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The board of directors for the Mendocino County Museum are meeting for the first time in months. The meeting after the museum director left, the place was without a leader for months and complaints to the county CEO about a lack of leadership. The Daily Journal reports a couple who had been hired as archivists had their contract suspended and the library director’s been appointed to lead the museum. There’s also a probe into the intermingling of funds between a nonprofit and the county’s general fund. The newspaper reports the county CEO and her deputy have been hands on in the investigation into how the museum’s being managed since last summer. The CEO says they found the museum director had not been to work in a week or more and had not been showing up regularly. Apparently it was a health issue that led to her eventual retirement. The curators are waiting to find out if they still have a job. And the county’s trying to straighten out the finances at the museum and for its nonprofit. The board meeting this morning at 10-AM.

After a complaint there’s not enough handicapped parking spaces near the Mendocino County Library in Ukiah, the Traffic Engineering Committee is meeting. The complaint from a resident who said it makes it difficult for people with limited mobility to use the library. She said there’s only one proper Americans with Disabilities Act space in front of the library entrance which is usually being used. The resident asking for up to four handicap spaces within walking distance to the library. So now city staff is trying to get blue curb space in front of the library to be replaced with loading only and to add a couple more handicap spaces too. The meeting tomorrow at 3-PM at the Civic Center will also include a talk about no parking in front of Plowshares.

A woman hit by the main library branch in Ukiah over the weekend. The Ukiah Valley Fire Authority reports the pedestrian hit by a car about 5-PM Friday in the 300 block of North Main Street. They reported the woman had “moderate to major” injuries to her face and arm after being hit by an SUV with a female driver. The victim taken to Adventist Health Ukiah Valley. But the Fire Dept. says they expected the woman would be flown to another hospital for further treatment.

The Governor announcing a new head of the CHP. Governor Brown appointed Warren Stanley of Sacramento to be the new commissioner of the California Highway Patrol after being the interim commish since last year. Stanley’s been with the CHP since 1982 when he joined as a patrol officer. He’s worked his way up to being the assistant commissioner for staff and field, then to deputy commissioner. The last commissioner left to be a college police chief. Stanley thanking the Governor in a prepared statement.

An elderly woman has been arrested after police say she shot at neighbor kids because they were too loud. Police in Redding say 84 year old Betty Sanders fired her handgun Friday towards the children who are between 8 and 10 years old, after complaining first about motorcycle noise. The Redding Record Searchlight says the kids mom told police she was arguing with Sanders before the woman shot her gun which was about 20 feet from the kids. The woman faces assault with a firearm and child endangerment charges and was being held on $50,000 bail.

Another person’s arrested in connection to a home invasion in Santa Rosa. Police say a fourth person was arrested after the invasion and murder in an unincorporated area of the city last week. Those arrested are 25 year old Tyrone McRae of Jackson, Miss., 19 year old Jonathan Christopher Doug Jackson of Richmond Hill, N.Y., 27 year old Mussie Himed of Santa Rosa and 23 year old David Ealey of Richmond, Va. There’s still one person on the run, identified as Amber Hembree. Her picture is on the Sonoma Sheriff’s Facebook page. The five are accused of invading two homes, one where the resident, Luis Torres, was murdered, and another person at the other home was shot, they survived. None of the accused had bail set.

Several dozen people have been rescued after a water taxi got stuck out of Berkeley. The Coast Guard reports getting a call Saturday afternoon that the ferry about a mile off the Berkeley Marina had run aground with about 40 people or so on board. They reported rescuing everyone and getting them to land with no reported injuries.

Thousands of sex offenders may be up for early parole. This comes as a judge in Sacramento has ordered prison officials to rewrite part of an initiative that passed in 2016 so some offenders could get early parole. But then the Governor promised all sex offenders would be excluded. The judge said that went too far and rejected a Deputy Attorney General’s argument saying the state had broad discretion about which offenders release might harm public safety. But the judge says the language is too loose and exclusions should be narrowed to those serving time for violent sex offenses, and that needs to be defined better.

