AM News for Monday, 10.7.13
Because of the federal government shutdown, the
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recreational facilities in California closed Sunday, including the Lake
Sonoma and Lake Mendocino. All campers must exit these facilities by Monday at 9 a.m. No hiking, day-use areas, visitor centers, restrooms, or special
events will be open or available.
Lake Sonoma Marina is a concessionaire and will
continue to operate.
The Bay Model Visitor Center has already closed.
The Corps will continue its critical operations:
Warm Springs and Coyote Valley dam operators will still manage operations to reduce flood risk.
Security patrols will continue to protect federal
The Don Clausen Fish Hatchery will operate to
protect the endangered Coho and threatened
Steelhead Salmon.The District will continue to
remove debris from the San Francisco Bay federal
channels that threatens cargo vessels, shipping lanes, port operations and commuter vessels.
Two new candidates have entered into the Third
Supervisorial race, bringing the total to five.
Clay Romero, a self-employed mechanic and "conservative Christian,"
favors "the creation of wealth through businesses that offer manufacturing, farming and any other business
that produces a physical product." He is also believes law enforcement is a priority, supports the Willits bypass, the Brooktrails second access, building a
bigger water supply, and smaller local government.
He also calls himself "passionate about gun rights and home schooling."
The AVA reports that Romero was arrested October 10th, 2008 “on suspicion of inflicting cruel or inhuman punishment upon a child resulting in visible injury.”
According to the Willits Weekly, Mike Tobin, a 17
year Mendocino Deputy Sheriff, now retired, is also in the race. He co-founded - along with then Sheriff John Tusco - the
Mendocino Youth Activities League in 1996. He is
also co-owner of Body Works Gym where he teaches free
classes in karate to community youth. He favors
bringing new businesses to the county to add to the
tax base, and improve the economy.
The State Department of Toxic Substances says they are closing in on a final cleanup plan for the
remaining portions of Fort Bragg's former Georgia
Pacific mill site. Tom Lanphar, DTSC project manager , said the central mill pond and low-lying powerhouse area are still considered to be "areas of concern." However, the majority of the site has been cleaned to state standards and is considered
ready for reuse.
The completion of a remedial investigation of the mill pond area is a major accomplishment.
"The investigation identified metals and dioxin
contamination on several of the mill ponds,". "Metals, dioxin, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, and
petroleum hydrocarbons were found in soils."
GP, which is required to clean up the site, employs
Arcadis environmental consultants to conduct
environmental studies and draft a work plan. DTSC
then examines their data and either approves the
work plan or directs them to provide more information.
A cleanup feasibility study will be done and made public.
A public review period will also occur and notice will be given.
A California Environmental Quality Act review will also occur and the City Council will have final approval
authority for the cleanup plan and zoning.
Every document related to the site's cleanup can be
found on the DTSC Envirostor database at
www.envirostor.dtsc.ca.gov/public/ by using
Fort Bragg, CA as a search term and Georgia Pacific Corporation in the lower left corner.
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California and discuss the just passed CA SB4
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