Parenting Classes in Willits

Mendocino County Health & Human Services Agency

Press Release

Parenting Classes in Willits

Come and enhance your parenting skills, learn new techniques and meet instructors and parents that will enrich your life as a complimentary service of the Willits Family Resource Center.

Discipline with Confidence is an 8 week session introducing the structure of positive discipline as a teaching tool. Based on the “Discipline with Confidence” curriculum, the class includes the challenging task of parenting teenagers.

Toddling Toddlers is an 8 week session for parents and children ages 15 months to 2 & 1/2 years old. It is an educational and activities bases class that focuses on developmental issues facing our toddlers today: independence, language and physical and emotion developmental stages. Topics such as the infamous “NO” stage, temper tantrums, potty training and engaging play time are covered.

Both classes are ongoing and while consistent attendance is highly encouraged, drop-ins are welcome.

The Willits Family Resource Center is located at the Willits Integrated Services Center (WISC) located at 221 South Lenore Avenue in Building B. Call 707-456-3700 for specific times and dates.

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Public Health Emergency Response HAM Radio Exercise

Mendocino County Health & Human Services Agency

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date:  6/30/2014

Public Health Emergency Response HAM Radio Exercise

Thursday, June 26, 2014, Mendocino County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA), Public Health conducted a HAM radio communication exercise with health care coalition partners throughout the county simulating an event which disrupted normal lines of communications.  The primary focus was to practice the procedures necessary to accurately and effectively transfer information between the outlying facilities and the Mendocino County HHSA office in Ukiah.

Approximately 35 volunteer HAM radio operators located at health care facilities throughout the county including hospitals, clinics and skilled nursing participated in transmitting situation reports (SitReps) from the facilities to the Public Health Disaster Operations Center (DOC).  One Lake County clinic and the Lake County Public Health Department also participated.  These SitReps informed the DOC of the status of the facilities and of any needs for supplies or support that they may have.  HAM radio is a vital communication tool in times of disaster if other methods of communication are unavailable.

Many of the volunteers came on their own time to participate.  The exercise was a great success.  HHSA Public Health would like to acknowledge that contributions of Tim Hanna, Mendocino County HAM Consultant, Sharon Hanna, Volunteer, Steve Francis, Medical and Health Operational Area Coordinator for Mendocino County, Sara Francis, Volunteer, and Valerie Lawe-Cannon, Public Health Emergency Preparedness Administrator along with all of the staff members, volunteers and facilities who participated.

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Firewood Permit Sales Resume on Jackson Demonstration State Forest

CAL FIRE NEWS RELEASE

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

Firewood Permit Sales Resume on Jackson Demonstration State Forest

DATE: June 30, 2014

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). Due to the limited accessibility of timber sale areas containing downed timber, permits will be limited to two cords ($20.00) per household. Firewood areas will be open July 1, through September 30, 2014, until wood supply is gone, the first significant rain, or resource damage occurs due to illegal woodcutting, whichever occurs first.

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.

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.

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Week of June 30th on Native America Calling

Monday, June 30, 2014 – Tribal Clans and Cultural Survival
When you think of your own Native community, how strong is your clan system? Would you consider it the backbone of your tribal nation? On this edition of Native America Calling, we take a look at how our Indigenous nations are influenced and strengthened by our clan systems. What do clan structures teach us about nation-building and tribal values? What is being done in your tribe to make sure younger generations know about their clans and the importance of those clans for cultural survival? Guests include: storyteller, writer, and actor Ishmael Angalook Hope of the Inupiaq and Tlingit Nations.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 – Current Events
We want to hear about the exciting events happening in your community during the month of July! Join us as we learn more about events like Summer Sundays at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, the Survival First Voices Festival in Farmington and the Lori Piestewa National Native American Games. You can also call in to tell us about events, gatherings and celebrations taking place in July across Native America.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 – Surprising Businesses in Native America
Gaming is a lucrative business venture for some tribes. But some Native nations are expanding into non-gaming business ventures. Did you know that the Chickasaw Nation has a chocolate factory? The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians owns a winery and the Suquamish Nation has a seafood company that sells geoduck clams internationally. Are you running a successfully non-gaming enterprise? Do you have a great story to tell about how you or your tribe got started in that business? Join us for a conversation with innovative tribally-run and Native-owned businesses.

