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More info on the death of an inmate from Mendocino County. We reported early this week that 53 year old Ransome Anderson was being treated at an area hospital for some sort of terminal illness after being arrested a year ago. Anderson is now on the COVID19 dashboard in the county as a statistic. His death, one of the county’s 39 due to the pandemic. Last Sunday morning the Sheriff’s Office was reportedly notified Anderson had died. He had been awaiting sentencing for three cases on charges including felony driving under the influence of alcohol with injury or death, assault with a deadly weapon, felony failure to appear, and committing a felony while out on bail or own recognizance. He ended up in the hospital January 11th and it was found he had some sort of terminal pre-existing condition besides coronavirus.

21 more cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Mendocino County. The Public Health Officer has said the cases are plateauing. But so far there’s been almost 3,500 total cases. We also see another death on the dashboard. This one, only noted as being from the North Coast.  There’s a testing site set up for the weekend in Covelo. Free tests, that are first come first serve with no appointment necessary, Sat. from 2-5pm. 24281 Riffe Rd, Covelo.

There are still several hundred people without power over a week after a snowstorm in Mendocino County. Pacific Gas and Electric reported yesterday about 1,000 without power since the January 26th winter storm. There were 10,000 though. The utility company still had several thousand in the dark last weekend, but on Monday reported more than half of those were restored. But still people in Willits, Laytonville, Cummings and Leggett were still affected. They were supposed to get their power back on last night, but there are still reports of hundreds in seriously damaged areas in the dark. It could take until Thursday for everyone to have their power restored. Those without power over 48 hours may qualify for Storm Inconvenience Payments from the utility, check their website for more info.

A deputy in the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office is being investigated after his report on a church service violating public health guidelines conflicted with reports by county code enforcement officials and The Press Democrat. The newspaper reports the county’s Independent Office of Law Enforcement Review & Outreach tipped the Sheriff’s Office to a couple of complaints Monday regarding the Spring Hills Church. It showed differences in what Deputy Aziz Atallah reported and shows possible lies or at least a conflict of interest and selective enforcement of the county’s health order. He went to the church January 24th because of possible indoor services and no masks. But reported none of that. But it was otherwise documented that there were 130 people, many without masks primarily indoors. An investigation has been launched.

The Lake County Board of Supervisors has agreed to continue online meeting only because of the pandemic. There had been a hybrid set up last year allowing some in person attendees. But since the holiday gatherings and travel led to a surge, the board had voted to do only virtual and closed its chambers. Yesterday at their meeting, after the public health officer, Dr. Gary Pace’s weekly address, the board decided to continue the closure. But some board members were concerned some who wanted to participate didn’t have good enough internet access. But residents can watch outside the courthouse if that’s the case or visit a library to watch on a Chromebook and get Wi-Fi access there in the parking lot. The board also discussed that one of the mutant strains of COVID19 has been detected in the county.

Congressman Mike Thompson working with a colleague from Washington have introduced a bill so folks who move can keep their phone number. Thompson and Rep. Dan Newhouse introduced the bipartisan PHONE Act so that survivors of natural disasters who lost their homes can retain the same phone number as they rebuild. This is for landlines, because they have to be disconnected sometimes and if it goes on too long, the phone number can go back into a pool for someone else to get. The bill was actually introduced over two years ago after some of Thompson’s constituents lost their homes in the Atlas and Tubbs fires in the firestorm of October 2017. If it passes it would mean an automatic freezing for one year on the number, an option to extend another year.

A year has passed since the start of the pandemic. It arose around this time last year, but kids were in school. The state closed businesses and schools last March, and the Gov. set a timeline of February 1st for back in person, along with a steep price tag to get school districts to submit reopening plans. That was supposed to happen this week so the youngest students could land back at campuses by Feb. 16th. But the Governor has received negative marks from lawmakers, larger school districts and teachers unions. The California Teachers Association wants staff to get a vaccine before students return to school, but it could take until summer, just to get thru the current tier. The Gov. said last week if everyone has to be vaccinated, there will be no in person instruction. And some schools can’t do social distancing the way the plan goes, so they’re holding off too.

The Ukiah City Council’s considering a plan at their meeting to get hundreds of thousands to respond to the pandemic. The Daily Journal reports the council is trying to get Community Development Block Grants for payments for low- to moderate-income residential tenants and homeowners; more money to install a permanent generator at the Ukiah Valley Conference Center, because they already got some and want the center to be a back-up vaccination clinic; and finally for a new ambulance for the Ukiah Valley Fire Authority since they’re pretty much operating 24/7 during the pandemic.  

A local business owner and councilwoman has organized a cleanup in the Brooktrails area. It happened a couple of weeks ago and around 30 people showed up to assist councilwoman Greta Kanne. She said she organized the cleanup of Sherwood Road before and this year as part of the Adopt-a-Road program, the group secured safety vests, pickers and trash bags. They reportedly pulled about 40 large trash bags worth of garbage. There were a couple of Sheriff’s deputies patrolling the area at the same time and a California Highway Patrol vehicle watching as the litter was gathered.

A new survey shows people aren’t really supporting the work of the Governor, who’s the subject of a recall effort. The Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies surveyed over 10,000 registered voters last week. Only 46% approved of Gov. Newsom’s job and 48% disapprove. Last fall a survey found a 64% approval rating.  But the cases of coronavirus have surged since then and stricter lockdowns have been ordered by the Gov. Then there was that infamous dinner at the French Laundry indoors, and maskless. The co-director of the Institute of Governmental Studies says it should be a strong warning to Newsom and if the recall moves forward, the response to the pandemic needs to be seen as more successful.

The state has administered almost 3,650,000 COVID19 vaccinations. It’s been about three weeks since the state started inoculating front line workers and those over 65. As of yesterday the state’s public health office reported getting 5.78 million doses which were distributed to hospital systems and local health offices. The CDC’s public records show Calif. has given about 83% of the first doses its received to just under 3 million people. The state ranked 15th lowest among the 50 states and Washington DC. The state’s about to get another allocation though, nearly 30,000 Moderna doses over the last allotment.

A man from Windsor’s been arrested for having tear gas as a convicted felon. Sheriff’s Deputies say they got a call just before 1 this morning finding Joseph Grant in the 1300 block of North State Street in Ukiah. Deputies knew him from previous contact and knew he had a warrant out for his arrest. They arrested him without incident. He’s held on $15,000.00 bail.

The Save Our Swans Clear Lake Society is reporting the mute swans seen on Clear Lake are here to stay, for now. The Department of Fish and Wildlife is trying to get rid of the population of swans on the lake, calling them an invasive species. They’re trying to eradicate 25 swans who’ve lived on the lake for almost 16 years, forming a coalition, including the Clearlake Audubon Society, to get the Board of Supervisors on board with the eradication. So far the board has voted against killing the swans. Public support for allowing the birds to stay also reportedly swayed the board. And through all of this the Save Our Swans Clear Lake Society was also born.

Adventist Health has a new notification system to tell people when it’s their turn to get the COVID19 vaccine. It’s thru email notification, you can sign up for it and the hospital will then email when you can attend a vaccination clinic somewhere in the county. The president for Adventist Health in Mendocino County says they realize the need in the community to circulate accurate and timely info about where and how to get the vaccine. They’ve already been having mass vaccination events across the county, administering more than 5,000 vaccines since December 18. Right now they say they’re focusing on those 75 and older. Proof of age and ID are required for those getting vaccinated.

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