible flood risks, power outages and other hazards possible. Forecasters saying the rain and snow should pass by tomorrow, but another major system is building off shore. They’re saying it will bring “a significant and prolonged winter storm” Saturday into Monday. Even though it will appear dry tomorrow and Friday, the ground will be swollen ahead of the next storm. Some of the forecasts call for rain between 4 and 10 inches this weekend in upper elevations. Forecasters calling the next system an Atmospheric River. So far Ukiah has received almost 18 inches of rain this season. That’s about 3 more than an average year.

A man from Ukiah has been arrested for an attempted murder after a couple of restaurant workers were stabbed several times. Ukiah police get a call on New Year’s Eve to the 400 block of North State Street to the double stabbing. They say they found a large knife. The victims, 19 and 23 years old ended up in the hospital. One of them was stabbed in the chest and arm and the other in the back and shoulder. The suspect, Gage Hewett, is accused of confronting the workers as one took out the night’s trash. They say Hewett confronted them and stabbed them. The two treated and released from the hospital, Hewett held on $500,000 bail.

Two homeless people have been arrested in Ukiah on suspicion of burglarizing the Ukiah High School snack shack. Police get a call Monday that someone had broken into the school gym where the snack shack is located. Police say there was obvious forced entry and food, appliances, utensils, and paper dishes were stolen. Surveillance video shows a couple of men in the school. Police canvassed the neighborhood and found a man near the Ukiah Players Theatre and questioned him. They say 19 year old Vance Madson was connected to the burglary, so they arrested him. They went to a storage shed after and found another suspect, 30 year old Marcus Ledgerwood, and arrested him on suspicion of burglary too. Much of the stolen stuff was found in that shed.

A town hall being held in Willits regarding how to handle banking if you’re in the Cannabis business. The free event next Friday, the 13th at the Little Lake Grange at 4p. Marc Armstrong, the president of Commonomicsusa.org and the co-founder of the Public Banking Institute is presenting a proposal for a public bank for the Northern California cannabis industry. The proposal will supposedly comply with state banking regulations after the passage of Prop 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act.

Frank Howard Memorial Hospital is a Level IV Trauma center now. It’s one of just 11 in the state. It was approved for the level by Sonoma County Emergency Services and was effective Dec. 1st. That essentially means the staff at the hospital can provide advanced trauma support before a patient is moved to a higher level trauma center. The other one in Mendocino County is Ukiah Valley Medical Center which is about a half hour drive from Willits depending on weather. And it can be impassable in treacherous winter conditions. The Chief Medical Officer at Frank Howard says the designation means patients in Willits who need care will be assured they received the best possible for their injuries.

A man in Scotland forgets where he parked his friends car, and finds it months later. The man borrowed his friend’s car in June to go to a concert in Manchester and parked it in a parking garage in the area, but then forgot which it was. He says after the show he went in search of the BMW, spending five days doing so, then giving up. In August, the owner had emailed local companies and the government to see if it was found, and finally reported the vehicle lost or stolen. An abandoned car found last Friday night by police who tweeted its recovery. Manchester City Centre put its ticket in upon its exit, the bill… $6,150.

It’s official the Third District Supervisor Tom Woodhouse is resigning. Effective today, Woodhouse is no longer on the board, per a letter dated yesterday to the Board Chair Dan Gjerde and Vice Chairman John McCowen. Woodhouse was in the hospital and cops had gone out to his house several months back for a domestic situation that landed him there. In his resignation letter, Woodhouse says though he’s made significant progress recovering from his recent health issues, he’s not fully recovered. His wife had petitioned a court for permanent conservatorship so she could resign on his behalf. Woodhouse was in a state hospital for several weeks. He apparently had refused his meds and was being treated for bipolar disorder and manic behaviors. Plus he’s on medication for cholesterol and blood pressure to avoid heart and stroke complications.

City representatives in Willits are telling local businesses to become part of the Caltrans’ Business LOGO Sign Program so when folks take the new Bypass, they don’t bypass their business. The logo program to help travelers find services at rural freeway interchanges. A business can apply and pay for their LOGO to be applied to the signs then Caltrans puts the sign up and maintains it with yearly rental fees. The program is for gas, food, lodging and camping businesses for populations of less than 5,000. Willits squeezing by. In 2014, Willits had a population of 4,861. To apply though, businesses have to meet some basic criteria. One city councilmember noted on Facebook that only a few businesses have applied so far.

Internet and phone outages in rural areas are going to get more attention after the California Public Utilities Commission approved a so-called Final Decision of the Revised Proposed Decision to improve rural telephone and emergency services. The final decision was released just before the New Year. It outlines what carriers have to do now. That includes an investigation into the August 2014 outage in Mendocino County that left telephone, internet, cell and 9-1-1 services off the hook in more than a half dozen coastline communities. Now the Consumer Protection and Endorsement Division has to investigate if carriers followed law during the outage and if they quickly notified public-safety answering points. That helps law enforcement get information to protect people.

