Morning News for Friday, November 30th
Thirty minutes into the special meeting last night on the reductions of service in the Ten Mile Court in Fort Bragg, Judge Henderson said: "Well, I guess we stubbed our toe on this one. There will be no reductions in service here."
On December 10th in Ft Bragg large stores will no longer provide plastic carry-out bags.
Starting that day, the City's carryout bag ordinance will prohibit large stores from providing plastic bags at the check stand and will require a minimum 10-cent charge for paper bags. Only “carryout” bags which are given out at the check stand are affected by the ordinance.
The large stores which will implement the first stage of the City’s ordinance are Safeway, Harvest Market, Purity, CVS, and both Rite Aid stores. Harvest Market ,Rite Aid and Safeway have already implemented the bag rules. All other stores in Fort Bragg will need to eliminate plastic carryout bags a year later.
Fort Bragg’s ordinance will be followed by almost identical ordinances in Ukiah and the unincorporated County of Mendocino that both take effect on January 7, 2013 for supermarkets and large drug stores only, with other stores to follow in a year.
The National Weather Service issued a flood watch and wind advisory for a large storm expected to pound the North Coast late tonight and Friday. The Navarro River is expected to flood.
Heavy winds and rain are expected to diminish by Friday, but return Friday night through Sunday morning, leading to additional river level rises. The rain is expected to taper off by Monday, according to the weather service.
Local utilities and safety agencies are on alert for potential power outages and hazardous conditions that could result from the storm.A major threat will be trees being knocked down by the wind .
Avoid unnecessary travel and stay indoors if possible. If you must travel, slow down to provide more reaction time in case the road is blocked by a tree.
The service also issued a wind advisory for Humboldt county, warning that south winds could reach 40 mph with 55 mph gusts on exposed headlands and points.
Stormy weather brings an influx of dogs to the county animal shelter.
A transit worker strike for next week in Lake County has been called off for mediation to take place.
Teamsters Local 665 had called the strike for Dec. 3-5 against Paratransit Services, which holds the contract for Lake Transit Authority since 2007. Thirty-five Lake County employees are represented by the union.
“We are suspending the strike pending a meeting with the company, with the presence of a federal mediator, prior to our strike action.”
At the same time, the union is filing an unfair labor practice complaint against Paratransit Services for unilaterally implementing changes in the health care program prior to negotiations being completed.
Scheffer maintained the changes were not significant and that the union was given adequate notice by letter.
After negotiations broke down following the union’s second rejection earlier this month of Paratransit’s best and final offer, the union informed Paratransit on Nov. 19 that it would strike.
The Fort Bragg Police Department has received two separate reports of counterfeit Twenty Dollars bills being passed . All of the counterfeit Twenty Dollar bills that were passed had the same serial number, IE48787097Band had no watermarks or holograms contained within the bill. A counterfeit testing ink pen showed the bills were counterfeit.
FBPD encourages Merchants to take an extra second to check any Twenty Dollar bills they are talking in to see if they are counterfeit. If so,please contact the Fort Bragg Police Department immediately. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Fort Bragg Police Department at 964-0200 or the anonymous Crime Tip Hotline at 961-3049.
The annual KZYX Holiday Gift Auction returns Monday, December 3rd through Thursday, December 6th, pre-empting programming from 7 pm through 19
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