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Mendocino Coast Healthcare District directors are a step closer to stopping labor and delivery services at the Mendocino Coast District Hospital. According to the Fort Bragg Advocate-News, the Board voted 4-0 with one board member abstaining in order to come up with a “stabilize and transfer” model for mothers-to-be who arrive at the emergency room. Many criticized the board and accused them of abandoning Fort Bragg’s young families. The matter was brought to a vote after board members were warned that keeping the labor and delivery department open could cause a financial crisis for the hospital. The hospital’s operating room and Labor and Delivery department were temporarily closed after state inspectors found that the rooms were not meeting the updated 2017 infection control standards. Hospital administration reopened the operating and labor and delivery rooms Jan. 31.

A couple of lawmakers working to bring awareness to Alzeimers, including Northern Calif. Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry. Curry and her colleague, Monique Limón of Santa Barbara have introduced twin bills to promote awareness and early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s and dementia. The bills targeting the over 65 population, their families and caregivers to the signs of the neurodegenerative disease which they call a public health crisis. It features memory loss, impaired cognitive function, and eventually death. The bills would mean informational tools for healthcare providers too by using state money that was set aside 4 years ago. Limon says Calif. has the most people impacted by the disease.

Three fishermen had to jump off their boat on the South Fork of the Eel River. This has prompted the Piercy Fire Dept to warn others to be careful of a strainer hazard about one and a half miles south of the Humboldt/Mendocino County line. It’s north of Resting Oaks Village rapids. Apparently there’s a vessel that was partially in the water and partly on the shore. Two fishermen on the bank, and another still in that boat when rescuers got to the scene yesterday afternoon. Rescuers say the two either fell out or jumped. They had taken on water at the top of the rapids, and it started going down. The man stuck in the boat was instructed to jump into the river and a rope was tossed to him to get him out of the water. The boat, not so lucky…

California drivers could soon be able to avoid the dreaded bad driver’s license photo. Lawmakers are looking at a bill that would allow three pictures to be taken. Each extra photo taken would require the DMV to ask for a five-dollar donation that would go to fund driver’s education and training programs. If the bill passes it could go in effect on or before January 1st of 2022.

State lawmakers are considering banning PG&E from making political contributions. A new bill introduced Wednesday would ban all investor-owned electric utilities from donating to political candidates in the state. But that doesn’t include issue-based campaigns or other political organizations. The move is part of a crackdown on the power company with tighter restrictions on planned blackouts.

Voters are being told to watch out for fake census forms in their mailbox. The document is labeled “2020 Congressional District Census” and looks like an official document, but it’s not. The forms are fundraising appeals. And it’s not the first time they’ve been mailed out. But this time, it’s happening just weeks before the government sends out notices inviting people to participate in the census.

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