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Monthly Archives: February 2019

BENNY BLANCO, HALSEY & KHALID – EASTSIDE
POST MALONE – SUNFLOWER
ARIANA GRANDE – 7 RINGS
ELLIE GOULDING & DIPLO – CLOSE TO ME
CHAINSMOKERS – THIS FEELING
TRAVIS SCOTT – SICKO MODE
KHALID – BETTER
GESAFFELSTEIN & THE WEEKND – LOST IN THE FIRE
AVA MAX – SWEET BUT PSYCHO
POST MALONE – WOW
SAM SMITH & NORMANI – DANCING WITH A STRANGER
MARK RONSON – NOTHING BREAKS LIKE A HEART
DAN + SHAY – TEQUILA
DEAN LEWIS – BE ALRIGHT
LOUD LUXURY – BODY
BAD BUNNY – MIA
DUA LIPA – SWAN SONG
FLETCHER – UNDRUNK
ARIANA GRANDE – BREAK UP WITH YOUR GIRLFRIEND, I’M BORED
CARDI B & BRUNO MARS – PLEASE ME
LAUREN DAIGLE – YOU SAY
MADISON BEER – HURTS LIKE HELL
CHAINSMOKERS – WHO DO YOU LOVE
IMAGINE DRAGONS – BAD LIAR
SABRINA CARPENTER – SUE ME
LIL PEEP & ILOVEMAKONNEN – I’VE BEEN WAITING
LIVVIA – DAMN
GEORGE EZRA – SHOTGUN
ALLY BROOKE – LOW KEY
ZEDD & KATY PERRY – 365
CALVIN HARRIS & RAG’N’BONE MAN – GIANT

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Four men from the Bay Area say it was their GPS’s fault for taking them to the wrong address in Kelseyville where a homeowner fired a handgun at the strangers. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office reports the homeowner Trevor McAfee reported he fired his gun at the four intruders who came to the home in a loud car, he says he told them to leave and they wouldn’t. He says that’s when he fired at the men who then pointed a revolver at him. Bullet holes found in the car, but cops didn’t find a firearm or any ammo inside the car. The sheriff’s office says as they were rolling up to the house there was a call to the department from someone saying their friend’s from Oakland got lost on their way to see him and were shot at after going to the wrong house. They say they had no gun on them, but showed him a phone as they were calling their friend. No charges were filed.

After a lawsuit was filed by the Governor and state Atty. General against the Trump administration, the administration says it’s terminating a nearly billion dollar federal grant for the California High-Speed Rail Authority. The letter from the Department of Transportation Tuesday also says the agency is working all legal angles to get back $2.5 billion in federal grant funds the state has already received. Governor Newsom says it’s in retaliation for the lawsuit against his National Emergency to pay for his border wall. The high-speed rail was a project being pushed by the former Gov. Jerry Brown.

Two members of the Clearlake Planning Commission have been sworn in. Lisa Wilson and Nathalie Antus became official yesterday. Wilson is a local business owner and Antus has been a commissioner already. The former Planning Commissioners Dirk Slooten and Russ Cremer both left after they became Clearlake City Council members last year. The commission meets a couple times a month and is charged with oversight for land use and development applications.

A shooting reported in Clearlake. Lake Co News reports a gunshot victim walked into the Lake County Fire Protection District so an air ambulance was called. Apparently there were none because of the weather last Friday. The fire department drove the victim to a hospital and they were treated and released. The case is being investigated after the victim was uncooperative. Clearlake Police are asking anyone who may have any information to call.

A house fire in Nice has left a family homeless. It happened Monday night on Lakeview Dr. The double wide mobile found completely on fire when firefighters got to the scene. Firefighters took about an hour to get it under control. They’re investigating but say it probably started in the area where the water heater was held. Firefighters stayed on scene several hours for mop up. They say the home was probably 50% lost and the entire home had smoke damage inside and could not be lived in. The Red Cross taking care of the family of three and two cats.

A tow truck driver in Northern Calif. being called a hero after he helped a CHP officer injured in a knife attack. Christian Melendrez driving near his hometown of Williams Friday night on Interstate 5 and says he saw two bodies wrestling on the side of the highway by a CHP patrol car so he pulled over, got out of his truck, then started running toward them. He says it looked like CHP Officer Philip Martinson needed help, the officer saying he was stabbed by a woman in the back after he pulled her over for speeding. Melendrez reportedly got the officer’s handcuffs then cuffed the woman, id’d as 25-year-old Haile Neil of Martinez. The officer was taken to a hospital and released. And now Melendrez says he’s thinking about a possible career in law enforcement.

