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Monthly Archives: April 2017

New climate change information means the ocean in Calif. Is expected to rise higher than thought before. California’s Ocean Protection Council has revised its projections on climate change which it says could mean flooding to low-lying airports, highways and communities, especially in the San Francisco Bay Area. This after ice sheets in Antarctica have been found to be melting faster. The council says that means higher sea levels off California, more than anywhere else. Antarctica has 90 percent of the world’s ice. These new numbers have the sea rise off California coming up another foot by the year 2100. Then it goes to 10 feet if the ice sheets melt faster.

A woman from Forestville and her pets escaped their home after a fire started in the basement of the house and spread. Fire fighters say they got there about five minutes after the call and saw flames in her basement and thick smoke coming out of the house. They knocked it down in about thirty minutes. They say smoke and electrical damage mean the woman can’t stay there, neither can her dog or pet snakes. They peg the damage at about $150,000 and say the house may have ignited because of the electrical wiring in the basement.

A bill for more broadband services in rural areas of the step has crossed another hurdle. Democratic Assemblywoman Cecilia Aguiar-Curry of Winters, Democratic Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia of Coachella and their Republican counterpart member Brian Dahle of Bieber authored the bill which got thru the Assembly Communications and Conveyance Committee this week unanimously. This bill follows the $330 million package for an expansion of broadband access and digital literacy to communities who don’t get a reliable Internet connection. Aguiar-Curry says if there’s not reliable internet, people won’t start businesses in those areas. She says if they can’t send an email, they don’t start businesses. Dahle says if the bill passes Calif. will be able to better serve schools, students, and small businesses, connecting people

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Creeping closer to the Costco in Ukiah. There was supposed to be a public hearing for the new Environmental Impact Report, but apparently a staff member had a family emergency so the meeting was tabled for the moment. The report had been approved, but as you may recall, there was a lawsuit. The suit rejected at first, then appealed, with the First District Court of Appeal saying the first Environmental Impact Report should have never been certified. The Ukiah City Attorney says most of the report was fine except for the analysis of the energy use. So the whole thing ended up having to be redone. The Planning Commission is supposed to now have a meeting to go over the updated energy section of the report and will take public comments for that part only.

An approval for a smaller version of a sports bar for the downtown area. The Ukiah Planning Commission says yes for the Sports Attic in the 200 block of East Perkins Street. Dave Sperry had the original business in another area of town back in the 80’s but will be working with a group of folks to bring the bar back to town. Sperry says it probably will not have many food items since there will be no fryers or ventilation system, and they will have more than 50 percent of their expected sales in beer and wine. The discussion for the new business mostly focused on the hours it would be open on Sunday, which ended up being 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.

Congressman Jared Huffman taking it to the streets before heading back to D-C. On his spring hiatus, the Congressman visited the Cotton Auditorium April 19th with several hundred in attendance. He told the crowd he had just had meetings of hundreds in Weaverville and Arcata, but the largest was in Santa Rosa where 2,000 people showed up. He says there’s a new level of political involvement. He talked about the investigations into connections between President Trump’s campaign and administration, and Russia saying he’d like to see a special commission investigating. Some in the crowd asked about immigration enforcement, Obamacare and possible offshore oil drilling.

A former restaurant owner from Ukiah has been sentenced to prison for breaking tax laws and hiring illegals to work for her and paying them below standard wages. The U.S. Department of Justice reports Yaowapha Ritdet has to pay the IRS more than 567-thousand dollars in restitution and more than 70-thousand to former employees she underpaid. She admitted she hired Thai nationals in the country illegally to work at her two restaurants, underpaid them and told them not to talk to anybody about their immigration situations. The restaurants are Ruen Tong Thai Cuisine and Walter Café. She was also busted for filing fake tax returns from 2007 to 2011; failing to disclose gross receipts, sales and income from the restaurants, rental income and foreign bank accounts; and for not adequately reporting employment taxes. She got two years in prison. Her husband got three years of probation and had to pay about 71-thousand in restitution.

Just a couple days left for abalone hunters to weigh in on the California Fish and Wildlife survey to help with future management of the recreational abalone fishery. The questionnaire tells managers hunters priorities and what they would give up to help keep the fishery healthy like larger minimum sizes in exchange for longer seasons. It’s the second time the agency is asking for the public’s help for the Northern Calif. abalone hunting season. The Press Democrat reports the decline of the kelp forest and more purple urchin has caused more red abalone to die or starve, so this year the season has to be cut back. If you want to partake in the survey, visit our website or Facebook page for the link.

https://wildlife.ca.gov/Conservation/Marine/Invertebrates/Abalone/Survey

The first meeting of the new Scotts Valley Community Advisory Council which was put together by the Board of Supervisors to help with improvements for the area. The members appointed expect to work on levee cleanup as a top priority. Especially after this year’s flooding, there’s still a lot of debris that was left behind. They will also take a look at frequent road closures and will prioritize plans at their meetings which happen the fourth Monday of the month at 5 pm at the Scotts Valley Women’s Club. The agendas will be posted in the club and in the lobby of the Lake County building in Lakeport.

Police have identified the driver of a car that hit an SUV before it went into the Thurston Auto Plaza then caught fire. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Dept. reports 21 year old Mitchell Nguyen of Ukiah was the driver of a Camry who hit a Ford Explorer. The Camry burst into flames and he died. Cops had to use dental records to confirm his identity after the April 7th crash on North State Street. They say he was traveling at a high-rate of speed then veered into the Southbound lanes, hitting the Explorer head on then crashing into the parking lot of the auto plaza and hitting a Jeep and Chrysler which also burned in the crash. The passenger in the Explorer had major injuries and later died, a woman also in the vehicle had major injuries, and the driver and another passenger had less severe injuries.

