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Lake County reports 50% of adults have received at least one dose of a COVID vaccine, and everyone 16 and older is now eligible. The Public Health Officer, Dr. Gary Pace reports they’ve already noted some positive changes with the county moving to the Orange Tier and the entire state, most likely moving out of the entire Blueprint June 15th. Dr. Pace says cases are at less than 6/100,000 residents and the test positivity is at 3.4%. As of Friday there were a few COVID hospitalizations and there have been no new deaths for several weeks.  A reminder to stay vigilant though and wear masks. Since it’s fairly stable in Lake County, the public health office will only release updates as warranted and not weekly anymore. Drive through vaccination sites will be discontinued, but Sutter and Adventist’s clinics will continue along with some pharmacies. 

The Ukiah Unified School Superintendent putting out a statement of gratitude for having kids back in class. Debra Kubin puts out a statement every Friday and this time thanked the City of Ukiah, Mendocino County Public Health, Mendocino County Department of Education, Assemblymember Jim Wood, Senator Mike McGuire, Ukiah Teachers Association (UTA), California School Employees Association (CSEA), Ukiah Unified Trustees, parents, grandparents, family members, and, most importantly, the students.  The statement as the school year is almost over after more than a year of the COVID19 pandemic. Students 16 – 18 years old are eligible for the vaccination thru the City and County. There will be drive up vaccination clinics this weekend, but you have to call for an appointment. It is a family event, so if there are doses available, other family members in the student’s household may also be vaccinated. There are no drop ins.

If you see smoke or choppers in the air, please note Cal Fire Mendocino Unit is conducting Basic Helicopter Operations and Safety (BHOS) and Air Rescue training in the areas of Lake Mendocino and Ridgewood Ranch. It’s ongoing, starting today and will last until the beginning of August. They’re training on various days and times of the day. They will also have classroom training at the same time to learn, then practice what they learn, in the air. They’re working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. They say they’ll make every effort not to impact the public’s use of Lake Mendocino, the trails around the lake, and any other impact to nearby homes. Any water they take from the lake will be dropped back in because of low water levels. There will also be very tight restrictions for the personal safety of firefighters and area residents.

 The Ukiah Unified School District has announced summer school. They will offer it for free for elementary and middle school students for six weeks. It will be in person 5-days a week with snacks and a grab-and-go lunches provided. The camp is open to all UUSD students in current grades TK-8 and will be held at various school sites in the District. Applications are available online and need to be turned in for each child who will be going by one week from this Friday, May 7th. Space is limited. And families will be notified of availability by Friday, May 14th. For high schoolers, there will also be summer school for those identified for academic intervention, credit recovery, and they will have a limited offering of elective courses.  

After a female inmate reportedly brought some Fentanyl into the Mendocino County Jail, a corrections officer had to go to the hospital for exposure. Last Friday, the Sheriff’s Office reports 24 year old Dakota Johnson of Willits was arrested for several warrants and for being in possession of a controlled substance, false identification to a peace officer, and possession of a baton. After she was processed, staff brought her to the holding cell area and a female corrections deputy helped her change her clothes when the suspected drugs fell out of Johnson’s clothing. She was put in the holding cell, and the corrections Deputy said she wasn’t feeling well and collapsed. She was taken by jail medical personnel then to after getting NARCAN was taken to the hospital and got more doses. She was released from the hospital soon after. Johnson had additional charges added.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and Sonoma Clean Power (SCP) are changing over tens of thousands of eligible electric customers to a Time of Use plan. That basically means there will be peak pricing from 4 to 9pm daily starting this month. It will affect as many as 140,000 residential customers. So they encourage these customers to use more energy in different hours of the day when rates and demand are lower and use renewable resources if possible, like solar and wind power. This is the first chunk of customers making the switch. Then the utility company will start to transition more customers over to the rate plan by geographical region with an eventual impact to about 2.5 million customers by 2022. In Mendocino and Sonoma, customers will get their notifications by mail starting this week and then four months in advance of the automatic transition.

Congressman Jared Huffman is joining New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts to reintroduce the Green New Deal. The deal is an idea, not legislation. It’s a way to beat back global warming and create millions of high-wage jobs in clean energy industries. The original nonbinding resolution was introduced two years ago, but never went anywhere in the Republican controlled Senate. Now it’s split even, with a tie-breaker vote. Congressman Huffman says the Green New Deal is inclusive of youth and communities of color and that the urgency of the crisis demands action.

It turns out the state appointment site for COVID vaccines My Turn isn’t getting a lot of use. CalMatters reports the reported one stop shop for registration wasn’t functioning properly from the get-go. The report says the appointments booked on MyTurn averaged about 100,000/day, but that was only around 27% of the vaccinations given each day across the state. The data come from the state Department of Public Health. The state spent $50 million to build the site. The site is also supposed to track vaccine orders and distribution and organize volunteers to help.  The report says many officials say the site isn’t great at what it’s supposed to do and doesn’t add doses the federal government sends to pharmacies. And there are various other health care provider systems who haven’t signed up or aren’t integrated into the system.

The Mendocino Board of Supervisors meeting will cover their ongoing discussions on the land use ordinance regarding growing cannabis. The board will allow for public discussion once again as they did in the last special meeting a week ago. They may also waive their first reading of a new ordinance tomorrow morning at their regular meeting. There were several comments mailed into the board which are included in the board’s agenda noted online at the county website. You can leave a comment online as well. There were two last we checked that said water is already being rationed due to the drought emergency. That money should be diverted to surveillance, code enforcement and law enforcement. Another comment about stopping commercial growing altogether.

A mandatory water conservation measure is being considered by the Russian River Flood Control & Water Conservation Improvement District and other local water suppliers in the Ukiah Valley Basin. It’s because of two years of below average rainfall in the area and historically low levels at Lake Mendocino. The possible action by the water suppliers comes after the Governor’s Drought Declaration and another from the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors on April 20th. The general manager of the Russian River Flood Control says as drought conditions worsen, now is the time to implement extreme water conservation measures at home and work. Some of that includes turning all faucets off, 5 minute showers, fixing all leaks, and letting your lawn go brown.

3 people from Humboldt County have been arrested by Mendocino Deputies near Garberville after a home invasion and assault. A man told deputies on Friday morning he was attacked by two men at his home. They were wearing masks and threatened him, pistol whipping him and forcing him to open a safe in his home. At some point he heard a gun go off after he opened the safe. When they rummaged through the safe and were distracted, he got out of the house and ran with at least one suspect running after him, who eventually stopped. He crossed an embankment and got into the river and swam, then called a family member who’s also a firefighter to get help. After emerging from the river, someone helped get him to Tooby Park where firefighters and others were staged. Then he was taken to a hospital. After the story was told to deputies, the suspects were picked up and identified as Rochelle Clevinger, Wyatt Whitlow and William Mattingly.  

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