Morning News for Monday, MARCH 4TH
Based on input from the public, Mendocino Redwood Company has requested and been granted that the public be given more time to comment on its 80-year timber habitat management plan.
The deadline has been extended to Monday, April 22, 5 p.m.
MRC's chief forester, Mike Jani, who will appear on Mendo Matters Thursday at 7 pm, said the company will still have to file individual harvest plans. He said the plan was partly in response to community input that harvesting be done differently than in the past.
"We felt this was a very strong commitment to the community that we are going to be here for the long haul," said Jani.
Complete copies of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement as well as the Habitat Conservation Plan can be viewed locally at the state Department of Fish and Game office in North Noyo Harbor and local libraries, or online at www.fire.ca.gov.
The Sheriff's dept has revealed that there was a woman in the car with Christopher Skaggs and Walter Miller Monday night when they led a high-speed chase during which Miller shot at the pursuing deputy sheriff's car.
Tracy L. Cox, 34, of Redwood Valley, Skagg's girlfriend, faces a felony charge of being an accessory to the felonies the two men face which include attempted murder, felony evading, burglary, robbery and assault with a deadly weapon.
She and Skaggs are due in court for further arraignment March 6.
The Deputy DA argued that the court should raise Skaggs' bail from $300,000 to $1.5 million. The court raised Skaggs' bail to $1.25 million.
The Mendocino Major Crimes Task Force raided a Willits duplex last week and found more than 150 butane cylinders being used in an alleged marijuana honey oil extraction operation. Two persons were arrested and a four-year-old child present at the duplex was taken away by Child Protective Services.
One half the duplex had been completely converted to an extraction lab. Of particular concern were the large number of canisters of flammable gases in close proximity of an open fire in the fireplace . Agents also found ½ ounce of methamphetamine and 25 pounds of marijuana.
Andrew Durant, 33, and Christane Rodriguez, 27, both of Willits, were arrested on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine for sale, child endangerment and manufacturing a controlled substance by extraction.
Both Durant and Rodriguez remain in Mendocino County Jail awaiting their next court appearance.
County health officials are warning local restaurants to watch out for scam artists claiming to be health inspectors and demanding money for fees.
Two Ukiah restaurants have reported that someone claiming to be a health inspector said the facility owed fees and needed to pay immediately or face being closed down.
"Health inspectors do not collect fees in the field.
Anyone who is asked to pay an inspector on the spot is urged to ask for such identification, or to call the county Environmental Health Division at 234-6625 to verify that a payment is due.
The scammers target restaurants where employees don't understand English well, or "are not likely to want trouble."
The Mendocino National Forest is asking for the community’s input on an application seeking state grant funds to help manage the forest’s off-highway vehicle program.
“The Mendocino National Forest offers over 200 miles of designated OHV trails and over 1,300 miles of roughly graded roads for use by Off-Highway Vehicles.
Current regulations require annual public participation in this fund allocation process.
In order to view and comment on the Mendocino National Forest’s Preliminary grant application, visit the state of California Web site atwww.ohv.parks.ca.gov , then click the grants tab. Comments may be provided between March 5 and April 1, 2013.