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An expansion of geothermal electricity for the North Bay could be coming in Sonoma and Mendocino Counties. Sonoma Clean Power, already serving nearly a quarter million customers says they’d like to double the output to serve smaller communities in Lake, along with more in Sonoma and Mendocino counties. The company is proposing a so called GeoZone, or geothermal opportunity zone. Last month the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved joining. The CEO of Sonoma Clean Power says they’re hoping to be done with presentations for each county by the end of February then open a request for proposals for new technology, then find the right locations for pilot projects.

The Governor’s new budget puts more money into schools and community colleges. Over $100 billion to be included in Newsom’s budget for next year as a surplus emerges. The Governor spoke about his budget Monday and reiterated what we’ve been dealing with, stress and anxiety for kids during the pandemic. Under the proposal, k-12 schools and community colleges would get $24 billion more, with most of that coming from the state surplus with more from Proposition 98. Teachers and other staff could get raises or cost of living increases. 2 billion in construction projects, money for higher education for high school career pathways, money for transitional kindergarten and preschools, more money for ESL programs and farm to table programs in schools. There would be over 3 billion for schools and community colleges in a rainy day fund.

The Calif. Dept. of Public Health is reportedly considering canceling or postponing elective surgeries due to a spike in COVID-19 infections and ensuing staff shortages. The state is deciding if they should issue an order for hospitals to suspend the surgeries where patients wouldn’t be immediately harmed. Hospitals can of course decide voluntarily to do so. CalMatters reports hospitals are weighing their options as a cataract surgery or knee replacement could possibly be canceled, but not heart surgery or a breast cancer biopsy.

State Sen. Bill Dodd has introduced legislation for refurbished medical equipment to be used by others who can’t afford some of the items. Wheelchairs and walkers can be reconditioned and that could give life-saving access to some which it would otherwise be out of reach to, due to the cost, or other barriers. Dodd says his bill will redirect essential items to people who need it the most so they can live with greater independence and quality of life. His bill would create a pilot program to begin with in Contra Costa, Napa and Solano counties.

The Governor’s got a plan to make it easier to hire on more teachers and other school employees during staffing shortages due to the pandemic. He’s signed an executive order for schools to be allowed to give substitute teachers more hours and rehire folks who recently retired, to fill in. But his order is just during the surge of cases and will expire at the end of March. Omicron has been hitting hard. Many school staff out after infection or being in contact with someone who is infected after winter break.

The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office says a body found along the 101 near the Mendocino/Sonoma County line last Friday has been identified. Deputies say a woman from Willits, Amber Dillon was reported missing last week, and the body was confirmed to be her. Officers on the scene of a “a possible deceased body” near Highway 101 and Geysers Road last Friday after someone flagged down a CHP officers after finding the body. Sheriff’s deputies say the body was in a remote field, off the highway and they were trying to figure out how it got there.

A man from Ukiah has been arrested while out on bail for another crime. The Ukiah Police dept. reports seeing a parked black Mitsubishi Outlander with the driver’s door open. The cop recognized the car matched one just reported stolen and a vehicle license plate check confirmed it. So the officer, with his firearm out, due to the car being stolen, commanded the man out of the car. Donavan Parrish got out and was immediately arrested. He was recently in custody for a burglary and now additionally charged for being in a stolen vehicle and committing a felony while out on bail. The registered owner of the car got her car back.

Congressmen Mike Thompson and John Garamendi have introduced legislation to protect the Walker Ridge area in the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument. The two Northern CA lawmakers have introduced the “Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument Expansion Act” to expand the area 4,000 acres to include the Walker Ridge tract, which is federally owned land. The original monument designated by President Obama covers Napa, Yolo, Solano, Lake, Colusa, Glenn and Mendocino counties. The entire ridgeline in Lake and Colusa counties will be called “Condor Ridge — which means “Molok Luyuk” in the Patwin language.

They were supposed to discuss an appeal against a new board member at the next Middletown Unified School District Board meeting, but COVID stopped that. The meeting was set for tomorrow night, but it had to be rescheduled. They were going to consider a resolution against COVID-19 vaccine mandates for staff and students, but one of their own is quarantining. Lake Co News reports the meeting will happen instead next Tuesday, the 18th. Then they will discuss the vaccine, and a petition against new board member Annette Lee who said she would like to consider new language regarding the vaccination idea. The Lake County Office of Education is reportedly helping the Registrar of Voters Office verify petition signatures regarding Lee’s appointment, but that won’t be done until the end of the month.

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