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California Highway Patrol Ukiah will have additional officers out in force later this month, looking to cut down on motorcycle accidents. Officers will be watching for unsafe lane changes, drivers following too closely, improper turns and other violations likely to cause a crash. The initiative begins on May 25th and will conclude on September 30th. The Ukiah Area CHP is funding the effort with a grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration called "Get Educated and ride Safe."

Diseases that kill the vines that grow the wine-grape are a threat to one of the biggest economic engines in the state. While the wine industry employees Californians, It also encourages tourism and preserves about 600,000 acres of California farmlands. Now a hand from Senator McGuire, who has introduced SB 449, extending the Pierce’s Disease Control Program, The Pierce’s Disease and Glass-Winged Sharpshooter board from 2021 to 2026. The California Association of Wine-grape Growers Family Winemakers of California and The Wine Institute endorse the bill, which is now on its way to the State Assembly for approval.

Staffing issues were blamed for the need to close the Mendocino County Museum in Willits on Sundays, a decision that was not well received by the community. Now, after debate and pushback, a new plan to reduce hours of operation on Saturday and Sunday has been presented. It was heard by the board during a meeting on the 13th. Another idea to help with the staff crunch is to increase the volunteer base. For now, the museum will operate from 10 am to 4:30 pm Wednesday through Sunday, but could soon change hours to Wednesday through Friday, 10 am to 4:30 pm and Saturday and Sunday, noon to 4 pm.

Filmmakers are coming to the area soon. The Mendocino Film Festival is May 31st through June 2. The roster of filmmakers attending will be released in the coming weeks. The festival draws more and more filmmakers and movie buffs from around the world every year while keeping a commitment to the local community. Films, panels, and special events offered at the festival are a great opportunity to meet filmmakers and movie buffs in Seaside Mendocino. Netherlands-born film director Harald Zwart, Emmy-winning editor Kim Roberts, Veteran film and TV actor Julie Carmen are just some of the famous names that will be participating. More info can be found at www.mendocinofilmfestival.org. Ticket sales have opened and are going quickly.

The loss of the Kelp Forest will have devastating effects on the environment, economics, and lifestyles. If you aren’t familiar with the crisis, you are not alone- the NOYO Center For Marine Science is planning a science talk to educate the public about the issue, and the "Help the Kelp collaborative". The Science Talk is scheduled for May 22nd, 6:30 pm to 8:15 pm in Fort Bragg at 338 No. Main street. On May 28th, its Lasers, Whales, Sharks, and Life on the Road. The skeletal remains of a 73 foot Blue Whale will be digitized. According to a release by the organization, it will be only the second Blue Whale ever digitized in 3D, and the most complete to date.

Cannabis growers will no longer be taxed when permits are granted, and instead after cultivation has begun following complaints that the practice was unfair and possibly illegal. The changes approved by Lake County Supervisors will delay the tax for up to 24 months following the granting of a permit.

$100,000 in spending has been approved to pay for a feasibility study for the Potter Valley project, to be finished by April 2020. The Daily Journal reports that $50,000 will be set aside by the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors and another $50,000 from the County General Fund.

An old office building on Park Boulevard near the golf course, and a home on West Standley Street in the Western Hills will be demolished after getting approval by the Ukiah City Council this week. Neither building is habitable and is described as hazards by city officials.

The federal government yesterday nixed a plan to fund $1 billion dollars of California’s bullet train, endangering the entire project. A statement by Governor Newsom called the move an attempt to exact political retribution on the state. He says the decision is illegal and promises to challenge it in court. Federal Railroad Administrator Ronald Batory blamed a history of failures for the decision to revoke the funds.

The Alliance for Rural Community Health, or (ARCH) is a collaboration of community health centers in Mendocino County, and the group has donated $40,000 to the Mendocino County Office of Education’s (MCOE’s) career training program to support students studying to become medical or dental assistants. They are entry-level certifications, which are the first step in many people’s healthcare careers. Medical and dental assistants help coordinate patient care, escort patients to treatment rooms, take vitals, make sure medical and dental providers have the information and instruments they need for each patient visit, and then work with the patients after their appointments on next steps and schedule follow-up care. For more information, please call Tami Mee at (707) 467-5123 or visit www.mcoe.us.

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