A young man from Fort Bragg has been killed in a logging accident. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Dept. reports 22-year-old Alexis Cedillo-Osorio was killed Tuesday after a tree hit him near the Ten Mile Logging Road. They say the tree became dislodged by another tree being pulled up a hill. He was a graduate of Fort Bragg High and had a new born baby girl. A Facebook page has been set up to raise money for his family. Cal/Osha is investigating.

It’s a win for the Upper Lake High School robotics team at the state championships. The winning team are juniors Jovany Martinez and Jacob Kalawaia, taking home the gold for their work. Another team from the high school got fifth. SkillsUSA organizes the event for middle school, high school and college or postsecondary students working towards careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations. The school’s now looking for sponsors so the students can go to the National competition in June. Anyone interested in helping can call the high school or send a check.

Two people from Clearlake have been arrested after police found they had a weapon and drugs. Police hauled Danyeala Marquez and William Shaw into jail last Saturday morning. They say they got a call to the B&B Light House Bar to find someone they thought might be there, with outstanding arrest warrants. They say when they got there they saw Shaw and Marquez who tried to run away. They say Shaw pulled up his shirt and showed them a pistol which was hidden in his pants. Then he removed it and gave it to Marquez who tried to hide it in her pants. She was quickly detained and arrested, but Shaw took off. Another cop waiting got him. The two taken to jail, police found ammo on the woman too and several baggies with cocaine in them on the pair, that appeared to be packaged for sale. They’re charged with several crimes including carrying a concealed firearm, felon in possession of a firearm and possession of a controlled substance while in possession of a firearm.

In a reversal for the Board of Supervisors they’ve decided against the Dollar General Store for Kelseyville. Cross Development was trying to get the store into town, but the Planning Commission said no so the development company appealed. The Lake County Board originally went against the planning commission and looked to be leaning toward giving the major use permit for the store anyway, but in a stunning reversal Tuesday, the board denied the Permit for the store saying there were too many possible negative impacts on the community. They named possible financial harm to other small businesses, traffic issues, safety, noise and a single use for a building in the Rivieras on Highway 281.

A couple of local Olive Oil producers have won gold medals at an International and state competition. Lou Ann Bauer won a gold at the Los Angeles International Olive Oil Competition and Chacewater won best of show at the California Olive Oil Council Annual Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition in Monterey. Their Sevillano which is an extra virgin out of a Spanish varietal, one of many from the Kelseyville winery. But Bauer’s gold from the competition in Los Angeles is her only oil, it’s a Tuscan blend from the Hill Creek Vineyard label out of San Francisco.

A seat is open on the board of trustees for the Russian River Flood Control and Water Conservation Improvement District. The district is looking for interested parties to apply after the former board president resigned. His current four year term was supposed to end this year, so that means whoever fills it will have to run for an election in November. Those interested can send a letter of interest and resume to the district office in Ukiah. The Mendocino County Russian River Flood Control and Water Conservation Improvement District manages all of the water resources in the upper Russian River.

The first set of bills have gone out from Sonoma Clean Power who took over as Mendocino county’s main electric supplier last August. The bills explain to consumers they will automatically be enrolled starting June 1st. All homes and business except for those in Ukiah, will get their power from Sonoma Clean Power. This comes after a vote last August by the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors to join the company who’s offering cheaper energy. The board of the power company made up of local elected officials from regional cities, including Cloverdale and Fort Bragg. If you have an outage you will still call in to P, G & E.

A middle school girl reports an attempted abduction. The girl a student at Pomolita Middle School apparently told police she was walking home from school in the 600 block of Dora Avenue when she saw a white van on the street which she passed. The 12 year old says the driver asked her to get inside and she said no and kept walking. She says she ignored the driver but the van followed her and kept trying to tell her to get in the van. So she ran back to school. The driver of the van described as a white man between 30 and 40, with a full beard, dark hair, wearing dark sunglasses and a dark leather jacket. The van apparently had a broken rear tail-light and the driver had porcelain dolls on the front passenger seat. Ukiah police are investigating and have beefed up patrols at local schools.

President Trump is looking at National Monuments including an outdoor recreation area from Solano County to Mendocino County. The 330,780-acre Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument one of five monuments in Calif. in an executive order for review out of a larger group of 24 that had been created by three presidents since 1996. Trump having his Interior Secretary review the monuments which could include rescinding them entirely, downsizing them or changing the uses of the monuments to open them up for all sorts of development options. The monuments together cover about 230 million acres. Congressman Mike Thompson of St. Helena was part of the creation of the Berryessa Snow Mountain monument in 2015. He says he thinks the Trump administration is trying to convince people it’s the right thing to do. The Berryessa monument covers 100 miles from the Lake Berryessa area to Snow Mountain in the Mendocino National Forest. It’s open to hikers, hunters, anglers, mountain bikers, horse riders and off-road vehicle drivers.

A fire destroys a building in Fort Bragg. The fire moving quickly thru the building with artist galleries and studios, a woodshop, and other businesses. Neighbors apparently smelled smoke yesterday around lunchtime then reported seeing smoke and flames on the north side of Fort Bragg. Firefighters and CalTrans and Fort Bragg police on the scene at the intersection of Main and Fir streets. The fire was out in a few hours. A restaurant in the building apparently not hit that badly, but there looked to be smoke damage.

