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The body of a man from Stockton has been found in Clearlake. The Sheriff’s office says 48 year old Anthony Jenkins was found yesterday morning. He was reporting missing from a boat this past weekend in the area of Shag Rock. On Saturday Marine Patrol went to the area after a report of a possible drowning. Others on the boat say the man fell off and never came back up. A dive team went out Saturday but couldn’t find the man, Sunday and Monday too. Then yesterday morning they found a man. But still a positive identification and autopsy will be done this week to make sure it was him.

Another ten cases of Covid-19 in Mendocino County. 217 cases we’ve doubled the amount of cases and more, since the start of the month, and we’re only 3 weeks in. There were 85 cases early in July, a week later 107. The Public Health Officer had warned of the surge after Memorial Day heading to Labor Day. But thankfully hospital bed capacity is not a problem at the moment. The Daily Journal reports speaking to Adventist Health who reported 100 beds in their three hospitals were still available, including 16 ICU beds. 8 people are in the hospital in those three hospitals, one in an ICU.

A grant has been successfully obtained to fix the boardwalk on the Cache Creek Nature Trail at Anderson Marsh State Historic Park. The Anderson Marsh Interpretive Association says they got a $5000 “Keeping Parks Whole” grant from the California State Parks Foundation. The boardwalk is wooden and goes thru Cache Creek habitat at the Park. Tours there are currently suspended due to the pandemic.  

The Mendocino County Public Health Office recently announced COVID outbreaks at 4 local businesses. Now the county Emergency Operations Center has visited Ukiah Natural Foods where two employees became infected. The business closed last week, then again Saturday after the second infection. Emergency Operations says the business has implemented new practices to make sure there’s social distancing. The agency also working with staff at Sherwood Oaks Health Center in Fort Bragg which has had something of an outbreak, and at the Fort Bragg Center for Laser & Cosmetic Dentistry where one employee tested positive. The county is working closely with Ardzrooni Vineyard in Anderson Valley after 4 staff members tested positive during surveillance testing. The Anderson Valley Health Clinic will provide outbreak testing. The county looking for places to do surveillance testing as the OptumServe site at the Redwood Empire Fairgrounds hit full capacity.

4-H in Mendocino County will be able to show their animals online. The Redwood Empire Fair was canceled because of the pandemic. So instead 4-H will have a virtual online auction. They had been planning since the pandemic first cropped up in March. The animals all sold at different stages and some of the kids have sold them privately during the outbreak.

Humboldt County Sheriff answering questions about the pandemic. He says many local businesses are concerned the county could end up on the state’s watchlist. Like the Mendocino County Public Health Officer who was also concerned so rolled back our health order. The county has not landed on the watchlist, and neither has Humboldt. Sherriff Honsal in says they’re conducting regular testing of his department’s employees who interact with the public the most and are encouraging employees to continue to get tested. He says they have two correctional deputies who tested positive and are currently isolating. He says they’re mostly wearing masks, but sometimes they cannot, they’re sanitizing and cleaning and doing their best to prevent spread in the jail.

A fire that destroyed four buildings in Covelo was indeed arson and there’s been an arrest. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office reports the Saturday morning fire downtown that gutted four buildings was arson and were investigating several people reported to be in the area at the time. Deputies say surveillance footage downtown turned up multiple suspects and a couple of them were person’s of interest. A day after the fire, Sammy Tanguileg Jr was arrested after a car was set ablaze. But the sheriff said he didn’t think he was linked to the business fires. The Ukiah Valley Fire Authority Battalion Chief though says the man starting that fire was suspicious. 

2 more people in Sonoma County have died due to coronavirus. That means there have been 22 deaths related to the pandemic, with most of them in the last 3 weeks or so. The Public Health Officer Dr. Sundari Mase says it’s been a challenge to slow the spread because of the massive demand for tests and ensuing delays with results. She says it’s like this with commercial labs such as Quest and LabCorp so more tests are being sent to the county public health lab, so they’ve also had longer waits for test results. She says the turnaround time is taking too long. There’s also a shortage of test kits across the state and country. Quest is taking up to four days to return results and the county’s is about the same.

The state removing names of skilled nursing facilities where Covid-19 patients have died from the dashboard. There was no formal announcement from the California Department of Social Services. Then after the Sacramento Bee asked why the agency said it made a mistake and they’re working to improve their data reporting. They told the paper they’d be including the info in their daily reports again “very soon”. Critics say the numbers being scrubbed was because the industry’s been hit hard, and it wasn’t a good look. 

 Lake Transit Authority will get a piece of land after the Board of Supervisors approves the sale. The board had previously voted unanimously to sell the land so the transit company could get a grant it was applying for. In April the $13 million dollar grant was approved so Lake Transit could build a new regional transit hub at the property at 7175 South Center Drive. The value for direct public benefit was determined to be south of $700,000 dollars.  The first allocation of the grant will probably come next year. The land is about 3 acres. The board has given the County Administrative Officer the green light to sell the land and draw up a land purchase agreement with Lake Transit.  

A new invasive pest found in Lake County. The Farm Bureau reports in early May two brown marmorated stink bugs, or BMSB’s were found in orchard traps at two different locations, one in Upper Lake and one in Big Valley. The exotic pest indigenous to China can destroy crops and gardens and pester homes and buildings. It mostly damages fruit and vegetables with Lake County’s main agricultural crops vulnerable. They send off an odor if they’re disturbed or crushed. It looks like other stink bugs, but has two white bands on its antennae, a faint white band on the legs, smooth round shoulders and a blunt head.

Statewide campfire restrictions are in place. They were actually put in place in May until further notice to protect the health and safety of communities and firefighters. So igniting, building, maintaining, or using a campfire on a National Forest is prohibited, except in a developed campground or other permitted facility. The Forest Service says they’re doing this so that firefighters are available to respond and manage wildfires, of which 95% are human caused. Many, they say, are the result of unattended campfires. And this year an above-average fire season is projected across the state. Forest visitors can still use pressurized liquid or gas devices like stoves, grills or lanterns that have shut-off valves outside of developed campgrounds if they have a valid California Campfire Permit.

A man in Gualala has been arrested after several reports of a drunk guy wandering on highway 1. A deputy reports once arriving and speaking to multiple witnesses, they identified Nathan Marrufo was the person causing the disturbance.  They say he was acting suspicious and was hitting business windows. He’s also accused of entering a local supermarket and stealing some items. He was found in the parking lot of another grocer and resisted the deputy. The deputy says Marrufo assumed a fighting stance so the deputy told him he was going to let his police dog partner “Takoda” out and the guy slugged the cop. So the dog was deployed and took Marrufo down. He was arrested on multiple charges including resisting, disorderly conduct, intoxicated in public and shoplifting. He was being held on $15,000 bail.

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