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Monthly Archives: April 2018

Four hundred people had to be evacuated from one of the biggest homeless shelters in San Francisco because of a gas leak. The San Francisco Fire Dept. advised those in and near Next Door: Espicopal Community Services to leave and avoid the other. They reported several people also had to be treated and some went to the hospital. 350 people live at the shelter and there are 50 people who work there. Reports of people outside the shelter coughing and breathing thru oxygen masks. Apparently the smell led to alarms going off in the four floor building, then multiple ambulances were seen there. No word on how the leak started, but it was capped off before noon.

A new director’s needed for the Mendocino County Historical Society Held-Poage Home and Research Library in Ukiah. The Daily Journal reports the current director announced they’re retiring at the end of next month. The newspaper reports the duties of the director also include managing the archival library and grounds, maintaining the collections, historical media and artifacts, but mostly oversees the financial health and sustainability of the organization. It’s a volunteer, unpaid position. ​M​
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The Held-Poage Home and Research Library is located at 603 W. Perkins St. and is open to the public Wednesday through Friday, 1 to 4 p.m.

To apply for the director position, or for more information about it, contact Leonard Winter, MCHS board president, at 707-462-1414 or winter or Roger Krueger, MCHS board 2nd vice president, at 707-468-8258 or rkrueger.

A new board member’s been chosen for Mendocino Coast Hospital Health Centers. Corrigan Gommenginger, who’s the CEO for Hospice Services of Lake County has worked in the health care industry for years and has been a consultant. He moved to Lake County a few years ago to take over Hospice Services. The Health Centers provide healthcare for residents of Ukiah, Willits and Lakeport. Learn more at

Police release more info on the evacuation of Mendocino College in Ukiah, arresting an individual they say posted a possible threat on social media. The Sheriff’s office reports a Facebook post by Lyle Luke Vincent, a student at the college, with a picture of what looked to be a semi-automatic pistol saying he was sad and tagged Mendocino College. The Sheriff’s office says the school found he might be a danger to the school or himself Thursday afternoon. Cops found his truck at the school, unlocked, but didn’t find Vincent right away, so the campus was locked down and evacuated, and a reverse 911 went out to area residents. Vincent found about 4 or 5 hours later in Redwood Valley and arrested for suspicion of violation of a domestic violence restraining order unrelated to his Facebook post and say they found he was not a threat and the school was safe.

A young girl has been killed after jumping into the ocean. The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office reports getting a call Saturday to the eight year old disappearing in the waves, being swept away on the ocean side of Big Lagoon. Redheaded Blackbelt reporting Cal Fire, the Bureau of Land Management, California State Parks, Orick Fire Department, and the Coast Guard went out to the call and around 4:00 pm, the Coast Guard found the girl about a mile away from where she went into the water. She was pronounced dead at the hospital and an autopsy’s planned. The Sheriff’s office also investigating and asking the public for help with info if they happened to be there Saturday afternoon.

A vet in Garberville saying two cats shot within days of each other with pellets. Kym Kemp reporting the one community member taking their cat to the vet because it appeared the animal hurt its foot, but found it was shot and had to be put down. The vet telling the woman two cats in two days shot with a pellet gun in Redway. The other cat’s collar saved it however.

Police in Lakeport on the lookout for a man they say failed to register his new address, as a sex offender. 70 year old Lawrence Clayton Jelks is required by law to register as a sex offender wherever he lives, but police say he’s in violation and that’s a felony. He was arrested in February of 2017 in Clearlake for the same thing after they got tips he was in the area. He was put back in jail at that time. Now police are looking for him again. They say anyone who may know where he is to call or sent them a Facebook message. You can also text anonymously to 888777 and write TIP LAKEPORT with info, or you can of course, call the police department.

A man in Lakeport has been arrested for a car crash where police say he was high on drugs and smashed into another car. Jeremy David Morgan in court last week for gross vehicular manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter, DUI (causing injury) and driving with a suspended license. It all comes after an accident in January on Highway 20 near Paradise Valley where two of his passengers had severe injuries to their head and neck. The driver of the other car who had an infant with them were not seriously hurt. Police say Morgan didn’t make it around a curve in light rain and skidded into the opposite lane, then flipped his jeep and slid on the street. He’s in jail on $500,000 bail.