The case of a man who murdered an elderly couple in Davis will be on the CBS news program “48 Hours”. Daniel Marsh was a teen when he killed in April of 2013. He broke into 87 year old Oliver “Chip” Northup and his 76 year old wife Claudia Maupin’s home. The couple stabbed to death and Maupin convicted at the age of 17 of the murders. He got 52 years to life in state prison, but since he was underage, he’ll be eligible for parole in about 20 years. But after Prop. 57 was passed he was back in court to see if his case should be in juvenile court instead or stay in adult court for the original sentence. He’s been in therapy for about six months now. The 48 hours episode airs this Saturday night.

A dog missing in the Camp Fire has been returned to his family. It’s been more than 100 days since Kingston the Akita jumped out of his family’s truck as they ran away from the wildfire. He was reunited with his family from Paradise Monday. The family had posted flyers and contacted shelters and finally got a call last Sunday. The dog was taken to a local rescue group called Friends of Camp Fire Cats after a Facebook post. The dog apparently seen on surveillance cameras and a trap was set for the animal Saturday. His family says they think he survived by eating skunks, because he had hunted them before the fire and say he smelled like skunk when they picked him up.

A man last seen in Fort Bragg wanted by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Dept. Christopher Doty featured on the department’s warrant Wednesday Facebook post. He’s wanted for possession of a firearm by a felon, reckless driving and failing to appear, among other crimes on $75,000 bail. He’s described as a 38 year old white man, 5′ 11", 175 lbs with brown hair and green eyes. His picture on the department’s Facebook page.

A man from Ukiah found guilty of arson has been sent to prison for repeated violations of the terms of his supervised probation. The Mendocino County DA’s office reports Randall Lee Gensaw served a sentence for arson then almost immediately violated the terms of his probation in early January and was sent back to jail for a 45 day sentence. Then when he was released, he did it again, violating his probation about a week later, having a prohibited weapon, and a lighter, which he’s not allowed to have because of the arson conviction. The judge found he wasn’t following the rules of his probation so he was sent back to state prison for 48 months. The probation department even recommended 72 months.

New research says a practice known as upzoning isn’t going to help as much as hoped in the area of more affordable housing. The study in Urban Affairs Review says these types of zoning changes in Chicago during a five-year period actually meant there were higher prices on housing and there were no more housing developments in the affected areas. The study’s author, a doctoral candidate at MIT says there was “no evidence for short- or medium-term increases in housing-unit construction.” The Calif. Senate is looking at a similar idea called the More HOMES Act, to allow developers to go around some zoning restrictions to build multi-family housing in “transit-rich” and “job-rich” areas.

A man from Lassen County arrested for killing several raptors is pleading not guilty. It’s thought to be one of the largest birds of prey poaching cases ever in Calif. 68 year old Richard Parker faces 86 misdemeanor counts: one each for the hawks, owls and other birds state game wardens say he shot on his property. Then there were bobcats killed without proper permits and keeping at least one mountain lion body. The Department of Fish and Wildlife reported finding out about the case by an anonymous tip in the man’s hometown of Standish which is located near the border of Nevada. Wardens went to the man’s home last March and say there were dead hawks, owls and other dead birds in piles, most were red-tailed hawks, and at least one owl and a ferruginous hawk which are pretty rare in Northern California. He faces six months in jail and a $5,000 fine per each count of one dead raptor and $10,000 for the dead cougar.

An elderly woman has a new job to keep her busy, junior ranger at the Grand Canyon National Park. 103 year old Rose Torphy says she was on a vacation at the 100 year old park and went into the park store and found out about their junior ranger program which teaches kids to protect the Canyon. Something she says her parents taught her, to care for land. The partial government shutdown was happening when Torphy was visiting, so store staff trained junior rangers to protect the land. Torphy says she’s happy to protect it for her great-children to visit one day. She has 18 great grandkids and 10 great-great grandchildren.

