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Sep. 23, 2017

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Initial location of the fire from CHP
UPDATE 7:50pm, 9/19/17 -- The fire is now about 135 acres and 65% contained, according to a Cal Fire...
We also have an interview with a tribal member about the raid, and information about the sheriff's use of helicopters -- the helicopter rental company charges $950 an hour. The MCSO has confirmed that the DEA, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the Mendocino Major Crimes Task Force all participated.
Sixteen gas pumps and a 141,138 square-foot store are coming soon to Ukiah’s south side.
The location of the fire on Bald Mountain.
The fire is a quarter acre and has a slow rate of spread; crews are on the scene.
Cannabis cultivation applicants will now begin their permit journey in the building department.
Members of the public talk with BLM staff
The Bureau of Land Management sent a small contingent of experts to Willits on Tuesday to answer questions and gather comments to incorporate into its new management plan.
If you're going swimming with kids and pets, caution is advised.
CalFire and local departments continue to make progress on the fire.
One person died, and three suffered major injuries, in the single car accident.
At a standard procedural hearing to weigh whether enough evidence exists to proceed, three defendants pled down to robbery, in exchange for testimony.
No MCSO vehicles have been spotted.
UPDATED 9:50pm 8/31/17 -- The Rock Fire near Laytonville has been contained at ten acres, according to a 9pm...
Lake Mendocino Drive is temporarily closed for the investigation.
Ukiah City Council to hold a hearing to consider commission’s recommendations on June 7.
PLEASE NOTE: You can check current updates of CHP incidents at their incident report page here. Reports in Mendocino...
It's the second grey wolf pack found in California since the 1920s; biologists will be tracking the female.
Saner from his booking log photo.
The victim and his alleged murderer were associates, and known to engage in disputes.

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The sheriff's office has confirmed the deceased was Jeffery Settler. A BOLO has been issued for Zachary Wuester, Frederick Gaestel, Gary Blank III, Gary Lynn Fitzgerald and Amanda Weist.
Head-on collision on Highway 101 near Laytonville.
UPDATE 4:15pm: CHP staff at the Garberville station confirmed that three people were transported to the hospital in Santa...
The alleged murderer, Zachary Wuester, had been in contact with a federal marshal who urged him to turn himself in. Several other suspects remain at large.
The woman's mother contacted the MCSO to explain that she was safe in the Bay Area. No suspects in the homicide have been apprehended.
The suspect, Zachary Wuester, was arrested Monday night and booked this morning.
Before a packed house, the supervisors hammered out a few more details about the proposed medical cannabis cultivation ordinance. They could make a final decision by March 7.
Four workshops in Willits will help you organize your cannabis business.
The bill would prohibit state and local agencies from cooperating with federal enforcement efforts of people engaging in legal cannabis activity.
Gary "Giggles" Lynn Fitzgerald was arrested November 25 in Ukiah for the murder of Jeff Settler. Photo from MCSO.
MCSO arrests Gary Fitzgerald for murder, the second arrest made in the Jeff Settler homicide that occurred outside Laytonville. Wiest is no longer a suspect and now considered a victim.
PLEASE NOTE: You can check current updates of CHP incidents at their incident report page here. Reports in Mendocino...
a cannabis plant
In which we attempt to put together a compliance primer of online resources for cannabis cultivators and business people.
The Department of Trimmigration
With outdoor harvest season starting up, traveling trimmers are creating tension in town, one man decided to provide some nifty guidelines in a public flyer.
UPDATE: 1:25pmThe search for the suspects has ended. No victim or suspect has been found. No one has come...
UPDATE 5:15pm: The CHP has released a statement on the incident, stating the driver, Jessi Preyer, was driving a...
Nishan Karassik of Phylos Bioscience (left) collected cannabis genetics from Kat Hart of Sohum Seeds and Chris Larson of Lost Coast Botanicals to add to the Phylos Galaxy-- an online, open-source three dimensional map of the lineage of each known strain. According to The Emerald Cup founder Tim Blake, all of this year's award winners will be added to the Phylos Galaxy.
Emerald Cup wins embolden boutique cannabis farmers to continue down uncertain road to cannabis compliance - a special report from Kerry Reynolds.
A series of 9.31 inspection gave a jolt of surprise to some prominent growers last week.
MENDOCINO Co., Nov. 28 -- The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office has released a statement on the arrest of Gary Fitzgerald,...
Jesse Cole Wells
Jesse Cole Wells, a suspect in the killing of Laytonville resident Jeffrey Settler, was arrested today by South Lake Tahoe police, with assistance from the Mendo sheriffs
Suspect Abdirahman Mohamed, taken into custody today. Photo courtesy of Kym Kemp.
Mohamed is the third suspect arrested in Settler's homicide; other suspects remain at large.
Open casting call announcement for the HBO movie filming in Redwood Valley.
You can get paid to be one of the Mendocino faces on screen.