A small earthquake in Cobb. The 3.2 Saturday afternoon near The Geysers geothermal steamfield. The USGS pegged the quake at two miles north of The Geysers, five miles west of Cobb and seven miles west northwest of Anderson Springs, by the Sonoma County border. Lake Co News reports there were five shake reports, three of them came from Kelseyville, another from Glenhaven and one from San Jose.

A man from Clearlake has been arrested after police say he assaulted his wife. A police dog helped officers take down Carmelo Zepeda Hernandez April 15th after he ran when they went out to a domestic violence complaint. Police say they found Hernandez physically assaulted and injured his wife, but he ran off before they could talk with him, but early the next day when he came back, police say he tried to break the front door down. So they surrounded the house and when he tried running again, police dog “Zip” grabbed the guy, but he resisted so several officers had to arrest him. He had to go to the hospital first, then he was taken to jail on felony domestic violence and resisting arrest and held on $25,000, but he posted bail and was released.

The Lake County Board of Supervisors will be hearing from the cannabis consultant this week. The board will also approve members for a blue ribbon panel being set up for Clearlake’s health. Lake Co News reports the board to get an updated report from the cannabis consultant regarding state and local cannabis implementation. They’re also having public hearings for resolutions to approve an election date change for governing body members of community services districts, fire protection districts and water districts from odd-numbered years to be the same day as the Calif. general election held in even-numbered years.

New CHP officers have graduated. Last Friday was the California Highway Patrol cadet graduation in West Sacramento. There are now 82 new officers after about 7 months of training. There are four new officers in the Northern Division, three for the Humboldt Area and one in Ukiah.

UC Berkeley has a new student senator of the rodent variety. “Furry Boi” was chosen to be on the Associated Students of the University of California Senate April 13th. A student at the college put up intentions and policy platforms on behalf of Furry Boi, posting them on Facebook. They included environmentalism, disabilities/mental illness and a better campus community with increased school spirit. The squirrel lives on campus.

The master fee schedule in Lake County’s getting an update. That was the first order of business on the agenda at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting. The cannabis program fee discussed as part of the schedule with the County Administrative Officer Carol Huchingson and her staff with a resolution on more than a dozen fees related to the Administrative Office, Water Resources and the county’s new cannabis program. Lake Co News reports there’s a new $5,000 fee for the cannabis program before any permit is issued no more $65-a-month boat slip rental fee at Holiday Harbor, because it was sold, no more $10 flood zone check, but there is a new base flood elevation determination from Water Resources; a new $30 hunting permit and a new $50 permit fee for group activity/gathering at Highland Springs; a $60 permit and a $20 annual fee for regulatory buoys; and a $10 lake use fee per registered boat in for-profit fishing tournaments and boating events.

Looking for some volunteer work? The Kelseyville Unified School District is on the lookout for residents interested in being on the board of trustees. The Superintendent has announced they’re accepting applications for a vacant seat until Monday, April 30th at noon. The seat had been held for years by a resident who recently died. Those who are interested must live in the boundaries of the Kelseyville Unified School District, be registered voters and cannot work for the District. You can get an application at the district office, then the qualified candidates can take a meeting with the superintendent. ​

To schedule an appointment, please contact McQueen at davem or his secretary, Tami Barker, at barker, or call 707-279-1511.

Ukiah high students walk out of class. The kids leaving campus walking to the courthouse to protest gun violence and school safety, among other things. Journalism students filming the walk out to the court house, saying they went there because it’s a central area. They went live on Facebook showing students milling about and say they were not planning to head back to class. They say they had interest from a lot of students and that the last march they had was around 600 students. The participating students say enough is enough… The kids planning the peaceful rally saying they were not planning to break any rules… One student on a megaphone reminding the students to be respectful, not use drugs and to stay out of the street as they set out at the start.

