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Mendocino County has closed Creekside Cabins near Willits. Public health says the property is a health hazard because of exposed sewage and other concerns. The site has been cut off since early this month because of a sinkhole at the entrance. CalTrans is building a temporary bridge to let the 50 or so residents evacuate or get back in to get their belongings. The bridge should open Wednesday, morning but everyone will have to be out by Thursday at 5:00 PM. The County says the property owner is responsible for access, but so far hasn’t done anything to fix the problem. Anyone entering the property does so at their own risk because of the unsanitary conditions.

The US Forest Service is working to get off-road vehicles back on its trails. The trails are closed until further notice. The Forest Service says crews are still assessing the damage done by the January rain, especially in the burn-scarred areas of the Ranch and August Complex fires. Trees are down and several slides on main forest roads will have to be cleared. The roads and trails are soaked as well so too much use too soon could cause more damage. If you’re thinking of hitting the trails, check the forest service website or social media to see the conditions first.

The Mendocino Emergency Ag Pass application portal is now live. The Emergency Ag Pass helps farm property owners get into areas of the county that may be under an evacuation order. With a valid ag pass, those owners can get to their land during the day to tend to essentials with their crops and livestock. The county says it is a good idea to apply now because of possible delays when there is actually an emergency. The county website has a link to the Ag Pass application.

The Lake County Board of Supervisors will hear about the plummeting population of the Clearlake Hitch at its meeting this week. The minnow-like fish is said to be on the brink of extinction due to several factors including drought, invasive species, and human-made changes to habitat The hitch once numbered in the millions, but over just the past few years the number has dropped dramatically. Environmental groups think that unless there is a reversal as soon as this year the fish could vanish for good. The hitch is an important part of the culture of the Pomo tribes in Lake County. They say losing it would be especially hard for tribe members. The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors will decide on an emergency declaration about the situation at their meeting on Tuesday.

The hitch issue is part of a full agenda. Among other things, commissioners will consider an agreement with the City of Clearlake for the costs of the design of a proposed Skate Park. The board meeting starts at 9AM at the County Courthouse. The link to the agenda is on the county website. You can watch it either on Chanel 8 or on Facebook.

A new 40 Unit affordable housing project has a green light in Lakeport. LakeCo News reports the Lakeport Planning commission has voted unanimously to approve AMG Associates’ proposal for the complex on almost 4 acres on Smith Street. AMG has several other projects in the city, either built or planned. During the hearing on the Smith Street plan, a couple of residents expressed concerns about how the developer handled those earlier projects. They cited problems with water lines, a retaining wall, and contractor behavior. Commissioners say they are sorry about those issues, but that they should not stand in the way of the new project. Up next—approval from the City Council, which meets on February 21st.

Police are looking for five men they say held up a business in Willits Sunday afternoon and got away with 50 pounds of cannabis. Mendofever.com reports the heist happened just before 1:00 at the business on Creekside Drive. Four of the five robbers reportedly had handguns. The suspects made their getaway in a Black Jeep SUV south on Highway 101.

A 76-year-old man is dead after a UTV crash near Alderpoint in Humboldt County. CHP says the man lost control of his Polaris Ranger on the private property Thursday afternoon, flipping it down an embankment. He died at the scene. CHP continues its investigation.

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