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Measure B to have a strategic plan

22 hours ago

February 25, 2021 — A day after CEO Carmel Angelo critiqued the Measure B Citizens Oversight Commission as having no common mission, the committee voted to hire a consultant to work out a long term strategic plan based on the Kemper Report.Commissioning that report was the first thing the committee did after electing Tom Allman as its first chair three years ago. The commission also formed an ad hoc committee to work with county supervisors to change its function.

Angelo preparing to retire

Feb 24, 2021

February 24, 2021 — The Board of Supervisors approved a $200,000 increase to a contract with an armed guard service to monitor people in quarantine at hotels or Whitmore Lane, the county-owned quarantine facility just outside Ukiah city limits.

The outbreak at Mountain View, a long-term care home in Ukiah, is up to 23 cases, with two people now deceased. Public Health Officer Dr. Andy Coren said the outbreak grew rapidly during the full week it took for a positive staff member’s test result to get back from a lab in Texas.

February 23, 2021 — As the pandemic drags on, the public demand for outdoor recreation has surged. At a town hall last week, Senator Mike McGuire invited panelists to talk about how they believe the Great Redwood Trail from Marin County to the Humboldt Bay will enhance outdoor recreation in the coming years. Some segments are already built, and some are underway. Some, like the one in Ukiah, will be built next to the abandoned railroad, while others will be built on top, if applications for a technique called railbanking, to preserve and recycle the railbed, are approved.

February 22, 2021 — Adventist Health in Mendocino County has administered 10,875 doses of the covid-19 vaccine, four thousand of them second doses.

Vaccine shipments did not come in last week due to storms across the country. The hospital, which receives its own allocation of the vaccine, has been focusing on administering it to people over the age of 70. 

February 19, 2021 — Redwood Coast Medical Services in Gualala has administered about 3000 doses of the covid-19 vaccine on the Mendonoma coast, about ⅔ of them to residents of Mendocino county and ⅓ to Sonoma county residents in its coverage area.

More about vaccines with Lucresha Renteria

Feb 17, 2021

February 17, 2021 — There are so many different ways to get a vaccine, but the supply is still scarce. Adventist hospital, which gets its own allocation of doses from the state, is holding age-based mass vaccine events. CVS pharmacy in Ukiah is taking appointments for people 65 and older. The county public health department is administering vaccines to people who are at risk because of their occupations. And the federally qualified health centers, which get all their supplies from the county, are vaccinating people in both categories.

February 16, 2021 — The Ukiah Unified School District is opening up to a hybrid model of some in-person instruction for pre-kindergarten through sixth grade today. Pre-Kindergartners through second graders, fifth graders at Eagle Peak Middle School, and sixth graders at Pomolita Middle School, as well as some special day classes throughout the district. will be back in the classroom two days a week.There are no fifth graders at Pomolita, and the sixth grade at Eagle Peak will start the hybrid model next week.

Lana Cohen

MENDOCINO, 2/15/21 — Only 2,000 acres of pygmy ecosystem remains on the planet, and all of it lies along the Mendocino and northern Sonoma Coasts. The pygmy forest is made up of grey scraggly trees that look no older than 10 to 15 years are no thicker than the handle of a broomstick, and no taller than the average adult. But the trees in the pygmy forest are not young, some are more than one hundred years old. So why are they so small? 

 Decades ago, rare plants botanist Teresa Sholars moved to the Mendocino Coast and set out to answer that question.  

Board approves Barney contract

Feb 11, 2021

February 11, 2021 — The Board of Supervisors approved a social media services contract with Liz Barney this week, with Supervisors Dan Gjerde and Ted Williams dissenting.

The board also unanimously approved an ordinance providing for the abatement of hazardous vegetation and combustible material to reduce fire hazards. Another unanimous vote updated Measure H, the 2004 voter-approved initiative to ban GMOs in Mendocino County.

February 10, 2021 — A covid-19 outbreak at a Ukiah nursing home has infected eighteen people, according to Bekkie Emery, of the county’s Department Operations Center. The outbreak was identified at Mountain View Assisted Living and Memory Care on Saturday. Twelve residents and six staff have tested positive, and another staff member is considered a close contact and is in quarantine. 

Communication key to Promotores work

Feb 9, 2021

February 9, 2021 — The Promotores de Salud, a Spanish-speaking community health workers program that’s funded by the county with supplemental money from the Community Foundation to buy groceries for families in isolation or quarantine, is heading into its third month.

Lana Cohen

NOYO HARBOR, 2/9/21 — The Dungeness crab season is off to a pitiful start this year. Some crabbers pulled their gear out and threw the towel in just one day into the season.


    However, scientists, seasoned crabbers, and even those new to the business all say that is to be expected — the crab fishery has a very cyclical nature. Some years bring in plentiful crabs and subsequently, money. Others, not so much. This year is definitely a ‘not so much’ year. 

    February 8, 2021 — The Board of Supervisors is scheduled to revisit an agreement with a social media contractor whose activity on the right-wing website Parler caused a stir in December.

    Schools preparing various reopening plans

    Feb 4, 2021

    February 4, 2021 — School districts in Mendocino County have the option to start the reopening process, though a lot of uncertainty remains. We’ll hear from a teachers union representatives and school superintendents, for a look at the planning regionally and locally.


    February 3, 2021 — Mari Rodin will be sworn into the Ukiah City Council at tonight’s meeting, where she’ll start serving out the remaining two years of Maureen Mulheren’s term. Mulheren was elected to the second district supervisor seat, which Rodin also wanted, and started that position early last month.