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Monthly Archives: March 2019

Traffic nightmare after a landslide. On Wednesday, the 101 north of Ukiah was backed up north to Willits. Caltrans still cleaning up after the slide which was expected to snarl traffic for a couple of days as the emergency repairs are completed. They’ve got to grind and repave the roadway after cracks started to show in the northbound lane closest to the center divider, which has to be removed and replaced. The repairs began a couple days ago and should continue thru Sunday between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. They warn there could be a 20-minute delay as you travel thru the area. The problem first recognized about three weeks ago with an emergency contract awarded last week and work started last Friday. There’s another project starting Monday too, on Highway 175 which will close that highway down for a half hour a day between noon and 2:30 p.m by Matthews Road in Lake County.

Convicted murderer Daniel Wehner did not get parole again. It was his twelfth try Wednesday. The Yolo County District Attorney’s Office reports the hearing was all day long in San Luis Obispo at the Calif. Men’s Colony. He killed his ex girlfriend and her friend in Davis nearly 40 years ago. Wehner stalking the woman and had physically and emotionally abused her. She was 19 when she was killed. He agreed to a plea deal for the double murder and got 27-years-to-life. The panel agreed this week, the man still posed a continued risk to public safety. He’s eligible for parole again in three years.

Congressman John Garamendi along with a Republican colleague have reintroduced a bill in the U-S house for student loan debt. Garamendi working with Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick of Penn. on the Student Loan Refinancing and Recalculating Act so students can refinance student loan interest rates, cut future student loan interest rates, get rid of origination fees on student loans entirely and delay student loan interest rate accrual for low-income and middle-class borrowers while they’re in school. It would also allow those borrowing for medical or dental residencies to defer payments until they’re done. The bill currently in the House Committee on Education and Labor awaiting approval.

The board of directors at the Mendocino Coast District Hospital in several meetings the last week and a half due to continued money and legal problems. A special meeting held last week with lawyers regarding a lawsuit which had been filed by the former Human Resources Director against the hospital saying the former CEO and CFO had harassed her then fired her for reporting claims of billing fraud. Other business was tabled regarding operations and finances as there wasn’t a quorum. And some controversy as some board members said they felt criticism of hospital management by other board members was unprofessional.

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Millions at risk of identity theft because of the Unemployment Dept. The state auditor released a report yesterday after a reporter from CBS 13 in San Francisco dug into reports of possible identity theft by the Employment Development Department. Now the TV station reporting lawmakers are citing her stories to investigate further. The state auditor worked inside the department for five months. Some of the items noted were the department printing entire social security numbers on documents mailed to millions of Californians who get unemployment, disability, and maternity leave. But the report also notes state law prohibits printing full socials on mailed documents. The department says they have to because of the Federal Social Security Act. The auditor now asking lawmakers to amend state law to protect Californians.

Piles of debris are being cleaned up at Riverside Park, the former sewage treatment plant. The City Council’s been discussing how to pull the years of debris out which have become habitat for random wild animals including foxes, skunks and rabbits. The Daily Journal reporting the director of community services telling the council they will be leaving some of the debris as habitat for the creatures, but also taking out as much as possible so the city can win grant funding of about a million dollars. The grant from the California Urban Rivers Grant Program. The restoration project to bring the park back to its natural state. The project to be complete in a couple of years.

The schools in Lake County that have won the Attendance Challenge have been announced. School district officials announced with almost 10,000 students participating, the winners picked on the highest average attendance over two separate weeks the 2018-2019 school year. Kelseyville Preschool with about 93.5 percent, then Upper Lake Elementary at 97.3 percent, Terrace Middle School with 95 percent, Konocti Education Center 92 percent, Clear Lake High at 96.6 percent, and Hance Community School had the best overall improvement in attendance.

A public meeting’s announced to start the process of choosing the Climate Action Advisory Committee. The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors agreeing for the first public meeting April 16th where they will gather information and input. The committee then will work with county staffers and the public to find ways to fight climate change. The Daily Journal reports it’s expected they’ll figure out ways to allocate money, what the structure of the panel will be exactly and what the long-term goals and plans are. There will also be public meetings and county meetings with the Office of Emergency Services and Mendocino Fire Safe Council on projects and planning.

