Archives for February 2016

The Northern Inner Coast Range State Conservancy

A new bill has been introduced in the legislature to create the Northern Inner Coast Range State Conservancy. A group of Northern California lawmakers have proposed that 13 counties including Lake and Mendocino would take part of a new conservency area. Lake County News reports, A Northern Inner Coast Range Conservancy can bring additional funding and local collaboration in the region for conservation protection and economic development. Senate Bill 1396 would be modeled after the Sierra Nevada Conservancy that plays an important collaborative role working with local governments, businesses, nonprofit organizations and others for additional state funds, proposition bond funds and other grant opportunities.

Ukiah City Council Holding Workshop on Street Conditions

The Ukiah City Council is holding a workshop today to discuss the city’s streets

According to a recent poll, 80 percent of local residents surveyed in Mendocino County believe the condition of the area’s streets and roads are “a serious problem.” The survey also asked residents if they would support a sales tax to provide funding for fixing potholes, repaving and other repairs. 63% of Ukiah residents and 66% of residents in unincorporated areas of Mendocino County said they were in favor of a one-half cent sales tax. Offiicals will further discuss the results of the survey today, which was commissioned by the Mendocino Council of Governments and conducted by phone to 700 residents last month. Of those surveyed, 400 lived in unincorported Mendocino County, while 300 were residents of Ukiah.

Roadmap to Recovery Workshop This Evening

A “Roadmap to Recovery” workshop for Valley fire survivors is being held today, presented by United Policyholders. The workshop starts at 6 p.m. at Middletown High School. Property owners and renters whose homes were damaged or destroyed in the Valley fire are encouraged to attend. For more information visit

Hack and Squirt Initiative to be on Ballot

An initiative on the hack-and-squirt practices in Mendocino County has made the June 2016 ballot…

A group of local firefighters that proposed the ballot measure gathered nearly 5,000 signatures, nearly double what was required. The Ukiah Daily Journal reports, the measure titled “Shall the People of Mendocino County Declare Intentionally Killed and Left Standing Trees a Public Nuisance?,” will now move forward as Measure V. Voters will decide whether or not timber companies, or others, that use hack-and-squirt processes can be held liable for the dead standing trees that are left behind. The hack-and-squirt practice involves “hacking” a notch into unwanted trees, and then “squirting” the notch with an herbicide to kill the tree. Some firefighters argue those trees may increase fire risk. If voters say yes to Measure V in June, dead trees left standing as a result of hack-and-squirt could be declared a public nuisance and property owners could be held liable for any damages caused by the trees.

Sports Highlights – Basketball Playoff Results Wednesday

Sports Highlights – Basketball Playoffs:

The Kelseyville Knights girls team beat the Del Norte High School Warriors 50-45 in the opening round of the North Coast Section Division IV playoffs. They move on to the quarterfinals against No. 1 seed Salesian of Richmond. That game takes place Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. at Salesian High School.

Kelseyville’s boys fell 56-52 in their first-round game at Arcata.

Middletown’s girls got a win in their first-round North Coast Section Division IV playoff game against the Fortuna Huskies. The Mustangs play Cardinal Newman in the quarterfinals on Saturday night in Santa Rosa at 7 p.m.

The season is over for the Clear Lake girls and Upper Lake boys and girls, who all lost their first-round play-off games.

Lake County home sales

Lake County home sales prices have gone up while the number of homes for sale has dropped. The Lake County Association of Realtors reports that the January median sales price of a single family home in Lake County rose 7.6 percent over sales in December of last year. The January median sales price was $232,500 compared to $216,000 in December. The number of sales in January was 50 which was a 46.2-percent decrease from the 93 sales in December. The president of the associations says, it’s not uncommon to see the number of sales dip in January.
The number of sales are up 11 percent on a year to year basis and the median price increased 46 percent over the January 2015 sales.

Ukiah city streets workshop

The Ukiah City Council will hold a workshop this week to talk about the condition of the city’s streets. The Ukiah Daily Journal reports, a poll
was commissioned by the Mendocino Council of Governments last month. Of the 300 Ukiah residents contacted by phone, more than 88 percent described local street conditions as a serious concern. The survey also asked residents about funding for fixing potholes, repaving and other repairs, and reportedly a majority of all surveyed residents showed strong support for a one-half cent local sales tax dedicated toward this purpose. The meeting is tomorrow at 5:30 in the Ukiah Valley Conference Center.

Mendocino County Man Sentenced for Sexual Abuse of Daughters

A Mendocino County man was sentenced yesterday afternoon for the sexual abuse of his two daughters over a 15-year period.

Mendocino County Superior Court Judge Ann Moorman described the case against 63-year-old Donald Earl Dunakin as one of the worst child sexual abuse cases she had ever seen. Dunakin and his longtime live-in companion Ina Selene Medina were arrested at their Talmage area home in January 2014 after the county’s Child Protective Services unit was made aware of the abuse. Medina entered guilty pleas in April 2015, and was sentenced in June to a stipulated sentence of 20 years to life in state prison. In October, Dunakin plead guilty to six felony counts of child sexual abuse and was sentenced yesterday to 81 years to life in prison.

Tule Elk Problem

Ranchers in Mendocino County are facing problems caused by the Tule Elk.

The animals are appearing in large groups, One rancher says he’s seen around 300 of them roaming between two herds in Round Valley, Long Valley, Laytonville, Willits, the coast and Potter Valley. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife last estimated, in 2007, the population of elk throughout the state to be around 4,000. The Ukiah Daily Journal reports, Most of the ranchers want to see the herds managed, but are complaining that they cause accidents when they cross the road and they eat up all the vegetation, destroy fences and strip grape vines. The Center for Biological Diversity say elk need to roam free in order to have access to water and food. Tule Elk are a protected species in California, but hunting permits are granted during yearly seasons to help manage the herds. The next General Government committee meeting is on March 21 where discussions will take place about what can be done to manage the elk.

Lake County Approves Ad Contract to Attract Tourism

The Lake County Board of Supervisors has approved an advertising contract to help attract more tourism. They are hoping to bring visitors from the northern Bay Area by purchaseing print and digital advertising space in Sonoma Media Investment publications, which is the company owned by the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat. The county will spend a maximum of around $61,000 on its marketing efforts.