Willits Year in Review 2021 – The Willits News

Jan. 2: Mendocino County begins vaccination clinics. On Tuesday, Dec. 22, the County of Mendocino held its first COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic on the Redwood Empire Fairgrounds.

Jan. 6: Outbreak at county jail expands to 76 folks. At least one inmate was hospitalized final week because the outbreak of COVID-19 on the Mendocino County Jail expanded to incorporate 73 folks testing optimistic, the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office reported.

Jan. 9: City of Ukiah units up emergency vaccine clinic. A crew supervised by the Ukiah Valley Fire Authority rallied Monday to manage greater than 100 doses of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine earlier than they misplaced efficacy after the freezer they had been being saved in at Adventist well being Ukiah Valley failed.

Jan. 13: County has objective of vaccinating 900 folks per week. Mendocino County Public well being Officer Dr. Andy Coren stated Friday that the county hopes to start vaccinating 900 folks per week, then steadily improve that quantity as extra doses arrive.

Jan. 16: County stories receiving 2,775 doses final week. After receiving greater than 2,700 doses of COVID-19 vaccines final week, Mendocino County officers reported Tuesday that they deliberate to host six “vaccination occasions,” together with one that may ship the primary spherical of second inoculations for individuals who bought their preliminary pictures three weeks in the past.

Jan. 20:Hundreds of individuals vaccinated. Hundreds of Ukiah Unified School District staff obtained Covid-19 vaccinations Friday in one among at the very least two massive occasions held in Ukiah.

Jan. 23: COVID-19: Vaccine rollout constricted by provide. While reporting some excellent news in that the variety of new Covid-19 instances in Mendocino County has been dropping not too long ago, metropolis of Ukiah officers additionally reported this week that vaccine distribution in the county has not been as strong as wanted.

Jan. 27: Former Willits Police Chief recordsdata declare in opposition to metropolis. Alexis Blaylock was employed by the City of Willits because the Willits Police Department (WPD) Chief on Aug. 26, 2020.

Jan. 30: 14 p.c of Mendocino County inhabitants over 18 now vaccinated. Three extra deaths of Mendocino County residents from the COVID-19 virus reported final week, bringing the overall variety of deaths to 36 as of Jan.25, the Mendocino County Health Department reported.

Feb. 3: Public Health points revised college order. Effective Friday, Jan. 29, Mendocino County Public Health issued a revised Health Order concerning COVID-19 protocol for faculties.

Feb. 6: City Council hires search agency to recruit new police chief. Willits City Council unanimously voted through the Feb. 3 assembly to rent skilled search agency Bob Murray and Associates, of Roseville, to start the hunt for a brand new Chief of Police.

Feb. 10. Employees at seven eating places take a look at optimistic. Outbreak testing can be performed in Fort Bragg this weekend after greater than a dozen staff of seven of town’s eating places have not too long ago examined optimistic for Covid019, Mendocino County officers reported.

Feb. 13: COVID-19 outbreak reported at assisted dwelling facility. A dozen residents of an assisted dwelling facility in Ukiah not too long ago examined optimistic for COVID-190 in one among 4 present outbreaks, Mendocino County well being officers reported Tuesday.

Feb. 17: Another demise reported in Mendocino County. Mendocino County Public Health officers reported this week that one other county resident has died on account of COVID-19, marking the fortieth demise from the virus for the county.

Feb. 20: Mendocino County appoints interim Public Health Director. Mary Alice Willeford, a longtime Mendocino County worker, not too long ago accepted the place.

Feb. 24: Outbreak might contain virus variant. Certain points of a latest Covid-19 outbreak at a Ukiah assisted dwelling facility have Mendocino County Health Officer Dr. Andy Coren wanting to analyze additional whether or not one of many virus’ worrisome variants might have been concerned.

Feb. 27: Employee at Ukiah assisted dwelling facility labored every week with Covid-19. The Covid-19 outbreak at Mountain View assisted dwelling facility in Ukiah has grown to incorporate 31 instances and two deaths, Mendocino County Public Health Officer Andy Coren reported this week.

March 3: No proof of virus variant concerned at assisted dwelling facility. A spokesperson for Mountain View assisted dwelling facility in Ukiah reported Thursday that there’s “no proof” a latest outbreak of Covid-10 there concerned any of the regarding virus variants.

