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The California Highway Patrol will be offering a free ‘Start Smart’ traffic safety course on January 30th. The class is for those who are soon-to-be-licensed, newly licensed, teenage drivers, and the parent and or guardian of those adolescent drivers. The course will be held at the Clear Lake Area CHP office on Live Oak Drive in Kelseyville from 5:30-7:30 pm. According to CHP, a teen is killed in a traffic accident every four hours nationwide, that comes out to over 1,870 teens every year. Estimated 184-thousand teens are injured in crashes. The ‘Start Smart’ program will be focusing collision statistics, teen driver and passenger behaviors, graduated driver’s license laws, cultural changes in today’s society, and the need for more parental involvement in a teen’s driving experience. The class aims to cover topics in an innovative way that will capture the attention of both the teen and parents to create a lasting experience.

The Westside Community Park Committee is looking to fill one vacancy on its board of directors. The committee is a registered non-profit created to develop the Westside Community Park alongside the city of Lakeport. The board of directors and committee members are all volunteers. Those looking to apply for the position should contact the W-C-P-C- Chairman Director Dennis Rollins by phone or email at special-d-5@sbcglobal-dot-net. Some of the projects WCPC is currently working on is developing a horse park off of Highway 175 and improving the parking lot at the Jane Barnes Field.

More than 30 new apartments are ready for folks to move in on North Main Street in Ukiah. The developer is waiting to break ground on eight new single-family homes approved for West Gobbi Street, which is part of the Gobbi Commons project that will build market-rate homes on 200 block of West Gobbi Street. As of this week, the property management says they have leased nearly half of the apartments.

A Clearlake Police officer was honored Thursday night during the City Council meeting, for saving a man’s life. Officer Chris Kelleher was awarded a certificate and a life-saving award medal that he can wear on his uniform. Back on December 2nd, Officer Kelleher was patrolling along Walnut Avenue when he noticed a man unconscious on the ground with no pulse, due to a possible drug overdose. He contacted dispatch for an ambulance and started CPR on the victim until he got a pulse. By the time EMTs arrived, Officer Kelleher had managed to get the man breathing and his heart pumping again. Kelleher has been with the department for four years.

A group of Del Norte High School seniors will be offered a new $4,000 Humboldt First Scholarship for locals who enroll as freshmen. In addition to the scholarship, the will also able to start classes next fall- even if they haven’t applied yet. The Humboldt First Scholarship is guaranteed to students graduating for high schools in Humboldt, Del Norte, Mendocino, and Trinity counties who enroll at HSU in the Fall of 2020. The scholarship will be renewed every year up to four years as long as the student is achieving academically. The scholarship was created by 250-thousand dollars in donations.

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office responded Wednesday afternoon to reports of a suspicious device found in the yard of a home in the Humboldt Hill area. The Sheriff’s Office E-O-D Team was dispatched shortly after 1 pm to a house on the 23-hundred block of Parkwood Boulevard. California Highway Patrol temporarily closed off Humboldt Hill Road between Kipling Drive and Parkwood Boulevard. The team dispatched an E-O-D robot, which found that the device did indeed contain explosive materials. The device was neutralized and taken by deputies for further investigation. The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with any information on this incident to contact them.

The Humboldt County Drug Task Force searched a room inside the Bear River Casino Motel and seized drugs, guns, and cash. County Drug Task Force agents receive a tip that 36-year-old Casey Menanno and Brittney Thompson were dealing large amounts of heroin from the motel room. The two were taken into custody without incident. Agents after a search of both their vehicle and room recovered a loaded .40 caliber handgun, 33 pounds of weed, almost a pound of what is believed to be heroin, digital scales, and $5,000 cash. The two have been charged with possession with intent to sell narcotics and weapons violations.

