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On the verge of getting the Purple Pipe hooked up. The Daily Journal reports Ukiah’s director of water sewer says he doesn’t think they’ll have to draw water from the Russian River. The pipe has all been laid in the ground and the first three phases have been tested. He says water from homes processed at the Ukiah Valley Wastewater Treatment Plant is filling one of three ponds that each hold more than 20 million gallons of treated water. The new system was just turned on this week. They’ve tested the pump house and its motors and have a backup motor just in case. The city’s just waiting for approval from the State Water Resources Board to officially go live.

The Clearlake City Council to consider allowing police to buy new tasers and virtual reality-based software to help cops train how to deal with mentally ill subjects. The police chief says if the council approves it they will enter into an agreement for five years with the equipment manufacturer at about $90,000 to replace old tasers and warrantee two new ones. It would also include that software with virtual reality scenarios so officers can be placed in realistic but fictional confrontations with mentally ill people. At the same meeting next Thursday the council will also consider chip sealing on some roads which has a longer lifespan than the gravel grading the city does.

Some of the first homes to be rebuilt in Paradise are almost complete after the deadly Camp Fire. The first home was finished last week, about eight months after the fire broke out and decimated the town. There have been almost 100 permits for new homes in Butte County and several dozen more applying weekly. The homes being rebuilt at the same time cleanup continues. Almost 60 percent of the burned out home lots have been cleared of debris. More than 15,000 homes burned in the fire.

A fire put out early July 4th morning behind the Ukiah Railroad Depot. The Ukiah Valley Fire Authority reports the fire reported about 3:30 a.m. by a passerby. The fire was burning in the old Coors distribution building on East Perkins Street. Firefighters got there to find smoke coming out of the building, they had to cut their way in to the old metal building. They say there wasn’t that much in there to burn except some wooden support beams and a pile of debris. They say it was probably started by transients who started a warming or cooking fire. It was quickly extinguished and didn’t spread.

After the massive failure of the Oroville Dam, a state mandated emergency action and dam breach inundation study are done in Lakeport. The city finished the study after the February 2017 Oroville Dam incident where the main and emergency spillways failed and caused the evacuation of nearly 200,000 people. So that means the state needs all jurisdictions to identify dams, potential hazards and get their emergency action plan in order in case there’s a failure. The city also asked for public comment on the plan at the latest meeting. The report says the Lakeport Dam is a “high hazard facility” strictly due to downstream considerations, not the condition of the dam.

Quite the big earthquake hits Southern Calif. and has the Gov. declaring a state of emergency. The 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit yesterday near Ridgecrest in Kern County and kept folks on the edge of their seats with as many as 160 aftershocks that caused damage to infrastructure, some homes and other structures. The quake hit around 10:33 a.m. centered 7.3 miles southwest of Searles Valley and 10.7 miles east northeast of Ridgecrest.  Several thousand people reported they felt in from as far away as Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Oregon, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Washington. The emergency declaration noted damaged roads, buildings, critical infrastructure – including electrical service lines, water lines and gas lines which ignited structural fires and caused evacuations. The quake noted as the strongest in the region since the 1999 Hector Mine earthquake.

Several arrests made in Clearlake when police went out searching for one person. Police say they were looking for Johnny Ray Hubbard and when they arrived they found Hubbard and several others ran outside. One person, with a warrant for their arrest, Robert Yingling surrendered. Officers were told Hubbard and another man, Kim Anderson hid a bag in the yard. There they found a loaded short-barreled 12 gauge shotgun and a bunch of ammunition. They went inside and found a couple people with warrants for their arrest hiding in closets, they were taken to jail and Anderson and Hubbard have been charged with felony and misdemeanor crimes related to the firearm, ammunition, drug use, resisting arrest and conspiracy.

A bunch of illegal fireworks confiscated and arrests made by the Office of the State Fire Marshal and Cal Fire. The agencies looking for the goods with targeted operations at certain ports of entry into the state of California. They reported more than 140,000 pounds of illegal fireworks taken which were worth more than $23 million on the street. The largest in the crop was more than 4,600 pounds. The acting State Fire Marshal Mike Richwine says they had 36 arrests and 514 tickets but that the numbers would go up in coming days. There were also eight more felony arrests for unrelated crimes.

A Northern Calif. native wins the annual hot dog eating contest in Coney Island, NY. Joey Chestnut, the record-breaking competitive eater from San Jose scores again, chowing down 71 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes yesterday, retaining his title as champion of the Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest. His 12th title. His own world record was 74 dogs, but he was 3 short of that. He said he was trying for a new record of 75 hot dogs, which he accomplished in a practice round. The closest runner up to him yesterday ate 50 dogs.

Possible conflicts of interest by a couple of members of the Mendocino Coast District Hospital Board of Directors on potential buyers has them out of voting on the matter. The state Fair Political Practices Commission said last week the board Chair Karen Arnold and Vice Chair Jessica Grinberg had possible conflicts. Grinberg, because of her business, Align Orthotics, the only company selling prosthetic devices but she says she’s appealing. And Arnold is the human resources director for Mendocino Coast Clinics. The two apparently turned in employment facts a couple months ago and the hospital’s interim CEO says they didn’t want any new hospital affiliation decision to be jeopardized by a conflict of interest controversy.

The Board of Directors for Mendocino Coast District Hospital has approved a $60 million budget, but with a caveat they have to come up with a more realistic spending plan. The Advocate reports at the board’s June 27th meeting, board members agreed on a three month window for a better spending plan. It came a day before Adventist Health responded to a request for proposals to buy or lease the hospital. Adventist and American Advanced Management Group received the requests along with 3 others who never responded. The details of the proposals have not been released.

 

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