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The Flood Warning continues for the Navarro with rain continuing to pummel the north coast. The warning until tomorrow morning…or until the warning is cancelled. The river was at 17.5 feet earlier this morning with minor flooding forecast. Flood Stage is 23.0 feet. Forecasters say they expect the river to go above flood stage of 23 feet this afternoon and say it could crest near 27.5 ft later tonight and recede back to flood stage early tomorrow and come back down to about 10.5 FT early Sunday morning. If the river should hit 30 ft it could impact homes and roads. Warnings that Highway 128 will be closed and drivers should look for alternate routes.

Housing experts and community members talk with Mendocino College officials about more student housing options in Ukiah. There was a workshop after the school’s athletic staff tried to get housing for the football team but some community members spoke out against it. Ukiah’s got a tight housing market and realtors say families usually get priority over college kids. Options for students being discussed include dorms and some sort of affordable housing which could attract more international students.

Clear Lake has gone over flood stage with heavy rain predicted to continue. The Lake topped flood stage overnight, ahead of another day of heavy rain expected today. The United States Geological Survey reports the lake over the flood stage mark – 9 feet Rumsey – last night. The USGS did however report the lake also receded last night. Public boat ramps at Redbud Park, in the city of Lakeport and the unincorporated county were closed.

Police in Lakeport report beefing up patrols in the area of Esplanade, now closed to anyone not living there. Apparently residents have been complaining about people speeding thru the area to get to Clear Lake. Some other roads had to be closed due to flooding, including Scotts Valley Road at Highway 20, Lakeshore Boulevard from Hammond to Stokes avenues, and Laurel Dell Road from Scotts Valley Road to Mid Lake Road. The flood warning for Lake County continues thru Saturday morning with a wind advisory that’s in effect today. Rain should also continue thru tomorrow with a break for the weekend possibly until Wednesday.

A woman in Clearlake is the first to go to prison for lying as part of the Lake County District Attorney’s new Perjury Investigation Unit. Merissa James got nearly 5 years for lying in written reports and in person. She was arrested last August connected to a custody fight where her boyfriend was also accused of perjuring himself. James acted as her own lawyer in court where she was charged with violating her probation, falsifying multiple written reports then saying they were true. The DA’s Perjury Investigation Unit started last June to preserve the integrity of the justice system in Lake County.

The Wildwood Retreat Center near Guerneville is isolated after heavy rains washed out the road in so guests can’t get there. The general manager says the washout of a 100-foot-long section of Old Cazadero Road impacted them as it’s the only way in or out. The road slid down a steep hill due to saturated soil. No word on how long it might take to get the road back in shape or for an alternate route to be put together for guests and workers to reach the center… or leave it. County officials say it could take up to 3 months to fix the main road. There are currently about 10 employees there who cannot drive out. The center’s about six miles from the center of Guerneville. The GM says they’re booked almost every weekend thru Thanksgiving.

Traffic’s down to one lane on Highway 1 near Jenner. The road started to crumble apart, forcing traffic to slow into what’s left of the highway and threatening the whole thing to be closed down ahead of the next storm. Cal Trans reports about 1-200 feet of the southbound lane is sinking, coming away from the earth and falling down to the highway lane below. The switchbacks north of Russian Gulch and south of Meyers Grade started to disintegrate Tuesday and by yesterday some of the road had fallen about 4-5 feet down. Traffic was moving around the issue, but Cal Trans warns it might not last.

Lakeport is looking for community members to be on their citizens’ advisory committee for Measure Z. The measure passed in November for a one percent sales and local use tax. The committee would oversee the revenues and expenditures of transactions and use then toss ideas around to the Lakeport City Council about the spending. The city’s looking for five residents to be on their panel who will serve no more than 4 years. The committee will meet quarterly starting in April. It’s a volunteer position. They’re accepting applications thru March 16th with appointments set for the Lakeport City Council meeting on, March 21st.

Police in Covelo trying to figure out who tried to kill a man after the victim didn’t tell them much. Police say the victim was hit in the chest. He was taken to Howard Memorial Hospital. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office reports the man refused to cooperate with them, not telling them who shot him or why or where it happened. Deputies met with Round Valley Tribal Police in a spot along Refuse Road where the victim was found but didn’t find any evidence to confirm that’s where it happened.

Several charges against a Mendocino man after a domestic assault. The victim told deputies she was watching TV with her kids and their father, Anthony Dahl, in a shed on the property. When the victim got up to leave she was hit on the head from behind and when she turned around Dahl had a heavy metal object and demanded she stay. The victim says she got away and called 911. Dahl jailed for Assault With Deadly Weapon Other Than Firearm, Domestic Battery and False Imprisonment with bail set at $30,000.

A man accused of vandalizing a high school in Guerneville has been deemed mentally competent to stand trial. 23 year old Andrew Faulkner accused of the mess at Cardinal Newman High School causing $100,000 damage last Dec. 19th. Police say doors and windows were broken at the Catholic school in No. Santa Rosa and at least one religious statue was defaced. After the incident Faulkner was ordered to have a psychological evaluation due to bizarre statements he made at his first court appearance, where he yelled that he was Satan. He was found fit but he’s also charged with being under the influence of methamphetamine. His lawyer says she’ll challenge the doctor’s findings.

The declaration of drought remains in effect so mandatory conservation measures don’t change… yet. The State Water Resources Control Board says they decided to extend the regulations instead of rolling them back as Republican legislators say the governor should call an end to the conserving. As many as 80 percent of California’s water districts say they don’t need residents to keep cutting back on watering their lawns or flushing their toilets. Residents used about 20 percent less water in December compared to the same time in 2013. So now there’s enough stored water for almost one-third of the state’s population for a year.

A volunteer Pennsylvania fire company using alternative means to fund raise. The Hometown Volunteer Fire Company in Schuylkill (SKOOL’-kil) County is having a adults-only naughty bingo night. It’s the second time around the department has raised money this way. Winners don’t get a piece of the earnings, instead they get adult toys. Last year, the first time around, they had a standing room only crowd show up which included folks from neighboring counties and even New Jersey. Hometown is a little hamlet about 70 miles northeast of Harrisburg. Their next naughty bingo night is set for March 11th.

A swollen Russian River in Guerneville is threatening to spill over its banks. The river was over flood stage level of 32 feet yesterday and headed to its peak of 34.4 feet this morning. It was also supposed to recede ahead of this next storm. It’s not new for the river to topple its banks in Guerneville, but there was a ton of flooding and damage last month. The storms then were more serious than now as the river got to about 37 feet in January.

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