Assemblymember Jim Wood named Deb Kubin, Superintendent of Mendocino County’s Ukiah Unified School District, as 2021 Woman of the Year for Assembly District 2. Wood said that Kubin responded to the COVID pandemic by not only meeting the challenge to continue the education of Ukiah’s students but also overseeing an amazing effort to make sure that more than 3,000 students received daily meals, including students who attend charter and private schools. Kubin has been superintendent of UUSD since 2012.
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Lake County authorities are investigating a fire at a residence that claimed the lives of three people Monday morning. Firefighters were called to the 700 block of Bass Lane in Clearlake Oaks and arrived to find the structure fully engulfed. The remains of two suspected male adults and one female adult were recovered. The victims’ identities have not been released. An investigation into the fire is ongoing.
A man from Lake County was arrested in Ukiah for possession of a stolen vehicle and possession of controlled narcotics. According to the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office, a deputy pulled over 33–year-old Mark Andrew Nielsen, of Nice for driving erratically. He was placed under arrest when the deputy learned the Dodge Charger was stolen. During a search, the deputy found counterfeit prescription medications referred to as “M30” or “Fetty” that contain the dangerous narcotic, fentanyl. MCSO says pills like these are the cause of many drug overdose medical emergencies and deaths throughout Mendocino County.
Over 8,000 PG&E customers in Northern Mendocino County were without power early yesterday morning. PG&E said transmission lines leading to five substations were impacted by falling tree limbs due to high winds. Power was restored for most customers by 10 yesterday morning.
The state will distribute $50 million in Community Power Resiliency grants through Cal OES, to protect to help mitigate the impacts of utility-initiated power shutoffs.
The funds are being distributed to 225 recipients, including all 58 counties, 51 incorporated cities, 20 federally recognized tribes and 96 special districts, and , are designed to maintain the continuity of critical services that can be impacted by power outages.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office promoted veteran deputy Walter White to rank of sergeant. According to the Sherrif’s office, White is believed to be the first black deputy to reach the rank of sergeant or above on the patrol side. Sgt. White is a lifelong Lake County resident and graduate of Lower Lake High School. He began his law enforcement career with the sheriff’s office as a Correctional Officer in 2006. He was promoted to deputy trainee and graduated from the Santa Rosa Police Academy in 2009. Sgt. White began working as a solo deputy serving the citizens of Lake County in 2010. Sheriff Brian Martin says White is a leader in this community.
Mendocino County Public Health has five COVID-19 second-dose vaccination events scheduled for this week. There’s one today and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. the Ukiah Fairgrounds for the Pfizer vaccine. And one Wednesday same time and location but for the Moderna vaccine. There another Moderna event Thursday at the “The Woods” in Little River from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Friday there’s a Pfizer event at the Caspar Community Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Check for edibility and scheduling at mendocinocounty.org.
Mendocino County has a new wood chipper to help support fuels reduction activities in Redwood Valley and throughout the county. The chipper was purchased through a Hazardous Tree Removal grant provided by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection using California Climate Investments funding.
A controlled burn escaped the permitters and spread into brush and wildland, east of Hopland on Saturday. The last report from Cal Fire over the weekend was that the fire had reached around 60 acres in size.
And there was another escaped control burn reported yesterday. The Brooktrails Township Fire Department responded to the incident on Timber Road.
CALFIREMEU will be conducting a prescribed burn in the Yorkville area starting today, approximately 9 am to 6 pm each day, through Monday, April 5th.
Congressman Mike Thompson announced Crystal Martin and Carol Huchingson as the 2020 and 2021 Women of the Year in Lake County. Each year, Thompson honors women from the Fifth Congressional District who make exceptional contributions to the community. Thompson said Martin is a dedicated and tireless advocate for justice, as the Lake County District Attorney’s Victim-Witness Program Administrator. Thompson said as Lake County’s Administrative Officer, Huchingson has helped people better connect to county services, particularly during disasters.