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CALIFORNIA LOOSENS SEX OFFENDER RESIDENCY RULES (LAW) JB 3/27/15

STATE OFFICIALS ANNOUNCED THAT THEY ARE LOOSENING RESTRICTIONS ON WHERE CONVICTED SEX OFFENDERS CAN CHOOSE TO RESIDE.

CALIFORNIA WILL ALTER ITS 8-YEAR-OLD BAN PREVENTING ALL REGISTERED SEX OFFENDERS FROM LIVING NEAR SCHOOLS OR PARKS, INSTEAD IMPOSING THE RESTRICTION ONLY ON PEDOPHILES AND OTHERS WHOSE SEX CRIMES INVOLVED CHILDREN. THE STATE CORRECTIONS DEPARTMENT SAID IT IS CHANGING ITS POLICY IN RESPONSE TO A STATE SUPREME COURT RULING THAT FOUND THE BLANKET PROHIBITION UNCONSTITUTIONAL. THE HIGH COURT RULED THIS MONTH THAT RESTRICTIONS IMPOSED BY CALIFORNIA VOTERS IN 2006 GO TOO FAR TO LIMIT WHERE SEX OFFENDERS CAN LIVE. PAROLE AGENTS CAN STILL FORCE SEX OFFENDERS TO LIVE MORE THAN 2,000 FEET FROM SCHOOLS AND PARKS WHERE CHILDREN GATHER, AS REQUIRED BY THE BALLOT MEASURE COMMONLY KNOWN AS JESSICA’S LAW. BUT THEY WILL HAVE TO MAKE THE DECISION FOR INDIVIDUAL CASES. THE MARCH 2 RULING APPLIED ONLY TO REGISTERED SEX-OFFENDER PAROLEES IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY, BUT PRISON OFFICIALS WILL APPLY THE RULING STATEWIDE.

HIT AND RUN NORTH STATE STREET (LAW) JB 3/27/15

A UKIAH MAN WHO FLED THE SCENE OF AN ACCIDENT THIS WEEK WAS ARRESTED ON CHARGES OF DUI AND HIT AND RUN.

UKIAH POLICE OFFICERS RESPONDED TO AN AREA OF N. STATE STREET REGARDING A HIT AND RUN TRAFFIC COLLISION. UPON ARRIVAL BY OFFICERS, WITNESSES TOLD THEM THAT A SILVER TOYOTA TACOMA BEING DRIVEN BY A MALE ADULT, LATER IDENTIFIED AS 37 YEAR OLD JACOB NOZICKA, HAD COLLIDED WITH A PARKED VEHICLE AND THEN FLED THE SCENE GOING SOUTH ON N. STATE ST. OFFICERS BEGAN CHECKING THE AREA FOR THE VEHICLE AND DRIVER AND WERE ABLE TO LOCATE THE TOYOTA PARKED ON S. DORA STREET. NOZICKA WAS FOUND NEARBY THE VEHICLE AND ADMITTED TO OFFICERS THAT HE HAD BEEN DRIVING. WHILE OFFICERS SPOKE WITH THE SUSPECT, HE DISPLAYED SYMPTOMS OF INTOXICATION. NOZICKA WAS LATER ARRESTED AFTER BEING IDENTIFIED AS THE DRIVER BY WITNESSES FOR DUI AND HIT AND RUN AND HE WAS BOOKED INTO THE MENDOCINO COUNTY JAIL.

MCGUIRE SECURES FUNDS TO FIGHT WATER DIVERSIONS (GOV) JB 3/27/15

AS PART OF THE NEW $1 BILLION WATER PLAN, SENATOR MIKE MCGUIRE SECURED FUNDS TO FIGHT ILLEGAL WATER DIVERSIONS.

STATE SENATOR MIKE MCGUIRE HAS HELPED SECURE CRITICAL FUNDING FROM STATE WATER AND DROUGHT RELIEF BONDS TO FIGHT DEVASTATING ILLEGAL WATER DIVERSIONS FROM TRESPASS MARIJUANA GROWS IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA. COMPOUNDED WITH HISTORIC DROUGHT CONDITIONS, ILLEGAL GROWS HAVE HAD A SIGNIFICANT NEGATIVE IMPACT ON WATERSHEDS IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA. THE $2 MILLION IN BONDS WILL BE IMMEDIATELY UTILIZED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE TO HIRE 11 NEW POSITIONS TO JOIN A MARIJUANA TASK FORCE CREATED BY GOVERNOR BROWNS OFFICE LAST YEAR.

TSUNAMI DEBRIS DISCUSSED AT MEETING IN FT BRAGG (EVR) JB 3/27/15

THE CONTINUING DISCOVERY ON THE NORTH COAST OF DEBRIS FROM THE 2011 TSUNAMI IN JAPAN WAS DISCUSSED AT A MEETING IN FORT BRAGG RECENTLY.

THE ADVOCATE-NEWS REPORTED THAT EBEN SCHWARTZ, A MARINE DEBRIS PROGRAM MANAGER WITH THE CALIFORNIA COASTAL COMMISSION, SPOKE TO A CROWDED TOWN HALL HOSTED BY THE NOYO MARINE SCIENCE CENTER ABOUT THE OCEAN DEBRIS AND ITS EFFECTS. ACCORDING TO SCHWARTZ, THE NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION ESTIMATES THAT THE 1.5 MILLION TONS OF DEBRIS IS SPREAD OUT OVER THE ENTIRE NORTH PACIFIC, AN AREA OF ABOUT 4,000 MILES. DUE TO STRONG OCEAN CURRENTS ALONG CALIFORNIA, THE MENDOCINO COASTLINE AND AREAS IMMEDIATELY NORTH ARE THE ONLY PLACES IN THE STATE WHERE RESEARCHERS EXPECT TO SEE DEBRIS.

UKIAH MAN SMASHES WINDOW WITH HIS HEAD (LAW) JB 3/27/15

A UKIAH MAN WAS ARRESTED AFTER AN ALTERCATION THAT RESULTED IN THE SUSPECT SMASHING A WINDOW WITH HIS HEAD.

UKIAH POLICE OFFICERS WERE DISPATCHED TO THE AREA OF IRVINGTON DR, REGARDING SOMEONE CALLING FOR HELP AFTER A WINDOW HAD BEEN SMASHED. UPON ARRIVAL OFFICERS CONTACTED ANGELO BETTEGA WHO WAS BLEEDING ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF HIS HEAD. WHEN OFFICERS QUESTIONED BETTEGA AS TO HIS IDENTITY AND WHAT HAD HAPPENED TO HIM, HE PROVIDED A FALSE NAME AND CLAIMED HE HAD FALLEN. OFFICERS LOCATED A NEARBY RESIDENCE WHICH HAD A BROKEN WINDOW AND AFTER CONTACTING THE RESIDENT, OFFICERS LEARNED BETTEGAS TRUE IDENTITY AND THAT HE HAD CAUSED A VERBAL ARGUMENT INSIDE THE RESIDENCE AND HAD BEEN ASKED TO LEAVE. WHEN BETTEGA LEFT HE STRUCK HIS HEAD ON THE WINDOW CAUSING IT TO SHATTER AND INJURE HIMSELF. A RECORDS CHECK ON BETTEGA FOUND THAT HE HAD A FELONY WARRANT FOR HIS ARREST FOR ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON AND HE WAS ARRESTED AND BOOKED INTO THE MENDOCINO COUNTY JAIL

LAKE MENDOCINO CONTINUES TO DROP (EVR) JB 3/27/15

THE WATER LEVEL IN LAKE MENDOCINO CONTINUES TO DROP AND EXPERTS SAY THE RELEASE LEVELS ARE BASED ON NEARLY 30 YEAR OLD DATA.

ACCORDING TO THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL, SEAN WHITE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE RUSSIAN RIVER FLOOD CONTROL AND WATER CONSERVATION IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT STATED THAT THE MINIMUM FLOWS FROM LAKE MENDOCINO ARE DICTATED BY A DECISION WRITTEN IN 1986. SINCE IT WAS WRITTEN SO LONG AGO, MANY OF THE THINGS IT WAS PREDICTED ON NO LONGER APPLY. WHITE ADDED THAT THE LOCAL WEATHER YEAR IS DERIVED FROM THE AMOUNT OF WATER IN LAKE PILLSBURY, WHICH HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE AMOUNT OF WATER STORED IN LAKE MENDOCINO. SO EVEN THOUGH THE ENTIRE STATE IS SUFFERING FROM A PROLONGED DROUGHT, THE OFFICIAL DETERMINATION FOR THE LOCAL WEATHER YEAR THUS FAR IS NORMAL, BECAUSE OF THE AMOUNT OF WATER IN LAKE PILLSBURY, RESULTING IN THE CONTINUED ELEVATED WATER RELEASES FROM LAKE MENDOCINO. IN THE PAST WEEK ALONE, LAKE MENDOCINO HAS LOST 800 ACRE FEET OF WATER, MORE THAN 260 MILLION GALLONS.

OAK MANOR STRING OF BURGLARIES (LAW) JB 3/27/15

A RECENT STRING OF BURGLARIES IN THE OAK MANOR ARE HAS LAW ENFORCEMENT ADVISING RESIDENTS TO USE EXTRA CAUTION.

LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS HAVE REPORTED A RASH OF VEHICLE AND HOME BURGLARIES IN THE AREA OF OAK MANOR LATELY.

RESIDENTS NEED TO ENSURE THAT THEY LOCK THEIR DOORS WHEN NOT HOME AND VEHICLES WHEN PARKED. OFFICERS HAVE INCREASED PATROLS IN THIS AREA DURING THE EVENING HOURS WHILE UKIAH POLICE DEPARTMENT DETECTIVES ARE FOLLOWING UP ON LEADS REGARDING THE RESPONSIBLE PERSON(S). ANYONE WITH INFORMATION REGARDING THESE INCIDENTS IS ENCOURAGED TO CONTACT THE UKIAH POLICE DEPARTMENT.

ALLMAN BACKS BILL TO REDUCE PRESCRIPTION ABUSE (LAW) JB 3/26/15

SHERIFF TOM ALLMAN RECENTLY SHOWED HIS SUPPORT FOR A NEW BILL AIMED AT REDUCING PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE.

ACCORDING TO THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL, MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFF TOM ALLMAN WAS IN ATTENDANCE AT THE STATE CAPITOL TUESDAY WHEN ASSEMBLYMAN JIM WOOD INTRODUCED LEGISLATION TO HELP CURB PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE AND DEATHS, SOMETHING HE HOPES CAN BE ACCOMPLISHED BY UTILIZING A RELATIVELY NEW UNCRUSHABLE PILL TECHNOLOGY. ALLMAN SAID. IN MENDOCINO COUNTY SPECIFICALLY, WERE ALMOST DOUBLE THE STATEWIDE AVERAGE OF DEATHS AND REHABILITATION OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS. WOOD SAID ASSEMBLY BILL 623 WOULD MAKE IT EASIER FOR HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS TO PRESCRIBE OPIOID PAIN MEDICATION FOR A LESS THAN 30-DAY SUPPLY TO LIMIT THE NUMBER OF PILLS CIRCULATING FOR THEFT OR MISUSE; EXPAND THE ABILITY TO PRESCRIBE ABUSE DETERRENT FORMULA MEDICATION, OR ADFS; AND PROVIDE MORE PATIENT COUNSELING FROM PHARMACISTS ON HOW TO PROPERLY STORE AND DISPOSE OF OPIOIDS.

SKUNK TRAIN DERAILS, NO INJURIES REPORTED (TR) JB 3/26/15

A FAULT IN A RAIL WAS FOUND TO BE THE CAUSE OF A DERAILMENT OF THE SKUNK TRAIN OVER THE WEEKEND.

IN WHAT IS BEING DESCRIBED AS A MINOR INCIDENT, MENDOCINO COUNTYS SKUNK TRAIN DERAILED ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON ON A RETURN TRIP FROM NORTHSPUR TO WILLITS. A BROKEN OR FRACTURED RAIL CAUSED ONE WHEEL OF THE LOCOMOTIVE AND ONE WHEEL ON TWO OF THREE PASSENGER CARS TO FALL TIGHTLY AGAINST THE INSIDE OF THE RAIL. THERE WERE NO INJURIES REPORTED IN THE INCIDENT AND THE TRAIN WAS BACK ON THE TRACKS WITHIN A FEW HOURS, WITH ALL OPERATIONS RETURNING TO NORMAL. THE TRACKS ARE INSPECTED MULTIPLE TIMES DURING THE WEEK AND IT IS POSSIBLE THAT THE BREAK WAS CAUSED BY THAT VERY TRAIN PASSING OVER THE TRACKS.