Lake County is asking for proposals for those interested in leasing or buying the old Lucerne Hotel which was being used as a college campus as of late. It’s a 55,000-square-foot building on seven acres on Country Club Drive, purchased by the county’s old redevelopment agency in 2010. There were also major renovations as it was being used as a satellite campus for Marymount California University until they closed the doors without notice last June. The university did however pay the county $65,000 for breaking the lease. The deadline for offers is April 25th.

The Southshore Little League gets an extension of the lease so they can upgrade the fields and facilities. The Clearlake City Council agreed to the extension after the city manager said the league approached him so they could do some “capital intensive” upgrades. That apparently includes new lighting and a new t-ball fields too. They’re also looking for a longer term. They had five more years to go. They’ve been playing for about 60 years on the local fields. The league has already made some upgrades including power lines for pitching machines and another for the snack shack. They’ve also put in a new flagpole, painted all the buildings and had new roofs put on the dugouts.

Getting down to dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s. The Clearlake City Council has the first reading of its commercial cannabis ordinance amendment. It was written to make language more clear on where the growing is allowed after council members said they wanted to steer clear of the Lakeshore Drive corridor. The city manager and city attorney presented the amendment to the council due to a missing semicolon, which made it look like the city was allowing gardens on both sides of Highway 53. So in December the council put up an urgency ordinance so there could be no commercial cannabis growing on the west side of Highway 53. A second reading is expected an another council meeting.

A server at an Outback Steakhouse in Florida now without a job for complaining she wasn’t tipped by a local church when they had a large takeout order. Tamlynn Yoder posted on Facebook that Christ Fellowship ordered 25 steaks, 25 chickens and 25 potatoes last week which they put together and delivered, but when they were done, no tip. The server says she’s a low wage earner and it would have been nice to get a tip since it took away from her other work there. A friend of hers online reported her post and the church got a refund and she lost her job. The restaurant chain says employees are not allowed to post online about customers. The church now apparently trying to reach out to Yoder.

A new trial date has been set to hear the lawsuit filed by the Ukiah Valley Sanitation District against the City of Ukiah over money the district claims the city owes it. The city attorney told the city council Wednesday both parties agreed to push the trial from June 22 to July 20. But the city manager said while both sides are continuing to prepare for the trial, they are also continuing mediation, with one session held last Monday with two members each from the Sanitation District board of directors and city council and another session scheduled for this Monday, February 12th, with the full board and council.

The Lakeport City Council has heard some suggestions about upgrades to City Hall. At their meeting this week the community development director asked the council for direction on a proposal to remodel a portion of City Hall in order to make it more customer friendly. Lake County News reports $70,000 has been set aside for the project. Proposed changes mentioned included moving the Community Development Department public window from its current location to the main lobby by the Finance/Utility customer service window, providing public counter space large enough for people to look at building plans; creating a public window compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and making it easier to serve more than one person at a time. Other suggestions included upgrading the City Hall security system and making improvements in energy efficiency.

A state assembly member who’s the chair of the Legislative Women’s Caucus and working to stop sexual harassment at the Capitol is now being accused herself. Two men say Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia of Bell Gardens made improper advances toward them. Politico is reporting on the two men, one a former staffer, who says Garcia groped his back and buttocks and tried grabbing his private parts at a legislative softball game. He apparently told his current boss who reported Garcia to the Assembly Rules Committee. Garcia says she doesn’t remember any incident, but goes on to say all complaints about sexual harassment should be taken seriously and says she’ll fully participate in any investigation. The other accusation from a lobbyist, who’s not been identified. But that person said pretty much the same thing, that Garcia tried grabbing his crotch and made an explicit sexual proposition.

Crowds descend on the Capitol against any new oil drilling off the California coast. Those against oil drilling delivering speeches on the steps of the Capitol yesterday with hundreds of people there, holding signs against the recent announcement that much of the coast would now be open to oil drilling. State Senator Mike McGuire was there along with Assemblyman Jim Wood. The two leading chants and whooping the crowd. There were other lawmakers and others who then marched to a library gallery where the U.S. Department of Interior had his one public meeting on the matter. The plan to sell oil rights including nearly 4 dozen on every ocean in the U-S, six of them on the Calif. coast.