Thursday, July 3, 2014 – Lacrosse
The roots of lacrosse go back father than almost any sport in North America. It’s often called “the creator’s game” and many feel a spiritual connection to it. Since 2011, interest in lacrosse exploded in places like the Northern Plains with the formation of a new league and several tribal teams. Just a few months ago, the Tewaaraton Award was presented to two Native players for the first time. Do you keep up with lacrosse or a favorite team? Did you play lacrosse growing up? Are your children or grandchildren playing lacrosse today? What does this sport mean to you?

Friday, July 4, 2014 – ***ENCORE: 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? Guests include: Christina Castro (Jemez/Taos Pueblo – writer, community activist and organizer, teacher at IAIA), Nicolle Gonzales (Navajo – Certified Nurse Midwife with Bridge Care for Women) and Ellen Blais (Oneida Nation of the Thames – an Aboriginal midwife and co-chair of the National Aboriginal Council of Midwives).

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 Services Act (MHSA) Forum for Children & Families, Youth & Transitional Age Youth, Adults & Older Adults

Mendocino County Health and Human Services Agency

Healthy People, Healthy Communities

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: June 25, 2014

Contact: Kristina Grogan

Mendocino County Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Forum for Children & Families, Youth & Transitional Age Youth, Adults & Older Adults

The Mendocino County Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Forum will be held on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Willits. Lunch will be provided. This meeting will take place at Manzanita Services, 286 N. School St., Willits CA.

Members of the public, consumers and family members, MHSA Stakeholders and community agencies are encouraged to attend the meeting to provide suggestions, ideas and feedback on the MHSA programs.

Meeting agendas are published at: http://www.co.mendocino.ca.us/hhsa/mhsa.htm

For further information, contact: Robin Meloche, MHSA Coordinator at 707-472-2332.

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Fireworks Are Illegal

6/26/14

CAL Fire News Release

Fireworks Are Illegal

Willits – CAL FIRE Mendocino Unit Chief Christopher P. Rowney warns that fireworks pose a major danger to California’s safety. Many serious injuries occur nationwide due to the careless handling of fireworks. In Mendocino County all types of fireworks are illegal and their use is punishable by law. Anyone possessing, transporting or using fireworks in Mendocino County is in violation of the law.

Fireworks are inherently dangerous and can quickly change a safe and happy Fourth of July holiday into a sad and costly one. Children are at the greatest risk of injury. Parents or guardians are responsible for any willful acts of minors which results in injury or death to another person or damage to another person’s property. This would include the reimbursement costs for fire suppression caused by illegal actions and negligence.

Chief Rowney encourages Mendocino County residents and tourists to enjoy the Fourth of July by watching professional fireworks displays available in several communities within the county.

Have a safe Fourth of July and help prevent unwanted fires.

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Public Urged to Use Extreme Caution Due to Drought Conditions

CAL FIRE NEWS RELEASE

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

RELEASE DATE: June 25, 2014

Public Urged to Use Extreme Caution Due to Drought Conditions

CAL FIRE Offers Fireworks Safety This Fourth of July

Sacramento – Many Californians and visitors will be celebrating our nation’s independence this July 4th holiday with fireworks but CAL FIRE urges extreme caution during California’s drought emergency. It can take hundreds of thousands of gallons of water to control a large wildfire. Effective July 1, 2014, CAL FIRE Chief Ken Pimlott ordered a ban on open burning throughout the 31 million acres of state responsibility area protected by CAL FIRE due to the elevated threat of wildfire caused by the drought emergency.

“The drought has increased the threat of wildfire in California,” said Chief Ken Pimlott, director of CAL FIRE. “We are urging the public to celebrate our nation’s independence by attending a professional fireworks display. For those who choose to use fireworks to celebrate, make sure fireworks are allowed in the area of use and follow all safety precautions. You don’t want to ruin your celebration by becoming financially responsible for a fire caused by your activities.”

California has a zero tolerance for the sale and use of illegal fireworks. Illegal fireworks include sky rockets, bottle rockets, roman candles, aerial shells, firecrackers and other types that explode, go into the air, or move on the ground in an uncontrollable manner. It is illegal to sell, transport, or use fireworks that do not carry the “Safe and Sane” seal, as well as possess or use any fireworks in a community where they are not permitted. If convicted, a violator could be fined up to $50,000 as well as sent to jail for up to one year. There are nearly 300 communities within California that allow “Safe and Sane” fireworks.

“Every year CAL FIRE and fire departments across California respond to fireworks-related incidents that hurt people and cause damage to property and natural resources, ” said State Fire Marshal Tonya Hoover, CAL FIRE – Office of the State Fire Marshal. “If you are going to use fireworks, check with your local fire department first to make sure they are allowed in your area. If they are, use only fireworks that carry the State Fire Marshal’s ‘Safe and Sane’ seal.”

