Round Valley Groundwater Survey

From the Round Valley Water District:

How is your well doing?

Do you need help measuring your water level?

If you are experiencing water problems due to the drought, please call 983-8383 to let us know about it.  We’re asking all residents of the valley to participate in collecting data as we prepare to work together during the current drought.

Questions or comments? Visit our web page at for more information.  our board meetings are held on the last Wednesday of the month at 7pm at the old courthouse.  Check the webpage for changes.


Native America Calling – week of March 31st

Monday, March 31, 2014 – The Budget

Earlier this month, President Obama released his FY 2015 proposed budget, which includes proposals for job creation and education. Politico called the budget proposal was called “a White House wishlist.” If much of the budget is expected to be opposed in Congress, what is the outlook for Native America? Some relevant proposals include: full funding for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Indian Health Service contract support costs and a 12 million dollar increase to the Tiwahe (Family) Initiative, which addresses poverty, violence and substance abuse in Indian Country. What do you think of the President’s proposed budget? Where is the need for funding the greatest right now in Native America? Guests include: Mark Trahant (Shoshone-Bannock) journalist and Atwood Chair at the University of Alaska.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 – Fooling Around with Native Comedy

We celebrate the fun and whimsical nature about today’s holiday, April Fool’s Day. Across the country pranks and jokes are being played on friends and family. Are you one of the thousands that couldn’t wait to pull someone’s leg? How did it go? Are you seeking revenge from the doozy that was played on you last year? What does it take to pull off a good prank or joke? We’ve invited some Native comedians to tell why they like to fool around with laughter and we want you to join our shenanigans. Share your April Fool’s pride! Guests include Native comedians Marc Yaffee (Navajo) and Adam Stone (Native Hawaiian)

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 – Current Events

It’s time for another round of Current Events on Native America Calling! April is Financial Literacy month in the US. We’ll get some practical money advice fromDr.Per Cap. We’ll also hear about the Alaska Rural Health Conference, Cross Cultural Medicine/Data Into Action Workshops and a Food Sovereignty Summit. What events, gatherings or celebrations do you want to share this month? Call in during the broadcast or email us (

 Thursday, April 3, 2014 – Witness To Violence

Children are resilient but that strength has limits. Children of all ages can be deeply impacted when they see or experience violence in their homes. According to a 2009 National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence, about 60 percent of kids are exposed to violence during their childhood, and those numbers can be higher in some Native communities. Without intervention, exposure to violence can interfere with a child’s healthy development. Join us as we take a closer at what happens when children witness violence, and what’s being done to address it.

 Friday, April 4, 2014 – Tourism in Native America

The summer travel season is just around the corner and some people are planning trips to Native America. Does your tribe have special tourist attractions? Are you planning a trip to another Native Nation this year? Join us for a conversation with tribal tourism departments as they share where you can go to learn and explore other parts of Native America.


Native America Calling is a national call-in program that invites guests and listeners to join a dialogue about current events, music, arts, entertainment and culture.
The program is hosted by Tara Gatewood (Isleta Pueblo) and airs live each weekday from 1-2 pm Eastern.
Join the conversation by calling 1-800-996-2848

Mendocino County Mental Health Meeting in Covelo.

Mendocino County Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Forum for Children and Families & Transitional Age Youth (TAY)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014


The Mendocino County Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Forum for Children and Families & Transitional Age Youth (TAY) will be Wednesday, April 9, 2014 from 12 noon to1:00 p.m. in Covelo. The meeting will occur at 23000 Henderson Rd., in the Yuki Trails Conference Room, Covelo, CA 95428.  Members of the public are encouraged to attend the meeting to provide suggestions, ideas and feedback on the MHSA programs. Meeting agendas are published at: For further information call Robin Meloche, MHSA Coordinator at 707-472-2332.


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Homeless Services Planning Group Looking for Community Members

Mendocino County Health & Human Services Agency

Press Release

 Date: March 26, 2014


Homeless Services Planning Group Looking for Community Members

      Are you an individual, agency, or organization interested in finding solutions for people in Mendocino County who are homeless and who have physical and mental health problems?  Would you like to join other like-minded individuals/agencies in the county-wide coordinated effort?