Burners Without Borders have scrapped a plan to allow up to 75 people who lost their homes in the October wildfires to stay in converted shipping containers. The containers on loan from the Burning Man Arts and Music Festival. Burners say it was a nightmare trying to get the idea thru Santa Rosa’s permitting process, plus they couldn’t get enough money. Burners Without Borders is an international disaster relief group. They brought seven of the shipping containers that were converted to Santa Rosa at the end of October. They say they started to try to get the proper permits at the end of October, but it took three weeks to get comments back. Organizers also applied for grants which they didn’t get.

After about a week, a tractor trailer that went down a hill off the Hopland Grade, has been removed. Two heavy-duty tow trucks and two tractors yanked the trailer back up over the hill on Highway 175 after about two hours. The grade was closed all day Wednesday and Thursday while workers took away the trailer that was carrying recycled glass bottles. After the trailer was removed, they completely cleaned out the area too. The trailer reportedly taken out toward Lake County.

A new city manager has officially been hired in Fort Bragg. The City Council made the announcement Monday that Tabatha Miller of Lake Havasu City, Arizona will be headed to Calif. to be Fort Bragg’s next city manager with a projected start date of March 5th. The last day for the current city manager is Thursday with a reception this Monday night before the City Council meeting to say goodbye. More than 30 people applied to be the new city manager. Six candidates were chosen for final interviews and a panel of five city managers in the region were also involved in the process. Then three candidates remained and Miller was chosen unanimously.

A local organization for dogs in Fort Bragg trying to help get money to pay for a police dog who needs shoulder surgery. The Fort Bragg K9 Foundation trying to raise funds for Takoda after the nearly two year old showed signs of a shoulder injury. His handler took him to the doc who said he had a torn ligament on his rotator cuff for which a specialist was needed. The surgery is about $4,000 and so far they have just under 25% of that. There’s a GoFundMe set up. You can also directly donate at the Fort Bragg Police Station on Cypress St.

www.gofundme.com/fbk9foundation

Some neighbors in Fort Bragg coming together to find a solution for parts of the city with only one way in or out. Folks in the Simpson Lane, Mitchell Creek and Caspar neighborhoods had an informal town hall to talk about what to do in the case of an emergency after the October wildfires. The meeting February 1st at the Caspar Community Center to work on an emergency preparedness plan. There were not only residents but reps from the county Office of Emergency Services and the local Fire Safe Council, along with the Fort Bragg Fire Chief, and county supervisors Dan Gjerde and Georgeanne Croskey. An emergency alert system is set up thru the Sheriff’s office website. And there’s an upcoming training for local preparedness with the Community Emergency Response Team in April. For more info, visit: mendocert.org.

A new bill’s been introduced in the state senate for continued drinking water by State Senator Bill Dodd of Napa. Dodd’s drafted the bill for those having problems paying their water bill to get ample notice before the water’s turned off. The Record Bee reports the cost of water’s gone up more than 66% from 2007 and 2015 and in Los Angeles, 71 percent, but in San Francisco, a whopping 127 percent. A study shows more than one and five households in Calif. are impacted by water affordability. SO Dodd’s bill would stop shutoff for some and if service is disrupted it would mean those losing water would be told how to get it back and have the service reconnection fees waived. Plus there could be lower rates for lower income households.

The Redwood Credit Union fire fund announcing several million distributed to several nonprofits to help fire survivors. The credit union’s Community Fund distributing almost $7 million in grants from the North Bay Fire Relief Fund for 56 nonprofits after the October 8th wildfires. The money for the nonprofits to help with a number of services including financial assistance, food, housing, and more vital services for regional fire survivors. So far the credit union has donated nearly $32 million dollars to the fire relief fund that was donated by more than 41,000 individuals and organizations since October.

Mendocino County has announced a new agricultural commissioner. Tuesday the Board of Supervisors announced Joseph Moreo to be the new ag commissioner. He had been the agricultural commissioner and sealer of weights and measures in Modoc County before that. The county says Moreo has 35 years of experience in agriculture, and was a president of the Regional Association of Northern California Agricultural Commissioners and Sealers.

