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It may be the last planning meeting on the planned Costco in Ukiah. The Planning Commission is having the meeting today to get public comment then consider the revised Environmental Impact Report. The reports been on hold for a couple years after a lawsuit the city ended up mostly winning. The lawsuit was dismissed but the attorney who first filed in 2014 appealed. Then the court decided part of the environmental report needed work and it shouldn’t have even been certified. That was for energy usage. So the Planning Commission will talk about the updated energy section tonight at 6 p.m. in the City Council chambers. The city council won’t take it up again until June 7th. The planning commission is also considering changes to so-called mother in law or granny units at the meeting tonight too.

Part of a ventilation system catches fire so Factory Pipe at the Masonite site had to be evacuated. The owner Ross Liberty says one of their dust collectors caught fire and they tried to extinguish it themselves, but had no luck. They called Ukiah Valley Fire Authority. There was no damage to the building and no injuries were reported.

Storm damage has some of the murals at the Redwood Empire Fairgrounds damaged and covered up so now what to do? The Fair’s’ Building and Grounds Committee are getting public comment today about what to do with the murals at the Fine Arts building. Some of the damage means the murals will have to totally be painted over. They’ve been there since the late 70’s and were last restored in the 1990s. The board of directors looking to hear from community members. The meeting this afternoon at the fairgrounds at 4. Anyone with questions can email them too, info or call (707) 462-3884.

A community garden’s popped up on Highway 29 in Middletown. Giant posts have been put up across from the Calpine building on Central Park Road. The North Coast Opportunities Gardens Project for a community garden to teach families how they can feed themselves and their families by building gardens. The Manager of the project says they’re working with AmeriCorps VISTA so the garden will help low income families and those who’ve been affected by natural disasters. There was massive damage in the town during the 2015 Valley Fire. The property is owned by Calpine who agreed to be part of the project which is next to the Visitor Center. The garden is funded for three years with grant money that will also pay for water usage and art installations. The work to be done to get the garden going in early June.

Three men have been arrested on separate child pornography charges. 35 year old Daniel Wood of Middletown, 44 year old Scott Davis of Clearlake Oaks and 24 year old Jose Mendoza from Upper Lake busted. After lengthy investigations, the Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit served several search warrants and say they found tens of thousands of images and video of kiddie porn. Wood was arrested last month for a parole violation, then after a search he was charged with child pornography. After a tip, Davis was arrested a couple weeks later, then Mendoza was nabbed last week on a warrant. The Lake County Sheriff’s office says the arrests were all a result of Cybertips sent to the Major Crimes Unit.

Willits residents along with city officials talking about the just finished rough draft of cannabis regulations. The regulations cover indoor growing, processing, manufacturing, and dispensing of weed for medical use only. An ad-hoc committee was created on the matter. Members saying the rules are welcoming to business and could help create jobs at the same time protecting residents. It prohibits growing, processing, and manufacturing facilities, requires odor-control systems on all businesses, establishes buffer zones between businesses and schools and considers zoning only in industrial areas and dispensaries only in certain commercial zones, mostly south of State Route 20.

Receipts tallied for what it may cost if California to have a universal single-payer health care system. The Senate Appropriations Committee report pegs the cost at $400 billion dollars. Some money from the federal government along with state and local money would hit the $200 billion mark, then residents would have to cover the other $200 billion thru tax hikes. The report looks at the tax coming in from payroll with no cap on wages, it’s calculated at about 15 percent of earned income. The report does say the costs of the new taxes would be offset by lower spending on health care coverage by employers and employees. The Healthy California Act first considered by lawmakers in February and was authored by Democratic Senators Ricardo Lara of Bell Gardens and Toni Atkins of San Diego.

Cops are searching for info on the death of a 60-year-old woman and need help finding her missing station wagon. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office reports finding the woman’s body yesterday mid morning. They also say her blue 2009 Chevrolet HHR which has a gold medallion on the hood. The side has markings of “American Repair Company” with the California license plate number 6JWT270. They also say not to approach the car if you see it and to immediately call the Sheriff’s Office.

A change in the decision regarding the Dollar General store in Middletown. The Board of Supervisors said no to findings of fact for the appeal it said yes to, so now the board has to have a special meeting next week. As we reported the board overturned its own findings last month, voting 3-2 against the appeal from Cross Development of Texas. The company fighting against the decision by the Lake County Planning Commission to deny their design review permit for a major use permit for the Dollar General store proposed on State Highway 29. Lake Co News reports the board, within the required 45 days, changed course and rejected the findings due to the community design criteria.

The state’s working to contain a recent outbreak of norovirus. The California Department of Public Health and local public health departments are ramping up the fight after increased reports of the illness in schools and other buildings. It’s easily spread where people are in close contact. The State Public Health Officer warns it’s very infectious and can spread fast wherever people meet and share food and bathrooms. The agency helping to make sure schools are properly disinfected to contain the virus because it can live on surfaces a while unless they’re properly cleaned.

A missing woman from Sonoma County has been found dead. The Sheriff’s Dept. volunteer search and rescue team has found 54 year old Catherine Huberty of Santa Rosa close to where she was last seen. Police had reported the woman, who has mental health and mobility issues, seen walking uphill on Mark West Springs Road Saturday. Her body was found yesterday afternoon along a steep area of Redwood Hill Road in a ravine. A sheriff’s helicopter was brought in to remove the body which was seen in rugged terrain. Cops say right now it looks as though she had slipped and fallen.

If you’re planning a ride down Highway 1, you’re out of a luck for quite some time. First a bridge failed during heavy rains, but people stuck there were starting to make due, now a massive landslide has buried the highway under about 40-feet of rocks and dirt. It apparently happened last Saturday in an area known as Mud Creek. The California Department of Transportation reports more than 1 million tons of rock and dirt have fallen down the hillside which is so unstable, they haven’t been up to assess how they can fix it. It covers about a quarter mile of Highway 1. They say they’ll have geologists and engineers check it out this week.

In Canada, they’ve come up with a new way to get people to drive slower or be cited… They have dart like guns in Ontario Provincial Police vehicles so they can shoot at speeding cars. The announcement made this week that just like a James Bond gadget enhanced car, cops can now launch projectiles about the size of a soup can from the front of their police vehicles. The dart can stick to a car and a GPS signal is then sent back to their communications centre so they can continue to track the car and avoid high speed chases. The officers have to be specially trained. 3 cop cars now have the technology.

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