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Potter Valley eagles' nest to remain standing

Jan 17, 2022

January 17, 2022 — Neighbors and bird-watchers successfully faced down PG&E to defend a bald eagle’s nest in Potter Valley last week. On Wednesday night, Tim Bray, a kzyx programmer and member of the Mendocino Coast Audubon Society, sent out an alert that PG&E planned to cut down the aging Ponderosa Pine that contains the nest, located on a road that runs parallel to the Eel River, not far from Van Arsdale Dam. Bald eagles are no longer on the endangered species list, though they are federally protected. 

CEO departing in March

Jan 15, 2022

January 13, 2022—County CEO Carmel Angelo told the Board of Supervisors last week that she is moving up the date of her retirement, from October of this year to March. Supervisors Maureen Mulheren and Dan Gjerde spoke with kzyx earlier this week about their work comparing the CEO versus the CAO model, and some of their thoughts on finding Angelo’s successor. They’re on an ad hoc committee charged with providing the rest of the board with the information they need to craft an ordinance laying out which model the county plans to use in the future.

Seabirds wrecking on Mendocino coast

Jan 15, 2022

January 14, 2022 — Since the beginning of December, over 100 fulmars, a long-lived gull-like seabird with a remarkable nasal apparatus, have become stranded on California beaches, including the coast of Mendocino. Reporter Michelle Blackwell spoke with Sarah Grimes, the Marine Mammal Stranding Coordinator and Educator at the Noyo Center for Marine Science, about the phenomenon and what makes these birds so special.


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January 12, 2022 Project Sanctuary, a non-profit organization assisting victims of domestic and sexual assault, will launch an upcoming educational program on the topic of teen dating violence. With prevention as the goal, Project Sanctuary plans to raise awareness on the topic with school visits in February, and an art contest at the end of January. This two-pronged strategy aims to educate the youth on the dynamics of unhealthy relationships in an effort to stop dating violence. 

January 11, 2022 — Organic waste reduction is the focus of a sprawling piece of state legislation due to go into effect this year. SB 1383 requires jurisdictions to drastically cut down on the amount of edible food and food-based waste that goes into the landfill and causes methane gas pollution. In order to contribute to the statewide goals, local composters expect to increase their tonnage by 40%.

County enters "omicron blizzard"

Jan 11, 2022

January 10, 2022 — The county has entered the “omicron blizzard” that’s affecting the rest of the country, according to Public Health Officer Dr. Andy Coren. 

The only known outbreak at this time is at the jail, where fifteen staff and two inmates have tested positive. 

There have been 45 exposures at schools, but Coren declined to shut down the Fort Bragg school district after extra-curricular activities resulted in positive tests, saying he did not think it was warranted at this time.

Locals gather for Jan 6 candlelight vigil

Jan 11, 2022

Jan 7, 2022 — Candlelight vigils took place all across the country last night, in commemoration of the one-year anniversary of the attempt to overturn the presidential election and take over the Capitol by force.

Many of last night’s vigils took the form of a call to action, from ending the filibuster to  indicting Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani to supporting Senate bills designed to increase access to the ballot.

College prepares students for theater tech careers

Jan 11, 2022

January 6, 2022 – Mendocino College’s Theater Arts Department in Ukiah now offers a new, one year certification program in technical theater.  This program, called Career in Technical Education, or CTE, teaches stagecraft, sound, lighting, costuming and set design to prepare students to work as behind the scenes professionals in the entertainment industry.

January 5, 2022 — The question of a conflict of interest between the sheriff’s office and the Board of Supervisors has been decided. According to a court order signed by presiding Judge Ann Moorman on December 30, there is a conflict of interest with the County Counsel’s office advising the sheriff on issues surrounding information and technology, but not the remaining matters. That includes the question of his personal liability for incurring non-emergency costs that have not been approved by the Board.

The Bike Kitchen has plenty of ingredients

Jan 4, 2022
Andrew Lutsky / Ukiah Bike Kitchen

January 4, 2022 — There’s something missing from the Ukiah Farmers Market this time of year…like the market itself, which will be coming back next Saturday, but without one important fixture.

The Ukiah Bike Kitchen is heading into its tenth year of fixing bikes for free, coaching aspiring mechanics, and amassing enough bike parts to cancel out global supply chain woes.

Cautious optimism for fish in the Eel

Jan 3, 2022

January 3, 2022 — It’s a busy time of year for fish in the Eel, with steelhead running, chinook hatching, and coho bouncing back, according to Pat Higgins, director of the Eel River Recovery Project.

Ocean conditions have started to improve since the warm water blob of 2015 upended the near-shore ecosystem. That’s a big help for anadromous fish that travel between freshwater and salt throughout their life cycles. Higgins says that, while the numbers are nowhere as plentiful as they were ten years ago, it is the best run in five years.

Police videos of Magdaleno beating released

Jan 2, 2022

December 31, 2021 — Toby Keith’s anthem to military valor, “Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue (The Angry American)” was on the radio in Officer Alex Cowan’s police car the day his dash camera recorded him beating a naked, mentally ill man in Ukiah. As Cowan’s colleagues iced their bloodied hands in the aftermath, the singer crooned, “A mighty sucker punch came flyin’ in from the back. Soon as we could see clearly through our big black eye, Man, we lit up your world like the Fourth of July.”

As drought eases, district prepares for dry summer

Dec 30, 2021

December 30, 2021 — The drought is still on, in spite of the recent rain and snowfall in the region. But next week, the town of Mendocino, where the situation was desperate just a few months ago, could see a loosening of drought restrictions from a drastic mandatory reduction to a still-significant but much smaller and merely requested reduction.

Save the Redwoods League

December 29, 2021 — Save The Redwoods League Director of Land Protection, Becky Bremser discusses the League’s recent efforts to save 5 miles of coastline and 2250 acres of coastal redwoods in northern Mendocino County.  

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Art Center seeking new artists in the new year

Dec 28, 2021

December 28, 2021 – Art Center Ukiah has laid plans to bring in some new artists in the new year. Art Center Ukiah is a non-profit art gallery, run by volunteers, tucked behind the Corner Gallery on State Street in downtown Ukiah.  With a mission to support local artists and display local art, the Art Center has ambitious plans for the New Year and hopes its imminent series of exhibits and workshops will entice more people to visit the gallery and participate in upcoming community events. Laura Fogg is a local artist who serves as a volunteer board member of Art Center Ukiah.