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The governor is looking at a purchase of a nearly 51,000-acre cattle ranch above Livermore that is situated in four counties. The land to be the state’s newest park is featured in the latest budget by Governor Newsom, which was introduced last week. $20 million will go towards buying the land after 17 lawmakers egged him on, sending a letter to him last week, nudging him towards the N3 Cattle Company Ranch. It’s listed at more than $70 million. The Nature Conservancy and The Trust for Public Lands are kicking in $30 million. The ranch is on land in Alameda, Santa Clara, San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties where they all intersect. Much of it in the Alameda Creek watershed which  provides drinking water for the Bay Area and California residents.

Several thousand dollars provided by Sutter Lakeside Hospital to Westside Community Park to help Lake County residents stay in shape. $7,000 will help add exercise equipment to the fitness trail running along the Rotary and Jane Barnes athletic fields and make the trail extend further into the western portion of the park. The hospital had donated $2,000 in the past, and that was spent buying the first three pieces of trailside exercise equipment, installed in 2016 by the Kiwanis Club of Lakeport.

A man from Willits has been killed in a car crash on Hwy 20. The California Highway Patrol reports on the Sunday afternoon crash of a 1991 Toyota Tacoma pickup near the Blue Lakes Lodge. They say the driver swerved into oncoming traffic, spun out, then continued rolling and hit another car head on. A third car behind him with two passengers also crashed. The man from Willits did not have on a seat belt and was seriously injured then taken to the hospital where he later died.  The CHP says they suspect alcohol was a factor in the crash.

A no parking zone is being considered in Ukiah on West Stephenson. The City Council is expected to take up the matter at their meeting today after the street was converted to two way for better traffic circulation downtown. City staff notes to the council say there are issues when School Street is closed for the holiday ice rink, the weekly Farmers Market and other special events. The Public Works dept. removed an on street parking space to allow for better traffic flow during the holidays, which is apparently something now being considered.

Another lawsuit against PG&E. This time Sonoma County says it’s retained a lawyer to take on a lawsuit against the utility company for the Kincade fire which cost the county as much as $620 million. The county reportedly going after money from PG&E in its bankruptcy case where the utility company is still negotiating ways to pay off liabilities from wildfires, including the 2018 Camp fire and the 2017 October firestorm that killed several people and destroyed thousands of homes in Sonoma County. The lawsuit also seeks to get compensation for a series of public safety power shutoffs this past October and November.

Two women reportedly shot by a man in Clearlake are in critical condition. Clearlake police are looking for the alleged shooter, 30-year-old Gabriel Cardenas Diaz. They say Diaz went into a home to confront his girlfriend and shot a handgun several times, hitting three women inside. One of them who was pregnant and is listed in critical condition. A third woman was treated and released from the hospital. Cops say there were several people inside at the time of the shooting, including children.

The Lake County Board of Supervisors considering what to do about the letter it received from the City of Clearlake about tax-defaulted properties the city thinks should have been sold. The City Manager brought the issue to the board last fall and the City Council ended up sending letters to several state agencies including the controller’s office, the California Board of Equalization and the California Attorney General’s Office. The city asking for Lake County Treasurer-Tax Collector Barbara Ringen to be investigated. She and a staffer at the Board meeting yesterday along with the city manager and other city leaders. There’s apparently as much as $9 million worth of delinquent properties in the city. Ringen says she will work hard to solve the issues and the Board asked her to make it happen and promised resources to help.

Profit being blamed for a rise in health care costs in the State. The Department of Managed Care released a report showing the premium costs from insurance companies. Back in 2018, they doubled their profits, and then some. Profit noted in the report at as much as $2.75 billion over $1.01 billion the year before. The report shows there weren’t many factors that drove up the price of healthcare for residents, besides profit. But taxes and fees were up there too, and prescription drugs were also a contributing factor, but not by that much. Taxes and fees were up 30 percent over a year before and prescription meds were up under 5 percent.

A new Assistant City Manager has been named in Lakeport. Lake Co News reports it was only a week after the City Council approved the job classification that the new staff position was filled. The first ever assistant city manager job is being filled by the Community Development Director Kevin Ingram. He’s been in his current position about five years. Last year the City Council approved of the new position, which is touted as a training opportunity for those interested in being the city manager sometime in the future. Ingram will be responsible for supporting the city manager on major projects; be the point of contact with elected officials; develop and/or help implement city-wide goals; support boards, commissions and community groups; and fill in as the city manager if they’re unable to work or are away.

