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A major study’s happening of sidewalks, paths, and safe crossings in Mendocino County. The Mendocino Council of Governments received money for the County Pedestrian Needs Assessment and Engineered Feasibility Study – or Mendo Pedestrian project so there could eventually be some new construction to accommodate pedestrian facilities. There will be workshops with the public, the first to focus on the South Coast is next Tuesday, June 19th at 5:30 pm at Point Arena City Hall. Those in attendance will hear about possibly improved walking conditions, including techniques and funding to improve sidewalks, paths and crossings. Those there will be asked for their thoughts on community priorities from the Point Arena Community Action Plan and for the South Coast. For more info, visit

Investigators with CAL FIRE say 12 of the fires that started in Northern California last October were caused by electric power and distribution lines, conductors and the failure of power poles. There were more than 170 fires that scorched at least 245,000 acres last fall. Now investigators are pinning the cause on trees into PG&E equipment that then caused the fires. CAL FIRE investigators are continuing to look into the rest of the fires that occurred in October and December with more reports to come. The fire in Mendocino County which came to be known as the Redwood Fire on Oct. 8th started in two locations, by tree or tree parts falling on PG&E power lines. And the Sulphur Fire in Lake County was caused by the failure of a PG&E owned power pole, so the lines went onto the ground. Nine people were killed in the Redwood fire there were no injuries from the Sulphur Fire.

The City of Ukiah looking to cash in on the new Costco. During a presentation of the city’s new budget, the Finance Director told the city council they expect Costco will bring in $1 million more a year in sales tax. The city will also bring in more money from two 1/2 percent sales tax measures voters approved, $3.2 million each from a 1/2 percent tax from Measure Y for streets and Measure P for public safety. Total revenue for the 2018-19 Fiscal Year is expected at about $21.5 million with total expenditures of $21.62 million though. The City Manager though told the council the new budget was a “balanced fiscal spending plan". He also says a lot of money that had been in reserves is being spent on the lawsuit filed against the city by the sanitation district.

Some local businesses none too happy about the proposed move of two cannabis dispensaries to Main Street in Mendocino. The Love In It dispensary is apparently going to move to a new space after another business moved out. But now there are petitions against the move, signed by more than 200 other business owners, employees and residents. A group of merchants has hired a lawyer to fight the move by Love In It. A letter was brought to the May 22nd Board of Supervisors meeting looking for a moratorium on new business licenses for dispensaries in the town and an environmental impact report on bringing dispensaries into town altogether.

Not pretty…. that’s the message on Humboldt County beaches which made the top 10 of Heal the Bay’s Beach Bummers list. Clam and Luffenholtz beaches were fourth and sixth on the list due to poor water quality, mostly from fecal bacteria contamination. Clam Beach won first place last year, and Luffenholtz moved from #9 to six this year. The Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services supervising environmental health specialist says the beaches and Trinidad and Moonstone are all considered impaired by the State Water Board, where the list is derived from. Tests were recently run at the beaches too, to see just where the fecal bacteria was coming from. The beach report by Heal the Bay says there were sewage spills in Humboldt County from seven incidents, two of which were more than 10,000 gallons. The report card is available online at beach-report-card-2018/

More than one and a half million dollars is being distributed in Calif. by the Federal Government’s Interior Dept. in preservation grants and another four and a half mil for historic preservation grants. The preservation grants to the Tribal Historic Preservation Office. The 6 million or so to Calif. part of $60 million to be shared by states, territories and tribes across the country. The money will be administered by the National Park Service. It comes from Outer Continental Shelf oil lease revenues to preserve other irreplaceable resources. It will help Tribes preserve cultural heritage and protect historically significant sites.

A woman from Middletown’s been killed after a head on crash on Highway 29 north of Butts Canyon Road. The CHP says Lottie Cline crossed the solid double yellow lines over to the northbound side and hitting a car driven by Roberto Gonzalez of Lakeport. Gonzalez and his passenger, Victor Villanueva, also of Lakeport, had moderate injuries. All three people in the two cars had on seatbelts. The CHP is investigating the cause, but say they don’t believe alcohol or drugs were a factor in the crash.

REACH Air Medical Services is now operating in the area of Napa. The company announced its air medical transport service has an expanded base of operations coming out of the Napa County Airport 24/7. The company expanding into the area which the company says will enhance the local 911 system and strengthen the inter-hospital transfer system for critically ill patients.

Senator Bill Dodd’s bill to fight fake news has passed the full Senate. Dodd, of Napa, says the rise of fake and misleading news is deeply concerning and what’s even more concerning is the lack of education to make sure people can figure out what’s fact and what’s fiction. His bill after a 2016 Stanford study which showed 82 percent of middle schoolers weren’t sure the difference between advertisements and news stories. It also showed a large percentage of high school and college students didn’t do well on media literacy evaluations. Dodd says his bill will empower students to make informed decisions.

A fire in Kelseyville burning hay, no structures. The fire breaks out Sunday afternoon with firefighters getting there moments later to find about a tenth of an acre charred, but no threat to any nearby structures. The fire was stopped within about a half hour, but they stuck around to mop up. Lake Co News reports the final acreage at about 5 acres burned.

The containment on 2 fires burning in the Northern Sacramento Valley has grown. The Apple Fire near Corning in Tehama County is 90 percent contained after burning more than 2,950 acres. The fire did burn three homes and six outbuildings though. All evacuation orders were lifted over the weekend. And in Glenn County, the Chrome fire, outside of Elk Creek, burned more than 2,250 acres and was 50-percent contained last night. That fire was a restarted fire from last week, that rekindled Saturday. It took down one outbuilding and there were evacuations, but they were lifted yesterday morning.


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