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An inmate at the Lake County Jail had to be given NARCAN after an apparent overdose. Jail staff reported an inmate appeared to be overdosing in a female dorm. Deputies found the woman on her side, appearing blue in her face and not breathing. They rushed a dose of NARCAN to her and called paramedics. The sheriff’s office reports nurses arrived to help and the NARCAN began taking effect within ten minutes. Paramedics took her to Sutter Lakeside where she was treated, then taken back to jail. Upon further investigation, they didn’t find any drugs. So they’re unsure how they got there. The Sheriff’s Office reminds medication/pills not prescribed by a physician or provided by a pharmacist are dangerous and that opiates like Fentanyl can be fatal with only a small amount.

Several COVID19 outbreaks are being monitored in Mendocino County. The Public Health Office updating the Board of Supervisors on one outbreak at Mountain View Assistant Care in Ukiah and another outbreak connected to seven separate restaurants in Fort Bragg, and a third in Round Valley. There’s a fourth too, still ongoing at the Mendocino County jail. The assisted living facility involved 18 people, 12 patients and 6 staff members who tested positive for the virus. The Fort Bragg restaurant outbreak resulted in 15 positive tests. The establishments are were cleaned and are all said to be being responsive to public health protocols. 200 residents in Fort Bragg were also tested Sunday. The Round Valley outbreak was from a memorial service and a congregate group of living individuals with another 15 positive cases there. Testing was conducted in the region and all tests from Round Valley and Fort Bragg should come back by tomorrow. The jail outbreak has 2 positive inmates after a total 145 positives, 128 inmates, and 17 employees. They’re currently running tests twice weekly at the jail to slow the spread.

The California Public Utilities Commission is meeting for a vote on contracts for more power generation, so we don’t see more of last summer’s blackouts. Clean-energy groups say it’s unclear how much energy we need – because the state’s explanations for the outages were insufficient. The California Independent System Operator, known as CAISO, blamed the blackouts primarily on excessive heat, breakdowns at power plants and software issues. But Loretta Lynch, former head of the California Public Utilities Commission, says there’s more to the story.

 :16  “It may well be that defects in California’s electricity market design and in its operations have allowed for trading strategies that created artificial supply shortages and that those caused last summer’s blackouts.”

Tag:  Some say they’re worried there will be a repeat of the energy crisis of 2000, when oil companies manipulated the state’s electricity market, costing billions to the state. Data shows last August, huge price spikes rocked the California energy market – sending it shooting up from 40 dollars to one thousand dollars per megawatt hour.

Second Cut: Rick Humphreys is a retired engineer and an expert in root cause analysis. He says consumers are stuck with the bill.

 :07  “It’s well over $1 billion of costs that’s going to get passed on to ratepayers in CAISO. And that’s a wholesale.”

Third Cut: The agency admits that a software glitch allowed energy to be exported to other states during California’s greatest hour of need. Humphreys says that’s what put California over the edge.

 (video)  “There’s lots of excess capacity in the state of California. If it hadn’t been for the exports, there would have been no blackouts.”

Fourth Cut: CAISO’s policy is to hold back reserve power in case a nuclear plant goes down, and this was not changed even during the blackouts, when three natural gas-powered plants went offline. Retired public interest lawyer Bill Julian wants lawmakers to force CAISO and the Public Utilities Commission to dig deeper.

 (video)  “We have a troubling pattern of forced outages and power-plant unavailability that strained supplies and requires investigation.”

Tag:  Advocates also want the P-U-C to require So Cal Edison, Pacific Gas and Electric, and San Diego Gas and Electric to share data from smart meters with local governments that have Community Choice Energy Programs. The idea is that with better information on usage, CAISO might be able to avoid unnecessary blackouts.

School is restarting in Ukiah, in person, anyway. The metrics were approved by public health. They include no food allowed in classes, mask wearing by students, four to six feet of social distance at all times and targeted vaccinations for school staff. The Press Democrat reports the vaccination part got teachers to agree to come back. Something being seen across the nation. In Chicago teachers just agreed to come back, but vaccinations were not in their agreement even though the union wanted it. Here in Mendocino County, the teachers union president says it may have been the number one priority. So schools will be able to reopen next week. In Sonoma County, there’s no targeted date yet for a return to in person learning. So tens of thousands of students continue at home, online school for now. Napa, Marin, Lake and now Mendocino are allowed to return to in-person learning.

