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Water’s being released from Lake Mendocino after the recent rain. The Army Corp started the releases yesterday because the overfilled reservoir was around two-fifths of its maximum allowable capacity. They say they’re going to gradually ramp up releases ahead of storms that are predicted for next week. The rainwater is held in a dam, but released so when rain starts to raise the water to high, it doesn’t spill over the top of the dam. The Corp’s timing it as downstream river levels subside. Forecasters say another round of rain is coming early to mid next week. The corp says it will keep monitoring lake and river levels and change flows as needed.

A man from Boonville accused of drowning a 6 year old relative makes a court appearance. Ricky Owens is charged with felony endangering a child or causing or permitting a child to suffer physical pain, mental suffering or injury. He was held Friday on $50,000 bail. Police called to a hotel in December for reports of an unresponsive boy. Owens telling cops he was teaching the kid to swim, but the event was caught on a hotel surveillance camera, showing Owens putting the child in the pool water and nearly drowning him several times in several minutes, holding him under water until his body was limp. He was arrested and the child went to the hospital, but was expected to make a full recovery. Owens is due in court again Feb. 7th.

A driver whose car went off Highway 20 into Clear Lake has been rescued. Several first responders went to the crash west of Foothill Drive, finding a silver four-door sedan that landed on its roof and was mostly submerged in the lake. The CHP says they got info from someone else about the crash who saw lights in the lake. A silver sedan was headed east on the highway and believed to be the only car involved in the incident. Firefighters got the female driver out, she was given CPR and had a pulse and taken to Sutter Lakeside Hospital late last night.

Still a little wet out there after nearly a week of solid rain. Yesterday was drizzly in spots in Lake County with the Lake continuing to swell. There was also some snow reported by Cobb and in parts of Kelseyville, including at Mt. Konocti. The National Weather Service reported the recent rain was 175 to 200 percent of normal for the time of year. There was another flood warning issued yesterday for parts of Lake County too which continues through this afternoon. Should be dry today, with another round headed our way Tuesday or Wednesday. There could be some dense fog in parts of Lake County tonight into tomorrow morning and a slight chance of showers tomorrow night into Sunday. Forecast models show next week’s storm could bring heavy rain and snow at the 7,000 foot level with possible gusty winds.

For much of Calif., the drought’s over. After almost a week of constant rain, a federal report on drought conditions by the USDA shows almost half of California is no longer in a drought. The report shows 42 percent of the state is no longer in drought conditions, as opposed to 3 percent last year. The report with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Admin. And the Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln, shows almost all of Northern California from the Santa Cruz Mountains to the Oregon border is now in normal water conditions. A senior meteorologist with the NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center in Maryland wrote the report saying the drought is over in Northern Calif.

The Democratic party in Calif. is changing to become even more progressive. Last week the Democratic Party had their delegate elections. Many who backed Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders for President had major wins at the party elections. The elections held last weekend in each of the state’s 80 Assembly districts. Word is progressives won many of the 1,100 state delegate seats. Each of the delegates sits for 2 years, there are seven men and seven women in each district. They will all gather together in May for the state party convention and choose their party officers. The approve the party platform in even-numbered years. The party chair is retiring, so new blood, all around.

The Upper Lake Unified School District starts their search for a new superintendent. Superintendent Patrick Iaccino is retiring in June, so the school district has a meeting planned where they’ll seek public input on a new leader. Iaccino one of the leaders of the idea to merge the Upper Lake Union Elementary District with the High School District. The town hall to discuss the search for a new Superintendent is Wednesday, Feb. 1st at the Upper Lake High School cafeteria at 6pm. You can visit the school district’s website if you’re interested in the job that pays between $114,000 to $157,000 or so a year, including benefits. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. March 1st.

A child in Central California is dead after his older brother accidentally shot him. Police in Chowchilla say the death is a tragic reminder to keep guns away from young children. The child died on the way to the hospital in the small community outside of Fresno.

A man from Vacaville has been arrested after police say he helped his mother die. She was found with a single gunshot wound to the head last month and her 43 year old son, Eric Capitanich was arrested yesterday. Police say he helped his mom, who he lived with, commit suicide. The two were given an eviction notice last August. A neighbor said the mom seemed frail, and not very healthy. They also said they saw police show up at the home with a realtor, a locksmith and sheriff in Sept. But apparently they couldn’t leave because mom was bedridden. They were living at a Motel 6. The mother’s body was find inside a storage unit they rented. Capitanich to be charged with assisting a suicide. He faces up to three years in jail.

Another broken levee reported along the Cosumnes (ko-SUE-meez) River flooded areas of Elk Grove. One neighborhood under a voluntary evacuation early yesterday, but some stayed back so fire crews had to help some homeowners out of flooded homes. After the levee broke due to heavy rain, water went rushing into the Point Pleasant neighborhood. More than a dozen people had to be helped out with boats. Additional crews brought in by the Cosumnes Fire Department to help with rescues over the weekend. There’s also been an evacuation center set up by the Red Cross at Laguna Town Hall in Elk Grove.

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