Unemployment numbers looking up in Lake County and across the state. Lake Co News reports the California Employment Development Department’s last report has Lake County at 6.5 percent unemployed, down one tenth from February and nearly a whole percentage point from a year ago. The state was at 4.9 percent, a tenth lower than February and about a half point lower than last year at the same time. The county’s rate was down too, at 4.5 percent in March, down from 4.7 percent in February and 5 percent in March of last year. Mendocino County was at 5.4 percent, the same as a month before and about 3/4 of a point lower than a year ago.

Sales are up, but prices down in the Lake County real estate market. The Lake County Association of Realtors reports single family home sales up by a whopping 51 percent in March over February sales.
The median sale price for a home in March was $210,000, almost 7 percent less than the February median of $225,000. Sales in March of this year were 15.5 percent lower though than a year before. The March median this year was 12.3 percent less than March of last year. Sales were up 4 percent across the state for the month of March and nearly 7 percent higher than a year ago.

The 2017 Friends of the Lake County Library are having their inaugural book sale. The event next Saturday at 10 AM until 3 PM at the Library on 1425 North High Street in Lakeport.

Diversity of Dance is the theme for the Mendocino College Spring Dance Festival celebrates. In its 16th year, the college says it’s celebrating the diversity of dance and how it unites people of all ages and ethnicities. The dance next Friday and Saturday, May 5 & 6 at 7:30 PM and Sunday too at 2:00 PM. It’ll be held on the Mendocino College stage where they’ll share hip hop, jazz, contemporary, ballet, tap dance, and Middle Eastern dance. Tickets are $10 general, $5 for students/seniors at the door or at the college bookstore, the Mendocino Book Company in Ukiah or online. Check our website for the link.

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2906190

The state auditor says some top administrators for the University of California administrators have hidden a bunch of money from the public and the state legislature. Auditor Elaine Howle says the office of UC President Janet Napolitano had an undisclosed budget for four years so they could spend the money without any oversight. The auditor claims it’s in the neighborhood of $175 million, but Napolitano says it’s a bogus claim. She says the amount of money in reserves is actually more like $38 million, which is about 10 percent of the University’s operating and administrative budget which is says is set aside for unexpected expenses and says the audit was unfairly mischaracterizing her office’s budget processes and practices.

An off-duty cop from Pawtucket arrested after police say he punched an elderly bathroom attendant at a casino. Michael Tousignant has been charged by local tribal police with the assault of the 73-year-old attendant at Foxwoods Resort Casino because he felt the water was just too cold. He’s charged with a Class A misdemeanor in the case. The Tribal Police Chief says the attack looked to be unprovoked saying Tousignant was in a bathroom April 1st and lost it after washing his hands, complaining it was too cold, so he smacked the attendant then left. Witnesses called for help. The attendant had a bloody nose, and facial injuries and his attacker was arrested. Cops say while they were arresting him he said he was an off duty officer in Pawtucket. Turns out he’s been with the dept. 10 years and was a military cop before that.

The repair contract has been awarded for the repairs at the Oroville Dam, two months after nearly 190 thousand people had to be evacuated from the area. The Sacramento Bee reports government officials and water policy experts are unsure who will end up covering what was supposed to cost a quarter of a million dollars but what may end up being closer to $1 billion. The federal government agreed to pay up to $274 million for the emergency repairs between February, when it happened, and next month. The lake supplies water to millions of people in California. The repair costs, water experts tell the newspaper, could eventually trickle down to customers.

The Lakeport Sprint Boat Grand Prix is on. The Board of Supervisors and the Promoters of the inaugural race have agreed to a 9 million dollar insurance plan for the race. The promoters had previously said they had the standard level of insurance, 5 million dollars, but the county attorney wanted 10 million. Jack Long of Clearlake Motor Sport Enter LLC says while they were negotiating says an insurance company could cover up to 9 million….

Long says it was a positive meeting with the supervisors who ended up voting unanimously for the race to go on as planned. It’s happening in Lakeport June 3rd to 4th.

Highway 101 north of Leggett had to be closed down again after another major landslide. The closure at the same spot where it opened a day before. Visit our Facebook page for a video of the slide coming down as cars wait to pass and firefighters run from the scene. Caltrans also has pictures up on their Facebook page, but no status update as to when the 2 lane Highway may reopen. The highway’s been under construction and down to one lane, then was closed April 16th entirely due to a massive slide and reopened Monday.

Residents and volunteers have come out for Earth Day in Willits to scrub the community garden after this year’s storms. The garden on Lenore Ave., behind the Sheriff’s office is across from the Recreation Grove Park. The Willits News reports several gardeners, staff members from North Coast Opportunities along with workers from the California Conservation Corps worked on the garden where there are enough for 50 plots, to get it prepared for spring and summer. You can rent a plot and plant what you want for a low yearly membership fee. Since there was so much rain this year, the garden had a lot of weeds and overgrowth which has been cleared out. For more info, donate or rent a space, visit http://www.gardensproject.org or their Facebook page.

The new police chief in Willits had a town hall to talk to the community about future plans, his outlook and goals for the department. Chief Scott Warnock says he’s always supported community oriented policing and says another thing he wants to see locally is continued recruitment and retention of qualified officers. He says he was planning to retire from the Willits Police force last year after being a part-time investigator for almost ten years. He was full time in San Diego for nearly 4 decades. But he became the interim chief after the last one, who’s the current mayor asked him to stay after he was elected to the city council. He was the interim chief just four months before taking over.