The California Highway Patrol has the numbers of how many DUI arrests they made over the Holidays. The maximum enforcement period from December 23rd through January 1st is when law enforcement agencies are out specifically looking for impaired drivers, as well as other violations like seat belts and distracted driving. According to the Lake County News, the Clear Lake area office had three DUI arrests and no fatality crashes. CHP during those 30 hours reports that they made were 491 DUI arrests and that three fatality crashes claimed the lives of 10 people. Some good news is that arrests and crashes were lower this year compared to 2018, where there were over 11-hundred DUI arrests, and 25 people died in fatality crashes.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Mendocino Unit will be burning in the State Response Area surrounding the Ukiah Valley off and on this month. The control burns will be done on days where the weather and air quality are permittable. The Ukiah area control burns are part of the CAL FIRE Priority Ukiah Fuels Reduction Project. The burns will begin at 10 am and wrap up at 6 pm daily. This is the third part of the joint project will cover over 26-thousand five hundred and 41 acres in the Ukiah area; and will include regions South of Lake Mendocino, the communities of El Dorado, Vichy Springs, Talmage, the West Ukiah hills, the Turtle Creek drainage, Ukiah Valley and the base of Cow Mountain. During the control burns, smoke and flames may be visible.

A Mendocino County Correctional sergeant that tased a handcuffed, mental-ill inmate back in 2017 has been demoted. According to witnesses, the man was not a threat at the time, and the tasing caused him to stop breathing. The Ukiah daily journal reports that documents show that sergeant Zohar Zaied cut a deal with the Sheriff’s Office to accept a demotion to correctional deputy. The victim, Travis Benevich, who went into cardiac arrest due to the tasing, received a settlement of 180-thousand dollars from the county in order not to sue.

Over 130 folks participated in the “First Day Hike” on New Year’s Day in the Anderson Marsh State Historic Park. Every New Year’s Day state parks in all 50 states host First Day Hikes to get people to come out to visit the parks and to get some exercise. Park officials say that for the third straight year, the Anderson Marsh Hike has had the largest attendance of hikers across the state.

If you are a smoker and are sincerely looking to kick the habit, the Adventist Health Ukiah Valley is offering a free six-week stop smoking course. Classes will be held on Tuesday nights from 6:30 until 8 pm from January 14th through February 18th. The program will cover topics like identifying smoking triggers, recognizing symptoms of withdrawal and recovery, understanding tobacco addition, how to develop healthy coping mechanisms, and how to maintain a lifestyle change and prevent relapsing. According to the CDC, 70% of current smokers want to quit, and more than half of them tried last year. Kicking the habit is difficult; it could take eight to ten serious attempts before you are successful. The class is open to all ages, and there is no requirement that you have to quit smoking while taking the course. The class is free, but you need to call to register at 463-7391.

Two were injured after crashing a stolen SUV while fleeing police on Monday night. CHP says that they received a tip about a stolen SUV headed out of Covelo. State troopers located the vehicle headed westbound on SR 162, approaching the 101. Troopers tried to pull them over but, but the driver sped up and even ran the stop sign at the 101. Shortly after, the SUV lost control flipped and hit the guardrail, then coming to rest upside down. The driver Ursula Fallis had to be extricated from the vehicle and airlifted to the hospital. The passenger Daniel Batten was found near the crash scene; he was hospitalized with moderate injuries.

The Lakeport City Council started its first meeting of the year approving the assistant city manager classification 5-0. The funding for this for half a year is $85-thousand, and it was already earmarked in this year’s budget. The proposed salary for the assistant city manager would be between $84-hundred and 10-thousand two hundred and ninety dollars a month. The next step in the process is to make the job a permanent position and appoint someone to fill it. According to Lake County News, the only candidate actively pursuing the assistant city manager position is Community Development Director Kevin Ingram, who has pretty much been doing the job now for a while. The other item they touched on was revising the old master pay schedule and replacing it with a new one; this was approved unanimously.

The City of Clearlake announced the passing of a former city clerk Sharon Goode on New Year’s Day. Mayor Russell Cremer spoke about Sharon and said that she was one of the founding pillars of our city government and a valuable staff member who served the city for twenty-four years, the city sends its condolences to her family during this difficult time.

Cal Fire has put the burning of vegetation above the Ukiah Valley on hold due to the ground, and debris is still too wet. Officials announced earlier this week that the controlled burn on the east side of the Ukiah Valley, the third part of a joint project with Cal Fire, the city of Ukiah and Mendocino County, called the Fuels Reduction Project. Officials say until the weather dries out, the project is on hold.