March 6: More teams can obtain vaccines in Mendocino County. More Mendocino County residents at the moment are eligible to obtain Covid-19 vaccines, together with college bus drivers and people who work in the lodging business, county officers reported Tuesday.

March 10: Nearly half of County residents 65 and older now vaccinated. Another Mendocino County resident died from the Covid-19 virus final week, bringing the overall variety of de4aths to 44 as of Saturday, March 6.

Saturday, March 13: Johnson and Johnson vaccine arrives in Mendocino County. The first cargo of the Johnson and Johnson Covid-19 vaccine arrived in Mendocino County final Monday, Public Health Officer Dr. Andy Coren instructed the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors Tuesday.

Wednesday, March 17:Mendocino County strikes into Red Tier standing. As of Sunday, March 14, Mendocino County was formally be out of the Purple Tier and into the much less restrictive Red Tier.

Saturday, March 20: Mendocino County hires hashish supervisor. At their March 9 assembly, the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to rent Kristin Nevedal as supervisor of the county’s hashish program.

Wednesday, March 24: Nearly 20 p.c of County adults absolutely vaccinated. More than 40 p.c of the grownup inhabitants in Mendocino County has had at the very least one Covid-19 vaccine dose, and almost 20 p.c are absolutely vaccinated, county well being officers reported this week.

Saturday, March 27: Mendocino County well being clinics distribute vaccine. Earlier this yr, the Biden Administration introduced a brand new partnership with Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) to distribute COVID-19 vaccines.

Wednesday, March 31: COVID-19 variants found in Mendocino County. Health officers had been notified this week that at the very least 4 totally different Covid-19 variants have been circulating in Mendocino County since February.

Saturday, April 3: All state residents over 50 eligible to be vaccinated as of April 1. The state of California has mandated that each one residents at the very least 50 years of age can be eligible to obtain a Covid-19 vaccine as of April 1, however native well being officers stated the present provide of doses remains to be restricted.

Wednesday, April 7: Ukiah Police Department to analyze use of pressure throughout Thursday arrest. The Ukiah Police Department introduced that it’s investigating whether or not the usage of pressure by a few of tis officers throughout an arrest Thursday violated the division’s insurance policies.

Saturday, April 10:Inmates overdose on fentanyl in custody. Four inmates of the Mendocino County Jail had been transported to Adventist Health Ukiah Valley Monday after three of them started struggling signs of opioid overdose, the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office reported.

Wednesday, April 14: County well being officers reporting discount in vaccine allotment. Mendocino County officers introduced Thursday that there can be “important adjustments” in the quantity of vaccine allocations from the state of California in upcoming weeks.

Saturday, April 17: An interview with Blaire AuClair. Blaire AuClair and her husband, Daniel, are small-scale hashish and vegetable growers working as Radicle Herbs and Folk Life Farm in the valley flooring, simply exterior of Covelo.

April 21: Pause on J&J vaccine shouldn’t have large impression on county provide. As of Tuesday, a “pause” was positioned on the usage of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine on account of a number of instances of clots forming in the brains of people that obtained that vaccine, however Mendocino County Health Officer Dr. Andy Coren stated the pause shouldn’t considerably have an effect on native provides.

April 24: Newsom declares drought emergency in 2 counties. The sight of {a partially} dry Lake Mendocino has been a rising concern of native residents for months.

April 28: Supervisors get 400 emails, 150 feedback about hashish legal guidelines. The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors met in back-to-back periods final week, including a Monday particular session to its often scheduled Tuesday assembly.

May 1: Mendocino County strikes into least restrictive yellow tier. Mendocino County officers introduced Wednesday that the state of California Department of Public Health has moved the county into the “minimal threat” yellow tier, a change that “permits most indoor operations to renew as of April 28.”

May 5: UK variant discovered in Mendocino County. Mendocino County Public Health Officer Dr. Andy Coren introduced Friday {that a} variant of the Covid-19 virus often called the “UK Variant” had been recognized among the many county’s instances.

May 8: Mendocino might provide reward playing cards to encourage vaccinations. Mendocino County Health Officer Dr. Andy Coren reported Tuesday that county officers might begin providing incentives like reward playing cards to encourage extra folks to get vaccinated in opposition to the Covid-19 virus.

