Jason Morash

Host

Jason is the newest member of the KZYX news team. He's quickly made a great impression as he has been keep the community updated on road conditions during our recent storms.

Monday, April 1 News also including 

-Small earthquake hits The Geysers 

- CA Senators fight to fund for rural doctors 

- Prop 57 updates 

U.S. Highway 101 just north of Leggett was reopened to one-way traffic control Friday as Caltrans says the landslide cleanup is ahead of schedule.

 

According to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, the removal work of nearly 25,000 cubic yards of debris has cost Caltrans about $2 million. By the time the highway is open to both lanes in a few months, the cleanup may total approximately $5 million.

 

Caltrans via Facebook

Caltrans District 1 reports via Facebook that a fresh landslide has once again closed Highway 101 in both directions north of Leggett. The closure is at the same location that was reopened to traffic on Monday evening after a weeklong closure. Authorities advise motorists to avoid the area, travel with caution and seek alternate routes. 

Further details have been released in Tuesday's robbery in Laytonville, which left a man with a gunshot wound.

 

In a release from the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office, authorities say the 63-year-old male victim was shot around 6 a.m in his residence in the 100 block of Mill Road.

 

He told deputies three to five unknown African-American men smashed in his glass door armed with handguns. They allegedly held the victim at gunpoint and demanded money and marijuana.

 

A plane crashed at Manchester State Park today, authorities said.

 

According to Cal Fire, the private plane ran out of gas and turned over during an emergency landing around 11:00 a.m. On a private ranch.

 

Forunately, the pilot and his passenger weren't injured. The federal aviation administration is investigating the incident.

 

The plane was reported as a 1967 single-engine Cessna 180. 

    The trial for the man charged with assaulting and causing fatal injury to Laytonville-resident Kenneth Fisher began on Tuesday in Mendocino County Superior Court.

 

According to the Mendocino Voice, Charles Reynolds faces charges of felony assault and a special allegation of inflicting great bodily injury for sucker-punching Fisher in August—ultimately leading to a hemorrhage which caused his death.

 

As women's history month comes to an end, Congressman Mike Thompson announced his pick for Lake County's Woman of the Year.

 

According to the Lake County News, Kelseyville resident Madelene Lyon was chosen for her work with multiple organizations such as the Kelseyville Food Pantry, the Redbud Audubon Society, and the Hospice Services of Lake County.

 

A former executive board member for March of Dimes Lake County, Lyon currently serves on the Lake County Board of Education and is the president of the Clear Lake State Park Interpretive Association.

  A bill requiring tax returns for future presidential candidates was approved Tuesday by the California Senate Judiciary Committee.

 

The legislation, also known as the Presidential Tax and Transparency Act, would obligate all candidates to release the last five years of tax returns in order to be listed on the state's ballot.

 

It now heads to the Senate Elections Committee for review.

 

On the subject of taxes, the City of Ukiah will be implementing its voter-approved sales tax increase on April 1.

 

Clear Lake State Park reopened its gates on Wednesday after being closed for more than a month due to flooding. 

The Lake County News reported that the park is open to day use and boating from sunrise to sunset. However, the historic flooding of Clear Lake has damaged a good portion of the area, keeping the campgrounds and cabins closed.

Park Superintendent Bill Salata told the news site the cabins will be shut down indefinitely because park officials still haven’t evaluated the erosion damage as some portions of it remain underwater. 

The seventh and final fugitive wanted on suspicion of killing Laytonville marijuana grower ­­ Jeffrey Settler was arrested in New Jersey on Friday.

According to the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office, Gary Blank the third was taken into custody by New Jersey State Police at around 9 p.m. in the neighborhood of red bank. Exact details on what led to the arrest weren’t released but officials did say law enforcement agencies in the state were helped by anonymous sources saying Blank had been given a ride from California to the northeast. 

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