AM News for Monday, 10.14.13
A 72-year-old hunter survived 18 days in the Mendocino
National Forest by eating squirrels, lizards, a snake
and berries before being found by other hunters in
the Yuki Wilderness who made a stretcher out of their jackets and poles and carried him up the hill. They
called 911 who got their GPS coordinates and notified a second full rescue attempt that was in force nearby, led by the Mendocino Sheriff's Office with assistance from Marin, Lake, Bay Area Mountain Rescue,
California Rescue Dog Association, Monterey county and US Forest Service Law Enforcement.
A four day search for Gene Pendaflor Sept 26 had to be called off because of rain with no
clues to his location.
The terrain in the area is so difficult to navigate that it's classified as "types one and two," "very steep, rocky and treacherous," and as being prone to runoffs.
After Penaflor fell and lost consciousness, he woke to find fog surrounding him and a cut on his chin, and, he opted to stay near a water source. He built a fire
and set up a makeshift shelter of leaves underneath
and above him for warmth. When he saw a helicopter.he put damp leaves on his fire to send a smoke signal, but the helicopter's crew didn't see him. He later
told his friends and family that he didn't have enough energy to hike back up."
He survived by conserving what food he could kill
and cook, keeping his nighttime fire's embers hot
under leaves during the day, conserving bullets and staying hydrated.
The medical staff at UVMC reported Penaflor's vital signs were good, according to his son, Jeremy.
Tuesday, the Fort Bragg City Council will discuss a
potential polystyrene ban within city limits. Staff will
provide a report and recommendation from the
Public Works committee.
Like plastic bags, these containers are easily carried by wind and water and, because the material is not
biodegradable, the material can result in visual blight as well as impacts on human health and the
environment," say staff reports. "In California, 70
jurisdictions have enacted ordinances banning
polystyrene foam restaurant takeout ware.
Biodegradable alternatives are readily available and many restaurants, fast-food outlets, coffee houses, and markets have
voluntarily replaced polystyrene takeout ware with
At Noon, Tuesday, Mendocino Mental Health
Services is holding a Community Planning Meeting in Fort
Bragg at the Mendocino Coast Hospitality Center, 474 South Franklin Street. Members of the public are
encouraged to attend the meeting to provide
suggestions, ideas and feedback on a possible
Innovative Mental Health program to meet the needs
for the whole County.
California water quality regulators will soon begin
inspecting illegal marijuana growing operations in
the Central Valley and Sierra Nevada, reversing an
earlier ban intended to protect employees.
The Central Valley Water Board directed staff to begin cooperating with other agencies to inspect marijuana grows, which have emerged as a major source of
environmental damage in many rural counties.
The board and its staff are charged with protecting
streams and groundwater in the state’s vast interior,
encompassing 37 counties and 40 percent of
California’s land area.
In addition to conducting inspections during law
enforcement visits to marijuana farms, the water
board will lay down civil penalties against property
owners who break pollution laws.
In other words, marijuana growers for the first time will be treated just like other farmers that pollute water
Some growers welcome additional state involvement as another step to legitimacy, said Robert MacKenzie, attorney for the Western Plant Science Association, a Chico based group that supports medical marijuana growers.