AM News for Monday, 11.4.13
The National Congress of American Indians has
called on Congress to halt work on the Willits bypass .
The Sherwood Valley Band of Pomo Indians asked
for the resolution after construction crews ruined a
historic cultural site.
The tribes want federal funding for the project
withheld until Caltrans can adequately address
concerns over the potential for damage to other
The tribes’ resolution has not yet been sent to
members of Congress. A spokesman for Rep. Huffman said he cannot address the request to stop
funding at this time.
But in a written statement, Huffman joined tribes and federal authorities in calling for an investigation into what led to the mistake.
Fort Bragg will soon see a taxicab on the streets
following approval of a permit by the City Council last Monday. Mike Riley, who operates seven cabs in
Lake County, will use one of his cabs in Fort Bragg .
Police Chief Scott Mayberry performed a background check on Riley and the company and gave the city
Riley said he can deliver people anywhere on the
coast at $3 to pick up and $3 per mile afterward 24-7.
Riley said he expects to have a cab in Fort Bragg around Dec. 1.
A new local law designed to protect industry, an ad-hoc committee on water issues and a tax-sharing agreement with Ukiah are the topics at the
Mendocino Administration Center on Low Gap Road Tuesday.
If adopted at the 9 am meeting, the "Right to Industry"ordinance would require "residents or businesses
moving onto land that is directly adjacent to industrially zoned parcels to sign a disclosure," that the property "may be subject to inconvenience or discomfort
arising from use of machinery ."
The discussion arises out of complaints "that are
often the simple consequence of day-to-day industrial operations" from the neighbors. The
staff report cited "the long-term costs to the economy of Mendocino County
because "Manufacturers and other industries are
"often" discouraged from establishing operations
here "by local residents who ardently object to any
disturbance to their lifestyle."
No incidents of such
complaints were given.
In other business, the board will consider appointing an ad-hoc committee to review "all currently available
information regarding releases of water from Lake
Mendocino as well as downriver diversions in
At 5:30 p.m., two board members appointed to an ad-hoc committee will meet with the Ukiah's committee to forge a tax-sharing agreement .
Thanks to the Ukiah Daily Journal, for this story.
Ukiah Ambulance announced that "Within the month, they will no longer staff an ambulance in Willits
because of unexpected competition from from
Verihealth, Inc. which in Sept began providing
ambulance service and Howard Hospital began using for all of its inter-facility transfers causing the Ukiah Ambulance call
volume to drop by 90 percent.
A letter expressing Ukiah Ambulance's confusion
about being forced out of Willits was sent to Rick
Bockmann, CEO of Howard Memorial Hospital on
Oct. 16 but Ukiah Ambulance has received no
The Army Corps of Engineers said it lacks the money to keep some visitor facilities open at Lake
Mendocino and Lake Sonoma.
The resolution that ended the 16-day gov't shutdown did not release all of the money
the Corps needed and the h shortage will not be
corrected until January.
Most day-use facilities, such as picnic grounds, will remain
open at the two lakes, and Lake Sonoma remains
open for fishing and boating, although water levels at Lake Mendocino are too low to keep the boat ramps open. Most restrooms at both parks, however, remain closed, and the parks will be cutting back on litter
removal and other maintenance. Campgrounds at the two lakes will be closed immediately.