News for Wednesday morning, October10th
Mendocino county gets mixed grades from a new report detailing how the state's counties are performing in children's health and well-being.
the report is prepared by Children Now, and the report measures 28 key indicators .The report indicates that the 21,061 children living in Mendocino County scored in the top third in four categories, the middle third in 14 categories and in the bottom third in eight.
The categories at the bottom include: third-graders
who read grade level; seventh-graders who meet or exceed state standards in
math ; children who are in a healthy weight zone ; and children in the child welfare system who have stability in their placement.
The four categories the county scored in the top third are: high school science classes taught by a "highly qualified teacher" ; eligible students who eat free or reduced-price breakfasts ; asthmatic children who have been given an asthma management program and children in the child welfare system who have visited a dentist in the last year .
Read the report online at www.childrennow.org
Despite a national recall and meningitis scare there have been no reported cases in Mendocino County, according to Heather Van Housen, patient care executive at Ukiah Valley Medical Center.
UVMC was one of the locations that received a lot shipment of steroids that has been voluntarily recalled from the manufacturerThe drug is called methylprednisolone acetate, and was used as a pain medication for certain patients of Dr. Michael Young, the UVMC pain specialist. The drug is often used to treat pain and swelling associated with arthritis or other joint diseases.
The letter sent to patients of Dr. Young advises them to call him if they have questions, but more importantly to head to the emergency room if they have symptoms.
October is deer mating season – which means deer are on the move and less cautious about darting out into the road.
The CHP advises that drivers should be extra vigilant and follow these tips:
· Be particularly attentive between sunset and midnight, the hours shortly before and after sunrise, and in foggy conditions. Most deer-vehicle collisions occur during these times.
· Drive carefully in areas known to have high deer populations. Places where roads divide agricultural fields or streams from forestland are particularly dangerous.
· If you see a deer, slow down. Others are probably nearby.
· Use high-beam headlights when there is no oncoming traffic. The high beams reflect their eyes.
In recognition of National Fire Prevention Week CAL FIRE Mendocino is opening its fire stations to the public this Saturday October 13, 2012 from 10am – 2pm. The public is invited to visit any of our stations within the county and have a tour of the station and see how our firefighters live and work while on duty.
CAL FIRE Woodlands Fire Station and Mendocino Volunteer Fire Department will be co-hosting their “Open House” at Mendocino Fire Station located at 44700 Little Lake Road, Mendocino.
Takes on the World; Wednesday @ 9:00 AM
A new poll by the bipartisan Council on Global Affairs tracking opinions of Americans on US foreign policy has produced some surprising results which may have an impact on the presidential elections. Today, Jeff Blankfort will discuss the findings of the survey and their implications with its project director, Dina Smeltz.