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First Friday is back in town

May 10, 2021

May 10, 2021 — There was dancing in the streets in Ukiah, as the first First Friday since the pandemic got underway. Postcards from Mecca lined the walls of the Grace Hudson Museum, offering glimpses of adventure and associations with lengthy travails in the desert. Masked art lovers flocked cautiously to the Corner Gallery.

  

May 7, 2021 — The Planning Commission hammered out further refinements to the proposed cannabis cultivation ordinance at a meeting that ended at a civilized hour yesterday.

The Board of Supervisors is anxious to pass a phase III ordinance before June 30, after which the state will require environmental review that county counsel estimates could take three to five years. But the board made significant enough changes to the planning commission’s original suggestions that the document needed another round trip through the deliberating bodies.

BoS considers 3rd quarter budget

May 4, 2021

May 5, 2021 — The Board of Supervisors held its third quarter budget workshop yesterday and heard a covid briefing from public health officer Dr. Andy Coren. 

Though the forecast for non-departmental revenues, mostly from taxes, is over $80 million, the board is bracing for several possible blows, including inflation, the loss of cannabis taxes, and the as-yet unknown fiscal impacts of drought.

May 4, 2021 — In the last few hours of a meeting that lasted for three days, the Board of Supervisors hammered out amendments to a cannabis facilities ordinance that clarified farmers markets, cannabis tours, and invited a few legal threats.

The cannabis cultivation amendments typically draw ore than four hundred letters to the Board of Supevisors or the Planning Commission, and hours of public comment. The facilities amendments brought in fifteen letters and about a dozen comments, but they were no less contentious.

April 30, 2021 —  The county moved into the yellow tier this week, which means movie theaters can open with 50% maximum capacity, more if everyone can prove they’ve been vaccinated or have a recent negative test.  That’s just in time for the independently owned Noyo Theatre in Willits, which is reopening May 4, the 81st anniversary of its premiere. Owners Lois and Jeff Hoover are history buffs and movie lovers. To them, the two are inextricable.

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About a year after the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery became national news, and nearly 15 months after he was shot while jogging down a Brunswick street, Georgia has repealed the vague law that is being used to defend the men in jail for his murder.

Republican Gov. Brian Kemp signed the overhaul he championed at the state Capitol today, alongside a bipartisan group of state lawmakers as well as Arbery's mother Wanda Cooper-Jones and sister, Jasmine Arbery.

As the coronavirus outbreak recedes in many parts of the U.S., the Pacific Northwest has emerged as an outlier — gripped by a late spring surge that has filled hospitals in the metro areas around Seattle and Portland.

In recent weeks, the governors of both states have hit the brakes on reopening plans in hopes of countering the rapid spread of the more contagious B.1.1.7. variant of the coronavirus, first identified in the U.K.

LONDON — England, Scotland and Northern Ireland on Monday recorded no new COVID-19 deaths – a milestone that health experts said represents an encouraging sign, but caution could be temporary.

Meanwhile, Wales recorded just four coronavirus-related deaths. Even so, it's a sharp contrast to a January peak across the U.K., when about 1,800 deaths were recorded in a single day.

The Vatican's top enforcer of doctrine has sent a warning to U.S. bishops about a potential proposal by some conservative clergy to deny communion to Catholic election officials who support legislation allowing abortion.

The possible plan could impact President Biden, among other Catholic political figures.

Democrats in the House and Senate are introducing legislation Tuesday that would make pandemic-related food benefits for college students permanent. The push is being led by Senators Elizabeth Warren, Democrat of Massachusetts and Bernie Sanders, a Vermont Independent,

Updated May 11, 2021 at 11:48 AM ET

A gunman in the Russian city of Kazan opened fire at a school early Tuesday, killing at least seven students, a teacher and a school worker, and injuring 21 others, Russian officials said.

The governor of Tatarstan, an oil-rich, Muslim-majority region where Kazan is the capital, said seven of the dead were eighth-grade students at Kazan's School No. 175.

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The Biden administration is preparing to release $5 billion in new housing vouchers, approved in the latest COVID relief bill. The goal is to help 70,000 low-income families at risk of homelessness due to the pandemic.

But, even in the best of times, it can be hard to use such vouchers, which allow recipients to pay one-third of their income on rent, with the government covering the rest. Many landlords won't accept them and the vouchers are often hard to come by. Some families have to wait years to get one.

Even amid the global pandemic, Idaho's unemployment rate has been hovering around 3%. In the capital city, Boise, for-hire signs are posted at grocery stores, restaurants, and at Pete Amador's home health care agency.

His latest ad even offers a thousand dollar signing bonus. Amador could easily hire 50 more people right now, if they would apply. There is a long wait list of elderly clients.

"People are calling hourly asking for help," he says.

In 2018, then-House Speaker Paul Ryan sat next to his friend and ally Rep. Elise Stefanik and predicted a bright future for the New York Republican.

"This is the future of the Republican Party, the future of our country — people like Elise," Ryan told CBS.

With Stefanik poised to become the newest member of the House GOP leadership team, his statement seems a prescient one.

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