The two emergency winter shelters in Mendocino County are closing.  The Coast Hospitality Center in Fort Bragg announced today it is closing in a few days due to lack of funds and the Ukiah shelter is expected to close in a few weeks.  Many homeless are left to find shelter on the streets.  Tune in to hear from them. 

Road Closure Updates

Feb 22, 2017

The following highways in Mendocino county that had been closed due to flooding are now open:

Hwy 1 at the Garcia River, mile marker 17.3 to 18.6

Hwy 128 mile marker 0 to 11

Hwy 175 mile marker 0 to .75

 

The Lake County Sheriff's Department issued urgent advisory evacuations on Tuesday around 5 pm for residents in and near Clear Lake, Clearlake Oaks Keys and near the Big Valley Rancheria, Lands’ End, Corinthian Bay, Soda Bay and other nearby areas in Lake County.

The press release states that roadways and residences are inundated due to recent rainfall and areas along the Lake Shore have already begun to flood.

Jeffrey Parker

 

Authorities said a landslide north of Laytonville has closed Route 101 in both directions, and a major sinkhole has closed Orr Springs Road in both directions near mile marker 39.20 east of Wonder Ranch.

The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office confirmed the Route 101 closing, and said efforts to clear the reopen the major north-south artery were under way. 

The northern pikeminnow have been preying on salmon and steelhead juveniles in the Eel river watershed since 1979, when the non native fish was first introduced, likely by fishermen using them for bass bait.

The Eel River Recovery Project surveyed pike minnow populations in the river in 2016 and released their results in February 2017.  Pat Higgins, director of the Eel River Recovery Project has the details in part 1 of the Pikeminnow Invasion. 

Thanks to everyone who helped us conduct our February Pledge Drive. Together we raised more than $58,000 in seven days.

 

We couldn’t have done it without all the dedicated supporters who volunteered on the phones, or on the air, brought us food, and gave us their encouragement.

 

And thanks, especially, to everyone who pledged - on the phone or on the web – with new memberships, renewals, additional gifts, and commitments to make monthly donations. It will all add up, to keep Independent media strong here in Mendocino County.

 

I'm here at the Folk Alliance International Conference  representing KZYX & Z and my show "Roots and All."

I may have mentioned a few dozen times on the show that my kid, Ian, is also a folk DJ in Philadelphia. He's here too. In fact, we're rooming together.

At least 28 people were injured — 21 of whom have been hospitalized — after a man driving a pickup truck plowed into a crowd of spectators Saturday night at a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans.

The city's mayor, Mitch Landrieu, said none of the victims had sustained a life-threatening injury in the wreck, which both he and police are calling a drunken-driving incident.

On-air challenge: I'm going to give you three 5-letter words. You tell me a 5-letter word that can precede each of mine to complete a compound word or a familiar two-word phrase.

Ex. DRAFT HOUSE RIDER --> Rough (rough draft, rough-house, Rough Rider)

1. GLASS SLIDE MELON
2. TIGER TRAIL TOWEL
3. COUNT DONOR SPORT
4. SENSE POWER LAUGH
5. GIANT PEACE THUMB
6. SHIFT SHIRT STAND
7. SALAD PUNCH FLIES
8. TEASE POKER STEAK
9. STORY ORDER RANGE
10. SAUCE CIDER STORE
11. BLANK GUARD TAKEN

If you're in Clarksdale, Miss., home of the Delta blues, everybody says you have to go to Red's juke joint. The hole-in-the-wall club is the real deal. It's just a small room, a few tables and a fridge full of beer. Red lights are strung around a low ceiling. On the night we visit, octogenarian Leo "Bud" Welch plays in the center of the room, hunched over a sparkly, hot pink, electric guitar. Red Paden, the owner, sits out front, surveying from behind the bar.

In 2010, Lester Packingham was convicted of having a Facebook account. That's a crime in North Carolina, which bars registered sex offenders from "accessing" certain social media sites, including Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram.

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments on whether that law violates the First Amendment guarantee of free speech. Packingham contends the statute, instead of being narrowly targeted, encompasses a "vast amount" of speech that is protected by the Constitution.

What Makes Mira Rai Run?

2 hours ago

Mira Rai is perched on the edge of a couch in Kathmandu in a bright yellow Salomon windbreaker and track pants. The 29-year-old is recovering from knee surgery but looks as if she needs to jump off the couch and burn energy on a mountain trail.

Trail running is, in fact, what the Nepali athlete is known for — along with her unlikely journey from school dropout in a remote Nepali village to Maoist child soldier to national sports hero featured in children's books and depicted in murals.

Firsts can be life changing — think about your first kiss, your first time behind the wheel of a car. But what about the first time you got a prescription for a narcotic?

James Hatzell, from Collingswood, NJ, is now a technology officer for a college addiction treatment program. He didn't realize it at the time, but that spring day of his junior year of high school — seven years ago — was a pivotal moment in his life.

Which Colleges Might Give You The Best Bang For Your Buck?

3 hours ago

The cost of college is high and rising, while a bachelor's degree is practically required to get ahead.

It's hard enough for a family with means to get a student through school these days, let alone a low-income family.

So, are the immediate costs of college, and the loans that can follow, worth it?

Tales of talented black students on majority-white campuses running through a racial gauntlet that has them questioning their brilliance, abilities and place are familiar to parents like me who have a college-bound child at home.

On Monday, the Senate will vote on Wilbur Ross' nomination as the U.S. commerce secretary. As required by the Ethics in Government Act, the billionaire businessman has reached an agreement with the Office of Government Ethics to sell off most of his holdings.

There are renewed efforts at the state level to pass so-called religious freedom bills. LGBTQ rights advocates believe that's because local lawmakers are anticipating support from the Trump administration.

In Alabama, there's a bill that allows adoption agencies that are religiously affiliated to hold true to their faith if they don't think same-sex couples should be parents. The psychiatric community has found no evidence that having same-sex parents harms children.

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