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Friends of the Eel River says they’ve won against the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission planning to put doors on a fish ladder at Cape Horn Dam. The group says it’s just one small step in their fight to fix all the harm done by Pacific Gas & Electric’s two Potter Valley Project dams which are harming Eel River salmon and steelhead. They say they had to threaten a lawsuit against the federal agency which conceded it had approved the operation for new doors improperly by not checking first with the Endangered Species Act to be sure the listed species wouldn’t be further harmed and pushed towards extinction.

A Stage 3 Drought has been declared by the Mendocino City Community Services District board. At the board meeting Monday, the district reported it had only recorded about 20.5 inches of rain this year so far. That they say, is the second-lowest recorded total in the past century. So this means a mandatory 20% reduction in water use, special irrigation times and an irrigation audit for landscape maintenance, no car washing, or use a bucket if you must, no refilling of fountains or ponds unless you use recycled water, you may not refill hot tubs or swimming pools, we’ve been here before, drinking water served at restaurants upon request only, recommended use of paper plates at restaurants to avoid dishwashing, a temporary moratorium on new groundwater extraction permits for new development and no aquifer pump tests. There are fines for offenders.

The California Office of Emergency Services and Cal Recycle are assessing and removing debris, asbestos, and trees from homes and other structures that were destroyed after the 2020 California Wildfires. A reminder from the agency that rebuilding CANNOT begin until your property has been Returned to the County. If your property is in any other status than Returned to County, rebuilding cannot begin. For further information, or to get any questions answered, reach out to Disaster Recovery at (707) 234-6303 or disasterrecovery@mendocinocounty.org.

The fire in Clearlake Oaks that killed 3 people on Monday is still a mystery. Police and Fire officials still trying to figure out how the fire in Clearlake Oaks started. Northshore Fire is working with the Sheriff’s dept. to get to the bottom of it. The names of the 2 men and one woman who died have not been released, but they’re believed to be from the same family. Apparently autopsies are being done this week, but it could take several more weeks for positive identification. The firefighting team was met with heavy smoke and fire, and partial building collapse. The report of the fire also said there were three people trapped inside. Firefighters had a limited water supply, but were able to contain the fire to the one home.

A new study says about 25% of adults in the North Bay don’t want to get the coronavirus vaccine. The same study showed those against receiving the vaccination were higher in the North Bay than any other part of the nine county Bay Area. The Bay Area Council survey showed around 23% of respondents in Sonoma, Marin, Napa and Solano called themselves “vaccine hesitant”. Described as probably or definitely not getting the shots. The survey was of 1,000 registered voters in nine Bay Area counties. It showed 31% of Republicans were hesitant to get vaccinated, compared to 7% of Democrats.

Another 1,400 firefighters are being hired in Calif. ahead of what could be another terrible wildfire season. The Gov. made the announcement Tuesday using his emergency authority to spend nearly $81 million dollars to hire 1,399 firefighters for CalFire. The state generally depends on the amount of snow it gets each winter for a lot of its water, but this year we were at only 15 inches, or 54% of average for April 1st, when the state’s snowpack is supposed to be the deepest. Last year was pretty close to the same, and 4 million acres were blackened by a historic season, destroying over 4% of the state’s land, tearing down almost 10,500 buildings and killing 33 people.

The state is looking to put down some mountain lions to save hundreds of bighorn sheep in the Sierra Nevada. There are about 600 Sierra Nevada bighorns in the wild, which are considered an endangered species. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is considering culling the lions after they already gathered and relocated them more than 100 miles away from the sheep. But they say they keep eating the animals, reappearing and eating more. The state agency says one mountain lion who had eaten at least nine sheep came right back to where it was removed. Then it did it again, from 200 miles away.

