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The Mendocino Public Health Office has reported another 25 cases of COVID-19 for a total of 1,657.

New info on the abduction and murder of 2 people in Covelo. We told you about a man who said he was taken to a house by Traci Lynn Bland and Kyle McCartney, then they ended up being assaulted and kidnapped. Their bodies found later. Now six people from Round Valley have been arrested in connection to the case. Joseph Hoaglen, Samson Musellini Little Bear Joaquin, Britton Azbill, Sr. David Joaquin, Jr., Janet Faye Azbill Jr. and Joaquina Joaquin, who’s yet to be arrested, all are charged with kidnapping, torture and murder. The sheriff’s office says five of the defendants will be arraigned in the couple’s murder. They have not said publicly how they were killed.

The Lighted Truck Parade in Fort Bragg is happening. A brighter spot in the many canceled events due to the pandemic. The parade will roll Saturday at 6:30 p.m. and the “Lit Boat Parade” in Noyo Harbor is happening Sunday. The organizer of the truck parade says things will look slightly different though as they’ve had applications come in from folks who want to ride along on their bicycles, three wheeled bikes, dirt bikes and even walk. No political messages are allowed. Earlier in the pandemic, the World’s Largest Salmon Barbecue, Paul Bunyan Days and the Mendocino 4th of July Parade were all canceled.

The US Fish and Wildlife Services gives the thumbs down to the idea of listing the Clear Lake hitch under the federal Endangered Species Act. Lake Co News reports the organization that was trying to get the hitch listed was accused of basing the listing on “misinformation” and “nonsense.” The federal agency saying they determined the no vote “based on the best available science” saying the Clear Lake hitch does not warrant such a listing. After word of the no, the Center for Biological Diversity, which had long been trying for the listing, said the U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s determination “contradicts the conclusions of native fish experts and findings by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and California Fish and Game Commission, which designated the hitch as a threatened species under California’s state Endangered Species Act in 2014.”

Those in Lake County interested in educating the littlest in their bunch can check out a possible Early Learning Pod. The Lake County Office of Education looking to help families with littles from birth to 5 saying there’s a need but a lot of the county’s early learning centers have closed during the pandemic. There are less children in preschools, but still there’s a need for children to get prepared for kindergarten early on. The idea is no more than six kids and one adult per pod.

The state Department of Public Health has another crisis on their hands with Valley Fever. There’s were over 9,000 new cases in 2019, the highest since the state started tracking cases in 1995. Lake Co News reports there’s still no exact reason why so many cases popped up last year. The most cases in the Central Valley and Central Coast counties, including Kern, Kings, Fresno, Tulare, Madera and Monterey. California’s acting Public Health Officer says people should try not to breathe dusty air while outdoors. The disease is caused by breathing in spores of a fungus which grow in soil and dirt in some areas of California. It can infect the lungs and cause respiratory issues such as a cough, fever, chest pain, and tiredness.

A woman who reportedly left the scene of a crash where police say she hit and killed a bicyclist has been arrested. Police say 33 year old Amber Bruhn of Nice was arrested yesterday after the crash in north Lakeport. The California Highway Patrol reports a 47-year-old man from Lakeport was killed in the crash just before 2pm. The man was thrown from the bike over Bruhn’s car and onto the road. He died at the scene. The woman reportedly fled the scene and left her car at a hotel nearby. But she was found soon after. Drugs and alcohol are not suspected in the crash.

Police are still searching for a woman and toddler after a crash into a tree near Leggett earlier this week. As we reported the woman and boy were seen walking away from the crash where a man had major injuries and couldn’t say what happened to him.  The CHP has id’d the woman as Trinity Leigh Bray, and the 3 year old boy as Anthony Florentine-Perez, both are listed as transients. Some local businesses and nearby homes were contacted to see if the two were nearby, then a “welfare BOLO (Be On the Look Out)” was broadcast, also to no avail. The CHP in Garberville is asking anyone who may know Trinity Bray or the tot to call them.

Holiday fun at Grace Hudson Museum in Ukiah. On Saturday there’s a Holiday Wreath Sale from the Sun House Guild. There will also be items from McFadden Farms available between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. On Sunday there’s a virtual holiday program from 3 to 4 with storytelling, carols and craftmaking online. You can pick up your craftmaking kit ahead of the online event by calling the museum. For more info on the weekend, visit the museum’s website, http://www.gracehudsonmuseum.org, then scroll to the Events page.

Those visiting state National Forests might want to check with the forest service as some snow has fallen. The Forest Service with a message to check out their Recreate Responsibly Winter Toolkit online. It helps you with planning, weather conditions, avalanche awareness, and Leave No Trace principles. There’s a web-based map of which recreation areas are open, including campgrounds, day use sites, and trails. They ask that you follow posted campfire, parking, and camping restrictions. It does come with a reminder not to travel long distances if possible due to the pandemic, and if you feel sick to stay home and plan another trip, also remember to practice social distancing and wear a mask when around others outside your immediate household.

A man from Ukiah’s been arrested for an outstanding warrant after a deputy on patrol saw two men get out of the car in Redwood Valley. The Deputy tried to contact the two but they walked behind a home in the area of the Eagle Peak Middle School parking lot. One of the men identified as Norman White was arrested for the felony warrant for Failure to Appear at Superior Court. He was booked into jail on $60,000.00 bail.

Cal Fire working with the Hopland Research Extension Center for a prescribed burn on Hopland Research Center property. So you may see smoke visible in the sky tomorrow and Saturday from 9:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. each day. The burns east of the 101 and North of Highway 175. It’s part of the Vegetation Management Program (VMP) project with a goal of reintroducing fire as a natural element of the ecosystem and improve wildlife habitat by inducing new shoots from sprouting species to increase forage production, with islands of unburned fuel left within the burned area to provide shelter for small mammals. It’s also to reduce overall vegetation to decrease the chance of catastrophic wildfires in the future.

There’s a new mayor in Ukiah. Juan Orozco was appointed Mayor for a one-year term starting now. He’s been on the council for two years and says his priorities are affordable housing, improved quality of life for residents, and business growth in the city. He was the first Latino elected to the Ukiah City Council too. Also yesterday,  Josefina Dueñas was seated as a new member of the City Council after being elected last month during the presidential election. She will serve for four years and says she’d like to focus on engagement of the Latino community with city government and has an interest in environmental programs and policies, mental health and homelessness. 

The Governor, while quarantined himself, is reportedly thinking about a new stay home order over fears the latest surge of the virus will overwhelm hospitals within weeks. Yesterday there were more than 20,000 new coronavirus cases reported, the highest ever. There’s also a record 8,500 people in the hospital, and more than 2,000 in an intensive care unit. Right now there are less than 2,000 available intensive care unit beds across the state. The Gov. is staying home with his family after one of his three kids were exposed to Covid-19. Counties can go stricter on their own, something Los Angeles has done. The mayor of LA, Eric Garcetti is urging Police and the city attorney to enforce the order, which carries misdemeanor penalties.

Update 1:00 PM, per CNN Los Angeles:
“California’s gov has issued a new 3-week stay at home order for regions with less than 15% ICU capacity as the state sees a record surge — projected to include all portions of the state in a matter of weeks.”


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