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The yearly Giving Tuesday event in Ukiah is coming up. Next Tuesday the global volunteer movement will be observed locally. The campaign first came about in 2012 to “encourage people to do good”. It has become a worldwide movement now with millions giving each year and working together to celebrate generosity. The City of Ukiah will be working with local businesses and organizations on the community giving. They will be out at a either local trails or community gardens doing beautification work, planting trees, pulling weeds, picking up trash or covering graffiti. You can sign up on the smartphone app or online at and search Giving Tuesday – Ukiah. Space is limited, so early registration is encouraged. 

The Lakeport City Council has approved a new housing project which is part of a larger development. Lake Co News reports the council voted 3 to 1 on the Parkside Subdivision expansion which is next to Westside Community Park. The developer will add 128 new apartments and 48 homes on more than 15 acres. The development is three phases, first approved back in 2005. The approval at last night’s meeting means construction can start on 64 apartments and 48 “cluster” homes. The homes will probably not start construction until about a year and a half after the apartments go up.

The Sheriff of Tehama County says they have such a severe staffing shortage he will have to stop all daytime patrols. Beginning this Sunday, due to a “catastrophic staffing shortage” there will only nighttime patrols in the area. A news release from the agency says they’ve been having difficulties finding new people and retaining who they already have due to pay disparities. The Sheriff has reassigned Deputies to courts and the jail from the operations division. With the announcement came the news too, that if needed, the CHP will step up and help with any life-threatening emergencies when needed. Tehama County’s population at last count was about 65,000 or so.

The University of California system is out a bunch of workers. Tens of thousands are striking to get more money and protections. 48,000 academic workers began their strike this week disrupting research, instruction and grading. Heads of the universities are reaching out to get a “neutral private mediator ”, but union leaders want UC officials to get back to negotiations as soon as possible, and say their teams are at the ready, 24/7. For the union, they want to focus on more money, and the UC system spokesperson says they think their current offer is sufficient.

A new report shows less and less people in the state are recycling. The new data shows only 40-percent last year, down slightly from 2020.  CalRecycle gave the update during a meeting marking ‘America Recycles Day.’  The director says while this is disappointing, she views it as an opportunity to see how the population can do more, at the same time admitting people are recycling everything from tires to beverage containers at record numbers.

The Anderson Valley School Board has voted unanimously for a new skate park. The school board agreed they would have to sell the land next to the Health Clinic in the Community Park. But only for a buck. Now they have to get more money through grants to build the park. The Service Learning Team, Noor Dawood and other supporters with the Community Services District will get down to work. Over 90 Anderson Valley residents were at the public hearing in support of erecting the Skatepark. At the meeting the school board approved of filing the paperwork with the State Board of Education to transfer the land to the Anderson Valley Community Services District.

It’s that time. As we had previously reported that for now on, you’d be able to get a year round fishing license instead of them expiring at the end of each year. The new legislation says sport fishing licenses that are good for 365 days after the day you get it. Assemblyman Jim Wood’s bill was signed into law by Gov. Newsom in October 2021 and they will be ready for sale soon. Any licenses purchased after January 1st will be good for the entire year. Check out the California Department of Fish & Wildlife’s sport fishing page on the agency’s website. There you can read all about the changes.

Mendocino has landed on a travel website as one of the year’s don’t visit spots. The “No List” of travel destinations by Fodor’s Travels, a tourist info and travel company. Each year they publish their recommended places to see, and their places to reconsider. On this year’s “No List” was the town of Mendocino along with North Lake Tahoe. The no’s include natural attractions that could use a break in order to heal and rejuvenate; cultural hotspots that are overcrowded and have resource depletion; and locations around the world immediately and dramatically impacted by water crises. Lake Tahoe, the site says, has a people problem, droves have moved there since the pandemic hit. And of course Mendocino, the site admits, is a beautiful beach town, with enchanting cliffside trails and beaches, but due to the drought, it’s super expensive due to the rising cost of running water.

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