The Lake County Sheriff taking his plan to the County Board of Supervisors to restructure his department and change the title and pay for some officers. The board approved his proposal but has not given the thumbs up for the jump in pay that he wants for the newly named positions. The Sheriff’s idea now goes to the Classification and Compensation Committee before the raises can be implemented. The County Administrative Officer says the study needs to be done so they can come up with a baseline for the salary and benefit increases. The Sheriff’s report shows his agency would have to spend another $2,000 per month with his proposed changes. The Sheriff’s been sharing staffing recruitment challenges, apparently losing more than 2 dozen full timers in the last year, including 14 correctional officers and six deputies, three dispatchers and three civilian employees.

A man in Napa killed by a Sheriff’s Deputy. The sheriff’s dept. investigating the shooting Sunday night after a man shot from his car at a deputy, the deputy shot back, killing the suspect. Lake Co News reports the agency’s now reviewing body cam footage surrounding the event. The man’s name has not been released until his family’s notified. The deputy involved was uninjured and is now on administrative leave, standard procedure.

With the California Attorney General Xavier Becerra leading, more than a dozen states are suing the Trump Administration after the president declared a national emergency to get his border wall funded. The Governor Gavin Newsom, Becerra and the attorneys general of 16 states allege the emergency declaration and diversion of money from other departments is unconstitutional and unlawful. Newsom says the emergency is a disgrace and says California will see the Trump Administration in court. The lawsuit says the President called the national emergency so he could pay to build the wall along the southern border because he failed to get Congress – or Mexico – to pay for it.

The Ukiah City Council to revisit the so-called Road Diet at their next meeting. The council’s considering a $1.25 million contract for the Streetscape Project on State Street at their meeting tomorrow. The Public Works Dept. recommending a firm for the planning on the project to widen the sidewalk, build curb ramps, bulbouts, install new street lights and street furniture and the diet part, slim the four lanes of State Street into three lanes instead. That’s just for the downtown core of Ukiah. There’s only one firm who submitted a bid so staffers are recommending they be hired.

Hazardous trees will be taken out of many areas of Northern Calif. ahead of the next wildfire season. The Bureau of Land Management proposing a plan to remove the trees on about 551,000 acres of BLM managed public land in central and northern California. The plan, up for public review, in the Hazard Removal and Vegetation Management Project Programmatic Environmental Assessment. The BLM says in the report there’s been a lot more dead and dying trees which now threaten public safety in high use areas. The Acting State Director for the BLM says their plan will help reduce wildfire risk by actively managing forests and woodland areas. After the initial removal of trees, there will be about 2,500 to 20,000 acres of treatment annually.

Some electric car charging stations could be headed to Ukiah. The Daily Journal reports there are nearly 240 residents in Mendocino County with electric cars and more than 400 with plug in hybrids. And more than 2,300 county residents have hybrid gas vehicles with on-board batteries that can be charged too. So the Ukiah City Council will take up the matter for chargers thru a rebate program for homeowners and businesses. The rebates to offset the cost to buy and install the charging stations. If the council approves the idea, there would be $500 rebates for homeowners to put in stand-alone or wall-mounted 240-volt chargers, and businesses could get up to $4,000 in rebates for two-hose 240-volt chargers. The rebates could be available as soon as next month and could cover charging stations already installed this year.

The Lake County Sheriff’s going to be on hand at the next Western Region Town Hall to discuss crime, and a County Supervisor will also be there to discuss the proposed Dollar General store. Crime has been a topic on the mind of the Town Hall for several months but apparently the Dollar General store has been more of a priority for members. Sheriff Brian Martin to attend tomorrow’s meeting where members are encouraged to bring his attention to area burglaries or thefts. Several residents had complained about Upper Lake being hit with more crime lately. The Record Bee reports District 3 Supervisor EJ Crandell will also be at the meeting, saying he plans to stand with his constituents against the Dollar General store.

A man from Lakeport charged in the stabbing death of his dad and the attempted murder of his mom still awaiting trial. Steven Michael Fredericks has been charged with two counts of murder, attempted murder, causing injury to an elder adult and assault with a deadly weapon. His preliminary hearing was supposed to happen last October, then it was moved to February 4th and that was continued. Witnesses say Fredericks is the one responsible for the stabbings last March, saying they saw him run into the woods right after. There’s the possibility he will plead not guilty by reason of insanity plea at the new date for his preliminary hearing, next Tuesday. He’s held until then on $1,275,000 bail.