The longtime Public Works director is leaving Clearlake. Lake Co News reports there was a reception for Doug Herren last night before the Clearlake City Council meeting. Herren in the job since 2001 was hailed by city leaders, staff, county officials and community members. This comes, the news site reports after the city manager, Greg Folsom also left. Herren is leaving Clearlake, retiring with his wife to Idaho. He was presented with a proclamation and got a standing ovation from the full council chamber.

The Clearlake Civic Center to get a facelift. The City Council has unanimously voted to have Granite Construction, the only company to submit a bid, work on the Burns Valley Civic Center Enhancement Project. The work to be in the half million dollar range. The new City Manager Alan Flora also has approved ten percent more on the contract in case of unforeseen amendments. There will be pedestrian improvements like higher visibility crosswalks, retro-reflective signs and striping, rapid-flashing beacons and other pedestrian/bicyclist improvements. There will also be sidewalks added along with a new bike path.

More than 63 million dollars awarded by Cal Fire for healthy forest projects. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection has announced grants for 16 projects on almost 200,000 acres of private, state, and federal forestlands in more than a dozen Calif. counties. The Climate and Energy Dept. in Cal Fire says 13 grants are targeting about 150,000 acres in many ways including thinning dense and pest-impacted forests; using prescribed fire to reduce hazardous fuels; and planting trees in forests that have naturally thinned due to fire, drought, insects and disease. There are three other grants to protect more than 40,000 acres in Napa, Placer and Siskiyou county forests from urban and agricultural development.

The Gov. Gavin Newsom is looking to charge as much as $10 a month to California water customers to pay to clean up contaminated water in low-income and rural areas. As many as 1 million Californians reportedly have some sort of contaminated or dirty water in their taps that could be a health hazard. The governor says it’s a, quote “moral disgrace and a medical emergency.” The same idea in the legislature last session, failed. There’s also a democratic proposal by a state senator to use extra money from the state surplus to start a trust fund to pay for water improvements.

The Gov. Gavin Newsom is going around some environmental regulations so fire officials can clear dead trees and brush before the next wildfire season. The order as part of his declared state of emergency. Newsom says the amount of dead trees across the state is “creating extremely dangerous fire risk.” It comes after two of the worst and most deadly fire seasons in state history. The governor set to make the announcement today that the increasing wildfire risks can’t wait until the next fire starts. Some environmental groups against the plan though say the regulations the governor plans to bypass protect water, wildlife and people. The governor’s order for 35 projects on almost 141 square miles Cal Fire has noted as critical to protect against fire threats.

A new poll says most Californians want first-degree murderers to get life in prison not the death penalty. The Public Policy Institute of California poll says sixty-two percent of Californians favored life in prison without the possibility of parole, over 31 percent who preferred capital punishment. The issue could be voted on by Californians again, even though the same measure failed a couple of years ago. The poll after Governor Newsom placed a moratorium on any death row inmates being put to death while he’s the governor. Marin County Assemblyman Marc Levine introduced a constitutional amendment to totally end the death penalty. It needs two-thirds approval from lawmakers and majority support from voters. The poll of 1,706 California residents between March 10th and 19th.

State auditors say the Department of Motor Vehicles wasn’t prepared for customers who went in to get their new federally approved drivers’ licenses last year. That meant there were long lines at DMV offices and frustrated motorists and state lawmakers. The auditors from the state finance dept. saying there were “significant deficiencies in planning and implementation” for the Real ID’s. The auditors said the long lines showed there were weaknesses in governance structure and organizational culture and problems in management at various field offices, ineffective communications, poor budgeting, inadequate staffing of service windows, missed opportunities to improve customer service, and a lack of employee training. Former Gov. Jerry Brown ordered the audit and the new Gov. Gavin Newsom put together a so-called “strike team” to find ways to improve the DMV.

California’s public schools superintendent not so sure about charter schools, calling out some state school districts for the recent string of teacher strikes and wondered about public pension debt says the state has to pay more money out for students to learn. The Press Democrat reporting on the talk with an educatio0n reporter at San Francisco’s Commonwealth Club. Tony Thurmond is the new leader of schools in the state. He says competition in schooling is not great because some students will naturally be left behind. After teachers in Los Angeles went on strike, Thurmond created a task force under the Governor’s guidance to see what the impact is from charter schools to public school districts. So public school district superintendents, union representatives and charter school group members make up the task force.

