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Another spike in coronavirus cases in Calif., something the Governor called, “obviously sobering”. Following New York’s lead, San Francisco Bay Area health officials are asking anyone who travels outside the region to quarantine for two weeks when they come back. The Governor says he thinks the surge in new cases could be because of Halloween celebrations. And now in Los Angeles, their health director is asking resident who were out celebrating President Elect Joe Biden’s victory to quarantine to avoid a new spread in cases. The county was getting 750 cases a day in September, now it’s more like 2,000 or more.

The state has broken high temperature records in late summer and early fall. A report by a UCLA climate scientist, Daniel Swain shows August, September and October were the warmest on record. Swain tweeted the warming trend happened in the peak of fire season where temperatures soared. In Death Valley, for instance in August, it hit 130 degrees, believed to be hotter than anywhere else on earth in nearly a century, possibly, ever. Then in September and October it soared again, in Woodland Hills, over Labor Day weekend, it hit 121 degrees. Another report showed almost 400 daily high temperature records broken across California in September alone.

New board members are being chosen for the Middletown Area Town Hall. At their meeting this week, they’ll also discuss bylaws and getting a monthly update from Moke Simon, District 1 Supervisor. They will open the floor for public input and discussion. As a reminder, MATH came to be to act as a municipal advisory council for residents back in 2006. They cover Anderson Springs, Cobb, Coyote Valley (including Hidden Valley Lake), Long Valley and Middletown.

The Lakeport Unified School District has decided to inch closer to hybrid learning. Last night the Board of Trustees agreed to get kids back to in person learning, but it was a split decision. After three hours they agreed to get to stage two of the county’s Return to School Continuum Plan, they’d enter the next phase when the new semester starts, after Christmas break. The plan has kids on campus assigned days, and home the others, like schools across the country. They will also have kids be able to get breakfast and lunch the days they’re in person and “grab and go” meals the days when they are home.

2 adult men and a minor arrested for gang activity in Ukiah. Mendocino Deputies go a call Saturday to several people causing a disturbance and found a black sedan with several people inside parked in a parking lot. They contacted them and smelled booze and weed. Deputies recognized some of the men in the car and noticed they were dressed in suspected gang clothing. Danny Dominguez-Barrera and Dreven Dawson-Valencia along with a 16 year old, all suspected criminal street gang members. Deputies found a loaded handgun, alcohol and marijuana. They say the minor seemed drunk. The 3 were arrested on various charges including, dor the two adults, contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, Criminal Street Gang Member Carry Loaded Firearm and Carry Loaded Handgun Not Registered Owner. Due to the pandemic, the men were released on zero bail. The juvenile was cited to appear in juvenile court.

Ukiah schools are distributing food today instead of tomorrow because it’s Veterans Day. There’s no school tomorrow, but food will be given out to kids 18 years or younger at Ukiah High School from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. regardless of the weather. They remind when you show up for your children to wear a mask and practice physical distancing.

The state’s pulling out residential wildfire debris from more than 5,600 properties around Calif after over 8,000 wildfires burned 4.1 million acres this summer and early fall. The work is a partnership with federal, state, and local leaders. The state Office of Emergency Services and CalRecycle are once again operating a statewide Consolidated Debris Removal Program, for Lake and Mendocino counties, along with Napa, Solano, Sonoma, Yolo, there will be one branch. The Office of Emergency Services coordinates with fire-impacted communities to come up with the best local recovery plan. Phase 1 has started to take out any household hazardous waste, then comes asbestos or contaminated soil, hazard trees and restoration.

A manual tally for the public’s being held by the Lake County Registrar of Voters office for last week’s Presidential Election. Those who’d like to observe can show up NEXT Tuesday to the Registrar of Voters office in  Lakeport for the tally of at least 1% of randomly selected precincts. They choose the precinct(s) the same day, just before the manual tally.  

Congressman Mike Thompson is having a Virtual Fire Recovery Town Hall. It’s this Thursday night from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Zoom and Facebook Live. He will host representatives from FEMA, the SBA and California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) and discuss fire recovery resources. The Congressman has been having the regular virtual town halls since the start of the pandemic. He invites all constituents of the state’s Fifth Congressional District, along with members of the press to join. If you want to be on Zoom, you have to email his office. Otherwise you can tune in Thursday to Facebook Live.

Playgrounds are open again in the City of Ukiah. Oak Manor Park, Orchard Park, Todd Grove Park, and Vinewood Park are reopening today after the city came up with safety protocols to safely reopen the playgrounds. There will be daily cleaning of playground equipment and visitors are reminded to follow the safety rules, put out by the California Department of Public Health, such as facial coverings, over mouth and nose for all 2 years and up. Do not use the equipment if there cannot be social distancing between other households, caregivers need to watch for mask wearing and physical distancing, no eating or drinking, so masks are always on and bring supplies to wash or sanitize hands before and after using the playground. There’s a time limit for use when others are waiting. The elderly, or those with underlying medical conditions should avoid the playgrounds.

More hi tech cameras are installed around the state as the threat of wildfires continues. The cameras are set up in the backcountry to spot the flames as soon as they ignite. That can help firefighters get their quicker. A program at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego has installed the 610th ALERTWildfire camera. The amount of cameras has practically doubled the last four months, some are also in Nevada, Oregon, Idaho and Washington.

The wine harvest season in the midst of a pandemic and continuing fire season has not been great for the industry in Northern California’s wine country. Over the last three out of four years there have been massive wildfires most since mid-August, this year when thousands of lightning strikes ignited the giant fires. It was just last month that the glass fire was still being mopped up in Sonoma and Napa counties. COVID-19 has also hit the region hard as wine tastings and large gatherings are off. As the area started to recover the August Complex and Glass Fires burned and thick smoke hovered. Last year some well known restaurants and wineries were destroyed in fires, one of them lost more than 100,000 bottles of wines. State tourism officials have launched a study to see how wildfire threat affects perception and behaviors of consumers and could lead to spring being the time to visit.

There’s a new manager for the Willits Certified Farmers Market. Marlena Cohen is taking over and helping to adapt to the pandemic for the 2020/21 Winter Season. She has event management experience and moved to the area a couple of years ago and was furloughed from her previous job in March, at the start of the pandemic. This year the market will stay outside and will not be in the Little Lake Grange. The Willits News says vendors and patrons had said they’d prefer to stay outside, so if there’s rain they may temporarily move in to the Grange or cancel that week. There will be hand sanitizer and masks along with other COVID precautions, like encouraging social distancing and no live music.

The Fort Bragg City Council got a report on how to reduce pollution and signed a letter of support so the Mendocino Coast Sports Foundation can revitalize the old Timberwolf Stadium. The City Manager gave an update as she does twice a month. This time that included police activity last week on Election Day. Police officers were at polling places all day last Tuesday but there were no issues they say besides a few people who didn’t want to wear a mask. The city’s Transient Occupancy Tax was higher than anticipated from July to September, in fact it was the city’s best take ever from hotels and short-term rentals. And the city starts its yearly financial audit this week, but it will be done virtually.

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