Temporary fencing’s been installed in front of the Health and Human Services Agency’s Yokayo building in Ukiah. Apparently there are some structural problems with the stucco in front of the building and its awning the county says could become a Health or Safety risk. The fence put up to make sure the public’s safe when they’re accessing the building. The fencing up around areas needing to be fixed. Work is set to start Monday and the fencing will stay there until the work’s complete.

The Lake County Board of Supervisors has agreed to put the 1.5-cent sales tax before voters. As we reported earlier this week, the board was considering the idea after several local disasters and a rise in the amount it costs to operate the county. The supervisors voted unanimously for staff to start the work to get the initiative on the ballot in June. There were several public forums on the idea with groups broken down by each supervisorial district. The county administrative office saying there’s been a loss in property and sales tax revenues because of the recent disasters, plus the increasing cost of services created a serious and growing revenue gap. The county counsel will draft the wording and the board will take up the matter before the end of the month again.

Another controlled burn in Mendocino County will send smoke into the air. This one Monday by Cal Fire’s Mendocino Unit on privately owned land near the Shamrock Ranch, near Laytonville. It’s all part of the county’s Vegetation Management Program to reduce fuels at a time when the weather permits to minimize air quality and biological impacts. The fire’s are watched over and mimic conditions where natural wildfires occur. Smoke and aircraft could be visible in the area.

Highway 175 is reopening in the Hopland Grade after being closed for the last two days so crews could remove an overturned tractor-trailer from the hillside. The rig was damaged in a crash last week when the driver lost control coming down the hill. Before the crushed trailer could be removed, workers spent Wednesday removing thousand of empty glass wine bottles plus cardboard and pallets. The trailer itself was removed this morning by a team of two heavy-duty tow trucks. Workers spent several more hours cleaning up glass and other debris. While the road was closed, Caltrans workers also took time to clear brush and remove trash.

High school seniors interested in learning construction trades are participating in a new program called the Mendocino County Construction Corps. The four-month program will teach skills like framing, electrical wiring, roofing, concrete, plumbing, and heavy equipment use as well as workplace safety, first aid and CPR, and more. Corps officials say they’ve gotten applications from students in Mendocino and Lake Counties. Instruction begins February 12. After the training they will have a two-week, hands-on boot camp this summer, building homes for Rural Communities Housing Development Corporation and Hope City in the Ukiah and Redwood Valleys. The program is funded by donations from local individuals and businesses.

The Mendocino College Foundation is touting the latest success story in their Adopt A Fifth Grader Program. Since 2007 the program has allowed donors to give $700 toward a fifth grader, which the Foundation guarantees will become a $1,000 scholarship if the student attends Mendocino College. They say freshman Alexis Small, a first generation college student, got the nod as a Fifth Grader at Yokayo Elementary and has just finished her first semester at Mendocino College, already has a summer job lined up as a medical assistant, and plans to transfer to Sacramento State in 2019 to study medicine. Since is started, Adopt A Fifth Grader has more than 365 alumni from Lake and Mendocino counties.

Police say a man in Nice shot and killed by a deputy may have committed several other crimes just before the shooting. They say Jason Sienze was seen earlier acting strangely not far from where a car linked to him was found wrecked, then later he was supposedly knocking on doors and asking for money and he’s believed to have burglarized a home nearby where firearms and a pickup were stolen. And police say soon after that a man says he saw Sienze in the pickup and that he pointed a gun at him and pulled the trigger, but the gun misfired. Police say he then ditched the truck and broke into a home and stole another truck but soon ran into Lake County Deputies and showed them a handgun. That’s when one of them fired several rounds from a rifle at Sienze, killing him. The deputy’s on paid leave while the investigation continues.

Thousands of people have reportedly signed a Facebook petition to block parole for Gregory Patrick Beck. Beck’s in prison for dousing his girlfriend with lighter fluid in 2001, setting her on fire and then watching her burn. Sherry Carlton died in 2016 after being confined to a hospital bed for 15 years. A state Board of Parole hearing is set for Beck for February 27 at Corcoran State Prison. The Mendocino County District Attorney’s Office say Deputy DA Elizabeth Norman will attend and argue the DA Office’s opposition to Beck’s parole.

