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A man from Covelo’s been arrested for violating a restraining order. The Sheriff’s office reports getting a call from a woman who says Cort Miller, who was served that day with a temporary restraining order against him, called and harassed her. The woman says, it was only a half hour later that Miller called her and left her harassing messages. A state Fish and Wildlife Warden apparently saw the car Miller was in, then a Deputy met the Warden and they arrested him for violating the restraining order. They also found a single shot 12-gauge shotgun in the trunk of his car. Since he’s a convicted felon, he’s prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition. So he was arrested for the violation of the restraining order and possession of a firearm and ammo and held in jail on $25,000.00 bail.  

A man from Willits has been arrested on a slew of charges after a Deputy on routine patrol happened upon him at a gas station in Redwood Valley. The Deputy thought the man looked familiar and knew he was on Felony Probation out of Mendocino County for Burglary.  He was then identified as Christopher Guerrero and searched due to his probation terms. The Deputy contacted him inside the gas station and found he had over a dozen debit cards and a couple Driver Licenses belonging to various people. In the car were some forged checks, Xanax pills, Fentanyl, almost 5 grams of heroin and a gram of meth. There were also hundreds of baseball cards and two comic books, suspected to be stolen property.  He’s charged with multiple crimes including violating his probation, felony possession of forged checks, access cards, meth and heroin and held on $50,000.00 bail.

The drought’s getting real. In Sonoma County, the Board of Supervisors is expected to formally support taking 20% less water from the Russian River for the rest of the year. It means those relying on Sonoma Water agency will have to use less water than they did a year ago. The Press Democrat reports it’s also for those in Healdsburg and Camp Meeker. The board expected to take action today ahead of requesting authorization from the state Water Resources Control Board to reduce river flows under the amount needed to support fish habitat, already in trouble. But it means that more water would stay behind the dams at Lake Sonoma and Lake Mendocino.

The Governor is looking to distribute more stimulus checks to the masses… but not everyone. Newsom’s looking to hand out payments to millions of poor and middle-class Californians in the form of tax rebates of up to $1,100. The money would come from part of the $75 billion budget surplus. Those who earn $30,000 to $75,000 a year would get $600, households at $75,000 with at least one child, including immigrants in the country illegally who file taxes, would get $500. The money mostly comes from wealthier Californians who fared better during the pandemic. Last year state officials said they were expecting a $50 billion dollar deficit.

A bunch of roadwork coming to the city of Clearlake. The city council has unanimously approved a contract for more than $335,000 for its 2021 Chip Seal Project and Pavement on about 5.6 miles. About 40 miles of 100 in the city remain unpaved due to limited money and maintenance. The city’s mostly been grading unpaved roads, filling potholes and sealing cracks. But voters passed an initiative a few years back to start managing pavement better in the city. Last year the city tested a mile of unpaved road with grading and rolling in preparation for chip sealing. They say it looks to have worked so they’re now doing a much larger piece of road. The low bidder got the work which will be paid for with Measure V money. The contract was approved by all council members last Thursday.

Congressman Mike Thompson will be the guest at the Middletown Area Town Hall this week. The meeting is Thursday and is open to the public, but taking place on Zoom. The Congressman is set to be in the meeting at 7:10 p.m. for his presentation and will take questions.  They will also hear an update from County Supervisor Moke Simon at 8:30 p.m. Then later they’ll discuss getting back to in person meetings.

Community members are asked to email questions for Thompson to MATH at MATHtownhall@gmail.com.

To join the Zoom meeting click onthis link; the meeting ID is 935 1671 5770. Call in at 888-788-0099.

The Lake County Board of Supervisors, like so many counterparts across the state, are considering ratifying a drought emergency issued by the Sheriff. The board will take up the drought emergency declaration after Sheriff Brian Martin issued the emergency proclamation due to critically dry conditions and low rainfall. The board will first hear from the director of Public Works, Water Resources and Community Development, on conditions on Clear Lake. Later this morning they will consider the emergency declaration. They will also consider an agreement for redistricting and consulting services which has to be done each ten year cycle after the census to redraw supervisorial districts. The board is also meeting behind closed doors on the ongoing search for a new public health officer. Dr. Gary Pace left the job last month.

At a special meeting for the Willits Unified School District (WUSD) School Board they agreed to hire a Special Education Program Specialist. The Superintendent Mark Westerburg told the board they had to hire someone to aid teachers with special education kids in their classroom using money that came to the district due to the pandemic. Westerburg says it will help get students back on track and in school in person. The board has also approved a reorganization of its preschool program so a staffer who manages it will get a reasonable wage as a Classified Management Preschool Director. The superintendent says it will have zero financial impact on the district. The next meeting of the board is tomorrow.

The Fort Bragg City Council is one of the last remaining still holding meetings on Zoom. The Advocate News reports just Fort Bragg and Laguna Beach are trying to conduct hybrid meetings. The newspaper reports the meeting last night was a tad chaotic because there were a bunch of audio-visual problems online and in person. In any case the city council heard from the city manager about the drought and looking at steps to take this summer. They also agreed to continue the official state of emergency due to COVID-19. They also spent some time on the new Cannabis ordinance approved by the board of supervisors to streamline certain processes and applications and get stricter on how business permits are doled out, or not, depending on an applicants criminal background. The amended ordinance was a necessity by state law.

Cal Fire has suspended burn permits in Mendocino County. Residential and yard burning outdoor permits are suspended for the season starting Monday. The reason, dead grass, increasing hot weather and dry conditions. It’s the second dry year and Cal Fire warns it could be another devastating fire season. And the agency says while wildfires are a natural part of the landscape, each year the fire weather starts sooner and ends later. They say climate change is a key driver of the trend. The director of Cal Fire says last year was the most destructive fire season in modern history so the public has to continue to adapt and evolve to be able to withstand the intensity of the fires. Cal Fire is asking all property owners to take the time and put 100 feet of defensible space around their property.

The state of California may be able to stop social distancing in the workplace by mid-summer. The news comes from Cal-OSHA as more and more people get vaccinated and as COVID case numbers are way down from last summer.  It would mean workplace regulations that started in November could end in August. It also would include fully vaccinated workers not having to wear a mask outdoors and do not have any COVID symptoms. If all people in one workspace or room are vaccinated, they could also forego masks indoors. Workers could be closer together with N95 masks or if fully vaccinated except for those requiring a “reasonable accommodation or exception to vaccination” under federal or state law.

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