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While the commercial Dungeness crabbing season can begin along the Sonoma/Mendocino County line, it’s still on hold off the shore of Monterey, San Francisco and Bodega bays. Tests came back for the area north of Sonoma County so the December 1st date holds. So that some who like to have crab for their holiday meals will get their wish. But the Central Coast, which typically starts ahead of Thanksgiving is delayed until at least December 15th so marine animals don’t become entangled. The last five years has been bumpy for the industry since a lawsuit was filed by an environmental group after some whales were ensnared, including endangered humpback whales.

As Calif. continues to see some of the lowest COVID rates in the country, public health officials are staying alert to the possibility of surges due to holiday gatherings. Over the last week the state’s rate was at less than 2% positivity. The Governor was at a vaccination clinic in San Francisco yesterday urging the shots as more than 2 dozen other states have started to see at least a 10% increase in cases over the last week. Last winter Calif. had a massive surge in cases and deaths. Looking ahead, Santa Cruz County has reinstated a mask mandate.

NBC TV in the Bay Area is running a series where they’ve alleged Mendocino County deputies and officers with the Department of Fish and Wildlife swiped cash and marijuana from farms. Growers along Hwy 101 say raids at their farms were illegal, including at a couple sites in Mendocino County. There’s been a lawsuit filed against a couple of officers who claimed the farms had illegal water diversions. The growers say there’s no proof or documentation that thousands of pounds of marijuana were ever destroyed.

After a man driving in Covelo wouldn’t stop for CHP officers, and there was a struggle, witnesses surrounded the situation yelling at the officers to let the man go. Reports say the 65 year old driver Douglas Dale Lincoln, Sr. wouldn’t yield to officers for a traffic stop and when he finally did, he resisted officers. The CHP says the driver continued slowly into oncoming traffic and when he finally emerged, he yelled at officers who say they tried to de-escalate, then called for backup. Officers described the situation as a “minor use of force”.  The man was taken to a hospital and cleared. Inside his car was a loaded semi-automatic pistol, and he had a suspended license for DUI and drug and firearm offenses. He’s charged with several crimes and held in jail.

The CHP’s Maximum Enforcement Period is on for the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Starting tomorrow evening at 6:01 p.m. and lasting through Sunday at 11:59 p.m., officers will be looking for drunk, drugged or distracted drivers, seat belt violators and speeders. The commissioner of the agency says before you get behind the wheel, to make sure everyone in your vehicle buckles up and to always avoid distractions. According to AAA, Thanksgiving weekend is typically one of the busiest travel times of the year. Last year in Calif. 33 people died in crashes, half did not have on their seatbelts.

A man accused of driving drunk earlier this month is facing gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated charges. Kyle Stephen Pinckney of Fort Bragg’s passenger died in the November 6th crash just before 11 pm. The CHP reports his vehicle hit a tree and his passenger died at the scene. Pinckney was arrested that night and charged, not only with DUI causing bodily injury, but for possession of an assault weapon and carrying a loaded firearm. They’ve added gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated charges as alcohol is suspected as a factor in the crash.

A new high speed internet project has been announced by a couple of North Coast lawmakers. State Sen. Mike McGuire and Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry say the Middle Mile project in Lake County will be one of many high speed internet projects to be funded in Northern California. The project includes high-capacity fiber lines that can carry large amounts of data at higher speeds over long distances between local networks. It will cover 80 miles in Lake County along Highways 20, 175 and 29. It’s one of 18 projects Gov. Newsom announced last week to fill missing infrastructure paths that can bring broadband to all.

As with many other statewide jurisdictions and school districts, the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors has announced the final boundary lines for the county’s supervisorial districts. Unless there are legal challenges, the maps will stick after the Redistricting Advisory Commission announced the final vision. The commission got a lot of public feedback. Some of their challenges including in District 3, which apparently grew a lot since the last US Census and District 4 shrunk.  There are almost 95,000 residents in Mendocino County which had to be split evenly amongst five districts. The board is expected to finalize the maps at their meetings next month.

After the state was hit with severe drought, Mendocino County hired a consultant to help make sure water systems could withstand the drought before next summer. Mendocino Voice reports the consultant is also reportedly helping the county potentially create its own stand alone water agency, or re-establishing the Mendocino County Water Agency (MCWA). The goal is to get the agency online by May 1st. The consultant hired reportedly has expertise in getting grant writing to the California Department of Water Resources because right now there’s no funding for the water agency. The water agency was folded into the Planning and Building Services Department over a decade ago to save money.

The Lake County Board of Supervisors has issued a proclamation at their latest meeting, to recognize National Native American Heritage Month. The recognition goes all the way back to 1915. And the first American Indian Day was the following May. Then President Gerald Ford proclaimed Oct. 10-16 of 1976 was Native American Awareness Week. Then in 1986, then President Ronald Reagan proclaimed Nov. 23-30 as American Indian Week and it continued annually until President George H. W. Bush signed a law designating the entire month of November as the first National American Indian Heritage Month (now known as Native American Indian Month).

Protestors want a new name for Squaw Valley. They’ve been trying for a year to get the Fresno County Board of Supervisors to change the name and revisited the idea this week. It was a tad acrimonious at their meeting this week as many spoke out about the name which some find to be racist and misogynistic. One supervisor said it was up to Squaw Valley residents. A coalition of residents and local tribe members and other stakeholders has been formed. More than 3,500 people live in the area. And 18,000 signatures are on a petition to change the name.

The Rotary Club of Clearlake is hosting their annual Community Christmas Dinner again. After a year away at the height of the pandemic, the 28th annual community Christmas Dinner and Celebration will happen Dec. 11th at Burns Valley School. The last public dinner, 2 years ago was attended by 1,300 people. This year will be in person, to pick up only. So those receiving will get a takeout option. Separately Meals on Wheels is also delivering meals to 200 registered recipients.

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