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[UPDATE: Major Injury] Medevac En Route to Mendocino National Forest After Truck Slides Off Remote Roadway

Initial reports indicated the vehicle was occupied by a single male who was located lying on the side of the roadway. The nature of the man's injuries is unknown at this time.

Major Injuries After Vehicle Collides with Bicyclist in Lake County

When Lake County Sheriff's Office deputies arrived on the scene, they found the cyclist suffered major injuries and requested an ambulance to transport the subject to a nearby hospital.

Salmon Fishery Monitoring Commences as the Recreational Ocean Salmon Season Begins

"Every year, CDFW staff and affiliated contract employees monitor marine docks and launch ramps to observe and sample salmon brought ashore by private recreational boats and charter vessels."

Lake County Public Health Offers Best Practices for Families Weathering the Baby Formula Shortage

"There are few things that worry a parent more than their child’s health and safety. Sadly, many parents and caregivers across the nation, including in Lake County, are feeling concerned and anxious about their options for safely feeding their children."

Women Farmers Bring Spirit and Ethics to the Garden: Sister Moon Farm Celebrates the Cottage Garden

“I’d come up seasonally when my parents were growing and help out during harvest season. My parents became ready to move on and we were trying to figure out a place to start a home and a family. We decided to make a go of it here in Potter Valley."

Keeping Scotts Dam, Four New Wells, Ag Users Billed Even Though They Won’t Get Water— Highlights from This Week’s Redwood Valley Water District Meeting

"Congressman Jared Huffman has stated that he believes there will be enough water in the Eel River to meet the demands of Potter Valley and diversions into Lake Mendocino. The District disagrees and is in favor of keeping Scott Dam in place."

Major Damage Traffic Accident Near Hopland After Truck Rolls Off Roadway

First responders successfully extricated the female driver outside of the vehicle and she was taken Code 2 to the hospital, meaning no sirens were used which usually indicates no emergency medical interventions were necessary.

[UPDATE]Small Structure Fire Inside Family Home on Fort Bragg’s South Franklin Street

When arriving at the scene, the Incident Commander confirmed the location was a family residence and there was a "small fire" burning inside the building.

Owens Fire Update: 60% Contained, Dry and Windy Conditions Making Spot Fires Possible

The cause of the 36 acre Owens Fire, according to CALFIRE, is still "under investigation."

Domestic Argument Preceded Last Night’s Murder/Suicide South of Ukiah, Says MCSO

Initial scene investigations showed evidence of a murder/suicide wherein the husband killed the wife with use of a shotgun before committing suicide with the same firearm.
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Crime

MCSO Asks for the Public’s Assistance: Do You Recognize These Ukiah Burglary Suspects?

"Anyone with information that could assist Deputies is urged to contact the Sheriff's Office Dispatch Center by calling 707-463-4086."

CHP: High-Speed Near Ukiah Pursuit Leads to Arrest of Bay Area Man for Evasion and Meth Possession

"Mendoza-Gonzaga informed the Officer that he did not have a driver's license. When the Officer asked for the ignition keys to the Hyundai, Mendoza-Gonzaga sped away from the traffic stop on US-101 S/B."

Two Dead After Man Reportedly Shoots Woman Then Himself on Burke Hill Drive South of Ukiah

Multiple law enforcement agencies are responding and medical units are being told to stage until law enforcement has cleared the scene.

Masked Suspects Fire Handguns During Armed Robbery in Cloverdale

The vehicle associated with the armed robbery is a silver Honda sedan with tinted windows possibly headed to Yorkville via State Route 128. There are reportedly four individuals in the vehicle who are all possibly armed.

Convicted Murderer Wanted in Washington State For Kidnapping and Assault Caught in Mendocino County

Little did deputies know, the driver who drove away and led Mendocino County lawmen on a twelve-mile vehicle pursuit was Waldrop, the convicted murderer who had allegedly assaulted and kidnapped his girlfriend just days before.

Allegations of a Cover-Up After Son of a Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Faces Child Porn Charges—Sheriff Speaks Out

Mendocino County Sheriff Matt Kendall sat down with us to address accusations of a cover-up and discuss the realities he faces of “doing what is right” when investigating one of his own.

