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Congressman Jared Huffman, a Democrat from San Rafael says he’s not attending Donald Trump’s inauguration. Huffman says he’s going to do everything he personally can to limit the damage that might be done during the 45th presidents term in office. He says he won’t celebrate the beginning of quote, a “dark and dangerous chapter” in American politics. He posted the announcement on his Facebook page. The Press Democrat interviewed Huffman who says the decision was not difficult and that the response has been mostly positive. He says he’s not going because of Trump’s election comments, calling his election, quote a “juggernaut of bad ideas, embarrassing conduct and scandal.” There are only two other members of the House who said they won’t go either, Democrat Luis Gutierrez of Illinois and Rep. Katherine Clark, a Dem from Maine.

Another day, another storm, but forecasters say this one could be bigger. The National Weather Service in Eureka saying Mendocino County may get hit hard and that Ukiah could get as much as 3 inches of rain. Since the forecast, the Ukiah Unified School District announced no school today. Besides rain there will be unusually strong, high winds with this storm, especially on the coast. The weather service says that means there could be more downed power lines and trees.

There were thousands without power in Mendocino County Sunday. The Advocate newspaper reported wind gusts of up to 60 miles an hour and power out to thousands. There were also reports of downed trees and flooding rivers.

Today there’s a flood watch along much of the North Coast, a high wind warning and heavy rain likely through tomorrow.

The Flood Warning thru tomorrow night and the wind warning through late tonight with possible wind gusts of up to 50 miles per hour or more. The storms are not supposed to clear until weekend in a region already soaked from weekend storms and rain last week.

In Lake County, the Public Works Department reported Seigler Canyon Road was closed from Highway 29 to Big Canyon Road due to flooding and Perini Road closed at Seigler Canyon Road and Scotts Valley Road from Hendricks to Highway 20 due to flooding.

Clear Lake rose 2 feet, and by the end of the day yesterday, it was at 5.50 feet Rumsey, nearly three times the depth than a year ago on the same day. Cache Creek was swelling even with the dam open it was running back into Clearlake.

The forecast for Lake County says there could be 3" to 7" of rain. Highway 1 at the Garcia River and Highway 175 in Hopland were both opened back up, but Highway 128 at the Navarro River, was still closed. Late last night it was reported residents in Hopland got their power back, but about 5, 500 residents, mostly on the coast, were still without power.

The Ukiah Unified School District Superintendent announced no school because of the forecast. There was flood warnings and possibility of bridges being closed and impassable. The superintendent apologizing for the inconvenience but saying student safety is the primary concern. There is a plan for school to be open tomorrow, but they will notify families if that changes. Also watch the district’s Facebook page for more info or our Fan Page, or this radio station’s website.

There are Flood Warnings for the following rivers in Northwest California… Russian River near Hopland affecting Mendocino County, Navarro River At Navarro affecting Mendocino County, Mad River Near Arcata affecting Humboldt County, Eel River At Fernbridge affecting Humboldt County and Van Duzen River Near Bridgeville affecting Humboldt County. The heaviest rain in this next go is supposed to happen this morning. 3 to 5 inches expected in Mendocino and Humboldt counties and 6 to 8 inches in the mountains. Forecasters say that will lead to another flood crest on the rivers. …Flood Warning Continues for The Navarro River At Navarro until tomorrow afternoon with moderate flooding forecast. The river was at 17 feet as of 9 pm last night, Flood Stage is 23.0 feet.

The last storm caused flooding and travel problems in the Mendocino National Forest. Rock slides reported, a sink hole making one area impassable, a slide and more. OHV trails on the Upper Lake and Grindstone ranger districts were closed Sunday and will stay that way until it’s dry with no more rain in the forecast. The Red Bluff Recreation Area was also closed Sunday because of flooding concerns. For exact locations of road closures, alerts and notices check the forest service webpage and type in Mendocino. You can also check their Facebook Page which is Mendocino NF, Twitter: @MendocinoNF or call 530-934-3316.