California now one of several states being warned about an E.coli outbreak linked to chopped romaine lettuce. The Centers for Disease Control has expanded the area of the outbreak to include 16 states. It was 11 states last weekend, then new sicknesses were reported in California, Alaska, Arizona, Louisiana and Montana. There were nine people who had to go to the hospital, two of which had kidney failure. Since the whole outbreak began about a month ago, 53 people have been infected, 31 had to go to the hospital and five with kidney failure. The outbreak linked to chopped romaine lettuce from Yuma, Arizona, but there was no common grower, supplier, distributor or brand identified so far.

A fire in Fort Bragg starts in an telephone box near a local business. The fire March 28th outside Little Cup Ceramics and Letterpress spotted by someone passing buy who police say mostly got the fire out by pouring a can of soda on it. But cops say there’s usually not enough power going to a telephone box to make it ignite, so it’s suspicious. Police investigating another suspicious fire too, one in late January during the local Women’s March at a large house. The city attorney telling the city council they’re trying to get the house cleaned up but there’s a back and forth between the owner and their bank on the fire policy. The property is in foreclosure at the moment.

Mendocino Community College in Ukiah had to be evacuated due to what police say was a “potentially dangerous individual on campus.” The Mendocino County sheriff’s dept reports cordoning off a half mile area around the campus, the entrance to the college and not letting any cars come thru. They say that was all as a precautionary measure and there was no immediate threat. The school canceled classes after that too. Cops also reportedly searching a red Dodge Ram pickup in a parking lot and searched it. The Daily Journal happened to be there for another event and a photographer was also asked to leave with everyone else. The newspaper reports the potentially dangerous person was a student who posted an image with a gun on social media. Some rumors were also going around of an active shooter, but that was not the case.

2 people arrested in Ukiah after reports of a stolen car. Police got a call to the Ukiah Hampton Inn yesterday morning after someone at the hotel reported their Prius was taken the night before. The stolen car was spotted nearby and cops pulled the driver over with the two inside being arrested. They’re identified as transients, both on parole, 23 year old Sergio Espinoza and 26 year old Danielle Daugherty. The two arrested on suspicion of vehicle theft and for violation of their probation.

Reports of loitering transients near the Umpqua bank on South State Street has police out. Cops say they spoke to a group in the parking lot of the bank when an officer says he heard a man screaming nearby and a woman working at a nearby bar said the person was in their crawl space. The officer recognized the man as Timmy Cooper who had been arrested for assault with a deadly weapon earlier this year. The officer says he became hostile and uncooperative and threatened officers, armed with a pipe, but as they tried to negotiate with him, he got more hostile. Three officers crawled under the business and used pepper spray and a Taser and got the guy out. Cooper charged with making felony threats and resisting, violation of probation, along with committing a felony while out on release from jail.

The Clearlake North Coast Opportunities Food Pantry is closing. Next Thursday will be the last full day for the business which will continue providing produce on Fridays though. The agency saying they left the building where they were located and are looking for new office space, but the pantry is closing. The Executive Director says there’s been a 40 percent decrease at the Food Pantry but an increase in the Friday Produce at the Pantry. They will continue their Wellness Programs, Food Programs, the Garden Project, and the Housing Programs. The produce is distributed Fridays between 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. and again from 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

New playground equipment going in at Library Park in Lakeport. The City Council voted yes Tuesday for the $75-thousand dollar buy. The old equipment there was donated about a decade ago and the company that built it is no longer around. So the city has to replace what’s there for safety reasons. The money to pay for it is coming from Measure Z sales tax money. The new equipment for kids 5 to 12 years old. The council voted unanimously on the new equipment.

A logging plan for the Gualala River floodplain that had been on hold looks to be in planning stages again. The Press Democrat reports the forest manager at Gualala Redwood Timber said they’re looking at mid May to start. The company owns the land and has completed surveys to make sure there are no Northern spotted owls nearby. The birds are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The logging plan has been supplemented by ideas from Cal Fire who approved it. But those against it had sued Cal Fire right after the approval went thru. The environmental group Friends of the Gualala River say they’re ready to protest if need be.