A man from Lakeport has pleaded not guilty to possessing child child pornography. Daniel Sylva was arrested last month, cops saying he was in possession of child porn. They had been watching him since last summer. Cops gathering digital evidence from his home connecting him to possession of child pornography. He was later searched and admitted to possessing the porn. Officers arrested him last month after finding he had images of kids under 18 either having sex or simulating they were.

A new metal protrusion from the Golden Gate Bridge to deter suicide. Four support beams are up so far for the suicide barrier. The work will be done over the next two years for the 380,000 square foot, $200 million dollar project. The chief engineer on the project calls it the largest suicide deterrent net installation in the world. It will be 20 feet under the top deck of each side of the bridge and will protrude 20 feet out. As many as 1,700 people have killed themselves by jumping off the bridge since its construction in the late 1930’s. And apparently once every other day, another person considers jumping.

Could we be a state with no speed limit? Well, a state lawmaker’s looking to have some of the speed limits taken off highways. Senator John Moorlach of Orange County wants folks to be able to drive a shorter amount of time. His bill would require the Department of Transportation to build two more traffic lanes on both sides of I-5 and Highway 99 from Bakersfield to Stockton with no 65-mile-an-hour. He says it’s more realistic than a high-speed rail which is still years away from being built, plus he says it’s better for the environment too.

3 people have been arrested in connection to a robbery at Rite Aid in Willits. Police say the trio went into the store wearing bandanas, hiding their faces, and went to the pharmacy, jumped over the counter and demanded prescription pills. Police say they took whatever they could get their hands on then took off in a car. They were seen near Reeves Canyon where a police officer and deputy tried stopping them but they took off. There was a chase with speeds of more than 100 mph, but the suspects crashed, they got out and ran. They were caught after a brief chase, all of them are said to be from Sacramento. Cops also recovered several thousand narcotic prescription pills worth about $50,000 on the street. The trio booked into Mendocino County Jail for robbery, evading police with reckless driving, violation of parole, possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest.

Congressman Mike Thompson will be visiting Lake County to talk wildfires. The last four fire seasons have burned much of Lake County’s land, so the Congressman is coming to town tomorrow to highlight resiliency and wildfire mitigation efforts of many kinds. Thompson hosting a Q&A with residents called the Fire Resiliency Summit. It’s tomorrow evening from 7-9pm in the Board of Supervisors Chambers, in Lakeport.

A woman from Fort Bragg has been arrested after a call to deputies for a domestic violence incident. The Sheriff’s office reports Doris Camp was picked up in front of her house after being found hysterical and belligerent. They say they calmed her down after she got into an argument with her partner about their relationship. Deputies say Camp’s behavior got worse when they spoke to her partner. They say she wouldn’t follow their instructions and she hit a Deputy in the face. She’s charged with battery on peace officer and resisting peace officer and was being held after her February 6th arrest on $15,000 bail.

A man in Willits has been arrested after reports he tried breaking into a home. Deputies say they got a call to the house and saw a dark blue Ford F250 blocking the driveway. Inside the truck was an AR-15 assault weapon. They went into the home and Joshua Smith told them while in the area, he was being chased by unknown people. Deputies said there was someone walking on the roof of a home, then found a ladder and ordered someone off the roof. That person, again, was Smith. He was found to be high on something and arrested. He also had the keys to that truck on him, so he’s charged with being under the influence of a controlled substance while in possession of an assault weapon and felony possession of an assault weapon and held on $15,000.00 bail.

A man in Fort Bragg’s been arrested after a domestic incident. Cops called to a home by a woman saying there was an unwanted man at the home. The two were actually married, but not living together. Deputies say James Bray went to the home drunk and assaulted the woman when she told him to leave. They say the woman had a minor visible injury consistent with the assault. And Bray had an outstanding misdemeanor arrest warrant for violation of probation, plus he was on active summary probation with a term that he must obey all laws. He was arrested for felony domestic violence battery and violation of probation and the misdemeanor arrest warrant and held on $35,000.00 bail.

State Senator Bill Dodd drafting legislation regarding abandonment and the elderly. The bill after what happened during the October 2017 wildfires in Santa Rosa at two senior homes where residents were basically left to die. So “abandonment” would be added to California’s civil elder abuse laws for anyone who hurts or allows harm on elderly dependents. Dodd referring to conduct at Oakmont of Villa Capri and Varenna care homes in Fountaingrove after state investigators found staffers there had left as many as 100 elderly residents there as the Tubbs fire burned closeby. Dodd says the state needs to do more to make sure California’s elderly residents are safe.