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development provides funding for a number of local programs under the “Continuum of Care” (CoC) Program.   Mendocino County’s CoC is the Homeless Services Planning Group (HSPG), which is charged with providing a coordinated and strategic approach to planning and management of a range of resources to address the needs of families and individuals at risk of homelessness or those who are experiencing homelessness in Mendocino County.

You are invited to join us as we collaborate and creatively plan for the future of those at risk of homelessness, or currently experiencing homelessness, in Mendocino County.   The next Homeless Services Planning Group Meeting is being held at 1:30 p.m., on April 21, 2014 at the Health and Human Services Agency’s Big Sur Conference Room located at 747 S. State St. in Ukiah.  If you would like to be a part of the HSPG, please go to our website at and read the Governance Charter, then fill out a membership application and join us on this most important mission for our Community.  You may submit your membership application by emailing the application to: or mail it to:Mendocino County Health and Human Services Agency Adult and Aging Services, P.O. Box 839, Ukiah, CA 95482. If you have any questions, please contact Sandi Canaday at (707) 463-7938.

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CAL FIRE: Fire Prevention Fee Billing Begins Third Year

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

Fire Prevention Fee Billing Begins Third Year: State Provides Fire Prevention Fee Information Resources

Sacramento – As the State’s Fire Prevention Fee continues to be implemented, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) is providing property owners multiple resources to answer their questions about the fee. This outreach effort is being implemented as a result of Assembly Bill X1 29, which was signed into law July 7, 2011 establishing a fee for fire prevention services in the 31 million acres of State Responsibility Area (SRA).

The revenue generated from the fee pays for vital fire prevention services within the SRA. Fire prevention services funded by the fee include strategic fuel reduction activities, defensible space inspections, fire prevention engineering, emergency evacuation planning, fire prevention education, fire hazard severity mapping, implementation of the State’s and local Fire Plans (, and fire related law enforcement activities such as fire cause determination and arson investigation.

CAL FIRE has established a website,, which contains comprehensive information about the fee and helpful links to maps, the law language, and answers frequently asked questions. Additionally, a customer service call center is staffed Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (except holidays) to further aid homeowners that have questions about the Fire Prevention Fee. The call center number is 1-888-310-6447.

Under the law, the Board of Equalization (BOE) is responsible for collecting the fee. The bills scheduled for mailing this spring are for Fiscal Year 2013/14, which includes July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014.  The fee applies to the homeowner of record as of July 1, 2013, for all habitable structures within the SRA.  The BOE began mailing the bills alphabetically by county on March 3, 2014.

Billing for Mendocino is scheduled from April 1 through April 8.


Native America Calling – week of March 24

Monday, March 24, 2014 -Celebrating Native Women

It’s Women’s History Month and we want to take a moment to celebrate our Native women. Which women are making a difference in your community? How has a female mentor, family member or colleague impacted your life? Who do you think Native America should honor this month?

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 – Bossy Girls

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg is teaming up with the Girl Scouts of America to call on people to stop using the word “bossy” to describe young girls. The Ban Bossy campaign highlights the importance of words in sending a message to young girls who step up as leaders. Do the words we use to describe young women matter in Native America? Are you a woman who was called bossy growing up, but know a young man would have been called a leader for the same actions? Should we stop using the word “bossy”?

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 – What’s Keeping You Online?

From cellphones and tablets to computers, we know technology connects Native America. Today we want you to tell us why you spend time online. Are you the person who’s logging on to conquer the latest game? Do you get your news online through Facebook or Twitter? What does it mean to go viral on the digital moccasin telegraph? Are you a household name because of a video you posted? We also want to hear what apps keep you glued to your phone, maybe even late at night when you should be asleep. What apps are vital to your existence? What online viral videos are making you smile right now?

Thursday, March 27, 2014 – Animals In Captivity

The documentary Blackfish has drawn attention to the conditions of orcas in captivity at theme parks like SeaWorld. A California state lawmaker also recently introduced legislation that calls for a ban on keeping orcas in captivity for entertainment. Do you think it’s ethical to keep animals in captivity? How do you feel when you see animals that are sacred to your tribe in a cage or entertaining visitors? Is it important to make animals accessible to the public so people will understand the importance of conservation?

