AM News for Monday, 12.02.13
The NWS predicts that a cold front will move into the area Monday evening with a slight chance of rain and snow. Snow levels will fall Monday night and drop to around 2,000 feet on Tuesday, bringing a possibility for snow showers over the ridges and major mountain passes. Much colder temperatures are expected Tuesday through at least Thursday as cold and frigid weather conditions set in.
One thing looks certain next week. It will get colder. Overall it looks dry and cold for at least a week. And there will be a dramatic decrease in temperatures next week.”
TIFFANY REVELLE of the UDJ reports that Potter Valley's 12 foot redwood cowboy statue was back in time for the holiday, greeting visitors on East and Mid Mountain roads after a resident found it near the rodeo arena on Main Street.
Sculptor Noel Hale had last seen the cowboy Sunday afternoon, lying on its side after gale-force winds had knocked the 400-pound statue from its pedestal. When a family member went back with a backhoe Monday to retrieve the sculpture for repairs, it was gone.
The statue was caved in 1987 in the likeness of Harry Runnings, who was known for riding horses no one else could break .
"His hat was a little bit tweaked, but he still looks like a good cowboy," Carol Hale said.
The Mendocino Sheriff's Office and the Hales have no idea what happened to the cowboy or how he got to the northeast corner of the rodeo grounds, just outside the arena. "What I have to say is, Yahoo! It's back; we got a reason to celebrate," said Mendocino Supervisor Carre Brown, who lives in Potter Valley.
KZYX's John Sakowitz reminds us that former county CAO Al Beltrami's memorial service will be Dec. 7 @ 11:00 @ Eversole's.
At least five more hurdles need to be cleared before a Costco store could begin construction on Airport Park Boulevard in Ukiah.
At the Ukiah City Council on Dec. 4, three items related to the project will be considered, including its Environmental Impact Report.
The council will first hold a public hearing on the EIR, then take public comments on what is known as a Statement of Overriding Considerations. Since the project's EIR found it will have "significant and unavoidable impacts," for example causing more traffic congestion in the area, the council must find that the project's benefits will outweigh its negatives.
If the Statement of Overriding Considerations is passed, the council will then introduce an ordinance approving a zoning change for the property Costco is looking to build on to retail/commercial from light industrial.
Then one more item will go before the Planning Commission at their Dec. 11 meeting., which is the Site Development Permit for the project. The ordinance changing the zoning would return to the council, likely at its Dec. 18 meeting, then take effect 30 days later if adopted.
The council is scheduled to hold a public hearing on all the items related to the Costco project beginning at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday in the council chambers at 300 Seminary Ave.
Saturday, December 7, from 10 am to 3 pm, the Grace Hudson Museum will host its annual Holiday Open House, complete with crafts fair, music, Santa Claus and refreshments. Local artisans displaying at the crafts fair include Wax and Bing Pottery, McFadden Farms, Mendocino Textiles, Happy Woman Jewelry and Whispering Winds nursery. Puppet shows and music by the Ukiah Valley Madrigal Singers round out the entertainment.
The current exhibition, "Frank Lloyd Wright: Architecture of the Interior," is available for free viewing, and revelers can go on to the ceremonial lighting of the Christmas tree in downtown Ukiah that evening. For more information call 467-2836.