Archives for January 2015

Hare Creek Center Nixed

Fort Bragg residents had their chance to sound off on the proposed Hare Creek Center during the Fort Bragg Planning Commission meeting last night. The majority in the audience were against the proposal. The Commissioners passed the first resolution by a vote of 3-1 on the adoption of a Mitigated Negative Declaration, which didn’t go over well. There were shouts of “shame on you” directed to the Commissioners. The controversial MDN laid out why the environment wouldn’t be significantly impacted by the project. It stated that the center would have no effect on agricultural resources, and a ‘less than significant’ impact to air quality. After the recess, the vote was 2-2 which nixes the the mall the project.

Registration for Clearlake Citizen Academy Closing Soon

The Clearlake Police Department will be hosting a “Citizen Academy” beginning next Wednesday, but the closing date to register is this Saturday. The academy will be instructed over five days during the month of February. The Academy is open to anyone over the Age of 18 that wants to attend, can pass a brief background check, having no felony convictions and has an interest in learning more about Law Enforcement. Attendees who complete the course may have the opportunity to join the Clearlake Police Volunteer program

CA Turkey Farm under qurantine

A California turkey farm has been quarantined after confirmation of the first case of an outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza strain in the Pacific Northwest and in a commercial flock. State and government labs confirmed the findings from samples submitted by Foster Farms, which had experienced a spike in bird deaths. The USDA’s policy requires that the ranch be quarantined. The agency will humanely kill or destroy the birds to prevent the spread of the disease to migratory and commercial flocks. In 2013, California produced 13 million turkeys, according to the latest USDA data.

Ukiah man arrested for child endangerment

Big Trouble for a Ukiah man. 26 year old Richard Tillman Jr. has been arrested and charged with child endangerment. The Ukiah Police Department said, on January 17th officers responded to a welfare check on a 2 year old child in the care of his father at a home on Henderson Lane. Officers found an excessive amount of garbage and empty beer cans all around the house. They also found moldy food in the kitchen and it appeared there was no food for the 2 year old to eat. Officers discovered drug paraphernalia in easy reach of the child, and that Tillman appeared to have recently used drugs. He was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance and child endangerment and booked into Mendocino County Jail under $17,500 bail.

California Healthcare

Californians received $3.2 billion in federal subsidies last year to help make health insurance more affordable. The state announced the total Monday for the first time since the subsidies began in 2014 as part of the federal health overhaul. It showed that Californians who qualified for assistance spent $1.1 billion on premiums while the federal government contributed $3.2 billion. That three-to-one ratio is consistent with national averages reported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 800,000 households received an average of $436 a month in premium subsidies. Between 85 and 88 percent of individuals who enrolled qualified for assistance. The state is also starting to send out new tax reporting forms this week showing the premium assistance each household received.

Tuesday NIght Basketball Winners

Tuesday night winners in high school basketball for Varsity Boys were:

Fort Bragg

For Varsity Girls:
Lower Lake beat Fort Bragg
Clear Lake, Kelseyville, Middletown, and Upper Lake were all winners.

Coming ooff a win against Rancho Cotate, the Ukiah Wildcats boys basketball team are still in a hunt for an NCS play-off qualification. They take on Windsor tonight.

Fund Set Up to Help Man Pay for Service Dog Treatment

A Redwood Valley man whose service dog was injured during an incident at his home needs help paying the costs for his care. Tim Mills suffered a broken leg when he was run over by a car, and Mills told the Ukiah Daily Journal that his Rotweiler named Spike saved him by pulling him over to the house and phone so he could call for help. The dog has been having trouble walking since the incident, and is possibly suffering an injury to his spine.Spikes medical costs could be in the thousands. A nurse tending to Mills has set up fund to raise money. Checks can be made out and sent to: “For the Love of Spike,” care of Alexander Valley Health Center, 6 Tarman Dr., Cloverdale, CA 95425. You can also call call (707) 894-4229 for more information.

Ukiah Collision Causes Minor Injuries

A woman suffered minor inuries following a collision yesterday at around 12:45PM in the 700 block of North State Street. The crash involved a white Subaru and a grey Dodge pick-up truck. There were reports that a fight broke out after the collision, but no arrests were made by the Ukiah Police Department.

Gas mileage tax

We all are enjoying lower gas prices but with the lower fuel prices and the proliferation of electric, hybrid and better vehicles with much better fuel economy the State of California is suffering with less money coming into the state coffers in the form of the gasoline taxes because of less gasoline being used. So as gas prices and consumption fall, so does the sales tax generated by fuel sales. Those dollars go to repair state highways, roads and bridges. This dilemma has some lawmakers considering a mileage tax on drivers.

Willits, Middltown in First Place NCL1

Sports Highlights:

The Willits Wolverines are in first place in the North Central League I after beating the Kelseyville Knights 57-53 Friday night.

Middletown Mustangs girls team moved into first place as well with their 54-26 victory over the Lower Lake Trojans.