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‘We Really Want to Assess the Financial Stability of the County at This Time’—CEO Antle on Mendo’s Budget Showdown

CEO Darcie Antle said “crisis” is a strong word to describe the county’s financial situation, but there are areas of concern, including close to $70 million in long-term debt service and rising interest rates as the county contemplates refinancing bonds to fund the new jail.

3rd District Supervisor John Haschak on Mendo’s Budget Showdown— ‘Costs Have Increased and Revenues are Flat’

"What I don’t want to see is greater costs, another level of administration, and loss of accountability and oversight."

Serious Traffic Collision on Sherwood Road North of Willits

A vehicle went off the road in the 25,700 block of Sherwood Road north of Willits in the Brooktrails area this morning about 10:22...

Letter to the Editor: More EV Chargers Make Sense. Here’s Why.

"...as California moves toward phasing out new gas-powered vehicles by 2035, it’s the right time to increase the accessibility and convenience of driving an electric vehicle in Mendocino County."

Man Suspected of Abandoning and Killing an Infant Delays Plea as Court Explores Judge’s Conflict of Interest

District Attorney David Eyster filed a peremptory challenge to Judge Carly Dolan asserting that she is “prejudiced against Plaintiffs or their attorney or the interests of Plaintiffs or their attorneys so that Plaintiffs cannot or believe they cannot have a fair and impartial trial before such judge.”

Three Suffer Major Injuries After Piercy Collision—Driver Booked for DUI

"Both juvenile passengers sustained major injuries and were transported to St. Joseph Hospital for medical care."

Ukiah Mother Hit by Vehicle Outside County Fair Remains in Critical Conditions

The man accused of colliding with the mother and the infant approached officers on scene and advised he was the driver of the vehicle.

Multiple Burning Vehicles in Kelseyville Ignite Nearby Vegetation

At approximately 1:30 p.m. the #PharoFire began burning in the Lake County community of Kelseyville engulfing cars, boats, and RVs in flames that would then spark nearby vegetation.

Officials Share Safety Reminders Ahead of Hunting Season in the Mendocino National Forest

"At this time, all public land in the Mendocino National Forest is open to hunting, with the exception of the Sheet Iron Mountain State Game Refuge, located north of the Snow Mountain Wilderness."

‘If There is a Lack of Fiscal Leadership at the County Level, It Lies With the Board Itself’—Former CEO Angelo on Mendo’s Budget Showdown

“There was never any doubt where things were, and what we faced,’ said Angelo. Recent board criticism of herself, and other county officials is wrong and unfair."
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Crime

Man Suspected of Abandoning and Killing an Infant Delays Plea as Court Explores Judge’s Conflict of Interest

District Attorney David Eyster filed a peremptory challenge to Judge Carly Dolan asserting that she is “prejudiced against Plaintiffs or their attorney or the interests of Plaintiffs or their attorneys so that Plaintiffs cannot or believe they cannot have a fair and impartial trial before such judge.”

Three Suffer Major Injuries After Piercy Collision—Driver Booked for DUI

"Both juvenile passengers sustained major injuries and were transported to St. Joseph Hospital for medical care."

Ukiah Mother Hit by Vehicle Outside County Fair Remains in Critical Conditions

The man accused of colliding with the mother and the infant approached officers on scene and advised he was the driver of the vehicle.

Ukiah Man Refuses to Attend Arraignment to be Charged for Murder of One-Year-Old Infant

Edward “Two Feathers” Steele has been formally charged with felony murder in the second degree, a charge common in crimes that demonstrate an extreme indifference to human life. 

Trailer Fire on Ukiah’s Talmage Road Deemed Suspicious and Human-Caused

This suspicious fire comes just three weeks after another fire identified as suspicious in nature destroyed two vehicles on the same block of Talmage Road.

Willits Shooting, Pursuit, and Subsequent Manhunt Nets Five Suspects, Says CHP

"CHP is currently working with the Mendocino Major Crimes Task Force and the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office to identify the shooting suspect."

Mother in Critical Condition—Infant Uninjured—Lakeport Man Booked for DUI After Ukiah Fairgrounds Collision

Despite initial reports from the scene, Galindo did not leave the scene of the accident. Upon making contact with Galindo, officers believed him to be under the influence and subsequently booked him in the Mendocino County jail.