A traffic stop in Garberville ends in a couple of arrests. The Humboldt County Drug Task Force serving warrants and conducted a traffic stop for a car connected to the home where the search happened. Those in the car were detained and the car was searched. Then Brandy Land, was cited and released for having “user amounts” of meth on her. And Denise Zanelli was also detained, cited and released for possession of small amounts of methamphetamine.

A man arrested for putting a pipe bomb under his kitchen sink to hurt his wife is going to prison. Gerald Orth, formerly of Ukiah, was arrested in August of 2018. He got 7 years in state prison after he was found guilty in January for trying to explode a destructive device to wrongfully injure another person, which is a felony. He also admitted he had a prior felony conviction for forcible rape in 1982 in Lake County. That means he has a “strike” under the Three Strikes law, so that automatically doubled his sentence to 14 years. It also means he can’t take advantage of good time/work time credits of 20%.

A man from The Forks gets life in prison for the murder of another man in his apartment. Oscar Alvarez Carrillo found guilty last December for the April 2016 premeditated, deliberate, and knifing death of 62-year old Salvardor Hernandez. He got 25 years to life for the murder, then this past January he also was found guilty of making criminal threats while armed with a machete and got another 3 years. They also tacked on one year for using the knife for the murder.

There’s a new permanent Public Health Officer in Lake County. Dr. Erin Gustafson has been the Interim PHO since last fall. Now she’ll take on the job in an official capacity. She’s been working on some of the largest fires in Calif. history saying the office had dedicated itself to make sure the community was safe, that evacuations of healthcare facilities happened fast and medical needs were met at shelters. Dr. Gustafson is working on increased access to Hepatitis C treatment for County residents and is working on the best possible local emergency medical care system.

A man from Willits has been arrested after some booze was ripped off from a grocery store. Deputies got a call last Thursday afternoon to the grocery store in the 900 block of School Way in Redwood Valley where the theft was captured on surveillance video. Police found Zebulion Couthren a couple hours later during a traffic stop for a minor traffic violation. Per chance, the deputy who pulled him over had seen the video from the grocery store as a responding officer and recognized the guy from his clothing. Since he was on probation, he was subject to search and police found meth on him and the stolen bottle of booze from the Redwood Valley market. He’s charged with petty theft with prior conviction, violation of probation, drug possession and held on $30,000.00 bail.

A Willits Man busted after a traffic stop leads to a bunch of ammunition. But police say James Stricklin’s passenger, Andrew Green was not allowed to have the multiple boxes of .22 caliber ammo due to past criminal behavior. Stricklen was stopped because his front and rear license plates didn’t match up. Green was arrested for possession of ammunition by a prohibited person and Stricklin for altered vehicle registration. The two men booked into jail on $15,000.00 bail each.

The Second Quarter/Mid-Year Budget report’s been released by Mendocino County. The accepted report by the Board of Supervisors considers all departments spending and what will be brought in for the fiscal year 2018-2019. It covers July 1st through December 31st. The board discussed each department and their financial health. The total revenue was supposed to hit nearly $70M expected for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. The first part of May, the next budget, the third quarter report will be presented to the Board of Supervisors and a final budget hearing is set for mid June.

A new report says some California law enforcement agencies are violating the state’s immigrant sanctuary law and working with ICE. The report released yesterday by Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus along with the University of Oxford Center for Criminology in England. It shows of 169 law enforcement agencies reviewed, 68 were not in compliance in state law. The state Senate passed a bill limited cooperation between police agencies and federal immigration agents. In San Diego, for instance, deputies were asking detainees about their immigration status and in Stanislaus, the Sheriff’s Department lets deputies hold detainees for immigration agents. And the Humboldt County Sheriff and San Jose Police are providing space for federal agents.

A free community health expo in Willits. Next Saturday, April 6th, at the Little Lake Grange, there will be a bunch of natural health practitioners at the Northern California Health Summit. Doors open at 11 AM with booths, food and a rummage sale with live music. There will be speakers and exercise demonstrations, health practitioner introductions, raffles and more. They say there’s still booth space and room for sponsorships…

For more information, email yesqlc or claudia.