A special contest is being held by the Point Arena Lighthouse Keepers. The pandemic caused the Lighthouse Keepers to cancel a planned 150th Anniversary celebration. The first Tower was completed in April 1870 and first lit May 1st of that year. So now the Lighthouse Keepers want to keep the tradition going inviting writers to submit a piece about the light station. There are four categories, poetry, short stories, flash fiction and a “Dear Lighthouse” essay. The winning and favorite entries will be published in the Independent Coast Observer.

Writers can submit as many different works in as many categories as they like through snail mail or email at palight@gmail.com, the deadline is tomorrow, April 2, 2021.

For more information, visit pointarenalighthouse.com/150th-1-anniversary-writers-invitation.

To support sexual assault survivors the city of Lakeport and the Lakeport Police Department working with the Lake Family Resource Center. So, a proclamation to Lake Family Resource Center designates April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. All streetlights downtown are being lit teal through the month, starting today. Also, all Lakeport Police cars and officer uniforms will feature a teal ribbon through the month. The public is also encouraged to wear jeans for their uniform pants from Friday, April 23rd, through Friday, April 30th.

There’s an opening on the First 5 Lake County Commission. The vacancy for an at-large member. They say diversity and equitable representation is important so they’re specifically seeking applicants who live or work in District 2, which is most of the City of Clearlake and areas east. Applications are being accepted online until 5 p.m. Friday, April 16th. They meet each fourth Wednesday of the month alternating between Lakeport and Lower Lake. They’re still doing Zoom meetings though due to the pandemic.

For more information and to see if you are qualified to apply, please contact First 5 Lake at (707) 263-6169, or visit our website to learn more and fill out an application www.firstfivelake.org.

A couple of Arson fires have been reported in Ukiah. The Ukiah Valley Fire Authority reports going out to the two fires over five days. The latest one, like many others in the past, was near the railroad tracks behind Daniel Steel and Machine on Brush Street. The Fire Authority Battalion Chief says they got a report of a dumpster fire yesterday early morning. Police and Deputies were there too as it looked like a homeless encampment was also set up near the dumpster. The fire was quickly doused. The second fire was a cart on fire on South Main Street near Safeway Saturday night. A 46-year old man was arrested for misdemeanor reckless burning. He was cited and released.

Looking for something to do this weekend? The Redwood Valley Grange is having their yearly Easter Bake Sale Saturday. It’s been nearly a half century the Grange has been putting on the bake sale. It usually happens in front of the Redwood Valley Store. It’s inside the Grange Hall this year, and they say they’ll be carefully COVID- 19 compliant from 11 am – 2 pm, April 3rd. There will be loads of baked items at the event and they’re doing an outdoor Free Puzzle Exchange and Grab & Go Craft Bags for children over 3. Apparently jigsaw puzzles have become quite popular during the pandemic so the Grange has been sponsoring these puzzle exchanges the last year.

For more information: http://www.RedwoodValleyGrange. com or Facebook: Redwood Valley Grange No. 382 or call Jini, 707.972.1414.

The President has a planned infrastructure bill with billions in it to prioritize broadband expansion. Reports say it’s a top goal, with $100bn to bring affordable internet to “all Americans” by 2029. The White House put out a fact sheet yesterday afternoon which says they hope to reach “100% high-speed broadband coverage” across the US and will prioritize broadband networks “owned, operated by, or affiliated with local governments, non-profits, and cooperatives” instead of big tech firms. The administration says it became clear during the pandemic with many Americans forced to work and learn from home, there were disparities between Americans with and without reliable access to internet, calling it “a stark digital divide”.

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine has stopped being shipped over quality issues. The state of California was supposed to get 572,700 doses for administration next week, which we will still get. But the Calif. Dept. of Health reports they’re investigating the halting of manufacturing and what impact it will have on the state. The agency spokesperson says “maintaining the highest standards during vaccine production to ensure safe and effective vaccines is a paramount concern.”  Around 15 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine were reportedly tainted due to quality-control problems at a Baltimore manufacturing plant where it mixed with another manufacturers vaccine.

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