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After a search warrant was served in Laytonville, for possible deer poaching and illegal marijuana growing, environmental hazards noted and a bunch of cannabis eradicated. Wildlife officers from the California Department of Fish & Wildlife with the search warrant last week. They found there was no state license for marijuana cultivation at the site which was near tributaries to Rattlesnake Creek and Tenmile Creek, each of which feed the South Fork Eel River watershed. Steelhead, Chinook salmon and the Foothill Yellow Legged Frog all live in the water bodies and environmental violations on stream dams were found. There were also multiple, unpermitted, undersized and stream crossing culverts installed to get to cannabis grows. There was also sediment found from the unpermitted culverts. They found more than 2,700 illegal cannabis plants, which were yanked from the ground, 24 pounds of processed cannabis and 187 pounds of shake, which were all destroyed. Possible wildlife poaching evidence was found along with ammunition and high-capacity magazines. A formal complaint is being filed with the Mendocino County District Attorney’s office.  

PG&E says they have support for customers and communities related to their Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS). The utility company has been known to shut off power during red flag weather warnings for public safety. They will do it again as needed to protect the public if high winds cause trees to come into contact with their equipment. They plan to be in closer touch with customers through alerts which they say they will send in 16 languages, provide specific address alerts, expand their network of event ready, ADA accessible indoor resource centers with stations for basic medical equipment charging, device charging, Wi-Fi and other amenities. They will also provide more meal replacements, water for those on well water and help communities get their own electric microgrids.

The Lake County Cannabis Alliance had their first job fair for county residents. Last Saturday in Lower Lake the Alliance hosted the fair to get people interested in the industry. They say there were positions available in in cultivation, production, distribution, sales, manufacturers and ancillary businesses. They offered lunch to attendees and speakers talking about the legal cannabis industry. The association announced a new partnership with Management Connections, a staffing agency in Lakeport who they’re working with to help them recruit qualified local employees.

Mendocino Code Enforcement upping the ante, charging fines of up to $25,000/day for a property north of Ukiah for having a commercial marijuana grow not following all the rules. The staff from the agency went to the site in the 400 block of Hardwick Lane earlier this month where they say there was a “non-permitted commercial cannabis cultivation” operation that had 100 plants “in non-permitted structures without a County Cultivation Permit or State Cultivation License.” The fines included, non-permitted structures, violating the County Cannabis Cultivation Ordinance and a one-time $20,000 fine that amounts to a $200 “per plant” penalty for non-permitted commercial cannabis cultivation.

Congressman Mike Thompson says he’s asked for over 2 million dollars to pay for the chip seal project in Lake County. The request to help roads in Lakeport, Kelseyville, Cobb Mountain and Hidden Valley was in the latest infrastructure package the Democrats are trying to get passed. It’s supposed to have revisions added later this week in the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The work on 55 miles in the Congressman’s district. He says he secured just over 19 million as part of the Member Designated Project program and it’s now being considered in the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. It has to get a green light by the full House and Senate before going to the President.

The Yuba College District says they’re adding more in person learning opportunities. Starting this month they started a phased in return to face to face operations and expect to be fully operational in person for the fall semester in August. They didn’t totally close during the pandemic, same for Woodland Community College, but they were mostly online with some limited in-person learning. But starting last week, the school started its Summer Session work, students return Monday for the session which lasts through August 5th. Offices are open at both colleges now, practically all day long Monday through Thursday. There’s also federal aid money available from pandemic related financial aid packages.

More information has come out about that boat that capsized on Clear Lake where a man was reported missing. Lake Co News reports a woman fell out of the boat and her fiancé, who was trying to rescue her went in after her. They both died. 51 year old Webster Medley III and 50 year old Novia Walton, of Fresno died Saturday after their boat with five people inside, capsized offshore of Clearlake Oaks. Walton was found and taken to an out of county hospital where she died and her fiancé’s body was found Sunday. Apparently the boat belonged to Medley who took Walton and family members fishing. After the boat overturned, the three other passengers made it to the shore within a few minutes.

Two states, including Calif. have the lowest levels of community transmission of coronavirus. The news from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention based on the latest data from states over the last week. Low transmission is considered when there are less than 10 positive cases per 100,000 residents and positive test results are less than 5%. California and Vermont meet the criteria. Calif came in at 9.1 cases/100,000. Other states, 34.5 in Florida, 30.6 in Pennsylvania, 26.8 in Texas, and almost 23/100,000 in New York state. Calif. at the height of the surge this winter was over 40,000 new cases/ day. There are now about 900 new cases/day in comparison.

Text messages released between several officers in the Eureka Police Dept. have leaked showing a culture of discrimination. An outside investigation into the Northern Calif. police dept, not yet completed, suspends a supervisor indefinitely after the homeless were likened to pigeons and they joked they’d use helicopter blades to decapitate them. The chief has sidelined a top ranking officer, who’s on paid administrative leave, but he didn’t say why. This officer oversaw day-to-day field operations though. Two other officers are on paid leave after the degrading text messages were released having to do with women, those with mental illness and others who were homeless.

Rumor has it the Mendocino Marijuana Enforcement Team was serving a search warrant in Round Valley. The Sheriff’s Dept. would only call it an active investigation. Mendo Fever reports a resident from Covelo reported seeing six undercover trucks and tribal officers were at a property near the Round Valley Transfer station on Refuse Road. And they say they saw cops “cutting the weed plants and tearing down the greenhouses.”

A semi-truck flipped on Highway 162, dumping a bunch of dirt on the road. The CHP office in Garberville confirmed the westbound side had to be shut down for a time and they were conducting a traffic operation, only allowing one way controlled traffic through. The trailer was reported to be upside-down in the roadway.

Mendocino Board member John Hashak reporting on the new cannabis ordinance the supervisors voted 4-1 to approve. He was the one no vote. Hashak puts out a weekly letter, this one was devoted to the new ordinance which allows cultivation on 10% of rangeland and agriculture land. Staff was directed to bring language back this summer that will instead limit this to 2 acres. He says it includes no water hauling, restrictions on hoop houses and prohibits generators as a primary power source. He said he voted no because the county has to show first it can handle the current permitting process, enforce the current rules and have enough cops to respond to the illegal grows in the county. He also mentioned he and Supervisor McGourty’s ad hoc committee for drought response having a zoom meeting Thursday where they’ll discuss forming a county water agency, voluntary water reductions, and other efforts to deal with the historic drought.

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