A young child found running across Main St. in Lakeport and a man’s arrested for it. Cops say 34 year old Fabian MorenoAmezcua was arrested after the toddler was reported alone running into a home. Police went to the home and found a woman had dropped the three year old off with the child’s father. MorenoAmezcua apparently left the home and the toddler was there alone. They found the man hiding behind a door in a bedroom high on what they thought was meth, so they arrested him. They also found a bunch of weed and paraphernalia where the toddler could get it. The child was also removed from the home and Child Protective Services will get the case for review.

Lake County slammed by last week’s “atmospheric river” with nine inches recorded in some areas. The National Weather Service reported Lake County got six to nine inches of rain in Cobb and other southern sections of the county. In the north, they got closer to five inches. Rain continued thru Saturday, but we don’t have those totals quite yet. Forecasters say it should stay dry thru mid week and another storm could be headed here by the weekend. There was no emergency action taken in Lake County though as there was no flooding hazard. There were however, closed highways, rural roads and city streets. There were some areas of severe flooding, but no official declarations.

A man accused of setting the Clayton Fire is still sitting in jail. There’s been numerous delays in the case of alleged arsonist Damin Pashilk. The current delay is discovery of about 100 pages has yet to reach his lawyer. Pashilk has had a change of lawyer, and the judge in the case was replaced after he announced his plans to retire. Pashilk is accused of several crimes besides arson. The Clayton Fire burned in August of 2016 and burned nearly 4,000 acres and destroyed 300 structures, including 180 homes. He’s pleaded not guilty. But his car was seen on video in the area of the start of other fires.

The new Fire Chief is being sworn in this week at a joint meeting of the Ukiah City Council and the Ukiah Valley Fire District board of directors. Doug Hutchison had been the chief of the Lakeport Fire Protection District and was hired for the Ukiah Valley Fire Authority last month. He told the Daily Journal he was excited about the new position. His wife is also a former firefighter. The swearing in is this Wednesday at 5 PM in the Ukiah City Council Chambers.

Redwood Community Services is reaching out to the community for help finishing its homeless services center on South State Street. They say after doing some work on the plans, it’s turned into a community center too and they need more money to finish it up. The city’s getting cash from the state’s Homeless Emergency Action Aid Program for construction costs. The center is being described now as a year-round community day resource center for those experiencing homelessness and those whose housing is in jeopardy. There will be restrooms, showers, laundry facilities, a resource room, and non-commercial food preparation area, community garden, pet area, conference room and office space.

A young man in St. Louis has been arrested after he went into a brewery that was closed. 19 year old Bud Weisser was arrested for entering, what could be considered his namesake, the Budweiser Brewery. Cops say Weisser went into a secured area and was told to leave, but he wouldn’t so they arrested him for trespassing and resisting arrest. He was previously arrested for doing the same thing at a gas station, but he escaped out a broken window and was traced with blood DNA found at the scene.

Renovations will close the Ukiah library soon. A temporary site will be open just down the street for returns and pickups as work gets underway March 10th and is expected to last through the end of the month. The renovations, paid for by a voter approved sales tax in 2011 will include carpet and paint, circulation desk and other improvements.

The National Weather service has issued a winter storm warning for the Sierra Nevada until 4am Sunday. Poor visibility, damage to trees and power lines, an chain requirements are possible with 3-6 feet of snow expected, travel to the Tahoe area this weekend is highly discouraged.

It’s official. Governor Newsom will sue the Trump administration over a national emergency declaration, announcing the news earlier today. President Trump said earlier today that he will sign the compromise bill approved by Congress averting another government shutdown, but that he will declare an emergency for additional funds. Some fear the declaration may divert money from disaster protection projects in California to help pay for the border wall.

A cannabis company has raised $175 million dollars to expand operations in Mendocino County and across the state. Flow Kana will spend the next year expanding into oils, and topicals. Another facility is also being planned for Mendocino County. Part of the $175 million will be used to purchase vehicles, and to acquire real estate for manufacturing and distribution.

