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California is trying to be ahead of the pack fighting Climate Change which means all-electric furnaces, stoves and other appliances. The state has released a new pollution-reduction plan looking at being carbon neutral by 2045. The California Air Resources Board put out the plan, which is just ahead of Hawaii, which has set the same goal, but in 2050. It means no fossil fuels that are used to juice up cars, trucks, airplanes, ships, homes, businesses and other sectors. The board’s report recommended cutting oil and gas use by 91% by 2045 at the same time, capturing and storing carbon emissions from remaining resources. The plan has not been finalized; it still must go thru the public comment process.

We’re not following the Governor’s water reduction demands in the severe drought. In fact, it was the opposite. The state reported water use was up almost 19% in March compared to 2020. The Governor had asked residents to cut water usage by 15% compared to 2020. The conservation effort was helped some by a lot of late fall, early winter rain, which reduced water demand. But the first quarter of the year have been extremely dry. Water use started to climb up in January and February, then skyrocketed in March when folks started to water their lawns. Since last July, Californians cut their overall water use by only 3.7%.

Five people have been arrested after an electronics ripoff at the Ukiah Walmart. Police say four juveniles along with a 20-year-old man swiped several pairs of AirPods but were caught later. Staff at the store say the five broke into the display case, took 13 pairs of Apple’s wireless headphones and took off without paying. Police canvassed neighborhoods and found two young men nearby. They were confirmed as runaways from Sacramento who left a group home. Mendocino Deputies found two more young people by the Ukiah Rail Trail. And the 20-year-old was caught after that. He’s identified as Nathan Stiles of Lake County. All are charged with burglary and conspiracy.

A new event is being put on in Mendocino County by the Mendocino Cannabis Alliance. The Mendocino Craft Farmers Auction is being held in July and will be hosted by a couple of local Cannabis business owners. The event at the Brambles, a venue in the redwoods in Anderson Valley. The charity auction will distribute proceeds to Redwood Community Services Crisis Response. The organizers say it’s a way to give back to the community and County and bring awareness to high quality cannabis produced locally. Some of the auction items include overnight stays, health and wellness experiences, fine dining and adventures in the wilderness.

Tickets are $200 each and will be tax deductible. Interested guests and sponsors should contact nikkijturtle@gmail.com for details.

Adventist Health has been awarded an A grade by the Leapfrog Group. The independent national watchdog organization gave the healthcare provider the top Hospital Safety Grade for achieving the highest national standards in patient safety. The group grades hospitals across the country by using over 30 categories in safety like preventable errors, injuries and infections; and they also look at systems in place to protect patients from harm. It’s apparently the only hospital ratings program that uses hospital prevention of medical errors and harm to patients as part of their grading system. The whole thing is peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

The yearly quarantine for all sport-harvested mussels along the Calif. coast is in effect. The state Department of Public Health announced the quarantine to protect the public against neurotoxins that naturally occur in mussels but can lead to serious illness and even death. It doesn’t apply to mussels from Clear Lake, or any commercially sold clams, mussels, scallops or oysters. Commercial shellfish harvesters or dealers certified with the state are allowed to sell the items which are tested frequently, by state order, to make sure they’re safe to consume.

A new microbusiness relief program related to the COVID19 pandemic has been introduced in Mendocino County. The county and the Economic Development & Financing Corporation (EDFC) launched the California Microbusiness COVID-19 Relief Grant Program which has smaller grants available of up to $2,500 for microbusinesses impacted by the pandemic. The amount of money depends on eligibility requirements from the California Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA). They opened the application portal May 1st and it will stay open until they run out of grant money.

EDFC also offers business loans from under $5,000 up to $250,000 to start-up and existing businesses in Mendocino, Lake and Sonoma Counties.

Interested in learning more about this opportunity and other business resources EDFC offers? Visit http://www.edfc.org. Or call (707) 234-5705.

A cell phone outage has been reported in Mendocino County. AT&T users may have lost service in Branscomb, Laytonville, Willits, Casper, Covelo, Fort Bragg, Rockport, Westport and Leggett. And there are some landlines reported down in Fort Bragg and Ukiah too, so it’s not only AT&T. Workers are out trying to problem-solve and repair the equipment, but no timeline was given. If you have service and can’t reach 911, then please call (707) 961-2800 for emergency life safety emergencies.

It looks like folks who lost cell and landline service are back in business. Crews are reportedly not done so there could be some trickling of service on in some areas. On social media, some folks posted they had their service back on after it went out yesterday morning. Mendo Fever reported the 5th District Supervisor Ted Williams was tweeting updates yesterday and last night on AT&T’s progress and said State Senator Mike McGuire was instrumental in getting AT&T crews out and residents service reconnected from Fort Bragg to Rockport to Covelo. Williams said he wished there was a “more robust response.”

They’re getting ready for one of the most popular events at Clear Lake, the Catfish Derby.
The three-day event this weekend in Clearlake Oaks. It’s touted to be the best catfishing tournament west of the Mississippi which brings hundreds of people, but also snarls traffic along Highway 20 over the event. Last year was a smaller event due to the pandemic, but this year they’re gearing up for back to normal times. They’ve got their annual fundraiser for the Clearlake Oaks-Glenhaven Business Association too for the 38th year. They sponsor the event with proceeds pouring right back into the community. They expect 1,000 entries this year.

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