MCSO is seeking Kelley Coan, shown in a photograph from 2007. She is described as a white female adult, 5'06" tall, weighing approximately 140 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes, and is 39 years old.
MCSO is seeking Kelly Coan in the murder of Jamie Shipman, as well as Shipman's vehicle.
In which the columnist advocates against dinners on freeways, and other kinds of fast food.
A statement from the Mendocino County Executive Office on medical cannabis cultivation procedures is expected today.
According to the scanner deputies and CHP officers have been dispatched. We'll be updating.
At a hearing this morning Woodhouse was ruled legally unable to care for himself, and placed in a conservatorship; his wife will act as conservator.
Yesterday's activity north of Laytonville appears to have been in response to calls about armed men robbing 20lbs of weed. Law enforcement is now searching for, and asking for tips that could lead to the capture of the four cannabis burglars.
Drop off your mail-in ballot in this traffic circle box at 501 Low Gap Road in Ukiah or at any polling location around the county.
Measure AG is still too close to call, as are several council races across the county.
We also have an interview with a tribal member about the raid, and information about the sheriff's use of helicopters -- the helicopter rental company charges $950 an hour. The MCSO has confirmed that the DEA, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the Mendocino Major Crimes Task Force all participated.
The vehicle chase appears to have started in Ukiah and wound up in Willits, the suspect is now in custody. He fire shots out the window, but police did not return fire.
National Weather Service expects thunder, hail, high winds, and up to five inches of rain today.
The Fort Bragg City Council race is a competitive one this year, with five local men vying for two empty seats. The Mendo Voice spoke with the candidates.
Cannabis in a light dep greenhouse.
COMMET, a special team that targets trespass grows, many of them identified by a DEA-sponsored aerial cannabis observation school, got the county’s blessing to apply for federal funding.
Nine people were injured earlier this evening in a head-on collision near Point Arena. Mendocino Sports Plus, a Facebook based Mendo coast...
The deceased was charged with attempted homicide after threatening his estranged wife and forcing his way into a residence.
Photo from the Lake Co. Sheriff's Office
The County of Mendocino Marijuana Eradication Team and the California National Guard Drug Task Force assisted Lake County Sheriff's in the execution of two warrants.
If you're going swimming with kids and pets, caution is advised.
On Sunday a panel of industry leaders discussed the impacts of legalization under Prop. 64, at the Mateel.
Ukiah City Council to hold a hearing to consider commission’s recommendations on June 7.
The shelter accepts people between the hours of 5pm and 7pm at Plowshares in Ukiah.
Local support for Standing Rock isn't limited to adults. Check out this video from the Round Valley schools.
Cannabis in a light dep greenhouse.
Without making any formal announcement, and without notifying all of the county supervisors, the sheriff’s office sent a letter sometime last week that appears to suspend substantial portions of the most recent set of rules for cannabis cultivation.
Supervisor Woodhouse's official portrait from the County's website.
The Mendo Voice sat down with Third District Supervisor Tom Woodhouse to talk about his recent absence, and where he plans to go from here.
Board of Supervisors
Tuesday’s BoS meeting includes a workshop on cannabis business regs.
Woodhouse was arrested at his home on Friday night, on a charge of misdemeanor domestic battery and resisting arrest. His arrest included a struggle during which he was tasered and had to be subdued.
The gate at the 128 was stil closed late in the evening November 14.
CalTrans, CHP, Motorist Reports:UPDATE: NOVEMBER 19As of 8:45pm, Caltrans has announced that Route 128 is now open. The waters...
A memorial will be held for Jude Nagle at Harwood Hall in Laytonville, Jan. 14, 2017, at 2 p.m.
CalFire and local departments continue to make progress on the fire.
Supervisor Woodhouse's official portrait from the County's website.
Woodhouse also sent word that he would be taking a leave until Nov. 3.
A photo of some of Dow's searchers, who included agency representatives from five different counties, from Sheriff Tom Allman's Facebook page.
58 year old Mary Ann Dow was located around 1:30pm this afternoon.
Allman presents to supervisors, BHAB members, and HHSA staff at a Jan. 23 joint meeting in Ukiah.
Sheriff Allman plans to send out deputies on mental health crisis calls only when the threat of violence is present.
Frederick Gaestel is the fifth suspect arrested in the homicide of Jeffrey Settler.
The man was shot in the head, it is unclear if he is alive or dead. No information on the shooter is currently available.
The chase began because the suspect's car was believed to be involved in multiple burglaries. Speeds of over 100mph were reached, the Willits PD deployed a spike strip, the suspect fired on police, police did NOT return fire, and the chase was ended on foot.
The victim was described as a transient, semi-local. The suspect claimed self-defense, be has been booked and detectives believe the shooting may not have met the criteria for self-defense.
Butane cans after an illegal cannabis grow, provided by the CA Department of Fish & Wildlife.