Five people in California have been charged with defrauding the state’s recycling program of millions of dollars. The owner of Recycling Services Alliance Corporation and four people who worked there busted for scamming the state’s beverage container recycling program for several years by accepting recyclables from other states and putting bogus information on paperwork. The state Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery reports the fraud as the largest ever in the state connected to 5 – or 10 – cent deposits consumers pay on certain beverage containers.

A woman in Louisiana calls police to say there’s a naked stranger in her bathtub, and they’re eating her Cheetos. Police in Monroe say another woman, Evelyn Washington was arrested for burglary and property damage charges. A cop called to the home says they found a full bathtub along with a plate of food and a half eaten bag of Cheetos on the toilet. Washington told police there was an unknown man that told her to break into the house.

A new service available for any fire survivors in Mendocino County who are worried their property may be over-excavated. The Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and County of Mendocino announced the service at a town hall for those who survived the Redwood Valley wildfire in October. The County Fire Recovery Team will come out to examine sites and determine if there was over excavation then make sure there’s enough replacement soil available for qualified parcels. The agency says they’ll be on the job quickly, expediting work so it’s only weeks of time.

If you believe that your parcel may qualify for over excavation and you want your site assessed, the County Recovery Team is available to receive your concerns and coordinate the process for Cal OES to assess your property. Please call (707) 234-6076.

The Lake County District 3 Supervisor says there are now websites for each of the area town halls in his district. Jim Steele pointing to the county’s website for the East Region, West Region and Lucerne area town halls, then click under Government, Boards and Commissions. East Region covers Paradise Cove East to the County Line and north to the High Valley area, Lucerne is thru the so-called community growth boundary and the West Region is Upper Lake, Nice, Blue Lake, Bachelor Valley, and Lake Pillsbury. There are agendas for each of the town halls on the new websites. The town halls have governing members who advise Steele about community issues and vice versa.

A former legislative chief of staff who complained about misconduct is suing saying he was fired for doing so. Sean Doherty says he didn’t get any help with his complaint to the Assembly Rules Committee regarding Republican Assemblyman Devon Mathis of Visalia. The committee oversees human resources. Doherty says he thinks the Assemblyman got wind of the complaint and that it should have stayed confidential. The lawsuit was filed last week, naming that committee, Mathis and some Assembly human resources officials. He says Mathis is guilty of misbehavior, including sexual misconduct, misuse of state resources and discrimination for which Mathis says that’s baloney, fabricated by a disgruntled former employee.

A man from Willits has pleaded guilty to a lesser crime connected to the killing and importing of a Leopard from South Africa. The Daily Journal reports Adam Lawrence pleaded guilty to mislabeling wildlife intended for importation. This means he admits he went to South Africa back in August of 2011, hunted, shot and killed the animal without a permit for the hunt or to bring it back to the U-S. Also admitting he went back to that country in May of 2012 to bring the leopard’s skin and skull back hidden inside a spare tire. The animals are protected under the Endangered Species Act. He was indicted in January for importing wildlife contrary to law, and mislabeling wildlife intended for importation. He will give up the rights to the remains of the animal, his hunting rifle and other remains from past hunts. He’s been released on bond and will be sentenced in June where he faces 5 years in prison and as much as $250,000 in fines and possible restitution too.

A homeless shelter has been approved by the Ukiah Planning Commission. The Daily Journal reports the commission apparently looking to send the whole thing over to the city council, but then approved a permit for Nor Cal Christian Ministries for the day center at the old Plowshares facility on Luce Avenue. The Center for Hope had been in limbo because city guidelines say two facilities cannot be within a quarter mile of each other, so the commission sent the idea back to the city council, but then found out, that wasn’t allowed and it was up to them to decide. The newspaper reports on another hearing last week with public comment by the commission with most speakers saying they supported the idea because it would give spiritual guidance to those who went to the facility.

Sen. Mike McGuire’s office reports a bill he’s supporting to create the Great Redwood Trail has jumped its first hurdle. The bill to turn more than 300 miles of unused railroad tracks into what he says will be, quote, a “stunning, world-renowned” trail. Last week the bill to turn the tracks into the trail from San Francisco to Humboldt Bay got unanimous approval in the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee. It’ll be considered next at the Natural Resources Committee by the end of the month. It would also mean the end of the North Coast Rail Authority.