After spending $950 million two years ago, and $677 million last year, California officials are proposing private insurance to help pay for destruction during bad wildfire seasons, coverage that could possibly be extended to earthquakes and tsunamis that strike the state, and make budgets more predictable.

The Ukiah Planning commission this week approved a second cannabis dispensary near Talmage road. Heritage Mendocino asked the planning commission to take the issue up, which they did on Wednesday but support wasn’t unanimous. The Daily Journal reports that Chairman Mike Whetzel believes there are bigger priorities in the area that need to be fixed first like the issue of transients and traffic in the area, and he hopes that pressure from the business community will force the commission to address those problems. Heritage Mendocino’s permits were approved.

Mendocino County first responders got more training in crisis intervention and mental health, finishing a three day course that is part of a national effort to help firs responders better understand mental health issues while on the job. Another class is scheduled for April.

The California Highway Patrol has identified a vehicle involved in a hit and run in Covelo last month involving a biker. According to authorities, a man riding a bicycle was hit by a vehicle in the 26000 block of Mendocino Pass Road. No arrests have been announced or information on the suspects released.

Upper Lake residents have formed a citizen patrol after a recent increase in burglaries at homes and businesses in the area, and hope to have patrols start as early as tomorrow. Staffing issues at the Lake County Sheriff’s Office have made response times longer, and there are currently no suspects in the recent burglaries. Residents are getting help setting up the patrols by a representative form the sheriff’s office.

BENNY BLANCO, HALSEY & KHALID – EASTSIDE
POST MALONE – SUNFLOWER
ELLIE GOULDING & DIPLO – CLOSE TO ME
ARIANA GRANDE – 7 RINGS
CHAINSMOKERS – THIS FEELING
TRAVIS SCOTT – SICKO MODE
KHALID – BETTER
GESAFFELSTEIN & THE WEEKND – LOST IN THE FIRE
POST MALONE – WOW
MARK RONSON – NOTHING BREAKS LIKE A HEART
AVA MAX – SWEET BUT PSYCHO
ZARA LARSSON – RUIN MY LIFE
SAM SMITH & NORMANI – DANCING WITH A STRANGER
DAN + SHAY – TEQUILA
DEAN LEWIS – BE ALRIGHT
LOUD LUXURY – BODY
BAD BUNNY – MIA
DUA LIPA – SWAN SONG
WHY DON’T WE – 8 LETTERS
LUKAS GRAHAM – LOVE SOMEONE
LAUREN DAIGLE – YOU SAY
FLETCHER – UNDRUNK
LAUV – THERE’S NO WAY
MADISON BEER – HURTS LIKE HELL
RITA ORA – LET YOU LOVE ME
IMAGINE DRAGONS – BAD LIAR
SABRINA CARPENTER – SUE ME
LIVVIA – DAMN
LOGAN HENDERSON – PULL ME DEEP
ARIANA GRANDE – BREAK UP WITH YOUR GIRLFRIEND, I’M BORED
GEORGE EZRA – SHOTGUN

California’s Attorney General, Xavier Becerra, is being sued for refusing to release records about police misconduct in lawsuits filed in several counties across the state. He is accused of ignoring a law that went into effect on January 1st, which limits police privacy policies. A non profit behind on one of the suits worries that a green light is being given to other departments to go ahead and disregard the new law, because the general already does.

A woman suffered only minor injuries when heavy rains caused a mudslide that hit her California home this morning, pushing it off the foundation and down a hillside, trapping her inside. Marin County Sheriff’s Deputies were able to get her out just before 3am. She was transported to the hospital.

The second phase of California’s wildfire debris removal operation begins soon, so residents have an easier go at getting rid of debris with no out of pocket costs. Phase 1 of the program removed over 35,000 tons of debris from over 13,000 properties. A deadline has been extended until tomorrow for residents to return signed right of entry agreements so crews can access properties to remove debris.

A judge who is overseeing a criminal case against PG&E in connection to a gas line explosion in 2010, wants more answers from PG&E for the utility company’s role in California wildfires. The Press Democrat reports that Judge William Alsup questioned a wildfire mitigation plan submitted by PG&E along with the company’s compliance with laws regulating vegetation around power lines.