May 12: Fort Bragg man hit by automobile dies. The California Highway Patrol is searching for the general public’s assist in figuring out a driver who reportedly fled the scene of a crash that killed a Fort Bragg man early Friday morning on Sherwood Road close to Willits.

May 15: Supervisors focus on hashish, settlement funds. The Mendocino Board of Supervisors mentioned the potential for modeling its hashish code enforcement after Humboldt County on Tuesday, after receiving a plan which proposes the addition of a number of job positions to each the hashish and sheriff’s division.

May 19: Two totally different worlds-one is vaccinated and one isn’t. Mendocino County Public Health Officer Dr. Andy Coren stated Friday that “we live in two totally different worlds” proper now, one that’s vaccinated, and one that’s not.

May 22: Youth Mural Project to lift consciousness for social justice. The Arbor Drug Free Communities and Ukiah Valley Youth Coalition is partnering with Shane Grammer and The Hope Through Art Foundation to create a mural highlighting the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) motion.

May 26: An open letter from county well being officer. Mendocino County was one of many first in Californi9a assigned to the Yellow Tier (least restrictive) with lower than 15 new Covid instances per week.

May 29: Supes take into account public-requested audit of Sheriff’s Department. The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors thought-about the potential for an impartial audit of the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Department, on the request of native social justice teams Tuesday.

June 2: Haulers want permits if diverting water. According to a flyer put out by the Calfiornia Water Boards, anybody who diverts water from a floor stream, lake or pond right into a water hauling truck will need to have a legitimate water proper and any unauthorized drafting or hauling of water is topic to prosecution and fines-up to $500 a day, as excessive as $1,000 a day throughout a drought yr, and $2,500 per acre-foot of water diverted-by the State Water Boards and the Department of Fish and Wildlife.

June 5: Mendocino County man arrested for tried homicide of mom. A mendocino County man was arrested for tried homicide Monday after allegedly attacking his mom, the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office reported.

June 9: New instances tied to Ukiah bars, prospects urged to get examined. Mendocino County well being officers this week urged latest prospects of two Ukiah bars, the Office Bar and Bistro on Mill Street and The Pub on North State Street, to get examined after new instances of Covid-19 had been linked to the companies.

June 12: Mendocino County well being officers nonetheless encouraging use of masks. In an replace Tuesday on the standing of Covid-19 in Mendocino County, Public Health Officer Dr. Andy Coren stated there continues to be a surge regionally in instances resulting in a rise in hospitalizations, and that he encourages all residents to put on masks when they’re out in public areas amongst others who might not be vaccinated in opposition to the virus.

June 16: Don’t assume signs are allergy symptoms; keep residence till examined. Mendocino County Public Health Officer Dr. Andy Coren reported Friday that native hospitalizations of sufferers with Covid-19 are climbing again as much as the numbers seen through the surge final winter.

June 19: Mendocino County updates face masking orders. Mendocino County Public Health launched the next info on Tuesday about present necessities for face masking utilization in the county.

June 23: An interview with Dennis Slota. With a B.S. in Biology and Geology and an M.S. in Hydrology, Dennis Slota, a former and now-retired hydrologist from the Mendocino County Water Agency, has been extremely concerned from the get-go with the county’s hashish ordinance, the unique iteration, the one presently in existence.

June 26: Health Officer says pandemic ‘smoldering’: With clusters of instances nonetheless showing in native companies, faculties and church buildings, Mendocino County Public Health Officer Dr. Andy COren stated Tuesday that the Covid-19 pandemic is actually not over but.

June 30:Anne Molgaard to steer Public Health. Mendocino County has named Anne Molgaard because the Transition Director for the Public Health Branch of Health and Human Services.

July 3 Manzanita Services reopens Thursday. It’s been over a yr for the reason that doorways of Manzanita Services had been open to the general public, however that’s about to alter.

July 7: Mendocino County providing vaccine clinics each Friday. Beginning on July 9, the Mendocino County PUblic Health Department can be providing Covid-19 vaccine clinics each Friday on the Redwood Empire Fairgrounds in Ukiah.