Lake County has a new Community Development Director. The Board of Supervisors unanimously voted for Michalyn DelValle to be the interim Community Development Director. She’s been the principal planner for Community Development’s planning division since 2016. Her new job officially starts tomorrow.

The governor says he’s mobilizing as many as 400 National Guard troops to fight criminal gangs, human traffickers and illegal firearm and drug smugglers in Calif., on the coast and at the U.S.-Mexico border after apparently getting the federal government’s okay to pay for it. The troops to add on to what the state already has on the job including 250 members, 55, who are already doing counterdrug work at the U.S.-Mexico border. The governor issued the order this week after a letter to the federal government last week saying the troops would not be enforcing immigration laws or help build a border wall. The new order in effect thru the end of September.

A man from Texas busted at a hotel in Lakeport pleads guilty to setting a fire there. Timothy Lee Cofer of Henderson County was in court, but apparently not in custody at his arraignment. In February he didn’t show up at a preliminary hearing, so a warrant was put out for his arrest set at $200,000. He’s charged with arson and possession of a controlled substance after the January incident at the Rodeway Inn & Suites Skylark Shores Resort. The Court accepted his guilty plea and the case sent to the Probation Department for a sentencing recommendation.

UC Davis researchers are examining eggs after last October’s wildfires to see if there’s a chance they could be contaminated. The Lead Researcher Maurice Pitesky says areas where chickens peck off the ground could have been contaminated by certain chemicals after the Tubbs Fire. They’ve collected eggs from about 200 locations across the state where there were wildfires and a toxicologist will sample the eggs, looking for heavy metals, or fire retardants. They’re also urging anyone with backyard chickens to be cautious consuming their eggs.

The state and Sonoma County prosecutors investigating landlords who may have raised rents after the October wildfires. The California Attorney General Xavier Becerra says they’ve charged a real estate agent for raising the rate at her home in Novato more than what’s permitted by law. The charges are misdemeanors but come with up to a year in jail and as much as $10,000 in fines, in she’s found guilty. Melissa “Missy” Echeverria is accused of raising the rent from $5,000 to $9,000, which is 80% more. You’re only allowed a 10 percent increase. The governor signed an executive order last week to extend the ban on price gouging through Dec. 4th.

The deadline for those who want to apply to be in the Mendocino County Grand Jury has been extended. The Chair of the Grand Jury Recruitment/Selection Committee moved the date to apply out to May 18th for the 2018/2019 Grand Jury. The panel to be sworn in at the end of June. 19 members are impaneled to serve a year and they’re empowered to investigate the operations of county, city and district governments; provide civil oversight of local government departments and agencies; and respond to citizen complaints. They sets their own agenda and meeting schedule and work mostly in small committees so there’s flexibility in the work schedule and meeting locations. For more info check the Superior Court of California, County of Mendocino website.

A fire department in Indiana tweeting about an odd raccoon story… A woman brings her pet raccoon in to the department in Wayne Township saying she needed help because the animal smoked too much weed. The station’s tweet said the animal was lethargic and had all the symptoms they see when a human is exposed to marijuana which left them scratching their heads. They say they hope the animal made a full recovery, but there wasn’t a lot they could do for it at 2 in the morning.


PG&E is being sued my multiple insurance companies after the October wildfires in Northern Calif. The suit for wrongful deaths, property damage and unspecified personal injuries. There were more than 170 fires in October that killed 44 people, took down 8,700 structures and blackened 245,000 acres. The insurance cost on the fires has been tallied a​
about $9.4 billion so far. A spokesperson for the utility company says they’ve been made aware of the lawsuit, but there’s no determination on the causes of the fires. Cal Fire has yet to announce an official cause for the fires and the insurance companies that filed the case can sue to get the money for the payouts for their customers.