The city of Arcata wants everyone in the community to work hard to go green in 2020. City officials have a few suggestions that will be fairly easy, barely an inconvenience on your current lifestyle. First, resolve to stop buying drinks in plastic bottles. Second, try to use reusable containers like water bottles, coffee mugs, shopping bags, and keep them nearby, especially if you are often on the go. Third, try and drive less, take a walk, a tandem bike ride, a scooter, or use public transportation. And no bike? No problem Zagster bikes are rentable bicycles set up in several locations across the city. Fourth, plan your meals. Create a shopping list and stick to it. And finally, stop wasting energy. Turn off the lights when you leave a room, unplug fixtures and appliances when not in use and consider installing a smart programmable thermostat to help you decrease your electric bill. The city has more information on how to live a greener lifestyle on its website at cityofarcata-dot-org.

A Lake County woman is on life support and not expected to survive a single-car Collison that happened over the weekend in Cobb near Highway 175. Hospital officials have told the California Highway Patrol that 31-year-old Angelina Guillen’s injuries are so severe her chance of survival is slim. Guillen (gill-in) was headed toward Middletown Sunday afternoon shortly after 3 pm when she lost control of her SUV around a right curve in the road just before the fork with Highway 29. State Troopers say that she sheared the utility pole, slammed into a large oak tree, then overturned. She was airlifted to the hospital; her dog broke several bones in the crash was transported to a veterinary clinic.

California Highway Patrol say they recovered a stolen vehicle from Fort Bragg Tuesday in Harris a rural area in Southeast Humboldt County. State troopers arrested John Hill, who was still driving the stolen 2010 Dodge Challenger.

This flu season is already setting a tragic record in the Northeast for children. According to the CDC, 27 kids in the US have died this flu season, that is the highest number of pediatric influenza deaths since the CDC started keeping records over 17 years ago. The flu got a later start in California, but it has jumped from low to moderate levels within a two weeks period. Last season California never reached the high level, it instead peaked in mid-February at moderate level. Doctors in the Northeast say they are seeing unusually high numbers of confirmed cases for this time of the year. Health officials say the best way to prevent contracting the flu is getting the vaccine. Even if you do happen to come down with the flu, the shot lessens the severity.

The University of San Francisco police identified the man suspected of kidnapping a Fort Bragg teen who faces eighteen felonies and one misdemeanor. 21-year-old King John Baylon is behind bars and faces who faces charges of kidnapping, human trafficking involving a minor, and lewd acts with a child. Both he and the girl were found in San Francisco over the weekend by law enforcement. Officials still haven’t said how he and the girl met up or where they had been hiding out. He will be arraigned later this week.

Arcata Recreation will soon be hosting a free Infant Massage Course through Arcata Play Center. The 5-week course meets once a week and will cover topics ranging from the benefits of touch, infant development, bonding and attachment, and infant-parent communication. The class will meet on Mondays starting January 13th through February 10th from 1 pm until 2:30 pm at the D Street Neighborhood Center. This is a free course, but you must pre-register through the Arcata Play Center.

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office and the EOD team had to investigate a suspicious package found near a stop sign Tuesday in McKinleyville. Central between Airport and Grange were closed as the bomb squad checked to see if the package was in fact explosive. Shortly before 4pm the Sheriff’s Office tweeted. ‘scene clear. No explosive items located.

Newly appointed Mendocino County Sheriff Matt Kendall took the reins last month after Sherriff Tom Allman retired. Kendall has spent 30 years working for the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office. He was first hired back in 1990 to work at the county jail. He worked his way up the ranks from deputy sheriff, to inspections director and patrol sergeant and undersheriff. Sheriff Kendall will be focusing on the opioid epidemic, mail theft that results in identity theft and cannabis enforcement.