An Infant Dead, A Toddler Abandoned—Mendocino County Is Left Demanding to Know How This Could Happen

Mendocino County has been left reeling in the wake of a heinous display of cruelty. How could someone charged with caring for something so vulnerable discard them and leave them to die? How could the layers of institutions and bureaucracy dedicated to protecting children have let these children fall through the cracks?

Fire

Multiple Burning Vehicles in Kelseyville Ignite Nearby Vegetation

At approximately 1:30 p.m. the #PharoFire began burning in the Lake County community of Kelseyville engulfing cars, boats, and RVs in flames that would then spark nearby vegetation.

Trailer Fire on Ukiah’s Talmage Road Deemed Suspicious and Human-Caused

This suspicious fire comes just three weeks after another fire identified as suspicious in nature destroyed two vehicles on the same block of Talmage Road.

Washington Woman Admits to Law Enforcement She Sparked Yesterday’s Ogulin Fire in Clearlake

An eyewitness also came forward and told deputies he had been driving along Highway 53 and watched Smith walking away from the fire moments after it had ignited.

Vegetation Fire Flares Up on Ukiah’s North State Street

The Incident Commander described the fire as a 100'x50' spot and the best access to the incident was off of Highway 101.

Vegetation Fire Growing Rapidly Near Clearlake Prompting Road Closures and Evacuations

Highway 53 will be shut down as the fire swells at an extreme rate of spread.

Roads

Two-Vehicle Traffic Collision on Ukiah’s North State Street Causes Minor Injuries

The accident was reportedly witnessed by firefighters and the Incident Commander reported four total passengers with one requiring medical evaluation for minor injuries.

Vehicle Strikes a Woman and Baby in Front of the Ukiah Fair Grounds

Both the north and southbound lane of State Street has been shut down as first responders assess the situation. Law enforcement currently has the driver detained.

Traffic Logjam on Highway 101 South of Hopland After Single Vehicle Accident

As of 12:28 p.m., the roadway has been cleared so traffic will likely start moving soon.

Head-On Collision Blocks Highway 20 Between Fort Bragg and Willits—Two Patients With ‘Serious’ Injuries

One patient potentially broke their collarbone, another patient has chest pains, and one patient denied medical.

Government

‘If There is a Lack of Fiscal Leadership at the County Level, It Lies With the Board Itself’—Former CEO Angelo on Mendo’s Budget Showdown

“There was never any doubt where things were, and what we faced,’ said Angelo. Recent board criticism of herself, and other county officials is wrong and unfair."

Mendocino County’s Financial Experts Calls Claims of a Financial Crisis a Deflection and Misinformation

"It almost feels like they have some inadequacies at the Board, and it’s almost like they’re publicly airing irresponsible and inaccurate information because they’re trying to deflect from those inadequacies.”

Fort Bragg Extends Nomination Period for City Council Candidates

The nomination period for the three open four-year City Council seats and the one open two-year City Council seat is extended to Wednesday, August 17, 2022.

The City of Ukiah Celebrates Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Achievements

“Culture change isn’t easy or quick, but it’s possible. We must become aware, curious, practice, and accountable. I am proud of the dedication and hard work of the Committee and City Staff; we already see success."

‘We Have a Financial Crisis Here’: Mendocino Board of Supervisors Concede the County’s Books are Unreliable

A Mendocino County Board of Supervisors discussion about cost overruns for the new jail construction project veered into a cry for help from the state, as county leadership admitted that it does not have a clear idea of what its financial situation is.

COVID-19

During the Month of July, Three More Mendocino County Residents Died With COVID-19

Though communities have seen mask mandates and strict pandemic protocols recede, the SARS-CoV-2 virus continues to circulate.

Five Mendocino County Residents Passed Away With COVID-19 Between May and June

Data from the California COVID-19 county dashboard does point towards an uptick in Mendocino County's total COVID-19 cases, deaths, and hospitalizations during May and June. Though, all three of those metrics seem to be trending downward in the first weeks of July.

Mendocino County: The CDC Says You Should Wear Your Mask Indoors Once Again

Other suggested precautions include staying six feet away from others, avoiding crowds, poorly ventilated spaces, and washing your hands often.

