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A case of Deja vu turned out to be nothing. Several dozen heavily armed police officers responded to the Veterans Home of California in Yountville after a report of a possible active shooter. But there were no shots fired, nor a suspected shooting or gun anywhere on the complex. It all happened yesterday, a day after a mass shooting in Boulder, CO and a week after another in Atlanta. There was also a mass shooting at the Yountville home in 2018 where three staff members were killed. The campus is a nonprofit residential treatment center for veterans who have been traumatized. The mayor of the town says thankfully, nobody was hurt, after reports that a woman was on campus with a long gun. The campus went on lockdown for about 4 hours until they had the all clear.

A reminder of a tsunami warning test along the coast. This morning at 11 and for the next hour after there will be sirens sounded throughout Del Norte, Humboldt, and Mendocino counties. There will be radio, TV and weather station alerts. They are testing to make sure all are in working order. There is nothing to do, and nobody call. Also a reminder, that it’s a test, and you do not need to evacuate your home or business.

Levels in both Lake Mendocino and Lake Pillsbury are very low for this time of year and there’s really no rain in the forecast in coming days. Earlier this month there was also a reduced water supply alert for the Russian River Flood Control and Water Conservation Improvement District. They send water to several areas including Willow, Millview, Redwood Valley, and Calpella. Yesterday the California Water Resources Board released a “dry year letter”. In other words, the continued dry conditions may threaten water supplies, impair critical habitat, reduce recreational opportunities, and create uncertainty for all water users.

A request for proposals is being offered to farmers in Mendocino County for a two year industrial hemp cultivation pilot program. The deadline to apply is this Friday. The county can have five applicants for the program, and so far, as of yesterday, there were zero who even applied to be part of the program. The county’s Agriculture Department had a representative at a recent Board of Supervisors meeting. Then Supervisors unanimously agreed to proceed.  So if they end up getting applicants, they’ll be part of a 2 year program who registers with the state department of Food & Agriculture who have to pay a $900 registration fee, and possibly other related fees. They need a minimum of a 10th of an acre, but they could scale up during the program.

After a year of having their physical doors closed, the Willits Library is reopening. It will be a phased-in approach starting Monday. It comes because the county has finally hit the Red Tier in California’s Blueprint to Reopen the Economy. Staffers are still working on the hours and expect to announce that soon. They will only open with 25% capacity or about 12 people at one time two afternoons a week. Photocopiers and printers are open to the public and computers and bathrooms are not available so folks don’t hang out too long.  There will be installed air purifiers, air filters in the HVAC system and hand sanitizer, and you must wear a mask inside at all times.

The Lake County Public Health officer has reported to the regular Board of Supervisors meeting on the vaccine rollout. Dr. Gary Pace says so far, so good and told Supervisors the state was going to help, by sending personnel to staff vaccination clinics. It was the first Supervisors meeting in some time with members of the public allowed in person. It’s because the county’s now in the Red Tier. Some were still on Zoom, as was one supervisor. Dr. Pace says case numbers of COVID19 continue going down. The positivity rate is now at 1.7 percent, the lowest since the start of the pandemic.

A North Coast legislator is a new dad. Senator Mike McGuire, who covers Lake, Trinity and Mendocino Counties, and his wife, have brought their first child into the world. On Sunday, McGuire’s wife Erika gave birth to a baby boy. McGuire posted on Facebook that his son was healthy, happy and nursing like a champ. He also said they’re sleep deprived. McGuire represents the Second Senate District.

Four people are needed by Lake County to be on the new committee just created to plan community visioning forums to promote tolerance, respect, equity and inclusion. It comes after the Board of Supervisors, who each read a provision from the proclamation that their upmost priority would be to promote tolerance, respect, equity and inclusion. The vote was unanimous. The board is working on listening sessions for the public now. The four volunteers will be tasked with making sure the forums are inclusive and effective.

Looking ahead to a plan for affordable housing in Calif. as state lawmakers work on ways to help those at risk of homelessness, especially now during the pandemic. The state is in need of nearly 2 million new housing units within 4 years, but the Dept. of Housing and Community Development says so far there are only about 80,000 being built each year as the amount of shelterless individuals in the state was at over 161,000 before COVID-19. Housing  Calif. is working on a 10-year strategy which they’re releasing to the public tomorrow, saying it goes beyond bills in the Legislature, and would help remove any obstacles to get construction going in places with little or no union labor.

The Mendocino County Public Health Officer says there’s no evidence, so far, of any known Covid-19 variants locally, but there have only been two tests conducted. The Daily Journal reports Dr. Andy Coren told the Board of Supervisors yesterday that the county cannot yet automatically have tests for variants, that they need to be manually sent with that intention. He also told Supervisors since schools are reopening, there’s been a slight increase in new cases, that were connected to those associated with schools, both teachers and students. As far as the vaccine goes, Dr. Coren says, there’s not enough for first doses this week, so they’re only doing second doses at Adventist Health Ukiah Valley after they secured doses from a sister hospital in (Los Angeles) last week for the clinic.

A man from Ukiah’s been killed in a solo car crash on Hwy 23. The CHP reports the man was in a Mazda Miata convertible on the highway Sunday when he went over the double yellow lines for some unknown reason near Mile Marker 12.75, then traveled back into his lane, then left the road, hit a dirt embankment and overturned, landing on its roof. He’s been identified as 80 year old Herbert Elmore Henrickson of Ukiah. The CHP reports they’re still investigating, and said it was unclear whether drugs or alcohol were involved.

After last year’s historic August Complex Fire, Mendocino National Forest staff is having a town hall on their current forest land management strategy. The fire was started by lightning and burned an astounding 1,032,648 acres from Aug. 16 through Nov. 12 across several counties. It’s the first Gigafire the state has ever had, the largest in California’s recorded history. Inside the Mendocino National Forest, the fire burned more than 612,000 of the forest’s 913,300 acres. Forestry workers have a phased approach to help the forest land recover, including taking out dead trees, thinning concentrations of more dead trees so there are no other severe wildfires, replant, then assess watersheds for further restoration.

The meeting will be available online next Thursday from 4-6pm through Microsoft Teams (http://bit.ly/MendoTeamsMeeting) or by calling 202-650-0123. Presenter slides will only be visible to online attendees.

Meeting attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions about the forest’s strategy as well as the Plaskett-Keller Project. The virtual meeting will be recorded and posted on the forest’s August Complex Restoration webpage at http://bit.ly/AugustComplexRestoration.

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