A driver in the Calif. Mille Classic has been killed after crashing into a tree on State Route 128 near Ukiah. The California Highway Patrol reports the driver, who’s not been identified, was driving a 1939 Jaguar headed east yesterday afternoon when they went off the road, onto the shoulder and crashed into the tree. They say the driver was partially ejected and died there. They also say they were not wearing a seatbelt. The passenger was taken to a hospital with major injuries. Both are said to be from Honolulu. The CHP says it was cloudy and misty at the time, and do not believe drugs or alcohol were factors. The Mille is a take off the open road race in Italy that spans a Thousand Miles, called the Mille Miglia. In Calif, it also runs one thousand miles from San Francisco through scenic backroads, including Highway 1 on the Northern California coast.

New lighting and solar panels coming to the city Clearlake. After Aircon Energy looked at all of the city’s equipment and lighting and checked for efficiency cost cutting measures. There’s some equipment that’s 20 years old and uses a ton of energy and could potentially breakdown. So City officials say they’re considering an update for City Hall and the police station, the community center, senior center and city parks. The whole thing will cost about $800,000 with more than half to be solar panels. The city projects it will save several thousand dollars a year in energy costs when all is said and done.

The four governing districts in Ukiah that oversee basin groundwater say yes to the joint powers agreement, AKA, the JPA, so there will now be a Ukiah Valley Groundwater Sustainability Agency. There are directors for each of the four districts, the Upper Russian River Water Agency, the Russian River Flood Control District, the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors and the City of Ukiah, for their own board. All of the districts will oversee the local control of their ground water as part of the state’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014. The board can acquire property, contract services, apply for grants and invest money. Plus they can have their own executive director and staff. There will be a budget within 90 days of the JPA’s first meeting.

A new bill introduced by Northern Calif. State Senator Mike McGuire to stop allowing pharmaceutical companies to give incentives and gifts to medical professionals. McGuire says the practice has meant medical professionals then tend to prescribe expensive and/or over-priced prescription drugs for patients. Reports say in Calif. most doctors do put their patients needs first, but there’s evidence out there showing there’s a correlation between gifts and incentives from pharmaceutical companies to prescribing patterns of brand name drugs. McGuire says his bill will protect patients from overpriced prescriptions. So if it passes, SB 790 would put patient care and drug affordability before corporate profits with major restrictions on drug manufacturers from gift and incentive giving. The bill to be heard in the Senate Health Committee today.

Kinda like Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, but not a whole family singing, just a flying car over Clear Lake. A small aircraft that looked like a drone and jet ski hybrid with one pilot aboard cruised about 15 feet above the lake, near the shoreline. The flight reportedly lasted about 5 minutes. The New York Times reports the single pilot craft was powered by eight batteries, attached to one of the propellers, giving it enough power for lift off. They’re calling it the Kitty Hawk Flyer. There are no wheels, but it does have pontoons. The paper reports the FAA approved the craft as ultralight aircraft. The company, a startup backed by Google founder Larry Page. The flying vehicle should be for sale by the end of the year.

An update’s come out from the City of Clearlake on the No Trespassing and No Camping enforcement. The Fire Chief, the Acting Police Chief had a meeting for city staff, their officers and county Public Health staff and volunteers saying there needs to be stricter enforcement of notices to vacate and issued citations. There were apparently needles, fluids and other abandoned items found during a cleanup last Friday near the old Ray’s Food Place and several people were arrested. Eight crudely put together homeless camps were cleared as well as some personal property which was carefully documented. The city will allow those who lost their property in the enforcement to pick it up from City Hall within 30 days or forfeit it. They say the removed four 30-yard dumpsters of garbage by the end of the day on Saturday and found more than 100 shopping carts and returned them to their rightful owners.

A surge in heroin overdoses reported by the Sonoma County’s Sheriff’s Office. The dept. warning the public after five deaths in Santa Rosa the last week and a half. They’ve not come up with the final cause of death, but they say they think it’s overdoses of heroin and they’re concerned about the drug currently circulating in the city, saying it’s very volatile and potentially toxic.

The former caregiver of a woman found mummified in her apartment in Fort Bragg has pleaded no contest to elder abuse. Lori Fiorentino could get time behind bars or parole for the neglect of 66 year old Arlene Potts. As part of the agreement with prosecutors she may receive the maximum of four years in prison when she’s sentenced May 11th or parole instead. A settlement agreement has been filed in Mendocino County Superior Court in the case. Potts was found decaying on a couch wearing only 5 layers of diapers when Fort Bragg Police went to the woman’s home last December for a welfare check. Police say the couch was obscured, hidden by a bunch of shopping carts and other junk where she may have been up to six months. Another tenant in her senior apartment complex reported a constant odor in the hallway outside Pott’s door, saying it smelled something like a dead whale on a beach. Fiorentino worked for the woman, thought to be schizophrenic after she denied hospital treatment.

Another PR nightmare for United Airlines. This time it comes after a giant bunny died in the cargo area. The rabbit’s breeder taking it to a celebrity client who had purchased the 3 foot bunny, Simon. Simon said to be on his way from London to Chicago when the 10 month old was found dead. He was expected to grow into what would be considered the world’s largest rabbit, something his dad accomplished back in 2010. The breeder says the rabbit was "fit as a fiddle", having just visited a vet hours before. United still recovering from a passenger being dragged off a flight by security, then days later an engine burnout and scary landing for customers coming home from Costa Rica. The airline says they’re looking into what happened to Simon.

A Mercedes crashed into a fire hydrant on Park Boulevard in Ukiah on Monday, causing a flood, the Ukiah Police Department reported.

Officers sent to the 400 block of Park Boulevard about a hit-and-run collision saw an abandoned white 2001 Mercedes coupe that struck a fire hydrant, causing road damage and flooding in a nearby house. The crash, which broke the water main connected to the hydrant, had also caused major damage to the car. The City of Ukiah Public Works department responded and shut the water off.