Did You Attend the Fort Bragg City Council Meeting on Monday? Consider Taking a COVID-19 Test

"The City has been notified of an attendee of the recent City Council meeting that tested positive yesterday."

California Microbusiness COVID-19 Relief Grant Program Now Available

"The intent of this program is to provide relief to the hardest to reach microbusinesses and entrepreneurs."

Lake County Public Health Officer Warns of Potential COVID-19 Spike as Cases Rise Globally

"In Lake County, COVID-19 cases are increasing slightly. Last week, 2 deaths from COVID-19 were recorded, bringing the total to 137."

Mendocino County Health Officer Dr. Andy Coren Warns the Public of a Recent Uptick in COVID-19 Cases

"We are now at the beginning of a new wave of COVID. While it is difficult to predict if our hospitals will be overwhelmed, severe infections are still possible, especially for the elderly, those with immune compromise or chronic disease, and those who are not vaccinated."

The Miller Report: COVID-19 Vaccine for Infants and Toddlers

"Many parents are concerned that the rolling back of mask mandates and social distancing requirements, especially in schools, is putting their unvaccinated youngsters at higher risk."

You Spent What on What?!?— Mendocino County and Its $16.8 Million of Pandemic Relief

Mendocino County received $16.8 million in one-time federal funding to soften the blows of the pandemic, especially for those who were hit the hardest. But some of that money has gone towards remodeling the Board of Supervisors chambers and purchasing metal detectors.

Weather

Utilities

Letter to the Editor: More EV Chargers Make Sense. Here’s Why.

"...as California moves toward phasing out new gas-powered vehicles by 2035, it’s the right time to increase the accessibility and convenience of driving an electric vehicle in Mendocino County."

A Ukiah Man’s Journey to an All-Electric Home

In pursuing his long-term commitment to lower his carbon footprint, over the past 40 years Mike Cannon has converted his Ukiah home from all-electric to all-natural gas and now back again to all-electric energy. 

[UPDATE: Restored]Over One Thousand Residents Without Power Between Ukiah and Calpella

The PG&E Power Outage map states power initially went down at 4:58 p.m. and estimates 1,072 customers will have it restored by 9:00 p.m.

State Funding Will Boost Number of Electric Chargers in Mendocino County

More than $2 million generated from two programs of the California Energy Commission (CEC) have been awarded to fund the purchase and installation of public electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in Mendocino County over the next few years.

Power Outage Hits Over Two Thousand Mendocino County Residents Along State Route 128

PG&E crews are actively investigating the cause of the outage, which began around 12:06 p.m., and is estimated to come back online at 4:15 p.m.

Cannabis

Drought

Fort Bragg Facing Down a Stage 1 Water Alert—City Will Recommend Restrictions Next Week

"The City was fortunate to receive late rains this past spring extending our need to require water conservation restrictions, however, as current water supply conditions are beginning to show the effects of a third year of drought."

Town Hall on Drought to Update Long-Range Weather Forecast, Impacts on Russian River, and Parks

"Hosted by Sonoma County Supervisor Lynda Hopkins, the town hall will feature a panel of experts reporting on current drought conditions, the latest long-range weather forecast, and the impact of the drought on Russian River water quality, recreation and the county’s regional park system."

Russian River Curtailments, A Stand-Alone Water Agency—Notes from the Mendocino County Drought Task Force Meeting 

Issues discussed included potential curtailments to Russian River water users, the possibility of a stand-alone task force dedicated to water issues, and an ordinance designed to monitor commercial wells.

City of Ukiah Leads the Way to Groundbreaking Regional Water Sharing Program

"New model approved by State Water Board for voluntary partnership between water rights holders to adaptively manage water use in the Upper Russian River Watershed."

Mendocino County Drought Task Force Will Convene This Thursday

"They'll discuss a Drought Update, an Eel River Update, a Stand Alone Water Agency Steering Committee Update, the Next Round of Funding, the Commercial Well Ordinance, and more!"
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Readers' Thoughts

Community Events

Drink Wine and Learn the Latest Research on Breast Cancer—August 22 in Fort Bragg

"Donations will benefit our local Cancer Resource Center"

ImPRESSED: A Celebration of Printmaking—New Exhibit Opening at Mendocino County Museum

"The Mendocino County Museum is excited to host community art educator Miss Rossi, who will lead introductory classes in linoleum block printing."