Friday, March 28, 2014 – Birth Stories

Many children love to hear the story of when they were born. Do you know the story of your birth? Were you born during a natural disaster or in an unusual place? We want to hear your birth stories – either when you were born or when your own children were born! Do you enjoy hearing the tales of what was happening when a new life came into the world? How can these stories better help us understand our place in our families or our communities? Do you know the people who were in the room when you were born?

Sustainability Movie Series – Call of Life – Friday, March 14 @ 7pm

From Pat, Friends of the Round Valley Public Library:

The Sustainability Movie Series has a new film scheduled!  Please join us in the Community Room at the Library Commons on Friday, March 14th at 7 pm, for a screening of Call of Life.

Call of Life is the first feature-length documentary to fully investigate the growing threat posed by the rapid and massive loss of biodiversity on the planet. If current trends continue, scientists warn that half or more of all plant and animal species on Earth will become extinct within the next few decades. The primary drivers of species loss include habitat destruction, global climate change, pollution, and invasive species, all compounded by the expanding human population and our consumption patterns.

Call of Life examines the collective and individual choices we have before us, and how the decisions we make — or fail to make — in the next decade will affect the habitability of Earth possibly for millions of years to come.

Watch the trailer

Read a Review

When: Friday, March 14 at 7:00 P.M.  Doors open at 6:45.

Where: The Community Room at the Round Valley Library Commons, Howard Street at Main Street.  Enter on Howard.

See you at the movies!
Call of Life poster

Spring Forward and Change Your Smoke Alarms

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

CONTACT: Daniel Berlant, (916) 651-FIRE (3473), on twitter @CALFIRE_PIO
RELEASE DATE: March 6, 2014

Time Changes Brings Reminder to Check Smoke Alarms
Two-thirds of fire deaths result in homes without working smoke alarms

Sacramento – With Daylight Saving Time beginning on Sunday March 9, CAL FIRE officials are reminding all Californians to ensure they have working smoke alarms in their homes. Studies have shown that most homes have smoke alarms, however nearly two-thirds of home fire deaths result from fires in homes with no working smoke alarms.

“The time change is a great opportunity to spend a few minutes making sure our home’s smoke alarms are in good working conditions and installed in the proper locations,” stated California State Fire Marshal Tonya Hoover. “Most people know how critical smoke alarms are, but forget to maintain them.”

Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in home fires by half. With multiple types of smoke alarms, consumers must read the manufactures recommendations and properly place the alarms correctly. Smoke alarms should be placed inside and outside of every bedroom and on every level of the home. With two different types of smoke alarm technologies on the market, CAL FIRE recommends that every residence be equipped with both ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms. Many brands also offer dual sensor smoke alarms, which contain both ionization and photoelectric smoke sensors.

For years fire officials have asked homeowners to replace the batteries in their smoke alarms annually, but a recent law in California requires new smoke alarms to be equipped with a 10-year long-life lithium battery that doesn’t need to be replaced until the entire device is replaced after 10 years. It is still critical for residents to test their older alarms and replace old alkaline batteries annually.

Smoke alarm safety tips:

  • Smoke alarms should be tested monthly using the test button to ensure they are operating correctly.
  • Properly install and maintain smoke alarms both inside and outside of sleeping areas and on every level of your home.
  • Replace older alarm’s alkaline batteries every year, or when the alarm signals (“chirps”) the end of the battery life. If you don’t know the battery type – check and replace.
  • Inspect, test and clean smoke alarms at least once every year
  • Replace the smoke alarm itself at least every ten years.
  • Interconnected smoke alarms are best, because if one sounds, they all sound.
  • Use both ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms or dual sensor smoke alarms.
  • Never paint over a smoke alarm.
  • Practice exit drills so everyone understands what to do when they hear a smoke alarm.

For more information on smoke alarms, visit:

Sustainable Movie Night – March 14th

The Sustainability Movie Series has a new film scheduled!  Please join us in the Community Room at the Round Valley Library Commons on Friday, March 14th at 7 pm, for a screening of Call of Life.

Call of Life investigates the growing threat posed by the rapid and massive loss of biodiversity on the planet.  The film examines the collective and individual choices we have before us, and how the decisions we make — or fail to make — in this decade will affect our lives and the future of all life on Earth.

Call of Life will show at 7 pm on Friday, March 14th in the Community Room.  Doors open at 6:45.  See you at the movies!