SENATE APPROVES $1 BILLION WATER PLAN (GOV/EVR) JB 3/26/15

AMID THE FOURTH YEAR OF DROUGHT CONDITIONS, THE CALIFORNIA STATE SENATE HAS APPROVED A $1 BILLION WATER PLAN.

THE STATE SENATE ON WEDNESDAY APPROVED A $1 BILLION PROPOSAL TO SPEED UP SPENDING ON WATER PROJECTS AND OFFER ABOUT $75 MILLION IN IMMEDIATE AID TO RESIDENTS AND WILDLIFE IN DROUGHT-STRICKEN CALIFORNIA. THE LEGISLATION ACCELERATES WATER INFRASTRUCTURE SPENDING, SOME OF WHICH CAN BOOST LOCAL WATER SUPPLIES IN FUTURE YEARS. IT INCLUDES $267 MILLION TO GIVE OUT GRANTS FOR WATER-RECYCLING PROJECTS AND EXPAND DRINKING WATER IN SMALL AND POOR CITIES. THE FUNDING PLAN WAS FAST-TRACKED AFTER IT WAS ANNOUNCED LAST WEEK BY GOV. JERRY BROWN AND LEGISLATIVE LEADERS OF BOTH PARTIES. BUT A COMPANION MEASURE TO AUTHORIZE FINES FOR ILLEGAL DIVERSIONS OF WATER DREW CRITICISM FROM REPUBLICANS ON WEDNESDAY FOR EXPANDING GOVERNMENT POWERS WITHOUT TRADITIONAL LEGISLATIVE SCRUTINY.

VETERANS BENEFIT FROM MEDICAL PROGRAM CHANGE (GOV) JB 3/26/15

VETERANS ON THE NORTH COAST ARE SET TO BENEFIT FROM A MAJOR CHANGE MADE TO THEIR MEDICAL CHOICE PROGRAM.

THE PRESS DEMOCRAT REPORTED THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS ON WEDNESDAY ANNOUNCED THAT IT WOULD GREATLY INCREASE ELIGIBILITY FOR THE PROGRAM BY CHANGING THE WAY IT CALCULATES DISTANCES BETWEEN VETERANS HOME ADDRESSES AND THE NEAREST VA FACILITY, FROM A STRAIGHT LINE DISTANCE TO DRIVING DISTANCE. ON JANUARY 13, CONGRESSMAN JARED HUFFMAN SENT A LETTER TO VA SECRETARY ROBERT MCDONALD POINTING OUT THAT SOME 1,700 VETERANS IN HIS NORTH COAST DISTRICT LIVE IN INACCESSIBLE AREAS AND COULD BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE PROGRAM IF DISTANCE WERE INSTEAD MEASURED IN MILES DRIVEN. THE AGENCY SAID THE CHANGE WILL BE MADE THROUGH REGULATORY ACTION IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS, AND THAT IT WOULD LIKELY DOUBLE THE NUMBER OF VETERANS ELIGIBLE FOR THE PROGRAM.

TIMBER HARVEST MONEY RESTORED FOR COUNTY (GOV/ECN) JB 3/26/15

FOLLOWING THE RENEWAL OF THE SECURE RURAL SCHOOLS PROGRAM, MORE THAN $300,000 OF TIMBER HARVEST FUNDS IS HEADED FOR MENDOCINO COUNTY.

CONGRESSMAN JARED HUFFMAN, ALONG WITH REPRESENTATIVES FROM WASHINGTON AND OREGON WORKED TOGETHER TO SECURE A RENEWAL FOR THE PROGRAM THAT HAD BEEN ALLOWED TO LAPSE LAST SEPTEMBER. THE PROGRAM ALLOWS THE U.S. FOREST SERVICE TO SHARE REVENUES FROM TIMBER HARVESTS WITH AREAS THAT CONTAIN NATIONAL FOREST LAND, SINCE THAT LAND CANNOT BE TAXED BY STATES OR COUNTIES. OVER 4,000 SCHOOL DISTRICTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY BENEFIT FROM FUNDS RECEIVED FROM THE PROGRAM, WITH MENDOCINO COUNTY RECEIVING OVER $307,000 IN 2013 ALONE.

UKIAH FOOD WASTE COLLECTION HEADING TO VOTE AGAIN (PI) JB 3/26/15

THE ISSUE OF FOOD WASTE COLLECTION FOR COMPOSTING IN UKIAH WILL LIKELY BE VOTED ON BY THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL NEXT MONTH.

FOR YEARS NOW, UKIAH WASTE SOLUTIONS AND CITY OFFICIALS HAVE BROUGHT UP THE CONCEPT OF HAVING THE CITYS FOOD WASTE COMPOSTED INSTEAD OF BEING SENT TO LANDFILLS. THE HOPE IS THAT RESIDENTS WOULD BE ABLE TO ADD FOOD WASTE TO THEIR GREEN YARD WASTE BIN BUT THE COMMINGLING OF WASTE PRODUCTS WAS RESISTED BY UKIAH WASTE SOLUTIONS DUE TO THE ADDED COST AND OTHER FACTORS. THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL IS PLANNING TO REVISIT THE SUBJECT, INCLUDING POTENTIAL BENEFITS AND ACTUAL FINANCIAL FIGURES OF THE PROPOSED PROJECT AT ITS SECOND MEETING IN APRIL.

MISSING HIKER BOOKED ON THEFT WARRANT (LAW) JB 3/26/15

A HIKER REPORTED MISSING ON MOUNT TAMALPAIS WAS ARRESTED FOR A WARRANT FROM MENDOCINO COUNTY UPON HER RETURN.

24 YEAR OLD JENNIFER BAIR, THE MISSING FEMALE HIKER ON MOUNT TAMALPAIS WHO WAS FOUND LATE TUESDAY MORNING ALLEGEDLY AVOIDED LAW ENFORCEMENT PERSONNEL WHO WERE SEARCHING FOR HER BECAUSE SHE HAD AN OUTSTANDING THEFT WARRANT FOR HER ARREST IN MENDOCINO COUNTY. BAIR HAD BECOME SEPARATED FROM 2 MEN AS THEY WERE HIKING TO A HOT SPRING AND THE TWO MEN REPORTED HER MISSING. A PARK RANGER WAS POSTED AT BAIRS CAR AND BAIR REAPPEARED AROUND 11 AM TUESDAY MORNING. BAIR SAID SHE KNEW ABOUT THE SEARCH WARRANT AND HAD AVOIDED CONTACT BECAUSE IT. BAIR WAS ARRESTED ON THE WARRANT AND BOOKED INTO THE MARIN COUNTY JAIL.

UUSD REDUCES THE AMOUNT OF CONTRACTOR REFUNDS (ED) JB 3/23/15

REFUNDS OF CONTRACTORS FEES COLLECTED BY THE UKIAH UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT WILL BE LESS THAN ORIGINALLY ANNOUNCED.

THE UKIAH UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT HAS ANNOUNCED THAT IT HAS MODIFIED THE TIMEFRAME USED TO DETERMINE WHICH CONTRACTORS WILL BE RECEIVING REFUNDS OF FEES CHARGED BY THE DISTRICT IN 2012-13. THE RESOLUTION TO COLLECT FEES WAS ORIGINALLY PASSED ON MAY 8, 2012 HOWEVER IT WAS NOT ENACTED UNTIL JULY 7, 2012. THE CHANGE IN THE TIMEFRAME FOR REFUND CONSIDERATION WILL RESULT IN THREE DEVELOPERS NO LONGER QUALIFYING FOR NEARLY $7,500 IN REFUNDS FROM THE DISTRICT.

WILLITS MAN FLEES COURT AFTER BEING CHARGED (LAW) JB 3/23/15

A WILLITS MAN ALLEGEDLY LED LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS ON A FOOT CHASE THROUGH UKIAH AFTER LEARNING HE WAS BEING CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED MURDER.

ACCORDING TO THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL, 39 YEAR OLD DUSTIN GABRIEL HENDERSON, WAS BEING ARRAIGNED BEFORE JUDGE DAVID NELSON AROUND 9:30 A.M. ON THE SUSPECTED CHARGE, WHEN THE DA MADE A MOTION TO INCREASE HENDERSONS BAIL IN THE CASE WHICH WOULD REQUIRE HIM TO BE TAKEN INTO CUSTODY. UPON LEARNING THE NEWS, HE BOLTED FROM THE COURTROOM, KICKED OUT A GLASS EXIT DOOR ON STANDLEY STREET, AND LED RESPONDING COURT BAILIFFS, MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPUTIES AND UKIAH POLICE OFFICERS ON A FOOT CHASE NORTH OF TOWN BEFORE BEING APPREHENDED IN A CREEK BED. HENDERSON WAS TRANSPORTED BACK TO COURT AND THEN TO THE MENDOCINO COUNTY JAIL WHERE HE IS BEING HELD ON $400,000 BAIL.

UKIAH MAN TRIES TO FLEE DUI ARREST (LAW) JB 3/23/15

A UKIAH MAN WAS ARRESTED FOR DUI AFTER ALLEGEDLY ATTEMPTING TO FLEE FROM OFFICERS ON FOOT.

ACCORDING TO UKIAH POLICE REPORTS, AN OFFICER ATTEMPTED TO CONDUCT A TRAFFIC STOP OF A GOLD ACURA THAT HE ALLEGEDLY WITNESSED SPEEDING NORTHBOUND ON NORTH STATE STREET. THE DRIVER, 18-YEAR-OLD JAIME RODRIGUEZ JR, LED POLICE ON A CHASE ON STATE STREET UNTIL TURNING INTO A DRIVEWAY. RODRIGUEZ THEN RAN FROM THE CAR AND JUMPED SEVERAL FENCES UNTIL HE WAS APPREHENDED BEHIND THE PAROLE OFFICE ON NORTH STATE STREET. RODRIGUEZ WAS ARRESTED ON MULTIPLE CHARGES INCLUDING SUSPICION OF DUI AND BOOKED INTO THE MENDOCINO COUNTY JAIL.

LAWSUIT CLAIMS HIGH ARSENIC LEVELS IN BUDGET WINES (PI) JB 3/23/15

A NEW CONSUMER LAWSUIT ALLEGES LOW-PRICED WINES PRODUCED BY MORE THAN TWO DOZEN CALIFORNIA WINERIES CONTAIN ILLEGAL AND TOXIC LEVELS OF ARSENIC.

THE PRESS DEMOCRAT REPORTED THE CLASS-ACTION SUIT, FILED THURSDAY IN LOS ANGELES COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT, ALLEGED THAT 28 WINERIES ARE VIOLATING STATE LAW BY KNOWINGLY PRODUCING, MARKETING AND SELLING WINE WITH ELEVATED LEVELS OF ARSENIC, A NATURALLY OCCURRING CHEMICAL ELEMENT THAT CAN BE POISONOUS IN HIGH CONCENTRATIONS. IT TARGETS 83 WINES, PRIMARILY LOW-PRICED WHITE AND BLUSH WINES, THAT BEAR SOME OF THE BIGGEST NAMES IN THE WINE BUSINESS, INCLUDING SUTTER HOME, BERINGER, ALMADEN AND FRANZIA AND IT INCLUDES SEVERAL WINES MADE BY NORTH COAST WINE PRODUCERS FETZER, KORBEL AND DON SEBASTIANI & SONS. THE LAWSUIT CONTENDS THE WINES ARE UNSAFE BECAUSE THEY EXCEED STANDARDS SET FOR ARSENIC IN DRINKING WATER. THERE IS NO FEDERAL STANDARD FOR ARSENIC IN WINE.

LAKE MENDOCINO DROPPING AGAIN (EVR) JB 3/23/15

THE WATER LEVEL IN LAKE MENDOCINO HAS BEGUN TO STEADILY DECLINE AGAIN, PROMPTING CONCERNS FROM WATER OFFICIALS AND FARMERS.

