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Clear Lake State Park reopened its gates on Wednesday after being closed for more than a month due to flooding. 

The Lake County News reported that the park is open to day use and boating from sunrise to sunset. However, the historic flooding of Clear Lake has damaged a good portion of the area, keeping the campgrounds and cabins closed.

Park Superintendent Bill Salata told the news site the cabins will be shut down indefinitely because park officials still haven’t evaluated the erosion damage as some portions of it remain underwater. 

Mendocino County Zip Tie Program Is Back On

Mar 14, 2017

The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday, February 14, 2017 in a press release that they will resume sales of voluntary zip ties for medical marijuana immediately.

The zip ties are a way of identifying legal marijuana plants. According to the Sheriff's Office, this kind of labeling process is a time savor for the deputies when they come across plants. 

The seventh and final fugitive wanted on suspicion of killing Laytonville marijuana grower ­­ Jeffrey Settler was arrested in New Jersey on Friday.

According to the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office, Gary Blank the third was taken into custody by New Jersey State Police at around 9 p.m. in the neighborhood of red bank. Exact details on what led to the arrest weren’t released but officials did say law enforcement agencies in the state were helped by anonymous sources saying Blank had been given a ride from California to the northeast. 

Bridge On Orr Springs Road Complete And Open

Mar 11, 2017

According to the department of transportation, the bridge on Orr Springs Road, about 5 miles west of Ukiah, is complete and it is now open to vehicles weighing no more than 20 tons. The speed limit is 5 mph and there are stop signs on either side of the bridge for one-way traffic control. An embankment supporting a large section of the road collapsed during a rainstorm on February 21, 2017, opening a 60-foot-long crevice about five miles west of Ukiah.

A six billion dollar funding plan to improve California's crumbling roads and highways passed another hurdle Wednesday, the bill, SB 1, was approved by the Senate Governance & Finance Committee. The legislation will be taken up for a vote on the Senate floor in the coming weeks. SB 1 is co-authored by North Coast senator Mike McGuire.

Prop 64

Mar 8, 2017

Proposition 64, approved by California voters in November 2016, is a complex document that spells out how the state will regulate and tax the cultivation, transportation and sale of cannabis for recreational use. 

During the fiscal year 2016-2017 mid-year budget report session at the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, March 7, 2017, Mendocino County District Attorney David Eyster discussed how marijuana legalization and MRSA (California Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act) have affected his office, the county, and the state. 

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We recently heard from a group of homeless people struggling to find a place in the city of Ukiah to sleep peacefully through the night, where they could also stay dry and without being ticketed by law enforcement for illegal camping.  

We met Tanya, known on the streets as “mom.” She was ticketed for illegal camping while trying to stay warm and dry under an awning at the social security building. Tanya and her husband TJ are known as leaders among a group of about 20 homeless individuals who look after one another and take care of some of the disabled people on the street. After being kicked out of many areas around town and told to stay out of sight, they settled in a more secluded spot in the heart of Ukiah. When some of them moved under the overhang of a nearby building to stay dry during a rain storm, a police officer showed up and issued Sue an illegal camping ticket and gave her disabled husband Randolf  a warning. 

In this episode we hear from them and we meet Butterfly.  


Coast Extreme Weather Shelter To Remain Open

Mar 3, 2017

The extreme weather shelter in Fort Bragg is keeping its doors open for another month and a half. The Mendocino Coast Hospitality Center (a year round shelter and homeless services center) announced on February 24, 2017 they were planning to close the extreme shelter within days if they did not receive more funding. It houses up to 25 people every night when it is cold or rainy outside. The Hospitality Center, which manages the extreme shelter, recently received an anonymous donation of $10,000.

Hearing From The Homeless: Part 1

Feb 24, 2017

The two emergency winter shelters in Mendocino County are closing.  The Coast Hospitality Center in Fort Bragg announced today it is closing in a few days due to lack of funds and the Ukiah shelter is expected to close in a few weeks.  Many homeless are left to find shelter on the streets.  Tune in to hear from them. 

The Latest on The Eel River Pikeminnow Invasion

Feb 20, 2017

The northern pikeminnow have been preying on salmon and steelhead juveniles in the Eel river watershed since 1979, when the non native fish was first introduced, likely by fishermen using them for bass bait.

The Eel River Recovery Project surveyed pike minnow populations in the river in 2016 and released their results in February 2017.  Pat Higgins, director of the Eel River Recovery Project has the details in part 1 of the Pikeminnow Invasion. 

Evacuations ordered in Lakeport

Feb 20, 2017

Approximately 100 people were evacuated from their homes in Lakeport Monday as water levels in Clear Lake hit their highest mark in decades.

The mandatory evacuations were issued  at around 4:30 p.m. for  four locations: Lucky Four Resort at 1060 N. Main St., Aqua Village Mobile Home Park at 1350 S. Main St., Willow Point Resort  at 1 First St, and and Esplanade Street from Main Street to K. Street.

"This one caught everyone by surprise," District 3 county supervisor Jim Steele said.

Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Approved in Ukiah

Feb 16, 2017

In one of the latest developments of cannabis news in Mendocino County, the Ukiah City Council Wednesday night unanimously voted to adopt an ordinance to allow the regulation of medical marijuana dispensaries within city limits. During public comment, semi-retired physician Dr. Robert Werra discussed a petition he said was signed by more than 40 local physicians who are opposed to a dispensary in the city.  Over the past few months, public hearings have been held on the issue and many local citizens have expressed both opposition and support of a regulated cannabis dispensary in Ukiah. 

The cities of Willits, Ukiah and Fort Bragg in Mendocino County are currently working out their own cannabis regulations in the face of state legalization of recreational marijuana, Proposition 64. One of the most recent developments in the local cannabis scene is in the city of Fort Bragg. The city moved towards allowing cannabis manufacturing at their city council meeting on Monday, February 13. 

 

State completes Clayton Fire cleanup

Feb 15, 2017
Jason Morash

 

LOWER LAKE--The myriad of debris in Lower Lake left by the destructive Clayton Fire — at least on the state level — has been cleaned up, Lake County officials said Wednesday.

 

According to county Environmental Health Director Ray Ruminski, Cal Recycle completed its debris removal work on more than 150 properties in the burn area last week. Most were properties whose owners granted a right of entry to the state program while a handful were nuisance abatements issued by the county. 

Navarro Bridge log jam removal

Feb 15, 2017
David Steffen / KZYX

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