The UPD is investigating the collision. Anyone with information is asked to contact the UPD at (707) 463-6262.

Construction continues at the Grindstone Ranger District. The parking lot is being repaved but the Mendocino National Forest Supervisor’s office and Ranger District are open and will be as they finish up the project. The office in Willows was supposed to close today, but since the weather forecast for the week, they made a scheduling adjustment so the office could stay open. They advise visitors to drive slow in the area, be careful of construction cones and signs for access to the front door and say to be alert for contractors and equipment in and around the parking lot.

The booster club for Upper Lake High is celebrating raising enough money for new lighting for the stadium in Cougar Country. Lake Co News reports the money after almost 10 years of fundraising. The project to get new lighting led by the booster club supported by the school district. The boosters, faculty, staff and students celebrated the new lighting at the school’s football stadium Monday. Some city and county representatives were also at the groundbreaking. Retired teacher and former school district board member Ron Raetz has spearheaded the effort to get the lights with his wife Patty, who’s also a retired teacher from the school.

Two police officers from Davis have been hurt during the yearly Picnic Day and 3 people arrested. Three officers in an unmarked police car drove up to a big group who they say were blocking the street. The officers say there were several groups of large parties going on and Russell Boulevard was almost gridlocked, so they got out to change the situation, but say their car and they were surrounded and several people were yelling at them, and one simulated having a gun. The officers had their badges and guns in plain view and identified themselves, but say they were knocked to the ground, punched and kicked, one hit on the side of the head with a bottle. Another fought back and called for backup. The two injured officers went to a hospital. Three people were arrested for several crimes including assault, aggravated battery, assaulting a peace officer and assault with a deadly weapon.

An environmental law firm who worked to close a composting business in Sonoma County is working in Windsor and Santa Rosa to get a new garbage company for residents. The Press Democrat reports the law firm in Oakland, Lozeau Drury drafted a letter to the city of Windsor looking for a full environmental review after several proposals the town got for a 10-year garbage contract. The lawyer argued a town hall in Windsor didn’t review the impact on air quality, greenhouse gases and neighbors for the facility in southwest Santa Rosa. The town found they didn’t need an environmental review, but after the letter the town lawyer said they should delay. The Mayor says it’s more about someone trying to influence their choice, and not a process to protect the environment. The city of Santa Rosa said to be paying attention because they have the same situation about to happen with their garbage contract at the end of the year.

Seven people accused of murdering a marijuana grower in Laytonville have pleaded not guilty. The Press Democrat reports the men are all charged with burglary and robbery and special circumstances in connection to the murder last Nov. of Jeffrey Settler. Police say he was beaten and stabbed to death in a shed where the pot was kept and that the killers all had worked for Settler at his growing operation. The newspaper reports two of the men, Michael Kane of Pleasantville, New York, and Gary Blank III of Garberville are also charged for using a knife during the killing. The others who are accused, Zachary Wuester of Haskell, New Jersey; Gary Fitzgerald of Roanoke, Illinois; Abdirahman Mohamed of San Diego; Jesse Wells of Laytonville; and Frederick Gaestel of Clifton, New Jersey. Settler had been growing weed at the property in Laytonville for a decade. Police say they think the suspects stole about 100 pounds of pot during the robbery, but it was never found.

Community members get in on the action to find a place to put a new homeless shelter and service center in Guerneville. Residents at a town hall and chose colored stickers for their vote on possible locations. The Press Democrat reports 300 people showed up for the meeting which didn’t come up with a spot for the center. The paper reports there was some angry folks in the crowd who didn’t want any local homeless services without more cops in town and restrictions on who could use the shelter. The meeting the second in a month about whether the county should buy a 9-acre ranch property for the homeless and for mental health and addiction treatment programs.

That closure of Highway 101 in northern Mendocino County is over. There’s one lane open now north of Leggett after it was closed for a week after a landslide. The Mendocino County Dept. of Transportation reported the road reopened last night after the mountain was continually sliding since April 16th. 25,000 cubic yards of rock and soil dumped onto the roadway and hundreds of truckloads carried it out. Both lanes of the highway were shut down with drivers told to take alternate routes. One lane had been closed before that because of ongoing construction, so there’s now just one lane open again.

A workplace shooting reported at a Caltrans maintenance facility in Humboldt County. The California Highway Patrol reports the shooting yesterday morning at the Caltrans’ Rio Dell facility which is north of Scotia. CHP officers report they found one person dead, another critically wounded a murder suicide attempt. The wounded person then later died. Their names have not been released but police say they think there was some sort of altercation between the Caltrans supervisor and an employee, then the employee got out a handgun and fired several rounds at the supervisor, killing her, then turned the gun on himself, he died later at the hospital. The Humboldt CHP and Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office and Rio Dell Police Department are all investigating.

A 12-year-old boy busted after driving himself across all of Australia… alone. The kid stopped after 800 miles by the Broken Hill Highway Patrol last Saturday. They say he was traveling from Kendall NSW, headed to Perth when he was finally pulled over. The only reason they pulled him over is they noticed his bumper dragging on the ground. The kid was on day two of “Operation Go Slow,” which is a driver safety campaign where there’s more police presence on the roads in New South Wales. The kid arrested. The Guardian newspaper reports it’s not known how he got so far and put more gas in the car without being found out.

A woman in New York, away on business finds an unlikely squatter. A pigeon parked it in Genevieve Roman’s Brooklyn apartment, getting in through a window left open while she was out of town. She says when she got back last week after being gone a few months, she found the pigeon which had built a nest in a spaghetti strainer and left her eggs waiting to hatch. She says she flew away and came back now and then to sit on the eggs, which hatched over the weekend. She even named the bird, Adelaide, and was planning to let the bird stay until the eggs hatched, saying she had reached out to some animal welfare groups, but nobody offered to help. If you want to follow her on social media, Roman even set Adelaide up with her own Instagram page, Adelaide_the_Pigeon.