The Lakeport City Council approved updates to their utilities billing administrative policy at Tuesday’s meeting. The changes were made t better serve the customers of the city’s water, sewer and garbage services. Officials said that the policy was first adopted back in 2004 and was last updated in 2017 and due to the passing of Senate Bill 998 which goes into effect in February, the policy had to be updated. SB 998 requires the city to adopt a policy to service discontinuances, provide specific notice to delinquent customers, take certain steps before terminating water service and offer customers an alternative payment plan before discounting service for nonpayment. In addition, there is now a limit on the amount the city can charge for reconnection fees and it also waives interest payments once a year for certain customers. City officials say that the new legislation changes their ability to shut water off from 30 days to 60 days. Overall SB 988 was created to show transparency and to protect low-income households who cannot afford payments.

A house fire on ridge top near Upper Lake kept firefighters busy on Saturday night. Officials got word of the blaze at a two-story home on a ridge near Bambi Lane around 8 pm. When crews from the Northshore Fire Department arrived, they saw that the fire has pretty much had spread throughout the home. To extinguish the blaze crews utilized three fire engines, a water tender, the all-volunteer Northshore Fire District Support team, and Lakeport Fire even sent out three of their engines. Firefighters were still on the scene tapping out hot spots until almost 1 am Sunday and some fire crews had to return later that day to extinguish smoldering hot spots. The good news is that the family that lives there was not home at the time, and no one was injured. Fire investigators are still working to pinpoint the cause, which is difficult due to the structure being deemed ‘unsafe to investigate’ at this time.

PG&E is warning folks about several scams currently going on. One is called spoofed calling, where the number of the caller is disguised. This is a common scam where the victim is threatened to rectify the issue immediately whether it be payment or giving them personal information. Other scams being reported to PG&E are people claiming to be from the company to sell a service of a solar evaluation this scam is to either sell a product, gain access to your home and your personal information. Officials with Pacific Gas and Energy want to remind everyone that they will never ask for your financial information over the phone. PG&E says that the con-artists are even sending suspicious emails that look like they are a bill, but they are not. If you have received something like this email Scamreporting. If you think some has tried to scam you, you are urged to report it by calling 1-833-500 -SCAM, that is 1-833-500-7226.

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office is looking to hire ‘Deputy II’ positions. A Deputy II performs a variety of peace officer duties under general supervision. The jobs expected to be performed are the protection of life and property, providing information and assistance to the public, crime prevention and suppression, criminal investigation, enforcement of laws and ordinances and case preparation and testimony. A Deputy II is an experienced class in that it is distinguished from Sheriff’s Sergeant in that the latter supervises and trains deputies as well as performs their law enforcement duties. According to the press release, candidates must have 18 months of sworn law enforcement experience equivalent to the county’s class of Deputy Sheriff I. Those who are interested can apply online or email their resume and cover letter to personnel.

A Eureka woman is in jail for trying to flee from police and ended up crashing into a home. Officers say on Friday that they tried to pull over 28-year-old Daisy Leen for suspicion of driving under the influence while she was at the intersection of Harris and Harrison. Leen took off and was driving very erratically, which led her to crash into a home. Luckily the house was unoccupied. She is charged with evading, DUI, driving without a license, and probation violation.

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office has arrested two men after a two-month-long investigation of someone stealing truckloads of lumber from a company near Korbel. The Green Diamond Resource Company on Bald Mountain Road contacted deputies back in early November about two men who they even captured on surveillance video several times loading up truck loads of lumber and firewood. 39-year-old Nicholas Cringle and 44-year-old Corey Holsinger had cut the lock on the gate to steal approximately 30 madrone trees. Throughout the investigation, deputies learned the two had sold 5.5 cords of the stolen wood to a local lumber company. The two have a laundry list of charges. Cringle is charged with conspiracy, grand theft, and trespassing, to name a few. Holsinger is charged with conspiracy, trespassing, vehicle theft, possession of a stolen vehicle, and possession of a controlled substance.

Eureka Police arrested a man who brought a machete to a fight. Officials say that last Friday, shortly before 10 pm, they received reports of a fight outside of a bar on 5th street. 39-year-old Phelix Roby allegedly struck another man with a machete after being asked to leave the bar. The victim chased Roby down the road and punched him in the face. Both had moderate injuries. He is charged with resisting arrest, assault with a deadly weapon, and probation violation.