18-Year-Old Yorkville Man and Three Juveniles Arrested for Last Night’s Cloverdale Armed Robbery

"Based on the evidence seized, Cloverdale Police arrested Angel Marron and one juvenile for attempted murder, armed robbery, possession of a firearm with no serial number, and assault with a deadly weapon."

Deputies Arrest 18-Year-Old Ukiah Woman for Alleged Domestic Abuse of 56-Year-Old Man, Says MCSO

"During the altercation Silva ripped the adult male's shirt off of him and hit him several times, causing injuries."

Fire

[UPDATE]Small Structure Fire Inside Family Home on Fort Bragg’s South Franklin Street

When arriving at the scene, the Incident Commander confirmed the location was a family residence and there was a "small fire" burning inside the building.

Owens Fire Update: 60% Contained, Dry and Windy Conditions Making Spot Fires Possible

The cause of the 36 acre Owens Fire, according to CALFIRE, is still "under investigation."

Owens Fire Near Point Arena Stands at 36 Acres at 20% Containment

A CALFIRE Incident Update indicates that despite gusty winds yesterday, firefighters were able to halt the wildfire's forward progress. Last night, the goal for fire resources was strengthening containment lines and mopping up. 

University of California, Irvine Research Recommends Extending California’s Prescribed Burning Season

“Prescribed burns can help alleviate this problem, but only if they’re done with adequate frequency and over a large enough territory in the places where they are needed.”

[UPDATE: Forward Progress Stopped] Lake County RV Fire Spreads to Nearby Vegetation

The Incident Commander reported the RV is fully involved with spread into the nearby vegetation. Initial reports described the fire as burning at a moderate rate of spread.

Roads

Single Vehicle Overturns on North End of the Willits Bypass

The Incident Commander is reporting that there are two "walking wounded" parties, which means they sustained injuries but not to the degree that their mobility was compromised.

[UPDATE]Vegetation Fire Flares Up After Vehicles Collide Near the Intersection of Hwy 101 and Ukiah’s Talmage Road

The vehicles ended up in the center divider tangled in wire where the Incident Commander is reporting a 20'x50' grass fire lit up as a result.

Major Injuries After Vehicle Collides with Bicyclist in Lake County

When Lake County Sheriff's Office deputies arrived on the scene, they found the cyclist suffered major injuries and requested an ambulance to transport the subject to a nearby hospital.

Major Damage Traffic Accident Near Hopland After Truck Rolls Off Roadway

First responders successfully extricated the female driver outside of the vehicle and she was taken Code 2 to the hospital, meaning no sirens were used which usually indicates no emergency medical interventions were necessary.

Single Vehicle Traffic Accident Near Hendy Woods

The eastbound lane of the roadway is reportedly blocked as a result of the accident and the vehicle has major front-end damage.

Early Morning Single-Vehicle Accident Near Ukiah Results in Major Injury

The accident resulted in a single patient suffering an open leg fracture.

[UPDATE: Major Injury] Medevac En Route to Mendocino National Forest After Truck Slides Off Remote Roadway

Initial reports indicated the vehicle was occupied by a single male who was located lying on the side of the roadway. The nature of the man's injuries is unknown at this time.

Government

Frustrated Cannabis Growers, COVID-19 Returns, Halting PG&E’s Vegetation Management— Highlights from Tuesday’s Mendocino’s Board of Supervisors Meeting

The Board of Supervisors heard Tuesday morning from museum supporters, frustrated cannabis growers, the public health officer, and supporters of a letter asking that PG&E halt its enhanced vegetation management program until it provides more information.

Congressman Huffman Supports Water Resources Development Act, Celebrates Win for Northern California

"“Making smart investments in water infrastructure and modernizing the Army Corps’ work at our ports, harbors, reservoirs, and waterways is necessary for bolstering our economy and protecting communities from the increasing threats of climate change."

Mendocino County 3rd District Supervisor and Superintendent of Schools Candidates Talk Issues at the Little Lake Grange

Candidates for Mendocino County 3rd District Supervisor and the County Superintendent of Schools met this last Sunday at the Little Lake Grange in Willits to answer questions and share their visions of Mendocino County's future.

Over $1 Million Will Be Distributed to North Coast Tribes for ‘Preservation of Tribal Sites and Cultural Traditions’

“Thanks to the investments made by Congress in this year’s funding bill, over a million dollars is heading their way to preserve places of cultural significance, ensuring America’s diverse history is protected and celebrated.”