COMPARED TO LAST YEARS NEAR-RECORD LOW LEVEL, LAKE MENDOCINO APPEARS TO HAVE PLENTY OF WATER IN IT. HOWEVER, THE LAKE LEVEL HAS BEEN STEADILY DROPPING SINCE MID-FEBRUARY WHEN THE RELEASE FROM THE COYOTE DAM WAS INCREASED TO KEEP UP WITH RIVER FLOW REQUIREMENTS. THE LAKE IS LOSING APPROXIMATELY 247 ACRE FEET PER DAY, WITH ONE ACRE FOOT ABLE TO SUPPLY A HOUSEHOLD 893 GALLONS A DAY FOR A YEAR. THE CURRENT LAKE LEVEL WOULD NOT BE A PROBLEM IF A HEALTHY AMOUNT OF RAIN WAS ASSURED LATER IN THE YEAR. HOWEVER, THE STATE LOOKS TO BE HEADED INTO THE FOURTH YEAR OF THE CURRENT DROUGHT.

SONOMA MAN ARRESTED AFTER BODY FOUND IN BARREL (LAW) JB 3/23/15

A SONOMA MAN WAS ARRESTED SATURDAY ON SUSPICION OF MURDER, AFTER A MANS BODY WAS FOUND STUFFED INTO A 55-GALLON PLASTIC BARREL THAT WAS DISCARDED NEAR SONOMA CITY HALL LATE FRIDAY NIGHT.

ACCORDING TO THE PRESS DEMOCRAT, THE SONOMA COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE RECEIVED A CALL JUST BEFORE MIDNIGHT FRIDAY FROM A PERSON WHO REPORTED AN ILLEGAL DUMPING IN FRONT OF CITY HALL. INVESTIGATORS DISCOVERED A LARGE PLASTIC BARREL COVERED WITH BLUE TARP, AND DRIED BLOOD ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE BARREL. THEY REMOVED THE TARP FOUND A MANS BODY INSIDE. SHERIFFS DEPUTIES WITH THE DEPARTMENTS VIOLENT CRIMES AND CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION UNITS IMMEDIATELY CORDONED OFF THE SCENE AND BEGAN TO INVESTIGATE. THEIR FINDINGS LED THEM TO A MOBILE HOME AT THE ACACIA GROVE MOBILE HOME PARK ON HIGHWAY 12 IN SONOMA VALLEY, WHERE DETECTIVES BELIEVE THE CRIME TOOK PLACE. DEPUTIES SECURED A SEARCH WARRANT, THEN ARRESTED 40-YEAR-OLD CHRISTOPHER MCNATT ON SUSPICION OF MURDER. HE WAS BOOKED INTO SONOMA COUNTY JAIL AND IS DUE IN COURT TUESDAY AFTERNOON.

WOMAN STOPS HOUSE FIRE WITH BUCKET OF WATER (LAW) JB 3/23/15

A UKIAH WOMAN SUCCESSFULLY BATTLED A KITCHEN FIRE WITH A SINGLE BUCKET OF WATER.

THE INCIDENT REPORTEDLY TOOK PLACE JUST BEFORE NOON ON SATURDAY AT AN APARTMENT COMPLEX ON LAWS AVENUE. THE WOMAN HAD STEPPED AWAY FROM A WOK SHE WAS HEATING ON HER STOVE AND WHEN SHE RETURNED, SHE FOUND THE KITCHEN ON FIRE AND THE APARTMENT FILLING WITH SMOKE. THE WOMAN THEN REPORTEDLY THREW A BUCKET OF WATER ON THE FIRE, DESTROYING THE STOVE AND A NEARBY LIGHT FIXTURE. THE WOMANS DAUGHTER AND GRANDDAUGHTER WHO WERE UPSTAIRS WERE ABLE TO EXIT THE APARTMENT SAFELY AFTER THE WOMAN DOUSED THE BLAZE.

LCSO SEEKING HELP TO IDENTIFY STOLEN PROPERTY (LAW) JB 3/23/15

THE LAKE COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE IS ASKING FOR THE PUBLICS HELP IN IDENTIFYING RECOVERED STOLEN PROPERTY TO ITS RIGHTFUL OWNERS.

LAKE COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPUTIES RESPONDED TO A RASH OF REPORTED THEFTS IN THE KELSEYVILLE AREA LAST WEEK. WITH THE HELP OF A CITIZEN, DEPUTIES LOCATED A VEHICLE PARKED AT PIONEER PARK CONTAINING STOLEN PROPERTY. SOME OF THE ITEMS WERE IDENTIFIED AND RETURNED TO THEIR RIGHTFUL OWNERS BUT SOME OF THE ITEMS HAVE YET TO BE IDENTIFIED AS STOLEN. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON RECOVERING ANY PROPERTY STOLEN RECENTLY, PLEASE CONTACT THE LAKE COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT AT 263-2690.

CLEARLAKE CULTIVATION BAN CHALLENGED (LAW) JB 3/20/15

ADVOCATES FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA ARE CHALLENGING THE LEGALITY OF CLEARLAKES RECENT BAN ON MARIJUANA CULTIVATION.

A LAWSUIT WAS FILED ON THURSDAY ON BEHALF OF THE MEDICAL MARIJUANA PATIENTS IN CLEARLAKE AND IS BACKED BY THE NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR THE REFORM OF MARIJUANA LAWS. THE THREAT OF LITIGATION OVER THE BAN HAD BEEN LOOMING EVEN BEFORE THE CITY ADOPTED THE BAN IN FEBRUARY. THE BAN DOES NOT PREVENT PATIENTS FROM OBTAINING MEDICAL MARIJUANA, ONLY THE CULTIVATION OF THE DRUG. THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFFS IN THE CASE IS SEEKING AN INJUNCTION TO HALT THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ORDINANCE, WHICH IS SLATED TO TAKE EFFECT AT THE END OF THE MONTH, WHILE THE CASE WORKS ITS WAY THROUGH THE LEGAL SYSTEM.

STATE APPROVES $189,000 FOR MUSSEL PROGRAM (EVR) JB 3/20/15

A GRANT FOR NEARLY $200,000 HAS BEEN RECEIVED TO FUND THE ONGOING BATTLE AGAINST INVASIVE SPECIES IN LAKE COUNTY.

THE RECORD BEE REPORTED THAT LAKE COUNTYS WATER RESOURCES OFFICE RECEIVED NOTICE ON TUESDAY THAT THE STATE HAD APPROVED $189,000 FROM AN INVASIVE SPECIES PROGRAM TO AID IN LOCAL QUAGGA MUSSEL PREVENTION EFFORTS. THE FUNDS COME FROM THE CALIFORNIA PARKS AND RECREATIONS DIVISION OF BOATING AND WATERWAYS AND WILL ALLOW WATER RESOURCES TO EMPLOY UP TO 10 PEOPLE TO MONITOR HIGH VOLUME BOAT RAMPS AROUND THE LAKE FOR TWO YEARS. THE COUNTY HAS RELIED ON $90,000 FROM WATERSHED PROTECTION DISTRICT FUNDS TO OPERATE A BOAT INSPECTION PROGRAM AND WAS IN THE PROCESS OF RECRUITING VOLUNTEER RAMP MONITORS IN CASE THE GRANT APPLICATION FELL THROUGH.

2015 SALMON SEASON OPTIONS REVEALED (EVR) JB 3/20/15

AS FISHERMEN PREPARE FOR THE OPENING OF THE 2015 SALMON FISHERY, TWO SEASON OPTIONS HAVE BEEN PROPOSED.

WHILE THE SPECIFIC DATES OF THE RECREATIONAL SALMON SEASON HAVE NOT BEEN FINALIZED YET, THE FORECASTS ARE GOOD FOR ANOTHER PLENTIFUL SEASON OFF THE NORTH COAST. THE FIRST SEASON PROPOSAL IS FOR CONSTANT FISHING FROM APRIL 4 THOUGH NOVEMBER 8, WITH A 20-INCH MINIMUM ON CHINOOK SALMON. THE SECOND OPTION, PROPOSED OVER PARTICULAR CONCERNS ABOUT THE SACRAMENTO RIVER, HAS A CLOSURE IN SEPTEMBER AND A MINIMUM SIZE LIMIT OF 24 INCHES AFTER APRIL 30. THE DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE IS EXPECTED TO RELEASE THE FINALIZED DATES FOR THE RECREATIONAL SALMON SEASON SHORTLY.

UKIAH DRIVERS ADVISED TO AVOID PERKINS STREET (TR) JB 3/20/15

UKIAH DRIVERS ARE BEING ADVISED TO AVOID PERKINS STREET DURING THE LENGTHY UTILITIES PROJECT ABOUT TO COMMENCE.

A MONTHS LONG PROJECT TO MOVE OVERHEAD UTILITIES UNDERGROUND ALONG PERKINS STREET IS SLATED TO BEGIN NEXT WEEK. THE WORK WILL ENTAIL COASTSIDE CONCRETE AND CITY CREWS TO CLOSE ONE LANE OF EASTBOUND PERKINS STREET TO ALLOW THE CREWS TO PREPARE UNDERGROUND VAULTS FOR THE UTILITY LINES. THE WORK IS SCHEDULED TO CONTINUE THROUGH THE END OF THE YEAR AND DRIVERS WHO NORMALLY USE THE PERKINS CORRIDOR ARE ADVISED TO AVOID THE AREA IF AT ALL POSSIBLE AND TAKE ALTERNATE ROUTES.

BROWN PROPOSES $1 BILLION IN DROUGHT SPENDING (GOV) JB 3/20/15

LEGISLATION TO PROVIDE $1 BILLION IN DROUGHT FUNDS HAS BEEN INTRODUCED BY GOVERNOR JERRY BROWN.

GOVERNOR BROWN AND LEGISLATIVE LEADERS ON THURSDAY PROPOSED LEGISLATION TO ACCELERATE MORE THAN $1 BILLION IN DROUGHT-RELIEF SPENDING FOR CALIFORNIA AS IT COPES WITH A FOURTH DRY YEAR AND BROWN URGES RESIDENTS TO REDUCE WATER USE. BROWN SAID THE PROPOSAL ACCELERATES SPENDING THAT VOTERS HAVE ALREADY APPROVED FOR WATER AND FLOOD PROJECTS, INCLUDING LAST YEAR’S $7.5 BILLION BOND MEASURE. THE PACKAGE OF TWO BILLS WOULD PROVIDE SOME FUNDING FOR IMMEDIATE AID TO COMMUNITIES FACING DIRE WATER SHORTAGES AND UNEMPLOYMENT. IT INCLUDES $272 MILLION FOR SAFE DRINKING WATER AND WATER RECYCLING AND $128 MILLION FOR DIRECT ASSISTANCE TO THE HARDEST-HIT WORKERS AND COMMUNITIES. IT ALSO ACCELERATES $660 MILLION IN SPENDING FOR FLOOD PROTECTION IN URBAN AND RURAL AREAS.

WARM PACIFIC WATERS UPSETTING BALANCE (EVR) JB 3/20/15

A NEW REPORT FROM BIOLOGISTS STATES THAT WARM WATERS OFF THE PACIFIC COAST ARE UPSETTING THE BIOLOGICAL BALANCE OF THE ECOSYSTEM.

ACCORDING TO THE PRESS DEMOCRAT, UNPRECEDENTED CHANGES THAT HAVE WARMED THE OCEAN OFF THE WEST COAST OF NORTH AMERICA MAY PORTEND A DRAMATIC DECLINE IN THE BIOLOGICAL PRODUCTIVITY OF COASTAL WATERS, EXPLAINING RECENT STRANDINGS OF EMACIATED SEA LION PUPS AND A MASS DIE-OFF THAT BEGAN LAST FALL OF SMALL SEABIRDS CALLED CASSINS AUKLETS. FISHERY EXPERTS AND ECOLOGISTS AT THE NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION HAVE SAID THAT POPULATIONS OF TINY ORGANISMS AT THE BASE OF THE MARINE FOOD WEB ALREADY HAVE DIMINISHED AND COULD TAKE A TOLL ON EVERYTHING FROM SALMON TO SEALS BECAUSE OF ESPECIALLY INTENSE VARIABILITY IN REGIONAL WEATHER PATTERNS. IN ADDITION, AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF WINDS FROM THE SOUTH AND WEAK WINDS FROM THE NORTH HAS DEPRESSED THE UPWELLING OF COLD, NUTRIENT-RICH WATER THAT WOULD NORMALLY FERTILIZE THE SURFACE WATERS AND STIMULATE A MORE PRODUCTIVE FOOD WEB.

