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COVID case rates in Lake County are surging again. The Public Health Office reports the county has landed in the CDC’s “High” community level. The federal agency has a three tier scale. The Public Health Officer reminds to wear masks in public indoor spaces, get tested if you think you’ve been exposed, and stay up to date on vaccinations. He says there are no mandates, but that reassessing measures may be necessary to avoid devastating outcomes if case rates continue to rise. Health officials say these are all recommendations and shouldn’t be seen as punishment, but a powerful tool in avoidance of more severe outcomes.  The county is reporting 212 weekly cases for every 100,000 residents and test positivity close to 11%.

The Ukiah High School Summer Academy program is accepting new applicants. It’s for incoming 9th graders to be set up for success as a member of Wildcat Nation. Kids get a crash course in high school activities, they get to meet teachers, learn the school campus and get to know high school and college preparation requirements and strategies for excelling as a freshman in high school. Students will also be introduced to potential careers in the trades, and they get to take field trips to nearby colleges. In the past, that has included UC Berkeley, UC Davis, San Francisco State, Humboldt State University, Sonoma State University, and Mendocino College.

Applications can be accessed on the Ukiah High website and the Ukiah Unified School District Facebook page.

A man seen sitting in a car in Willits who was known to be wanted on a warrant has been arrested. A Sheriff’s Deputy saw William Lee in the driver’s seat of the parked car and approached. He then searched and found several grams of meth in the car. A woman with Lee, Denesa Cleek was searched, and the Deputy found a collapsible baton, can of pepper spray, meth and drug paraphernalia used in the sale of the drug. She was arrested and held on $50,000 bail and Lee was held on $55,000.

Anthem Blue Cross in Calif. is being fined a bundle for breaking a couple of rules about out-of-pocket expenses. The State Dept. of Managed Health Care is charging the insurance giant $1.1 million for two violations, one the out-of-pocket costs, by telling customers to pay their office visit as part of their deductible. Over 6,500 customers shelled out over 9 million to doctor offices. And the insurance company never sent an explanation of benefits notice to well over 360,000 enrollees. The company says they have resolved the matter and apologize for any inconvenience it caused. The company had reported their own error to the state and will pay consumers back.  

A car crash outside Willits looks to have totaled a CHP SUV. A pickup truck also got damaged on
Highway 101 and another car went over a cliff. The CHP reports yesterday morning one vehicle was down the cliff about 75 feet, with another vehicle overturned, besides their SUV. Part of the northbound side of the highway was closed near the Cal Fire Howard Forest Station. Mendo Fever reported a witness said it looked like the pickup and CHP SUV were on the southbound side of the highway, but the car down the cliff was on the northbound side.

Quick work of a small fire near Hopland. Aerial fighting stopped the spread of the fire. A nixle alert went out to tell folks to stay away from the area, but they didn’t evacuate anyone. PG&E was also on the scene.

PG&E called to work on a power line in Garberville, to find out it was someone’s parrot sitting on the line. His name is Simon, and his owner says he climbed up a vine, onto the roof of a home, then went up a service dropline, and onto the power line. The bird cannot fly, but perched it up there for a long enough that his owner got concerned. The PG&E worker and Simon’s owner used tools to coax him down, and he finally wandered into the backyard and said “Goodbye.”

The driver of a vehicle that crashed near Piercy reportedly ran into nearby woods. Reports say the man looked to have a head injury and an ambulance was called. But they were searching for the driver. Mendo Fever reports residents in the area were told to lock up their cars and stay alert for an injured driver. The Piercy Volunteer Fire Department Chief reported a search along Highway 101 near the incident, never finding the driver.

A man from Ukiah has been arrested along with a woman who police say attacked another man at a motel. Police got a call last Thursday to the Royal Motel finding a victim had been attacked with a machete and broomstick. Ronald Feagin and Amy Woolsey are accused of putting the man in the hospital with head injuries. Feagin is charged with attempted murder and Woolsey with assault with a deadly weapon. Apparently, the suspects’ child watched the entire thing, so Child Protective Services was also called to the motel.  Witnesses and surveillance footage show it started as a verbal altercation which escalated with Feagin hitting the victim multiple times with the machete and Woolsey hitting him with a broom handle. They were separated by other people there.

A Kelseyville High Schooler, against all odds, has won the 2022 Every Student Succeeding Award. The Association of California School Administrators awards students who have overcome obstacles and made special effort to succeed. For Lake County, Logan Jirout was the ninth-grade winner. He was named by the school principal and his teachers. There were also nominees from Mendocino, Marin, Sonoma, Napa and Solano counties. He was in the hospital with severe scoliosis which caused a bump in his spine. He had to undergo four surgeries and spent a month in the hospital. This all occurred as he was entering high school.

Hospice Services are being expanded at Adventist Health, Mendocino County. They will now also be in Fort Bragg for the first time in a quarter century. Adventist Health Home Care Services is for those with a disability, chronic illness, acute illness, or terminal illness, or someone in recovery from major surgery or injury. In Fort Bragg that includes home nurses, physical and occupational therapists, medical social workers, and home health aides. With hospice, it includes a chaplain, a bereavement director, and a medical director. The hospital system says their hospice care focuses on end of life, quality of life. To learn more about Home Care and Hospice services through Adventist Health Mendocino Coast, please visit: https://www.adventisthealth. org/home-care-services/ locations/mendocinocounty or call (707) 961-4651.

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