3rd District Supervisor John Haschak’s Monthly Update: Elections, Debates, and Getting Out to Vote

"Exciting times with the June 7 primary approaching."

COVID-19

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.

Letter Writer Asks How Adventist Health Could Let the Medical Establishment ‘Control Us Like Cattle’

"The medical establishment, of which you are a part, has become a de facto enforcement agency for erroneous and deceitful public policy, decreed by arrogant and hypocritical autocrats and authoritarians from all levels of bureaucracy."

Ukiah Hospital Pharmacist Implicated in COVID-19 Vaccination Fraud

The DOJ states the Ukiah woman used “her position as the Director of Pharmacy at a northern California hospital to obtain real lot numbers for the Moderna vaccine that were then used to falsify COVID-19 vaccination record cards.”

Mendocino Health Officer Clarifies: California Isolation Order for COVID Positive Patients Remains in Effect

“I am rescinding the local Orders and deferring to CDPH guidance around quarantine and isolation requirements in Mendocino County,” said Public Health Officer Dr. Andy Coren.

Mendocino County Health Officer Ends Local Quarantine and Isolation Orders

“I am rescinding the local Quarantine Order in order to align with CDPH guidance and reduce confusion around quarantine requirements in Mendocino County,” said Public Health Officer Dr. Andy Coren.

Weather

Utilities

[UPDATE: Restored]11,000 PG&E Customers Without Power on the Mendocino County Coast

The map separates the massive outage into two portions, one ranging from Fort Bragg north to Rockport and the other Fort Bragg south to Little River. It is unknown if this extensive outage is caused by the same disruption or two separate ones.

PG&E Cuts Down Trees Within the Jackson Demonstration State Forest Then Sells That Lumber

Kevin Conway, the manager for CalFire’s demonstration state forest program, expects the sale of the lumber to bring about $140,000 to the forest. He said the timber is about half redwood and half mixed conifer.

City of Fort Bragg Works to Combat Odors at Wastewater Treatment Plant

"The City has continued treating the biosolids with a number of products to reduce the volume and combat odor. This week we have been able to remove and transport some the biosolids which have caused more odor than usual on the Coastal Trail and surrounding areas.

Comcast Contractor Responsible for Two Separate Fiber Optic Mishaps on Mendocino County’s Coast

Supervisor Williams said he is working to get the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services involved and is attempting to get more information on the specific contractor responsible for the mishaps.

Telephone and Internet Services Coming Back Online Throughout Mendocino County

Supervisor William had this to say about the supports that emerged to reconnect Mendocino County: "Solid crews, but we deserve a more robust response."

Cannabis

Drought

Congressman Huffman Supports Water Resources Development Act, Celebrates Win for Northern California

"“Making smart investments in water infrastructure and modernizing the Army Corps’ work at our ports, harbors, reservoirs, and waterways is necessary for bolstering our economy and protecting communities from the increasing threats of climate change."

U.S Small Business Administration Declares Mendocino County a Disaster Area Due to Drought Conditions

"As a result of this declaration, Mendocino County agricultural producers can apply to the USDA Farm Service Agency’s Emergency Loan Program. "

California Considering Re-adopting Water Rights Curtailment on Russian River Due to Drought

"The current emergency regulation is set to expire in July 2022. However, due to ongoing drought conditions, the Division is proposing to extend the emergency regulation an additional year.

Mendocino National Forest April Snow Survey ‘Disappointing But Not Unexpected’ After a Dry, Warm Winter

"Below average rain and snowpack measurements across the state indicate a third consecutive year of drought, according to the California Department of Water Resources."

Sonoma Water Inflates Russian River Supply Dam After Lack of Rain Increases Demand

"A lack of measurable rainfall in January and February and warm temperatures have increased water demands earlier than usual and river flows remain relatively low."
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Readers' Thoughts

MendoMoments

The Birds and the Bees: Mating Time on the Coast— Dispatch from Mendonoma

"Birds do it, bees do it, and apparently if you are lucky, you might see butterflies doing it."

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: A Barn Owl in the Backyard

In the shifting light of early evening, my wife and I peered upward into our backyard redwood tree and caught a glimpse of a slumbering Barn Owl.