A public forum’s planned by the City of Clearlake to help find a new police chief. The city hiring an outside search firm to help in the search, but first, the community’s invited to help the recruiter decide what the candidates should represent. The city manager says they want to hear from the public about the qualities they think are important for the next chief, a critical position in helping the city with the goal to make Clearlake a statistically safer city. The forum is 2 weeks from Monday, Feb. 26th at 3 p.m. at Clearlake City Hall.

A man from Willits has been busted for DUI after he lost control of his car on an exit of the 101 into Ukiah. The California Highway Patrol reports Rudolph Esquivel Jr. was in a silver Mustang driving at a high rate of speed on the exit of the southbound 101 onto East Perkins Street yesterday morning when he lost control and spun out. He did not hit anyone or any other cars. CHP officers say when they got there they found he was drunk, so they arrested him and booked him into the Mendocino County Jail.

The Ukiah Valley Sanitation District Manager is leaving the building. The Daily Journal’s reporting the board of directors got Joe Tait’s notice that he’ll be leaving in the next week or so because of a family health issue. He was living near San Diego and traveling back and forth, but the board had been discussing some changes to his compensation package, then he announced he was out. He was actually terminated in November by the previous board, but then three new board members were voted in. He had not been officially re-hired, but was serving the last days of his 180 days notice. Tait told the board he’d be willing to work part time, as needed, until they find his replacement. It comes as the board is involved in a lawsuit against the city regarding the shared wastewater treatment plant.

An inmate has died in the Contra Costa jail so deputies are trying to figure out what happened to him. The Sheriff’s office says deputies were bringing the man lunch and found the 46 year old unresponsive. They called for help from first responders who attempted CPR on him, but pronounced him dead there. The first bit of their investigation showed it may have been due to health related causes, but the D-A’s looking into the death anyway.

The Gov. has once again announced they’re reducing the size of the state’s proposed north-south water system and dumping plans for two giant water tunnels and instead will look to build only one. The governor’s office says reducing the number of tunnels could help them secure funding, plus it wouldn’t be such a strain on the environment since it would suck water directly out of the state’s largest river. The 4 story tunnel would carry water from the northern part of the state into the Los Angeles area. Prior to this water districts were against the plan because of its $16 billion dollar price tag. The state could build the second tunnel eventually, if they find money for the project.

Another sales tax could be coming to Lake County if voters agree it’s needed after a series of disasters. The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously this week to have the idea put before voters this June for a 1.5-cent sales tax. The idea after a string of local disasters, including wildfires and floods, plus the growing cost of running the county itself. The county administrative officer says they’ve had a loss of property and sales tax revenue because of the recent disasters, plus the cost of services has been rising, so they’re facing an increasing revenue gap. More than 600 people showed up at town forums on the topic where they were presented with the challenges the county faces. Videos are posted on the county’s website or on the Lake County News youtube channel.

A female coyote who was wandering around rural areas near Sacramento with a plastic jar wedged onto her head for almost two weeks has been freed. Rescuers were able to catch the animal near the town of Cool and cut the jar off. The coyote was seen in Coloma last month with the jar jammed over it’s head so volunteers from Gold Country Wildlife Rescue and Sierra Wildlife Rescue were then looking for it. Then a runner saw it this week and called Gold Country and volunteers grabbed the animal. They say there were some injuries around its ears so they took it to their headquarters to heal in Auburn. It was drinking water on its own Tuesday.