A new deputy in Florida got a call for help, but not a regular call… Deputy Morgin Evins from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office responds to help a 6- to 7-foot injured aggressive alligator. The Sheriff’s office says the animal was reported by a neighbor walking their dog and said to be in a defensive posture at the front door of a home in the gated community. The people who lived there were not home at the time. The Sheriff’s office says the alligator had a missing appendage and cuts and lacerations all over it, perhaps from a fight with another gator. The new deputy helped capture the creature which they say will probably have to be euthanized.

Two people in Lakeport have been arrested after a crash between a car and scooter. Police say William Wymer was arrested for felony DUI after his car knocked the scooter rider off. A driver of another vehicle, Sandra Bowen, was also arrested for DUI. Police say the victim was riding on the side of Main Street when they were hit by Wymer’s car. The rider had to go to the hospital and was said to be in stable condition. Bowen, hit the scooter after the rider came off, then took off, but was found soon after and believed to be drunk. Soon after cops arrived and found the victim, other local law enforcement jumped into help. Main Street was closed early Friday morning for the investigation.

5 people have been appointed as members of the Measure Z Advisory Committee. The committee will meet to manage the money being spent and recommend how the money should be spent from the sales tax revenue. Those appointed are residents of Lakeport, Annette Hopkins, Susan King, Dennis Rollins, Nathan Speed and Tim Wynacht. They were chosen by an ad-hoc committee. Two of the members are on for 2 and a half years, the other three until December of 2020. There were a dozen applicants for the committee. They have their first meeting May 11th and will cover what they think should change in the city using the tax money.

A new report shows younger folks, millennials, find cigarettes are better with booze than marijuana. The UC San Francisco study about how tobacco and alcohol makes cigarette smokers feel better than they do if they smoke cigarettes while high on weed. The article came out last week in the Addiction Research & Theory journal. It’s supposedly the first study of its kind. Their research shows some young adults connect cigarette smoking with alcohol and marijuana use. They say smoking is especially common for heavy or binge drinkers. The study cites self reported data of 500 U.S. adults, ages 18 to 25, who are smokers and had recently used alcohol or marijuana, or both.

Clearlake got a fresh cleaning. Neighbors, including city representatives came out Saturday morning for the yearly Clearlake Clean Up Day. Lake Co News reports about 100 people showed up this time around which included elected officials, volunteers, Clearlake Waste Solutions and city staff. The city manager says they picked up trash and cleaned parts of the city. Elected officials who were part of the cleanup crew included the Mayor Russ Perdock, Vice Mayor Bruno Sabatier, Councilman Phil Harris, Supervisor Jeff Smith and City Clerk Melissa Swanson. Law enforcement and emergency responders were also there with other city staffers. The Mayor telling the news site, it was inspiring to see so many people take part in the cleanup to better the community.

The Lake County Board of Supervisors to take up the new Dollar General store in Kelseyville appeal. The matter on the agenda for the regular board meeting tomorrow at about 10 am. Cross Development has been denied a major use permit by the Lake County Planning Commission for the 9,100-square-foot Dollar General Store, but the board allowed the appeal by the developer to move forward. The board will also continue its discussion about plans for the sprint boat race on Clear Lake and its insurance rider, plus the new proposed contract for public defender services.

Congressman John Garamendi in town to meet with Seniors and other constituents. Days before the end of the hiatus for Congress, Garamendi was at the Live Oak Senior Center in Clearlake Oaks for a Q & A with residents. The Congressman covered several issues, including Medicare and the Affordable Care Act, proposed budget cuts and how they could affect Lake County, immigration and several other topics including the Trump Administration’s ties to Russia. The whole conversation was recorded and can be found on the Congressman’s Facebook page. The Congressman also met with the Clearlake Police Department who discussed federal grants, and proposed cuts to Community Development Block and other grant programs and how that may impact rural departments. Garamendi also visited the DaVita Dialysis Center in Clearlake.

A man in Ukiah reportedly shot several times in the chest and rushed to the hospital. Police trying to find out if the shooting in broad daylight Saturday afternoon near the 800 block of South Orchard Avenue, might have been gang related. A community service officer apparently heard four to five gunshots while out for a car accident and later officers found the 38-year-old man on Cindee Drive. Police asking anyone who may have seen or heard anything to call the police department detective division.

New gear for the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office K9 team. Cam, Ruddick, & Doc Holiday got some bullet and stab protective vests after a charitable donation from Vested Interest in K9s. The nonprofit donation sponsored by various entities. K9 Cam’s vest by The Hausman Family Foundation, K9 Ruddick’s vest by Bruce Crist of Monterey, CA, Doc Holiday’s sponsored by Robin Doerr Russell of Sonoma. Vested interest out of Massachusetts mission to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other help for law enforcement dogs with potentially lifesaving body armor for four-legged K9 officers.

A man from Manchester has been arrested after reports of a domestic disturbance at his home. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Dept gets the call that a woman had been assaulted by Jeremiah Susan, who left after the assault. The couple married with a child, but deputies say they had an argument that escalated and the woman called 911. They say she had a visible injury and reported Susan tried stopping her from calling police. He was found in his car and arrested for inflicting corporal injury on a spouse and preventing another from summoning law enforcement assistance. He was booked into jail and held on $25,000.00 bail.