July 10: Fire in Redwood Valley burns buildings, evacuates residents. Hundreds of residents in Redwood Valley had been evacuated Wednesday afternoon when a vegetation fireplace began close to the Broiler Steak House.

July 14: New instances linked to Willits Frontier Days, Ukiah restaurant. Two staff of a Ukiah restaurant and at the very least 5 individuals who attended group occasions in Willits not too long ago examined optimistic for the Covid-19 virus, the Mendocino County Public Health Office reported.

July 17: Delta variant confirmed to be circulating in Mendocino County. Recently obtained take a look at outcomes present that the Delta variant of the Covid-19 virus is certainly circulating in Mendocino COunty as suspected, PUblic Health Officer Dr. Andy Coren reported this week.

July 21: Masks can be required in college this fall. In early July, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) introduced that masks would nonetheless be required in public college lecture rooms this fall, at the very least by means of Nov. 1.

July 24: County to handle backlog of hashish hoop home permits. After at the very least one native hashish farmer expressed excessive frustration with a delay in the processing of her utility for a hashish hoop home allow to the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors Monday, county officers introduced that employees will start clearing the backlog of permits.

July 28:COVID-19 surging once more in Mendocino County. Describing Covid-19 instances and hospitalizations as surging once more in Mendocino County because of the Delta variant, native Public Health officers this week  urged anybody who has not but been vaccinated to get their pictures.

July 31: Health officers announce one other demise from the virus. Mendocino County Health Officials introduced Wednesday in separate press releases that one other county resident has not too long ago died from the Covid-19 virus, and that somebody linked to a downtown restaurant has examined optimistic.

Aug. 4: Positive case confirmed at Raley’s in Ukiah. A optimistic case of Covid-19 has been confirmed at Raley’s in Ukiah, Mendocino County Public Health Officials introduced Friday.

Aug. 7: Mendocino County making ready masks requirement, vaccine verification. With 42 new instances reportedly recorded on final Monday alone, Mendocino County is experiencing a brand new surge of Covid-19 that Public Health Officer Dr. Andy Coren stated is inflicting hospitalization charges to strategy the degrees seen final winter.

Aug. 11: More folks searching for vaccines, testing in Mendocino County, officers report. With Mendocino County experiencing a severe upswing in Covid-19 instances not too long ago, Health Officials additionally reported this week that extra individuals are searching for vaccines and testing associated to the virus.

Aug. 18. County stories document excessive of 95 new instances Thursday. Mendocino COunty reported 95 new instances of Covid-19 final Thursday, a quantity that Public Health Officer Dr. Andy Coren stated was the very best one-day whole for the reason that pandemic started early final yr.

Aug. 21: ‘Hospital disaster brewing’ in Mendocino COunty. Describing the present Covid-19 scenario in Mendocino County as “fairly alarming.”

Aug. 25: NCO’s Quarantine Food Program supplies consolation for group. As the county fell dormant with the shelter-in-place orders from Covid-19, volunteers for the Quarantine Relief Program started to behave.

Aug. 28: Latest fatality was the youngest to die from virus. A 41-year-old Willits girl not too long ago died from Covid-19, and native well being officers described her because the youngest particular person but to succumb to the virus in Mendocino County.

Sept. 1: Mendocino marks 4 deaths in 4 days. With 4 deaths in 4 days this week, Mendocino County has already tripled its month-to-month common of Covid-19 deaths in August.

Sept. 4: Friday Night Live continues in new location. After 4 years of promoting crafts on the Evergreen Village Shopping Center, native crafters had been shocked to be offered with a ‘Notice to Vacate’ from Sonoma Land Company, proprietor of the procuring heart.

Sept. 8: County Museum units up automobile bombing exhibit. Mendocino County Museum employees and volunteers have been busy organising the pop-up exhibit ‘The Car Bombing of Judi Bari: A Community Remembers’ which is ready to open Sept. 18.

Sept. 11: FIrst Annual Willits Kit fly up a hovering success. Community members gathered Aug. 22 for the beloved pastime of flying kites on the FIrst Annual Willits Kite Fly Up.

