AM News for Friday, 11.01.13
St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake has announced the
completion of phase two of the transformation of its
emergency department, with all the upgraded
facilities and services now available.
With an emphasis on faster access to top-quality care, the new emergency department is ready to fully serve the community, the hospital reported
Improvements include the addition of 4,100 square
feet, 12 private patient care rooms including two
equipped for trauma care, new entrances and waiting areas, cutting-edge equipment and support systems upgrades.
The enhanced emergency department also provides
increased patient care staff, and has upgraded
laboratory and other services.
The Buddy Eller homeless shelter in Ukiah may have to close during the summer months if a $120,000
shortfall isn't filled, according to Director Jacqueline Williams. The center lost roughly half of its budget
because it didn't provide enough counseling services to satisfy Federal officials, although it had regularly
received funding in the past.
Friday at an open house, Ms Williams highlighted the shelter's services, including beds for those
recovering from drug and alcohol addiction, beds for
the mentally ill, help with job training in its gardens
and kitchen and access to stable housing.
Part of the problem is that the shelter no longer
provides services for those with mental illnesses,
making Ukiah's shelter less competitive in a world
where it needed more of an edge to vie nationally for a shrinking pot of federal dollars.
The grant matched local funding for the shelter for up to $230,000 annually. The local funding comes from
the Mendocino Department of Social Services has
steadily declined to $117,000, where it's been for the past two fiscal years.
For more information or to contribute, call Janette
Wright , 462-6290, or Debi Smith, 462-1934. Thanks to Tiffany Revelle at the UDJ.
Arcata residents who use an excessive amount of
electricity can expect to see a spike in their
November utility bill because Arcata's 'grow tax' has been implemented by PG&E.
The measure assesses a 45 percent tax on 'residences that use more than 600 percent of the 'energy baseline -- or the energy used to power three average homes -- energy consumption not uncommon to indoor marijuana grows.
Customers whose bills exceed $720 in the winter
with gas heat, or $1,728 in the winter with electric
heat will be affected.
The fee will be collected by PG&E, and the projected $1 million in revenue will be put in the city's general
fund, according to a staff report. The measure was
drafted after the city learned its residential electricity use from 2000 to 2006 increased by 30 percent. Of
the 9,500 residential meters in Arcata, 1,262
exceeded 300 percent of the baseline, and 633
exceeded the 600 percent mark.
The city expects to receive revenue from the tax in
California’s annual Dungeness crab sport fishery
opens statewide this Saturday, Nov. 2.
“Crab populations appear to be strong coming off
another record-setting year in the commercial fishery,” said
California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Senior Scientist Pete Kalvass. “However, crab in
local areas of northern California above Cape
Mendocino may be somewhat underweight for the
first few weeks of the season due to a late molt.”
There is no limit to the number of pots or nets that
can be fished recreationally, except when fishing
from a public fishing pier where only two pots may be used.
Recreational crabbers may kep up to 10 Dungeness crabs per day of either sex, or six crabs if fishing
from a party boat south of Mendocino County.
No Dungeness crab may be taken from San
Francisco or San Pablo bays, which are important
crab nursery areas.
The recreational size limit for Dungeness crab is five and three-quarter inches measured across the shell, directly in front of and excluding the lateral spines.
Dungeness crabs generally prefer cooler northern
and central California waters and are uncommon
south of Point Conception.
Tonight, the Environmental Protection Information
Center (EPIC) is throwing it's 36th birthday party with the annual EPIC Fall Celebration at the Mateel
Community Center, in Redway, California.
The EPIC Fall Celebration is one of the cornerstone
fundraising and community outreach events for EPIC. The doors will open at 6 PM for cocktails and dinner at 6:30 PM, followed by the evening program starting at 7:30 PM. At 9 PM music follows.