A vegetation management project is planned in the burn scar of the Ranch Fire. The US Forest Service reports they’ll be putting down herbicide and pulling invasive species, but they first are seeking public comment before next Tuesday, January 21st. The project is on 54 acres at 15 different sites in Glenn, Colusa, and Lake counties. The 2018 Ranch Fire caused invasive species to spread over 15 sites. The mostly young plants will be sprayed with herbicide and the older plants will be pulled mechanically. There won’t be any herbicide applied in the Snow Mountain Wilderness and no aerial application of herbicide is proposed.

A proposal by an Assembly woman from Arleta would require school aged kids to learn all about climate change. Assemblymember Luz Rivas says her bill would call for climate change education as a requirement for students from 1st grade the 6th and there would also be a graduation requirement for students in grades 7 through 12, starting 2025. If it passes and the governor signs it into law, schools would have to add it to their curriculum no later than the 2021-22 school year.




A man lying on the sidewalk in Ukiah had to have NARCAN administered. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office reports a deputy on routine patrol was flagged down because of a car blocking traffic. The deputy had medical responders come to the scene after assessing the man was unresponsive and probably overdosed on opiates.  The deputy gave the man NARCAN and he immediately responded and started waking up. Medical responders took him to Ukiah Valley Medical Center for further treatment. Narcan nasal spray is used as a sort of antidote to reverse opioid overdoses.

Mendocino County staffers working on new ways to get a business license. The Board of Supervisors directed staff to study small business regulations in Lake County to see if there are businesses that need licensing to protect the public and how much any of that would cost. Staff are expected to report back to Supervisors with a full report, but it wasn’t noted when the county might make changes. The Daily Journal reports Supervisor Ted Williams said there were roadblocks due to Planning and Building Service inspections that take too long, not the cost of the license. Supervisor John Haschak was concerned about timelines for new businesses getting approved.

A fire in Ukiah has burned a building with a bunch of cars inside. The Ukiah Valley Fire Authority reports the fire on Saturday afternoon was stopped before it spread, but no other info was released.

A phone scam reported by PG&E from crooks threatening to turn your power off if you don’t pay money. The utility company says they got several reports the last few weeks of scammers calling about past due utility bills, then told the person on the other end needed to pay right away with a cash card. PG&E’s Security Investigator for the North Bay and North Coast says when someone asks for a gift or cash card, that should raise a red flag. The scammers reportedly trying to hit folks in Marin, Sonoma, Lake, Mendocino, and Humboldt Counties and have a caller ID that says either “PG& E” or “Pacific Gas & Electric”.

The green light has been given to support marijuana gardens in the county exclusion area just outside Clearlake. The city council has approved a policy first brought up last fall. The City Manager says there are amendments in the Lake County Code related to growing cannabis which includes these so called exclusion areas. The code was recently amended to include cannabis growing in a city’s sphere of influence if whoever is applying for the grow gets a letter of support from the city. The policy being proposed allows the city manager to have the authority to issue the letters.

A special meeting of the Lakeport Planning Commission so new leaders can be appointed, and a new member introduced. The meeting this Thursday will feature the swearing-in of newly appointed Planning Commissioner Jeff Warrenburg .The yearly election of officers will also happen too. Lake Co News reports they may also discuss a possible amendment to a couple of Zoning Ordinances regarding portable sandwich board signs in the Central Business zoning district.

The Governor’s office looking at new ways to stop homelessness with possible penalties for cities and counties who don’t take action. The Governor’s task force on homelessness is reportedly considering a law to force municipalities, and the state to find housing for people without. The governor on a statewide tour to bring attention to the homelessness issue. Newsom is urging lawmakers to get something on the November ballot to force cities and counties to take action on homelessness for the more than 150,000 people without homes, or these municipalities could face legal action. Of course that would first have to pass both houses of the legislature. Homeless advocates say more specifics are needed.

The Willits City Council taking action on multiple water projects. The city’s engineering project manager introduced a measure for a professional services contract for work on the City’s Groundwater Improvement Project. The city’s been looking to improve its groundwater infrastructure for a while and at the same time meet public demand if there’s an issue with surface supply like due to drought or damage from natural disasters. A grant application is reported to be the first step to start the first phase of the project which is set to start this summer. The engineer working on the project reminds there was a shortage of water in Willits back in 2014 during the five year drought in Calif.