BRUNO MARS – FINESSE
G-EASY – HIM & I
CHARLIE PUTH – HOW LONG
NF – LET YOU DOWN
MAX – LIGHTS DOWN LOW
DUA LIPA – NEW RULES
SELENA GOMEZ – WOLVES
MACKLEMORE – GOOD OLD DAYS
LAUV – I LIKE ME BETTER
HAILEE STEINFELD – LET ME GO
KENDRICK LAMAR – LOVE
BEBE REXHA – MEANT TO BE
CAMILA CABELLO – NEVER BE THE SAME
EMINEM – RIVER
DEMI LOVATO – TELL ME YOU LOVE ME
ZEDD – THE MIDDLE
MAROON 5 – WAIT
KHALID – YOUNG DUMB & BROKE
PINK – BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA
DRAKE – GOD’S PLAN
FALL OUT BOY – HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T
POST MALONE – I FALL APART
CLEAN BANDIT – I MISS YOU
NERD – LEMON
TROYE SIVAN – MY MY MY
THE WEEKND – PRAY FOR ME
THIRTY SECONDS TO MARS – WALK ON WATER
ALAN WALKER – ALL FALLS DOWN
JACK & JACK – BEG
LIAM PAYNE – FOR YOU
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE – SAY SOMETHING
IMAGINE DRAGONS – WHATEVER IT TAKES
KESHA – WOMAN

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit says a man shot and killed by a deputy in Nice Monday is believed to have committed several felonies in the hour before the shooting. A witness first reported seeing Jason Sienze around 11:40am walking and acting strangely on Marin Street, not far from where a car linked to him was found wrecked. A few minutes later he was seen in the 3000 block of Highway 20 knocking on doors and asking for money. He is believed to have committed a burglary on that block in which four firearms and a pickup truck were stolen. About ten minutes later, a man claimed he saw Sienze in that truck, and says Sienze pointed a gun at him and pulled the trigger, but the gun misfired. Detectives say Sienze ditched that truck but broke into a home on Nice Road and stole another truck and drove it down to Lakeview Drive and Burpee Drive where he encountered Lake County Deputies. Officials say Sienze brandished a handgun at Deputy Ben Moore who fired several rounds from his rifle at Sienze, killing him. Moore is on paid leave while the investigation continues. Anyone with more information on Sienze’s movements on Monday is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office.

Thousands of people are reported to have signed a Facebook petition drive to block parole for Gregory Patrick Beck, a Mendocino County man convicted of dousing his girlfriend with lighter fluid in 2001, setting her on fire and then watching her burn. Sherry Carlton died in 2016 after being confined to a hospital bed for 15 years. A state Board of Parole hearing is set for Beck for February 27 at Corcoran State Prison. The Mendocino County Deputy District Attorney’s Office say DA Elizabeth Norman will attend and argue the DA Office’s opposition to Beck’s parole.

The CAL FIRE Mendocino Unit will be conducting a control burn in Dos Rios, near Highway 162 on Thursday. Aircraft and smoke will be visible in the Dos Rios area and possibly East of Highway 101, West of Covelo. Burning is planned for Thursday, weather and air quality conditions permitting, and will be done under very tight restrictions. If there are indications the burn can’t be done safely, such as high winds or local fire activity, the burn will be cancelled.

Mendocino College says their registered nursing program has been ranked as one of the best in California, pulling in a number eight ranking from among 131 programs reviewed by the industry website RegisteredNursing.org. The ranking process assesses nursing programs by several factors, with the primary criteria being the 1st time pass rates for the NCLEX-RN exam, a required exam that measures the competencies needed to perform as an entry-level Registered Nurse. It must be passed before a nurse receives a license to practice. Mendocino College currently offers a 2-year Registered Nursing Program and an LVN to RN Bridge Program.

The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office has a warrant out for a woman from Ukiah. On the department’s Warrant Wednesday Facebook post, they list that they’re looking for Elly Martini for several crimes including, using someone else’s identification, car theft and failing to appear in court. Her picture is on the Facebook post, but she’s further described as being 39 years old, 5 foot 2, with Brown Hair and Hazel Eyes, weighing about 120 lbs. The department asking anyone who may know her to call the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office.

The public’s invited to the Mendocino County Science Fair. The fair is Saturday, March 10th at the Mendocino College Gym in Ukiah. There you will see kids in 3rd thru 12th grades who earned top scores for science projects at school and district science fairs from around the county competing. Then the top 10 6th thru 12th graders will go on to the state science fair in April at the California Science Center, Exposition Park in Los Angeles. They’re looking for submissions in several categories including Zoology, Microbiology, Behavior and Social Sciences and Mathematics, Astronomy and many other areas too, like Engineering. They’re also looking for volunteers to help and to judge.

www.mcoe.us/District/Department/27-curriculum-/Portal/Science-Fair.

