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Dangerous levels of toxins have been found in mussels in Mendocino County. The tests showed paralytic shellfish poisoning, a naturally occurring toxin that can cause severe illness and death. It cannot be destroyed by cooking the shellfish. The California Department of Public Health says you should not eat sport harvested mussels, clams, or whole scallops from the county. They also put out the same Health Advisories for bivalve shellfish in Humboldt and Sonoma counties because of elevated levels of PSP toxins which can affect the central nervous system, giving you a tingling sensation around your mouth and fingertips within minutes to hours after eating toxic shellfish.

A judge in Fresno with a reprieve for California’s cannabis industry, dismissing a lawsuit from 24 cities who did not want to allow cannabis deliveries saying it stifled local government control. The same cities have no retail marijuana shops. The judge ruled with the state Bureau of Cannabis Control which claims state regulation doesn’t mean cities cannot enforce local ordinances that restrict home delivery. But Prop 64 allows for the sale of cannabis throughout the state. Santa Cruz County joined 2 dozen cities who wanted to invalidate the state regulation allowing delivery in all cities even the ones who ban retailers from setting up shop. They said delivery went against their local authority.

The state of Calif. has collected more in taxes than expected during the pandemic. The legislature anticipated a 25% unemployment rate and a 15% drop in tax revenue. But now reports tax collections up 9% compared to the same time last year. The state has reportedly brought in $11 billion more in taxes than expected, The Legislative Analyst’s Office says the way personal income taxes work in the state has benefited the state. But the state has seen a high rate of unemployment just the same, there have been more than 16.1 million claims since March.  The deficit in the state is still expected to grow to as much as $17 billion by 2025.

California and Oregon are trying to revive the Klamath River dam-removal project in the works for ten years. A deal was announced this past Tuesday with the hydroelectric dam operator, Pacific Corp. and the nonprofit Klamath River Renewal Corporation to remove the Iron Gate, Copco 1 and Copco 2 dams in California and the J.C. Boyle Dam in Oregon. Yurok Tribe vice chairman Frankie Myers says restoration of the river means restoration of their culture.

 :11  “The health of the people and the health of the land are intertwined. And when the land is sick, the river is sick, so are the people. As the land gets better, heals itself, so will the people. “

Tag:  The dams have decimated the fishery on the Klamath, which used to be the third-largest salmon-producing river on the West Coast. The removal is expected to start in early 2023.

Second Cut: Brian Graber with the nonprofit American Rivers says the 150-foot dams also spur the growth of poisonous algae.

 :14  “They cause a really bad cyanobacteria problem. It’s a blue-green algae that grows in the lakes created by the dams that is toxic to fish, to pets, to wildlife, to humans. It’s some really nasty stuff. “

Tag:  The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission still has to approve the deal. The 450-million-dollar project was financed through a water bond in California and a small consumer rate increase on electricity.

Parents and some students in the Lakeport Unified School District are asking the School Board to reconsider waiting until January for hybrid learning. They instead want to start next month. The school board had its regular meeting last night and agreed they’d hold a special meeting tomorrow night to reconsider the January start, with the input of the county’s Public Health Officer Dr. Gary Pace. Lake Co News reports the Superintendent emailed Dr. Pace during their meeting last night asking if he would speak to them and says he said he was available tomorrow. So far Lucerne Elementary, Upper Lake Unified and some Lake County Office of Education schools are doing in-person learning in Lake County. The board previously had a special meeting last Monday and decided on the January start for the rest of the schools.

The Wreaths Across America honoring veterans is being hosted in Lake County next month. The theme this year, “Be An American Worth Fighting For” and the event is happening the Saturday before Christmas, Dec. 19th.  It’s the 14th year in row the county’s been part of the program to place wreaths on veterans graves throughout the county. The ceremonies are held at Hartley, Kelseyville, Upper Lake, Lower Lake, St. Mary’s and Middletown cemeteries. Last year there were over 2 million wreaths placed on veterans grave sites in all 50 states. More than 250,000 are at Arlington National Cemetery.  To sponsor a wreath, you can visit: 

A woman from Boonville has been arrested for having an explosive device in her car along with her teenage daughter. Ukiah police report making a routine stop Tuesday night on the 300 block of S. Main Street, finding Lacee Marie Ross and her 17-year-old daughter. The car reported stolen recently from Oregon and Ross was on parole for Arson. So a search of the car ensued and a large explosive device that looked like dynamite was found. They set up a perimeter and a bomb squad was called to detonate the device. Ross was arrested for possession of destructive device, reckless possession of a destructive device, vehicle theft and child endangerment. She was held in jail and her daughter was released to a family member.