Caltrans promising to come up with a new policy on the installation of broadband conduit in certain areas where there’s planned roadwork. This after a couple of bills by Assemblyman Jim Wood. Wood’s office says Caltrans has been working with them for a couple years as they try to "move the needle on expanding Californian’s access to broadband”. The dig once policy would mean when roadwork is happening, Caltrans would also lay conduit for broadband which would reduce costs and increase technology for rural areas. The chairwoman of the Broadband Alliance of Mendocino County at a meeting on the topic with Caltrans and told the Daily Journal she thought it was exciting and good ideas were suggested, like having a Caltrans broadband coordinator and investigate other successful state models.

A man believed to be the suspect in a racially motivated shooting rampage in Fresno has been in court screaming at the judge. Kori Ali Muhammad yelled, "Let black people go" and another that was barely understood by those in the room. Muhammed charged with the murder of an unarmed security guard at a Motel 6, then told police after finding out he was wanted he then wanted to kill as many white people as he could. So police say he shot three other random white men, including a Pacific Gas & Electric worker in a truck and two other men who just came out of a Catholic Charities building. He was arrested less than five minutes after his rampage thanks to acoustic sensors posted in the area. He will be getting a psych evaluation, and his bail was set at $2.6 million.

A judge in Mendocino County ruled against a motion by cannabis activists who said Measure AI, the cannabis business tax was illegal. The group was asking the court to stop the county from enforcing the measure until a lawsuit they filed against the county is done. As you may recall Measure AI taxed marijuana growers on their gross receipts starting at 2.5 percent plus a flat rate of $2,500 annually for other marijuana businesses to go up after July of 2020. The group suing says the measure is a special tax because it’s for a certain industry. They also say it needed a supermajority and the 64 percent of votes it received wasn’t enough to pass the measure because special taxes need a supermajority vote of 66 and two-thirds for it to pass.

A man from Sacramento thrown to the ground and punched by a police officer in the face more than once, is suing. Nandi Cain can be seen on video being hit repeatedly in the face by a cop, since identified as Anthony Figueroa. Cain is suing the city and county of Sacramento alleging he was abused after he was in jail too. There was criticism of the officer by other cops after the video of the incident went viral. Figueroa has been with the department for 2 years and is now on unpaid administrative leave. In the video you see Cain not fighting back, but getting pummeled by the cop. The video from the police cruiser dash cam and witnesses. In the video Cain complains the officer didn’t stop him for any reason. Cain was arrested for suspicion of resisting arrest and an outstanding misdemeanor arrest warrant. They also say he kicked the inside of a patrol car and had to be restrained with a leg hobble. He claims he was then further attacked at the jail by other officers.

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CHAINSMOKERS (THE)-PARIS

CHAINSMOKERS (THE) W/COLDPLAY-SOMETHING JUST LIKE THIS

CLEAN BANDIT W/SEAN PAUL & ANNE-MARIE-ROCKABYE

ED SHEERAN-SHAPE OF YOU

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BIG SEAN-BOUNCE BACK

CALVIN HARRIS W/FRANK OCEAN & MIGOS-SLIDE

FLO RIDA W/99 PERCENT-CAKE

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JAMES ARTHUR-SAY YOU WON’T LET GO

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A man from Oakland has been indicted for a double murder in 2013, the body’s found in Fort Bragg. In October of that year the Sheriff’s Deputies got a call to an area known as the "Bark Dumps" for a suspicious vehicle and found a man and woman in a minivan dead from gunshot wounds to the head. Detectives working with criminalists and the FBI identified the victims as Cindy Bao Feng Chen of San Francisco and Jim Tat Kong of San Pablo. Since the two were from the Bay Area, San Francisco police got involved and the local FBI and identified Wing Wo Ma as a possible suspect. Mendocino County Sheriff’s Detectives and FBI agents arrested him for murder, drug charges and possession of more than 1– pot plants. He’s held without bail.

A couple of 12 year old girls reporting missing from Ukiah have been found safe. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s office had posted the girls picture on their Facebook page saying Athena Fausset and Catrina Johnson may have left the Boys & Girls Club around 5 p.m. yesterday. They report they were seen at 6:30 a.m. this morning walking along a road near Grace Hudson Elementary. The Sheriff’s office had reported the girls leaving their cellphones behind on purpose and says it was part of a runaway plan because their parents weren’t allowing them to be together anymore.

The proposed Lakeport Spring Boat Grand Prix is selling tickets but is apparently still going through an appeal because of insurance liability. Race organizers apparently have what they call, the standard level of insurance for the event, $5 million, but some in the county want that to be $10M instead. The Lake County Board of Supervisors to discuss the event at their meeting next week. The course along the waterfront in Lakeport, had been approved by that city, but of course, that is in Lake County too, so they need a permit from the county for the event. According to County Code, it’s up to the Sheriff, but he brought the event in front of the supervisors for their involvement too, saying he’s not an expert and didn’t know what the liability insurance should be. County Counsel says the speeds, danger and the county with no coverage for boat races has them recommending the $10 million liability coverage.

Gov. Jerry Brown talking climate change with other likeminded folks. The governor delivered the keynote address at the Navigating the American Carbon World conference yesterday. He says getting off carbon is like getting off heroin. He says we’re addicted. He says however, he’s working extra hard the next few weeks with the legislature to reauthorize Calif.’s cap-and-trade program, so companies continue buying permits for their carbon emissions. Those against the plan say it’s an unconstitutional tax passed by a simple majority vote—not a supermajority. The Governor now apparently wants two-thirds of the legislature to re-approve it.

