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There’s a search on for a missing child in Lake County. 16-year-old Mario Martinez Alvarado was last seen in the Kelseyville area near Live Oak Drive. Mario is high functioning autistic. He is 5′ 1" and 100 lbs. You can see his picture at under the Nixle Alerts. If you have any information call the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch at 707-263-2690.

A Ukiah man has drowned at Lake Mendocino. Officials say Sunday afternoon David McGowan was somehow thrown from his boat after an accident while fishing with his two young children on the west side of the Lake between the intake tower and the north end of the Coyote Valley Dam. Rescuers responded around 120pm from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office, Ukiah Valley Fire Authority, Army Corps of Engineers Park Rangers, Willits-Little Lake Fire and Hopland Fire. His body was found around 4pm about 30 feet from the shoreline. The Sheriff’s Office says he was not wearing a life jacket, but his two children were and were able to get to the shore safely. The nature of the accident is not yet known; officials say the boat itself is small and made of aluminum and a witness reported seeing a chair in the boat but rescue teams did not find a chair. The Sheriff’s Office says the boat did not capsize or have any structural damage and the acting Fire Chief says the weather and lake surface are not believed to have been factors.

Mendocino authorities are looking for a Fort Bragg man accused of beating his girlfriend and an elderly man who tried to help her. Investigators say Robert Vargas physically assaulted his girlfriend at a home on Company Ranch Road and then left the house. She called the older relative for help and he encountered Vargas while driving down the road. He told deputies Vargas intentionally slammed into his car with his own and when they both got out of their cars Vargas tackled him and beat him and then drove off. Vargas is charged with Felony Elder Abuse, Inflicting Corporal Injury on a Spouse, and Assault with a Deadly Weapon. Anyone with information on Vargas’ whereabouts is asked to call the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office.

Mendocino Coast Hospice is having Volunteer Training in March. It will begin March 14 and run through April 18 with classes held weekly on Wednesdays from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the Redwoods Room at Mendocino Coast District Hospital in Fort Bragg. Dick Lumaghi will facilitate the program this year. He is currently the Grief Support Coordinator at Hospice of Ukiah. If you would like to join the class, contact Terri Ebrey at tebrey. There is no charge for the program.

If you are a Nixle Alert user, don’t be alarmed Tuesday morning at 10am when the Lake County Sheriff’s Office sends an “All-Call” alert just to make sure the system is working properly and they can reach as many residents in the county as possible. The alerts go out to landlines and cell phones as well as via text and email. The Sheriff wants as many people as possible to give their contact information to the system, including all phone numbers and email addresses, so you can be reached in an emergency. The Sheriff say Nixle allows them to make notifications to citizens more efficiently when there are actual emergencies including imminent threats. For more info, visit

The Ukiah Unified School District is hiring for more substitutes, and not just teachers. The District says they also need substitute custodians, paraprofessionals, food service workers, childcare assistants and others. UUSD Personnel Commission Director Iralene Holbrook explained, “Every day, we need reliable workers to fill in for absent employees.” She says it not only gives you an opportunity to work in different environments to see what you like, but it gives the District a way to get to know you when regular part-time or full-time positions become available. Job requirements vary, so Holbrook recommends calling her office at 707-472-5040 or visiting for details.

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