Morning News for Wednesday, May 22nd
The Mendocino City Community Services District has officially declared a Stage 2 Water Shortage because 2013 rainfall was 26.81 inches compared to the average 34.80 inches.
Recorded rainfall from the District's rain gauge at the end of December 2012 was 22.38 inches, which was 55 percent above normal but January through April had only 6 inches of rain when the average for this period is 23.3 inches.
A Stage 2 water shortage is considered a moderate water shortage.
Residents and businesses in the district are asked to voluntarily reduce their water use by 15 percent. The District's plan recommends the following temporary conservation measures:
- Landscape watering is limited to manual garden hose watering, or a drip irrigation system, between the hours of 7 p.m. to 10 a.m.
- No vehicle washing, except with a hand-held bucket or a hose equipped with a shut-off nozzle.
- No refilling decorative fountains or ponds, unless water is part of a recycling system.
- No refilling of hot tubs or swimming pools.
- Drinking water served at restaurants only upon request.
The CHP is planning a special upcoming enforcement in Lake and Mendocino counties focusing on motorcycle safety and seeking to reduce impaired driving.More than 400 people were killed and nearly 12,000 people were injured in motorcycle-involved collisions in 2011, representing a nearly 20 percent increase in the death rate .
State Routes 20, 29 and 53, scenic and winding roads are favored by thousands of motorcyclists, alcohol compounds the problem.
CHP’s Clear Lake and Ukiah Areas will conduct a joint enforcement day on Friday, May 24, focusing on motorcycle safety and impaired driving.
Officers will be looking for violations made by drivers and riders alike that can lead to motorcycle crashes.
They also will be cracking down on both those operating regular vehicles and motorcycles that are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or committing any other dangerous violation.
Officers from both areas will be out in force patrolling US-101 and SR-20 in Mendocino County, and Highways 20, 29 and 53 in Lake County.
The Gallery Bookshop in Mendocino has won the Outstanding Community Bookstore Award from the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association this year, beating out almost 300 other bookstores in Northern California.
The Northern California Independent Booksellers Association (NCIBA) is a trade organization dedicated to supporting, nurturing and promoting independent retail bookselling in California, with over 500 members, including nearly 300 booksellers.
Congressman Jared Huffman is hosting a Town Hall on Social Security and Medicare Thursday, May 30 12:00 – 1:00 pm at the
Ukiah Senior Center, 499 Leslie Street in Ukiah.
Special Guests include the National Committee to Preserve Social Security & Medicare And the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program.