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No decision about a proclamation of local emergency about the dwindling population of the Clear Lake hitch. The small fish has gone from a population of millions to the point where it could soon be gone forever. The reason for the drop-off is not clear and that’s what caused the County Board of supervisors to put off calling it a local emergency. Lake Co news reports that the supervisors heard hours of comments about the issue Tuesday, and eventually decided NOT to decide until its next meeting on February 7th. The hitch is culturally important to Lake County’s Pomo Indian tribes. They think fewer diversions from creeks and wells around the lake is a good first step, but the county agriculture community doesn’t like that idea. They worry that diverting water intended for the crops is most at risk. . After hearing from a long list of experts, the board voted to put off more discussion of the resolution until its February session.

A woman reported missing in Clearlake has been found. Clearlake Police had been looking for 28-year-old Kayla Johnson since Tuesday morning, but now report she is OK.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is looking for information about a missing woman. 55-year-old nancy Mingey of Lakeport hasn’t been heard from since January 4th. The Sheriff’s Office took a missing person report on January 19th. If you have any information that might help, you can get in touch with the Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit.

The saga of the Creekside Cabins goes on. The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors has signed off on an emergency order shutting down the property near Willits and has decided to start a lawsuit against the property owner. The site has been isolated since just before New Year’s because of a large sinkhole. County Public Health, Environmental Health, and Code Enforcement ordered that closure after a tour showed sewage on the ground, potentially running toward the creek. While investigating the site and helping residents evacuate, County staff members reported that they saw the illicit discharge of sewage material. The Department of Fish and Wildlife will investigate the site for criminal violations. The property owner disputes that her property is unsafe. Theresa Thurman told the board that she has followed the rules set out by the state for sewage disposal. CalTrans has been working on a temporary bridge that will allow the 50 or so residents to get out or get back in to collect their things. No one will be allowed back in after 5PM tomorrow. After that, anybody on the property will be considered a trespasser Supervisor John Hassack calls the whole situation tragic.

Mendocino County Fourth District supervisor Dan Gjerde won’t run for re-election next year. The election on March 5th next year is the same date as California’s presidential primary. Gjerde says an early campaign schedule prompted him to make the announcement now so anyone interested in government service can start to prepare. Filing papers for the position are due starting in early September. Gjerde has been the district 4 supervisor since 2013. Before that, he was on the Fort Bragg City council for 12 years.

PG&E says it will continue its fight to keep the state’s last nuclear power plant open longer. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has turned back a request to keep the Diablo Canyon plant open past an originally projected closure in 2025. The utility says it needs to keep the plant open longer to allow more time to transition to solar and other renewable energy. Governor Newsom supports leaving the plants open for at least another 10 years. The NRC has the final word on whether or not that happens.

The January rain has helped refill California reservoirs. The state says levels in two of the state’s biggest water sources, Lakes Oroville and Shasta are at their highest levels in more than two years. As the winter snowpack melts the state expects both to be near capacity by May. Last summer, Lake Shasta was just 40 percent full.

More and more of us are ditching gasoline. The State Energy Commission says almost 20 percent of new cars sold in California last year were either hybrid or fully electric. That is up from less than 10 percent2021. Officials say several things caused the big increase. Higher gas prices, more models to choose from, and incentives are among the factors. Nationwide last year less than 6 percent of all vehicles were electric.

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