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Be on the lookout for some road closures as you head onto the 101 north of Wilson Creek Bridge. For four nights, starting Monday, there will be overnight closures from mile post 13 to Humboldt Road which is mile marker 23.8 in Del Norte County. It’s part of the continued work on the Last Chance Grade. The closures are from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. June 15th to 18th. There is no detour set up, they will have piloted traffic through the area every two hours. 

The Lake County Health Officer is further explaining his new Public Health Order due to closures related to coronavirus. Last Friday more business sectors opened and this Friday even more, they are expanded childcare services, schools with restrictions, same for day camps, Casinos operated by Sovereign Tribal Nations, Music, Film and Television Production, Professional Sports without Live Audiences, the reopening of some Campgrounds, RV Parks, and Outdoor Recreation, Hotels and Vacation Rentals, Cardrooms, Satellite Wagering Facilities and Racetracks, Family Entertainment Centers, further opening of Restaurants, Bars and Wineries, Fitness Facilities and Museums, Galleries, Zoos and Aquariums. Check the Lake County Public Health website for further explanations.

A group of Mendocino County businesses are working together to further define safety protocols in alignment with the state and the Mendocino County Public Health Office after our lengthy shelter in place orders. The groups include local government officials, the Chamber of Commerce and business leaders in various sectors including restaurants, retail and lodging and Visit Mendocino County. The groups meeting with the Board of Supervisors and the Public Health Officer. The Visit Mendocino County Executive Director says they’ve pledged to provide a safe and secure environment for tourism employees, inbound visitors and the local community. They’ve also pledged on ways to stay sanitary with intensive cleaning protocols, signs for businesses as reminders of the new protocols and personal protective equipment and social distancing.

 www.visitmendocino.com.

The Ukiah Unified School District has picked back up with its Summer Food Distribution. Starting today, they’ll have food to give out that’s enough for 15 meals (3 meals X 5 days) for any child 18 years of age or younger at the Ukiah High School. The distribution takes place every Wednesday – today and thereafter from 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. They say their food deliveries by bus are not happening over the Summer though. They ask as you arrive to pick up the food, to wear a mask and practice social distancing. Call 707.472.5003 with questions.

A wildfire outside Yorkville reported by Cal Fire. The firefighting agency on the scene 3 miles south, southeast of Yorkville in Mendocino County. They’re calling it the Vineyard Fire and say it’s burning in grass, oak, woodland and timber. So far it’s charred 150 acres and is 10% contained. There’s no word if any homes are threatened. No injuries were reported. 

A new report shows there’s been more domestic abuse during the stay home orders. The NY Times report says the abuse is like an “opportunistic infection, flourishing in the conditions created by the pandemic”. The Daily Journal reports in Mendocino County from March to May, Project Sanctuary Crisis Line got 230 calls as opposed to the normal 100 or so calls they got during the same time period last year. The newspaper reports the executive director for Project Sanctuary says those who work in the field weren’t surprised. And a judge in Mendocino County says they saw a spike in filings for emergency protective orders. Because of court closures during the pandemic, some orders were done over the phone. They had almost double the requests, 45 this year over 21 a year ago, all were granted.

A woman in Ukiah’s been arrested after deputies say she hit another woman with her car. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office reports getting a call to the Talmage bridge over the Russian River last Thursday night around 10:45 p.m. for reports of a woman hit by a car. The victim says she was standing outside her car talking to her boyfriend, then an acquaintance, identified as Julie Legendre, pulled up, started arguing with her, backed up her car and pointed in towards her, twice, but slammed on her brakes before harming her. The victim then reportedly took a wrench and slammed it into Legendre’s car and broke a passenger-side window. Then Legendre gassed the car and hit her with the driver’s side fender and mirror, then hit her car and drove away. The victim treated at the scene and the next day Legendre was arrested on suspicion of felony assault with a deadly weapon and booked on $30,000 bail.

A fire that took down power lines in Clearlake is 100% contained. We reported on the fire that started Monday night and led to evacuations being quickly corralled. Now more info, that the fire charred three acres. Both the Lake County Fire Protection District and Cal Fire reported to the scene working together with several other agencies who arrived later. Several fire engines, a couple of choppers, two bulldozers, two ambulances and four air tankers were also there. Fire officials say fast response and hard work led to the quick work on the fire. No injuries were reported and the evacuations were lifted soon after. About 2,575 people were in the dark for a while too, until the PG&E lines were repaired.

Congressman Mike Thompson’s having a virtual town hall meeting, this one about the economy. The meeting tomorrow at 4:30 with the chief economist from Moody’s Analytics, Mark Zandi. They’ll be talking about the economy and how to help working families get back on track in the time of Covid-19. It’s the eighth town hall Thompson has had as of late where he’s had other Congress members or special guests with him. They’re hosting on Zoom and only have room for 500, so you have to email the Congressman’s team to get an invite. You’ll be notified by email with an invitation if you made it in time. He’s also streaming it on his Facebook page if you don’t get in.

A man in Lucerne’s been sent to prison for possessing child pornography with kids in the Philippines. The Lake County Sheriff’s office says 63 year old Richard Berry was sentenced to four years after an investigation in Lake County led them to the Philippines. The Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit got the heads up that sex offender Berry may have kiddy porn in his possession, so they got a search warrant of his home. After several months and several images of child pornography were found on his electronic devices, he was arrested and booked in to jail last May. At the same time detectives were in touch with counterparts in the Philippines who conducted a raid at a home, rescuing children, one as young as 6 years old from sexual exploitation. Two victims were related to the Berry investigation locally. He’s going to state prison for possession of child pornography and could face federal charges for the production of child pornography related to two children in the Philippines.  

The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors spent a good chunk of time on COVID-19 and how it’s affected the budget. They Mendocino County CEO Carmel Angelo reported the County’s spent $5,000,000 on the pandemic.  That includes the Emergency Operations Center, Testing, Emergency Food Program known as Great Plates, Project Roomkey for the homeless to get a hotel or motel room, the Health Emergency Alternative Care Site and Emergency Food Services and Distribution. Angelo likened the loss of revenue from the pandemic to what happened in the recession of 2008. There is a hiring freeze and Angelo says they’re looking at every dollar.

6 people have been arrested in Covelo after several 911 calls came in about a shootout. Deputies report four separate 911 calls about up to 200 shots fired from a semi-automatic or fully automatic rifle. Round Valley Tribal Police also responded and found one man with a rifle ran from the area. He was caught, then Tribal Police caught two other men, one with a rifle. Witnesses also says multiple armed Hispanic men ran from the area when police arrived. The CHP also reported to a ten acre piece of land where they found 38 “hoop houses” used to grow marijuana and several campsites. Deputies arrested four men after finding more than 10,000 marijuana plants and rifle rounds, several had been fired into a car. There were also handguns, and shotguns, AR15’s and high capacity magazines. The Sheriff’s office says it looked like it was similar to other grows where tribal members leased land to non-tribal members. Four men were arrested, booked, and cited for cultivation of marijuana and possession of marijuana for sale with more charges possible. Others for more serious charges like assault with a deadly weapon and conspiracy.

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