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. 

Approximately 100 people were evacuated from their homes in Lakeport Monday as water levels in Clear Lake hit their highest mark in decades.

The mandatory evacuations were issued  at around 4:30 p.m. for  four locations: Lucky Four Resort at 1060 N. Main St., Aqua Village Mobile Home Park at 1350 S. Main St., Willow Point Resort  at 1 First St, and and Esplanade Street from Main Street to K. Street.

"This one caught everyone by surprise," District 3 county supervisor Jim Steele said.

In one of the latest developments of cannabis news in Mendocino County, the Ukiah City Council Wednesday night unanimously voted to adopt an ordinance to allow the regulation of medical marijuana dispensaries within city limits. During public comment, semi-retired physician Dr. Robert Werra discussed a petition he said was signed by more than 40 local physicians who are opposed to a dispensary in the city.  Over the past few months, public hearings have been held on the issue and many local citizens have expressed both opposition and support of a regulated cannabis dispensary in Ukiah. 

The cities of Willits, Ukiah and Fort Bragg in Mendocino County are currently working out their own cannabis regulations in the face of state legalization of recreational marijuana, Proposition 64. One of the most recent developments in the local cannabis scene is in the city of Fort Bragg. The city moved towards allowing cannabis manufacturing at their city council meeting on Monday, February 13. 

 

Jason Morash

 

LOWER LAKE--The myriad of debris in Lower Lake left by the destructive Clayton Fire — at least on the state level — has been cleaned up, Lake County officials said Wednesday.

 

According to county Environmental Health Director Ray Ruminski, Cal Recycle completed its debris removal work on more than 150 properties in the burn area last week. Most were properties whose owners granted a right of entry to the state program while a handful were nuisance abatements issued by the county. 

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.

More than a month after a military court found Sgt. Elor Azaria guilty of manslaughter, the soldier has been ordered to serve an 18-month prison sentence. Azaria, 21, who worked as an army medic, shot and killed Abdel Fattah al-Sharif, a Palestinian assailant who was already incapacitated.

The 114th North American International Toy Fair boosts a chance for industry players to see "hundreds of thousands of innovative new toys and games before they hit store shelves."

To attend the four-day event in New York City must be a lot like being a kid in a candy store — err — make that toy store.

At the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, hundreds of thousands of square feet are dedicated to the "hottest new toys and trends."

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There are many challenges to farming for a living: It's often grueling work that relies on unpredictable factors such as weather and global market prices. But one aspect that's often ignored is the cost of health care.

A University of Vermont researcher found that nationally, most farmers cited health care costs as a top concern.

The cellphone video is vivid. A border patrol agent aims his gun at an unarmed 15-year-old some 60 feet away, across the border with Mexico, and shoots him dead.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments in a case testing whether the family of the dead boy can sue the agent for damages in the U.S.

Between 2005 and 2013, there were 42 such cross-border shootings, a dramatic increase over earlier times.

Transitioning to adulthood isn't new, but there is a more modern way to describe it: adulting.

Get your car's oil changed? That's adulting. Cook dinner instead of order takeout? That's adulting.

And now a new school in Maine, called the Adulting School, is dedicated to teaching skills like these to fledgling adults so they can become successful grown-ups.

As a Seattle-based fiction writer and a part-time stay-at-home dad, Josh Mohr, 40, spends his days in the world of make-believe.

His routine begins at approximately 5:30 a.m. when his 3-year-old daughter, Ava, waves a magic wand to turn him into a children's storyteller.

Mohr cozies up to his toddler, who's dressed for the occasion in a purple princess dress and a sparkly crown with rainbow jewels. After they've finished a few readings of Curious George, Ava asks her dad to read the story again.

"Again, Daddy. Let's do it again," she says.

Vitaly Ivanovich Churkin, a veteran diplomat who represented the former Soviet Union and Russian Federation for more than 40 years, died Monday while at work in the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations. He would have been 65 today.

The Russian U.N. mission said Churkin's death was a "shock," but offered no cause. The New York Police Department said there were no indications of foul play.

Welcome to the bat cave. No, we're not talking about the secret headquarters of a superhero.

This is Gomantong — an ancient cave carved out of 20 million-year-old limestone in the middle of the Borneo rain forest in Malaysia. It's part of a vast network of tunnels and caverns. And it's the perfect hideout for bats.

Up at the top are millions of bats. Literally millions. They hang upside down all day long from the cave's ceiling, sleeping and pooping.

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. 

Approximately 100 people were evacuated from their homes in Lakeport Monday as water levels in Clear Lake hit their highest mark in decades.

The mandatory evacuations were issued  at around 4:30 p.m. for  four locations: Lucky Four Resort at 1060 N. Main St., Aqua Village Mobile Home Park at 1350 S. Main St., Willow Point Resort  at 1 First St, and and Esplanade Street from Main Street to K. Street.

"This one caught everyone by surprise," District 3 county supervisor Jim Steele said.

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