The City of Arcata is one of 12 California communities selected to participate in the BOOST Pilot Program, a partnership of the Institute for Local Government and the California Strategic Growth Council. The program’s goal is to help local governments build capacity to develop and secure funds for projects that would provide access to affordable housing, clean air and water, transportation, and economic opportunities in alignment with the state’s equity and environmental goals. The BOOST pilot program is funded through a one-million-dollar appropriation by the state legislature in the Budget Act of 2018 from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund. It is a statewide initiative that puts billions of cap-and-trade dollars to use to reduce greenhouse gases, improving public health, and strengthening the economy.

State officials are considering a ban on gas-powered gardening equipment like lawnmowers and leaf blowers saying they are worse than emissions from cars. So far, 60 cities across the state already have some ban on gas-powered lawn tools, like Mill Valley, Sonoma, Berkeley, and the North Bay. According to the Chronicle, state lawmakers have lawn equipment in their crosshairs due to impending federal standards for ozone regulation.

The Wine Country Cannasseurs are going back before the Ukiah City Council this week to try once again to gain a permit to open a cannabis microbusiness and dispensary on East Smith Street. The City Council will be examining their request along with another cannabis dispensary that is wanting to open on North State Street Wednesday at 6 pm in the City Council Chambers.

The Arcata Police are searching for the suspect or suspects who have been vandalizing the Downtown area with graffiti since New Year’s Day. Investigators have identified 13 new incidents of graffiti. In the past few months, officials say that the tagging of private, public property including handrails, sidewalks, walls, poles, and signs. Those who are caught could be charged with a misdemeanor or felony, depending upon the total of property damaged.

A Fairfield appliance recycler is being fined for mishandling and burning hazardous waste for years at three Northern California locations. Freon Free will have to pay over one-hundred-and-forty-five-thousand dollars under an agreement with the California Department of Toxic Substances Control, according to a news release on Sunday. The company reportedly burned hazardous waste without a permit and didn’t train staff properly.

A 22-year-old man is behind bars after being found with the 13-year-old Fort Bragg girl who vanished from the U-C-S-F Madison Clinic for Pediatric Diabetes in Mission Bay on Friday afternoon. Sienna Carter was located due to the help of folks who had seen her picture circulated on social media and in the news. NBC Bay Area reports that a Mendocino County group called Cold Case Mendocino posted on its website Saturday that its members spoke to a witness who said the girl may have met up with a man when she was in San Francisco. At this time the man’s identity has not been released and officials say that they are declining any further comment at this time.

Humboldt County will be installing several new stop signs at various intersections at this time no time frame has been set as to when they will be installed.

A Ukiah man is in jail for trying to flee police, drug possession, and weapons possession. The Ukiah police say that they arrested 39-year-old Jorge Sinudo-Zavalla Thursday afternoon after he attempted to flee police. Officers reportedly found “large amounts” of meth, cocaine, heroin, and marijuana packaged for sale in his possession, along with an unregistered handgun and ammunition. He has been charged with possession with intent to sell, possession of a controlled substance while possessing a firearm, and resisting arrest.

A faulty chimney pipe started a house fire over the weekend that caused over $5-thousand’ worth of damage. Arcata Fire Crews arrived at a home on Beverly Drive in Sunny Brae shortly before 9 pm Saturday. Crews saw that the fire had spread to the roof and ceiling of the residence. After tapping out, the blaze investigators determined that the chimney pipe system failed, which caused heat to build up and ignite the roof. Fire crews say that the smoke alarms saved not only the family’s lives but also helped minimize the damage done to the home.

A ribbon-cutting and grand opening ceremony for the city of Ukiah’s newest sections of the Great Redwood Trail is scheduled for January 31st at the corner of Mason and Clara Streets. The trail now spans one end of the city to the other end.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office on Friday released the video footage of both the in-car video as well as the body cam video of the incident of an Officer Involved Shooting that happened December 28th, near the Dollar General in Clearlake Oaks. The footage was released to maintain transparency and community trust. You can view the footage on the Lake County Sheriff’s website under the tab “Use of Force.”

