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The Former Mayor of Ukiah Phil Baldwin passed away over the weekend. His family confirmed on Saturday afternoon that Baldwin lost his two-and half-year battle with lung cancer. Baldwin served the city in many capacities over the years. He graduated from Bakersfield High school and studied at the University of California Berkeley. He was first elected to the city council in 1998 and was reelected in 2002, 2006 and 2010 and served until 2014. During his time in public service he helped secure Ukiah’s groundwater supply, he protected farmland, and supported environmental sustainability.

The majority of Lake County offices will be closed starting Monday December 23rd through Friday, December 27th for the holidays. In addition, the Lake County Library’s Branches and the Lake County Animal Care and Control will also be closed on Saturday December 28th. Now the Behavioral Health Crisis services, jail staff, Sheriff Patrol and Central Dispatch will still remain open 24-7. Road Crews will also be on-call to respond to any road hazards.

The U.S Geological Survey released new earthquake hazard maps for the nation, during which they have boosted the risk of seismic damage up and down the Northern California coast. There is a red zone forecast for most of the state including Sacramento, Bay, and North Coast regions. Areas with tall buildings are especially at risk.

Much of California’s abnormally dry conditions have been wiped out by the recent storms. The U.S. Drought Monitor categorized over 81-percent of the state as abnormally dry two months ago because of above-normal temperatures and a lack of precipitation six weeks into the water year. The heavy rains in recent weeks throughout the state have shrunk the percentage to a small area along the Oregon-California border.

A Ukiah woman pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor crime of furnishing marijuana to a minor in court Thursday afternoon. 40-year-old Janine Estep originally wanted a jury trial, which was scheduled to get underway today. Estep was given 36 months court probation, with 10 days in county jail. She will have to submit to regular drug testing and take parenting classes.

The Ukiah Police Department do not believe foul play is involved in the death of a man whose body was discovered Friday under a bridge in Gibson Creek. The body was found by a passerby around 1:10pm. The individual was walking by the bridge under Highway 101 near South Orchard Avenue when they saw a man unresponsive and called 911. Officials say that the man was an elderly transient who may have died of natural causes and added that the death in no way seemed suspicious. Cause of death is still to be determined.

Staff and volunteers at the Ukiah Food Bank is working hard to wipe out food insecurity. Food insecurity, as defined by the USDA is skipping a meal because there isn’t enough money for daily meals. Not having enough food to last through a pay period or month. Eating less in order to stretch out one’s food supply. Losing weight due to the lack of regular access to food. According to the Ukiah Daily Journal, back in 2017 13.6 percent of Mendocino County residents were identified as food insecure.


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