A 2017 Pulitzer Prize winning journalist hails from Mendocino County. The Daily Journal reports Andrew E. Kramer won the prize for his work with the New York Times as a reporter in Moscow. Kramer’s from Greenfield Ranch, between Willits and Ukiah. He went to Ukiah High and worked at the Journal for a summer back in 1995. He was one of several reporters working on a series of reports, “Russia’s Dark Arts” an investigation by the reporters into the way Russia works to get power. One of Kramer’s was about how Russia worked with hackers for a Cyberwar. The Journal reports Kramer’s story dives deep into the Russian government trying to get computer hackers to work for the government.

The Uikiah city manager’s request to get a deputy city manager has been approved. The city council said yes to the request by City Manager Sage Sangiacomo which gives his department salaries at $425,000 a year for the two positions. The council was considering the matter for a beat, then approved the expenditure unanimously with some speaking about how they struggled with the decision. The city manager’s original report on the matter said he needed the help so he could handle all of his responsibilities. Senior management analyst Shannon Riley will be the new deputy city manager at a salary of $202,000.

A couple of 12 year old girls are reporting missing from Ukiah. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s office posted on their Facebook page that Athena Fausset and Catrina Johnson may have left the Boys & Girls Club around 5 p.m. yesterday. Fausset was wearing a blue hoodie, black leggings and black slip-on shoes and Johnson was in a grey zip-up hoodie, dark blue jeans and a light-colored blouse. The Sheriff’s office says the two girls cellphones were found and they think that may have been on purpose. Deputies interviewed some of their friends who said the girls may have run away together because their parents weren’t allowing them to hang out any longer. They ask if anyone has seen them to call the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Dept.

A quick review’s been approved by the Lakeport City Council on affordable housing and Measure Z. Lake Co News reports the Community Development Director asking for a revised award from the HOME Investment Partnership Program which granted $4.5 million dollars in 2015 for a senior housing project. The Bella Vista affordable housing apartment came before this one and it’s got a waiting list of up to two years. After the recent floods, the city realized there was a major shortage of affordable housing, calling it a “critical emergency point.” The new project was supposed to be a 32-unit apartment complex, but now city’s staff recommends instead that it be a 24-unit affordable multifamily housing project, with two- and three-bedroom units. They will also need more money from the Community Development Block Grant program award, to do everything they will need for that expedited review.

The parking lot at the Grindstone Ranger District is being resealed, so the Mendocino National Forest Supervisor’s office and Grindstone Ranger District are letting the public know their office in Willows will be closed Tuesday. A temporary closure for the day with office hours picking back up Wednesday at 8:00 a.m.

The rock slide that’s closed part of the 101 north of Leggett in northern Mendocino County has the highway still closed. CalTrans had first said they hoped to have a lane reopened by today, but now there’s no word on when the road may open because of the instability of the hillside in the area. They say it will remain closed at least thru the weekend with several roads being used for detours around the slide. They say heavy traffic and wet weather has damaged the road, plus there’s been several car accidents and stuck vehicles. They’ve put out a reminder for those traveling through the area that Bell Springs Road is not an alternate route and that it’s closed to through traffic. They’re only allowing local necessary and essential traffic. They also warn to stay off other local roads and identification will be needed to get thru. For more info you can check www.dot.ca.gov or call 800-427-ROAD.

Those living along the shore of Clear Lake being alerted that staff members from the Lake County Water Resources Department are going to be around for several months doing some work. The staffers are checking and verifying the size of piers and docks for an update to the lakebed structure database. So if you some strange person measuring your dock or pier, you know why. For more info, call the Lake County Department of Water Resources at (707) 263-2344.

A man in Clearlake busted and cops find drugs and weapons. The Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit serves a search warrant last Friday and says they found 1,400 pot plants, Heroin, Cocaine and firearms. Two people found there, but Ricardo Pelayo was arrested. Police say there was 5 firearms, including an AK-47 assault rifle that had a high capacity ammunition magazine filled with live rounds. They also found about an ounce of Heroin, pre-packaged cocaine and more ammo. So they searched another home in Lower Lake and found a pot growing operation with hundreds of plants taken.

A car crash in Lakeport leaves one person seriously injured. Police say they got a call to South Main Street between the Kmart entrance and Grace Lane last night and found a crash with 2 cars and a scooter. The person on the scooter had critical injuries and was taken to an out of county hospital. South Main Street was closed for some time after the accident with several law enforcement officers on the scene. The drivers of the two cars are charged with driving drunk, one for a felony causing injury.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is reminding the public not to approach young or what looks to be abandoned young wildlife. They say it may be hard not to do anything if an animal seems like it was abandoned, but you could make things worse. They say animals taken from their natural environment usually don’t survive, others that do may develop wilderness survival skills, making them unsuitable to be put back in their natural habitat. They say if a young animal seems like it’s in distress, or you’re not sure to call a wildlife rehabilitation facility. Anyone who takes a young animal from the wild has to call the dept. of Fish and Wildlife or take it to a state and federally permitted wildlife rehabilitator within 48 hours. For more info, visit the Keep Me Wild Web site at www.keepmewild.org .

A teenage girl missing from Tennessee and believed to be with a former teacher, has been found and the man arrested. Health sciences teacher Tad Cummins is accused of taking the girl across state lines to have sex. The 15 year old and the teacher found in Cecilville. Cops say the girl appeared to be healthy and unharmed and they would get her back to Tennessee. Cummins is facing federal charges of aggravated kidnapping and sexual contact with a minor as well as the crossing state lines charge. Cops got a tip Wednesday that the teacher and teen were in the woods in Cecilville outside of Eureka. The two disappeared March 13th after an investigation by the schools when another student said they saw Cummins kiss the teen. He was married at the time.