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A brawl breaks out in Covelo New Year’s Day after reports a man drove into another man with his truck. Police dispatch reported the melee’ near Little Lake Way Saturday afternoon with two women fighting each other in the street. Police reported to the scene to break up the incident, blaring sirens and flashing lights. Mendofever reports there were at least twenty people gathered there. A man had broken up the women’s brawl before police got there. Police reported the crowd had broken up as well. They’re investigating a possible hit and run incident.

A former Ukiah mayor is organizing a candlelight vigil at the Mendocino County Courthouse in remembrance of the attack at the US Capitol last year. The event joins over 175 other similar events nationwide Thursday from 5-6:30 p.m. It’s been one year since the insurrection where a group of pro-Trump antagonists broke into the US Capitol to try to stop the final certification of the 2020 presidential election. The local rally is to demand elected leaders pass urgent legislation including the Freedom to Vote Act, the Protecting Our Democracy Act, the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, and DC Statehood. Former Ukiah Mayor Steve Scalmanini is the contact for the event.

CONTACT:  Steve Scalmanini – sscalmanini@yahoo.com – (707) 391-5853 – Ukiah

Police in Clearlake Oaks take chase after someone in a white Lexus speeds by Clear Lake. The car ended up in the lake this weekend after the chase on Highway 20 which hit speeds of up to 85 miles per hour. Law enforcement threw down spike strips in Lucerne causing the car’s tires to blow out. After a short time the Lexus veered off into the freezing cold lake. The driver was retrieved from the car and detained. They apparently had several warrants out for their arrest including one involving explosive materials and other weapons. They were checked out in the hospital first, then booked into Lake County Jail.

Several people have gotten together to search for a missing young man from Humboldt County. Kym Kemp reports there were more than fifty people gathered at the Seascape Restaurant’s parking lot in Trinidad this weekend to search for Hunter Lewis. He reportedly vanished while out canoeing nearby. His dad and another man organized the group’s search. They were trying to get to more rugged, hard to reach areas in the little seaside town. They say the folks that showed up were willing to do harder climbs to look for Lewis. A large chunk of his canoe was located at Martin Creek Trail beach north of Trinidad.

Police video has been released of the police pursuit and capture of a man reported naked on the streets of Ukiah, suffering from bipolar disorder. Gerardo Magdaleno also has schizophrenia and had been off his meds last April when he was seen, unarmed, standing naked on South State Street. Police used force to take him down and they’re being sued for assaulting him, kicking him in the head and pepper spraying him upwards of 20 times. So many cell phone videos caught the incident which caused an outcry locally. Now there’s a lawsuit against four cops, a former police chief and the city of Ukiah for discrimination on the basis of a disability, wrongful arrest, excessive force, and inadequate training.

The Lakeport City Council is considering leasing part of Westside Community Park for a new horse park. The meeting tomorrow night in council chambers. If you’re vaccinated, you can go in person. The City Manager Kevin Ingram will present the idea for a 30-year lease with the park for 7.5-acres for the horse park on Highway 175 near Mathews Road. They’ve been planning the park for years and finally have a plan. There will also be a public hearing at the meeting regarding the recycling of construction and demolition debris and discuss a water efficient landscape ordinance. They will also announce appointments to various boards, committees and commissions for the New Year.

The Lake County Board of Supervisors starts off the New Year with new leadership. They’re choosing new heads of boards and committees tomorrow morning.  They’ll start with the election of the new chair and vice chair with the outgoing chair overseeing the election. Then they will pick leaders for the Board of Equalization and In-Home Supportive Services Public Authority Board of Directors and other committee assignments will follow.

A law going into effect in the New Year here in Calif. will change how you toss old food. You’ll have to compost food scraps, instead of tossing them in the trash. A new law says you have to keep the scraps out of landfills. Compost bins will be collected curbside. So like you do with recyclables, you’ll have to separate your food scraps from your trash. It will be hauled away from green bins. The law requires cities and counties reduce compostable waste by 75% by the year 2025.

With the Omicron variant spreading like wildfire, many people without health insurance are searching for options – and may find them on the Covered California marketplace. The open enrollment period runs through January 31st. James Scullary with Covered California says the uninsured risk getting stuck with huge medical bills if they end up having to go to the hospital.

 :08  “Hospitalizations, particularly those that require ICU treatment, can be incredibly expensive, and average more than 127-thousand dollars per visit.”

Tag:  The bill for someone with COVID who only needs outpatient care – commonly the fully-vaccinated – would average just over 13-hundred dollars, and much of that would be covered by insurance, according to the nonprofit group FAIR Health.

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Second Cut: The state estimates that 1-point-1 million uninsured Californians are eligible for free or very-low-cost coverage via Covered California or Medi-Cal. Scullary says the cost varies by zip code, income, and how many people in the household need to be covered.

 :16  “The savings and the financial help that is now available through the American Rescue Plan, is so significant, that if you checked a year ago, the entire thing is different. Many people are paying less than 10 dollars a month for comprehensive coverage from a name-brand plan that fits their needs best. “

Tag:  He adds that 75 percent of people on Covered California are paying less than $100 a month for their brand-name health plan, like Anthem BlueCross, Blue Shield, Kaiser Permanente, and Healthnet. People can find the shop-and-compare tool on CoveredCA-dot-com.

Some relief is coming to struggling cannabis businesses this new year. The Department of Cannabis Control (DCC) is accepting applications for state license fee waivers as of New Year’s Day. It means those who run cannabis businesses and meet certain equity requirements can apply for the waiver of one license per 12-month licensure period. Prices continue to go down, but taxes are going up as outlined way back when in Prop 64. Equity programs for communities impacted by cannabis prohibition and the War on Drugs can apply for the waivers.

A crowd searches for a missing 21 year old in Trinidad, but his dad says they found something he gave his son years ago. Corey Lewis says he gave his now missing son, Hunter a treasure box. Searchers found part of Hunter’s canoe, which went missing along with his son last week. They also found the treasure box at Magic Beach, also known as Martin’s Creek Beach. The area, off Stagecoach Rd. north of Trinidad proper is hard to access, and where about 50 searchers fanned out this weekend. Searchers were looking on foot with boats, small aircraft and drones.

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