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Tensions are rising in the Democratic Republic of Congo as the government cracks down on demonstrations against President Joseph Kabila extending his term past his constitutional two-term limit.

Human Rights Watch says it documented at least 26 deaths during protests Tuesday in multiple cities and called the country a "powder keg." It said it is still verifying the number of dead.

Each Wednesday at St. Francis Episcopal Church on the north side of San Antonio, dozens of refugees from all over the world come for free care at the Refugee Health Clinic.

Students and faculty at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio have teamed up to operate one of the only student-run refugee clinics in the country.

Updated at 6:45 p.m. ET

After more than a year of delays, Texas health officials are moving to block the women's health provider Planned Parenthood from receiving Medicaid funds beginning next month.

In October 2015, Texas officials told Planned Parenthood that the state intended to bar the organization from the public insurance program. Planned Parenthood responded with a lawsuit seeking an injunction against the state.

People who want to sign up for a policy on HealthCare.gov after the annual open enrollment period ends Jan. 31 may have to produce a paper trail proving that they qualify for a "special enrollment period," before their coverage can begin, according to details of a pilot program described by federal officials.

But the verification measures, long sought by insurance companies, may deter the very consumers the marketplace needs to attract: healthy people who may not bother signing up if doing so is a hassle.

Children impacted by the Clayton fire received early Christmas presents this past weekend, thanks to a toy drive organized by a group of friends. From the Brick Hall in Lower Lake Sunday, presents were distributed to 31 families and more than 50 children impacted by the August fire. 

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A controversial plan to log miles of the Gualala River floodplain, is back on track, after being on hold for a number of years.  Opponents of the plan previously thwarted attempts to log the area by convincing a judge the timber harvest plan failed to analyze environmental impacts fully. They sued Cal Fire again in April, just days after the agency renewed its approval to move forward with the harvest plan. 

 

Press Democrat

A Mendocino County Superior Court jury on Friday, May 11, 2018 found 63 year-old Steven Patrick Ryan of Ukiah, guilty of voluntary manslaughter for the late 2016 killing of the young man, 20-year old De'Shaun Patrick Davis.

 

According to a press release issued by Mike Geniella of the District Attorney's Office, the jury also found true the special allegation the defendant personally used a firearm to cause the unlawful death of Davis.
 

Remains Found Near Hart Family Crash Site

May 10, 2018

On Wednesday evening, a Mendocino County Sheriff's Deputy was dispatched to the area of North Highway 1 and Hardy Creek in Westport.

Upon arrival the Deputy learned a local resident had found a pair of jean pants with a shoe entangled inside one of the pant legs on the ocean beach near the mouth of Hardy Creek.  This area is approximately 1 mile north of the Hart Family crash site.

The jeans were a girl's size 10 regular and the shoe appeared to be a 3.5 US big kid size or 5.5 women's US size.

Measure B Commission Oversteps

May 10, 2018

May 10, 2018 -- At the May 8 Board of Supervisors meeting, board members chastised the Measure B Oversight Commission for hiring Lee Kemper to conduct a needs assessment without first getting a vote of approval from elected representatives.

Cleaning Up After The Cleanup

May 8, 2018

May 8, 2018 -- In this interview, we'll hear from Ken Seckora, owner of MBC Construction in Ukiah. This contractor has been working with the county and fire survivors to repair over-excavated properties. He talks about how much it costs and what it takes to make fire survivors' properties ready for rebuild.

Seckora encourages property owners who think they have a problem with their property to call the county's hotline and schedule an assessment. He advises people to make sure any damage is documented, and to address any problems as soon as possible.

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Program Showcase

Heather Gurewitz

Undercapitalization is one of the warning signs of small business failure. Where can small businesses go to access the capital they need to thrive in today’s economy?

On Wednesday 16 May at 7 pm, Mendocino Works will discuss small business capital needs and opportunities with Heather Gurewitz, the recently appointed executive director of the Economic Development and Financial Corporation, or EDFC. Heather will discuss a variety of opportunities available to small business in Mendocino County and what they need to do to get the dollars they need to grow their business.

Rural Resilience - Flockworks: Thursday, May 10th @ 9AM

May 9, 2018

   JANET SELF: Community ArtistArt became my focus in 2004. My work is an abstract exploration... connectivity, flow, energy, rhythm, resonance, space, patterns, chance & intention, universal to singular. I found the act of creating gives courage, insight, freedom, patience and hope. It opens new understanding of the world and I investigate how art making shapes people and the nature of place and community.  I founded Flockworks in 2007 as a nonprofit that builds community through creativity.

Child & Family Services

California

H.O.P.E

Counseling for Fire Survivors

Mission: 

The California H.O.P.E. team provides Redwood Valley Complex Fire crisis counseling and disaster recovery assistance to Mendocino County residents through community-based outreach.

What we can do:

 

A controversial plan to log miles of the Gualala River floodplain, is back on track, after being on hold for a number of years.  Opponents of the plan previously thwarted attempts to log the area by convincing a judge the timber harvest plan failed to analyze environmental impacts fully. They sued Cal Fire again in April, just days after the agency renewed its approval to move forward with the harvest plan. 

 

Press Democrat

A Mendocino County Superior Court jury on Friday, May 11, 2018 found 63 year-old Steven Patrick Ryan of Ukiah, guilty of voluntary manslaughter for the late 2016 killing of the young man, 20-year old De'Shaun Patrick Davis.

 

According to a press release issued by Mike Geniella of the District Attorney's Office, the jury also found true the special allegation the defendant personally used a firearm to cause the unlawful death of Davis.
 

Remains Found Near Hart Family Crash Site

May 10, 2018

On Wednesday evening, a Mendocino County Sheriff's Deputy was dispatched to the area of North Highway 1 and Hardy Creek in Westport.

Upon arrival the Deputy learned a local resident had found a pair of jean pants with a shoe entangled inside one of the pant legs on the ocean beach near the mouth of Hardy Creek.  This area is approximately 1 mile north of the Hart Family crash site.

The jeans were a girl's size 10 regular and the shoe appeared to be a 3.5 US big kid size or 5.5 women's US size.

Measure B Commission Oversteps

May 10, 2018

May 10, 2018 -- At the May 8 Board of Supervisors meeting, board members chastised the Measure B Oversight Commission for hiring Lee Kemper to conduct a needs assessment without first getting a vote of approval from elected representatives.

Cleaning Up After The Cleanup

May 8, 2018

May 8, 2018 -- In this interview, we'll hear from Ken Seckora, owner of MBC Construction in Ukiah. This contractor has been working with the county and fire survivors to repair over-excavated properties. He talks about how much it costs and what it takes to make fire survivors' properties ready for rebuild.

Seckora encourages property owners who think they have a problem with their property to call the county's hotline and schedule an assessment. He advises people to make sure any damage is documented, and to address any problems as soon as possible.

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