A second person has died as the result of a head-on crash last Friday on North State Street in Ukiah. A Rohnert Park man has confirmed to the Ukiah Daily Journal that his brother, Peter Cole of Ukiah, suffered “massive head trauma” when the SUV he was riding in was hit by a car that had crossed the centerline near the Thurston Auto Plaza. That car went on to crash into the car lot and burst into flames, killing the driver who has yet to be identified. Cole, who his brother tells the paper was taken off life support Tuesday, was in the SUV with three other people and they were just two blocks from Cole’s home when the accident happened. A woman from Redwood Valley who was in the vehicle with him has extensive spinal injuries. The driver and another person have less severe injuries. The CHP is still investigating the incident.
No one seriously hurt after a small private plane crashed at Manchester State Park on the Mendocino Coast Weds morning. Cal Fire says around 11am the single-engine Cessna 180 apparently ran out of gas and the pilot tried to land it but it flipped over as it hit the ground on a private ranch within the Park. Firefighters from Redwood Coast and Cal Fire and a Coast Life Support ambulance all responded to help the pilot and his passenger. The Press Democrat reports a medical helicopter was requested but the crew declined to fly due to the weather.
The Ukiah Valley Trail Group has gotten the OK from the Ukiah City Council to continue with their work on Low Gap Regional Park. The group, city and County entered into a memorandum of understanding two years ago to work on a plan to assess all of the trails in the 160-acre park, and suggest how those trails can be maintained and improved. The Daily Journal reports the county approved the agreement again in November and the City last week and they’ve expanded on it. For years volunteers with the group have done much of the maintenance and repairs on the trail including dealing with many trees that have fallen due to the heavy rains and saturated ground. They have also dealt with graffiti alongside volunteers from North Coast Opportunities.Future plans include some new trails including maybe even one that would let hikers follow Orr Creek all the way from Low Gap Park to the Russian River.
The Lake County Campus of Woodland Community College has rescheduled the Native American Empowerment Day to Friday, April 21. American Indian students grades seventh through 12 and American Indian adults are invited to this event from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. April 21. At this free event, the college will provide morning snacks, lunch, book bags and educational materials. The day will open with a traditional blessing and prayer, Robert Geary will speak about local historical and contemporary issues and Dino Beltran about the recent gains in protecting ancestral items. All participants will attend hands-on workshops regarding traditional practices and the value of higher education and college staff will have info on classes and transferring. They ask that you preregister so they have enough food – to do that call the Lake County Campus of Woodland Community College at 707-995-7900.
The Ukiah Natural Foods Co-op is donating $5,000 to the Good Farm Fund, a non-profit which supports sustainable local farms and increased access to local food in Mendocino and Lake Counties, and gives grants to local farms. Caroline Radice who is a Good Farm Fund steering committee member and previous farm grant recipient, says “Ukiah Natural Foods has been a great supporter of the Good Farm Fund, sponsoring our major farm-to-table dinner fundraisers in previous years. This sponsorship is a solid investment in good food for our community.” The grant to the Good Farm Fund is slightly more than their usual grant award in order to increase the Co-op’s reach to local farms and build community with local producers.