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APTOS >> Email released by the Soquel Creek Water District as part of public records requests filed by challengers for two board seats reveal an incumbent suggested a lawsuit against the district might swing a colleague's vote about a future moratorium on development. On June 3, the board decided 3-2 to revise a new service offset program rather than a blanket moratorium.
It's a little after 10 on Sunday morning, and with the sheep dog trials just under way, the fairway at the 90th County Fair & Apple Show in Boonville looks almost deserted: rides quiet, no concession lines and few people. There are, however, some random mooing sounds coming from the livestock area.
Paul Joens-Poulton, one of two candidates in the race for superintendent of Mendocino County schools, says he's no longer going to campaign in the race, to be decided in the November election. In a press release, Joens-Poulton said he enjoyed campaigning in the primary, but has more important things to do in his job at MCOE than spend his time running for office.
The best thing the local community can do in the wake of the ferocious wildland fire which burned five homes Saturday night is to prepare for the next one. That's one conclusion among disaster workers who gathered Monday afternoon to discuss efforts to help the families who lost homes in what is being called the Black Fire, which has so far burned more than 400 acres of valley and hillsides around the Black Bart Trail between Redwood and Potter valleys.
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Dry conditions due to the drought, coupled with high temperatures and low humidity, allowed several of the larger fires to grow quickly, Cal Fire said. Courtney Fire in Madera County east of Oakhurst is 320 acres and 20 percent contained.
Jail inmates in Northern California are getting paid to harvest wine grapes as part of a new program that seeks to connect them with private companies seeking workers. Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman says he launched the program after hearing local employers complain that the county's illegal marijuana business was snatching up most available labor.
High temperatures and tinder dry conditions are making it difficult to get a handle on the fires. One is in Mendocino County and two are in the Sierra Foothills.
In response to that fire, east of Pollock Pines and off King of the Mountain Road, authorities were ordering mandatory evacuations for residents near Forebay Road between King of the Mountain Road and Pony Express Trail, as well as all of Whites Meadows Road, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Advisories for voluntary evacuations were also in place for residents located west of Forebay Road from Blair Road to Pony Express Trail, as well as Badger Hill Road, Marmot Road, Lucky Mine Road, Old Blair Mill Road, Apple Creek Court, Applemont Ranch, Chickaree Lane, Longs Creek, Quick Silver Road, Quick Silver Court, and Baltimore Road.
A Mendocino County resident has tested positive for the West Nile Virus and is recovering, according to a Mendocino County Health and Human Services Agency news release. The resident apparently was inflicted within Mendocino County, and represents the first human West Nile case in the area since 2008.
The U.S. Geological Survey reported a magnitude 3.5 quake struck Sunday at 1:17 p.m. about six miles south of Covelo in Mendocino County. The epicenter was about 120 miles from west of Sacramento.
The Redwood Valley Black Bart Trail fire had burned at least one home Saturday afternoon. Evacuations were underway from Hell's Delight Canyon and northeast toward Potter Valley.
Verizon Wireless is requesting a permit from Mendocino County to construct a telecommunication facility to support a 170-foot wireless tower in Fort Bragg. The Mendocino County Planning Commission will meet Thursday for its regular board meeting commencing at 9 a.m. in the Board of Supervisors Chambers, with the recommended action being to move ahead with the project, according to the commission's meeting agenda.
Cece Case, at a desk in her house, heard a noise, turned and saw this mountain lion staring at her through the window of her home in Mendocino County Cece Case, at a desk in her house, heard a noise, turned and saw this mountain lion staring at her through the window of her home in Mendocino County
The Mendocino County Fair, Apple Show and California Wool and Fiber Show opened yesterday at the Boonville Fairgrounds for three days of animals, carnival rides and entertainment. There will be plenty of apples and wine to taste; bean spitting, bubble gum blowing or tortilla tossing contests; agricultural and fiber demonstrations; pony rides; 4-H and FFA kids and animals; two days of CCPRA rodeo and more.
Updated: Wed Sep 17, 2014 05:40 am
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