A man in Laytonville’s been arrested after a stabbing. The victim was hit in the hand and landed in the hospital. Police say they got a call to the stabbing of a man who told them he got into a fight with his girlfriend, identified as Jenny Bennett, and that she grabbed a knife and stabbed the victim, who had a laceration on his hand and injuries to his face. Deputies say when they went to interview Bennett she obstructed and resisted, but they finally arrested her. She’s charged with several crimes including Assault With a Deadly Weapon Other Than Firearm, Felony Domestic Violence Battery and Resisting / Delaying / Obstructing a Peace Officer. She was held on $30,000 bail.

A man in Fort Bragg’s been arrested after police get a call about an argument between neighbors that turned violent. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office reports the victim complaining about Robert Vargas who they say was shooting firearms in the area and that he might have drugs. Vargas was checked out and found to be on probation. When police went to his house they say they found several items he was not allowed to have due to the probation. They found Meth, drug paraphernalia, a .22 caliber rifle and several rounds of loaded ammunition. He was arrested for several crimes including being a Convicted felon in possession of a firearm, Possession of ammunition by a prohibited person and Possession of a controlled substance. He was held without bail because of his probation terms.

A Covelo man is recovering after being mauled by his neighbors’ dogs. Mendocino Animal Control says the victim was out walking last Wednesday night when three Pit Bulls attacked. He had major injuries to his arms, legs and face and had to be flown to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital where he is currently in intensive care. Investigators say the dogs’ owner Escareno Pinon was cooperating and his dogs put in a 10-day quarantine. Pinon says he accidentally left his yard gate open and the dogs got out and says when he got home he found the victim and called for help. Animal Control also reported having previous contact with the guy about a dog bite, but it was a different dog.

One of the men accused in a crime spree that ended with the shooting of an armored truck guard in Windsor and ended in Calistoga says the other guy was the mastermind. 24 year old Ivan Morales of Lakeport in a taped interview said 24 year old Sergey Gutsu of Antelope was to blame. Morales says Gutsu planned the robbery and gave him ammo for an automatic rifle he was planning to leave unloaded. He says his plan was to scare the guard, not shoot him. Court documents say Morales shot and wounded a guard outside a bank in Windsor as Gutsu grabbed the money. They then ran to Calistoga where there was another shootout, this time with Calistoga police. The two men are charged with felony robbery, attempted murder and felony assault on a police officer using a firearm.

Yosemite is re-opening even though heavy rain is anticipated. There was a rock slide over the weekend which blocked Highway 140 into the Park after rain caused the Merced River to flood. The park was set to open at 8 a-m after it had been evacuated for four days. All of the campgrounds were supposed to reopen tonight and there are other areas to lodge opening tomorrow. The park staff was warning tourists and guests to be cautious upon returning because flooding went over a bridge and flooded out a camp at Half Dome Village. There was some damage to park facilities and multiple rock slides, the biggest one apparently sent car-sized boulders down on Highway 140, also known as El Portal Road, near the park’s border gate.

Cal Fire jumping into action to help during the storms. Firefighters and inmate fire crews also work with local governments and the public during storm and flood response. Lake Co News reporting the Cal Fire Sonoma Lake Napa Unit reported more than 60 calls for help over the weekend. They responded to downed trees in roadways and stranded residents in Hidden Valley Lake. Firefighters working with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office to help evacuate people safely. Inmate crews have been on standby.

Sonoma County’s getting ready for more flooding along the Russian River after several hundred homes were flooded. The California Nevada River Forecast Center reported late last night the river was supposed to hit flood stage overnight. It was predicted to stay at flood levels thru early this morning. This latest storm forecast shows the river would again reach flood stage overnight tonight but recede by Thursday morning. The county was evacuating people in the low lying areas of Monte Rio and Guerneville Sunday, but newer flood forecasting shows as many as 550 households would be impacted when the Russian River reaches 35 feet.

There’s a shelter set up for those evacuated at Guerneville Veterans Hall. They’re open 24/7 thru Friday. The county says it’ll open more shelters as needed. Pacific Gas and Electric Co. reported getting power back on for more than 15,500 households since Saturday as they work around the clock to restore even more.


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