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Drought warning for the west has both state and federal officials sending warnings about California’s summer water supply. The warnings for farmers and others from the Department of Water Resources. The agency changed its forecast for water deliveries to both cities and farms that are part of the State Water Project that there will only be a 5% allocation of contracted supplies. That’s down from the 10% forecasted in December. Water for farmers in the Central Valley Project mostly comes from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. They said because of current hydrological conditions, the 5% water allocation that had been promised south of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is no longer available. The Gov. has not officially declared a drought, but some state agencies are said to be preparing.

Visitors are being allowed once again at California state prisons after a year without. Limited visits begin again on April 10th after the virus killed over 215 inmates and 26 corrections dept. employees.  Public health restrictions will be in place like temperature taking, symptom screening, virus testing, physical distancing, face masks, and limits on how many visitors can come into facilities and how long they can be there. It’ll be up to individual prisons to decide if there will be visits throughout the facility, or just sections. And opening dates may vary depending on virus activity. The worst outbreak was at San Quentin which has spurred a lawsuit after a transfer of inmates, not necessarily all tested, who went to the prison and infected others, 25 inmates and one correction officer died there.

Counties hear every Tuesday if they get to move ahead in the Blueprint to Reopen the Economy in California. The Department of Public Health has confirmed that Trinity County will enter the Orange Tier. That means restaurants are opened indoors with 50% capacity or 200 people, whichever is less, wineries and tasting rooms at 25% or 100 people, whichever is less, bars, breweries, and distilleries are still only outdoors, retail is indoors at full capacity, churches and other places of worship, indoors at 50% or 200 people, whichever is fewer, Hotels, Resorts, Lodging Entities are open with certain modifications, gyms at 25% capacity, indoor pools can reopen, but hot tubs, saunas, and steam rooms have to stay closed.

It was only a test, but half of the Tsunami Warning Test notifications didn’t work in one county. Yesterday 12 sirens were supposed to go off, only six did in Humboldt County. A spokesperson for the Sheriff’s Office says they’re activated remotely, so they need to make sure they function if they’re turned on manually, and if not, they may have a motor or electricity issue. Apparently, they’ve not had a consistent funding source for maintenance of the sirens. Mendocino and Trinity counties also ran the warning system tests yesterday. No word so far if there were any glitches in either of those counties.

A healthy real estate market is one result of the COVID19 pandemic in Lake County. Lake Co News reports it’s a sellers’ market. Homes pretty much selling right away and close to what the sales price is pegged at. The news site reports there were less days on the market for the homes for sale last month. There were 120 homes for sale, down nearly 60% from 2020. The median price for single family home in Lake County is $327,000, up almost 40% from last year. And the news site reports the median amount of days homes sit on the market, was just over one month. But in Kelseyville, almost 2 months and in Clearlake only 2 weeks. And data showed homes in all cities went for pretty close to their selling price. 

The federal government’s prescription drug take back program is happening again in Lakeport. The Police Dept. taking part this year in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. It’s happening Saturday, April 24th between 10 and 2 at the police station. They’ll have a drop off site there. They require those turning drugs in to adhere to pandemic guidelines, by wearing a facial covering and making sure to physically distance from others. You will also have to stay inside your car. They’ll accept all over-the-counter or prescription meds that are in pill, tablet or capsule form. They have to be outside of their containers in plastic baggies though. They will also collect vape pens or other e-cigarettes, but the batteries need to be removed. They’re not accepting any illegal drugs, needles, inhalers and aerosol cans.

Officers in the Ukiah Police Department won honors for the last year including a pair who helped a man who collapsed in a grocery store parking lot. The Daily Journal reports officers Alex Cowan and Patrick Infante were at the Lucky supermarket last July in the 500 block of East Perkins Street for reports of the man down. Paramedics were called to the scene by the two officers who found the man with a “weak pulse, shallow breathing and unresponsive.” The two officers used an automated external defibrillator on him. He was then taken to a hospital. Apparently, he did have some sort of heart condition. Chase Rigby was Officer of the Year as well for his daily duties within the department, working to remove illegal drugs from the street and find stolen vehicles too.

There’s been loads of reports throughout Northern Calif. of overdoses from methamphetamine pills laced with Fentanyl. According to the Mendocino County Public health Officer, Fentanyl can take many forms, as a pill, in powder or liquid and is highly addictive. Dr. Coren says even a small dose can easily be fatal. So the Mendocino County Public Health and Mendocino County Behavioral Health & Recovery Services (BHRS), Substance Use Disorders Treatment (SUDT) are working to help residents addicted to opioids and remind them of the dangers of substance use. The county reminds it has resources to help anyone wanting it. They can call 707-472-2624. Also if you think you may have ingested the substance, please reach out immediately to your local emergency room, or call 911. And if you have some, to avoid physical contact with the substance and please contact your local law enforcement.

The Lake County Public Health Officer says the demand for coronavirus vaccines is waning. Dr. Gary Pace at the Board of Supervisors regular meeting Tuesday saying they’re not filling all available vaccine appointments. He says now that we’re using the state’s website to find an appointment, it may be due to that, because it’s been confusing switching to the state’s MyTurn vaccination appointment system. As of this week, those over 50 years old are eligible, but there were technical issues Tuesday causing some to not be able to get an appointment. He did say however that the supply is improving and the county should do outreach to those who may be hesitant to get the vaccine.

A bill has been introduced in the Calif. Legislature after the mass shootings a week apart in Colorado and Georgia. Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel has introduced the measure requiring law enforcement to use guns manufactured with microstamping technology showing a unique mark on bullet casings linking them to a specific firearm. The bill, if it passes, would follow another from 14 years ago requiring all new semiautomatic pistols be made with that microstamping technology. But it’s apparently not taken seriously because there have been no new handgun models since then.

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