The federal government continues negotiating with Pacific Gas & Electric after catastrophic fires led to the utility company’s bankruptcy. A $13.5 billion dollar settlement for wildfire losses has been agreed to. Now reports surface that a top FEMA official is none too happy about the settlement agreement which puts the FED in the position of having to get money paid back another way. The FED paid out nearly $4 billion for victims of fires started by PG&E equipment from 2015-18. FEMA reportedly looking to get as much as $200 million from fire victims if they can’t get it from the bankruptcy settlement, but is now reportedly looking to revise the settlement with the bankruptcy judge to avoid that. Some fire victims say FEMA deserves nothing.

A blast of winter coming our way with snow accumulations expected in Lake County. The winter storm watch for most of Northern Calif. will of course hit the highest elevations hardest. The weather system expected to hit tomorrow into Friday with snow of up to three feet in the higher elevations, but snow is expected to drop in Lake County and in the high peaks in the Mendocino National Forest we could get up to 20 inches. Probably more like a regular old rainstorm for most of us, but Cobb and Mt. St. Helena are expected to get sleet.

Since the primary has moved up in Calif. we’re seeing several candidate statements emerging. Those running for supervisor, city council or other local offices have begun announcing their candidacies. The Mendocino Voice reports local businessman James Green is running for supervisor in the First District. Also making an announcement, the former mayor of Ukiah, Maureen “Mo” Mulheren. She’s filed to run for the seat in the 2nd Supervisorial District. She’s endorsed by the retired Sheriff Tom Allman, and others. She announced about a year ago, while she was still the mayor.

The Pine Mountain Lookout in the Upper Lake District of the Mendocino National Forest is finally reopening after the Ranch Fire. The lookout was closed in the summer of 2018 to protect it from the massive fire. It was not damaged, but the area around the lookout had to be cleared of downed trees and other debris. They’ve also opened reservations for the lookout which will be open from the end of April through November. You can get to the lookout by car, but you have to bring all of your own supplies. The lookout’s been there for almost 100 years, opening back in 1933. It was used for fire detection until 1942. It has 180-degree views of the surrounding area at an elevation of 4,400 feet.

As noted in our earlier newscast, quite the weather system coming thru. And in Lake Tahoe, a wind gust of more than 130 mph was recorded. So be careful on roads throughout Northern Calif. Chains or snow tires are required on Interstate 80 in the Sierras and many other highways in that area as the winter storm with loads of snow barrels thru the area. There’s a winter storm watch Thursday so if you were planning on heading out for a skit trip, you’re in luck, as as much as 2 feet of snow is expected to dump in the the highest elevations. The National Weather Service says it recorded a 137 mph wind gust at Alpine Meadows near Tahoe City this morning at 3:45 a.m. And at nearby Squaw Valley, a recorded gust of 124 mph.

The legislature has tossed the idea of a ban on medically unnecessary treatments for young kids born with ambiguous or conflicting genitalia until they turn 6. Lawmakers putting forth the bill to ban any procedure for an intersex child 6 years of age or younger unless it’s found it’s medically necessary by the Medical Board of California. But now most of the lawmakers who were on a panel for the idea said they thought it was too broad and wondered if kids at 6 could even understand enough to help parents make a decision. State Senator Bill Dodd says his grandaughter’s almost 5, and says he thinks it’s not a decision she could make for herself.

Congressman Jared Huffman and a colleague from Mississippi have introduced a bill so fisheries can receive disaster relief quicker. Huffman and Congressman Steven Palazzo teamed up for the Fishery Failures: Urgently Needed Disaster Declarations Act — or the Fishery FUNDD Act, to expedite money coming from the federal government with a time limit the government would get to respond to a fishery disaster request and how long after that it can take to distribute money disbursed after a disaster. Right now fishing communities have to wait to get money from the fed until after fish populations decline, during closed seasons, or if they suffer losses due to other disruptions.

Some new board officers have been chosen for the Mendocino Coast Healthcare District. Just after the new year at a forum. Some had been waiting on potential developments regarding the Labor and Delivery department, but instead the new board President  announced the board fired their legal counsel and hired a new one who have specialized experience in hospital affiliation. As you may recall the hospital is going thru a potential merger with Adventist Health. There have been two meetings already since the new year. The president of Adventist was at one of the meetings.