To judge, visit https://goo.gl/f4ojrC. To volunteer, visit https://goo.gl/EFs55A.

A controlled burn is planned near Covelo by the Mendocino Cal Fire unit. If you see smoke tomorrow morning, it’s for a vegetation management control burn in Dos Rios, near Highway 162. Smoke may be visible East of Highway 101, West of Covelo. It’s part of the Vegetation Management Program to​
reintroduce fire as a natural element of the ecosystem and improve wildlife habitat. They’re also of course looking to reduce potential wildfire fuels. The burn will happen, weather permitting. There will be firefighters on hand to control the situation.

State Senator Mike McGuire says he’s working on a bipartisan resolution against the Trump administration’s proposal for more offshore oil leases on the Calif. coast. It comes after the Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced nearly all of the Outer Continental Shelf would be open for possible oil and gas lease sales as part of the President’s energy plans. That includes having about six leases available off the coast of California, the first sale of its kind in the Pacific Region since 1984. There’s only one public hearing for the whole state of California which is this Thursday in Sacramento. McGuire says it’s a total giveaway to the President’s “buds in Big Oil”. He says the state will fight back in court if need be, and “ultimately at the ballot box”.

A lawyer in Humboldt County says he’s considering suing claiming there were illegal changes to the County’s marijuana cultivation tax last year. Eugene Denson of Alderpoint, which is just outside of Garberville, claims the original version of the county’s cannabis cultivation tax which was known as Measure S on the ballot in November 2016, used the total area being use to grow, then pro-rated the tax for the time of cultivation. But he says now the Board of Supervisors changed it, illegally, using an area for cultivation for taxing, whether there’s pot growing on the entire area or not. He says he wants the county to repeal the tax code back to its original language or he’ll sue.

Not as good as the first year for the new downtown skating rink in Ukiah. The Daily Journal reports staff for the city predicting profits in the second year were a lot lower than the first. The info collected by staff to be presented at the city council meeting tonight. The rink did bring in more in ticket sales, but only reported making about $3,400 this year, as opposed to $17,000 last year. But the Deputy City Manager says the lower profits had been predicted by staff last year. The city also got about $20,000 less from sponsors the second year and spent as much as $13,000 more on staffing and $7,000 more on supplies.

The City of Clearlake says no, it’s not going to refund assessments it got from a county Tax Defaulted Sale of Property. Apparently it’s in the Clearlake Municipal Code, no authority for refunds, unless the city council’s willing to change existing laws. So the city council is looking instead at potential impacts if they have to. It depends on the amount of money properties are sold for. In turn that effects various departments dependent on the money and if there’s penalties, liens and assessments. But the mayor says he wants to see folks get their money back so more people are encouraged to keep investing in the city.

A man accused of killing his dad and a friend and shooting others last October will not face the death penalty. Lake Co News reports the D-A will not seek the death penalty for Alan Leroy Ashmore of Clearlake Oaks who’s facing more than 20 crimes including murder, a gas station robbery, two wildfires and several special allegations. The D-A told the news site, Ashmore’s an old man with little criminal background before the shooting death of his 85 year old dad, Douglas, his longtime friend, 64-year-old Richard Braden, and for the shooting Cantra Hoeck in the foot. Ashmore has pleaded not guilty.

Police in Lakeport warning the public about a new scam where criminals try to steal money due to a fake parking ticket. The department says they got a call earlier this week from someone who got an email saying they got a parking ticket they had to pay, with links to download the ticket or pay it online. The email said it was from the “City Police Department” but it did not come from an actual police email address. The department says it’s a scam and they never send emails related to parking ticket billing. They say if you get an email like it to not open the links and to immediately delete it. A picture of the fake ticket can be seen online at Lake Co News dot com.

Since the Lake County Treasurer-Tax Collector is short staffed, as are other county departments, public office hours will be extended. The Treasurer’s office will have the extended hours until June 30th, but​ ​
the Assessor-Recorder Office is keeping their reduced schedule for the year but say they’ll skip their lunch breaks. The Treasurer-Tax Collector had told the Board of Supervisors about long term staff shortages a while back. They’re still down one position, because of a recent retirement.