HARVEST MARKET HONORED BY JARED HUFFMAN (PI) JB 3/20/15

CONGRESSMAN JARED HUFFMAN RECENTLY HONORED HARVEST MARKET IN FORT BRAGG FOR THEIR ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND BUSINESS PRACTICES.

DURING A RECENT TRIP THROUGH FORT BRAGG, CONGRESSMAN HUFFMAN PRESENTED HARVEST MARKET WITH A NORTH COAST SUSTAINABILITY AWARD FOR THEIR WORK TO PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT. AMONG THEIR EFFORTS, HARVEST MARKET RECYCLES THE HEAT PRODUCED BY THEIR REFRIGERATOR AND FREEZER SYSTEMS TO HEAT THE STORE. HARVEST MARKETS MENDOCINO LOCATION UTILIZES WATER PRODUCED FROM THE REFRIGERATION SYSTEM TO FLUSH THE STORES TOILETS. THE STORES TOKEN PROGRAM DONATES BAG FEES REQUIRED BY THE CITY AND COUNTY ORDINANCE AND HAS GENERATED OVER $81,000 IN DONATIONS SINCE ITS INCEPTION IN 2013.

HHSA PARTNERING WITH MCSO FOR OUTREACH (LAW) JB 3/19/15

THE MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE AND THE HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES AGENCY HAVE PARTNERED TO CREATE A NEW MENTAL HEALTH OUTREACH POSITION.

ACCORDING TO THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL, THE MENDOCINO COUNTY HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES AGENCY ON TUESDAY RECEIVED CONSENT FROM THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THE PURCHASE OF AN ADDITIONAL COUNTY VEHICLE WHICH WILL BE UTILIZED BY A NEW MOBILE MENTAL HEALTH OUTREACH SPECIALIST, A PERSON WHO IS WORKING CLOSELY WITH THE SHERIFFS OFFICE ON RELATED CRISIS CALLS. TO ASSIST THE HHSA WITH THE PURCHASE, THE SHERIFFS OFFICE HAS AGREED TO TRANSFER $12,000 FROM ITS STATE ASSET FORFEITURE ACCOUNT TOWARD THE PURCHASE OF A USED VEHICLE. AN ADDITIONAL $13,000 WILL ALSO BE ALLOCATED FROM THE BEHAVIORAL HEALTH AND RECOVERY SERVICES REALIGNMENT FUNDS. THE SPECIALIST IS PARTNERED WITH A COMMUNITY SAFETY OFFICER, AND THEY ENGAGE MENTAL HEALTH CLIENTS IN THE SOUTH COAST, ANDERSON VALLEY AND NORTHERN COUNTY AREAS AND WILL ALSO BE DOING IN-REACH, MEANING MENTAL HEALTH IDENTIFIED COUNTY INMATES WILL ALSO BE SERVED.

METHAMPHETAMINE BUST IN FORT BRAGG (LAW) JB 3/19/15

A ROUTINE CHECK ON A VEHICLE IN FORT BRAGG LEADS TO THE ARREST OF A MAN ON DRUG CHARGES.

MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPUTIES CONTACTED 42 YEAR OLD DONALD BOWMAN IN A VEHICLE ON GRAVEL PIT ROAD WITHIN JACKSON STATE FOREST, JUST SOUTH OF HIGHWAY 20 IN FORT BRAGG. DEPUTIES KNEW BOWMAN TO BE ON ACTIVE FELONY PROBATION WITH A TERM THAT HE SUBMIT HIS PERSON AND PROPERTY TO SEARCH. DURING A SEARCH OF BOWMANS PERSON, DEPUTIES LOCATED A PLASTIC BAG CONTAINING A SUSPECTED CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE. THAT FIELD-TESTED PRESUMPTIVE POSITIVE FOR METHAMPHETAMINE AND HAD A NET WEIGHT OF 5.4-GRAMS. BOWMAN IS BEING HELD WITHOUT BOND AT THE MENDOCINO COUNTY JAIL AND HE WAS BOOKED FOR POSSESSING A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE FOR SALE AND VIOLATION OF HIS PROBATION.

CALFIRE ENCOURAGING HOMEOWNERS TO ACT NOW (LAW) JB 3/19/18

AS A RESULT OF THE CONTINUED DROUGHT CONDITIONS, CALFIRE IS ENCOURAGING HOMEOWNERS TO PREPARE FOR THE UPCOMING FIRE SEASON.

IN THE FIRST TWO MONTHS OF WINTER, CALFIRE HAS RESPONDED TO A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF WILDFIRES DUE TO THE CONTINUATION OF DRY FUEL CONDITIONS. AS A RESULT, CALFIRE OFFICIALS ARE REMINDING RESIDENTS TO ENSURE THAT THEY ARE MAINTAINING 100 FEET OF DEFENSIBLE SPACE AROUND THEIR RESIDENCE. THE INTENT OF DEFENSIBLE SPACE IS TO IMPROVE SAFETY FOR FIREFIGHTERS DEFENDING A HOME AS WELL AS INCREASE THE SURVIVABILITY OF A BUILDING OR STRUCTURE THAT EXISTS IN GRASS, BRUSH AND FOREST COVERED LANDS. MORE INFORMATION ON HOME PREPARATION CAN BE FOUND AT WWW.READYFORWILDFIRE.ORG.

ESCROW CLOSES ON NEW LAKEPORT POLICE STATION (LAW) JB 3/19/15

THE LAKEPORT POLICE DEPARTMENT IS NOW ONE STEP CLOSER TO MOVING INTO ITS NEW POLICE STATION.

ACCORDING TO THE LAKEPORT POLICE CHIEF, ESCROW ON THE CITYS NEW POLICE HEADQUARTERS BUILDING ON MAIN STREET CLOSED ON MARCH 10. THE CITY AGREED TO PURCHASE THE NEARLY 4,400 SQUARE FOOT BUILDING LATE LAST YEAR FOR $875,000. THE CITY WILL NOW HIRE A LOCAL PROJECT MANAGER TO OVERSEE MODIFICATIONS TO THE NEW BUILDING INCLUDING THE CHANGEOVER OF THE PHONE AND COMPUTER NETWORK AND THE INSTALLATION OF FENCING IN THE REAR OF THE BUILDING TO SECURE DEPARTMENT VEHICLES. THE NEW POLICE HEADQUARTERS SHOULD BE FULLY OPERATIONAL BY JULY 1.

ROLLOVER ACCIDENT INVESTIGATED FOR POSSIBLE DUI (LAW) JB 3/19/15

THE DRIVER IN AN EARLY MORNING ROLLOVER ACCIDENT IN LAKEPORT ON WEDNESDAY IS BEING INVESTIGATED FOR POSSIBLE DUI.

LAKEPORT POLICE RESPONDED TO AN AREA ON LAKEPORT BOULEVARD NORTH OF LANGE STREET JUST AFTER 1:00 WEDNESDAY MORNING AND LOCATED A 1992 FORD F150 UPSIDE DOWN ON ITS ROOF. THE DRIVER, IDENTIFIED AS 22 YEAR OLD DAMON WOOLRIDGE, WAS PINNED INSIDE THE VEHICLE AND HAD TO BE EXTRICATED BY LAKEPORT FIREFIGHTERS. OFFICERS COLLECTED EVIDENCE THAT SHOWED ALCOHOL INFLUENCE AND UNSAFE SPEED WERE COMBINED FACTORS IN THE ACCIDENT. WOOLRIDGE SUFFERED SERIOUS INJURIES IN THE CRASH AND WAS FLOWN TO SANTA ROSA MEMORIAL HOSPITAL FOR TREATMENT.

NEW BILL WOULD REQUIRE VACATION RENTAL REPORTS (ECN) JB 3/19/15

A NORTH COAST SENATOR IS TAKING AIM AT ONLINE VACATION RENTAL BUSINESSES THROUGH PROPOSED LEGISLATION THAT COULD REAP MILLIONS FOR CITIES AND COUNTIES IN UNCOLLECTED BED TAXES.

THE PRESS DEMOCRAT REPORTED THAT SEN. MIKE MCGUIRE BILLED SENATE BILL 539 WEDNESDAY AS AN ATTEMPT TO GET ONLINE VACATION RENTAL COMPANIES TO FOLLOW LOCAL LAWS JUST LIKE THE REST OF US. SAN FRANCISCO-BASED AIRBNB, AND OTHER COMPANIES LIKE IT, ALLOW HOMEOWNERS TO LIST PRIVATE HOMES OR ROOMS AVAILABLE FOR RENT BY OUT-OF-TOWN GUESTS SEEKING TEMPORARY STAYS ON THE CHEAP. BUT SONOMA COUNTY AND MANY CITIES SAY THE LARGELY UNREGULATED MARKETPLACE IS SIDESTEPPING THEIR HOTEL-BED TAX COFFERS BECAUSE MANY PROPERTY OWNERS DO NOT REPORT TRANSACTIONS TO TAX OFFICIALS. UNDER MCGUIRES BILL, LOCAL JURISDICTIONS COULD REQUIRE VACATION RENTAL COMPANIES TO DISCLOSE WHERE RENTALS ARE LOCATED AND TO PROVIDE INFORMATION SUCH AS THE NUMBER OF NIGHTS STAYED AND THE AMOUNT PAID BY THE VISITOR FOR THE PURPOSES OF COLLECTING BED TAXES.

SF CHURCH REMOVES SPRINKLERS THAT SOAKED HOMELESS (PI) JB 3/19/15

A SPRINKLER SYSTEM INSTALLED AT A CHURCH DESIGNED TO DETER HOMELESS SQUATTERS HAS BEEN REMOVED AFTER HEAVY CRITICISM.

THE ARCHDIOCESE OF SAN FRANCISCO STATED THAT IT HAS REMOVED A SPRINKLER SYSTEM THAT WAS INSTALLED IN THE DOORWAYS OF THE ST MARYS CATHEDRAL TO DRENCH THE ALCOVES TO PREVENT HOMELESS PEOPLE FROM SLEEPING THERE. THE ANNOUNCEMENT BY THE ARCHDIOCESE WAS MADE WEDNESDAY AFTER THEY RECEIVED ENORMOUS AMOUNTS OF CRITICISM BECAUSE THE SYSTEM DESIGNED TO DRENCH HOMELESS PEOPLE AT NIGHT WAS INSTALLED DURING ONE OF THE WORST DROUGHTS IN HISTORY. THE ARCHDIOCESE, KNOWN FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF THE HOMELESS IN THE CITY, APOLOGIZED AND STATED THAT THEIR INTENTIONS WERE MISUNDERSTOOD, SAYING THEY WERE TRYING TO ENCOURAGE HOMELESS PEOPLE TO USE OTHER AREAS OF THE CATHEDRAL.

CHP INVESTIGATING FATAL CRASH FOLLOWING PURSUIT (LAW) JB 3/18/15

CHP INVESTIGATORS ARE REVIEWING A FATAL CRASH OFF HIGHWAY 1 NEAR BODEGA, TRYING TO DETERMINE IF IT WAS AN ACCIDENT OR INTENTIONAL.

ACCORDING TO THE PRESS DEMOCRAT, THE PURSUIT BEGAN AT ABOUT 6:30 P.M. MONDAY AFTER AN INCIDENT AT THE HISTORIC WASHOE HOUSE BAR ON STONY POINT ROAD. THE INCIDENT INVOLVED THE MAN PULLING OUT A HANDGUN AND MAKING INCOHERENT STATEMENTS AND ALSO THREATENING TO KILL PEOPLE. THE DRIVER, WHOSE NAME WAS NOT RELEASED PENDING POSITIVE IDENTIFICATION, BURNED IN THE CAR WHEN IT BURST INTO FLAMES AFTER HITTING A TREE. CHP OFFICERS ESTIMATED THE MAN WAS DRIVING 120 MPH WHEN HE RAN OFF OF THE ROADWAY. THERE WERE NO SKID MARKS, INDICATING HE HADNT APPLIED HIS BRAKES BEFORE CRASHING. THE INVESTIGATION WOULD INCLUDE WHETHER IT WAS AN ACCIDENT OR INTENTIONAL, BUT A CHP OFFICIAL SAID IT MAY BE IMPOSSIBLE TO MAKE A DETERMINATION.

