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The Mendocino College Foundation has handed out some scholarships for the next school year. It was the first mixer at the Ukiah Campus since the pandemic started. On May 11th, scholarship students and their families; donors; College faculty and staff; and members of both the College Board of Trustees and the Mendocino College Foundation (MCF) Board of Directors watched as over $204,000 in scholarships were distributed. 114 students enrolled for this coming fall are getting help paying for college.

Two people are dead in Ukiah in what police say was a murder suicide. The Sheriff’s office reports getting a call Friday night to a home on Burke Hill Rd. to a man and woman down, a possible murder/suicide. 56-year-old Suzanne Stark looked to have been shot to death, along with her husband, 57-year-old, Shawn, who they say appeared to have shot himself to death after. The son of the couple reported the incident, saying he was home at the time, but didn’t see what happened. Deputies say the evidence showed it was a murder/suicide, with the husband and dad, Shawn, being the shooter, then killing himself. Detectives say the pair had an argument before the shooting, but there had never been domestic disturbance reports at the home before.

Scary situation this weekend, a fire breaks out in the Point Arena area, but didn’t do much harm. The 36-acre Owens Fire started over the weekend bringing many resources out to attack the fire which did trigger some evacuations. The fire is reported to be 100% contained with all evacuations lifted. It mostly burned brush and vegetation at South Highway 1 at Owens Road. No word how it started.

A man in the Anderson Valley area has been arrested after reports he was burning his partner’s property and had previously threatened to shoot police. It was first called in as a domestic situation, the woman telling dispatchers her partner and her had an argument, and he was burning her property and had a long rifle on him. The man was confirmed to have had a military background and possessed several firearms. He apparently told police he intended to commit suicide by cop, and he’d be hiding in a creek if they came after him. A crisis worker was sent to the scene but had no luck with the man. The weekend event in Boonville ended after a drone caught where the man was hiding and he was arrested.

A former Mendocino County School Superintendent says Nicole Glentzer is the right person for the job. Raymond Chadwick has written a letter to the editor at Mendo Fever saying he’s known Glentzer more than 8 years and found her to have all the right traits. He added that during the pandemic, she was at the forefront of returning students and staffs to in person school in a safe environment. And Chadwick added that Glentzer has positive and cooperative relationships and has a contagious energy and positivity in dealing with even the toughest of issues.

The Mendocino Children’s Fund has suffered a loss after thieves broke into some storage units. In a Facebook post, the fund announced the rip off is a devastating economic loss. The post said they try not to ask for too much help, but now that they were stolen from, they’re in need. They’re asking for the public’s help so they can replenish what was lost. They have served families from Rockport to Gualala and inland to Comptche for three decades.
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A resolution has been approved by the Lake Local Agency Formation Commission for a protest against the city of Lakeport’s proposal to annex the South Main Street corridor. Last week

LAFCo gave the green light to move forward with the resolution after revisions requested by commission members and the city of Lakeport. The annexation covers 137 acres across from South Main Street and Soda Bay Road and east of Highway 29. The protests from 16 of 50 parcels were sent to the Assessor-Recorder’s Office and the Registrar of Voters Office. They needed a 25% protest and had 36%. Now the matter will go to election of the registered owners of land.  The city has to come up with a plan and report back to LAFCo. Some folks spoke out about the authenticity of the protest list. The city has 45 days to take formal action on the matter.

The Lake County Board of Supervisors is taking up the cannabis ordinance they’ve been considering for some time. The meeting tomorrow morning on Zoom and in person will also look at bids for a new multiuse path for Middletown. The cannabis ordinance would be revised regarding permits and how they enforce locally. The memo to the Board by the Community Development Director says Cannabis projects are becoming more controversial, so they will be presenting changes to the ordinance, then there will be workshops on Wednesday and Thursday for the general public. The board will then consider the bid for the Multiuse path in Middletown of over 1.1 million dollars to a contractor from Santa Rosa, which was the lowest bid they received.

Police in Clearlake say they’ve located a missing ten year old. On Sunday police announced finding Willie Brown Jr at Austin Park. He was reported missing early Sunday morning after he was seen leaving the Lamplighter Motel. An alert was sent out just before 2 am and he was found by 9am.

The Mendocino County Public Health Officer says there’s a new wave of COVID19 with more than triple the number of cases each day. During his Friday address, Dr. Andy Coren said the amount of cases in Calif. have been skyrocketing. And here in Mendocino County there were just 3.6 cases per 100,000 people per day a few weeks ago, but now it’s 13/100,000. Coren also noted the amount of people in the hospital was also up, doubling over the last week. It’s all due to two new sub-strains of the Omicron variant of coronavirus. He said he expected the county to be in the high transmission rate by this week. He also said there were way more cases in school since Spring Break and proms, but thankfully, there were no new deaths to report.

Fort Bragg is going to make history with a new affordable housing project run entirely on electric and solar power. The Plateau by The Danco Group is a nearly 39 million dollar project, featuring 69 cottages and townhomes. There will be one, two, and three-bedroom apartments for low-income seniors, individuals, and families. The project will have solar rooftop panels to provide 100% of the project’s net energy use, with zero natural gas at the property. Each unit will have Energy Star all-electric appliances, LED lighting, highly efficient heating, air conditioning, and hot water systems. There will also be five electric vehicle charging stations completing the all-electric project.

The next 100+ Women Strong of Inland Mendocino County Gathering is coming up. Next Thursday, the gathering is happening from 5:30-7:00 pm at Rivino Vineyards and Winery. Anyone who wants to help the nonprofit is invited. There will be three nonprofits in all who are presenting, they include United Disaster Relief of Northern Calif., a group from Ukiah who used to be known as MendoLake Complex Fire Relief. Also on hand, Building Bridges, services for the homeless; and the Shanél Valley Academy in Hopland. They will also be presenting the Humane Society for Inland Mendocino County an award as their chosen nonprofit this year. Each attendee must pledge $100 to the cause. They’ve already raised five thousand dollars. For more info,

The Mayor of Cearlake has proclaimed May as Tourism Month. The proclamation for the state of Calif. Mayor Dirk Slooten said during the proclamation announcement last week that tourism plays a major role in both the county and the state’s economic prosperity, bringing in over $144 billion in spending in 2019. There was a drop in spending during the first days of the pandemic, and the economic lockdown with folks out of work and not traveling. Lake County lost 47 million dollars in tourism dollars in 2020. The Mayor says the state saw a return of tourism last year, but not yet near 2019 numbers. The proclamation urged residents to help their fellow residents get back to work and support local businesses by traveling in the state.

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