AM News for Tuesday, 11.05.13
The Mendocino Coast District board of directors has approved the purchase of a new ambulance based
on a 2013 Mercedes Benz chassis.
Wayne Allen, Mendocino Hospital interim CEO, said
the old ambulance spends too much time in the
garage for repairs. The total for the new ambulance
is about $92,000.
Funding for the new ambulance is coming from the
Mendocino Coast Hospital Foundation which raised
$116,000 for the new ambulance at this year's
None of the funds for the new ambulance will come out of the hospital's finances.
The board adjusted the dates of their meetings during the holidays to Dec. 5, Jan. 2 and Jan. 30.
Ukiah Police Chief Chris Dewey told the City Council at a meeting last week that "We are not providing the level of safety to the community that we should' and asked for approval to hire more officers.
Dewey explained that 28 while positions have been authorized, due to three vacancies, two hires still in
the academy and three officers out with longterm
injuries, sick days or vacation, he only has 16 officers.
The unrelenting workload, coupled with the reduced
safety, is burning out his department's officers,
Dewey said. And his officers have been leaving for
higher salaries in Sonoma County.
City Manager Jane Chambers told the group that she and Dewey would be coming forward with a plan that could pay for 29 officers "without increasing the
budget at all.
Thanks to JUSTINE FREDERIKSEN - UDJ
CalTrans is still evaluating the bids to repave and
restripe S. Main Street in Willits to prevent the bottleneck at the Highway 20 interchange. The bid
estimate was $220,000. Work is not expected to start until spring.
The new design eliminates the center turn lane from Walnut St. to the intersection, allowing northbound
traffic to remain at two lanes until the Highway 20
The contract involves grinding the surface of the
asphalt in the northbound lanes, installing a new layer of asphalt and painting new markings to direct traffic. The project also includes replacing all four cross
walk markings at Highway 20.
Two Fort Bragg residents were recognized by the
City Council for their part in saving the life of a local man. The proclamation, read by City Council member Scott Deitz, stated that on Aug. 12, Lori Arreguin
saw a man collapse in a crosswalk and ran to his aid to find him not breathing and without a pulse. Charlie Jahelka arrived and helped perform CPR until
medical personnel arrived. The un-named, 51-year-old man was flown to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital for specialized treatment.
Police Chief Scott Mayberry said he checked on the patient a few weeks ago and found that while he was in rehabilitation at the time, was recovering and doing well.
"They were just doing what they felt anyone should
do," said Mayberry. "If it wasn't for these two
individuals, that man never would have survived."
Since today, Tuesday November 5th is Election Day and the C.V. Starr Center is the polling place in Fort Bragg, The Center is having an Admission FREE Day for everyone. You can Work out, take a swim, or join a fitness class. Hours are 5 am to 8 PM.
Free Classes available include
Cardio Spin at 8:30, Zumba at 9am and 5:30 pm,
gentle yoga at 10:15 and aqua aerobics at 5 pm.