FINES LEVIED IN MENDOCINO ABALONE POACHING CASE (LAW) JB 3/18/15

HEAVY FINES HAVE BEEN LEVIED ON THREE SAN FRANCISCO MEN CAUGHT LAST YEAR POACHING ABALONE IN MENDOCINO.

THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE ANNOUNCED ON TUESDAY THAT THREE SAN FRANCISCANS CAUGHT LAST FALL WITH A COMBINED 59 RED ABALONE ON THE MENDOCINO COAST HAVE BEEN HIT WITH $20,000 IN FINES AND SENTENCED TO THREE YEARS PROBATION AND 240 HOURS OF COMMUNITY SERVICE. THE THREE WERE ARRESTED AFTER UNDERCOVER WILDLIFE OFFICERS SAW TWO OF THEM DIVING FOR ABALONE NOV. 5 NEAR THE COMMUNITY OF ELK AND HIDING SHELLFISH AS THEY BROUGHT THEM ASHORE. ASIDE FROM THE FINES AND PROBATION, THE THREE MEN FACE THE PERMANENT REVOCATION OF THEIR FISHING LICENSES AND THE LOSS OF ALL THEIR FISHING GEAR SEIZED BY OFFICERS DURING THEIR ARREST.

APOLLO IN LEAD TO ACQUIRE DFM NEWSPAPERS (ECN) JB 3/18/15

GIANT PRIVATE EQUITY FUND APOLLO GLOBAL MANAGEMENT IS THE FRONT-RUNNER IN NEGOTIATIONS TO BUY DIGITAL FIRST MEDIA, THE PUBLISHER OF NUMEROUS LOCAL NEWSPAPERS.

ACCORDING TO REUTERS, APOLLO, WHICH HAS ABOUT $160 BILLION UNDER MANAGEMENT, IS IN ADVANCED TALKS TO ACQUIRE DFM FOR AROUND $400 MILLION. APOLLO AND THE SMALLER PRIVATE EQUITY FUND CERBERUS HAVE BEEN RUMORED TO BE THE TWO FINAL BIDDERS FOR THE CHAIN, WHICH DFM PUT UP FOR SALE LAST SEPTEMBER.

IN ADDITION TO 76 DAILY NEWSPAPERS, DIGITAL FIRST MEDIA CONTROLS 160 WEEKLY PUBLICATIONS. THE PAPERS INCLUDE THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL, THE WILLITS NEWS AND THE FORT BRAGG ADVOCATE NEWS, IN ADDITION TO THE RECORD-BEE. IN THE BAY AREA, MAJOR DFM-CONTROLLED PROPERTIES INCLUDE THE SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, CONTRA COSTA TIMES AND OAKLAND TRIBUNE.

TSUNAMI WARNING SYSTEMS TEST SCHEDULED (PI) JB 3/18/15

THE MENDOCINO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS HAS PROCLAIMED THAT NEXT WEEK IS TSUNAMI PREPAREDNESS WEEK.

THE MENDOCINO COUNTY OFFICE OF EMERGENCY SERVICES, IN COOPERATION WITH THE COUNTIES OF HUMBOLDT AND DEL NORTE, THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE, AND THE CALIFORNIA EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY HAS SCHEDULED A TSUNAMI WARNING SYSTEM TEST ON MARCH 25, 2015 FROM 11:00 AM TO 12:00 PM PDT. IF YOU ARE WATCHING TELEVISION BETWEEN 11:00 A.M. AND 12:00 NOON ON WEDNESDAY MARCH 25, EXPECT TO SEE A CRAWLER AT THE BOTTOM OF THE SCREEN INDICATING THAT A TSUNAMI WARNING HAS BEEN ISSUED AND HEAR A VOICE INDICATING THAT IT IS ONLY A TEST. IF YOU DONT HEAR THE TV AUDIO, PLEASE REMEMBER THAT THIS IS ONLY A TEST. IF YOU ARE LISTENING TO THE RADIO YOU WILL HEAR ALERTING TONES FOLLOWED BY A VOICE ANNOUNCING THAT THE TEST IS OCCURRING.

MAN SHOOTING AT A DRIVER DURING CAR CHASE (LAW) JB 3/18/15

SHOTS FIRED DURING A CAR CHASE LEADS TO THE ARREST OF A WILLITS MAN IN COVELO.

DEPUTIES FROM THE MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE WERE DISPATCHED TO THE COVELO AREA REGARDING A REPORT OF A SUBJECT IN A VEHICLE CHASE SHOOTING AT THE VEHICLE IN FRONT OF HIM. DEPUTIES ENCOUNTERED THE SUSPECT VEHICLE ON HIGHWAY 162 NEAR DOS RIOS. A TRAFFIC STOP WAS CONDUCTED AND 39-YEAR-OLD DUSTIN HENDERSON WAS IDENTIFIED AS THE DRIVER. HENDERSON HAD PASSED THE VICTIMS VEHICLE ON HIGHWAY 162 AND WHEN DOING SO COLLIDED WITH THE VEHICLE WHILE COMPLETING THE PASS. HENDERSON PULLED AWAY AND STOPPED HIS VEHICLE IN THE ROADWAY AND PRODUCED A PELLET PISTOL WHICH THE VICTIM BELIEVED TO BE A FIREARM AND HE FIRED THE PELLET PISTOL AT THE VICTIMS VEHICLE, SHATTERING THE PASSENGER WINDOW AND BREAKING THE WINDSHIELD. THE VICTIM WAS THEN PURSUED BY HENDERSON INTO THE COVELO AREA WHERE HE CONTINUED TO SHOOT THE PELLET PISTOL AT THE VICTIMS VEHICLE. THE VEHICLES TRAVELED THROUGH THE TOWN OF COVELO AT A HIGH RATE OF SPEED UNTIL THE VICTIM WAS ABLE TO ELUDE HENDERSON IN THE FLOW OF TRAFFIC. A SEARCH OF HENDERSONS VEHICLE REVEALED THE PELLET PISTOLWHICH HAD THE APPEARANCE OF A FIREARM AS WELL AS PELLETS, MARIJUANA, AND SUSPECTED METHAMPHETAMINE IN A HYPODERMIC SYRINGE. HENDERSON WAS ARRESTED ON MULTIPLE CHARGES AND BOOKED INTO THE MENDOCINO COUNTY JAIL.

GUERNVILLE MAN INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH (LAW) JB 3/18/15

A GUERNVILLE MAN SUFFERED MAJOR INJURIES IN A MOTORCYCLE CRASH NEAR HIDDEN VALLEY LAKE OVER THE WEEKEND.

39-YEAR-OLD RENE BARRON WAS TRAVELING NORTHBOUND ON HIGHWAY 29, APPROXIMATELY HALF A MILE NORTH OF SPRUCE GROVE ROAD SOUTH WHEN THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED. BARRONS 1989 KAWASAKI X3 LEFT THE ROADWAY AND OVERTURNED, SEVERELY INJURING THE RIDER. HE WAS FLOWN TO SANTA ROSA MEMORIAL HOSPITAL AFTER BEING TRANSPORTED TO A REGIONAL TRAUMA CENTER. THE CAUSE OF THE ACCIDENT IS UNDER INVESTIGATION AND, ACCORDING TO CHP REPORTS, ALCOHOL IS BELIEVED TO BE A FACTOR IN THE CRASH.

COMMUNITY COLLEGES TO OFFER BACHELOR PROGRAMS (ED) JB 3/18/15

TWELVE COMMUNITY COLLEGES IN CALIFORNIA HAVE RECEIVED FINAL APPROVAL TO OFFER BACHELOR DEGREE PROGRAMS.

THE CALIFORNIA COMMUNITY COLLEGES BOARD OF GOVERNORS GAVE FINAL APPROVAL ON MONDAY FOR 12 COMMUNITY COLLEGES TO PARTICIPATE IN A LANDMARK PILOT PROGRAM THAT ALLOWS THEM TO OFFER BACHELORS DEGREES IN FIELDS SUCH AS RESPIRATORY THERAPY, DENTAL HYGIENE AND AEROSPACE MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY. INITIAL APPROVAL WAS GRANTED IN JANUARY, PENDING ADDITIONAL EVALUATION OF THE PROPOSALS BY THE CALIFORNIA COMMUNITY COLLEGES CHANCELLORS OFFICE AND FURTHER CONSULTATION WITH CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY AND THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA. UNDER THE LAW THE FOUR-YEAR DEGREE PROGRAMS MUST BE UP AND RUNNING BY AT LEAST THE 2017-18 ACADEMIC YEAR, HOWEVER, DISTRICTS MAY START THEIR PROGRAMS BY THE FALL 2015 SEMESTER.

MURDER-SUICIDE SUSPECTED IN YOUNTVILLE SHOOTING (LAW) JB 3/17/15

A DOUBLE SHOOTING YOUNTVILLE ON MONDAY IS BEING INVESTIGATED BY AUTHORITIES AS A POSSIBLE MURDER-SUICIDE.

ACCORDING TO SEVERAL SOURCES, A DISPUTE BETWEEN A NAPA VINTNER AND A FORMER INVESTOR TURNED DEADLY JUST BEFORE NOON ON MONDAY. THE VINTNER, ROBERT DAHL, HAD AN EARLY MORNING MEETING WITH HIS FORMER INVESTOR, EMAD TAWFILIS, AT DAHLS WINERY ABOUT A DISPUTE OVER A $1.2 MILLION LOAN. AT SOME POINT AFTER THE MEETING, DAHL ALLEGEDLY SHOT THE INVESTOR AND THEN FLED IN A BLACK SUV. THE SUV DROVE DOWN DRY CREEK ROAD, WITH DEPUTIES IN PURSUIT, UNTIL IT TURNED ONTO WALL ROAD AND THEN ONTO PRIVATE PROPERTY. WHEN DEPUTIES AND SWAT REACHED THE SUV, THEY ALLEGEDLY FOUND THAT THE DRIVER, SUSPECTED TO BE DAHL, DEAD FROM AN APPARENT SELF-INFLICTED GUNSHOT WOUND. THE DETAILS OF WHAT EXACTLY LEAD UP TO THE MURDER-SUICIDE ARE STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION BY LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS.

KONOCTI CAMP INMATE CAPTURED IN SOUTHERN CAL (LAW) JB 3/17/15

THE INMATE WHO WALKED AWAY FROM THE KONOCTI CONSERVATION CAMP ON FRIDAY HAS BEEN CAPTURED IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA.

37-YEAR-OLD JAMES BELLINO WAS LISTED AS MISSING FROM THE CAMP FOLLOWING AN INMATE COUNT FRIDAY EVENING. THE ESCAPE PROMPTED A MULTI-AGENCY SEARCH ACROSS LAKE COUNTY. THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTION RECEIVED NOTIFICATION SUNDAY NIGHT THAT MEMBERS OF THE SPECIAL SERVICE UNIT AND FUGITIVE APPREHENSION TEAM CAPTURED BELLINO IN LOS ANGELES. BELLINO WILL NOW BE TRANSPORTED BACK TO THE CALIFORNIA CORRECTIONAL CENTER IN SUSANVILLE AND WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE TO BE REHOUSED IN A CONSERVATION CAMP.

FORT BRAGG HIRES LA CANDIDATE AS NEW POLICE CHIEF (LAW) JB 3/17/15

THE CITY OF FORT BRAGG HAS HIRED A NEW POLICE CHIEF WITH PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE WITHIN THE LOS ANGELES POLICE DEPARTMENT.

AFTER CONDUCTING A NATIONWIDE RECRUITMENT PROCESS, THE CITY OF FORT BRAGG HAS HIRED FABIAN LIZARRAGA AS THEIR NEW CHIEF OF POLICE. LIZERRAGA HAS 37 YEARS OF LAW ENFORCEMENT EXPERIENCE WITH THE LAPD WITH HIS ASSIGNMENTS INCLUDING UNDERCOVER AND GANG SUPPRESSION, INTERNAL AFFAIRS, AND COMMANDING THE DEPARTMENTS JUVENILE DIVISION. LIZERRAGAS APPOINTMENT TO THE POSITION OFFICIALLY REPLACES FORMER CHIEF SCOTT MAYBERRY, WHO RESIGNED LAST SUMMER AFTER SERVING THREE AND A HALF YEARS WITH THE FORT BRAGG POLE DEPARTMENT.