Sept. 18: KLLG WIllits Hometown Radio to host 2nd annual pledge drive. Willits residents are inspired to tune into 97.9 FM September 18 for quite a lot of enjoyable leisure and a chance to indicate their love for native WIllits Hometown Radio through the station’s second annual pledge drive, which can run from noon-7 p.m.

Sept. 22: Board discusses begin of 2021-22 college yr. At the September 9 WIllits Unified School DIstrict (WUSD) BOard of Directors Meeting; the Board, WUSD employees and district Superintendent mentioned and commenced the “great effort” that has been put forth to start the college yr with college students on-site full time amid the covid surge with the very best case fee the county has seen thus far.

Sept. 25: New Ghost Restaurant opens in WIllits. Hatake Farm Kitchen Ghost Restaurant opened in Willits Sept. 1 serving California Japanese Cuisine for pickup of supply.

Sept. 29: Willits Youth Soccer fall season underway. Despite challenges and obstacles imposed by the worldwide pandemic, Willits Youth Soccer’s (WYS) fall season is underway.

Oct. 2: Museum hosts Judi Bari dialogue to accompany automobile bombing exhibit. IN an entertaining an emotional night: the Mendocino County Museum hosted a panel dialogue Sept. 24, ‘Remembering Judi Bari’.

Oct. 6: Willits Library celebrates Banned Book Week and Hispanic Heritage Month. Nothing feels extra fall than cozying up with an excellent e-book.

Oct. 9: Willits HIgh School celebrates homecoming.  Students, employees and group members celebrated Willits HIgh School (WHS) homecoming with a high-spirited night time rally, junior varsity and varsity soccer video games and dance.

Oct. 13: Emerald Triangle will get $1.5M from state. THe three North Coast counties that make up California’s Emerald Triangle can be receiving $1.5 million from the state to assist stem the tide of enormous unlawful marijuana grows that’s drowning the area in violent crime whereas sucking its watersheds dry.

Oct. 16: Local college celebrates Indigenous People’s Day. It was a good looking fall day Oct. 8: the birds had been chirping and the sky was blue. Community members and college students got here collectively at Round Valley High School (RVHS) to rejoice Indigenous People’s Day, embracing and celebrating cultural heritage.

Oct. 20: Community Crossroads of Mendocino County seeks donations. As autumn settles into Little Lake Valley, nighttime temperatures have dropped to beneath freezing and mornings are frosty.

Oct. 23: Halloween happenings for ghouls and goblins. As the second pandemic Halloween approaches, kids throughout North County gear up for the beloved sugar-filled vacation.

Oct. 27: Epic Halloween House positive factors consideration in Brooktrails. Plenty of homes in the Willits space pull out the spooky and festive fall decorations for Halloween, kicking off the vacation season with a day significantly cherished by kids and generally loved by adults as effectively.

Oct. 30: Residents enhance for an excellent trigger. The 12-foot skeleton that looms over the nook of East Valley and Penn Streets in Willits isn’t solely there to thrill and amuse passersby, however can also be a part of a nationwide marketing campaign.

Nov. 3: Residents focus on redistricting Laytonville. A particular group assembly sponsored by the Laytonville County Water District was held Oct. 21 at Harwood Hall and by way of zoom to debate Laytonville being moved from the third district to a different.

Nov. 6: City Council critiques Draft Willits Urban Forestry Management Plan. At the Oct. 27 City Council assembly, the council reviewed the Draft Urban Forestry Management Plan (UFMP) and listened to a presentation by environmental consultants Ryan Allen and Abby Beissinger from agency Dudek.

Nov. 13: Call to Connect program seeks volunteers. People are experiencing loneliness and isolation at an unprecedented fee as the worldwide pandemic continues to pressure social distancing.

Nov. 17: LLF Board discusses discovering new e mail server. At the LIttle Lake Fire Protection District(LLF) Board of DIrectors assembly on NOv. 9 the board supplied an replace on FIrehouse 54.

Nov. 20: Parents ask WUSD college board to rethink masks mandate. At the Nov. 10 Willits Unified School District (WUSD) Board of Director’s assembly, involved dad and mom attended in particular person and by way of zoom requesting that the board rethink the masks mandate.

Nov. 24: HIdden prices of cell telephones. For many, cell telephones have turn out to be an integral a part of day by day life with maybe little thought given to doable ramifications of good cellphone utilization.









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