Within seconds, a bright, white flash erupted on the lower deck of West Delta 105 E, an oil-production platform positioned a dozen miles off the Louisiana coast. Disoriented, one crew member found himself 10 feet away from where he had been working before he blacked out. Another likened the impact to a sledgehammer blow to his head. A third told investigators he felt like he'd been hit by an 18-wheeler, his hard hat, glasses and earplugs knocked off in the blast.

In a congressional district that is considered as red as the sun is bright, Democrats see a tiny opening in an upcoming special election in Arizona after a surprising victory in a similar race last month in Pennsylvania.

Voters in Arizona's 8th Congressional District, northwest of Phoenix, are choosing a replacement for Trent Franks, who resigned abruptly last year amid sexual harassment allegations.

April is a hard month for Paula Reed — even though it has been 19 years.

April 20 is the anniversary of the Columbine massacre. That day in 1999, two Littleton, Colo., high school students killed 12 students and one teacher before killing themselves.

Reed was a teacher at Columbine High School school that day, and still is today. This week, she spoke to NPR from the same classroom she was teaching in before everything happened.

Politics isn't always red or blue. Lately, it has been green.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., plans to introduce legislation on Friday to decriminalize marijuana on the federal level, adding a high-profile advocate in the effort to decriminalize, legalize and normalize marijuana use in America.

Schumer's legislation would remove marijuana from the list of scheduled substances under a 1970 law that classifies marijuana as dangerous as heroin for legal and regulatory purposes.

Tuesday's tax day computer glitch at the IRS prevented the agency from accepting millions of tax returns and forced the IRS to extend the filing deadline for another day.

We now have a better idea of what happened to cause the snafu.

According to an IRS official, the problem arose at 4 a.m. EDT Tuesday, which was the day tax returns were due and the busiest day of the tax year for the IRS.

Teachers in Arizona held a strike vote on Thursday that launched Arizona's first-ever statewide walkout and turned down a proposed pay raise — instead demanding increased school funding.

The Arizona Education Association and the grass-roots group the Arizona Educators United announced that teachers will walk off the job April 26.

Sir Alan Parker announced Thursday he was stepping down as chair of Save the Children International and resigning from the board. The move follows accusations of inappropriate behavior leveled against former leadership at the charity that bills itself as helping 50 million of the world's most vulnerable children each year.

"Given the complex mix of challenges the organisation and the sector is facing, it is my view that a change is needed," Parker said in a letter to his colleagues.

It's no secret that the Internet has been hammering newspapers. Ad sales and subscriptions have been falling for years. Now, there's a new problem — the actual paper newspapers are printed on just got much more expensive.

Since the first of the year, the Commerce Department has imposed steep tariffs of up to 32 percent on newsprint imported from Canada. While that's boosting profits for the five remaining U.S. newsprint mills, the preliminary tariffs have raised prices nationwide and triggered something of a crisis in an already troubled industry.

In the last few years, some European countries have refused to take in refugees, prejudiced views have entered the mainstream, and leaders demonize religious minorities and attack the free press.

Nils Muiznieks has raised alarms about many of these issues. He's just finished his six-year term as the Council of Europe's human rights commissioner, the continent's main human rights watchdog.

Lance Armstrong has agreed to pay the federal government $5 million to settle fraud allegations that could have resulted in a nearly $100 million penalty. The U.S. Postal Service, which had sponsored the disgraced cyclist's team, argued that Armstrong defrauded taxpayers by accepting millions from the government agency while using performance-enhancing drugs during competition.

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CalOES To Replace Over-Excavated Soil

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April 20, 2018 — The California Office of Emergency Services took responsibility for over excavations in the burn zones.  At Wednesday’s fire recovery meeting at Eagle Peak Middle School in Redwood Valley, CalOES officials assured survivors that the state will replace excessive soil removed by contractors. One man said the excavations left a trout pond where his house used to be. Scott Ward, a former senior building inspector who currently works as a consultant in Redwood Valley, said he thought CalOES was late to the game and that the county should have forced the issue earlier.

Board of Supervisors, April 10, Mendo Recycle Plan

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April 20, 2018 — Robert Carlson, the new general manager of the Mendocino Solid Waste Management Authority, gave a presentation on the organization’s three year plan, as well as recent changes. Carlson, who has the been the GM since September, told the board that the outfit now goes by the name Mendo Recycle, rather than the acronym MSWA, and that he has made some new hires. He also laid out plans for cleaning up illegal dump sites, and addressed the improper disposal of drugs and needles.

 

Board of Supervisors, April 10, Cannabis Items

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April 20, 2018 -- During the cannabis update at last week’s Board of Supervisors’ meeting, several small growers voiced their concern that the current application system favors large growers.

April 20, 2018 —  Fire recovery came up early on the Board of Supervisors’ agenda Tuesday. During public comment, Lee Howard, of the North Coast Builders Exchange, raised a number of objections, from the format of the community recovery meetings to an increase in the payment to a consultant.

Last December, the county entered into a $50,000 contract with a Petaluma consultant named William Schurtz. Last month, his contract was extended May through June, for an additional $25,000.

 

New York Times

Caltrans has plans to replace the Albion River Bridge located on the scenic coastline in Mendocino County. It is on the Register of Historic Places and it is the last timber trestle bridge on California’s Highway 1. Many coastal residents are fighting the proposal and are working instead to preserve and restore the bridge.

 

 

Caltrans is hosting an informational meeting on the Albion River Bridge proposal to remove it Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at the Albion Elementary school from 6 to 7:30 pm.

 

More Local News

House Concert with Ben Miller & Anita MacDonald

Thursday April 19, 2018 at a private home in Fort Bragg. Advance reservations required - contact me or Catherine Keegan, keegan@mcn.org for details.

Ben & Anita blend the rich traditional sound of the Cape Breton fiddle with the fiery edge of the Scottish Border pipes, punctuated by songs in Gaelic and English, and accompanied by guitar and foot-percussion.

Station News

KZXY

The Mendocino County Public Broadcasting Board of Directors is pleased to announce the results of the 2018 board election and the new board members who will fill the six available seats on the nine-member board.

Two at-large seats were up for election, with seats going to the top two vote-getters.

Program Showcase

Santiago Rizzo - QUEST

Apr 19, 2018

To hear this interview with Santiago Rizzo on his film, QUEST, click on this link:

https://forthright.media/2018/04/17/santiago-rizzo-quest/

QUEST, the new film by Santiago Rizzo, is autobiographical, based on his relationship with his amazing Berkeley Willard Middle School teacher and coach, Tim Moellering, and his “PROMISES NEVER BROKEN.”

It will screen at the Mendocino Film Festival on June 1 at Coast Theater (3pm) & June 2 Crown Hall (3pm).

Jenny Murray - ¡Las Sandinistas!

Apr 18, 2018
https://diariovenceremos.cl/2017/12/03/mujeres-la-insurreccion-es-una-tela-de-arana-que-hay-que-tejer/

To hear this interview with Jenny Murray - writer, director, editor of ¡Las Sandinistas! click on this link:https://forthright.media/2018/04/18/jenny-murray-las-sandinistas/

 ¡LAS SANDINISTAS! chronicles the crucial role of women combatants in Nicaragua’s successful revolution to overthrow the decades long dictatorship of the Somoza family.

Child & Family Services

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) nationwide. 

Project Sanctuary has been providing services in Mendocino County for over three decades. What began as a women's only domestic violence shelter many years ago, has evolved into a fully comprehensive domestic violence and sexual assault crisis response center serving all genders and sexual orientations, with both male and female counselors, and in both Spanish and English.