COUNTY RETIREMENT BOARD DISCUSS COST OF LIVING (ECN) JB 3/17/15

THE MENDOCINO COUNTY RETIREMENT ASSOCIATION BOARD WILL CONTINUE ITS CONVERSATION ON COST OF LIVING ADJUSTMENTS TO PENSION PLANS.

THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL REPORTED MENDOCINO COUNTY HAS BEEN USING THE BAY AREA AS A MODEL WHEN SETTING THE COST OF LIVING ADJUSTMENT (COLA) TO ACCOUNT FOR INFLATION FOR EMPLOYEE PENSION PLANS SINCE 1971. ON WEDNESDAY, THE MENDOCINO COUNTY EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT ASSOCIATION BOARD WILL CONTINUE ITS DISCUSSION ON WHETHER OR NOT ITS APPROPRIATE TO USE THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX FOR URBAN CONSUMERS IN THE SAN FRANCISCO-OAKLAND-SAN JOSE AREA TO MEASURE INFLATION FOR MENDOCINO COUNTY EMPLOYEE PENSION PLANS. ALTERNATIVELY, THERE IS AN ALTERNATIVE WEST REGION CPI UP FOR CONSIDERATION INSTEAD. THIS WEST REGION INCLUDES 13 STATES ALONG WITH CALIFORNIA. CURRENTLY, FRESNO AND IMPERIAL USE THE WEST REGION SYSTEM.

ATTEMPTED BURGLARY AT UKIAH SOFTBALL FIELDS (LAW) JB 3/17/15

UKIAH POLICE OFFICERS ARRESTED TWO PEOPLE FOR ALLEGEDLY ATTEMPTING BURGLARIZE THE MAINTENANCE ROOM AT THE SOFTBALL FIELDS.

UKIAH POLICE WERE DISPATCHED TO THE CITY OF UKIAH SOFTBALL FIELDS FOR A REPORT OF A BURGLARY ALARM ACTIVATION IN THE FACILITIES MAINTENANCE ROOM. ON ARRIVAL OFFICERS FOUND THE DOORS TO THE MAINTENANCE BUILDING FORCED OPEN. OFFICERS BEGAN SEARCHING THE AREA AND FOUND 42-YEAR-OLD JEROME WOLTER AND 44- YEAR-OLD JENIFER BORGES IN A PARKED VEHICLE IN THE AREA. WOLTER AND BORGES CLAIMED TO HAVE BEEN SLEEPING IN THE VEHICLE. WHILE OFFICERS SPOKE WITH WOLTER AND BORGES BOTH WERE DISPLAYING SYMPTOMS OF BEING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE. BORGES WAS DETERMINED TO BE ON PROBATION AND ADDITIONALLY CHARGED WITH VIOLATION OF HER PROBATION. DURING A SEARCH OF THE VEHICLE ADDITIONAL EVIDENCE LINKING THE TWO TO THE BURGLARY OF THE BUILDING WAS FOUND AND BOTH SUSPECTS WERE BOOKED INTO THE MENDOCINO COUNTY JAIL

MCGUIRE MOVES TO SAVE UPPER LAKE BANK (GOV/ECN) JB 3/17/15

SENATOR MIKE MCGUIRE IS MAKING EFFORTS TO SAVE UPPER LAKE FROM LOSING ITS ONLY BANK.

ACCORDING TO THE RECORD-BEE, SENATOR MIKE MCGUIRE APPEALED TO THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS OVERSIGHT FOR HELP IN AN EFFORT TO PREVENT WESTAMERICA BANK FROM CLOSING THEIR UPPER LAKE BRANCH. WESTAMERICA BANKS PROPOSED UPPER LAKE BRANCH CLOSURE WAS INITIALLY APPROVED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS OVERSIGHT. HOWEVER, AFTER RESIDENTS AND BUSINESS OWNERS RALLIED TO RAISE AWARENESS OF THE IMPACT THE CLOSURE WOULD HAVE ON THE LARGER COMMUNITY, THE DEPARTMENT RE-OPENED ITS CASE. SENATOR MCGUIRE SENT A LETTER TO DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS OVERSIGHT COMMISSIONER JAN LYNN OWEN REQUESTING THE ENTIRE NORTHSHORE REGION BE TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION DURING ITS DECISION-MAKING PROCESS OF A POTENTIAL BANK CLOSURE.

IF THE DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS OVERSIGHT GRANTS WESTAMERICA ITS CLOSURE, SENATOR MCGUIRE ASKED FOR AN EXTENDED TIME FRAME, ALLOWING OTHER FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS THE OPPORTUNITY TO OPEN A LOCAL BRANCH WITHOUT A POTENTIAL INTERRUPTION OF SERVICE TO UPPER LAKE NEIGHBORS.

FORT BRAGG FIREFIGHTERS TRAIN BY BURNING HOUSE (LAW) JB 3/17/15

FIREFIGHTERS IN FORT BRAGG RECEIVED SOME REAL WORLD TRAINING AS THEY BATTLED A FIRE AT A HOME OVER THE WEEKEND.

TWENTY-SEVEN FORT BRAGG VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS PRACTICED FIRE SUPPRESSION TECHNIQUES DURING A TRAINING EXERCISE AT AN OLD OCEAN BLUFF HOME DONATED TO THE DEPARTMENT FOR TRAINING. THE TWO-STORY HOME AT THE END OF OCEAN DRIVE WAS SCHEDULED FOR DEMOLITION BUT THE HOMEOWNERS DECIDED TO DONATE THE HOME TO THE FIRE DEPARTMENT FOR THEIR TRAINING EXERCISES. FIREFIGHTERS WERE ABLE TO LEARN GOOD LESSONS ON WORKING IN CRAMPED QUARTERS AS THEY REPEATEDLY SUPPRESSED FIRES ON THE SMALL STAIRWAY AND LOW CEILINGS OF THE HOME. THE ORT BRAGG FIRE CHIEF SAID THE BOTH NEW FIREFIGHTERS AND VETERANS BENEFITED FROM THE REAL-WORLD EXPERIENCE OF THE EXERCISE.

BOMB THREAT AT CARDINAL NEWMAN (LAW) JB 3/16/15

THREE SCHOOLS INCLUDING CARDINAL NEWMAN WERE EVACUATED FRIDAY AFTER RECEIVING A BOMB THREAT.

THE PRESS DEMOCRAT REPORTED THAT CLASSES WERE CUT SHORT FRIDAY AT THREE SANTA ROSA SCHOOLS AFTER A BOMB THREAT WAS CALLED INTO CARDINAL NEWMAN HIGH SCHOOL BEFORE 11 A.M., PROMPTING THE EVACUATION OF APPROXIMATELY 1,000 STUDENTS FROM THE THREE CAMPUSES. OLD REDWOOD HIGHWAY WAS SHUT DOWN FOR MORE THAN FIVE HOURS WHILE SONOMA COUNTY SHERIFFS PERSONNEL SWEPT THE GROUNDS AND BUILDINGS WITH ASSISTANCE OF A BOMB-DETECTION DOG BROUGHT IN BY THE SAN FRANCISCO POLICE DEPARTMENT. NO BOMB WAS FOUND DURING THE SEARCH AND PROPERTY CRIMES DETECTIVES WERE INVESTIGATING WHO MADE THE PHONE CALLS TO THE CARDINAL NEWMAN PRINCIPAL WARNING THAT A BOMB WAS ON CAMPUS, BUT AS OF FRIDAY EVENING NO ARRESTS HAD BEEN MADE.

INMATE WALKS AWAY FROM CONSERVATION CAMP (LAW) JB 3/16/15

AN INMATE FROM THE CALIFORNIA CORRECTIONAL CENTER WALKED AWAY FROM THE KONOCTI CONSERVATION CAMP OVER THE WEEKEND.

37-YEAR-OLD MINIMUM-SECURITY INMATE, JAMES BELLINO, WAS ASSIGNED TO AN INMATE FIREFIGHTING CREW WHEN HE WAS REPORTED MISSING AT THE INMATE COUNT FRIDAY EVENING. BELLINO WAS SERVING A MULTI-YEAR SENTENCE AND WAS SCHEDULED TO BE RELEASED IN JULY OF NEXT YEAR. HE IS DESCRIBED AS 62 TALL, 207 POUNDS WITH GREEN EYES AND A SHAVED HEAD AND AUTHORITIES SAID HE WAS LAST SEEN WEARING GRAY SWEATPANTS, A WHITE TANK TOP AND WHITE TENNIS SHOES. ANYONE SEEING BELLINO SHOULD CALL 911 OR LAW ENFORCEMENT AUTHORITIES IMMEDIATELY.

WATER AGENCY TO DISCUSS GROUNDWATER ACT (EVR) JB 3/16/15

THE MENDOCINO COUNTY WATER AGENCY HAS SCHEDULED A FORUM TO DISCUSS THE SUSTAINABLE GROUNDWATER MANAGEMENT ACT.

ACCORDING TO A NEWS RELEASE BY THE MENDOCINO COUNTY EXECUTIVE OFFICE, THE MENDOCINO COUNTY WATER AGENCY AND THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SERVICE WILL HOLD AN EDUCATIONAL FORUM ON THE SUSTAINABLE GROUNDWATER MANAGEMENT ACT OF 2014. THE PURPOSE OF THE FORUM IS GIVE AN OVERVIEW OF THE ACT AND RESPOND TO QUESTIONS REGARDING ITS REGULATION. TOPICS OF DISCUSSION WILL INCLUDE TIMELINES FOR ENACTMENT, THE AUTHORITY AND RESPONSIBILITY OF A GROUNDWATER SUSTAINABILITY AGENCY AND AVAILABLE FUNDING SOURCES. THE PUBLIC FORUM IS SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 26 AT 5:30 PM AT THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS CHAMBERS ON LOW GAP ROAD IN UKIAH.

HUFFMAN SAYS LEGALIZE POT TO SAVE ENVIRONMENT (EVR) JB 3/16/15

CONGRESSMAN JARED HUFFMAN CONTINUES HIS PUSH FOR LEGALIZATION OF MARIJUANA IN AN EFFORT TO REDUCE DAMAGE TO THE ENVIRONMENT.

SPEAKING AT AN ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE SALMONID RESTORATION FEDERATION, HUFFMAN SAID CONTINUING DOWN THE CURRENT PATH IS NOT AN OPTION, GIVEN THE DESTRUCTIVE IMPACTS OF INDUSTRIAL-SCALE MARIJUANA CULTIVATION. THE ACTIVITY, INCLUDING ILLEGAL WATER DIVERSIONS, TOXIC CHEMICAL USE AND POACHING HAS DAMAGED NORTH COAST STREAMS AND LAID WASTE TO LARGE SWATHS OF FOREST. HUNDREDS OF SCIENTISTS, WILDLIFE OFFICIALS, ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDS AND OTHERS HEARD THE CONGRESSMAN LIST MARIJUANA CULTIVATION AS ONE OF THE TOP THREE THREATS TO SALMON RECOVERY IN THE STATE. HUFFMAN REPRESENTS ROUGHLY THE TOP THIRD OF CALIFORNIAS COAST, WHERE, HE SAID, ABOUT 65 PERCENT OF THE NATIONS MARIJUANA SUPPLY IS GROWN MUCH OF IT THROUGH ILLEGAL TRESPASS ON PUBLIC LAND.

UUSD TO REFUND MORE DEVELOPERS FEES (ECN/ED) JB 3/16/15

THE UKIAH UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT HAS DECIDED TO REFUND FEES COLLECTED FROM SEVERAL DEVELOPERS IN THE DISTRICT.

ACCORDING TO THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL, THE UKIAH UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES THURSDAY VOTED TO REFUND MORE OF THE DEVELOPERS FEES IT COLLECTED BEFORE A JUDGE DECLARED THEM INVALID. A DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE SAID THERE IS CURRENTLY $945,000 IN THE UUSDS DEVELOPER FEE ACCOUNT, AND THE DISTRICT PLANS TO OFFER REFUNDS TO 41 DEVELOPERS WHO PAID FEES BETWEEN MAY 9, 2012, AND OCT. 26, 2013. IF ALL DEVELOPERS REQUEST REFUNDS, THE TOTAL REFUNDED WOULD AMOUNT TO JUST UNDER $175,000. THE LETTERS TO THE DEVELOPERS WILL INCLUDE A DEADLINE FOR ASKING FOR A REFUND IN AN EFFORT TO PUT END THE ONGOING ISSUE AND MOVE FORWARD. THE DISTRICT WILL NOT CHARGE THE DEVELOPERS FEES AGAIN UNTIL A NEW FEE STUDY IS COMMISSIONED AND ITS FINDINGS JUSTIFY NEW FEES.