Lawmakers have come up with legislation ahead of Earth Day calling for an end to “Plastic Pollution.” There are cleanups set for this weekend, like every year on Earth Day. People can head to beaches and parks and other areas to take out trash. A new Assembly Bill aims to ban plastic, single use straws from restaurants, another to require clothing with more than 50-percent synthetic material to include a label which says that garment sheds plastic microfibers when washed. Others include, plastic bottle caps have a tether to their bottle, food packaging for takeout needs to be recyclable and no smoking on state beaches. Also there can’t be single use filters in smokes anymore if another bill gets thru. Cigarette butts reported as the single most collected trash item at it beach cleanups by one group with CalTrans adding it’s about $41 million a year to clean up cigarette butts.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Dept. putting out the word there are more spots open in the twentieth session of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Citizens’ Academy. The Academy is set to start May 31st, 2018 with applications due by May 16th. It’s free to go, but you have to be a resident of Lake County, be at least 18 years old with no felonies on your record or misdemeanors the last three years. And you have to be able to go to all fourteen sessions. You can visit the sheriff’s dept. website for more info at There, click on the link for "In the Spotlight" where there’s all the info you need including the application and instructions. They limit the class size to 25 students and say they’re filling up already.

It’s Alcohol Awareness Month and in Lake County this year’s theme “Changing Attitudes: It’s not a ‘Rite of Passage’”. There will be local celebrations to education the public about alcoholism and highlight how parents play a role in their young adults lives to show what an impact alcohol and drugs can have. Lake County Behavioral Health putting out a statement how dangerous alcohol and drug use are by young people for themselves and their community, saying it’s directly associated with educational failure, violence, traffic fatalities, suicide, unsafe sex, and alcohol overdose. They encourage the public to contact them for more info.

Lake County Behavioral Health at 707-274-9101 or 707-994-7090.

A new batch of classes being offered at Mendocino College. The school announcing more offerings in Ukiah, Willits, Lakeport, and Fort Bragg this summer, which starts June 11th. They’re holding open registration starting Saturday, online or in person. The school can help those transferring to universities and those who want to pursue a technical certificate, associate’s degree, professional development and personal enrichment. The college recently sent their new schedule by mail to local households, or you can access at the Mendocino College website at

For additional assistance, call the counseling office at 707.468.3048.

The 3rd District Supervisor in Mendocino County updating the board on the latest on the Mendocino County Museum. Supervisor Georgeanne Croskey has been meeting with the museum advisory board. And she and fellow Supervisor Carre Brown have also been meeting with Acting Museum Director Karen Horner as talks happen regarding a possible merger of the museum, parks and County Library departments. Croskey says there’s concern about the merger and she thinks it’s important to continue having a supervisor at the museum board meetings. But the Willits Vice Mayor and Museum board member Saprina Rodriguez at a recent meeting of the city council says they’re not getting the info, like staffing and budget reports they need. She says she’s frustrated and there’s been a sense of growing mistrust at the board meetings.

Santa Rosa may soon be in the red as they’re looking at the single largest spending increase after the October wildfires. The Press Democrat reports the city manager and the finance department want a $62 million dollar hike in spending for next year’s budget. That’s about 16 percent, the most they’ve increased in about ten years or more. The city isn’t making as much in revenue, losing as much as 14 and a half million dollars. They’ve also put a hiring freeze in place and are applying for all possible federal aid. The city also planning to poll community members to see if they’d support new taxes.

The president reacting after Gov. Jerry Brown put restrictions on the way National Guard troops are utilized at the Mexican border. Federal officials have said no to the proposal from Calif. for troops at the border. President Trump tweeted, quote, "looks like Jerry Brown and California are not looking for safety and security along their very porous border". The governor’s office didn’t let that slide, tweeting back to the president saying they’ve not changed their stance, agreeing to have 400 troops at the border but with a restriction on activities related to immigration enforcement. The governor had said they were close to agreeing to join Arizona, New Mexico and Texas on things like drug and gun smuggling and human trafficking.

Lake County up there with the cleanest in a new report on air quality. The American Lung Association’s annual State of the Air Report gave Lake County an A for Ozone, but a B for short term particulate pollution, naming it the 4th cleanest county in the nation. The B grade due to the 2015 wildfires. The 2018 report grades state and local area air quality with an A through F. There weren’t any major changes from a year before even though there had been major fires in the region. Lake County one of about a dozen counties that didn’t have any days of ozone exceeds from 2014 through 2016.