The Mendocino Major Crimes Task Force warns the public about cannabis extraction labs after two recent fires in Mendocino County. The head of the department, Darren Brewster tells the Daily Journal more details this time about their ongoing investigations because he wants the public to understand the dangers of extracting THC from marijuana plants by using flammable gases. He says a Friday night explosion and fire at a barn on Mendocino Pass Road came at a large extraction operation using ethyl alcohol. A woman was badly burned there. And a few days earlier in Willits, there was an explosion at a Butane Honey Oil lab. The Brooktrails Fire Department says it sent flames shooting 30 feet into the trees and if it were summer, it could have started a wildfire. The Commander says such labs are not legal in Mendocino County and urges residents to report anything suspicious. So far there are no suspects in either incident.​

A new bill’s been passed by the state legislature to protect whistleblowers who work for lawmakers. The staffers saying the protections are needed to make sure sexual misconduct and other behaviors can be reported without fearing there could be retaliation. The Assembly passed the bill unanimously after the Senate passed it last week after a four year delay. The Gov. Jerry Brown signed it right away so it would take effect immediately. The bill by Republican Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez picked up steam again after an open letter regarding sexual harassment at the capitol was signed by almost 150 women. And after that two Assembly members resigned and a state senator was placed on suspension while being investigated.

A former aide to both Governor Gray Davis and Arnold Schwarzenegger is forking over several thousand dollars for not registering as a lobbyist. Susan Kennedy will pay $32,500 for a fine because she didn’t record being a lobbyist for Lyft and a Southern California water company. The Fair Political Practices Commission slapped the fine on her after she got more than $200-thousand from LYFT and the San Gabriel Water Valley Water Co.

Police in Scotland had a big oops… spending 45 minutes in a standoff with what they thought was a live tiger… and turned out to be a plush toy. Cops in Peterhead on the scene Saturday night after a local farmer called to say there was a large cat with stripes at the farm and he was afraid for his life. Several cops were sent to the farm and a wildlife park was even called to see if an animal got loose. Cops stood their ground for nearly an hour, then noticed it was actually just an oversized stuffed animal they were up against. They say the farmer was not a prankster, and was legit scared.

Route 175 will be closed over the Hopland Grade Wednesday and Thursday, February 7 and 8, from 7am to 7pm, so crews can remove a tractor-trailer rig damaged in a collision last week. The damaged trailer has to be unloaded of about 30,000 empty glass wine bottles before the trucking company and the recovery contractor can remove it from the hillside. The closure is from Buckman Drive, 4 miles east of the 101 junction, to the Lake/Mendocino County line.

The Commander of the Mendocino Major Crimes Task Force is warning about the dangers of cannabis extraction labs after two recent fires in Mendocino County. Darren Brewster tells the Ukiah Daily Journal he is releasing more details than usual regarding a couple of ongoing investigations because he wants the public to understand the dangers in the process of extracting THC from marijuana plants using flammable gases. He says a Friday night explosion and fire at a barn on Mendocino Pass Road was started by a large extraction operation using ethyl alcohol. One woman was badly burned and remains in an out-of-county hospital. A few days earlier in Willits there was an explosion at a Butane Honey Oil lab near a home on Poppy Drive. The Brooktrails Fire Department said that one sent flames shooting 30 feet into the trees and had it been summer could have started a wildfire. The Commander says such labs are not legal in Mendocino County and he urges residents to report anything suspicious. So far there are no suspects in either incident.

A Humboldt County woman listed as a missing person has been found – as a contestant on a reality TV show. Rebekah Martinez was reported missing by her mother in early November after she said she was going to work on a marijuana farm and was never heard from again. The Press Democrat reports Martinez was one of 35 people featured in a recent North Coast Journal article about Humboldt County having a high number of missing persons. Several people responded to the article on social media saying they’d just seen her as a contestant on “The Bachelor.” Once the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office got word of it they contacted Martinez over the phone and confirmed that she was not missing.