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After a traffic stop in Fort Bragg, police arrested a man who gave them a fake drivers license. The Fort Bragg Police Department reports stopping a car for a bunch of violations. The officer who stopped Travis Weatherly, his real name, says he got out and ran away after handing him a fake ID near the Noyo Harbor Inn. They say he jumped into the river to hide in the bushes on the shoreline. The Mendocino County Sherriff’s Office, Probation, State Parks, and the Fish and Game Departments all came to help. Fish and Game had a boat out on the river. They eventually found the guy and arrested him. They found he had a bunch of warrants for his arrest, including for felony evasion of police officers from Colusa County, a revoked drivers license and no interlock device, required for his probation. He’s charged with providing false identification to officers, obstructing officers, violation of probation, driving on a suspended license, and driving without an interlock device as required as well as his warrants.

The mask mandate is back, but only in county facilities. The Lake County Board of Supervisors voted yesterday to require masks in county facilities and said there should be a workplace protocol as the virus doesn’t appear to be going anywhere. Supervisor Jessica Pyska was behind the idea, putting forth the ordinance after urging residents last month to start again to wear masks indoors, regardless of their vaccination status. The former Public Health Officer, Dr. Gary Pace gave supervisors an update yesterday along with the county epidemiologist Sarah Marikos. The two said the situation in Lake is very concerning. The county leads the state for the most cases per 100,000 people, at 57. That tripled in the last three weeks. ICU’s are also full and another person recently died, bringing the amount of COVID19 deaths in the county to 66.

Because of a lawsuit to consider the Clearlake City Council is starting in a closed door session. But afterwards at their meeting tomorrow night they’ll consider selling the city’s franchise waste hauler. The lawsuit is against the county treasurer-tax collector and another regarding opioids. The city council is also presenting a proclamation tomorrow to promote tolerance, respect, equity and inclusion. Then they’ll jump into the business of approving the sale of Clearlake Waste Solutions, to Waste Connections.

While the pandemic continues unabated, some healthcare providers in neighboring Sonoma County say they have to start requiring vaccinations for their employees. Kaiser Permanente says you must vaccinate unless you have an exemption. They say they want all eligible to get the vaccination to be fully vaccinated by Sept. 20th. It comes after Petaluma Health Center decided all workers need their shots, Santa Rosa Community Health, said the same but Sutter Health and Providence St. Joseph Health both said they are not mandating, and instead will follow state guidelines, like frequent testing instead.

Mendocino Supervisors have given the thumbs up to start asking all county employees for proof they’ve been vaccinated against coronavirus or be frequently tested. So the Human Resources Dept. will take over that task. This comes as the Delta variant is making a run through the state. The Public Health Officer at the meeting yesterday with an update that cases had jumped over the last month and to consider indoor masking. The board also decided to reduce and eventually cut the carbon footprint of county buildings. The way to do it, is with an investment of $2 million to start in solar electricity. There will also be backup battery storage for public buildings, more electric vehicle chargers throughout the county, and switching busses to fuel-cell or electric vehicles.

Another Mendocino County business has an infection and warns the public you might have been exposed. A couple of restaurants made that announcement last month, then this week it was Raleys and Starbucks. Now the Sherwood Valley Casino has a case, but says they’ve responded quickly and had employees tested and contacted customers they can identify. Anyone who was at the casino on July 27th and 28th may have been exposed and should be tested if unvaccinated, or if they have symptoms while vaccinated. Once again the Public Health Office is reminding to stay home from work if you feel sick. You can visit the Public Health website for testing and vaccination information.

Much of the Western U-S is at threat for a longer fire season. That’s the word from the National Interagency Fire Center. They added 95% of the west is in drought and that the Northwest, Northern Rockies and northern parts of the Great Basin and Rocky Mountains could see hot dry temperatures until the end of September. The agency says it could go longer in some regions, like mountain areas and in the foothills of Calif. The forecast is to have above-normal potential through September and areas that normally have offshore winds, like Southern Calif., will continue to have above normal potential into October and November.

Adding to the list of places or institutions requiring full vaccinations of employees, Calif. Prisons are doing the same. Employees and inmate firefighters may have to step up to get the vaccination due to the extremely contagious delta variant. Trying to get voluntary vaccinations has apparently not been successful enough. By the middle of July, only 41% of correctional officers had one dose of a vaccine, compared to 75% of inmates. The recommendation for correctional facilities comes less than a week after the Governor ordered all state employees to do the same and as many as 2 million health care workers to show proof of vaccination. Alternatively, they can be tested weekly.

A new pilot program coming to Mendocino County for fire safe roof rebates for homeowners. The Hazard Mitigation Grant program courtesy of FEMA and CalOES. The Redwood Complex Ignition-Resistant Construction project, or “Fire Safe Roof project” will also provide money for those who put in fire-resistant attic vents and/or gutter covers as a roof is a place that goes up in flames quick, but a fire resistant roof can protect or harden a home. The Mendocino County Fire Safe Council will oversee the new program.

For questions or comments, contact Grant Manager Elizabeth Archer at (707) 485-4598 or elizabeth@firesafemendocino.org.

A man charged with not registering as a sex offender in Mendocino County went to court and was found not guilty. 63 year old Steve Couthren who court papers notes as, generally of Ukiah, had to go to court for not registering and having prior convictions. He has to keep law enforcement up to date on his whereabouts at all times. He was convicted in 2001 for lewd and lascivious acts on a child under the age of 14 years in Lake County.

Due to “immediate and dire water shortages” the California’s water board has unanimously approved emergency regulations to temporarily stop drawing water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta watershed by thousands of farmers. Cal Matters reports the new rules are a first for the watershed that goes all the way from Fresno to Oregon. It comes after several hundred Russian River water users lost their water rights temporarily too. Another couple hundred are expected to lose their right to divert water from the river next week too.  

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