AM News for Monday, 10.28.13
According to an article in the Willits Weekly bylined by Mike A'Dair, Mendocino County was largely in compliance with CEQA when it approved expansion plans for the Harris Quarry, Superior Court Judge
Cindy Mayfield has ruled. However Keep The Code,
the group opposed to the expansion was ruled to be
correct on two of the twenty points on which they
sued the county.
This all means that while the project remains
certified, the project is no longer approved.
County counsel Tom Parker noted that Northern Aggregates will have to be re-approved.
Judge Mayfield ruled that two areas needed
additional work: examining alternatives to the intent
to keep the plant open 100 night a year and reviewing alternatives to making the asphalt plant permanent.
Keep the Code's Bob Whitney said his group was
disappointed that the Judge did not require an
entirely new environmental review for the portion of
the board's approval that will effect the entire county.
CalTrans project managers are scrambling after the
lowest mitigation bid for the Willits bypass project came back at three times their $12.7 Million estimate.
The lowest bid of the three, offered by DeSilva Gates, came in at $39.3 million.
The mitigation project bid package included
mitigation planting, erosion control, earthwork and
fencing for an expected 2,000 work days. The bid
opening date was put off until Oct. 22 after CalTrans received a significant level of negative feedback on
Aug. 16 from the Army Corps of Engineers and again on Sept. 6 from the Regional Water Quality Board
and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Some of the feedback concerned prior missed
deadlines; grazing practices; incomplete, missing or
incorrect plans and drawings; issues over the
conservation easements and endowments; issues associated with stream maintenance; use of herbicides: failure to include the new Willits sewer plant in
plans; the role of irrigation; and frequent
contradictions between the actions required on
certain parcels by different parts of the plan and no
long term contract to ensure availability of grazing
A twenty four year old man being sought for the
stabbing death of his mother in Springfield, Ore., was traced to his father's Brooktrails home and arrested earlier this week.
Sean Kelley, 24, was apprehended at a Primrose
Drive residence, after Mendocino sheriff's deputies
were alerted to his presence there and to an
outstanding, no-bail warrant for his arrest.
Kelley, who has a history of mental health issues,
had been quickly identified as a suspect in his
mother's death which occurred two weeks after
Kelley had been arrested and released for threatening his mother with a knife.
The mother's car was found abandoned near
Greenville in Plumas county, where Kelley's bother
lives. Detectives learned from him that Kelley had
gotten a ride to his dad's house.
Police from Springfield drove down to pick him up
and by Thursday already had him in their local jail.
Fifty local veterans returned Sunday afternoon from a North Coast Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. to see the memorials that were created in their honor. The
trip was a project of South Ukiah Rotary.The veterans returned to surprise Welcome Home Rallies.
Mendocino Veterans' Welcome Home rally was at
the Redwood Empire Fairgrounds' . Jim Sligh, project chairman, said "We owe a debt of
gratitude to these heroes for all that they have endured on our behalf. It is important that they were able to see the national monuments that honor those who
never made it home from war. "
Stay tuned for Wildoak Living@ 9:00 AM when
Johanna talks with Daniel Richter of the Citizen’s Climate Lobby about how climate change is impacting the world's oceans and life on earth.