Archives for March 2017

Ukiah City Council Holding Water Workshop

The Ukiah City Council will be holding a workshop today to discuss issues related to water use by the city. The overview and discussion will focus on the city’s water supply including sources, demand, water rights and pending change petitions. The meeting will be held at the Conference Center at 200 S. School St. beginning at 5 p.m.

New Unemployment Numbers Released

The California Employment Development Department’s report showed that Lake County’s unemployment rate for February dropped to 6.6, down from 7.3 percent in January. Mendocino County’s unemployment for February is at 5.4 percent, up from 5.3 percent in January. The state’s unemployment rate fell to 5.0 percent last month, and employers added 22,900 nonfarm payroll jobs in February.

SBA Disaster Loans Available to Businesses in Lake & Mendocino Counties

Small nonfarm businesses in 26 California counties, including Lake and Mendocino, are now eligible to apply for low-interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration due to a disaster declaration made last week. The loans offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by drought that began October 1st of last year. The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture designated this an agricultural disaster on March 22nd.

SBA eligibility covers both the economic impacts on businesses dependent on farmers and ranchers that have suffered agricultural production losses caused by the disaster and businesses directly impacted by the disaster.

Applicants may apply online using SBA’s secure Web site at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela .

Disaster loan information and application forms are also available from SBA’s Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955 or emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov . Individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may call 800-877-8339.

For more disaster assistance information or to download applications, visit https://www.sba.gov/disaster .

Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

The deadline to apply for these loans is Nov. 22, 2017.

Public Meetings on Lakeport Unified Superintendent Search

The Lakeport Unified School District Board of Trustees is asking for the community’s input on the search for a new district superintendent. A public meeting is planned for today from 3:30-5 PM in the lobby of the MAC at the Lakeport Unified School District Campus. Another will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 30, in the board room at the district office. An online survey also is available here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LakeportParentSurvey .

Fort Bragg Police Detain 2 Juveniles After Gang Related Fight

Two juveniles were placed under arrest and taken to the Mendocino County Juvenile Hall this weekend following an altercation in a parking lot. On Sunday night, Fort Bragg police were called to the 900 block of John Cimolino Way on a report of approximately 10-15 male juveniles in a physical altercation in the parking lot. Officers determined the altercation was mainly between two juveniles and was a gang related fight. One of the juveniles allegedly brandished a knife, but it was not used during the altercation adn no serious injuries were reported.

Abandoned Vehicles in Clearlake Will Soon Be Tagged and Towed

Abandoned vehicles in Clearlake will soon be tagged and towed. Funding for the action is paid for the Abandoned Vehicle Authority. Fees haven’t been getting funneled down to local juristictions for several years, and as a result, the abandoned vehicles throughout Clearlake and other areas of the county have grown. Clarification from the California Department of Finance has allowed funds for the Abandoned Vehicle program to be properly dispersed again.

Local Non-Profits Getting Grant Money for Nutrition Programs

The Ukiah Natural Foods Co-op will begin handing out checks to several local non-profits. A little over $24,000 in grant money will be given to 9 organizations: They are: The Ford Street Project, the emergency winter shelter on State Street, The Kiwanis Club, The Good Farm Fund, the School of Adaptive Agriculture, The Anderson Valley Senior Center, Willits High School, and the Mendocino County Youth Project. The funds are given to the organizations for programs that improve the nutritional intake of county residents.

The Highway 1 Slide Near Legget is Still Active

The Highway 1 Slide Near Legget is still active. Caltrans District 1 refers to the two slides as the near slide (Postmile 104, the closest to Leggett), and the far slide (Postmile 103). The near slide was active Friday, with several inches of mud and rock flowing across the highway. The far slide is stable and cleaned up well, but one lane of the roadway has begun to sink. Caltrans says they don’t know why, but the roadway will be excavated to determine why it is sinking. They suspect they’ll find that It may be that the section was originally built on fallen logs, a practice that was common at one time.

Abandoned Train Car Catches Fire in Willits

The Willits Police and Fire Departments responded to an abandoned train car fire yesterday after multiple people called it in. WPD officers and LLFD fire fighters got to the scene to find the train car fully engulfed, with heavy black smoke pouring into the air. The fire was fully contained soon after their arrival.

Hundreds Show Up in Middletown to Plant Thousands of Trees

Nearly 400 volunteers showed up at the Middletown Trailside Park over the weekend to plant 3,000 trees in Valley Fire burn area.The thousands of little ponderosa pine trees were part of Rotary’s Middletown tree replanting project in the Valley fire area.