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Soon to expire Johnson and Johnson vaccines are hanging in the balance as vaccinations rates wane across the country. The FDA has reportedly told Calif. officials to store expired doses until they find out if the vaccines are going to continue to be safe to be used. The FDA also says, the vaccination expiration, which is later this month, may be able to be extended. Nearly 21 and a half million Johnson and Johnson doses have been sent to the states by the federal government, and about half have been administered. In comparison, almost 200 million Pfizer doses and 150 million Moderna doses have been shipped to states.

A graduation for the books as both Noyo High and the Coastal Adult School call it a year. The graduates from both were on the Piver baseball field last night getting their diplomas. The theme was “Resilience”. Apropos for the year the students had, distance, then finally back to, face to face learning at the end of the year. Otherwise it was mostly a regular commencement, music, speeches and the handing out the diplomas.

Changes by Cal OSHA again when it comes to mask wearing at work. The workplace regulators changed course for the second time in a week to forego masks for the fully vaccinated. But the state is pretty much getting rid of masks in many public spaces starting Tuesday and Cal OSHA was called out for not towing the line. Or following guidance recently released from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. So Cal OSHA will consider the rules again at their meeting next week, 2 days after the state’s expected to fully reopen, doing away with masks in most public settings.

A man trapped inside a giant fan at a vineyard in Sonoma County has been freed. The Sheriff’s Office reports a deputy went out to a call about a suspicious vehicle parked near the winery and found the trapped man on Tuesday. The deputy reportedly spotted a hat on a piece of equipment and saw the man’s leg, he was stuck inside the shaft of a vineyard fan. Apparently, he told the deputy he was fond of taking pictures of old farm equipment, but in actuality, the deputy said he was high on meth. He’s expected to be fine after some treatment and is being charged by the Sheriff’s office with trespassing and drug possession.

A chaotic town hall for Congressman Jared Huffman. The congressman in Marin, part of his large district, was confronted, by what he characterized as an “angry COVID-denying mob” that turned the event “into a MAGA circus.” He posted on Facebook that besides the riots on January 6th at the US Capitol, it might have been the “ugliest, most disgraceful spectacle” he’s ever seen. The mob forced its way in according to local media and chanted “medical freedom now!” One guy stayed on the stage with Huffman as he pleaded with them not to get physical. He says they were rude, aggressive and tried not to allow them to proceed with the townhall, which he ignored.

The Calif. Health Secretary has released a bit more info on the reopening of the state next Tuesday. Dr. Mark Ghaly says fully vaccinated residents can go without masks in most public places June 15th and beyond. Except in public transportation, most public schools, healthcare offices and homeless, emergency and cooling centers. It basically just follows what the CDC said would be okay, and confused many, wearing masks is pretty much up to individual businesses, for those fully vaccinated. Cal OSHA’s presenting the new guidance to its standards board for consideration.

Things looking pretty good related to Covid in Lake County. The acting Public Health Officer, Dr. Evan Bloom updating the Board of Supervisors Tuesday with the county epidemiologist. They say the case rate is low, at 3.3/100,000 and the testing positivity rate is at 2.5 percent. Dr. Bloom says there are some slight increases elsewhere in Northern Calif. and some hints it could happen there, but, he says, it remains to be seen. Lake is in the Orange Tier, ahead of the reopening of the state next week. The case rate has remained fairly stable in Lake County with testing down slightly. They are touting a 53% vaccination rate in those 12 and older, partial or fully. 66% of Californians are now fully vaccinated.

The jobless rate is unchanged in Calif, down slightly in Lake and by much more in Mendocino County. In Lake, the unemployment rate for April was 7.6%, down a bit, from 7.9% in March. Mendocino County was at 7.1% in March, and is now showing 6.5%. Calif. jobless numbers came in at 8.3% for the second month in a row. But one year ago, it was 16 percent.  The unemployment rate in the U.S. for April was just 6.1 percent, up slightly from March when it was 6% and less than half what it was during the height of the COVID pandemic, 14.8 percent in April 2020. Some other nearby county numbers were, Glenn at 6.9 percent, Napa, 6.3 percent, Sonoma at just 5.7 percent and Yolo at 6 percent. Marin was the lowest in the state at 4.6 percent, and once again, Imperial county was the highest, with 16.1 percent.

It was unanimous. At budget hearings a couple of days ago, the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors all gave the green light to form a standalone water agency again due to water insecurity in the county. The work would include immediately turning attention to the drought emergency. The last decade or so the water agency was folded into the Dept. of Transportation, but before that it was solo. The Daily Journal reports at the meeting Tuesday Supervisor Glenn McGourty, part of the drought emergency committee, said water infrastructure here has been neglected. And says there needs to be a better way to store and deliver water. He says a stand-alone agency wouldn’t be fully operational for about a year, but the Board agreed to hire a project manager immediately to oversee the drought response and respond to the drought emergency. Then water resource specialists and hydrologists could be hired later.

The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office has given commendation to a local for public service. On their Facebook page the Sheriff’s office posted a picture of Donald Woskow getting a special plaque yesterday. The post said it in appreciation of “more than two decades of public service in Mendocino County”. He was an officer for 12 years at the Ukiah Police Department and spent another 12 years with the Sheriff’s Office. He also taught law enforcement community relations at Ukiah High School for several years.

Talks are over for the Lytton Band of Pomo Indians and the Town of Windsor who were trying to get treatment for the tribe’s wastewater. So the tribe is reportedly going to build their own treatment plant on their land, which is pretty close to the Deer Creek residential neighborhood. There had been a deal in place between the two parties and it was even ratified unanimously by the Town Council last year. That would have had the tribe paying $20 million which was supposed to then be turned around for use to construct a new public recreation center with a pool. The Town Manager says they’re surprised and disappointed that good faith negotiations ended. A tribal spokesperson says they’re moving forward on their own. The tribe’s been planning a resort and construction of 300 homes, restaurants and a winery.

The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors budget meeting featured a back and forth with the DA and Sheriff on a spike of violent felonies. The DA told the board yesterday, there were 10% more violent crimes from 2019-2020. Then they discussed the illegal cannabis industry and a double murder at a cultivation site in Willits. The other major crime was three out of area men with military grade weapons pretending to be cops and stealing money from people intending to buy marijuana. The Sheriff also reminded about firefighters being harassed during last year’s August Complex wildfire related to marijuana crimes too. The DA told the board they might want to get some lobbyists in Sacramento to help get stiffer penalties for water theft.

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