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Pomo artists are being featured at the Grace Hudson Museum in Ukiah. Starting tomorrow at 11am, Pomo artists Katie Williams-Elliott, Donna Ramirez and Eric Wilder will be at the museum with their various works to talk to art enthusiasts. The painting, drawing and photography will be part of the exhibit, “Gathering Time: Pomo Art During the Pandemic.” There are 15 different contemporary Pomo artists from 10 Pomo tribal groups from Mendocino, Lake and Sonoma Counties. The artist’s work harkens back to the lockdown and the associated heartbreak the COVID pandemic wreaked on all of us, and their cultural traditions. Admission to this panel is free with museum admission. The Grace Hudson Museum is
located at 431 S. Main St. in Ukiah.

For more information, call (707) 467-2836 or visit the website at

The Lake County Board of Supervisors has discussed hiring an auditor to look over the contract with the Elijah House due to some grant money used for the former homeless shelter and the abrupt dismissal of residents there. The Board was questioning whether the management of the former shelter were following the contract, using grant funding appropriately and reporting the usage. The administrator for the Elijah House was at the meeting over Zoom, but the board ultimately decided to hire an unbiased outside auditor. The Board also looked at getting a lawyer to make sure PG&E was providing the appropriate wildfire mitigation. They agreed to spend up to $50,000 only and potentially work with the same lawyer other groups have already signed on with for their own beefs with the utility giant.

The Governor is set to sign two bills that will use under-used or vacant commercial buildings as housing. The deal came about through some affordable housing groups and labor unions. The two bills, one originating in the Senate, the other in the Assembly look to put housing in buildings that had been zoned for large retail and office buildings because of a massive shortage of housing. The pair of bills guarantee union-scale wages for builders and have a clause to expedite the construction of the conversions. They also have to be close to city centers so the state can still meet its environmental goals and avoid sprawl.

More shocking details have emerged about why former Ukiah cop Kevin Murray was being investigated in the first place. Details have been released to the public for 60 days outlining the Sonoma County Probation Department’s sentencing recommendation which had asked for a much stricter sentence than the suspended sentence he received along with probation. He was charged with rape, burglaries and drug possession. The notes say he raped a woman at gunpoint, had meth on him at one point he said was evidence he forgot to book in. There were another couple of sex assaults, but the Sonoma County Probation Dept. says they didn’t get responses needed from the Mendocino County District Attorney’s office, which was prosecuting the case.

A man from the Ukiah area has been sent to prison for starting a fire at a group home with people inside. 32-year-old Travis Joseph Humphrey will be locked up for 9 years after the December fire. Witnesses apparently gave police and fire investigators enough information that they interviewed Humphrey. They say he set a fire in the room he was assigned to, left the room, closed the door and took off. Then he was seen looking into a window from outside. At the time of the fire, Humphrey was also on probation for being an accessory to the reckless setting of a fire by another person last year. But the fire he set was a felony.

Someone found sleeping on the steps of a business in Ukiah ended up being a man wanted for several warrants. Police say Scott Faber also had meth on him, so they arrested him. After search of the man, police say they also found ammunition on him. Faber was booked into jail for Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Misdemeanor – Possession Controlled Substance and the Misdemeanor Arrest Warrants and held on $25,000.00 bail.

After cruising around on routine patrol, a Sheriff’s Deputy has arrested a man after a traffic stop for possessing drugs. A search was on because Edward Blakeley was found to be on Post Release Community Supervision out of county. He was found on the 200 block of KUKI Lane in Ukiah with a personal use quantity of suspected methamphetamine and a methamphetamine pipe. He’s charged with possessing a controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and held without bail.

Senate Majority Leader Mike McGuire has announced the Governor has signed his bill to hurry and underground electricity lines to keep communities safe. The Governor signed the bill into law yesterday. McGuire says it’s about time and added that PG&E has failed to keep Calif. safe and “underfunded modernization, line hardening and wildfire safety efforts for decades, which has had devastating impacts in communities throughout the utility’s territory.” The undergrounding of electric lines is thought to be one of the ways to solve the wildfire crisis by about 99%. And it could also reduce carbon emissions by stopping mega-fires before they start.

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