MendoMoments: Soaking Feet in a Cool Creek

Cheryl Johnson went walking with a neighbor kid this last February at Ukiah's Low Gap Park. Johnson told us the neighbor kid "was so excited that she ran into the creek with her shoes on."

MendoMoments: Why Is That Newt So Dang Happy? Because His Human Bro Brought Him Back to Life

Sometimes, all we need is a simple story of someone helping another.

Mendonoma

The Rare Mendocino Coast Paintbrush in Bloom— A Dispatch from Mendonoma

"This native wildflower is considered rare, and it's a treat to see it."

The Birds and the Bees: Mating Time on the Coast— Dispatch from Mendonoma

"Birds do it, bees do it, and apparently if you are lucky, you might see butterflies doing it."

MendoFever Partners with Mendonoma Sightings to Bring the Wilds of Our Coast to Our Readers

"Jeanne Jackson has written a book, contributed a regular column to the Independent Coast Observer, and manages a Facebook page all of which are dedicated to documenting the wildlife and natural settings unique to the Mendonoma Coast"

A Coyote Sighted Near Sea Ranch Strolling Along Highway 1— Dispatch from Mendonoma

"We don't see Coyotes often on the coast, but one occasionally appears."

A Sunset Suffuses the Gualala River in Pinks and Purples— A Dispatch from Mendonoma

"Sometimes you can hardly believe your eyes when you see the magnificence of a coast sunset!"

Op-Ed/Letter to the Editor

Former Mendocino Supervisor Concerned Recent Draft of Cannabis Regulations Will ‘Undermine Existing Neighborhood Protections’

"In place of 100 square feet grown indoors with setbacks from property lines and residences, anyone who can claim 2 exemptions will now be able to grow 12 plants of any size (some "plants" exceed 15' in height and 150 square feet of canopy) outdoors right under someone's bedroom window."

President of Mendocino Railway Criticizes the City of Fort Bragg’s Proposed Purchase of the Mill Site South

"We urge the citizens of Fort Bragg to stand up and say no to the officials who look to mortgage our towns future simply to fuel a war against the Skunk Train."

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."

County Resident Argues Phase 3 of Cannabis Expansion Will Provide Jobs Giving Way to the ‘Return of the Middle Class’

"Cannabis expansion will give way to the return of the middle class. We will have the ability to provide jobs for people who otherwise may be working for minimum wage, struggling to survive and support their families. People will no longer have to make the tough to decisions to continue living minimally or relocating elsewhere to raise their families. People will have the ability to work as trimmers, farm laborers, lab technicians, agricultural specialists."

Letter to the Editor: Potter Valley Pine Tree That Bald Eagles Nest Within Slated to be Cut Down Tomorrow

"What can the public do if they are concerned? Call the Department of Fish & Wildlife and/or Pacific Gas & Electric and ask about the tree slated to be cut which holds an active bald eagle nest, just days before early nesting season officially begins in California."

Police Logs

Education

Letter to the Editor: ‘Anderson Valley Unified School District had a Series of Problems Due to the Poor Leadership of Michelle Hutchins’

"Schools in Mendocino County need and deserve to have a County Superintendent with a proven track record of successful leadership. Nicole Glentzer is the only candidate who has a record of providing this sort of leadership."

Mendocino County 3rd District Supervisor and Superintendent of Schools Candidates Talk Issues at the Little Lake Grange

Candidates for Mendocino County 3rd District Supervisor and the County Superintendent of Schools met this last Sunday at the Little Lake Grange in Willits to answer questions and share their visions of Mendocino County's future.

Mendocino County Office of Education’s Employee Union Endorses Nicole Glentzer for Superintendent

"The courage these employees have to come together to support Nicole Glentzer is amazing! Our Mendocino County Office of Education employees are hard-working champions for students who have now publicly endorsed Nicole Glentzer."

Mendocino County Office of Education Board Member Endorses Michelle Hutchins for Superintendent

"The pandemic was a true test of our public leaders, and our Superintendent pulled through with grace, compassion,  strength, and intelligence."

Former Anderson Valley High School Teacher Endorses Michelle Hutchins for Mendocino County Office of Education Superintendent

"The strengths Michelle demonstrated as principal, combined with her several years of experience as superintendent, make her the best candidate for the position."