A man in Lake County appearing in court for allegedly molesting a child under ten years old. The Record Bee newspaper reports David Anthony Calvin Johnson was in court on two counts of oral copulation (with a victim under 10 years old) and other charges including sending harmful material to a minor and lewd acts with a victim under 14. His lawyer asking for a continuance to go over discovery. Johnson busted in January, Clearlake Police got a warrant to check his home in Newark, then he was booked into the Santa Rita Jail. He’s pleaded not guilty on all counts and denied the special allegations.

A woman from Fairfield gets probation and other punishment for growing weed. Elizabeth Garcia sentenced to three misdemeanors for using a banned pesticide on the marijuana. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife investigating the woman who’s been given three years probation, fines and fees of almost $23,000 and she has to do 240 hours of community service. The state wildlife agency along with the California State Water Resources Control Board investigating her for black market sales and environmental crimes, finding 850 plants that were not permitted by the county or licensed by the state. They found a dead bird there and did some plant samples finding the banned substance probably killed the bird. Carbofuran is not allowed in the United States. One tiny aspirin-sized tablet could kill 20,000 small birds and a teaspoon could kill a 300-lb. bear.

7,000 acres to be cleared out of dead trees after the Ranch Fire. The Mendocino National Forest doing the hazard tree removal so there’s a safe travel area with access for private properties, communication sites, forest facilities and developed recreational areas. Lake Co News reports the trees are 50 percent more likely to die because of the fire and are a hazard within 1-200 feet of certain roads will be removed. Other trees that are not being removed will be treated in various ways though. The news site reports the first project on the Upper Lake Ranger District on about 500 acres around Bartlett Springs. The fire burn area is still closed due to safety issues including flooding, debris flows and hazard trees and narrow roads.

A man who says he got cancer because of Roundup weed killer has won millions of dollars in federal court. The San Francisco jury awarded $80 million to Edwin Hardeman of Sonoma County, who claimed Roundup’s design was defective, lacked sufficient cancer warnings and Monsanto, its manufacturer, was negligent. The compensation, more than $5 million, plus $75 million more in punitive damages. But Monsanto claimed studies show glyphosate, the active ingredient in their popular weed killer, is safe and they’ll appeal. Hardeman used Roundup for poison oak, overgrowth and weeds for years and ended up years later with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, something the jury agreed was likely due in part from the weed killer. The World Health Organization has classified the weed killer a “probable human carcinogen” and now thousands of lawsuits are pending across the U-S.

Bonds being sold in Calif. to help fund the long awaited high speed rail project. $600 million in bonds will contribute to the challenged project that’s planned between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Voters agreed that $10 billion could be sold for the project back in 2008. The state had a sale this week for the bonds to add to the coffers of the $77 billion project. Wells Fargo and Jefferies, LLC, bought the bonds according to the state Treasurer. The state Senate is about to meet on the project too, to decide what’s next. An update to the legislature before that public hearing is set for May 1st.

All Crab fishing gear is being hauled to shore. Commercial fishermen have to grab their Dungeness crab traps, ropes, lines and nets a couple months early due to a settlement agreement between the state Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Center of Biological Diversity. The season is supposed to end officially April 15th so all gear has to be out of the ocean. It’s supposed to go to July, but a lawsuit filed by the Center for Biological Diversity a couple years ago claims the state agency violated the Endangered Species Act and caused sea turtles and whales to get entangled in lines. And besides the early end to the season, some districts, south of Mendocino County and in Monterey Bay will have to end next season even earlier, April 1st, because they’re considered “hot spots for whales.”

The completed Mendocino Cannabis Cultivation Ordinance is headed to the Department of Planning and Building Services. It was a unanimous decision for the board of supervisors to amend the county code so the Planning Dept. will now oversee Cannabis permit processing. The county says this will help streamline the process just ahead of the next phase of the Cannabis Cultivation Application submission process April 1st. There are still 800 cannabis permit applications with the Agriculture Dept and many more are expected. The Mendocino County CEO Carmel Angelo says most of those working in the dept. will just move offices.

