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The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors approved nearly $2 million for behavioral health and recovery services in the county at their meeting on Tuesday.  On Cannabis the board approved revisions to a $17.5 million state grant to help cultivators get to state licensure, according to KymKemp online.  A board member reported that they expect 500-700 applications anticipated to fall within the grant program.  An additional nearly $5 million is available to help growers fit into compliance with environmental requirements.  Some say the grants and work by the Cannabis Department indicate the county is supporting local licensed cannabis operators.  They now can focus on market access development and state policies. 

The Mendocino Board of Supervisors also approved a grant application to the California Coastal Commission this week, and it was awarded $3 million to help the county to update planning in sea level rise.  On Wednesday, the Grass Roots Institute held a meeting with representatives from the commission, the county, and the cities of Point Arena and Fort Bragg.  In the Mendocino Beacon today, planning for sea level rise has been organized into Local Coastal Programs. The programs help set policies to protect coastal resources and prioritize   land and water use. The City of Fort Bragg got $900,000 and Point Arena was allotted about $100,000 for their parts of the program. 

The Lake County Board of Supervisors had a busy meeting this week.  The California Department of Insurance was at the meeting, to present a Safer from Wildfires framework.  The department reminded the board that residents can get insurance discounts with wildfire prevention.  They urged people to make that defensible space, use fire rated roofing and using fire resistant vents.  They reminded people that some buildings, like sheds are highly combustible and should be at least 30 feet from your home.  In the Record Bee, the Department of Insurance discussed the “Fair Plan” that gives people a 10 percent discount in fire wise communities.  You can check out the Department of Insurance online for more details.

The Lake County Office of Education is looking for applicants for the board.  The open seat is for eh Board of Education Trustee Area 5 for the Kelseyville area.  Sadly, Anna Ravenwoode, the previous board member passed away late last month.  The term on the board is for about a year and a half, through December of next year.  After that, to hold on to the seat, you must run for election in November of 2024 for a term that will last through December of 2026.  In Lake County News, the board member must live in the Kelseyville area, be a registered voter and qualified to hold office.  If you want to fill the position, you have until June 2, just over a week from now, to apply.

A new bar is headed to Fort Bragg.  The Tall Guy Taproom and Brewery had been delayed a few months, but when it opens the owner, Patrick Broderick hopes an early summer start will be enthusiastically welcomed.  It is located on North Franklin and East Laurel Streets in the former Sears building.  The brew equipment being installed includes crafting and aging containers that will fit in with the tall ceilings. Customers can bring in their own food as well, as there won’t be any servers, but instead patrons can belly up to the bar for service.  Broderick has a long resume of craft brews and needs six weeks for his first batches to be ready for the public. In Fort Bragg Advocate News, Broderick’s opening lineup may include a Mexican lager, a Belgian white, an English porter and some IPAs.

There was a car versus pedestrian accident in Fort Bragg last night.  No one was injured in the incident. At around 9:30pm, MendoFever reports a 23-year-old man was hit by a car in front of Nello’s Market and Deli on North Main Street.  The man who was hit had no serious injuries and waived medical assistance.

Fort Bragg authorities are warning of scam callers.  In the Advocate News today, Fort Bragg Police say mock Medicare calls are being made.  They urge people to not give out any personal information, especially financial details. In a social media post, FBPD say to treat your Medicare information like you would your credit cards.  The agency will not call and ask for payment over the phone. Call police if a scammer calls you or report the fraudulent call at

The Adventist Hospital Ukiah Valley had successful and eye opening trauma experiences last week, with the annual trauma drill and exercises.  The hospital was the scene of mock emergencies, including crash victims.  The event brought area emergency responders together in trauma field exercises so they could learn from what happens out in the field, in the ER and in cases of mass casualties.  In The Ukiah Daily Journal, community members acted as victims, and got to experience how triage happens when emergencies occur.  Event sessions included pediatric trauma care that helped illustrate the challenges first responders have in treating kids.  The fire engines, ambulances and even a helicopter were on hand for the public and fellow first responders to get acquainted with during the event.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is urging people to stay aware of bears and their cubs.  In a release Wednesday, the department says it’s the time of year for last year’s cubs to move away from their mother and become independent.  They say if a bear cub is the size of a cat, it is a new cub and the mother is most certainly nearby.  There is some concern about young cubs acting odd, and the department is looking into cases of encephalitis in young bears.  Officials are asking people to stay away, do not feed the bears, and call them if you see a bear behaving erratically.