A growing measles outbreak has health officials across the country alarmed, and the Mendocino County Public Health Department has released a report on vaccination rates in schools. Officials cite lower vaccination rates in schools where outbreaks happen, and the ease of infection after contact to the virus that can hang around for hours. The Mendocino Beacon reports that Mendocino Unified School District’s vaccination rates vary from school to school. Records show 79% at Mendocino High, Community School and Sunrise High schools combined, and go as high at 89% in other schools. In Fort Bragg schools, vaccination rates vary from 70% for Redwood Elementary kindergarten to 95% at Fort Bragg Middle School. More information can be found at the Mendocino County Public Health’s website.

Tribes in the state wanting to sell cannabis are running into issues getting into the business. They can legally grow and sell cannabis on their lands, there has been no legal way for them to join the state’s market. Leaders who don’t want to give up their right to govern themselves, are taking issue with being treated like a business instead of a government. The Daily Journal reports that licensing efforts have been troubled because local jurisdictions who must approve the businesses have no authority over tribal lands, and non tribal cannabis businesses may have issues with any special exemptions that would give any groups an unfair advantage. Oregon, Washington State and Nevada have passed rules to allow tribes to make deals with the state like the gambling agreements made in the past.

Accused of misusing government resources and costing taxpayers $150,000, FEMA Head Brock Long announced this week he will resign, tweeting the news this week calling his time with the agency as the opportunity of a lifetime. Deputy Administrator Peter Gaynor has been announced as acting administrator.

For many, their one true love is their pet, ranking right up there with family and friends. Tomorrow you can make sure you’ll always know where your beloved dog or cat is, with free microchipping at the Mendocino County Animal Care Services Ukiah Shelter at 298 Plant Road in Ukiah. The Valentine’s Day offer, and more information can be found at www.mendoanimalshelter.com.

The Lakeport Fire Department fire chief Doug Hutchinson’s last day is Friday as he begins a new job as fire chief at the Ukiah Valley Fire Authority soon. In his place for now, will be newly selected interim fire chief Rick Bergem, who told the Record Bee that he’d like to help get the house in order as the department works through financial issues. He isn’t expected to stay long, having come out of retirement to take the interim role.

Rain in the forecast all this week, and as winds whipped up yesterday power started going out. The Daily Journal reports that an oak tree fell on lines near a Starbucks on Perkins Street, knocking out power to East Perkins Street and Oak Manor Drive. Some 500 customers lost power in areas East of Ukiah, due to wind damage that has been repaired.

Get paid to Facebook? Maybe…. And only in California. During his State of The State yesterday, Governor Newsom highlighted digital privacy laws passed in California, and said more should be done to allow consumers control of their data. The Governor proposed a Data Dividend for Californians, saying that it is recognized our data has value, and that the data is ours, so tech companies should pay users for access to their data.

The United States Forest Service has released a new survey, showing that over 147 million trees have died since 2010. Potential fuel for wild fires, literally lying across almost 10 million acres of land in California. Drought, pests, and disease are all being blamed as another 18 million trees in the state are currently under threat. Work is being done by state and federal agencies to clear dead trees and brush to reduce fire risks and increase safety. The trend has slowed some. Fewer trees died in 2018 compared to 2016 and 2017, but experts say that the trees are still dying off at higher numbers than normal.

A new MCHC health Center has opened at 1165 S. Dora Street in Ukiah. Some providers have moved to the new offices, making room for Dentistry, Pediatrics, Women’s Health and more services at the Hillside location. But it’s still business as usual. The Daily Journal reports that the only changes will be the location and phone number for the providers who have moved to the new center.

A company called Heritage Mendocino would like to become the second to sell recreational marijuana in Ukiah, from an operation that would be located at 1076 Cunningham Road. The planning commission is expected to take the issue up in a meeting tonight at 6pm.

As the Ukiah High school boys wrestling team celebrates First Place in the North Bay League Tournament, several varsity wrestlers are turning their focus to the NCS championships this weekend in Union City: Casey Aikman, Charlie Cliburn, Ashton Stanley, Jay Escamilla, Adrian Alvarez, Nathan Tyrell and Frankie Pomilia.

The BLM is asking for public comments during a meeting from 5:30 to 7pm this evening at the Ukiah Field office on State Street. Public input in off highway vehicle grant proposals will be considered, and applications are due next month. More information can be found at www.ohv.parks.ca.gov.

The last of a series of workshops for local farmers will be held on Feb 25th at Yokayo Roots farm in Ukiah. The workshops are free to farmers and members of the community.