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The city of Ukiah’s considering having their ice rink each holiday season and winter. The city’s had a rink, but now considering a larger one. The first has been open for just over a month and has had more than 7,000 skaters visit. A visit with a skate rental is about 10 bucks. City staff reports bringing in net profits of $17,000, which they say is $15,000 more than expected. It cost about $128,000 to put the rink in, but it’s in the black now. Staff is recommending the location on South School Street again, in front of the Alex R. Thomas Jr. Plaza so it’s close to electrical access, public restrooms and the covered pavilion with an extension of about 20 feet.

The Ukiah City Council is getting an update on the Strategic Plan and City Operations. At their meeting tonight, the city manager will give them an informal presentation to be followed by a discussion with the city manager’s input. Staff and the council will hear a plan to maintain and improve infrastructure, consider valley-wide planning principle ideas, hear about how to get local investment, more economic diversity, how to best support businesses, create employment opportunities and a plan so the council and city staff can be more responsive and effective together. The meeting tonight at 6 in the council chambers.

A woman hurt in a house fire earlier this week in Lucerne has died. The Lake County Sheriff’s office reports Nancy Yeafoli was at home when the fire started Monday night. A witness called for help and reported they could not get into the front door as it was probably blocked, and said someone was inside. When firefighters arrived they found Yeafoli and gave her CPR. They said she suffered burns, but not how severe her condition might be. They’re going to conduct an autopsy, and say it seems a cigarette left burning may have been the cause of the fire.

Another storm lining up to hit the area, with more on the way. The National Weather Service reported a slow-moving storm would move into the region this afternoon with heavier rain coming tonight. There could also be high winds in Mendocino and Southern Humboldt counties with gusts up to 45 mph in higher ridges. Moderate to heavy rain could continue thru tomorrow and Friday and heavy snow is expected in some mountain areas above the 4,500 foot level. Another storm is expected Sunday into Monday with warnings of possible minor road and rural flooding and rock and mud slides.

A huge crowd showed up in Santa Rosa as talk of becoming a Sanctuary City heats up. Residents against President Trump’s immigration policies at Santa Rosa City Hall yesterday calling on leaders to declare the city a sanctuary for anyone there without the proper paperwork as the administration threatens they’ll take federal funding away for cities and entire states who don’t cooperate with immigration agents. The Press Democrat reported the crowd one of the largest at a City Council meeting for some time, with 200 people or more. Some folks were outside the chambers too. The council voted unanimously to consider the idea of a sanctuary or “welcoming city” at next Tuesday’s council meeting.

A committee’s been formed in Clearlake to be the watchdog for Measure V. The Measure V Citizen’s Oversight Committee will give recommendations about what roads need work and how the money from the initiative will pay for it. Most of the city’s public roads are being considered for some form of facelift. Curt Giambruno, Ray Silva, Mike Vandiver, Henry Bornstein and Dirk Slooten were chosen for the panel out of nine who applied. Before they get down to any actual work at hand, they have to come up with a five year Capital Improvement Plan which will be updated every year and give guidance to the City Council. The city’s looking to have most roads improved somehow. But the roads that are not paved now, won’t be because of the high cost. 63 miles of more than 110 are paved.

An extension for the healthcare marketplace has been announced in Calif. Consumers had until yesterday to sign up, but apparently Covered California announced its tacking on an additional 4 days for folks to complete their enrollment. The Executive Director for Covered Calif. says they don’t want anyone to miss the opportunity to get coverage. Anyone who completes their application by this Saturday will get coverage starting March 1st. For more info, you can visit Covered C-A dot com. You can get help with your application by clicking “Free Local Help to Enroll” and they will guide you the rest of the way. You can also enroll over the phone at (800) 300-1506.

Lawmakers in Calif. have fast tracked a bill to limit local and state police from deporting undocumented residents. Those who support the bill at a hearing of the Senate Public Safety Committee with some Republican committee members voicing concern about the idea. State Senate Leader Kevin de Leon is the bill’s main sponsor. Republican Senator Jeff Stone asking the committee to address concerns he has about violent felons saying it will make it much more difficult for the federal government to get to the most dangerous criminals. De Leon says it won’t block federal immigration agents from doing their jobs. There was a representative from California Police Chiefs Association at the committee meeting too, but said they have no official position, but agrees local law enforcement doesn’t want to help tear families apart.

A registered sex offender has moved and not updated the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. The dept is asking for the public’s help finding out where Lawrence Clayton Jelks has gone to. There’s a warrant for his arrest for failing to register as a sex offender. He’s described as a black man, 69 years old, 5’3”, 150 pounds. He was last living in Clearlake Oaks. They say if you see him to call police and to not approach him. Anyone with info urged to call dispatch at 707-263-2690.

The Lytton Band of Pomo Indians has purchased the Salvation Army’s Lytton Springs rehabilitation center. The $30 million dollar purchase of the center near Healdsburg gives the tribe 564 acres to add to the 3,000 they already own. Apparently the tribe doesn’t have plans for the property yet, but they are said to be considering a resort hotel, winery and vineyards, but not a casino. Apparently the tribe signed an agreement with the county a couple years ago agreeing there would not be a casino anywhere in the county for at least 2 decades.

A judge says no to Caltrans trying to get a lawsuit thrown out, brought by California Indian tribes for the destruction of known Indian cultural sites. The lawyer for the tribe reported the win more than a year after the Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians and the Round Valley Indian Tribes filed suit saying the National Environmental Policy Act, the National Historic Preservation Act, the Department of Transportation Act and the Federal-Aid Highway Act were all violated by the Willits Bypass work. They say Caltrans and other agencies didn’t properly identify and protect their “ancestral, sacred, cultural, and archeological sites and resources”. They also claim certain sites were destroyed. Caltrans has said in the past the claims are false.

A moose had to be rescued after falling into the basement of someone’s house in Idaho. Apparently the animal fell thru an unlatched window and spent a few hours stuck in the basement last Sunday. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game along with cops tried shooing the moose upstairs to no avail. So officers shot her with a tranquilizer dart, then eight officers carried her out. She ran off soon after. The woman who owned the house said there was a little bit of damage, but called her visitor, “the most polite, gracious beast.”


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