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After a town hall with the Redwood Valley Calpella Fire Station attendees got to check out the new Early Warning Sirens Project up close. The meeting Saturday was attended by the County CEO Darcie Antle who lives in Redwood Valley, and District 1 Supervisor Glenn McGourty. Both spoke at the meeting with Antle announcing the County’s Office of Emergency Services had moved out of the Sheriff’s Department and into the County Executive Office. Sirens like these have been installed in places like dams, military bases, industrial facilities and on oil rigs. For the community, grant funding paid for four sirens. The first was being tested this week. The sirens are powered by the sun and use a radio frequency and can work when there is no power or cell phone reception.

The county has stepped in to take over the repairs outside the Creekside Cabins RV Park and Resort due to a massive sinkhole. Apparently, the owner had not contracted with any company for repairs so the county found a contractor to work with Caltrans and other State and local agencies for a temporary, short term, ingress and egress so residents who live at the park can get out and relocate. The county reported not getting any heads up from the owner they’d be working on the sinkhole. Mendocino County Social Services and the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office will be at the park to discuss the work with residents this week, including helping with assistance programs if they need them. Those not living in the park should avoid the area.

A bunch of meetings to get the community involved in what direction the Mendocino County Museum takes are happening in coming weeks and months. The Community Engagement Series will be in person, plus there’s an online survey and outreach efforts with residents. You can access the survey online at the Museum’s website. It only takes a couple minutes to complete. The town halls are taking place next month into April with Museum staff, the board and with the Friends of the Museum. They’ll have digital exhibits and refreshments. The meetings at the Museum itself, three in Willits and others at various Mendocino County Branch Libraries. For more information, visit http://www.mendocinocounty.org/museum or contact the Mendocino County Museum at (707) 459-2736 or museum@mendocinocounty.org

A man the Sheriff’s office had been looking for in connection to an assault with a deadly weapon has been caught. The office says 33-year-old Anthony Pinola was booked into jail a day after they put out a “be on the lookout” alert for him in connection to the assault with a deadly weapon situation in Gualala. They’ve not said anything more about the alleged crime, but his arrest record online shows charges for two felonies: “threats to commit crime resulting in bodily injury” and domestic battery. It’s also not his first tangle with the law. He’s been charged with crimes in the past, including being drunk in public, possession of a concealed weapon, and child endangerment.

The Governor has reportedly bolstered his emergency declaration related to the severe storms across the state by signing an executive order for impacted communities to quickly get the help they need. The state also received a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration and a Presidential Emergency Declaration to help with the response and recovery efforts related to the rain, flooding, mud and landslides which are blamed for 20 deaths and damage to homes which caused thousands of evacuations. The new executive order has provisions in it to be sure there’s enough people working on the response with waivers for work hour limitations for retirees, no fees for residents who may need to replace vital records like marriage or birth certificates; help for health care facilities in impacted areas to stay open, and support for schools in Merced County impacted by flooding.

High-flow water releases have begun at the Coyote Valley Dam at Lake Mendocino. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers out of San Francisco was tending to the flows yesterday near Ukiah. The Corp says this will help reduce the swollen reservoir levels to accommodate more rain. It’s the first time they’ve had to lower the level this way for a few years. The recent atmospheric river storms dumped over a foot of rain on some areas of Northern Calif. Some places got over two feet, including at Austin Creek, just north of Guerneville, which saw just under 30 inches. The work will hopefully help so places like Hopland aren’t swamped downstream. More rain is expected tomorrow, but hopefully it won’t be anything more than a tenth to a quarter of an inch the drops. It’s the ninth storm since Xmas and the 10th atmospheric river.

The first meeting of 2023 for the Middletown Area Town Hall is set with a report from the district supervisor on the “state of the county”. The Town Hall will also feature their yearly board election, all happening in person Thursday or on Zoom at 7pm. District 1 Supervisor Moke Simon is delivering the “state of the county” report with a question and answer session after. After the new board of directors is chosen, they will nominate and elect the chairperson, vice chair and secretary, along with alternates. The Middletown Area Town Hall includes residents of Anderson Springs, Cobb, Coyote Valley (including Hidden Valley Lake) and Long Valley along with Middletown.

Longer public hours at the Mendocino County Superior Court clerk’s offices in Ukiah and Fort Bragg as well as phone hours. As we reported before the New Year, the clerk’s offices will be open now from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and public phone service will be available during the same hours. You can check out the court website for more information regarding cases you can file in court, and you can search for info on specific cases, hearings, jury duty and other self-help like filing documents online, downloading and buying copies of court case documents, and you can also pay court fines and fees. You’ll also have the ability to confirm or postpone jury service on the website and see local rules and orders, the courtroom calendar, remote appearances and other case information: http://www.mendocino.courts.ca.gov

After a special meeting of the Lake County BOS, they approved an affordable housing project. The Collier Avenue housing project was approved during last Friday’s meeting. It’s being sponsored by the Behavioral Health Services and Housing Commission and is being paid for with Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTCs), a construction loan from Chase Bank, Department of Developmental Services, Tri Counties Bank and the California Department of Housing and Community Development’s “No Place Like Home” program. Lake Co News reports the Collier Avenue Apartments will have 40 units, including a manager’s unit.

UC campuses have not been able to bring in more in-state students. The Governor was tightening the screws along with lawmakers so California residents would sign up as undergrads the next several years. But, the UC estimates enrollment of in-state students is going to be down for the current academic year compared to a year ago. They also say it’s not probable they’ll meet the expectation of thousands more in-state students that was set last year by the Governor and the Legislature for over 7,600 in-state students between 2022 and 2024.

If you like to sing with others, the Redwood Community Chorus is looking for members for their next session. They meet each Tuesday night in Mendocino for 2½ hours and sing a wide variety of tunes, then present them to the public in May. They say there’s no experience necessary, and you can show up next Tuesday as a guest. Call first though to Chorus Director Jenni Windsor for further details: 707-889-2293 [or email: jenniwindsor707@gmail.com]
Rehearsals are at Mendocino Preston Hall (next to Presbyterian Church), Tuesdays, 6:00 – 8:30 pm; sponsored by Mendocino College ($12 one-time fee).

The President is coming to California to tour stormed-slammed regions of the state along the Central Coast. Biden will be here Thursday, but the White House has not said exactly where he will visit. He’s set to meet with first responders, local officials and members of communities hit hard by the atmospheric river storms. President Biden is also planning to mull how much federal support will be needed for relief efforts. He approved the Major Disaster Declaration last weekend for Sacramento, Santa Cruz and Merced Counties.

Snowpack in and around Lake Tahoe is nearly 250-percent above average for this time of year. The California Department of Water Resources reported after weeks of atmospheric river storms, heavy snow fell on the Central Sierra region, which includes Lake Tahoe. The region is also said to be at over 120-percent of its April 1st snowfall average. The U.C. Berkeley Central Sierra Snow Lab has received more than four feet of snow since Friday, adding to the total.

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