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A man from Covelo in a crash Monday heading in the wrong direction on the 101 near Ukiah. The CHP says they got a call Monday that a silver pickup truck was driving south in the northbound lanes of the Highway by the Coyote Valley Casino, then crashed into a silver sedan. When cops got there they say the sedan was on its side and the driver was trapped inside, against a fence. The pickup was blocking northbound lanes. The sedan driver, Matthew Adams, was extricated out of his car then airlifted to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital. The pickup driver was arrested. He’s identified as Ransome Anderson Jr., and charged with DUI, causing injury, a felony.

A meeting for the Ukiah Valley Sanitation District with a skimmed down agenda, only one action item. That is just to establish meeting times for standing committees. The board approved a contract extension for the interim district manager at their last meeting in December. He will stay on to train a new director and work on an as needed basis. The board has also given the green light to replace a failed sewer main and to hire an accounting firm due to the new operating agreement between the district and the city of Ukiah signed. The board meets tonight at 6 at their district office.

Some North Coast lawmakers looking to ban some flavored-tobacco. The State Senate has a bill backed by several lawmakers including Assemblyman Jim Wood and Sen. Mike McGuire. It comes in response to a rise in the use of these products by middle and high schoolers. Legislators say kids are enticed to use vaping products because they have appealing, fruity flavors. More than 3 and a half million middle and high school students were reportedly using the products last year over the 30 days before the study was done by the USFDA and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A new docuseries on Netflix has the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office speaking out. The Garret Rodriguez case, also known as the “Murder Mountain” docuseries. The Sheriff’s office says the producers used unofficial or biased sources, and used non-credible information that could not be used in a court of law. The six part series investigating the case regarding the cannabis industry’s illegal market, violence, human trafficking, missing persons and homicide cases. The series director says he didn’t intend to blame police, but there were realities everyone must come to terms with.

North Coast Congressman Mike Thompson is introducing a strong background check bill for all private gun sales. Thompson was joined at the ceremony where he signed his bill by former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords of Arizona who was shot in a massacre in Tucson in 2011 where six people were killed and 13 others were injured. Giffords announced Thompson’s legislation that would make sure anyone who gets access to firearms first have a thorough background check.

A German insurance company says the Camp Fire will be the world’s most expensive natural disaster for 2018. Munich Re is a reinsurance company. It reports losses from all natural disasters last year were $160 billion dollars. The Camp Fire killed 86 people and burned the whole town of Paradise at an overall cost of $16.5 billion. About $12.5 billion of the losses were insured. One insurance company board member says the fires that are burning in Calif. appear to be linked to climate change and that urgent action is needed for building codes and land use to help prevent further losses.

Two People in south Lake County have been seriously hurt in a head-on collision near Middletown. 62 year old Kevin Schosek of Anderson Springs and 52 year old Karen Brown of Hidden Valley Lake both had major injuries Monday night. Schosek in a 1999 Chevrolet 1500 pickup headed south on Highway 29 near the Bar X Ranch and apparently he had some sort of mechanical trouble with his headlights, when Brown came along in a 2004 Honda Odyssey headed north. The CHP says Schosek was distracted because of the headlamps and veered into the path of Brown’s van and crashed head on. Ambulances couldn’t get their right away due to the weather, but finally the two men were taken to a hospital. Alcohol and drugs are not suspected.

The Governor Gavin Newsom in his first full day in office meets with emergency responders at the State Operations Center then toured a high-risk fire area. He says he was there his first day because it’s a priority for him as governor, emergency preparedness, response and recovery. He announced several ideas to fight the growing threat of wildfires and more natural disasters. Newsom has signed an executive order for emergency responders to look at certain geographical areas and the economy in those areas, and another order to modernize technology systems, especially fire detection. He also announced he is joining the Washington and Oregon governors to ask the federal government for more money to manage federal forestlands in California, Washington and Oregon.

Taco Bell has a new promotion in Toronto and it’s super cheesy… the company looking to prove to Canadians that, "everything is better with nacho cheese." So the fast food giant is putting up a billboard that will dispense nacho cheese. The company says folks can bring their own snack, and get a nacho cheese upgrade. Nacho chips are not provided, and the cheese is first come, first served.


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