POLICE K9 APPREHENDS CLEARLAKE BURGLAR (LAW) JB 3/16/15

A CLEARLAKE POLICE K9 APPREHENDED A MAN ATTEMPTING TO FLEE AFTER AN ATTEMPTED BURGLARY AT A DOCTORS OFFICE.

CLEARLAKE POLICE WERE NOTIFIED THAT A SUBJECT WEARING DARK-COLORED CLOTHING HAD JUST SMASHED THE WINDOW OF AN OPTOMETRISTS OFFICE ON OLD HIGHWAY 53. UPON THEIR ARRIVAL, OFFICERS WITNESSED 21 YEAR OLD PATRICK JAMES POTTER RUNNING AWAY FROM THE SCENE. AFTER CHASING POTTER ON FOOT, OFFICERS DEPLOYED K9 OFFICER DEX TO APPREHEND POTTER. DEX BECAME BRIEFLY TANGLED IN A BARBED WIRE FENCE DURING THE PURSUIT BUT SUCCESSFULLY APPREHENDED POTTER A SHORT TIME LATER AND THE 21 YEAR OLD WAS ARRESTED AND BOOKED INTO THE LAKE COUNTY JAIL ON A NO-BAIL STATUS.

SKUNK TRAIN TUNNEL COLLAPSE RUMOR UNTRUE (TR) JB 3/16/15

RECENT WORK ON THE TUNNEL AND TRACK ON THE SKUNK TRAIN RAIL LINE HAVE PROMPTED UNFOUNDED RUMORS OF A TUNNEL COLLAPSE.

AFTER HEARING SEVERAL RUMORS OF A POSSIBLE TUNNEL COLLAPSE ON THE LINE, THE SKUNK TRAIN GENERAL MANAGER STATED THAT REHABILITATION PROJECTS NEAR TUNNEL NUMBER 1 ON THE LINE HAVE BEEN PLANNED FOR A LONG TIME. WORK ON THE HILLSIDE ABOVE THE TUNNEL HAS SENT DEBRIS DOWN ONTO THE TRACKS ON THE FORT BRAGG SIDE, BUT THE TUNNEL ITSELF IS COMPLETELY SOUND. CURRENTLY, ALL THE SKUNK TRAINS CARS ARE IN WILLITS, WHERE THE LINE IS RUNNING A FULL SCHEDULE TO NORTHSPUR WHILE THE WORK IS BEING COMPLETED ON THE FORT BRAGG SIDE.

COMMUNITY ENDOWMENT FUND AWARDS LOCAL GRANTS (PI) JB 3/16/15

LOCAL GRANTS TOTALING $120,000 WERE AWARDED RECENTLY BY THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF MENDOCINO COUNTY.

THE GRANTS FOR LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS WERE AWARDED AT A MEETING OF THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF MENDOCINO COUNTY BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND MADE POSSIBLE THE FOUNDATIONS COMMUNITY ENDOWMENT FUND. THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION AWARDED GRANTS FOR YOUTH, THE ARTS, AND TO IMPROVE COMMUNITY HEALTH AMONG OTHER AREAS OF INTEREST. HIGHLIGHTS THIS YEAR INCLUDED OVER $45,000 IN GRANTS TO ORGANIZATIONS WORKING TOWARD HEALTHY COMMUNITIES AND OVER $38,000 IN FUNDING TO VARIOUS ARTS AND HUMANITIES ORGANIZATIONS. DONORS WHO GIVE TO COMMUNITY ENDOWMENT FUND KNOW THEIR GIFTS WILL BE USED HERE IN MENDOCINO FOR THE LONG-TERM BENEFIT OF THE COUNTY.

POLICE SEEK CLEARLAKE OAKS MAN IN SHOOTING (LAW) JB 3/13/15

A CLEARLAKE OAKS MAN IS BEING SOUGHT BY POLICE ON SUSPICION OF SHOOTING ANOTHER MAN FOLLOWING A ROAD RAGE INCIDENT.

CLEARLAKE POLICE WERE DISPATCHED TO A HOME ON OLD HIGHWAY 53 WEDNESDAY EVENING AND FOUND THE 20 YEAR OLD VICTIM ON HIS PORCH SUFFERING FROM A GUNSHOT WOUND TO THE STOMACH. THE VICTIM SAID A PAIR OF MEN CONFRONTED HIM AT HIS HOME AND HE IDENTIFIED THE SUSPECTED SHOOTER AS 27-YEAR-OLD TYLER KOHO. KOHO HAD REPORTEDLY BEEN INVOLVED IN A ROAD RAGE INCIDENT WITH THE VICTIM EARLIER IN THE DAY,. THE VICTIM WAS FLOWN TO SANTA ROSA MEMORIAL HOSPITAL AND IS RECOVERING FROM MULTIPLE SURGERIES. KOHO IS 62 TALL, 300 POUNDS AND IS CONSIDERED TO BE ARMED AND DANGEROUS AND ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CALL CLEARLAKE POLICE DETECTIVE RYAN PETERSON AT 994-8251, X.320.

UKIAH POLICE GETTING NEW DISPATCH RADIO SYSTEM (LAW) JB 3/13/15

THE UKIAH POLICE DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN APPROVED TO PURCHASE A STATE OF THE ART DISPATCH SYSTEM.

ACCORDING TO THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL, THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL RECENTLY APPROVED THE PURCHASE OF NEW EQUIPMENT FOR THE UKIAH POLICE DEPARTMENT THAT WILL ALLOW ITS DISPATCHERS TO WORK SEAMLESSLY WITH DISPATCHERS FROM THE MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE. THE $220,000 SYSTEM WILL CREATE A VIRTUAL DISPATCH CENTER USING CLOUD-BASED TECHNOLOGY WHERE DISPATCHERS FROM EITHER DEPARTMENT WILL BE ABLE TO RESPOND TO 911 CALLS. THE NEW SYSTEM WILL ALSO ALLOW CITY OFFICERS AND DISPATCHERS TO COMMUNICATE DIRECTLY WITH SHERIFFS DEPUTIES, FACILITATING SMOOTHER JOINT RESPONSES.

NEW STUDENT ASSESSMENT PROGRAM STARTED (ED) JB 3/13/15

STATE SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT TOM TORLAKSON IS ROLLING OUT A NEW STUDENT ASSESSMENT PROGRAM ACROSS CALIFORNIA.

STATE SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION TOM TORLAKSON LAUNCHED A NEW ERA OF STUDENT TESTING IN THE STATE THIS WEEK, PROVIDING ONLINE EXAMS IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS AND LITERACY AND MATHEMATICS. MORE THAN 3 MILLION STUDENTS WILL TAKE THE NEW TESTS THAT ARE BASED ON THE STATES MORE CHALLENGING ACADEMIC STANDARDS. INSTEAD OF USING MULTIPLE-CHOICE ANSWERS, THE NEW TESTS ALLOW STUDENTS TO DEMONSTRATE THEIR ABILITY TO WRITE ANALYTICALLY AND THINK CRITICALLY. TORLAKSON STATED THAT STUDENTS MUST DRAW LOGICAL CONCLUSIONS AND CITE EVIDENCE FROM WHAT THEY HAVE READ, AND THEY MUST SOLVE REAL-WORLD MATH PROBLEMS.

BIKE AND PEDESTRIAN PROJECTS REQUESTED BY COUNTY (TR) JB 3/13/15

REQUESTS FOR BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN PROJECTS IN THE COUNTY ARE BEING SOUGHT BY THE MENDOCINO COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS.

ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE, THE MENDOCINO COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS WILL CONSIDER REQUESTS FROM SCHOOLS, PRIVATE NON-PROFIT GROUPS, TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS AND OTHERS TO PARTNER ON BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN PROJECTS IN THE COUNTY. FUNDING FOR THE PROJECTS WOULD COME FROM THE STATES ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM. TO BE CONSIDERED FOR FUNDING, THE PROJECTS MUST MEET THE GOALS TO INCREASE BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN TRAVEL, INCREASE SAFETY AND MOBILITY OPPORTUNITIES AND ENHANCE PUBLIC HEALTH. PARTNERSHIP REQUESTS MUST BE RECEIVED BY MARCH 25 TO BE CONSIDERED BY THE MCOG.

LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT JOIN NATIONAL DISCUSSION (LAW) JB 3/13/15

MEMBERS OF LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT JOINED A NATIONAL DISCUSSION ON POLICE CULTURE AT A MEETING IN SAN FRANCISCO.

THE PRESS DEMOCRAT REPORTED THAT LAW ENFORCEMENT LEADERS FROM ACROSS NORTHERN CALIFORNIA, BROUGHT TOGETHER BY THE U.S. JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, MET IN SAN FRANCISCO ON WEDNESDAY TO TALK ABOUT BUILDING COMMUNITY TRUST AT A TIME WHEN RACIAL BIAS IN POLICING HAS COME TO THE FOREFRONT OF NATIONAL DISCUSSIONS. LEADERS FROM THE SANTA ROSA AND PETALUMA POLICE DEPARTMENTS, THE NAPA AND LAKE COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICES AND OTHER NORTH COAST AGENCIES WERE AMONG ABOUT 160 PEOPLE WHO LISTENED TO THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENTS CIVIL RIGHTS DIVISION DESCRIBE ITS SCATHING REPORT THAT FOUND THE FERGUSON POLICE DEPARTMENT IN MISSOURI ROUTINELY VIOLATED THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS OF AFRICAN AMERICANS. SPEAKERS, INCLUDING BAY AREA POLICE OFFICIALS, CALLED FOR MAJOR CULTURAL AND PROCEDURAL CHANGES TO POLICE PRACTICES, WHILE COMMENDING THE OVERALL PROFESSIONALISM OF OFFICERS AND DEPUTIES ON THE STREETS. THE PRESENTATIONS TOUCHED ON DEVELOPING GREATER TRANSPARENCY OF INVESTIGATIONS, PARTICULARLY OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTINGS. MULTIPLE SPEAKERS REFERRED TO THE NATIONAL CONVERSATION ABOUT POLICING AS A DEFINING MOMENT THAT WILL HELP SHAPE LAW ENFORCEMENT PRACTICES GOING FORWARD.

NAPA COUNTY RESTAURANT LINKED TO HEPATITIS CASES (PI) JB 3/13/15

A NAPA COUNTY RESTAURANT HAS BEEN LINKED TO A PAIR OF RECENT HEPATITIS A CASES.

NAPA COUNTYS PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT IS INVESTIGATING THE FIRST CONFIRMED CASES OF ACUTE HEPATITIS A IN MORE THAN 5 YEARS AFTER CONFIRMING 5 CASES IN THE PAST TWO WEEKS. TWO OF THE REPORTED CASES INVOLVE EMPLOYEES AT LA TOQUE RESTAURANT AND BANK CAFÉ AND BAR IN THE WESTIN VERASA NAPA HOTEL. HEALTH OFFICIALS STATED THAT PEOPLE WHO ATE OR DRANK AT LA TOQUE BETWEEN FEBRUARY 9 AND FEBRUARY 26 COULD POSSIBLY HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO THE VIRUS AND SHOULD MONITOR THEIR CONDITION FOR APPROXIMATELY 50 DAYS. THE OTHER THREE CASES OF HEPATITIS IN THE COUNTY ARE NOT CONNECTED TO THE RESTAURANT AND THE ORIGINAL SOURCE OF THE INFECTIONS HAS NOT BEEN CONFIRMED.

CHANCE OF MAJOR EARTHQUAKE IN STATE INCREASED (EVR) JB 3/13/15

A NEW REPORT SHOWS AN INCREASE IN THE POSSIBILITY OF A MAJOR EARTHQUAKE HITTING CALIFORNIA IN THE NEXT 30 YEARS.

