AM News Wednesday. 7.31.13
Once again, protesters against the Caltrans bypass around Willits snuck
onto the construction site, and locked themselves to a giant bulldozer called a ripper which is demolishing a hillside and using the soil to build a freeway.Unlike earlier times,the CHP allowed press access to the protest site, the
week after Willits News photographer Steve Eberhard was arrested when he tried to cover a protest .Two women, Kim Bancroft and Maureen Kane,
have locked their hands around the equipment in welded steel tubes, which are difficult to remove and must be sawn through. A third protester, Steve
Keyes, was arrested when he would not leave their side, where he was
stationed with water.
The Mendocino Board of Supervisors is scheduled to consider its request to meet with Costco officials regarding a potential store within county limits,
but such a meeting - according to the UDJ - would violate an exclusive
negotiating agreement (ENA) the city has with Costco.
Assistant City Manager Sage Sangiacomo said that an ENA signed in
January 2011 was still in effect, and states that: "Costco shall not, directly or indirectly, investigate, negotiate or otherwise solicit, offers or proposals
other than (the city of Ukiah) with respect to the acquisition of any real property in Mendocino County for a Costco Project."
The EIR is expected to be back before the Ukiah Planning Commission Aug. 9, and if certified, will next go before the Ukiah City Council.
In a letter published in the AVA, SUPERVISOR JOHN MCCOWEN WRITES that " what is really going on here: “…the city [is not moving forward with] a reasonable tax sharing agreement and this is the fallout.”
"The city simply can not insist on keeping the lion’s share of future revenue to itself and also expect that the county will sit on the sidelines indefinitely and make no effort to compete for future sales tax revenue."
Recreation managers at the Mendocino National Forest are seeking comments on a proposal to install a yurt at one campsite at the Sycamore Grove Campground, located within the Lake Red Bluff Recreation Area adjacent to the Sacramento River.
The campsite currently has electricity and potable water hookups and fee is $25 per night. The proposed fee increase for the campsite with yurt is $40 per night.
The forest is proposing installing a yurt within one of the existing campsites with electric and potable water hookups.
The yurt would be available for rental on a first-come-first-served basis or by reservation through the National Recreation Reservation Service (NRRS) at 877-444-6777 or at www.recreation.gov with a $9 fee.
Yurts are becoming increasingly popular at campgrounds throughout the
West. They provide a secure, comfortable, weatherproof tent-cabin experience, complete with beds to accommodate up to five people.
Yurts are canvas sided with windows, a locking door, vented roof, lights and electricity. Fire rings and picnic tables will be provided within the campsite.
If this proposal is approved, the yurt would become available for overnight
rental in the spring 2014.
Mendocino Office of Education’s Technical Education dental assistant
program is accepting applications through Monday, August 5th at 5:00 p.m.
The two-semester program begins August 19, 2013 and ends May 28, 2014 followed by a 128-hour externship.
Classes are held on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays in Ukiah from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
For more information, visit www.mcoe.us/d/cte or call 467-5123.
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