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There are no more COVID19 protocols in place in Mendocino County. The Public Health Officer announced late yesterday he had rescinded local Isolation and Quarantine requirements for the general public. Anyone who thinks they’ve been exposed to the virus and has no symptoms is not required to isolate or quarantine, even if they’re not vaccinated, unless they live or work in a high-risk setting. Dr. Andy Coren says the change is after the state Department of Public Health did the same, ending quarantine recommendations for the public. They say you should still get tested for the virus 3-5 days after exposure and wear a mask around others for ten days, but you can work, go to school and do your regular activities, if you have no symptoms. If the test is positive and you do have symptoms, the quarantine rules do apply for 10 days until there is no fever or symptoms.

The woman who claimed she was abducted and branded by two other women in Northern Calif. has admitted in court she lied. Sherri Papini was in court yesterday in relation to her 2016 “kidnapping” from Redding. She pleaded guilty to making false statements to a federal agent and mail fraud. These are lesser crimes and part of a plea agreement. Her lawyer told the judge during their brief Zoom hearing that she was being treated by a psychiatrist for anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. She faces 25 years in prison for lying to the FBI. She may also have to pay over $300,000 in restitution.

Rural residents who pump their own water in Sonoma County will have to start paying for the water. If folks are part of the Santa Rosa groundwater basin, they may have to start paying up to $25/year. In the Sonoma Valley basin, they would have to pay up to $80/year and in the Petaluma Valley basin, up to $200 a year. This would be for about a half-acre foot of well water per year. Those who use more than that, on ranches, or cities, water districts and businesses will pay more, based on the amount of water they draw from their wells. The Sonoma County Farm Bureau is speaking out on the new fees, saying their members cannot start to charge more for their products and say there hasn’t been enough public conversation on the matter.

A group of environmentalists and fishermen have filed a 60-day-notice against PG&E regarding the closure of the Potter Valley Project. The coalition says they intend to sue the energy giant under the Endangered Species Act. They say the fishway at the Cape Horn Dam in Potter Valley causes harm to endangered fish because they cannot pass if the facility is unpassable, or they are made vulnerable to predators when they try to climb the ladder. PG&E still owns the project and says they’re operating the Potter Valley Project in full compliance with the National Marine Fisheries Services’ (NMFS) Biological Opinion (BiOp). The 20-year license expired Thursday and the company has not applied for a renewal.

Nicole Glentzer has a new endorsement in her bid to be the next Mendocino County Superintendent of Schools. The California School Employees Association reports after reviewing both candidates professional histories and qualifications, they chose Glentzer, who was supported by all 8 Mendocino County chapters. They interviewed both candidates before announcing their decision. The Association says Nicole’s integrity and experience made her the clear choice for County Superintendent of Schools.

Deputies are investigating a reported home invasion assault in Kelseyville Riviera. It happened Sunday night on Edgewater Dr. where the victims reported a suspect forced his way inside and assaulted a woman and confronted her husband. But the husband got the upper hand and restrained the suspect and kicked him out of the house and he ran away. They described him as a white man with short hair, wearing a dark-colored hoodie. They also saw he had a tattoo on his upper chest. There’s not a lot more info than that. The Sheriff’s Office is reminding folks in the area to stay vigilant, lock their doors at night and be aware of strangers in the neighborhood. They also ask anyone in the area to review their cameras or video doorbells for footage of any suspicious person(s) and call the Sheriff’s office with any details.

Governor Newsom’s statewide Dump Day, is this Earth Day, April 23rd. So, with that Caltrans is offering a free used tire dumping event. It’s made possible with the Governor’s $1.1 billion-dollar Clean California initiative so that roads and waterways are kept free of litter, creates thousands of jobs and will bring multiple beautification projects to the state. The acting Caltrans director says the “best way to keep California clean is not to trash it in the first place”. He says the goal of the dump days is to make sure the trash doesn’t get into waterways or on roadsides to begin with. No construction materials, business waste, hazardous waste, e-waste, treated wood waste, or asbestos of any type will be accepted.

Ukiah Railroad Depot Lot – accepting TIRES ONLY – 237 E. Perkins, Entrance on East Clay Street off Main Street – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. or until capacity is reached at the site.

C & S Waste Transfer Station – accepting TIRES, MATTRESSES, and FURNITURE ONLY – 230 Soda Bay Road, Lakeport – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. or until capacity is reached at the site.

SLRR Recycling Center – accepting TIRES, MATTRESSES, and FURNITURE ONLY – 16015 Davis Street, Clearlake – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. or until capacity is reached at the site.

Hybrid training sessions are being set up by the Mendocino County Office of Emergency Services for those who want to volunteer with the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) if there are emergencies or natural disasters. You will learn disaster preparedness and survival skills, fire safety and suppression, some search and rescue, rescuer safety skills and how to assist in disaster medical operations. The sessions are coming up after the Board of Supervisors heard about the need a couple weeks ago. There’s online and in person sessions at the end of the month at the Caspar Community Center and in Ukiah.

Training sessions are set for 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. April 30 at 411 W. Clay Street in Ukiah, and from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. May 21 at the Caspar Community Center, 15051 Caspar Road. For more information call 707-462-1959 or go to http://www.mendocert.com/training.html.

The Lake County Board of Supervisors is getting an update on cleanup of the Sulphur Bank Mercury Mine Superfund site. At their regular meeting this morning, the board will hear from the US EPA Region 9 staff. The site’s project manager, and other staff members will show a presentation to the board on the recommended cleanup and public comment opportunities. The superfund site, which was added in 1990 to the list, is in Clearlake Oaks on the Clear Lake shoreline, next to the Elem Colony. There’s been some cleanup, but mercury is reportedly leaching into the Lake. The cleanup plan will be released to the public at some point this year.

The Behavioral Health and Recovery Services is planning their monthly meeting. It’s happening on Zoom a week from tomorrow from 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM; any interested community members are welcome to join. It’s meant for those who are interested in supporting the behavioral health services department. You’re encouraged to ask questions and seek answers to provide feedback. You can get a copy of the agenda on the agency’s website, or call for more info.

BHAB meeting agendas are published at: https://www.mendocinocounty.org/BHAB

(707) 472-2355 or e-mail: bhboard@mendocinocounty.org .

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