The first meeting of the Willits Unified School District Board of Trustees to be a busy one. The meeting tomorrow includes a public hearing regarding the sunshine proposals for Teachers and School Employees Union negotiations. That basically means proposals that have to be presented to the public, before they can properly negotiate a new deal with employees. The Board will also move to approve school accountability report cards and approve a revised policy prohibiting tobacco use on school campuses, and if there’s time, other matters too. District officials released the agenda which also includes updates to the tobacco-free school policy to include the new state law requiring all district-owned or -leased properties to ban tobacco use on school grounds. That means signs up all over the place reflecting the new rule. The meeting today at 5:30 p.m. in the Willits High School Media Center on N. Main St.

Another two year grant’s been approved to monitor invasive Quagga mussels in Clear Lake. The California Department of Boating and Waterways approved $318,000 in grants to pay for more than a dozen ramp monitors and two supervisors to see if all incoming watercraft have inspection stickers and to make sure they don’t have any Quagga’s hanging on. Right now there’s no sign of any of the invaders in the Lake. The grant reported to help successfully continue keeping the Lake Mussel free. If any got into the lake it could be disastrous for the natural lake environment and could mean millions to pay for any damage to the waterworks infrastructure.

More folks in Calif. with the flu this season. In the last week, three deaths were reported in the state and dozens ended up in the hospital during the holidays. The Calif. Dept. of Public Health says it’s reached widespread levels, especially in Northern and Central Calif. The director of the agency says it could be that traveling and holiday celebrations where large groups gather helped spread the flu. She explains the flu usually continues from December to February. The dept. has received nearly 30 severe influenza case reports so far where a patient ended up in a hospital intensive care unit. The patients were all 64 years old and younger. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also reported the flu’s been increasing across the country, especially in Arizona and Alabama, then in Oklahoma, Mississippi and North Carolina.

Quite the winter storm that’s passing by Northern Calif. with more on the way. The National Weather Service reporting possible flood risks, power outages and other hazards possible. Forecasters saying the rain and snow should pass by tomorrow, but another major system is building off shore. They’re saying it will bring “a significant and prolonged winter storm” Saturday into Monday. Even though it will appear dry tomorrow and Friday, the ground will be swollen ahead of the next storm. Some of the forecasts call for rain between 4 and 10 inches this weekend in upper elevations. Forecasters calling the next system an Atmospheric River. So far Ukiah has received almost 18 inches of rain this season. That’s about 3 more than an average year.

A man from Ukiah has been arrested for an attempted murder after a couple of restaurant workers were stabbed several times. Ukiah police get a call on New Year’s Eve to the 400 block of North State Street to the double stabbing. They say they found a large knife. The victims, 19 and 23 years old ended up in the hospital. One of them was stabbed in the chest and arm and the other in the back and shoulder. The suspect, Gage Hewett, is accused of confronting the workers as one took out the night’s trash. They say Hewett confronted them and stabbed them. The two treated and released from the hospital, Hewett held on $500,000 bail.

Two homeless people have been arrested in Ukiah on suspicion of burglarizing the Ukiah High School snack shack. Police get a call Monday that someone had broken into the school gym where the snack shack is located. Police say there was obvious forced entry and food, appliances, utensils, and paper dishes were stolen. Surveillance video shows a couple of men in the school. Police canvassed the neighborhood and found a man near the Ukiah Players Theatre and questioned him. They say 19 year old Vance Madson was connected to the burglary, so they arrested him. They went to a storage shed after and found another suspect, 30 year old Marcus Ledgerwood, and arrested him on suspicion of burglary too. Much of the stolen stuff was found in that shed.

A town hall being held in Willits regarding how to handle banking if you’re in the Cannabis business. The free event next Friday, the 13th at the Little Lake Grange at 4p. Marc Armstrong, the president of Commonomicsusa.org and the co-founder of the Public Banking Institute is presenting a proposal for a public bank for the Northern California cannabis industry. The proposal will supposedly comply with state banking regulations after the passage of Prop 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act.

Frank Howard Memorial Hospital is a Level IV Trauma center now. It’s one of just 11 in the state. It was approved for the level by Sonoma County Emergency Services and was effective Dec. 1st. That essentially means the staff at the hospital can provide advanced trauma support before a patient is moved to a higher level trauma center. The other one in Mendocino County is Ukiah Valley Medical Center which is about a half hour drive from Willits depending on weather. And it can be impassable in treacherous winter conditions. The Chief Medical Officer at Frank Howard says the designation means patients in Willits who need care will be assured they received the best possible for their injuries.

A man in Scotland forgets where he parked his friends car, and finds it months later. The man borrowed his friend’s car in June to go to a concert in Manchester and parked it in a parking garage in the area, but then forgot which it was. He says after the show he went in search of the BMW, spending five days doing so, then giving up. In August, the owner had emailed local companies and the government to see if it was found, and finally reported the vehicle lost or stolen. An abandoned car found last Friday night by police who tweeted its recovery. Manchester City Centre put its ticket in upon its exit, the bill… $6,150.

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