Morning News for Friday, November 9th
The Eel River Recovery Project's third census substantiated that more than 5,000 fish were holding in the river between the Van Duzen River and Fernbridge. ERRP volunteers also chronicled mass migrations of salmon when the river rose October 22 and 23. The combined information suggests more than 10,000 Chinook salmon have entered the Eel River system so far this fall, with the run expected to continue into early January.
This would suggest this year's return will be equal or higher than those from 1955-58 when U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service conducted the last basin-wide surveys.
People wishing to share salmon observations or to join in the last dive should contact ERRP Volunteer Coordinator Pat Higgins at 223-7200.
On Saturday, December 1, the Eel River Recovery Project will present the findings of 2012 water temperature and salmon monitoring project at 10 a.m. at Little Lake Grange. The presentation will be followed by a salmon education event on the bridge at Hearst, beginning at 1 p.m..
The Mendocino Planning staff held the fourth public meeting to review the first draft of the Mendocino Town Plan update.
To list a few changes: adequate water supplies would be required before development is approved; the Growth Management section prohibits chains or franchises of stores, restaurants, hotels, motels and inns from operating in Mendocino; visitor serving facilities, were capped at 1992 levels, Vacation Home Rentals were capped at 30, which is less than the 1992 plan.
Staff Planner Abby Stockwell will compile the public comments , then post them online for the public to view. After that, the necessary changes will be made to the Town Plan and the document will appear before the county's Planning Commission for review.
Stockwell said if anyone wants to write an email, or letter, giving their input on the first draft of the Town Plan, to email her.
To view all of the public comments from the meeting and the first draft of the Town Plan update go to the kzyx newsblog for all addresses.
According to the Mendocino Superior Court of California, 17% budget reductions imposed by the State will result in a reduction of court services in the Ten Mile Branch Court in Fort Bragg.
The Court is currently in session there Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Commencing Dec. 31, 2012, the Court will reduce its sessions at that location to Monday through Wednesday. Long-cause civil matters (civil, family law and probate), which commence on a Wednesday, may continue uninterrupted through Friday.
Although the Court Clerk's Office will remain open Monday through Friday, its hours will be from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for filing of papers, inspection of files and other clerical business.
The Court will no longer conduct hearings in criminal felony and in juvenile matters in Fort Bragg. In addition, Ten Mile Court will no longer hear jury trials or in-custody matters.That means police officers, witnesses, etc will have to travel to Ukiah.
The Court will conduct a public meeting on Thursday, Nov. 29, beginning at 5:30 p.m., at its Ten Mile Branch, 700 S; Franklin St., Fort Bragg, to discuss the reduction in court services.
As a result of Brooktrails properties failing to sell at tax default auctions, area homes were re-assessed so that taxes will be about 16% lower.
While the tax reduction will come as welcome relief to many, more than seven percent of this year's Brooktrails property taxes, about $210,000, are delinquent. With the new county Teeter Plan action, Brooktrails will have to make up the $80,000 in sewer, water and fire fees, the county used to pay.