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MCHC planning winter homeless shelter

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December 2, 2020 — For years, the Mendocino Coast Hospitality Center has worked with local faith groups to run a winter homeless shelter, which houses 15-24 people in addition to the year-round shelter and the transitional housing programs. This year, with pandemic safety measures in place, the year-round shelter has reduced its beds from 24 to 17, and the center is scrambling to find staff to operate the winter shelter at a new site.

December 1, 2020 — Last week, retired sheriff Tom Allman announced on Facebook that he would start serving as a peace officer in Humboldt County, where he was born and raised. The Humboldt County sheriff, William Honsal, wrote in his own statement that Allman would end a nearly decade-long vacancy in the Lost Coast Resident Deputy position, which includes the Shelter Cove, Whitethorn and Mattole Valley communities.

One of the biggest pandemic challenges for singers is...how can you sing with others? Jim Culp talks to the Mendocino Presbyterian Church choir director and a member of the choir about how an unfamiliar technology is changing rehearsals and performances -- and even adding strength and depth to the small vocal group. 

November 30, 2020 — Earlier this month, the Board of Supervisors approved a six-month contact for a Promotores de Salud, or Spanish-speaking community health worker program with Nuestra Alianza, a non-profit organization in Willits. The contract, for up to $158,700, includes one lead community health worker and five part time promotores, who will provide Spanish-language education about covid-19 to the community that’s been hardest hit by the virus.

Final election results are in

Nov 27, 2020

November 26, 2020 — Assessor Clerk-Recorder Katrina Bartolomie has something to be thankful for this week, with all the votes tallied as of late Tuesday afternoon.
Glenn McGourty and Maureen Mulheren won their supervisorial races decisively, with McGourty claiming 57.7% of the vote in the first district and Mulheren winning in the second with 60.64%. But Steve Scalmanini, who was the second-highest vote getter in the Ukiah City Council race on election night, dropped to fourth place, losing his bid for another term.

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10/25/2020 — When Ed Keller opened a letter from his home insurance company announcing that his policy had been cancelled and that purchasing a new one would cost four times what he had paid in the past, he was sure there had been a mistake.

Bewildered, he picked up the phone and called his provider, Mark Davis Insurance, to clear things up, only to hear from a company representative that it was not an error at all. Keller’s insurance premium had been hiked up by around 400%, from around $1,000 to just over $4,000 per year.

In-person learning during the pandemic

Nov 24, 2020

November 24, 2020 — Mendocino County is solidly in the purple tier, which means that most schools are closed, with narrow exceptions for extracurricular activities and students facing certain hardships. But some small schools got their waivers in over the summer and received the nod from the state to provide in-person instruction.

Earthquakes in Willits: what do they mean?

Nov 23, 2020

November 23, 2020 — Between August 19 and August 23,  as the August Complex fire was working towards becoming the state’s largest wildfire, almost fifty earthquakes were measured eleven miles east southeast of Willits. The first one was a magnitude 4.2, and most of the aftershocks were tiny, with just four of them above a magnitude 3.

12/23/2020 -- A long contested plan to remove four hydro-electric dams on the Klamath River is moving forward, creating a path for restoring the river's decimated salmon fisheries and cleaning up a waterway that has long been central to local Native American tribes.

The process of physically removing the four dams, which are owned by energy company PacifiCorp, is set to begin in three years.

Election update, Measure B

Nov 19, 2020

November 19, 2020 — Current local election results have not been completely tallied yet, but a new batch of ballots has been freshly counted, bringing the percentage of counted votes up to just over 68%.

ON-the-job covid testing

Nov 18, 2020

November 18, 2020 — Surveillance testing programs in Mendocino County have come and gone, as the global pandemic has lasted much longer than anyone expected. The contract with UCSF to process tests from the clinics expired on the fifteenth of this month, and yesterday, Public Health Officer Dr. Andy Coren reported that the state had approved the county’s application for a mobile Optum Serv site, in addition to the site at the fairgrounds in Ukiah.

November 17, 2020 — With most of California back in the purple tier, public Health Officer Dr. Andy Coren has updated the county’s health order to limit outdoor gatherings to 12 people instead of 20 from three different households. He told the board of supervisors today that he does not expect the county to get out of the purple tier for the next six to eight weeks.

November 16, 2020 — Last week, when the county was still in the red tier, school boards met to discuss plans to reopen schools for in-person instruction. We caught up with Michelle Hutchins, the Superintendent of the Mendocino County Office of Education, about an hour after the governor’s address on Monday afternoon. 

Back to school blues

Nov 16, 2020

November 16, 2020 — Coronavirus infections are rising again in Mendocino County, but for the moment, schools are still eligible to reopen for in-person instruction. The Ukiah Unified School District board met Thursday night to discuss the plan. The board voted last July to authorize Superintendent Deb Kubin to decide which option to implement.

 

Plans to regulate groundwater for the first time ever in the Ukiah Valley Basin are moving forward.

Yesterday, the Ukiah Valley Basin Groundwater Sustainability Agency had their second public meeting, where they discussed how their mammoth project of sustainably managing the groundwater in the Ukiah Valley Basin is coming along. 

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