Something of a Green New Deal in Calif as the Governor announces new programs including a loan program for recycling, low-carbon transportation and climate-smart agriculture projects. The so-called Climate Catalyst Revolving Loan Fund is part of Newsom’s new budget for low-interest lending for small businesses and organizations with green ideas but for one reason or another may not be able to compete for venture capital funding. This on top of the state’s many public climate projects.

First 5 Lake Commission has a new leader. Lake County District 4 Supervisor Tina Scott has been elected as the new Chairperson for the Commission. The position requires her to attend all meetings and has general supervision over the business and property of the Commission. They also execute all formal documents on behalf of the Commission along with its Executive Director. The new Vice Chair is Denise Pomeroy, the Director of Health Services for the County. Their next meeting is Feb. 12th at the Lower Lake Town Hall.

A couple of events in Lake County with Congressman Mike Thompson. Next Tuesday, Thompson will host “Coffee with our Congressman” at the Grinders Steep Coffee Shop at noon, in Middletown. Later, he’s hosting a town hall at the Tom Aiken Community Hall at Kelseyville High at 5:30. His office encourages all constituents of the Fifth Congressional District to attend. His district covers all or part of Contra Costa, Lake, Napa, Solano and Sonoma counties.

An area of the Clear Lake’s wetlands is being purchased thanks to a state grant. Lake Co News reports a $675,000 grant was approved by the state Wildlife Conservation Board to pay for the 200-acre Wright property. The Land Trust has reportedly been eyeing the land for a decade and a half. The news site reports the grant money comes from various sources including the Habitat Conservation Fund and other bond measures that voters had previously approved to preserve and protect California’s natural resources.

The Governor’s trying to help bring prescription drug prices down, so his office has announced a program to start the state’s own generic drug label. The first law of its kind in the nation would allow the state to negotiate directly with drug manufacturers for select prescriptions. Apparently it’s not the only plan the Governor’s considering to bring down the cost of health care for Californians. His office released part of the proposal last week, but no cost estimates have been released to the public. The governor also working to get more rebates from drug manufacturers.

A community action plan had a group of Mendocino County residents talking. The group along with leaders from District 3 were at New Paradigm College last week discussing future land use and development rules after the Board of Supervisors asked for a general plan update last fall. That involves the county’s eight “local area plans” which are folded into the general plan which is state mandated. The meeting at New Paradigm was hosted by the chair of the Western Region Town Hall (a District 3 municipal advisory council)  and featured the chair of the Redwood Valley Municipal Advisory Council who noted getting the community action plan implemented as part of the general plan is not guaranteed. She says they’ll do everything they can to make that happen though.

The Lake County Board of Supervisors diving into the issue with the Treasurer-Tax Collector’s Office. Lake Co news reports the board’s going to consider responding to a letter the City of Clearlake sent to the county last year about the performance of the Treasurer-Tax Collector’s Office when it comes to selling tax-defaulted properties, which they say is lagging. The city’s calling out Treasurer-Tax Collector Barbara Ringen for not selling more tax defaulted properties which are supposedly worth millions at auction. The Lakeport City Council sent a letter of support regarding the issue too.

A car crash between three cars in the Blue Lakes area leaves one person seriously injured. The crash yesterday afternoon on Highway 20 happened in front of Blue Lakes Lodge. Lake Co News reports Northshore Fire and Lakeport Fire were on the scene. Two cars were blocking one of the lanes. The news site reported dispatch saying one of the vehicles had been reported prior to the crash as possibly being driven by an impaired driver. Four other people in the accident were uninjured.

A man from Sacramento’s been arrested for a DUI after being seen driving on 3 tires. Police say Martin Diaz Barajas Jr. was seen driving on 11th St in Lakeport with major right front end damage and a missing tire so he was pulled over. When cops contacted him, they say he said he had just crashed off the 11th Street exit from Highway 29 and he knew his tire was missing but thought he could make it home, driving on the rim. He went thru field sobriety tests and was arrested. His blood alcohol content was measured at .085%. He’s charged with DUI and was reportedly released from jail already.