A community forum for the Ukiah Unified School District. The meeting tonight even though the schools superintendent says they normally don’t see a lot of people show up for the yearly event, they’re hoping to hear from “parents, staff, students and other community members” to brainstorm ideas to bolster student achievement. The school district has been trying to boost attendance and reading and math achievement. They’re also working on cracking down on vape use and bullying. The forum tonight at 5:30 p.m. at the UUSD office at 511 S. Orchard Ave.

A $3 million dollar loan for the Millview County Water District for well access. The loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development program so the water district can buy property for the access. The water district doesn’t own the water rights at four wells so they can’t service them. The money as a quote, “investment for infrastructure”. Previous loans in Mendocino County at as much as $35 million from the agency for homeownership and affordable apartments, business investments and re-lending programs to increase economic development and add support for improved infrastructure and community facilities.

Everyone agrees to pass a hazardous vegetation abatement ordinance in Lake County. The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously yesterday on the ordinance, so now it will go into effect in 30 days. It declares hazardous vegetation a “public nuisance” and part of a “preventative action plan” against any future wildfires in Lake County. It means property owners in unincorporated areas of the county get 30-day notices to get rid of any fire hazards on their land and if they don’t, it’s a misdemeanor, but it could mean daily recurring administrative fines and jail time.

The back and forth with PG& E on its plan to bonus some employees during its bankruptcy case as some fire victims are still in shelters. Objections in court yesterday after the utility company asked the bankruptcy court a couple of weeks ago to reward about 10,000 employees $235 million this year. The company already roundly criticized for a plan to bonus some for 2018, the year of the deadliest fire ever in Calif. history, which may or may not have been caused by PG&E equipment. The money could still be paid out in short term incentives. Lawyers for 3,500 wildfire victims are objecting. The trustee for the utility is requesting proof the incentives are essential and who is getting them, corporate insiders or rank-and-file workers.

Vaccinating kids may fall to state public health officials, not doctors, if lawmakers have their way. Legislation announced yesterday to allow state and county health officials to take away medical exemptions from doctors if they’re fraudulent or contradict federal immunization standards. Lawmakers say it’s needed because there are some doctors helping parents avoid vaccinations as there’s a near epidemic of measles outbreaks in New York, Washington and elsewhere. Some parents in Calif. though say the measure’s not needed because the state already has a high immunization rate. But non-medical immunization exemptions were supposed to stop in 2016. Legislators looking at the law in West Virginia where public health officials decide who qualifies for medical exemptions.

Approval for four new zones of benefit in Lake County to address vegetation and reduce wildland fire risk. The zones in the Kelseyville, specifically Buckingham, the Clear Lake Riviera, Riviera Heights and Riviera West. Supervisor Rob Brown got the plan together, talking to property owners in the four areas. They’ll make a onetime payment of $100 per lot of less than an acre, $200 for one to five acres, and $300 for five plus acres. The money that comes in from that would pay for the cleanup of properties deemed a high fire risk, then property owners would repay cleanup costs with liens against their land.

The brand new main spillway at the Oroville dam may be about to get in real life testing. This due to heavy storms expected in the Feather River basin. The Dept. of Water Resources is preparing for the use of the main spillway possibly as soon as next week. They have to first notify all regulatory agencies, local law enforcement and local elected officials ahead of its possible use. They’ve got to also take out construction equipment from the spillway chute and remove a temporary road under the main spillway which was being used during construction. They’ll also run temporary cameras and lights to watch the spillway up close as the first water comes down the chute.

A man in Hawaii is not allowed to drink any more Pepsi for a while because of his car theft arrest. 21-year-old Christopher Montilliano Jr. arrested in Maui last summer and told cops his cousin let him drive the car so he could go buy soda. But now he’s being punished for it, he’s not allowed any Pepsi for four years after admitting it’s his favorite soft drink. He also got 100 hours of community service and a $100 fine for the car theft after pleading no contest to charges of unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle and driving without a license.

