Morning News for MONDAY,June 10TH!
Record heat was reported through the County Saturday. At about 3 p.m. the thermometer at the Ukiah Regional Airport peaked at 111 degrees, eclipsing the previous mark for June 8 of 102 degrees, set 40 years ago.
Temperatures are set to cool dramatically , dropping by as much as 20 degrees throughout the region, with fog reaching inland and possible dry thunderstorms increasing the danger of wildfires.
The FEDERAL lawsuit filed by the Willits Environmental Center, the Sierra Club, the Center for Biological Diversity and the EPIC against Caltrans and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opposing the current Willits bypass has been postponed until June 21. No reason was given for the delay.
A be on the lookout alert was issued Saturday for a missing 84-year-old Kelseyville woman, who wandered away from her residence on Highland Springs Road.
According to the CHP, the Lake Sheriff's Office was overseeing the search.
Witnesses said they saw Search and Rescue and K-CORPS members out in the Highland Springs area looking for the woman. She is described as having gray hair and blue eyes; is 5 feet, 7 inches tall; weighs 180 pounds; and was last seen wearing a white shirt, dark pants and carrying a large red bag or purse. She may have a history of wandering away.
Anyone who sees her should immediately call local law enforcement.
The county's 2013-14 budget, and a clean energy financing plan are among the topics on the Mendocino Board of Supervisors' Tuesday meeting agenda.
At 9:30 a.m., the board will consider approving a Mendocino County Clean Energy Program, to finance renewable energy, energy efficiency, and water efficiency improvements on private property, both residential and commercial.
This will be the third time the program has come before the board. All four cities in the county have endorsed this type of program but without the unincorporated areas it will not have enough of a customer base to move forward successfully.
It is supported by contractors throughout the county, particularly those who install these types of improvements. According to Supervisor Dan Hamburg, it is opposed by some local real estate interests and the Employers Council of Mendocino County .
The program is entirely voluntary. The Board will also be voting on setting of a public hearing for 1:30 p.m. July 16 to consult with citizens; and a third-party agreement between the county and Ygrene for administration of the clean energy program.
At 1:30 p.m., the board will consider the CEO's recommended 2013-14 budget, which proposes putting $1.3 million toward the county's five-year Capital Improvement Plan, which includes roof replacements for county buildings, deferred maintenance and much-needed property tax software, among other projects.
Mendocino Coast Hospital (MCDH) and its employee union, United Food and Commercial Workers 8 , have agreed on a package of wage modifications for the final year of the three-year contract. The bankruptcy filing asking for the entire agreement to be suspended will be removed.
Effective June 1st,, the current 3% across-the-board pay increase will be cancelled, the hourly pay rate for all employees will be reduced 5%, personal time off cannot be banked and cashed in, and merit pay increases will be eliminated July 1st.
A squirrel is being blamed for a Friday morning power outage that affected more than 1,000 people in Ukaih.
Director Mel Grandi said a "squirrel got into our equipment behind the County Building on Low Gap Road," cutting power at 7:48 a.m. for 1,119 customers for nearly an hour.
The power was restored at 8:38 a.m.