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It could have been worse. That’s the word from city staffers in Ukiah about the storms last week that took the Russian River to flood stage in some areas. The Community Services Supervisor told the City Council a break in rain for a couple of hours helped the river recede some and is probably what saved the city from lasting damage. The river was supposed to hit 26 feet, but only got to about 22 feet on Jan. 10. She says in the past, when it hit 26, it closed the 101 at Hopland. Highways 175 and 125 and Highway 1 all closed in some parts during the worst of the storm. Some other streets also closed down as they have bridges over the Russian River. The City Manager spoke to the council too about schools closing January 10th and 11th.

A big turnout for a new burger joint in town. People were even lining up several hours before to get to be one of the first to experience the new In-N-Out Burger which opened yesterday morning. Some restaurant employees from other cities came to help with the grand opening in Ukiah. A spokesperson for the restaurant says they’ll have about 50 employees, who start at $12.50 an hour.

The Mendocino Sheriff wants to throw down some cash for a Snowcat and the board of supervisors isn’t having it. The board and the Sheriff got into it at their meeting Tuesday regarding the $45,000 expenditure Sheriff Allman wants to spend on a Snowcat and trailer for his department. The money would be used from the sheriff’s asset forfeiture fund, off-highway license fees and U.S. Forest Service funds. The supervisors voted 3 to 1 against the purchase telling Allman to bring the request back as part of the normal budget process, which is in a few weeks. The Sheriff telling the board he was disappointed in their leadership adding he hoped none of their “family members get stuck in the snow.”

More crossing t’s and dotting I’s on the Medical Cannabis Cultivation Ordinance in Lake County. The board of supervisors were making small changes to the ordinance which will allow small marijuana grows in all residential zones and more accommodations for cultivators. Back in October staffers were directed to make changes regarding cottage grows and zoning, but first there had to be an environmental assessment of the change, to align properly with the California Environmental Quality Act. The changes were made final Tuesday and permits will begin to be issued for those that don’t go over the noted specified maximum sizes, were in place before Jan. 1st of last year, and have gone along with the “urgency ordinance” that governs the county’s marijuana industry.

The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors has voted unanimously to recommend former three-time supervisor John Pinches fill the seat of Third District Supervisor Tom Woodhouse who resigned January 3rd. By law Governor Jerry Brown will appoint the position but the county CEO told the board at their meeting Tuesday the governor’s office is taking recommendations “from anyone who chooses to give them one.” Pinches did not seek reelection when his last term ended two years ago, citing health reasons, but has told the Mendocino Voice his health is now much improved and he wouldn’t rule it out. There are about two years left on Woodhouse’s term.

A couple nonprofits in Lake County have won millions in grants so they can rebuild homes for low income residents after the wildfires over the last couple years. Habitat for Humanity and Hammers for Hope are going to begin taking applications for low-interest CalHome loans for up to $60,000 each. The loans made available through the California Department of Housing and Community Development. The low price and volunteer labor will help to construct as many as 100 homes which were lost in the 2015 Valley fire and 2016 Clayton fire. There’s a community meeting February 16th on the housing with State Sen. Mike McGuire in Middletown about the loans.

A few rogue National Parks employees have been tweeting about Climate Change and it’s catching on. The park employees tweeting against Donald. It started with three climate-related tweets sent by Badlands National Park that were quickly deleted. Then some other park accounts tweeted against policies the new president has been talking about and had campaigned on. Redwoods National Park in California posted pictures of Redwoods, saying the groves are nature’s No. 1 carbon sink, which capture greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming. The tweet said, "more redwoods would mean less #climatechange". Golden Gate National Park tweeted about 2016 being the hottest year on record for the third year in a row. Death Valley National Park tweeted the photos of Japanese Americans interned there during World War II. In New York, the Statue of Liberty — another park service site tweeted she, "weeps over President Trump’s discrimination” referring to his recent Immigration orders.

Politicians in San Francisco and other so-called sanctuary cities which claim they’ll protect immigrants in the U.S. illegally are speaking out, saying they won’t be intimidated by President Trump saying he intends to cut off millions in federal funding to such communities. Some of the cities have vowed legal action saying it’s unconstitutional. California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, tweeted: “See you in court.” Apparently there’s no formal designation to be a sanctuary city. The White House spokesman says they’ll take money from sanctuary states and cities who harbor illegal immigrants. Immigration rights advocates packed the steps of San Francisco City Hall yesterday with signs that said “Undocumented & Unafraid” and “Don’t let hate Trump our values.”

More wine from California to be imported to Canada. That’s the latest from the congressional Wine Caucus Co-Chairs Reps. Mike Thompson (DCA- 05) and Duncan Hunter (R-CA-50). The two members of Congress say it means more local wines on grocery store shelves in Canada. Right now only wines from British Columbia can be sold there, but the United States challenged the regulation saying it discriminated against U.S. wine producers. The two Calif. Congressman say American wineries make some of the best wines in the world. They say the denial of our wine in Canada hinders the growth of our entrepreneurs, and also denies Canadians access to our products.

Police in northwestern Germany on the lookout for whoever rammed thru the wall of a house and took the safe inside. Police say someone used a tractor yesterday and rammed it into the wall of a home near Hannover, took the safe, left the tractor, and took off. They say those inside the home were not hurt.

It’s bunk… the story that went viral on social media about a man in Boston who lost his testicles during an explosion that happened when he tried filling a scuba tank with marijuana smoke. The Boston Leader carried the story of the supposed September incident where someone was demonstrating a scuba bong, and it going horribly wrong. But police say there was nothing of the sort reported. A picture of the alleged victim was apparently from a story in the Boston Globe about an unrelated incident.

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