Get Your Spaghetti on Tonight at the Whitesboro Grange

"The good news is, you don’t have to cook dinner Saturday night (August 6)!  Nope.  Leave the pans in the cupboard because we’ll be doing the cooking."

Free Events and Affordable Wristbands at This Year’s Redwood Empire Fair

"The return of the Redwood Empire Fair is going to be a celebration for everyone, including families who are looking for entertainment on a budget. The Fair runs from Thursday, August 4th to Sunday, August 7th."

The City of Fort Bragg Wants to Give You Compost—August 5 & 6 at CV Starr Center

The following is a press release issued by the City of Fort Bragg: It's First Come, First Served for free compost on the east side...

MendoMoments

MendoMoments: The Warmth of Santa Claus Eminates from a Fort Bragg Storefront

A Fort Bragg resident captured this image of the Furniture Mart's storefront packed with an assembly of Santas, glowing red and white provoking a nostalgia of simpler times.

MendoMoments: The Joy of a Child on a Winter’s Morn

A cozy home. A blustery storm. The overnight transformation of a familiar forest into a winter wonderland. The comfort of knowing a warm, dry home and hot cocoa and blankets await when toes and fingers just cannot take it anymore.

MendoMoments: A Wake of Vultures Feast on a Carcass

Vultures are a prime example of the wonderful world of collective nouns within the animal kingdom. As per ConservationAfrica.net, a group of vultures while perched in a tree can be called a "committee," a "venue," or sometimes a "volt." When vultures are feeding on a carcass, they are referred to as a "wake."

MendoMoments: The Milky Way Takes Shape Over Point Arena

Looking at the photograph now, photographer Jamie Rea is reminded of the "feeling of being incredibly small." Point Arena and the edge of the continent appear "shrunken underneath the behemoth that lurks beyond our reach."

MendoMoments: Longing for Her ‘Happy Place’, a Visitor Returns to Mendocino

The moment exudes wonder and innocence and a devil-may-care simplicity that exists in all of us but is too often shrouded with age and experience.

Mendonoma

A Peregrine Falcon Perched on a Point Arena Bluff—A Dispatch From Mendonoma

"Peregrine Falcons hunt medium-sized birds. They can reach speeds of nearly 70 MPH when in their hunting dive."

A Great Blue Heron Spreads Its Wings to Cool Off During a Hot Spell—A Dispatch from Mendonoma

"No clouds, no fog, and a gentle breeze - time to head for the beach!"

Sandbar Traps Steelhead in the Gualala River— Dispatch from Mendonoma

"We have had a lot of rain overnight and continuing today. It's very possible the Gualala River will breach the sandbar, possibly today."

A Curious Cougar on the Deck of a Gualala Home—A Dispatch from Mendonoma

"It's a mystery why she was on the Sandoval's deck because they do not have house pets or animals such as chickens to attract her."

A Maturing Bald Eagle at the Gualala River— A Dispatch from Mendonoma

"There was a Bald Eagle bathing on the north end of the gravel bar of the Gualala River. When it took off I got some photos and noticed the odd markings."

Mendonoma

A Peregrine Falcon Perched on a Point Arena Bluff—A Dispatch From Mendonoma

"Peregrine Falcons hunt medium-sized birds. They can reach speeds of nearly 70 MPH when in their hunting dive."

A Great Blue Heron Spreads Its Wings to Cool Off During a Hot Spell—A Dispatch from Mendonoma

"No clouds, no fog, and a gentle breeze - time to head for the beach!"

Sandbar Traps Steelhead in the Gualala River— Dispatch from Mendonoma

"We have had a lot of rain overnight and continuing today. It's very possible the Gualala River will breach the sandbar, possibly today."

A Curious Cougar on the Deck of a Gualala Home—A Dispatch from Mendonoma

"It's a mystery why she was on the Sandoval's deck because they do not have house pets or animals such as chickens to attract her."

A Maturing Bald Eagle at the Gualala River— A Dispatch from Mendonoma

"There was a Bald Eagle bathing on the north end of the gravel bar of the Gualala River. When it took off I got some photos and noticed the odd markings."