Some more vaccination appointments are opening up in Lake County. The Public Health Office says there are a limited number of doses, and they’re first doses for those 65 and older. The office says the amount of new cases are declining, but only about 10 percent of the county’s 64,000 residents have gotten their first dose and only about 1,000 have received both doses. Same story across the board, demand outpaces supply. In Lake County, the public health office says they’re scheduling appointments one week at a time. Right now they’re expecting another 1,000 doses to arrive this week. Sutter Lakeside and Adventist Health Clear Lake are getting supplies direct and are also reportedly slowing down their pace because of supply issues.

In these trying times, a bright spot, a new drive thru bakery and coffee shop has been approved by the Clearlake Planning Commission. It was a unanimous vote for the owner of a drive-thru Bakery in Clearlake Oaks, and coffee shop in downtown Lakeport to combine the ideas and locate them together in Clearlake. Since it’s drive thru it requires a special permit and special regulation review due to traffic, aesthetics and other special uses. There will be a small building, which was a house that was already remodeled in 2017 for a bakery, Classy Cakes, which closed down. So there will be minor renovations and a drive thru window installed, along with other improvements.

Ukiah Unified Schools announces some good news, a reopening for in person learning Tuesday. A day after the President’s Day holiday the school District will reopen class for students in mixed grades, through sixth grade. This past Monday, the Fort Bragg Unified School District, also approved reopening. They’ll go with the following week, Feb. 22nd and are also starting with mixed grades through 6th grade. In Willits, they’re reportedly going for lower grades next month. The Mendocino Voice reports the Ukiah Teachers Association said the rollout of the vaccines have made it feel safer and those who wanted to get vaccinated were able to. There are some lined up for their second dose tomorrow. Higher grades will have to wait until Mendocino County is in the Red Tier, right now it’s still Purple here.

An apartment complex in Lakeport that burned a couple of years ago, has reopened for tenants. The Bel Aire Apartments burned in November of 2018. They go all the way back to 1927. After the fire already damaged the building, there was water damage leaving the building in disrepair. The Record Bee reports the exterior of the building was left standing but inside was another story. It needed a lot of retrofits and upgrades. The building was purchased by a local family who brought the building back from ashes. Some of the 14 units are ready to rent. They are one and two bedrooms with a bathroom, modern kitchen and lake views. They also have parking, onsite laundry, high speed internet, and all new flooring, and appliances.

A school in Kelseyville is opening for kindergarten through third grade. The new school won’t open until the fall of 2022 and that depends on enrollment. The board of Shade Canyon School has approved of an expansion to include transitional kindergarten through third grade. It comes after a Community Interest Survey. They’ll add a grade each year until they get to a full TK-8th grade model and add Waldorf style second and third grade.  They’re turning in a petition this spring to the School District (KVUSD) Board to get an authorization as a charter school which could mean they can tap into more funds from the state and offer a tuition- free, public Waldorf style education option.

CalFresh in Lower Lake is offering a 15% bump in what families are getting through June. The temporary increase comes automatically, so families don’t have to to anything to get it. And they report most of the families already receiving CalFresh have been notified or will be. It will appear on their EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) card. Any student who is in state or federal work study may also be eligible for CalFresh food benefits.

The state Department of Public Health looking into reports from a whistleblower there was mismanagement and incompetence at the state’s new billion-dollar COVID-19 testing laboratory. The Press Democrat reports the PerkinElmer-run lab which is located outside Los Angeles is accused of employing people sleeping on the job, had contamination inside that caused inconclusive tests, swapped samples and the wrong results sent to patients. CBS in Sacramento reports some of the employees were accused of handling patient specimens without the proper credentials or training. Current and former employees tell the news station they found COVID-19 test swabs in restrooms and personally witnessed technicians nodding off as they processed samples for testing. A Republican state Senator has called for an investigation saying if true this sort of behavior jeopardizes the health and safety of over 40 million Californians.

The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office reports deputies are working with colleagues in the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office on a murder investigation. An 85 year old rancher was murdered the end of last month. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Detectives are reported canvasing the area to see if anyone may know what happened January 26th to local rancher Richard Grayson Drewery. Humboldt deputies are leading the investigation. Drewery lived close to the Mendocino County line. There was a police dog on the scene as detectives continued to comb the area where Drewery was reportedly shot to death. There is so far no suspect in the case and the local sheriff’s dept. is asking anyone who may know something to call.

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