ARIANA GRANDE – 7 RINGS
ELLIE GOULDING & DIPLO – CLOSE TO ME
KHALID – BETTER
AVA MAX – SWEET BUT PSYCHO
SAM SMITH & NORMANI – DANCING WITH A STRANGER
POST MALONE – WOW
ARIANA GRANDE – BREAK UP WITH YOUR GIRLFRIEND, I’M BORED
JONAS BROTHERS – SUCKER
CARDI B & BRUNO MARS – PLEASE ME
DEAN LEWIS – BE ALRIGHT
FLETCHER – UNDRUNK
CHAINSMOKERS – WHO DO YOU LOVE
LIL PEEP & ILOVEMAKONNEN – I’VE BEEN WAITING
LAUREN DAIGLE – YOU SAY
IMAGINE DRAGONS – BAD LIAR
ZEDD & KATY PERRY – 365
BEBE REXHA – LAST HURRAH
ALLY BROOKE – LOW KEY
MARSHMELLO – HERE WITH ME
MABEL – DON’T CALL ME UP
PANIC! AT THE DISCO – HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT
ALESSIA CARA – OUT OF LOVE
BENNY BLANCO, TAINY, SELENA GOMEZ & J BALVIN – I CAN’T GET ENOUGH
KHALID – TALK
DRAX PROJECT – WOKE UP LATE
LAUV & TROYE SIVAN – I’M SO TIRED
GEORGE EZRA – SHOTGUN
JAKE MILLER – WAIT FOR YOU
AJ MITCHELL – ALL MY FRIENDS
BRYCE VINE – LA LA LAND

[ category 94.5 K-Wine News]

All Crab fishing gear is being hauled to shore. Commercial fishermen have to grab their Dungeness crab traps, ropes, lines and nets a couple months early due to a settlement agreement between the state Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Center of Biological Diversity. The season is supposed to end officially April 15th so all gear has to be out of the ocean. It’s supposed to go to July, but a lawsuit filed by the Center for Biological Diversity a couple years ago claims the state agency violated the Endangered Species Act and caused sea turtles and whales to get entangled in lines. And besides the early end to the season, some districts, south of Mendocino County and in Monterey Bay will have to end next season even earlier, April 1st, because they’re considered “hot spots for whales.”

The completed Mendocino Cannabis Cultivation Ordinance is headed to the Department of Planning and Building Services. It was a unanimous decision for the board of supervisors to amend the county code so the Planning Dept. will now oversee Cannabis permit processing. The county says this will help streamline the process just ahead of the next phase of the Cannabis Cultivation Application submission process April 1st. There are still 800 cannabis permit applications with the Agriculture Dept and many more are expected. The Mendocino County CEO Carmel Angelo says most of those working in the dept. will just move offices.

A community forum for the Ukiah Unified School District. The meeting tonight even though the schools superintendent says they normally don’t see a lot of people show up for the yearly event, they’re hoping to hear from “parents, staff, students and other community members” to brainstorm ideas to bolster student achievement. The school district has been trying to boost attendance and reading and math achievement. They’re also working on cracking down on vape use and bullying. The forum tonight at 5:30 p.m. at the UUSD office at 511 S. Orchard Ave.

A $3 million dollar loan for the Millview County Water District for well access. The loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development program so the water district can buy property for the access. The water district doesn’t own the water rights at four wells so they can’t service them. The money as a quote, “investment for infrastructure”. Previous loans in Mendocino County at as much as $35 million from the agency for homeownership and affordable apartments, business investments and re-lending programs to increase economic development and add support for improved infrastructure and community facilities.

Everyone agrees to pass a hazardous vegetation abatement ordinance in Lake County. The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously yesterday on the ordinance, so now it will go into effect in 30 days. It declares hazardous vegetation a “public nuisance” and part of a “preventative action plan” against any future wildfires in Lake County. It means property owners in unincorporated areas of the county get 30-day notices to get rid of any fire hazards on their land and if they don’t, it’s a misdemeanor, but it could mean daily recurring administrative fines and jail time.

The back and forth with PG& E on its plan to bonus some employees during its bankruptcy case as some fire victims are still in shelters. Objections in court yesterday after the utility company asked the bankruptcy court a couple of weeks ago to reward about 10,000 employees $235 million this year. The company already roundly criticized for a plan to bonus some for 2018, the year of the deadliest fire ever in Calif. history, which may or may not have been caused by PG&E equipment. The money could still be paid out in short term incentives. Lawyers for 3,500 wildfire victims are objecting. The trustee for the utility is requesting proof the incentives are essential and who is getting them, corporate insiders or rank-and-file workers.