Op-Ed/Letter to the Editor

MendoFever is Getting a Camera Upgrade After Reader Flabbergasts Us with a $500 Donation

This sort of generosity is incredible, but for the overwhelming majority of my readers impossible. If you think you can provide a sustainable monthly donation of $1, $2, hell, even $5, click the PayPal link and make sure to click “Make this a Monthly Donation.”

A Gloomy Gray Does Not Give Way to Substantial Rain Prompting the Cranky Side of an ‘Old-School Newspaperman’— Geniella’s Thoughts

"Okay. Up front I will tell I am on a rant. By day’s end where there was a lot of gray but no substantial rain. Hopes for a good soaking were dashed."

Op-Ed: Chairman of Redwood Valley Calpella Fire District Concerned BoS Did Not Inquire About Fire District’s Needs

"Our Fire District has been trying to get funding for an Early Warning Siren System since 2017. We have requested funding from the county and applied for grants to help fund this project. The County has not assisted us at all. Some of our Fire Trucks are over 15 years old and we cannot afford to replace them."

‘A Public Execution Without Knowing What the Condemned Man Did’—Reflections on the Noble Waidelich Saga

"It was a stomach-churning end to the career of a Police Chief who less than a year ago was touted as a personable young guy who could lead the 18-officer department out of a troubled stretch."

Mendocino Cannabis Alliance Offers the Board of Supervisors a Compromise on Phase 3 Ordinance

"It is imperative that existing operators have this pathway as an option, and we ask the community at-large to stand together in support of these existing, tax-paying, small businesses and to say ‘No’ to any referendum that could put many of our licensed community members out of business."

Police Logs

Education

Help Ukiah Unified Train Your Next Employees—Attend the Community Employer Forum

"Are you having difficulty finding qualified employees? Would you like to help plan a local job training program for the Ukiah Valley?"

‘Staffing Shortage, the Impact of COVID, School Safety, and Student Performance’—An Open Letter from Superintendent Glentzer

"There is much work to be done in our schools and I look forward to working side by side with educators, staff, administrators, parents, and the public to ensure that the students in Mendocino County receive the very best education we can provide them."

Are You Interested in Serving on the Mendocino-Lake Community College District Board of Trustees?

"The Mendocino-Lake Community College District has opportunities for qualified community members to run for November 2022 board elections for trustee area #2 and #5 (Mendocino County), and area #6 (Lake County). Trustees are appointed for a four-year term."

Yokayo Elementary Library Named After Retired Principal and Beloved Educator Carl Morgensen

"Morgensen was a well-respected educator who students, parents, and staff loved. He devoted his life to teaching thousands in Ukiah to read and hundreds of teachers how to teach reading..."

Application for Mendocino County Office of Education Medical and Dental Assistant Programs Due This Friday

For more information about applying to MCOE’s workforce development programs, call 707-467-5123 or email snevarez@mcoe.us.

Ukiah High School’s Graduation Ceremony Returns in Full-Force

Over 400 Wildcats donned their traditional purple robes and received their diplomas marking academic achievement and their step into adulthood.

Environment

Massive Fish Kill in the Klamath River After Flash Floods Inundate Its Waters with Debris

Photographs of the Klamath River show its waters are a murky brown inundated with debris and fish floating belly up along the bank.

All Logging Operations in Jackson Forest on Hold—Activists Declare Victory

“After sixteen months of non-stop direct action we have achieved a moratorium and the Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians and the State are in ongoing government-to-government negotiations.”. 

Big Changes To Sport Groundfish Regulations Coming In 2023

"Significant changes to California’s groundfish sport fishing regulations are expected starting next year, in response to recent scientific information suggesting some nearshore groundfish species are in decline."

A Black Bear Meanders About a Fort Bragg Home

Mike Bradley told us seeing a bear near his home does not phase him. Like many Mendocino County residents have come to find, this is a land where the lives of wildlife and humankind are intimately intertwined.

The Old Smith Ranch Trail Along the Ten Mile River—Take a Stroll, Watch Some Birds

"This charming preserve along the Ten Mile River north of Fort Bragg is a perfect location for when you are looking for a peaceful stroll or a place to sit and bird watch OR nature journal."