THE U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY ANNOUNCED TUESDAY THAT IS HAS ALTERED ITS FORECAST TO SHOW AN INCREASE FROM PREVIOUS STUDIES OF THE CHANCE OF AN EARTHQUAKE WITH A MAGNITUDE OF 8.0 OR HIGHER HITTING CALIFORNIA IN THE NEXT SEVERAL DECADES. THE USGS STATED THAT THE NEW LIKELIHOODS ARE DUE TO THE INCLUSION OF POSSIBLE MULTI-FAULT RUPTURES, WHERE EARTHQUAKES ARE NO LONGER CONFINED TO SEPARATE INDIVIDUAL FAULTS, BUT CAN OCCASIONALLY RUPTURE MULTIPLE FAULTS SIMULTANEOUSLY. THE CHANCE OF AN 8.0 OR HIGHER QUAKE HITTING THE STATE IN THE NEXT 30 YEARS HAS BEEN RAISED FOR 4.7 PERCENT TO 7 PERCENT.

FIRE DISTRICT MERGE DEEMED NOT AN OPTION (LAW) JB 3/12/15

CONSULTANTS RESEARCHING THE PROPOSED MERGER OF UKIAH VALLEYS FIRE SERVICES HAVE CONCLUDED THAT THE MOVE IS NOT A VIABLE OPTION.

THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL REPORTED THAT, ACCORDING TO A PRESENTATION GIVEN TUESDAY BY CITYGATE ASSOCIATES, A COMPLETE MERGER OF THE UKIAH FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE UKIAH VALLEY FIRE DISTRICT WOULD BE QUITE DIFFICULT. A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE FIRM SAID ANY CHANGE OF THE DISTRICTS BOUNDARIES MUST BE APPROVED BY MENDOCINO COUNTYS LOCAL AGENCY FORMATION COMMISSION, AND THAT HIS RESEARCH INDICATED AN ANNEXATION OF THE CITY INTO THE DISTRICT WOULD ONLY BE POSSIBLE IF SEVERAL THINGS COULD BE DONE, INCLUDING THE CITY PERMANENTLY TRANSFERRING ENOUGH PROPERTY TAX REVENUES TO THE DISTRICT TO SUPPORT THE $2.3 MILLION IN CITY FIRE DEPARTMENT EXPENSES. THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL AGREED UPON THE CREATION OF AN AD-HOC COMMITTEE REPRESENTING BOTH BOARDS AND POSSIBLY THE FIREFIGHTERS UNION TO DISCUSS THEIR OPTIONS.

LAKEPORT POLICE SEEKING HELP FINDING VANDALS (LAW) JB 3/12/15

THE LAKEPORT POLICE DEPARTMENT IS ASKING FOR THE PUBLICS HELP IN IDENTIFYING THE INDIVIDUALS RESPONSIBLE FOR RASH OF ACTS OF VANDALISM.

THE LAKEPORT POLICE CHIEF STATED THAT THE INCIDENTS, WHICH BEGAN LATE LAST MONTH, HAVE RESULTED IN THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN DAMAGE TO BUSINESSES AND CITY FACILITIES. THE MOST RECENT CASE OF VANDALISM OCCURRED EITHER LATE TUESDAY NIGHT OR EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING WHEN A GLASS DOOR AT THE LAKEPORT LIBRARY WAS COMPLETELY SMASHED OUT. EARLY ESTIMATES INDICATE THAT AT LEAST $4,000 IN DAMAGE HAS BEEN DONE TO BOTH PUBLIC AND PRIVATE PROPERTY AS A RESULT OF THE VANDALISM. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CONTACT THE LAKEPORT POLICE DEPARTMENT AT 263-5491.

COVERED CALIFORNIA EXTENDS SIGN UP WINDOW. (ECN/PI) JB 3/12/15

COVERED CALIFORNIA HAS EXTENDED THE WINDOW FOR THE STATES UNINSURED TO SIGN UP FOR HEALTH INSURANCE.

CALIFORNIANS WHO FACE A TAX PENALTY NEXT YEAR BECAUSE THEY DONT HAVE HEALTH COVERAGE WILL BE GIVEN AN OPPORTUNITY TO REDUCE THE FINE BY COVERED CALIFORNIA, THE STATES HEALTH INSURANCE EXCHANGE. THE EXCHANGE IS CREATING A SPECIAL ENROLLMENT CATEGORY FOR TAXPAYERS CURRENTLY WITHOUT INSURANCE, ALLOWING THEM TO PURCHASE COVERAGE OUTSIDE THE FIXED ENROLLMENT PERIOD. THOSE WHO ENROLL BY THE DEADLINE OF APRIL 30 WILL ONLY HAVE TO PAY A PENALTY FOR THE MONTHS DURING 2015 WHEN THEY LACKED INSURANCE. WITHOUT THE NEW ENROLLMENT PERIOD, TAXPAYERS WITH NO INSURANCE WOULD PAY A PENALTY FOR THE ENTIRE YEAR. THE AGENCY SAID THIS WEEK THAT THE NEED FOR SUCH AN ENROLLMENT CATEGORY HAS BECOME APPARENT AS MORE CALIFORNIA TAXPAYERS ARE FINDING OUT THEY WILL HAVE TO PAY A TAX PENALTY THIS YEAR BECAUSE THEY DID NOT HAVE INSURANCE LAST YEAR. COVERED CALIFORNIA HOPES THE SPECIAL ENROLLMENT CATEGORY WILL ENCOURAGE UNINSURED RESIDENTS TO BECOME INSURED THIS YEAR.

PLANS FOR MARINE SANCTUARY TO MOVE FORWARD (EVR) JB 3/12/15

THE PLAN TO EXPAND THE MARINE SANCTUARY OF THE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA COAST IS SET TO MOVE FORWARD TODAY.

ACCORDING TO THE PRESS DEMOCRAT, THE FORMAL FEDERAL NOTICE OF THE EXPANSION PLANS FOR THE GULF OF THE FARALLONES AND CORDELL BANK NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARIES IS MARKED FOR PUBLICATION TODAY. POSTING OF THE FINAL RULE IN THE FEDERAL REGISTER TRIGGERS A 45-DAY CONGRESSIONAL REVIEW PERIOD AFTER WHICH NEWLY DRAWN SANCTUARY BOUNDARIES AND REGULATIONS FOR THE ADJOINING SANCTUARIES OFF THE NORTH COAST GO INTO EFFECT EXTENDING FEDERAL PROTECTIONS ALONG A STRETCH OF COASTLINE FROM BODEGA HEAD TO POINT ARENA AND MANCHESTER BEACH, AND MORE THAN DOUBLING THE COMBINED AREA OF THE SANCTUARIES. THE NOTICE, HOWEVER, INCLUDES A PROVISION DELAYING BY AN ADDITIONAL SIX MONTHS THE EFFECTIVE DATE FOR SEWAGE DISCHARGE REGULATIONS AS THEY APPLY TO THE U.S. COAST GUARD, WHICH RAISED LAST-MINUTE CONCERNS ABOUT ITS ABILITY TO OPERATE IN THE SANCTUARIES BECAUSE OF LIMITED STORAGE IN SOME OF ITS VESSELS.

CALIFORNIA SCHOOL BOARD SUSPENDS ACCOUNTABILITY (ED) JB 3/12/15

THE CALIFORNIA SCHOOL BOARD HAS TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED THE COMMON CORE ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEM.

THE CALIFORNIA BOARD OF EDUCATION SUSPENDED THE STATE’S SCHOOL ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEM ON WEDNESDAY FOR ONE YEAR TO GIVE TEACHERS AND STUDENTS TIME TO ADJUST TO NEW STANDARDIZED TESTS ALIGNED WITH COMMON CORE STANDARDS. THE BOARD VOTED AT A MEETING IN SACRAMENTO NOT TO PRODUCE AN ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE INDEX FOR THE 2014-15 SCHOOL YEAR. THE INDEX USES STUDENT RESULTS ON STATEWIDE TESTS TO RANK SCHOOLS AND TO IDENTIFY THOSE THAT NEED IMPROVEMENT. THE COMMON CORE BENCHMARKS ADOPTED BY A MAJORITY OF STATES AROUND THE NATION HAVE COME UNDER FIRE IN RECENT YEARS, LARGELY FROM CONSERVATIVES WHO SEE THEM AS A FEDERAL INFRINGEMENT ON SCHOOL POLICY. THE NEW TESTS HAVE ANGERED SOME PARENTS AND TEACHERS ACROSS THE NATION WHO SAY THE EXAMS DISTRACT FROM REAL LEARNING, PUT ADDED STRESS ON STUDENTS AND STAFF MEMBERS, AND WASTE RESOURCES, ESPECIALLY IN POOR DISTRICTS.

STATE AGENCY LOOKS AT UPPER LAKE BANK CLOSURE (ECN) JB 3/12/15

A STATE AGENCY HAS REOPENED ITS CONSIDERATION OF WESTAMERICA BANKS PROPOSED CLOSURE OF ITS BRANCH IN UPPER LAKE.

ACCORDING TO THE LAKE COUNTY NEWS, THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS OVERSIGHT, THE AGENCY INVOLVED WITH REVIEWING WESTAMERICA BANKS PROPOSED CLOSURE OF ITS UPPER LAKE BRANCH HAS REOPENED ITS CONSIDERATION OF THE MATTER BASED ON CONCERNS ABOUT THE IMPACT ON THE COMMUNITY. WESTAMERICA HAD NOTIFIED THE DEPARTMENT IN A LETTER ON DECEMBER 31 THAT IT INTENDED TO CLOSE THE BRANCH LOCATED ON MAIN STREET IN UPPER LAKE. HOWEVER, SINCE THEN, UPPER LAKE RESIDENTS AND LOCAL OFFICIALS HAVE BROUGHT TO LIGHT THE PLANNED CLOSURES POTENTIAL IMPACTS. THEIR EFFORTS HAVE BROUGHT TO THE DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS OVERSIGHT’S ATTENTION THE POTENTIALLY FAR-REACHING EFFECTS OF THE CLOSURE OF THE ONLY BANK ON THE NORTHSHORE AND, IN FACT, THE ONLY BANK ON THE 85-MILE STRETCH OF THE HIGHWAY 20 CORRIDOR BETWEEN WILLIAMS AND UKIAH.

GAS PRICES STILL CLIMBING, DESPITE STRONG SUPPLIES (ECN) JB 3/12/15

GASOLINE PRICES CONTINUE TO CLIMB, WITH CALIFORNIA CURRENTLY HAVING THE HIGHEST PRICE IN THE COUNTRY.

STATEWIDE GAS PRICES IN CALIFORNIA ON TUESDAY REGISTERED AT $3.43 ON AVERAGE FOR A GALLON OF REGULAR UNLEADED GASOLINE, 78 CENTS HIGHER THAN A MONTH AGO. EVEN IN MARYSVILLE, WHERE THE LEAST EXPENSIVE AVERAGE PRICE IN THE STATE WAS MEASURED, THE PRICE STILL ECLIPSED THE $3 MARK AT $3.21 A GALLON. CALIFORNIA HAS THE HIGHEST PRICE IN THE COUNTRY DUE TO REPORTED REFINERY PROBLEMS AND SUPPLY ISSUES. CURRENTLY, CALIFORNIA AND HAWAII ARE THE ONLY STATES IN THE COUNTRY WITH AVERAGE PRICES OVER THE $3 MARK.

LAKEPORT SENIOR CENTER LAUNCHES FUNDRAISER (PI) JB 3/12/15

THE LAKEPORT SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER IS LAUNCHING A FUNDRAISER THIS MONTH TO HELP PURCHASE MUCH NEEDED EQUIPMENT.

IN AN EFFORT TO UPGRADE AND REPLACE AGING EQUIPMENT AT THEIR FACILITY, THE STAFF AT THE LAKEPORT SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER HAS STARTED FUNDRAISING EFFORTS RECENTLY. CENTER STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS HAVE WORKED HARD TO KEEP THE DOORS OPEN DURING THE RECENT ECONOMIC DEPRESSION AND BUDGET CUTS AND THE COST OF REPLACING AND UPGRADING THE EQUIPMENT IS ESTIMATED AT MORE THAN $60,000. THE CENTER WILL BE HOSTING A CRAB FEED ON MARCH 21 TO RAISE FUNDS TO PURCHASE A NEW COMMERCIAL STOVE RANGE AND DONATIONS TO THE CENTER CAN ALSO BE MADE AT WWW.GOFUNDME/LAKEPORTSENIORS.

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