Morning News for Friday, June 21st
Despite a nearly unanimous "no" from the public, the Mendocino Coastal Zone Administrator said "yes" to State Parks' $750,000 plan to rip out the northern remnants of the old Haul Road along Ten Mile Beach.
The Westport Municipal Advisory Council has appealed the approval to the Board of Supervisors.
At a meeting last summer at the Fort Bragg Grange, park advocates, environmentalists and conservatives united to speak against the project. State Parks did receive positive written comments among the 41 letters received.
Last week's meeting was polite, unlike the meeting last summer .
Rene Pasquinelli, senior environmental scientist for Cal State Parks, told the audience last week the project was a "done deal" because nobody had filed a lawsuit to challenge State Parks' finding that its own project would not have any negative environmental impacts.
State Parks proposes to dig up and truck away 2.7 miles of the remnant road, totaling 25,000 cubic yards. That would total about 2,500 dump truck loads being carried across the sensitive habitat.
Thousands of tons of sand will have to be removed from the existing road first, to allow access by heavy equipment. Where the roadway ends, a temporary ramp made of natural rock material would be trucked in to move tractors and dump trucks across wet sand on the beach below in order to reach stranded remnants of the old haul road at the southern end .
Willits police and the Coroners Office are investigating the death June 16 of a Willits man which is considered "suspicious."
Police discovered Danny Lawrason, 77, of Willits, dead from gunshot wounds at his home on East San Francisco Avenue on June 16. The death is being investigated to determine whether foul play was involved.
Ful forensic results are not expected for about six weeks.
Anyone with information about this is being asked to contact Willits police at 459-6122.
Mendocino Public Health is warning customers of A Frame Espresso (1080 S. Main Street, Fort Bragg, CA, 95437) that they may have been exposed to hepatitis
One kind of smoothie made at the shop may have contained the recently recalled Organic Antioxidant Blend frozen berry mix, produced by Townsend Farms and sold at Costco warehouses. This product has been identified as the source of an outbreak of hepatitis A infections with at least 118 victims identified to date, including 51 in California.
If you consumed a Mixed Berry smoothie from A Frame Espresso between March 4, 2013 and June 8, 2013 you may have been exposed.
Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease that can develop from 2 to 7 weeks after consuming contaminated food or drink. Hepatitis A can range from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a serious illness lasting several months.
Exposed individuals who develop any of these symptoms should contact their healthcare provider immediately.
Sunday morning the 87th Annual Willits Frontier Days starts off with the Horseshow followed afterward by the Gymkhana.
This initiates rodeos and events packed into just 12 days of festivities.
The Horseshow starts at 8 a.m. Sunday in the Jack Tharp Arena. The Gymkhana follows . Tucked into these events is the Sweetheart judging at 10 a.m.
The Horseshow, Gymkhana and Sweetheart judging are free to spectators.
Time is also getting short to get applications in take part in the Junior Rodeo (June 21) or register a float or other entry in the parade (June 28).
Call Bobbie Tilley at 485-8749 for Junior Rodeo questions and Kera Colvard at 272-0584 for the parade.
A single wrist band is good for an entire day of unlimited carnival rides.The carnival opens June 29 and closes the evening of July 4.