The Bureau of Land Management Wants Public Comment on Wild and Scenic River Eligibility

"Protecting these rivers helps protect biodiversity and resilience to the impacts of climate change."

Marin County Adopts Protections for Endangered Coho Salmon

“This population is critical to the survival of the species throughout Central California.”

Are Coast Redwoods A Refugia for Bats Under Global Change? Attend Twilight Bat Walking Tour to Find Out

"Join UC Cooperative Extension at Jackson Demonstration State Forest and Hopland Research and Extension Center for two twilight walking tours of our redwood and oak forests to learn about our California bats."

California Legislature Approves Big Game Conservation Bill

“Many in the outdoor sporting community are the most conservation-minded because they want to leave future generations the same opportunities they’ve had."

The Peter Douglas Trail—A Redwood Line Path to Mendocino County’s Lost Coast

"Along the trail, you will see massive old-growth trees sculpted into bizarre shapes, creating what is known as the ‘Enchanted Forest.’"

mendohistory

MendoThrowback: An Interview With a Pomo Basket Weaver—The ‘Best Baskets Are Buried With the Dead’

Clara Williams was born in 1883 and grew to master Pomo basketry. When the Ukiah Daily Journal interviewed her in 1955, she spoke of being one of the last Pomo basket weavers left.

A Look Back at the Ebbs and Flows of Mendocino County’s Skateboarding Scene

"Oh gosh, skateboarding and Mendocino County... For the most part, especially back in the '80s, there was a definite love-hate relationship between kids, adults, police and city council folk in the three major towns: Willits, Ukiah and Fort Bragg."

How the Death of Fifteen Firefighters in the Mendocino National Forest Sowed the Seeds of Today’s Firefighting Aircrafts

“The important thing about the original air tanker operation was its enthusiasm. The conviction that “this idea will work” spread from the dozen or so pilots to the Forest Service and state people, who call the pilots back, again and again, to help put out fires all over the state."

‘Defend Against All Enemies’: When Nativism and Moral Panic Fueled the Rise of the Ku Klux Klan in Mendocino County

The 1920s would see hundreds of Mendocino County residents don white robes, attend initiation ceremonies, and gaze upon burning crosses glowing in the hills above Willits, Ukiah, Fort Bragg, and other areas. 

Ukiah Cops, Point Arena Coasties, and a County Supervisor Recount Witnessing UFOs Above Mendocino County— MendoThrowback

Coast Guard Seaman Brad Roddy based at the Coast Guard Lighthouse Station in Point Arena claimed to see an object that "had a red-body light with a whitish light or glow on one end" and watched a "weird cloud formation" form around it.

Community

If You Value What We Do, Please Consider a Monthly Donation to MendoFever

As the Bell Fire grew this afternoon, we had over 500 readers on our website at once. If each of those readers donated just $5/month, we'd have the funds to pay for more, deeper coverage of this place we call home.

Get Your Voice Heard This Saturday at Fort Bragg’s Quarterly Downtown Community Meeting

"This is a great opportunity to join the conversation and participate in downtown revitalization efforts, such as walking tours, murals, and learn about City Council’s recent water/sewer capacity fee waiver, and more!"

You Can Help Preserve a Pristine and Publicly Accessible Stretch of the Mendocino Coast—Consider Donating

"Your contributions to the nonprofit Westport Village Society will support preserving this pristine 26-acre oceanfront parcel at the west end of Branscomb Road in its natural condition, accessible for all to enjoy."

Help MendoFever Cultivate Our Team of Reporters So They Can Tell the Stories That Need Telling

MendoFever, Mendocino County's very own newsroom, is growing. Help us cultivate a robust newsroom. Make a monthly donation. Advertise with us. Review us on Facebook. Share our stories. Recommend us to your family and friends. When you support MendoFever, you support Mendocino County.

Have What It Takes to be a Radio DJ? Attend KZYX’s New Programmer Training and Orientation on July 9

"KZYX is always looking for new programmers who have a passion for music or a different point of view."

Over One Thousand Children Have Enjoyed Field Trips to Point Cabrillo This Year

"2022 has been an incredible year for field trips at Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park, a welcome comeback since COVID shut down group outings in March of 2020."