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There are two new vacancies on the Ukiah Unified School District board of trustees after two moved outside of the area. Registered voters living in the trustee area center or trustee area north who are interested can apply at www.uusd.net. Applications are also available at 511 s. orchard ave in Ukiah, and are due back by 4 pm on Wednesday. Interviews will take place in open sessions on Aug 6th and 7th, at 5 pm.

CalFire says there is a fire is burning on property owned by the University of California’s Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. The 40-acre fire started this afternoon off Scott Forbes Road, east of Browns Valley. No structures are being threatened, and evacuations have not been issued.

A special meeting is planned for today as the Ukiah Valley Sanitation District board of directors look to take over billing of their own customers and the discussion of a Mendocino County Grand Jury report, which said the board needs to be more transparent with taxpayers and to negotiate the joint powers agreement with the city. The meeting gets underway at 6 pm at 1511 laws Avenue.

The latest update shows the East Fire is 10% contained after burning 378 acres. Crews are using a strategy to confine the fire between East Ridge, Buck Ridge and Wrights ridge to the south.

Over the next 365 days, a private property boundary survey, audit of the North Coast Rail Authority finances, a trail assessment and a plan to railbank a line from the Mendocino County line northward are all in the works. Senator Mike McGuire told attendees at the Ukiah Valley Conference Center on Saturday about his plans for the Great Redwood Trail and said that the concerns of some of the 1900 property owners living near the proposed trail will be addressed by developers, adding that all the extra people in the area may actually cut down on crime. He also says the trails will bring more money to Ukiah, Willits, Eureka and other areas with new visitors paying for lodging, food and other expenses, and will also draw more residents to the area.

If you’ve ever needed a way to track when your bus would arrive, there’s now an app for that. Mendocino Transit Authority now has one called Route Shout 2.0 available from Google Play or the App store. The app tracks buses in real time so anyone with a mobile phone can see bus locations, check schedules and plan for the exact arrival of their bus. More info at mendocinotransit.org

Approval would be needed by a judge in bankruptcy court, but PG&E is requesting $10.9 million dollars to pay bonuses to what the company describes as key executives as they work through a chapter 11 bankruptcy to restructure finances. If approved, 50% of the bonuses will be paid in cash, 50% in restricted stock.

June 8th and 9th, PG&E shut off power to some 20,000 customers in North Bay and Sierra Foothills due to hot and windy weather. According to an incident report filed with the California Public Utilities Commission, crews found five areas that had wind damage in the Sierra Foothills. A fallen tree in Oroville had hit a shed and cable wire, and broken trees on conductors and a broken cable line were found in Butte County. Repairs were made and the power was back on in less than 24 hours.

An announcement by PG&E last week that large parts of the state could lose power for up to five days at a time. Certain conditions would need to be present before the outages would be prescribed including a red flag warking, low humidity and sustained winds over 25 mph with gusts up to 40 mph. The Daily Journal reports that Ukiah city officials have said that water and sewer will be available during the outages because gas generators will be used to keep the plants working, and natural gas services should not be affected. Residents are advised to stock up on water, flashlights, batteries and other supplies useful when the power is out. Skilled nursing facilities, intermediate and long term care facilities, nursing homes, and other vital facilities are worried about the outages, and say that they could force the residents to be moved during prolonged outages.

As fire season gets underway, authorities are anticipating a busy season ahead, and The Governor’s Office of Emergency Services had put a working group together last March to recommend standardized terms to be used during evacuations or shelter in place events. The purpose is to cut down on confusion during emergencies where various agencies and jurisdictions are involved and giving instructions to the public. Moving forward, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and the Office of Emergency Services will use the following language to instruct residents. An Evacuation Order will be given when there is a threat to life or property, and residents will be legally required to leave. Evacuation Warnings will be issued when there is a potential threat to life or property. This will be the time that residents who may potentially have to evacuate will make their preparations. A shelter in place will be issued when evacuations are not necessary. The public will be instructed to go indoors, shut and lock their doors and windows and prepare to self sustain until further notice.

The NCAA wrote a letter to the chairs of two state assembly committees last week essentially saying that if California passes a bill allowing college athletes to be paid for the use of their own name, images or likeness, the schools may be prohibited from participating in championships. 23 NCAA division schools would be affected- for of which are in the Pac 12 conference. The bill, which passed the Senate last month is being discussed today in a hearing by the Assembly’s Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Internet Media Committee.

A 5.6 magnitude quake struck Northern California on Saturday night according to the United States Geological Survey, which says the quake hit around 8:53 pm, about 37 miles southwest of Eureka Tremors were also felt in Ferndale and Scotia. Recently there have been dozens of quakes in Nevada, and about 1000 in the southern part of California in just the past three weeks.

A prescribed burn along highway 128 between the Monticello Dam and the town of Winters in Yolo County will move ahead today through Friday. About 65 acres will be burned in an operation first scheduled for Jun 10th but was delayed due to the Sand Fire. The burns will begin around 8:30 each day and be done by3pm. The burn area has been scorched by five major fires in recent years.

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