After serving the community for 40 years, Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman is retiring. A retirement party and live auction benefiting the Mendocino County Sheriff Search and Rescue will be held on February 1st from 4 pm until 10 pm. Limited Dinner tickets for 4-6 pm are $25, and Dance only tickets 6-10 pm are $10. There will be live music performed by Double Standyrd. The headlining auction item is the last ever “Dinner at the Jail.” The event will be at the Redwood Empire Fairgrounds Carl Purdy Hall in Ukiah. The auction will be led by both Sheriff Allman and State Senator Mike McGuire. The Master of Ceremonies is Spencer Brewer. The event will be by Dora’s Café, Crash and Slam Dunk Pizza, and a BBQ dinner will be provided by the Search and Rescue volunteers.

A Fort Bragg teenage girl who went missing in San Francisco on Friday was found safe and sound on Sunday. According to the girl’s grandmother, Jamie Buckner said that 13-year-old Sienna Carter is okay and that the man they found her with is in police custody. Carter vanished on Friday from the UCSF’s Madison Clinic for Pediatric Diabetes after she went outside to “get some air” and never returned. No further information is available at this time.

The US Coast Guard had to rescue three members of a commercial fishing boat damaged near the South Jetty of Humboldt Bay over the weekend. Officials say they received a distress call from the 35-foot fishing vessel shortly after 8:15 pm. The boat had lost propulsion near the South Jetty. The Coast Guard found all three crew members had managed to make it to the beach. One of the crew members was injured with a severe laceration and had to be airlifted to the hospital, no word on their condition. Officials say the fishing vessel was in poor condition up against waves as high as 8 to 10 feet.

A woman is facing attempted murder charges after trying to shoot and kill her 84-year-old roommate in Bridgeville. Officials received a report of shots fired at a home on Highway 36 on Saturday. The one who called 911 was the older adult who claims that his roommate shot him. Officers eventually tracked down the suspect Kelly Teach. She is facing charges of attempted murder, elder abuse likely to cause great bodily harm or death, battery on a peace officer and resisting a peace officer. She has been booked at the Humboldt County Correctional Facility; her bail is set at $500,000

The Ukiah Planning Commission will consider a permit for a new cannabis dispensary hoping to occupy a building in downtown on N State Street at its Wednesday meeting. The company Element 7 Ukiah has applied for a major use permit to operate a dispensary and also be a non-volatile cannabis manufacturing facility.

State water officials are optimistic about the amount of snow on the Sierra Nevada. They say the water contained in the Sierra Nevada snowpack was 97 percent of normal for January 2nd at Philips Station where it was measured. Reports show 85-percent of the water for four Bay Area counties, including San Francisco, comes from melting snow in the Sierra Nevada.

Two Sonoma County sheriff’s deputies are recovering after crashing while responding to a call off State Highway 12. They got word of a domestic violence incident at a home along the highway near Melita Road Wednesday evening. As one deputy got to the home, the other rear-ended the first. One of the deputies was taken to the hospital and the other suffered minor injuries. The highway was shut down for about an hour and an investigation is underway.

The man accused of being the Northern California Rapist is facing dozens of charges. Fifty-nine-year-old Roy Charles Waller appeared in Sacramento County Superior Court yesterday. He is accused of sexually assaulting at least nine women in a series of attacks that spanned six Northern California counties. Prosecutors say Waller would use a weapon to victimize the women, many of whom were Asian. The attacks occurred between 1991 and 2006. DNA evidence linked Waller to the crimes. Waller remains in custody and will be back in court when his preliminary hearing continues on January 10.

The Mendocino District Attorney’s office has completed what many would consider a daunting task in half the time they were given. Proposition 64, which went into effect after voters elected to pass the legislation in 2016, contained provisions that reduced or eliminated marijuana law violations, while at the same time, made the changes retroactive. Meaning people who were convicted of a felony or misdemeanor marijuana-related offenses could be expunged or downgraded. While there were 3.311 marijuana convictions in Mendocino County, only 130 people had sought to have their convictions overturned From November 8, 2016, through December 31, 2019. District Attorney David Eyster fast-tracked his case reviews, using his own in-house data management system, a system known as Justware. Using the system, the District Attorney’s office was able to review every case involving marijuana and other drug charges and file written motions to the Mendocino County Superior Court. In all, 3,311 motions were filed, the same number of marijuana convictions in the county dating back to 1973.