Ukiah Unified Superintendent Deb Kubin Endorses Nicole Glentzer for Superintendent of Mendocino County Office of Education

"We live in a divided world. Now, more than ever, Mendocino County schools need a leader who is capable of bringing us together to help solve tough issues. Nicole Glentzer is that leader."

Environment

Salmon Fishery Monitoring Commences as the Recreational Ocean Salmon Season Begins

"Every year, CDFW staff and affiliated contract employees monitor marine docks and launch ramps to observe and sample salmon brought ashore by private recreational boats and charter vessels."

Fish and Wildlife Investigating Possible Mountain Lion Attack In Trinity County

"Those in the area should be aware that CDFW’s Law Enforcement Division is working with allied agency partners to trap the offending mountain lion and will further evaluate the situation if it is caught."

A Rare, Beaked Whale Washes Up Dead on the Mendocino Coast

“To have one wash ashore is very unusual.”

PG&E Cuts Down Trees Within the Jackson Demonstration State Forest Then Sells That Lumber

Kevin Conway, the manager for CalFire’s demonstration state forest program, expects the sale of the lumber to bring about $140,000 to the forest. He said the timber is about half redwood and half mixed conifer.

Forest Service issues Draft Decision for North Shore Project Finding ‘No Significant Impact’ on the Environment

"The purpose of the project is to improve community wildfire safety by reducing fuels within the wildland urban interface while also restoring and reforesting burned areas from the 2018 Ranch Fire."

Letter to the Editor: Ukiah Resident Concerned About Development in Ukiah’s Western Hills

"I wonder what motivates the City to allow construction in the highest fire severity zone in the city and county, and allow yet more disruption of wildlife habitat?"

State Agencies Partner To Support Salmon Populations While Supplying Water To Millions Of Californians

"The state has embarked on dozens of projects to ensure the success of California’s salmon populations."

Mussel Quarantine in Effect Through October to Protect Public from Toxins

"Paralytic shellfish poisoning affects the human central nervous system producing a tingling sensation around the mouth and fingertips within a few minutes to a few hours after eating toxic shellfish."

Endangered California Salmon Returned to Safer Waters After More Than a Century

"These efforts are also part of a longer term recovery effort underway to address climate change and provide greater resilience for salmon by expanding access to important habitat and landscapes."

As It Gets Warmer, Consider Safety When Cyanobacteria and Harmful Algal Blooms are Present

"Symptoms of exposure to cyanotoxins include rashes, hives, diarrhea, vomiting, coughing, or wheezing. More severe symptoms may result from longer or greater amounts of exposure"

mendohistory

‘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.

How Prohibition Led to the Incorporation of Point Arena

But since the town’s economy depended heavily on booze — there were at various times in those days between 9 and 14 saloons in the small town — it’s pretty obvious that Point Arena’s booze lobby was the primary motivation for the drive to incorporate.

Jury Finds Willits Housewife Guilty of 2nd Degree Murder After Gunning Down Her Husband—MendoThrowback

The trial took only three days and the housewife's defense attorney John Golden argued that Yokum's firing of a gun at her husband was the result of multiple occasions of physical and emotional abuse.

Search Underway for San Quentin Escapees on the Mendocino Coast—MendoThrowback

Mendocino lawmen hatched a plan to deploy a force of deputies, some on horseback, to scour the land while planes commanded the skies to capture the convicts who dared seek shelter in the wilds of Mendocino County.

Community

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."

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."

Community Foundation Stands United With Native American Leaders to End Humanitarian Crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous People

"These are our girls, our friends, our community. Their absence is devastating to us all. Today, and every day until it is no more, we are called to face the crisis that is Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons. We can do something to end this now.”

The Miller Report: Lessons Learned, Opportunities for Improvement

"I’m also happy to report that thanks to our community’s help, we now know the issues they are facing and we have since implemented a plan to address them."

Mendocino County Museum’s Book Group Announces Spring and Summer Selections

"Book group meetings will continue to be held virtually to connect with members throughout the county."

Portraits for Pets: Humane Society of Inland Mendocino Captures the Spirit of Fur Babies for a Simple Donation

Submit a donation of $25.00 or more, and you will soon see a local artist's rendition of your furbaby arrive in your email.