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CalFire and the Army Corps of Engineers are planning a prescribed burn this evening at the Coyote Valley Dam on Lake Mendocino. The burn will start at 6:00 and be out by 9:00, and smoke will be visible throughout the entire Ukiah and Redwood Valley areas. Because of the burn, access to that area is restricted for safety. CalFire says the purpose of the fire is to clear vegetation and to allow access and visibility for a required inspection

California is refining its coronavirus testing plan to reach more groups that are particularly at risk. The state is doing about 100,000 tests a day but Health and Human Service secretary Mark Ghaly says there should be more. He says testing is an important part of the state’s strategy, especially as schools finalize their reopening plans. Ghaly wants testing to focus more on people who show symptoms while still making general screening more available. He is hoping that hospitals, labs, and other providers expand their outreach efforts too. Some testing sites report they have been overwhelmed as cases skyrocket and more people come in to get tested.

The Ukiah Unified School District is planning two options for reopening its schools. Under a plan approved by the school board Monday night, families can choose either a hybrid of distance learning and in-person classes or a full distance learning option. The district will also offer an independent study curriculum in some limited cases. Board president Anne Molgaard says the goal is to strike a balance between safety and maximizing instruction time. Students in the District who choose the hybrid model will be equally split into two groups, one called Group A and the other Group B. They’ll attend their usual school in person two days each week and will learn virtually three days each week. Students and staff will be required to wear a mask when attending school in person except when eating or outside at a physical distance. Those under the full distance learning model will have to engage online every day of the school week, through Zoom, Google, or other online methods. You can take a look at the plan on the website, UUSD.net.

A 19-year-old from Fort Bragg will spend the next 18 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to several charges filed after a violent incident last December. A release from the Fort Bragg PD says Francisco Martinez-Rodriquez will do that time for giving meth to a minor, making threats, assault, and child abuse. He was arrested last December 3rd after cops got a call about a disturbance in front of the Purity Market, where officers found the 17-year-old victim who had suffered serious injuries to her face when Martinez-Rodrguez hit her. Martinez-Rodrguez was already on probation at the time. That violation adds another 8 months to his sentence.

The DMV says many older drivers will get an extension on their license renewal for another year. The department says due to the pandemic those drivers over 70 with a non-commercial license that expires between March 31st and December 31st of this year will get that extra time to renew. Normally people in that age group have to visit a DMV office in person to get a new license, but with those people are at a higher risk and with long lines and wait times at offices, officials thought it best to allow that leeway to those senior drivers

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