Valley Fire 99-Percent Contained

Accord­ing to Cal-Fire’s report last night three-week-old Val­ley fire is at 99-percent con­tain­ment. Offi­cials expect the fire to be fully con­tained by tonight. Cal Fire said 248 per­son­nel remain com­mit­ted to the mop up, patrol and land­scape reha­bil­i­ta­tion activities.

Valley Fire Survivors Urged to Register with FEMA

FEMA is urg­ing insured fire vic­tims to reg­is­ter for assistance.

FEMA can’t dupli­cate insur­ance or other ben­e­fits for Lake County res­i­dents affected by the Val­ley Fire, how­ever, they may be able to help sur­vivors with unin­sured or under­in­sured losses or if their insur­ance set­tle­ment is delayed. If you’ve received a set­tle­ment from your insur­ance com­pany, yet still have unmet disaster-related needs, you may be eli­gi­ble for a grant. That grant can help to cover tem­po­rary hous­ing costs, emer­gency home repairs, disaster-related med­ical, den­tal and funeral costs and other disaster-related expenses. Appli­cants should notify FEMA of their sit­u­a­tion and pro­vide insur­ance com­pany doc­u­men­ta­tion. You can reg­is­ter for FEMA assis­tance online at or by call­ing 800–621-3362.

Laytonville Murder Suspect to Make Final Court Appearance Today

The teen who killed mem­bers of a Lay­tonville fam­ily in a stab­bing spree will make his final appear­ance in Men­do­cino County Supe­rior Court today. Accord­ing to the Pro­ba­tion Department’s report and final sen­tenc­ing rec­om­men­da­tions, Talen Clark Bar­ton admit­ted that he intended to attack Teo and Cole­man Palmieri as part of a planned murder-suicide. Dr. Cindy Norvell, Teo’s mother and Coleman’s wife was injured while try­ing to stop the attack. Her brother vis­it­ing from Canada was also injured. Bar­ton was taken in by the Palmieri fam­ily two years ago after he had been arrested for threat­en­ing his pre­vi­ous fos­ter mother, Denise Shields. Bar­ton agreed to a min­i­mum 71-year manda­tory sen­tence. He will receive an offi­cial sen­tence this morning.

Test Being Conducted to Determine Cause of Fish Die-Off

Water sam­ples from the area where a fish die-off occured over two days last week on Clear Lake have been sent to a lab for analy­sis. The first die-off was reported on Wednes­day and Thurs­day along a stretch of shore­line in Clear­lake. On Fri­day, more dead fish were reported along the shores of Baylis Cove — between Clear­lake Riv­iera and Ander­son Marsh. Tests are under­way by the Depart­ment of Fish and Wildlife and the Big Val­ley Rancheria to deter­mine the cause.

Nail Salon Attack

A Cov­elo woman was report­edly attacked while get­ting her nails done at a local salon…

Accord­ing to Ukiah Police, a woman was arrested last week after allegedly attack­ing another woman in a nail salon. Offi­cers were called to the First Nails Salon on East Perkins Street to a report of two women who were fight­ing inside the busi­ness. The vic­tim 40 year old Nicole Whip­ple told offi­cers she came into the salon to get a pedi­cure and saw 35 year old Eloisa Brit­ton of Cov­elo, and asked to be seated away from her because they do not get along. Soon after Brit­ton approached Whip­ple and punched her from behind, knock­ing her to the floor. Brit­ton then got on top of Whip­ple, punch­ing her sev­eral times before the two were sep­a­rated. Whip­ple placed Brit­ton under citizen’s arrest for battery.

Ukiah City Council votes on food waste disposal

This week the Ukiah City Coun­cil will decide if res­i­dents can add their food waste to their yard waste bins. The Daily Jour­nal reports, While many res­i­dents admit they are already doing so, con­tracts that would offi­cially allow Ukiah res­i­dents to add their food waste to their yard waste bins will go before the City Coun­cil on Wednes­day. The city man­ager says, he clearly heard that the coun­cil wanted to allow city res­i­dents to divert their food waste from land­fills as soon as pos­si­ble. The city’s garbage hauler C&S Solu­tions says they will begin accept­ing mixed organ­ics as of Novem­ber 1st.

California Gun Laws

Cal­i­for­nia is once again con­sid­er­ing a move to tighten its restric­tions on guns with a ban on the con­cealed carry of hand­guns at col­leges and schools. Gov­er­nor Jerry Brown is con­sid­er­ing the leg­is­la­tion after the school shoot­ing in Rose­burg, Ore­gon, that left 10 peo­ple dead, includ­ing the gun­man. Cal­i­for­nia law makes it ille­gal to pos­sess a firearm within 1,000 feet of a school or on a col­lege cam­pus with­out per­mis­sion from admin­is­tra­tors. But it includes exemp­tions for retired law enforce­ment offi­cers and those with con­cealed carry permits.

Governor Issues Order to Expedite Emergency Housing for Valley Fire

The Gov­er­nor has issued an order to expe­dite emer­gency hous­ing for the thou­sands Val­ley fire sur­vivors who have been left homeless.

The 76,067-acre fire, is expected to be fully con­tained tomor­row. The fire has destroyed approx­i­mately 1,958 struc­tures, includ­ing more than 1,300 homes, accord­ing to Cal Fire. The fire may have left more than 3,600 peo­ple with­out homes. Gov­er­nor Jerry Brown issed his exec­u­tive order for tem­po­rary hous­ing on Fri­day. The Lake County Board of Super­vi­sors will meet tomor­row morn­ing at 9 to dis­cuss hous­ing issues. A pro­posed interim urgency ordi­nance will be intro­duced that would defer Lake County Zon­ing Ordi­nance pro­vi­sions per­tain­ing to the use of RVs as tem­po­rary dwellings due to the Val­ley fire. The meet­ing can be watched live on Chan­nel 8 or online: .

Lake County Disaster Recovery Center Open in Clearlake

The Lake County Dis­as­ter Recov­ery Cen­ter in Clear­lake is open to help sur­vivors impacted by the Val­ley Fire. The cen­ter is located at 14848 Olympic Drive. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Fed­eral Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency, the State of Cal­i­for­nia, the U.S. Small Busi­ness Admin­is­tra­tion and other agen­cies are among those rep­re­sented to explain assis­tance pro­grams and help sur­vivors reg­is­ter. There are two other DRCs to assist Cal­i­for­nia wild­fire sur­vivors. To find the near­est loca­tion, visit


Last week, the Fort Bragg City Coun­cil declared a Stage 3 Water Emer­gency after the City’s Noyo River water diver­sion became too impacted by salt­wa­ter to be used. The city has sus­pended sales of water to water haulers. They have imple­mented con­ser­va­tion pro­to­cols at the Waste­water Treat­ment Facil­ity and the Water Treat­ment Plant. The city also turned off all City land­scape irri­ga­tion, and are turn­ing off all of the land­scape meters con­nected to the City water sys­tem. Lead­ers say these actions alone will shave nearly 75,000 gal­lons per day from the city­wide water use.