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Mendocino County Today: June 17, 2012

TWO VEGETATION FIRES broke out Thursday in Mendocino County, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection reported. According to CAL FIRE, the first fire was reported around 2 p.m. and was on 30 acres west of the Round Valley Airport in Covelo. Called the Foothill Fire, it was reported to be 80 percent contained by Friday morning and officials expected it to be full contained by 5 p.m. that evening. The second fire was reported about an hour later and was described as a 25-acre fire off the Redwood Highway about two miles north of Laytonville. Called the Pond Fire, it was reported to have grown to 45 acres by Friday morning, but was also 90 percent contained by then. Full containment was expected by 6 p.m. Fire season is well on its way, and the CalFire Ukiah Air Attack station is ready. Fire season began June 9 and Julie Cooley of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection's Mendocino Unit, said all 10 Mendocino Unit fire stations are open and staffed for response including Ukiah's Air Attack Base at the Ukiah Municipal Airport.

THE STATE LEGISLATURE’S SHIFT of responsibility for prisoners from state to local custody began in October and, as Linda Williams of the Willits News reports, Sheriff Allman says the shift is “going as expected.” Allman says his jail population is up about 20% since the program began. “Before, the jail had an average daily population of 190 to 195; now it is running between 250 and 255.” The maximum County Jail population is 302. Allman did say, however, that he didn't anticipate “the increased need for mental health services and long-term medical care. The new class of inmates requires more of these services per person than the traditional jail population.”

MENDO'S PRIMARY ELECTION RESULTS are final. County Clerk Sue Ranochak said Friday that the official numbers changed nothing. In the 2nd district congressional election, Democrat Assemblyman Jared Huffman is the winner with 26.67% of the Mendocino County vote to runner up Norman Solomon 22.97%. Solomon is also a Democrat who was favored by progressives over Huffman who appeals to the middle-of-the-road extremists dominant in the contemporary Democratic Party of the Northcoast. Solomon came in third in the district overall behind Republican Daniel Roberts; Roberts, who finished third overall in Mendo, now proceeds to a November runoff against Huffman. In the 2nd District supervisor race incumbent John McCowen garnered 66.92% (2,005) of the votes to challenger Andrea Longoria's 32.54% (975 votes). In the 4th supervisor district, Fort Bragg City Councilman Dan Gjerde remained the winner with 91.84% (3,130) of the votes while write-in candidate Rex ‘Slugger’ Gressett had 90 qualifying votes. Measure D in the city of Ukiah, to eliminate the elected Treasurer job, was defeated 53.21% to 46.79%. Measure E, a fire department tax for Brooktrails, which needed a two-thirds vote to pass, was also defeated 63.19% Yes to 36.81% No.

FIREWOOD Permit Sales Resume on Jackson Demonstration State Forest. Fort Bragg– California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) Mendocino Unit is pleased to announce the resumption of firewood permit sales on Jackson Demonstration State Forest (JDSF). Two ($20) or four cord ($40) permits may be purchased. Firewood areas will be open June 19 through September 30, 2012 or the first significant rain, which ever occurs first. Four areas are expected to be open during the summer but not all will be open at the same time. Firewood cutters will need to check with the JDSF office to confirm open areas. Permits and information on how to safely engage in collecting firewood are available at the CAL FIRE Fort Bragg office located at, 802 North Main Street, Fort Bragg, CA (707) 964-5674. Office hours are 8-12 & 1-5 Monday through Friday. JDSF would also like to remind the public that camping fees have been implemented for all JDSF campgrounds. The base fee for camping is $15 per night. Multiple uses of JDSF for a wide variety of activities that benefit the public, the economy and natural resources are what our demonstration forests are all about. (CalFire Press Release)

JIMMY CLIFF, OM, is a Jamaican musician, singer and actor. He is the only currently living musician to hold the Order of Merit (OM), the highest honor that can be granted by the Jamaican government for achievement in the arts and sciences. Locals will have a chance to see and hear him live and in person at the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival when he closes the show on Saturday night this coming weekend. Need I say more?

"The Harder They Come” — Well they tell me of a pie up in the sky / Waiting for me when I die / But between the day you're born and when you die / They never seem to hear even your cry…

"I Can See Clearly Now" — I can see clearly now the rain is gone. / I can see all obstacles in my way. / Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind. / It's gonna be a bright (bright) bright (bright) sunshiny day. / It's gonna be a bright (bright) bright (bright) sunshiny day…

"Many Rivers To Cross"Many rivers to cross / But I can't seem to find my way over / Wandering I am lost as I travel along… — Susie de Castro, Fort Bragg

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