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Sheriff Matt Kendall and Supervisor Glenn McGourty discuss the status of the Hopkins Fire with KZYX&Z's Alicia Bales.

CalFire's George Gonzales spoke with Alicia Bales at 6:15 PM with an update on the Hopkins Fire. 

Hear it here and stay tuned to KZYX&Z for continuing updates every 30 minutes. Top and bottom of the hour. 

Danilla Sands of Mendocino Action News

Danilla Sands of Mendocino Action News (on Facebook) gives an on-scene update form the Hopkins Fire. 


photo from Sheriff Kendall

This afternoon (at 4 PM) Mendocino County Sheriff Matt Kendall spoke with KZYX’s Alicia Bales about the latest information he had on the status of the Hopkins Fire.

You can hear that interview here and stay tuned to KZYX&Z for updates every 30 minutes.

September 10, 2021 — Public Health reported three more deaths from covid-19 this week, all of them under fifty, all of them unvaccinated. The youngest was a 36-year-old woman from Ukiah. A 43-year-old Covelo man and a 47-year-old man from Ukiah also succumbed. And the county reported 77 new cases yesterday.

September 9, 2021 — The PG&E settlement funds from the fires that devastated Redwood and Potter Valleys have been allocated, and some in Redwood Valley are disappointed at the amount that went back into the community that was most affected. At last night’s Redwood Valley Municipal Advisory Council meeting, Deputy CEO Darcie Antle explained that some of the items requested by the community can be funded by another source. And a plan to use another portion of the money to haul water from Ukiah to Fort Bragg is not as solid as it sounds. 

Deputies scuffle with red-bearded burglar

Sep 7, 2021

September 8, 2021 —  Sheriff’s deputies had a second close encounter early Monday morning with the red bearded burglar who is suspected of breaking into a string of remote cabins on the coast. The encounter was so close, according to Sheriff Matt Kendall, that a K9 handler had his hands on the suspect before he escaped again.

September 6, 2021 — The promised battle between the sheriff and the Board of Supervisors has entered the phase of inconclusive meetings and lengthy court filings.

In July, Sheriff Matt Kendall asked the board to authorize $50,000 to hire local attorney Duncan James so he could fight a policy that would make department heads responsible for exceeding their budgets. He’s also stated that the county is trying to take over his IT department, which he believes is an infringement on his rights and duties as sheriff.

9/3/21 — Coastal businesses are having a hard time finding affordable water, but they're optimistic that drought relief is just around the corner. On Tuesday, the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a water-hauling program that is expected to cover 80% of the cost of hauling the water from Ukiah to Fort Bragg for businesses while it would cover 100% of that cost for residents.

September 2, 2021 — The referendum to repeal the newly enacted cannabis ordinance, Chapter 22.18, has collected enough signatures to either be repealed by the Board of Supervisors, or placed on a ballot for voters to decide if it should be repealed or not. Assessor Clerk Recorder Katrina Bartolomie reported to the board this week that she had verified 4,198 of the 6,239 signatures that were turned in. A total of 3,397 signatures were required for the referendum to move forward.

September 1, 2021 — In mid-August, Katharine Cole drove out to her pasture in Hopland through a thick haze from the Dixie Fire. Earlier this summer, she lost 20-25 trees to PG&E’s vegetation management program, which the California Public Utilities Commission approved as a strategy to prevent catastrophic wildfire. “Basically, I’m looking at a war zone here,” she said, pulling over to survey the felled trees; “that was beautiful oak and madrone and manzanita.”  



photo by Stacey Sheldon

August 31, 2021-- Good news! The performing arts are back. Over the weekend, Mendocino College students, alumni, and guest artists returned to the outdoor stage at the Ukiah campus to showcase dance, drama, and music before a live audience. 

August 27, 2021--Friday, as the surge in Covid 19 infections has filled local hospitals to capacity, and reports of deaths from the virus are becoming a daily occurrence, dozens of local doctors and medical providers signed a letter addressed to the community of Mendocino County asking for help. The letter describes the dire conditions healthcare providers are seeing at work every day: emergency departments overflowing, full ICUs, and a surge of sick young patients with covid-19. The doctors are urging Mendocino County residents to stem the tide of new infections by getting vaccinated.

August 27, 2021--The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors approved 4-0 the use of just under $1 million of Pacific Gas & Electric disaster settlement funds to truck water from inland to the coast, where the drought is growing more dire, at a virtual special meeting on Tuesday. District 1 Supervisor Glenn McGourty abstained from the vote and said he was uncomfortable using the PG&E funds to jump start the program. The supervisors spent most of the roughly two-hour meeting discussing how the program would work and be funded in both the short and long term.

August 26, 2021 — With climate change, the current drought conditions could be here to stay. That means the ability to experiment with unfamiliar crops could be key for local farmers.