Morning News for Thursday, April11th
More than a year after the Ukiah City Council first considered a resolution that would allow its Public Works Department to demolish the Palace Hotel, it is still waiting for the building's owner, Eladia Laines to complete two important steps.
"We discussed the same things we've discussed before, and expressed concern about the rate of progress," said Mayor Doug Crane, referring to the fact that Laines still needs approval from the Mendocino Air Quality District to begin removing the large amount of debris amassed after decades of decay.
"They appear to be at a point of getting a permit, at least phased, from Air Quality, so that they could commence removal," he said, referring to Laines and contractor Norm Hudson.
Once the MCAQMD declares that Laines has hired a qualified inspector to oversee removal of lead and asbestos, she can file for a building permit.
"It is our hope that, by two weeks from tonight, there will be positive movement in that direction, but we shall see in two weeks," Crane said. Laines is expected to give her next update to the council at its April 17 meeting.
A feature story in Sunday's SR Press Democrat says that Mendocino County is drowning in alcohol.
The number of alcohol outlets per capita here is more than twice that of the state. When compared to six other rural counties, including Lake, Mendocino County has the highest off-sale outlet density.
The impact assessment shows a correlation between the density of alcohol outlets and arrests for aggravated assault, drinking and driving and underage drinking.
The initial findings led to the the Ukiah city council to prohibit new off-sale alcohol outlets in the downtown area as an amendment to the city code.
The state's latest Healthy Kids survey shows that alcohol abuse among Mendocino teenagers rises to alarming rates as they approach graduation.
By the time Mendocino students reach the 11th grade, 49 percent reported drinking alcohol and 35 said they binge drank. Statewide, 33 percent reporting drinking in the past 30 days and 22 percent reported binge drinking.
Some good news today for the Mendocino Coast District Hospital; they've received accreditation for its mammography program from the American College of Radiology which confirms the quality of the service and reports produced by the Diagnostic Imaging Center,”
The Imaging Center’s digital mammography machine can image virtually any patient with flexible, off-centered ergonomic paddles to improve both patient comfort and image accuracy,
The American Cancer Society estimates that a woman in the U.S. has a one in eight chance of developing breast cancer during her lifetime and is the leading cause of death among women 40-49.
To learn more about the Diagnostic Imaging , call DI Manager Hinojosa directly at 961-4632.
The Hoe Down for Hope is back and you're invited.
The Willits Rotary Club and the Hannah Foundation will host the fundraiser for the fifth year and is set for April 13.
The Hannah Foundation event benefits families in need of non-medical financial assistance while caring for a sick child. The foundation is currently assisting 23 families in our area.
Along with dinner and dancing to the music of Cottonwood, the evening will include a silent auction and a raffle. The Hannah Foundation hopes to raise $15,000 to $20,000 this year.
The Hoe Down for Hope will be held at the Willits Community Center April 13. Dinner will start at 5:30 p.m. Tickets include dinner, free non-alcoholic drinks and a full no-host bar. Tickets are available at LoBuck$, or call 459-4291 .
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