Vaccinating kids may fall to state public health officials, not doctors, if lawmakers have their way. Legislation announced yesterday to allow state and county health officials to take away medical exemptions from doctors if they’re fraudulent or contradict federal immunization standards. Lawmakers say it’s needed because there are some doctors helping parents avoid vaccinations as there’s a near epidemic of measles outbreaks in New York, Washington and elsewhere. Some parents in Calif. though say the measure’s not needed because the state already has a high immunization rate. But non-medical immunization exemptions were supposed to stop in 2016. Legislators looking at the law in West Virginia where public health officials decide who qualifies for medical exemptions.

Approval for four new zones of benefit in Lake County to address vegetation and reduce wildland fire risk. The zones in the Kelseyville, specifically Buckingham, the Clear Lake Riviera, Riviera Heights and Riviera West. Supervisor Rob Brown got the plan together, talking to property owners in the four areas. They’ll make a onetime payment of $100 per lot of less than an acre, $200 for one to five acres, and $300 for five plus acres. The money that comes in from that would pay for the cleanup of properties deemed a high fire risk, then property owners would repay cleanup costs with liens against their land.

The brand new main spillway at the Oroville dam may be about to get in real life testing. This due to heavy storms expected in the Feather River basin. The Dept. of Water Resources is preparing for the use of the main spillway possibly as soon as next week. They have to first notify all regulatory agencies, local law enforcement and local elected officials ahead of its possible use. They’ve got to also take out construction equipment from the spillway chute and remove a temporary road under the main spillway which was being used during construction. They’ll also run temporary cameras and lights to watch the spillway up close as the first water comes down the chute.

A man in Hawaii is not allowed to drink any more Pepsi for a while because of his car theft arrest. 21-year-old Christopher Montilliano Jr. arrested in Maui last summer and told cops his cousin let him drive the car so he could go buy soda. But now he’s being punished for it, he’s not allowed any Pepsi for four years after admitting it’s his favorite soft drink. He also got 100 hours of community service and a $100 fine for the car theft after pleading no contest to charges of unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle and driving without a license.

A lot of rain means a lot of mosquitoes. A warning in Southern and Northern Calif from Vector control offices, to brace for a busy year. In Orange County alone, they’re anticipating a 20 percent increase in calls and a massive population growth of the Aedes species. In Northern California that pest isn’t showing up yet, but is expected. The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District is warning when the weather warms up, look out. As we know, lather yourself up with protectant and try not to leave any stagnant water behind after all the winter rain. Because that they say, mixed with new spring blooms, makes it the perfect, storm, for the pests.

Cops on the lookout for folks dumping trash in debris piles along the Russian River. Sonoma sheriff’s deputies beefing up enforcement of illegal dumping along the river and are threatening fines and even jail time. They say there’s been out of area residents as well as construction companies taking advantage of the free debris collection after last month’s massive flooding. They were supposed to end the program last weekend, but it’s now extended until Friday. Officials say it’s offensive that people are trying to take advantage of the tragedy with new trash piles appearing overnight in people’s front yards especially on streets in Guerneville and Monte Rio. The Fire Chief from Monte Rio says they’ve pulled out wood, tires, batteries and used paint cans, with more garbage now than 2 weeks ago

A man accused of sexually abusing a child will not go to trial after his suicide. The Mendocino County District Attorney’s office announced yesterday 51 year old Aaron Burrows had taken his own life sometime Sunday night or Monday morning. The man from Paradise accused of sexually penetrating a nine-year-old. The Mendocino County Public Defender’s Office was representing the man who was facing 15 years to life in state prison and lifetime sex registration. The case was to include testimony from the young victim and another possible, earlier victim. Arrangements reportedly being made for counseling for the two victims.

A man is dead near Trinidad after being swept away by a sneaker wave while vacationing with his family. It happened last Friday north of the Luffenholtz Beach public access. A helicopter crew from McKinleyville immediately went to the scene along with a lifeboat from the Coast Guard station in Samoa. The chopper crew spotted the man, plucked him out of the water and took him directly to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. 39-year-old Andrew Machi’s family on vacation for his birthday. They say he was fishing on the rocks when the wave grabbed him and threw him in the ocean.

