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For over forty years, Bill Steele’s listeners have tuned in every morning for his warm personality and friendly sense of humor on K-Wine radio, and now a proclamation to honor his more than 45 years of radio broadcasting! The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors is awarding the proclamation tomorrow at 9 am, and the public is invited to attend. He retires with honors from both the city of Ukiah and the County. Both presentations are planned for tomorrow at the beginning of the board of supervisors meeting at 501 Low Gap Road. The proclamation points out that his broadcast work contributed to the establishment of local institutions like Mendo College, Hudson Museum, Cancer Society, Space and Ukiah’s Sundays in the Park concert series, and highlights his contributions to the Civility, lifestyle, and contentment of County residents. Also honored tomorrow will be Ex-County Supervisor Jim Eddie. Besides multiple terms on the County Board, Eddie served 25 years on the Golden Gate Transit Board, which manages the bridge and related transport services.

President Trump on Saturday issued a disaster declaration for 17 counties in California as parts of the state recover landslides, mudslides, and flooding that struck earlier this year. The declaration means the 17 counties are eligible for federal funding to repair the damage including Butte, Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino, Monterey, Napa, Sonoma and more.

It’s art with a cause! Students at Ukiah High are working on a mural with hopes of finishing it this week for an unveiling ceremony tentatively scheduled for May 28th. The Singing Tree Mural of Climate Solutions will raise awareness about the dangers of climate change to the environment while offering ten solutions to the crisis within the mural, which according to the Daily Journal include refrigerant management, wind power, solar farms, family planning, education and more.

The board of supervisors heard recommendations from the Mendocino County Cannabis Cultivation Ad Hoc Committee last week. Amendments were recommended to Phase 3 cannabis applications and permits, delaying the start until June 2020 from January 2020. Changes to the Live Scan System, a limited extension of the Sunset Period, and a social equity program were also recommended. The board would have to vote on the recommendations for them to become finalized.

The Mental health Treatment Act Citizen’s Oversight Committee has released its agenda for today’s meeting. Items include the discussion and possible action on an expenditure report on Measure B tax funds, possible action regarding the status report from a chair on activities related to the mental health treatment act citizen’s oversight committee, and other items. The full agenda is listed at www.mendocinocounty.org.

A Marine Biology student at Mendocino College has been awarded the 2019 Brandon Pill Memorial Mendocino Coast Audubon Society $1,000 scholarship. Jazmine Martin worked with the NOYO Center for Marine Science in Fort Bragg, taking part in the study of an Orca that washed ashore, articulating the skeleton that is now on display in Downtown Fort Bragg. She starts at Humboldt State University in the Fall.

The driver of a tractor who led police on what is being described as a very low-speed chase was apprehended in Sacramento County on Friday night. Deputies tried stopping the driver, but he refused, leading them on a low-speed chase that lasted for about 20 minutes- ending about a mile down the road. Alcohol is suspected to have been a factor in the incident, and police are still investigating. There were no injuries or damage reported.

Former San Francisco 49ers center Jeremy Newberry says he is heartbroken after vandals destroyed 2000 Newberry trees, uprooting and snapping them into pieces. He says that while he can’t imagine the effort put into the vandalism, he plans on forking out $30,000 to replace the trees. He’ll also invest in surveillance to protect future crops.

A day camp for kids affected by October 2017 wildfires is planned for July 8th through the 12th in Ukiah. Paid for by a grant and funds donated by nonprofit groups in Santa Ros and Mendocino Counties, the free camp offers resiliency and preparedness skills and a curriculum that builds on new skills each day of camp. Registration is now open at http://ukiahumc.org/campnoah. Volunteers are needed as well.

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