Habitat for Humanity looking for an assist building a home in Cobb Mountain. They’re reaching out to get volunteers for the build up for a Valley fire survivor family. They’re interested in finding folks with or without construction experience, interested in helping out.

Habitat for Humanity at 707-994-1100, Extension 103, to find out how you can help.

An official ribbon cutting and launch for a new cannabis processing center and wellness campus. About 300 people came out for the Redwood Valley Flow Cannabis Institute’s opening. The shindig at the old Fetzer family winery complex, which the center bought about a year ago. The 80 acre former winery is being built out for the institute so independent farmers can bring their harvest for one-stop processing, storage and distribution. They have brought many jobs to the area, boasting 120 employees. Four buildings at the campus are under construction. Those in attendance at the ribbon cutting toured them all. Willie Nelson will launch his own label from the space too, it’ll be called “Willie’s Reserve” and will be grown in the Emerald Triangle region and distributed statewide.

Ukiah is exploring the sale of non-medical use marijuana. The City Council will consider an ordinance at their meeting tonight to allow dispensaries to sell non-medical weed. It comes after a meeting March 7th where the council said they didn’t want adult use sales throughout most of the Commercial Neighborhood zone, but they were okay with it for special events at public facilities. The Daily Journal reports since that meeting the Planning Department found such events are not even allowed. So now there’s a proposed ordinance for Adult Use Marijuana sales in city limits. The meeting tonight at 6 p.m.

A private university in Ukiah offering liberal education related to Buddhism will soon be more of a formal university. Dharma Realm Buddhist University, which is private, has reportedly received the initial accreditation from the WASC Senior Commission of Universities and Colleges for six years. The formal label meaning the school can receive more students per class, enroll students from abroad and accept federal loans. The school president says it’s a natural step in the process of development to offer authenticity and legitimacy in the eyes of the larger public. They offer a Masters in Buddhist Classics and a Bachelors in Liberal Arts. They started the formal accreditation process in 2013.

The Mendocino County Sheriff’s office on the lookout for a man who was illegally growing and possessing marijuana. The sheriff’s office Facebook page featuring John Dunlap for their Warrant Wednesday with a picture of the man saying he’s wanted on $90,000 bail for Committing a Crime while on bail, Possessing Marijuana for Sale and Cultivating Marijuana. He’s described as 58 years old, 5 foot 8, 260 pounds with red hair and blue eyes. His last known city or town is Redwood Valley. They say if you know where he could be or can help officers locate him to call the sheriff’s office.

A stolen car from Oregon’s been found in Southern Humboldt county. The car reported stolen Monday night and found in Garberville. The silver Honda Civic was found parked after being taken earlier in the day from Tillamook, Oregon. The driver has been identified as 32-year-old Isidro Pedroza and was arrested. The car keys found in his pocket. He was booked into the Humboldt County Jail on $25,000 bail.

A fire recovery meeting’s set to get an update on the latest regarding debris removal operations. A presentation set for the Hope City Crisis Network, who are involved in rebuilding homes at a reduced cost. Their programs to be presented thru Rebuilding our Community, or the M-ROC Resource Room. The meeting tomorrow evening from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Eagle Peak Middle School Cafeteria in Redwood Valley. Some of the local agencies attending include Mendocino County Planning and Building Services, Mendocino County Department of Transportation, Mendocino County Environmental Health, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and FEMA. If you can’t make it the meeting will be streamed live on the Mendocino County YouTube Channel.

New information on the family from Washington State who went over a 100 foot cliff outside Westport last month. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s office confirms a body found by some tourists April 7th of a black female in the Pacific Ocean in the area of Juan Creek and Highway 1 in Westport was one of the Hart children. The coroner confirms that DNA testing has the body as 12 year old Ciera Hart. One of the three missing children. The family of 8 is believed to have intentionally driven over the cliff. It also came out last week, that mom Jennifer, who is believed to have been the driver was drunk and that her wife and 2 of the children found at the scene had benadryl in their systems. No toxicology report back on Ciera or one of the other children found with the family at the time. Two children are still missing, and the Sheriff’s office says they will only update if warranted.