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The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office says two missing children who went into the surf over the holiday weekend have not been found. The State Parks Dept. continues to search for the missing 4 year old boy and 6 year old girl at Blind Beach as deputies continue patrolling the coast. A helicopter was meant to go out looking yesterday, weather-permitting. The children’s 40 year old dad, Michael Wyman’s body was found by his wife after the three were swept into the surf. A dive team stopped searching because of dangerous surf.  The Sheriff’s Office reports receiving several 911 calls Sunday about the man and children who were pulled into the ocean at Blind Beach.

Two new Mendocino County Supervisors have been sworn in. Glenn McGourty, representing the First District, and Maureen “Mo” Mulheren, representing the Second District ahead of this morning’s meeting. Mendocino County CEO Carmel Angelo did the honors yesterday. The two new Supervisors were told, due to the pandemic, they would have to limit how many people came to the swearing in, which was not open to the public. McGourty was sworn in first, he says important issues, besides the pandemic, include cannabis, homelessness, fire and water issues. Supervisor Mulheren, a former Ukiah City Councilmember says the community is the most important priority and says she’ll be big on social media so she can stay in touch with her constituents and encourage civic involvement and engagement.  

A man who drowned under the Mendocino Headlands over the weekend has been identified. 45 year old David Reyes Juarez of Rancho Cucamonga was reportedly with his extended family on the coast Saturday. They say he climbed down the rugged coastline onto some rocks, then either fell or got swept off the rocks into the rough seawater. His family reportedly saw it happen, then a California State Parks lifeguard and others began searching for him or his body. He was found unconscious and plucked out of the water. CPR was administered, but he died on the scene.

A botched rollout of the new Moderna vaccine in Ukiah. A refrigerator containing over 800 doses of the coronavirus vaccine stopped working. And when staff at Ukiah Valley Medical Center found out about the issue, they started to rush to vaccinate hundreds of people during a three hour period, before the medicine expired. The medicine was already thawing over nine hours. The chief medical officer says it was an emergency situation to vaccinate community members, including the general public over medical workers or the elderly. A thawed, unpunctured vial is reportedly good for up to 12 hours between 46-77 degrees Fahrenheit after thawing for an hour at room temperature or for 2½ hours in a refrigerator. Apparently the refrigerator had a faulty compressor and an alarm set to go off if there’s a malfunction also didn’t work.

More deaths and hospitalizations from the virus than the state can handle as it also reaches almost 2.4 million cases since the pandemic began. As of Monday there were reports of almost 22,000 COVID-19 patients, and over 4,600 in intensive care units. The Department of Public Health reports so far 26,635 people have died. The state has a 12.5% positivity rate. It’s getting more restrictive in LA County as the cases are skyrocketing. LA County health officials stopping restaurants from outdoor dining and asked Hollywood producers to put a hold on any TV or film production until the middle of the month.

The city of Clearlake is in discussions to sell a couple of city owned properties. One is a 29 acre property on Old Hwy 53 and the other for part of the Pearce Field airport property. They were discussed last month during a special city council meeting. The city manager says the Highway property was possibly going to be a housing development, but that’s was on hold due to the recession of 2009. But a developer has a plan for homes there now. The city entered a 180-day exclusive negotiation agreement with a developer, the council voted unanimously to approve. And they voted to approve a letter of intent for the airport property purchase, that one’s for a hotel potentially.

The first town hall of the new year for newly sworn-in long time Congressman Mike Thompson. This Thursday, Thompson’s hosting his 17th virtual town hall going back to when the coronavirus pandemic first started. Like the others, you can see it on his Facebook page, and also email his office to join on Zoom. It goes from 7 to 8 p.m. This one is just a general topic with Q&A for constituents and members of the press. His 5th Congressional District seat covers all or part of Contra Costa, Lake, Napa, Solano and Sonoma counties.

The DA in Mendocino County says he’s directing all of his deputy prosecutors to try to move any animal cruelty cases out of one judge’s court. District Attorney David Eyster put out a statement yesterday, that effective immediately all deputy prosecutors should file peremptory challenge to disqualify and prevent Superior Court Judge Clayton Brennan to hear the cases and the DA wants them to further file challenges to get Brennan disqualified from hearing any case where a defendant is accused of personally using a firearm in the commission of a felony. It comes after the decision by Judge Brennan in the case of “Thunder the Wonder Dog” who survived a botched euthanasia shooting and lived, only to be abandoned in the woods. His former owner Katie Smith of Caspar got her felony animal cruelty conviction reduced to a misdemeanor and got no jail time. DA Eyster also says he’s asking for an appellate review of Brennan’s decision in the Smith case.

We could see that surge upon a surge upon a surge Dr. Anthony Fauci warned us about. The coronavirus case numbers have been down a couple days, but that’s just because of the holiday and we probably won’t see any major spike again for a week or so. The daily case numbers are plateauing, but the amount of positive tests has skyrocketed and the amount of people dying everyday is also on the rise. The state’s been seeing an average of almost 36,000 new cases/day, but the positivity rate is higher than two weeks ago. An average of 335 people a day are dying, that’s like one every four minutes. It was around that number per week in November, then the Thanksgiving holiday came, now Christmas, and New Year’s.  In Lake County, there have been almost 2,000 positive cases, and 24 deaths. In Mendocino County there have been 2,663 cases, that’s 52 more the last two days, and another death was announced yesterday for a total of 31 deaths.

The new strain of COVID19 has spread into Calif. Last week we told you about one case of the B.1.1.7 variant that appears to have originated in the United Kingdom. It then showed up in Colorado, Florida and over 30 other countries. Last week it was found and reported in San Diego County, in a 30 year old man who had not traveled. Three more cases have now been reported in that county. Since the original case in the county had no travel history, public health officials say it shows it’s now spreading in the community. Now there are 6 in the state, 4 in San Diego County and 2 in San Bernardino. Public health experts say the new variant spreads more rapidly, but does not appear to get those who are infected, sicker.

New protocols are taking place at the Mendocino County Animal Shelter. The shelter, like other businesses closed in March. Those interested in adoptions have not been allowed inside the shelter, they have to do a curbside visit. They also require appointments for that, whether it’s adopting or surrendering animals, to adhere to public health restrictions. The shelter also has capacity limits on how many animals they’re caring for. They’re utilizing less volunteers because of that. They just had their annual canned food drive with donations pouring in of food for cats and dogs. Which are still welcome, as are blankets, collars, and leashes. Visit http://www.mendoanimalshelter.com.

Federal guidelines say healthcare workers in direct contact with coronavirus patients should get the first crack at the vaccine. Now the federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has recommended frontline essential workers and people over 75 to go next. Most states are following the guidelines, some are going rogue and choosing who to vaccinate first themselves. The Governor says we’ve received 70,000 first doses of the Pfizer vaccine which were given last week, with an expectation of another 560,000 last week too. And nearly 673,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine were supposed to come last week too. The next tier of workers may include education and childcare workers, first responders and food and agricultural workers.

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