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A man from Potter Valley has died at the Ukiah Fairgrounds. Police say it was probably because the man had a medical condition. It happened Monday afternoon at Elliot’s Christmas Tree lot. Workers there found the man had died on the property’s west upper parking lot. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Dept. says detectives and CHP officers said they believed it was a “a natural related death”, but there will be a “standard coroner’s investigation” even though there were no obvious signs of foul play.

Microbusiness owners can still apply for a grant from the Microbusiness COVID-19 Relief Grant Program from the state. $2,500 grants are still being awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to eligible businesses until the money is depleted. It’s compliments of the state in partnership with the Economic Development and Financing Corporation (EDFC) and is being funded by the California Office of the Small Business Advocate. To be eligible a business has to be open and operating, have a plan to stay that way, have been open and operating before December 31st of 2019, have less than 5 full-time equivalent employees and had <5 full-time equivalent employees in 2019 and 2020. And had less than $50,000 in business revenue in 2019. You also cannot have received a grant already.

Please contact EDFC at or by phone at (707) 234-5705 with any questions and support with the application process. Assistance is available in Spanish upon request.

A pretty strong earthquake has struck the Bay Area. The 5.1 magnitude earthquake yesterday just before noon near San Jose in Santa Clara County. The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) reported they were actively coordinating with local authorities to check for any possible damage or issues that came up after the earthquake and provide any assistance needed at state level. Apparently, as many as 100,000 individuals were alerted an earthquake was about to occur from the state’s earthquake early warning system. That notice varied from two seconds for those very near the epicenter to 18 seconds for those in San Francisco. It came just after the Great California ShakeOut Tour.

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The Mendocino County Planning Commission is planning to hear recommendations about rentals of single-family homes. The Planning and Building Services Director found that a county code related to Room and Board should apply to single-family housing rentals as transient habitation or accessory use as being customary, appropriate, incidental and subordinate to the principally permitted residential use of the property. The chair of the Planning Commission created an ad hoc commission last year on the matter of interpreting this county code. So next Thursday the commission will hear the recommendations from the committee. It might include adoption of a resolution to clarify the wording in the county code related to transient living in a single-family home.

A new partnership has been announced between Mendocino College and Arizona State University for seamless transfers. The new MyPath2ASU™ program would allow Mendocino students to plan ahead for their transfer to ASU. It includes tools for the transfer students from accredited, U.S. institutions after the student earns enough credits or gets an associate degree from a community college or university. The vice president of Student Services at Mendocino College says they’re proud to partner with ASU on ways “to increase transfer opportunities” which will open doors for students by giving them access to high-quality educational programs and the resources of a large university.

District 4 has a new supervisor in Lake County. The Governor appointed Michael Green to take over for Tina Scott last week. Green was sworn in yesterday morning by the county’s Registrar of Voters. It was added to the agenda, but Green will not be working on the Board until next year. He has to resign also from the Lakeport City Council. The Lakeport City Manager Kevin Ingram and Assistant City Manager/Finance Director Nick Walker were there for the swearing in. The latest interim Public Health Officer gave a COVID update to the board too. Dr. Karl Sporer says the pandemic is waning and we are fortunate, but there’s also concern about a wave this year. He also spoke about flu and COVID vaccines and the upcoming flu season, mixing with COVID which likes to peak in cold weather as more people gather indoors.

The Lake County Planning Commission is taking up work on county parks. When they reconvene this week the commission will have a public hearing on improvements to more than a dozen parks including in Clearlake Oaks, Kelseyville, Lower Lake, Lucerne, Middletown and Nice. The plan by Public Services is for multiple improvements to restrooms, planting trees, and installing shade structures, signs, drinking fountains, trash bins and benches.

The winners of the latest Mendocino Coast Healthcare Foundation Excellence in Nursing Award have been announced. The 2022 Charlene McAllister Excellence in Nursing Award goes to Emily Anthony, an ICU, Critical Care Nurse at Adventist Health Mendocino Coast; and Chama Rasheed, a Certified Nursing Assistant and Medical Records Manager at Sherwood Oaks Post Acute Care. The award recognizes and promotes exemplary dedication of nurses on the Mendocino Coast and for caregivers who work to positively impact patient outcomes and experience, serve as role models for their peers, and embody nursing ethics in their work. Six other nominees were also recognized.

That woman from Nevada supposedly seen lighting a fire in Lake County will finally have her day in court. 39-year-old Nickelina Rose Williams of Fallon, Nevada was arrested one year ago after a fire erupted along Highway 29 around the time she was seen nearby. A CHP officer who responded says he saw Williams walking along the highway on the southbound side near the fire’s ignition point. She told the officer she knew nothing about it, but witnesses placed her there with a lighter, which the officer found. She was found incompetent to stand trial, but her competency has been restored with medication and she’s due in court for her preliminary hearing Monday.

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