A man from Redwood Valley has been arrested for having tear gas on him. Ukiah police report Douglas Whipple was arrested after making a u-turn near an active investigation, and officers came up to his car and smelled mace. They say the guy had a can of bear mace on the floor they say he was trying to hide, and accidentally discharged it. They also found meth in his pocket and heroin in his pants pocket. He was on probation, so he was not allowed to have the mace anyway. But since we’re in a pandemic, his bail was set at zero dollars.

Lake County Supervisors have unanimously agreed they should send a letter to the Governor opposed to changes in the state’s coronavirus guidelines. The letter was brought forward by Supervisor Bruno Sabatier interested in challenging updates to the state’s tiered system which put over 40 counties into the purple, widespread tier. But not Lake County. There was a handful of residents in attendance thanking the board. They also put in the letter they were concerned about visitors from neighboring counties in the purple tier spilling into Lake which has been in the red tier for some time for the holidays.

The Lake County Public Health Officer at the latest Lakeport City Council meeting regarding the coronavirus. Dr. Gary Pace says there’s a wave of new cases nationwide and across the state. The county has had over 800 cases so far and 18 deaths. There are over 50 active cases and the county is teetering on falling back to the purple, widespread tier like Mendocino County. Just two weeks ago, there were under 10 counties in the purple tier, now 41. Dr. Pace also cautioned against gathering during the cold weather and over the holidays.

The Governor being called out for going to a birthday party at a fancy restaurant in Yountville, the French Laundry. Gov. Newsom first said he was outside with 12 people and he made a mistake, but now another restaurant goer who was there the same night showed photos of a maskless governor sitting indoors at the upscale restaurant. So now folks are questioning what is considered outdoors anyway. As it gets colder outside and the state restricts businesses from opening indoors or capping capacity, the state’s public health department says counties can define their own specific rules.

They’re almost done refurbishing the old Boardwalk at the Cache Creek Nature Trail at Anderson Marsh State Historic Park. The Anderson Marsh Interpretive Association working with the Department of State Parks, AmeriCorps and the California State Parks Foundation with a “Keeping Parks Whole” grant from the California State Parks Foundation. They’re tightening up the structure, fixing broken boards, refinishing the wood and putting in upgraded Trex railings that are weather resistant. AmeriCorps volunteers have traveled from across the country for the project, living together in a cohort to minimize the risk of coronavirus. The structure is open to the public during the reconstruction work.

The Mendocino County Public Health officer is urging residents to be vigilant around holiday gatherings. Dr. Andy Coren says there will be another month or two of the latest wave and that’s if we are careful. Coren reporting Tuesday to the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors Tuesday. The Mendocino County CEO says they’re short staffed due to the pandemic and employees isolating. Dr. Coren says there has been a local surge in positivity.

The county has had 1,338 cases with 89 active cases and 22 deaths.

Dr. Coren says contact tracing in the county has helped to control a couple of outbreaks, one at the juvenile hall and the other at a childcare facility. Dr. Coren says there were non related outbreak cases that have also been contained.

In Lakeport there are some free testing sites today and tomorrow and in Clearlake too.

  • Thursday 11/19 (tomorrow), the test site will be closed due to a planned protest.  All appointments for the 11/19 flu clinic have been filled, and will be happening at the scheduled time.
  • Friday 11/20, the hours will go from 9-2, in Lakeport at the Health Department.
  • Mon 11/23, Tues 11/24 the test site will be operating at the Redbud Library in Clearlake, from 9-12. 
  • Wed 11/25, the site will be in Lakeport at the Health Department from 9-12.  The Middletown site will be cancelled that day.
  • Thurs 11/26, Fri 11/27, the site will be cancelled due to the holidays.
  • On Monday 11/30, we will resume the usual schedule.

 The Lake County Public Health Office is encouraging folks to be tested, stay home and safe over the holidays and celebrate within your own household. 

Mendocino County is doing debris removal at homes that have been impacted by the Oak or August Complex Fires. The county disaster recovery will remove most of the debris from the fires the middle of next month. They do need a signed Right-of-Entry  permit from property owners which will be mailed out to affected property owners. Those Right of Entry forms have to be returned to the county by December 4th.

For more information, please contact Mendocino County Disaster Recovery at (707) 234-6303, or visit the Disaster Recovery website at

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