AM News for Tuesday, 12.24.13
According to Linda Williams at the Willits News, The second access road for Brooktrails is essentially dead for the foreseeable future after it was removed this month from the Mendocino County priority list for State Transportation Improvement Program funding. This action came after the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors withdrew support for the project in its Nov. 12 meeting.
There had been no progress in conducting an environmental review along the two potential routes for the project since some landowners did not allow access to their property.
There was no support on the Mendocino Council of Governments' Board to continue pursuing the Brooktrails second access.
Even as lawmakers target extra money at confiscating weapons from people who shouldn’t have them, a new state audit finds that the state Department of Justice and the courts have failed to identify thousands of mentally ill people covered by the prohibition.
The Bureau of State Audits found that 34 of 58 Superior Courts did not file at least 2,300 prohibited person reports to the Justice Department’s mental health unit from 2010 through 2012. The number of unfiled reports was likely even higher because some counties could not tell how many reports they had failed to file.
Earlier this year, lawmakers approved legislation that appropriated $24 million to the department to tackle a backlog of cases of prohibited persons having guns, a number that stood at 20,800 people in July. But the effort is undermined by authorities’ failure to collect and process prohibited persons reports from the courts and mental health facilities.
Birders and nature enthusiasts in Mendocino County will again join volunteers throughout the Americas in Audubon's longest-running wintertime tradition, the annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC). Families and students, birders and scientists, armed with binoculars, bird guides and checklists go out on an annual mission often before dawn in a tradition that goes back more than one hundred years.
The Mendocino Coast Audubon Society (MCAS) will once again conduct another count on the south coast (Elk to Point Arena) on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014.
You do not have to be an expert birder to help count birds, and you can participate for all or part of the day. To find out how you can participate, contact Tim Bray at 937-4422 or David Jensen at 964-8163 .
Mendocino County has announced that all offices will be closed Wed, Dec 25th & Wed Jan 1st.
All offices, except for emergencies, some libraries and the museum, will be closed Monday December 23rd through Friday Dec 27th
As soon of you may know, today is my last day as the news man for KZYX. I have had a change to meet a lot of terrific people in Mendocino and have enjoyed getting to know how the county and its towns work.
Doing the news on a station like KZYX had always been my dream and now that its been fulfilled after 18 months, I've decided to return to retirement. I'm being replaced by a terrific couple of news people who will be bringing you what you've been calling for - a longer form news, - instead of the four and five minutes I've been doing. The news will continue as twelve minutes at 6 pm with a repeat at 6:48 am.
The new news team will be Michael Kisslinger, who ably replaced me in September when I was on vacation, and Sheri Quinn, a fifteen year veteran of public radio in Utah, who will alternate days giving two new voices to people's concerns throughout the county.
I'll still be hosting Mendo Matters starting at 9 am January 30th.
I think these changes will be good for KZYX and the community and I hope to hear from all of you when I return.