Arrest and Investigation into Threats Made on Snapchat

A Lower Lake High School student has been arrested and three others are being investigated after threats were made on social media. On Wednesdya, Clearlake Police Department School Resource Officer Stephanie Green was contacted by Lower Lake High School administration for a report of two 14-year-old male students making threats to hurt each other on Snapchat. One of the students was reportedly holding a handgun while making the threats. That firearm has been recovered. The student who had it said he received the handgun from two other male Lower Lake High School students aged 15 and 16. Police are following up on the claim.

Mendocino County Sets Rules on Private Debris Removal

The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors this week approved an urgency ordinance regarding debris removal. The ordinance specifies the steps for private cleanup efforts that include self-certification by property owners choosing not to sign-off on the right-of-entry form required for participation in the public cleanup. Private cleanup will have to be completed by Feb. 1, 2018 to coincide with public consolidated cleanup.

MTA Gearing Up to Bring Holiday Trolley to Ukiah for 20th Year

The Mendocino Transit Authority is gearing up for the 20th year of bringing the Holiday Trolley to downtown Ukiah. You can hop on board starting the day after Thanksgiving. The service runs through Saturday December 23rd. See the routes online:

http://mendocinotransit.org/news/mtas-holiday-trolley-back-on-nov-24/

Crisis Counseling Available for Suphur Fire Victims

Lake County is reminding Sulphur Fire Victims that crisis counseling is available to help them thorugh the emotional aspects of recovery. Resources are available through the California Department of Health Care Services and the American Red Cross.

For more information, visit https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/disaster-distress-helpline.

Cannabis Farmers in CA Limited to 1 Acre

Cannabis farmers in the state will not be allowed to grow more than 1 acre of marijuana, regardless of whether they are allowed to do so at the local level, until 2023. The 1-acre grow limit was released this week as part of the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s environmental review of the state’s revised cannabis cultivation rules.

Cannabis Business Licenses Now Available in Mendocino County

Mendocino County’s permit program for local cannabis business licenses goes into effect today. Business license applications will be accepted at the county’s Treasurer-Tax Collector’s Office for: processing, manufacturing and distribution facilities, testing labs, retailers (dispensaries or nurseries) and microbusinesses. The business permit program was approved in mid-October. The full application packet is available at the county’s cannabis business website:

https://www.mendocinocounty.org/government/treasurer-tax-collector/cannabis-taxes-and-applications

Lake County Will Accept Wildfire Debris from Mendocino County

Lake County has reversed a decision on accepting wildfire debris. The reverasal means they have authorized Mendocino County to use the Eastlake Landfill for debris cleanup and removal. The county had previously denied the use due to concerns over the timeline until the facility is considered full. The Public Services Director recently determined as of 2017, and including Sulphur Fire debris, the landfill is 87-percent full, and should last the county another 13 years for use. Allowing Mendocino County to use the dump site will decrease the date by approximately two years.

Congressman Introduces Bill to Provide More Relief for Wildfire Survivors

Congressman Mike Thompson has introduced a bill that would provide more temporary tax relief to survivors of last month’s wildland fires. Thompson says his legislation would provide the affected communities with more tools to begin the process of rebuilding and recovering.

Highlights of the bill:

It eliminates the need for an individual to itemize deductions to access this tax relief.

It allows access to retirement funds without penalty, suspends limitations on the deduction for charitable contributions.

It provides disaster-related employment relief.

It allows taxpayers for 2017 to refer to earned income from the immediately preceding year for purposes of determining the earned income tax credit and child tax credit

Flood Advisory for Southern Lake County

With more rain in the forecast, the National Weather Service has issued a flood advisory for parts of
Northern California, including southern Lake County, through this afternoon. Southern Lake County could see heavy rain today, with rainfall amounts of up to a quarter of an inch.

Scam Involving City of Ukiah Utility Department

City of Ukiah Police Department
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UPD has been notified that an attempted scam is recirculating. The City of Ukiah Utility Department will not call you and ask you to pay your bill over the phone with a credit card. Please share and help us make sure no one becomes a victim.