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The Sheriff’s Office reports an investigation of a burglary turns up a dump trailer they say was not connected, but also suspicious. The trailer found in the 44000 block of Pomo Lake Circle in Irish Beach. They say it was probably stolen, but they’re not sure who owns it to begin with. They’ve posted a picture on the Sheriff’s Facebook page asking for the public’s’ help. They say it may have been taken from Airport Road in Fort Bragg, but they don’t know an exact time. It was recently spray-painted so any identifying marks were hard to see or totally removed. They ask if you know who may own the trailer to call the Sheriff’s office.

A limited reopening for some Mendocino County Parks, but of course there are many public health requirements in place. Social distancing must be followed. Some city and state parks have also started a limited re-opening today. Also the Mendocino County library has opened branches with limited curbside service. And the Mendocino National Forest has begun some reopening of campgrounds and other areas tomorrow with social distancing restrictions as well. The Mendocino National Forest will has released a list of all parks that are opening, you can check their website for those.

The state has passed 75,000 Covid-19 cases as the state eases some of the stay-at-home restrictions. There have also been more than 3,000 deaths and more than ½ are in Los Angeles County. There are some stricter rules in place there like mandatory face coverings while outdoors except on the water or if there is nobody nearby. Many rural areas have not really been affected. Almost 30% of counties have been certified they have contained the spread of the virus so they can begin opening restaurants to dine-in service, plus shopping malls and other businesses with certain regulations.

A bunch of people in Ukiah celebrate their neighbor on his 94th birthday, with a  drive by parade.  Al Bascou turned 94 May 11th, so the Early Iron Car Club of Ukiah got to work. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, they couldn’t do an in person party. On Facebook they went, and people responded, they too wanted to participate…The birthday boy living at Mountain View Care Home now was walked to the sidewalk with a few friends and watched. A car enthusiast and former firefighter, with family in Ukiah.

The Lake County Public Health Officer reminding that the County is not reopened all the way and they stay aligned with the Governor’s stay at home order until further notice. There is pickup at retail businesses and restaurants, the Lake is open with social distancing restrictions. The County has started the process of applying for a variance so they can move into later phases of Stage 2. As we reported yesterday there are benchmarks to meet like tests per day, deaths, and preparedness for a surge. The Public Health Officer says he wants to wait to make sure there’s no surge in cases since Clear Lake was reopened. The proposal for the accelerated reopening is being actively developed this week with the final plan to go to the Board of Supervisors Tuesday.

The Public Health Officer in Lake County says the first day of new openings looks to be the Tuesday after the Memorial Day weekend with a partial re-opening of businesses, and the full opening of Stage 2-approved businesses no sooner than two weeks after that to be sure there is not a surge in cases. There are already about 20 counties across the state in the accelerated reopening phase but Dr. Pace says there are counties just next door with active new cases.  Sonoma and Napa, which both had a COVID-related death this week. He says with travel between the counties for work and shopping very common, we need to be careful not to allow the virus to get a firm foothold and start spreading throughout Lake County.

A new mobile Covid-19 testing site is now in Lake County. The Lake County Public Health Officer has announced Verily’s Project Baseline arrived in Lake County this week. And residents can make an appointment for testing as the mobile site travels thru the county. You can visit a website and be screened to see if you’re eligible, based on certain public health guidelines. Those being tested must be at least 18 years old. If you are eligible, you must make an appointment, you can’t just show up. After you’re screened and if you become eligible, they will tell you where to access the site. Appointments are made 48 hours in advance, Monday-Friday with results usually returned in 2-5 days.

For more information on Project Baseline, please  www.projectbaseline.com/COVID19.

The Community Foundation of Mendocino County is offering Zoom accounts for those who cannot afford it. The program made possible thanks to a grant from the Rebuild Northbay Foundation. If you’d like to use Zoom to teach a class or connect with family and friends, there’s a monthly fee, to attend class or join another person’s Zoom meeting it is free. It’s like Skype, Facetime, Go To Meeting or Web Ex where you can have face to face meetings. These scholarships by the Community Foundation offer one year of Zoom service for free. The grant worth $5,000 for Zoom subscriptions during the Covid-19 pandemic offered on a first come, first serve basis.

The Governor has released his new budget and gone is money to help homeowners pay to retrofit older homes in high risk fire zones. There had been $101 million set aside, but the coronavirus pandemic has left the state with a giant budget gap, so the program is dead for now. The Governor says the deficit has hit an estimated $54 billion so the state cannot expand programs during the COVID-19 Recession. The state was supposed to put up $26 million and the rest would come from the federal government. The new budget does still have $200 million set aside for Cal Fire and the Office of Emergency Services as was proposed in January.

The US Army Corp of Engineers reports day-use facilities at Lake Mendocino won’t open until after Memorial Day. The Lake Mendocino Supervisory Park Ranger says the South Boat Ramp and some nearby parking will open Tuesday, May 26th and the water will be open for boating, but high touch areas and the campgrounds will stay closed for now. She goes on to say there probably will be no camping at all this summer. Hiking trails will also have to wait until after Memorial Day but nearby parking will be closed. Same for disc golfing, after Memorial Day. But Lake Sonoma will start to open this weekend and Clear Lake opened last weekend.

Out of towners descend on Clear Lake taking their boats onto the water even though it’s supposed to only be open to locals. The lake reopened last weekend. The Lake County Water Resources Director says monitors at the boat ramps looking for possible Quagga Mussels count who enters and found 252 resident boaters and 36 non-residents. The lake had been closed for seven weeks to help slow the spread of coronavirus. It was partially reopened last month to locals to fish from the shore and boats without motors could launch by hand. The Lake County Public Health Officer said in his most recent shelter in place order on the reopening of the lake, that it was for Locals only and that “Non-Essential Travel Remains Restricted.”

The graduation for Woodland Community College will be virtual. The virtual ceremony is today. The College President says because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the event would be online and says normally there are multiple celebrations at the end of the academic year, but because that can’t happen he’s congratulating the 2020 graduating class for their tenacity to finish. The community is invited to watch the video on the college website. The keynote is on Empowerment.

Many organizations are giving grants and loans to small businesses because of the pandemic, the Mendocino Voice is one. The news site reports getting a Facebook Community Journalism Fund grant for $100,000. The grant was awarded to 144 local news organizations. They had more than 2,000 applicants. The news site reports the money will help them expand staffing and coverage, improve their website and help them find new ways to connect with their readers. The grants were selected by the Local Media Association, the Lenfest Institute for Journalism and other news organizations.

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