Retired Military personnel may get tax exemptions for their pensions.  A bill was approved this week that would halt veterans’ income tax. Assemblyman James Ramos introduced the bill early this year.  In Lake County News, Ramos explained California is the only state to tax military pensions.  The bill, he hopes, will bring some financial relief to the state residents who’ve served.  The state is home to the most active-duty military personnel in the country, but that population is on the decline. AB 46, if passed, would take effect at the start of 2024. 

California has seen 31 atmospheric rivers so far this year, the heaviest rainfall in decades.  That means plants will do a good deal of growing more than ever this year.  When the summer heat dries the abundant vegetation wildfires will have plenty of fuel to burn.  In the North Bay Business Journal this week, grazing livestock demand is on the rise.  Sheep and goats can help literally eat up that extra growth.  Grazing operations are on the increase, with customers wanting their lawns and fields pruned down.  Local companies who provide the grazers are getting booked through fall, already.  It is something to consider as people plan to make fire safe space around their homes.

A state Senate bill has been sent to the Assembly that would increase workers’ compensation benefits for California first responders.  Cal Fire officials are worried about the many workers who experience post traumatic stress.  The legislation is aimed to ease first responders as they get medical care through state-run insurance.  It would extend PTSD as an occupational illness through 2032, rather than letting the provision expire in 2025.  It also broadens who can claim the mental illness to include police officers, dispatchers and more.  In Cal Matters, the bill addresses what many are calling a crisis among emergency responders.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is hosting a Beaver Restoration Informational Meeting today from 2 to 3 pm virtually.  It’s a first in a series of meeting to let the public know about their beaver management efforts.  The departments Beaver Restoration Program will address beaver translocation projects, a coexistence toolkit ad policy updates.  To join in the meeting this afternoon, check out the CDFW’s beaver page and click on the Beaver assisted Restoration tab.

A bill passed the state Senate that would decriminalize psychedelics including magic mushrooms and mescaline.  The sponsor of SB 58, Senator Scott Wiener, said in MendoFever that the passage is helpful for veterans and those who suffer with PTSD, anxiety and depression.  Psychedelics show promise in treating mental health and substance use issues.  Studies have shown psilocybin, found in magic mushrooms, helps reduce symptoms of medication resistant depression.  Also included in the legislation is the use of ayahuasca as a potential treatment for substance abuse and smoking cessation.  The bill is sponsored by Heroic Hearts Project, a veteran organization.

California is putting a two decade moratorium on new card rooms.  Monday, Governor Newsom signed AB 341 pauses new card room licenses for the next 20 years. In the Mendocino Beacon, the bill author Assemblyman James Ramos says the bill helps support the existing gaming industry.  The Gambling Control Act of 1997 had   been extended over the years and finally expired the 1st of this year.  AB 341 continues measured growth without overexpansion, according to Ramos.   Card rooms with less than 20 gaming tables can add up to 10 new ones, in a staggered timeline.  California’s tribes supported the bill that passed the senate earlier this month.

The Mendocino District Attorney acquitted a man of battery. Kenneth Carlile of Ukiah had been charged with misdemeanor battery on his nephew last September.  Carlile testified that his actions were in self-defense.  In claiming self-defense, the burden of proof shifts to the plaintiff. In this case, the jury found Carlile not guilty.

The Noyo Harbor District in Fort Bragg was awarded a $3.2 million grant for revitalization.  Organizers of the application said in KymKemp online, that Mendocino County has a significant role to play in the California Blue Economy.  The Noyo Harbor District adopted a Community Sustainability Plan four years ago with a roadmap to support commercial fishing and harbor-related interests with three goals.  The first goal was an energy efficient ice house to benefit commercial fishing. The second goal was to make a marine-based training program to build up local businesses.  The third goal is to continue the Community Fish market Incubator, to open up markets to the coastal industry.

Healdsburg will be kicking off the 74th annual Future Farmers Country Fair tonight.  The Healdsburg Twilight Parade begins at 6pm.  It will be the first in-person event since 2019.  There are livestock shows and sales, live music and contests in the event with this year’s theme “2023 Red, White and Blue Animal Jamboree.”  In The Press Democrat today, the event is put on by kids in 7th thru 12th grades who raised livestock with FFA and 4-H organizations.  Last year, livestock sales were nearly $1 million dollars that went toward exhibitors and scholarships.  After the parade tonight, there will be live music at Recreation Park.

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