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PG&E says they’re sending out postcards to several thousand customers across the state for updated contact information as they expect a possible early fire season. The giant utility asking their more than 200,000 customers throughout the state to update your phone number, email address and other info for future power shutoffs. You’re only getting one of the postcards if you’re info isn’t complete or they have no contact information on file. This after a dry January and February, February one of the driest in state history. You can also visit PG&E’s website or call them to update your contact info too.

Update in Lake County on the Coronavirus. The Lake County Public Health Department hosted with Dr. Gary Pace. The meeting at the Grace Evangelical Free Church last night in Kelseyville. There was also a live stream of the event where they gave an overview of preparations they’re taking and the contacts they’ve been keeping in touch with. Health professionals from Sutter Lakeside hospital, EMS staff, someone from the Lake County Office of Education and the Sheriff Brian Martin were all in attendance. Of the 100 detected cases in the country, there have been six deaths. 43 people in Calif have tested positive. Pace says those tested are showing strong symptoms and were very sick and were in contact with someone from China or elsewhere that the infection had spread. He says the risk is very low locally.

In Mendocino County, the health dept. reports also keeping a close eye on the possible spread of the virus. The Coronavirus presents like the common cold, but can also cause illness like severe flu. Most people get it in its mild form. The County warning folks to protect themselves like they would from the spread of the flu, stay home from work or school if you feel sick or have flu-like symptoms including a fever and respiratory symptoms, have routine medicine handy, a thermometer to monitor your temperature in case you develop a fever, have extra nonperishable food at home, have support if you have to stay home, wash your hands regularly before and after being in public, don’t touch your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands and if you feel sick, call your doctor.

For general health related questions or other concerns during business hours, please call Mendocino County’s Call Center at (707) 234-6052.

Three more homes moved in to by Lake County families thanks to Habitat for Humanity. The three families in Cobb after the Valley Fire without homes. The families thanking Habitat for their housing which is provided for low income families who work with them to own a home.

New action in Calif. to avoid a further spread of the coronavirus. The Gov. Gavin Newsom asking the Legislature to set aside as much as $20 million out of the state’s Disaster Response Emergency Operations Account. The Gov. also activated the State Operations Center to the second-highest level to support state, federal and local emergency managers, public health officials and first responders. The Center will be at the ready for operational and other support to the California Department of Public Health’s Medical and Health Coordination Center. The state has also received more test kits. There are nearly a dozen public health labs set up too which have tests from the CDC. State officials say positive tests are being reported but they’re taking action quickly for early detection.

PG&E attorneys say they may not be able to get several hundred more tree trimmers hired as the federal judge ordered to avoid more wildfires. The judge in the utility company’s criminal case after natural gas lines blew up in San Bruno ordered the company to hire 1,100 more tree trimmers so trees don’t fall on power lines and start fires. But lawyers for PG&E have filed papers saying they already have 5,500 tree trimmers and are training about 2,800 more next year. But some of them are set to replace contractors paid a premium because they’re from out of state.

For the first time ever, the California Highway Patrol has appointed a female African American deputy commissioner. Amanda Ray has worked for the agency 30 years this month. Deputy Commissioner Ray says she’s grateful to serve with amazing women and men dedicated to the highest level of Safety, Service, and Security. She’ll head daily operations. The Gov. commented on the appointment and the timing of it landing on both Black History Month and Women’s History Month in March.

Thousands of fire responders worked the Mendocino Complex Fire, but one in particular will be remembered posthumously with a sculpture. Battallion Chief Matthew Burchett of Utah was killed in the Ranch Fire two years ago. A doctor from Adventist Health reportedly asked artist and sculptor Mark Zjawinski of San Francisco to create a remembrance of Burchett. So a bronze bust was created. Retired Ukiah Fire Chief Kevin Jennings helped with details of the uniform and gear. Finishing touches are being made on the sculpture, then it will be installed in front of the hospital in Ukiah.

Police in Ukiah say three explosives have been found by Pear Tree Shopping Center. Cops say a citizen saw the devices by a trash dumpster behind Rod’s Shoes between the Shopping Center and Home Depot. The man who saw the devices walked to the police station yesterday morning after spotting them. Police and the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office bomb squad were on the scene to inspect and take away the pipe bomb and two, homemade IEDs (improvised explosive devices). They say they have no idea what the motive was and who left them. Cops say there was no threat to the public the condition the devices were left in.

The election is on and California may make a mark in the Democratic presidential primary for the first time in years due to the earlier primary. It’s been in June and was moved up to March, on Super Tuesday, joining Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, and Virginia. But California has the most delegates of them all with 415. Now that Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Tom Steyer and Sen. Amy Klobuchar dropped out of the race, it’s mostly between former VP Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders. Polls are open until 8 p.m. And you can register to vote today due to a new state law. If you haven’t mailed in your ballot, you can still do that as long as it gets to the county elections office by Friday.

PG&E says they’re doing a test run using the Humboldt Bay Generating Station in its  ‘island” mode so major parts of the county can stay powered on during “Public Safety Power Shutoff” events. Kym Kemp reports “islanding” means to use the plant for powering up an area that’s disconnected from the grid. PG&E says they got permits to test out the “islanding” idea this summer, which could help with intentional power downs by the utility company in the future.

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Long lines may be in store for those waiting until after to work to vote in California. Officials say you can vote after 8 and to be patient if there are long lines at your polling station this “Super Tuesday”. Only a small amount of the more than 20.5 million registered voters in the state had turned in their mail in ballots in early voting. Elections officials were expecting way more ballots to get there today because some voters were waiting to see the results of other state primaries before casting their ballots. Mike Bloomberg and Tom Steyer were advertising all over the place in Calif, Steyer has since dropped out as has Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Senator Amy Klobachar. Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren and former Vice President Joe Biden are still in it to win the 415 pledged Democratic party delegates in Calif.

The City of Willits has an agreement with the Little Lake Fire Protection District so the fire district will get a quarter of the revenue that’s brought in from Measure I, the City’s voter-approved Cannabis Industry Tax. So far they’ve pulled in just over $100,000 before expenses. So it’s not yet been calculated what the fire department will get exactly. The City Manager also says the money will be retroactive and based on the total tax since the Measure went into effect. The mayor also chimed in saying, the fire department is very important, and they have an obligation to help fund the needed service.

A series of earthquakes have rattled the Redwood Valley area. Cal Tech reports 5 temblors hit this morning between 10:12 a.m. and 10:27 a.m. At least three were big enough that they could have been felt by residents or others in the area and a fourth one might have only been felt by the most sensitive. The biggest was 3.9 on the scale. Some of them said to have hit by the Coyote Valley Reservation. The smallest one was a 1.9 quake, that one at 10:26. There were no reports of any damage or injuries. They were reported about 3.7 miles deep.

 

 

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