If you would like to help the family, click on this link to be taken to the family’s GoFundMe webpage:
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More rain set to hit, already drenched, Northern California. The National Weather Service’s Sacramento office forecasting a strong weather system with some moderate to heavy rain tonight into tomorrow. There could also be thunderstorms, with on and off periods of rain thru Thursday. Winds of up to 30 miles per hour are expected too. Conditions are expected to clear Friday and Saturday with more wet weather forecast Saturday night into Monday.

Changes get the go ahead to the Lakeport solar project from the city council. The Community Development Director asking the council for about $87,000 more to the 4.5M dollar project with ENGIE Services. There will be several new solar arrays, new HVAC systems and new LED lighting fixtures in the downtown area and at city parks. There was a contract change order for that 87-thousand for a larger solar array at the former Bank of America, tree removal at the city’s wastewater plant, and another HVAC unit. The larger solar array at the old bank building is not costing the city anymore money. The change order got unanimous approval.

A trio of students from Upper Lake High School’s Academic Decathlon team win medals at the state competition. Jeff Fannon, Annalise Smith and Sarah Williams won at last weekend’s event in Sacramento in individual speech therapy. The theme this year was, “The 1960s: A Transformational Decade”. There were nearly 70 teams and 600 students participating. Williams tied for first place, Fannon got second place and Smith for third in each of their categories. Willits High medaled as well.

Did you know there was an election today? A special primary election for two state legislature openings. 18 candidates are running to fill Democrat Ricardo Lara’s and Republican Ted Gaines Senate seats. Lara was elected insurance commissioner, and Gaines won a seat on the Board of Equalization. There shouldn’t be any runoffs if any candidate wins more than 50% of the vote. But if so, the top two will move on to a June 4th special general election.

A new report on the number of police shootings in Sacramento showing the deaths of black men with signs of mental illness. Back in 2016, a man was shot and killed by cops who had undiagnosed bipolar disorder. Then last fall, another African American man was killed who cops say waved a pellet gun at them. He had a mental health problem too and a month ago, Stephon Clark was previously researching suicide, according to police. He was killed in his grandmothers backyard. The Sacramento Community Police Review Commission looking to change all of that, asking police to post public reports every three months detailing all of their use-of-force incidents and change ways police use force. The Sacto City Council discussing possible changes at their meeting today on non-lethal force options like Tasers and bean bags.

More mature adults are using marijuana. A report about a senior community in Laguna where folks hop a bus, have lunch together, play bingo and hit the cannabis shop. The community very near Disneyland of folks mostly in their 70s and 80s. Some industry professionals call this demographic their fastest growing consumer base. Some marijuana shops in Colorado, where marijuana was first legalized recreationally, say their average customer is about 60 years old. Many of those interviewed for the story said they were ingesting edibles instead of taking opiates.

Two new cases of measles in Chico have been connected to a cluster outbreak, according by health officials who would like to speak to anyone who may have been at The Esplanade House at 181 E Shasta Ave, between March 15 and March 19th. A person diagnosed in Tehama County had gone to a Walmart on Luther road sometime between 5-7 on March 16th, and a Raley’s supermarket on the 18th between 6-7pm. Trips were also made to a Shasta county Taco bell on Old Alturas Road, Raley’s supermarket on Lake Boulevard, the Shasta College 800 building along with the Shasta College Library in Redding.

Vandals are behind a decision by park supervisors to close the Mendocino Lake recreation area on the north side of the lake. If the vandalism continues, the North Boat Ramp will likely be the next closure. Park staff found port o potties tipped over several times, so they anchored them down, but more were knocked over, so they decided those actions would have consequences, leading to the recreation area’s closure. Anyone with information is asked to call authorities.

Recent rains and constant use between Ukiah High’s football and boys & girls soccer teams along with Ukiah Lions Youth football has left the field in such bad shape, that repairs estimated at $10,000 in turf and materials along with five days labor are needed if the field is to be ready by the fall. That announcement by the Ukiah Unified School District. Once the work is finished, the field will need to sit as the new turf grow- a couple of months.

A trial scheduled in the case of 51 year old Aaron Douglas Burrows of Paradise has been cancelled following his suicide. He is accused of sexually abusing a minor and was facing 15 years to life in state prison and a mandatory lifetime registration as a sex offender. Authorities say counseling is being made available to his victims.