A woman in Fort Bragg has been arrested after reports of a fight between a man and woman over the weekend. Deputies got a call Saturday afternoon and found the couple had an argument that escalated. They say the woman, Kelie Adams-Penrod, physically assaulted the man, using her hands and a large wooden stick. They say the man had minor visible injuries consistent with the assault.  Adams-Penrod was arrested after deputies found she was on active summary probation with a term she obey all laws.  She’s booked on Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Felony Domestic Battery and a Misdemeanor Violation of Probation. She was held on $30,000.00 bail.

Because of fires the last three years, the state’s in dire need of more firefighters. The latest state budget proposed by the Gov. Newsom has the state hiring as many as 677 new full-time staffers for Cal Fire, over the next five years. That’s nearly 11% more than the 6,280 full-timers already working for the agency. There are also almost 2,400 Cal Fire positions that are seasonal employees. Of all of those, there would be about 440 new front line firefighters. The new hires are expected to be approved by the legislature. The budget is expected to have a $5.6 billion surplus. They say more staff at Cal Fire will allow more pre-positioning of staff in coming years.

The Alder Stop bus stop has been opened by the Mendocino Transit Authority. Last Thursday the stop and shelter in Willits opened, replacing the old Brown’s Corner bus stop on the 101. It’s situated right behind Lumberjack restaurant in the Evergreen Shopping Center. The MTA general manager says it’s safer, since it’s off the main highway and it’s convenient for nearby seniors.



The Six Rivers National Forest will be hosting a public meeting next Wednesday in Eureka to get input on the proposed Six Rivers Fire & Fuels Project. The proposal is a series of controlled vegetative burns and fire management across the forest, targeting woodland, shrub fields, and small trees less than 12 inches in diameter. The meeting will be at the Forest Supervisor’s Office on Bayshore Way from 5 pm until 7 pm. Forest staff, in addition to the public meeting, will also be holding workshops to discuss the project in length.

An early morning fire in Crescent City is being investigated as suspicious. The fire broke out shortly before 4 am at a double-wide on Cummins Road. Fire crews arrived to find the mobile home engulfed in flames as well as a sedan in the yard. Additional units were called in from Pelican Bay, Fort Dick Volunteer Fire Department, Del Norte County Sheriff deputies, and dispatch as well as crews from Pacific Power and Light. Officials learned that the trailer has been vacant for several years as well as reports of transient activity in the vicinity. No one was injured; no other structures suffered any damaged thanks to the efforts of the 15 volunteer firefighters who extinguished the blaze.

The city of Clearlake was introduced to the new Public Works Director on Thursday night at the city council meeting. Dale Goodman is said to have extensive public service experience, he served as director of Public Works in American Fork in Utah, Willows, California and St Helens in Oregon. The Lake County News reports that Goodman has been at the forefront of many valuable projects, including flood recovery, capital improvement, and regulatory compliance programs, for jurisdictions in several states. Goodman served in the US Army and the National Security Agency as an intelligence analyst. He has an MBA from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of the State of New York in Albany.

The Mental Health Division of the Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services will be hosting a few public meetings to discuss the Mental Health Services Act, also known as M-H-S-A. Officials are hoping to inform the public about the three-year-plan, and also get feedback from the community. The Humboldt County Department of Health says that gathering input is vital to drafting the plan that will outline the county’s M-H-S-A-funded programs from 2020 through 2023. Back in 2004, voters passed Prop 63 known as M-H-S-A, which placed a 1% tax on personal incomes that exceeds one million dollars to fund the development and expansion of mental health services for all ages. The first meeting will be this Tuesday at the Jefferson Community Center in Eureka on B street from noon until 1:30 pm. The second meeting is for Friday the 24th from noon until 1:30 pm at the Blue Lake Community Resource Center on Greenwood Avenue. Lunch will be served at this meeting, so you will need to RSVP by Wednesday the 22nd.

The Six Rivers National Forest will be hosting a public meeting next Wednesday in Eureka to get input on the proposed Six Rivers Fire & Fuels Project. The proposal is a series of controlled vegetative burns and fire management across the forest, targeting woodland, shrub fields, and small trees less than 12 inches in diameter. The meeting will be at the Forest Supervisor’s Office on Bayshore Way from 5 pm until 7 pm. Forest staff, in addition to the public meeting, will also be holding workshops to discuss the project in length.

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.







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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.