The state's proposed budget includes $1.5 for Mendocino, Humboldt, and Trinity counties.
The details of her death are unclear, and she had been missing for several days. A vigil will be held today at 6pm, at the Willits city park.
One person died, and three suffered major injuries, in the single car accident.
The attorney in the case against AI, the voter-approved initiative taxing medical cannabis cultivators, declared that he will take the case to the court of appeals.
UPDATE:Little Lake Fire responded to the accident and took one patient with moderate to major injuries to Howard Hospital....
A late night boating accident on Lake Mendocino claimed one life this weekend. It's unclear if alcohol or excessive speed were a factor.
Photo of the Highway 1 slide from Caltrans' Facebook on the morning of Feb. 4.
Caltrans is unsure when the road will be cleared.
UPDATE: 12:51pmCalFire had a crew on the fire over night, and has a crew there today. They are continuing...
One of the plaintiffs suing the county explains his position.
A Caltrans photo of the slide north of Leggett, which also took out the fence.
The slide is 6 miles north of Leggett and will be re-evaluated at daylight.
A press release from the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office: DATE:  "October 10, 2016" FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:Incident Number: 2016-31092Crime/Incident: 459/460(a) PC (First Degree Residential...
UPDATE Jan. 1, 2017:Mendocino Sports Plus is reporting that the body of the man who was lost at sea...
De'Shaun Davis has been named as the 20 year old homicide victim in the Nov. 21 shooting by Steven Ryan that took place in Ukiah.
Visitors could check out the winners in the 215 area after the Golden Tarp awards event.
Here's our report on this year's light dep cannabis winners from The Golden Tarp Awards, now in its third year at the Mateel.
In a press release the sheriff's office announced that they would resume selling zip-ties. The release made no mention of the what the plant limit is.
A family of snowmen under the stars on Highway 20 just west of Highway 101 in Willits.
Highway 1: as of 11:30pm the road has now re-opened with one lane, with traffic controls.As of 11pm, there...
Several hundred customers in communities around the county are out of power. Emergency phones are available at several locations.
In which we attempt to put together a compliance primer of online resources for cannabis cultivators and business people.
Board of Supervisors
Code compliance, track and trace, and management of the Ukiah Valley’s groundwater basin are on the docket this week. Also crowd control sound cannons.
Jesse Edward Slotte from his MCSO booking log photo.
A man threatened to kill his ex, and dragged her while she hung out of a car.
Willits City Councilperson Holly Madrigal writes about why she's supporting AF.
Lori Ajax, Chief of California's Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation, talks to the transportation break-out group in at the pre-regulatory public meeting in Sacramento in September.
Lori Ajax, Chief of the California Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation sat down with The Mendo Voice.
Photo from the HIIMR website.
Humboldt researchers are conducting two cannabis business surveys.
MENDOCINO Co., 1/12/17 -- One motorist is dead and another injured after their car ran off Hwy. 101 and...
THE MENDO WIRE
From the darker side of trimming to LA farmers' markets to statewide cannabis regs, here's a round-up of Mendocino in the news from out-of-county publications.
This year’s emergency winter shelter is close to becoming a reality in Ukiah, a few blocks from free meals, and within sight of a bus stop.
In light of the recent canine parvo deaths, we talked to a vet about the disease.
Have an opinion on the county's cannabis regulations, currently under development? Get yourself to a meeting this month!
The Arts Council is seeking art submissions for a show in June that contribute to a conversation on cannabis in Mendocino.
The MCSO has released more information on the suspect in last night's chase, who is alleged to have engaged in multiple mail thefts. And law enforcement urges everyone to keep an eye on their mail, especially on lonely rural roads, this holiday season.
WILLITS -- This situation is developing and we'll continue to update as more info becomes available. The CHP will...
After much public discussion at the the Sept. 20 meeting, the Board passed a motion officially stating their opposition to AF, also know as the Heritage Initiative.
The seventh and final suspect in the killing of Jeffrey Settler has been apprehended in New Jersey. Mendocino County officials are traveling to NJ to begin the extradition process.
"Growing: Art, Life, and Culture in Mendocino County" includes a variety of local art and a "Cannabis Confessional."
Pollard Hale was airlifted to Santa Rosa where he underwent massive reconstructive surgery, he remains hospitalized.
Steven Patrick Ryan, 62, from his Nov. 22 Sheriff's booking log entry. Ryan is accused of the homicide of 20 year old De'Shaun Davis.
At a plea hearing this morning Ryan, who initially claimed to have shot Davis in self-defense, pled not guilty to murder.
Round Valley Wailaki language teacher and Dreamstarter recipient Cheryl Tuttle with students Walter Card, Shayleena Britton, and Lourdes Downey talking to students at Willits High School this March.
High school senior Shayleena Britton will create an educational resource to share the Wailaki language.
Students in Round Valley create videos in support of Standing Rock.