AM News Wednesday 8.1.13
The search for Erik Lamberg missing since May 29th, went into high gear today, as a a large scale S&R operation took place focusing on Clare Mill and the Skunk line buildings. It was a cross county operation, with Marin S&R assisting Mendocino . Five dogs from the California Area Rescue Dog Association were used, along with 9 handlers. Approximately, 35 people were involved. Since the Skunk Train became operational today, they were able to assist in transporting the search team.
However, there was no announcement of results at press time.
Based on the new intelligence derived from Mrs. Lamberg's appearance on KZYX and the response of listeners, a location at a Skunk train depot, in an extremely desolate area with difficult terrain was pinpointed. Lt. Barney
of Mendocino County S&R, confirmed the leads and concluded that " it is
both feasible, and practical that this tip could lead us to Erik," said Mrs.
Lamberg in an email.
The Willits City Council met for a special meeting Tuesday to clarify ongoing negotiations with Cal Trans and the Bypass contractors over use of city
streets. About 22 people showed up to give comments.
Willits required a provision in the bid agreement that Bypass contractors
could not use city streets without prior written permission but, as a
demonstration of good faith, allowed a 90 day temporary use of the streets .
On Wednesday the 24th, the 89th day, the council voted 3-2 to suspend the temporary use in order to expedite negotiations .
Since then, there have been further discussions with the Bypass contractors, Cal Trans and the City Attorney and it appears an offer will be forthcoming, according to Mayor Holly Madrigal. The City Council voted 3-1 to re-allow temporary use of city streets until August 27th, which will provide for
council to take action at the second City Council meeting in August.
The Board of Supervisors is coming to a town near you to present the new budget to citizens before the final Budget hearings September 9th.
August 14th at 6 pm at the Potter Valley Youth and Community Center,
August 15th at 6 pm at the Laytonville Healthy Start Family Resource Center, August 21st at 6 at the Anderson Valley Community Services District and
August 22nd at the Greater Ukiah Chamber of Commerce.
Tuesday, August 13,at 3 p.m. at Fort Bragg Town Hall, the Board of
Supervisors and the Fort Bragg City Council will conduct a joint meeting to
consider a preferred site for a solid waste transfer station to serve the
central coast region.
The staff report lists two finalist sites:
#1: The existing 62-acre Caspar self-haul transfer station property, and #2: A 17-acre portion of Jackson State Forest north of Highway 20, 3 miles east of the intersection of Highway 1 and Highway 20.
The Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health announced that new
data show that nearly 60% of California children in public schools are
eligible for free or reduced price school meals - almost 3.5 million children in 2012. The numbers are even higher for this area: Mendocino has 63.6% of children qualifying, Lake 73%, and Humboldt slightly lower than the state
average at 53.4 %.
The percentage of school students eligible for subsidized meals rose from
51% in 2007 to 57.5% in 2012. Nationwide, the percentage students eligible for these meals increased from 42% in 2007 to 49% in 2011.
Student eligibility for free or reduced price meals often is used as a proxy
measure for child poverty. Family income eligibility for these programs goes up to 185% of the federal poverty level (about $41,000 for a family of four in 2011-2012).