CAL FIRE is asking the public to take the following precautions:

•           First check that fireworks are allowed in the area of use

•           Make sure the firework has the State Fire Marshal “Safe and Sane” seal

•           Purchase only from legitimate organizations authorized to sell

•           Have a bucket of water, sand or garden hose available at firing site

•           Read all instructions before use

•           Never alter, modify or enhance fireworks – use only in the manner intended

•           Make sure fireworks have proper clearance from flammable materials including dry grass and brush

CAL FIRE has already responded to over 2,500 wildland fires this year, a large increase in the average number of fires for the same time period. Residents are urged to visit www.ReadyforWildfire.org for tips on how to prepare their homes and family for wildfire. The website also links to important water saving tips, a resource critical to the control of wildfires.

Governor Brown has called on all Californians to reduce their water use by 20 percent and prevent water waste – visit saveourH2O.org to find out how everyone can do their part, visit drought.ca.gov to learn more about how California is dealing with the effects of the drought.

Week of June 23 on Native America Calling

Monday, June 23, 2014 – The Future of Native Education
Teachers are taking a well-deserved break right now. But the conversation about improving education for Native American students never stops. In President Obama’s recent speech on the Standing Rock Sioux reservation, he said “let’s put our minds together to improve our schools — because our children deserve a world-class education, too, that prepares them for college and careers.” Improving education for Native students can take many forms. Join us as we discuss Native education reform with Native educators. Guests include: Kara Bobroff (Navajo/Lakota) founder and principal of the Native American Community Academy and Ahniwake Rose (Cherokee/Muscogee) executive director of the National Indian Education Association.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 – Dam Removal
Dams can serve many purposes but some dams built in the 20th century caused unintended consequences. There’s a growing movement in some parts of the United States to remove dams and return rivers to their original form. Whether spurred on by aging infrastructure or litigation, the decision to tear down these structures is complex and often emotional. Join us as we learn more about current and past dam removal projects in Native America.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 – Contemporary Alaska Native Art
Art forms in Native communities across Alaska are influenced by culture, tradition, geography and contact with people who arrived from Europe and Russia. In this hour, we will explore how artists respond to contemporary issues while also drawing on the traditions of their community. Are you an artist who balances culture and contemporary influences? Who are your favorite Alaska Native artists today? This program is part of the Native Artists of Alaska Radio Series.

Thursday, June 26, 2014 – Smoke Signals the Movie Reunion
It’s been 16 years since film “Smoke Signals” made its way to audiences around the country. The film is now a beloved classic among both Native and non-native audiences. It’s often hailed for its view on modern day life for Native Americans. What has this film meant to you over the years? Can you recite some scenes word for word? We invite you to join us as we open the hour to the original cast and crew to explore the long term impact of “Smoke Signals.” Guests include Sherman Alexie (Spokane/ Coeur d’Alene), Chris Eyre (Cheyenne and Arapaho), Evan Adams (Sliammon First Nation), Irene Bedard (Inupiaq Yup’ik) and others.

Friday, June 23, 2014 – Trademark Cancelled
Last week, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office cancelled the Washington DC football team’s trademark registration. The ruling does not limit the use of the team name, but if upheld may lead to financial losses for the team. Where do you stand on the cancellation of the trademark? Guests include: Suzan Shown Harjo (Cheyenne/Hodulgee Muscogee) President of the Morning Star Institute and Amanda Blackhorse (Navajo) principal plaintiff in the lawsuit Blackhorse et al v. Pro Football Inc.

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.

CAL FIRE Director Orders Burn Bans Across 31 Million Acres

CAL FIRE Director Orders Burn Bans Across 31 Million Acres

6/19/14

Record Setting Drought Conditions Have Increased Fire Danger

Sacramento – California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) Director Ken Pimlott issued an order to suspend open burning across 31 million acres of State Responsibility Area in California. The suspended burning order is part of CAL FIRE’s continued efforts to mitigate the increased threat of wildfire due to the state’s drought emergency.

“The increase in fire activity this year, coupled with record-setting drought conditions, requires us to take every step possible to prevent new wildfires from starting,” said Chief Ken Pimlott, CAL FIRE director.  “In support of the Governor’s Drought State of Emergency, I am ordering each of the 21 unit chiefs and six contract county chiefs to issue local proclamations suspending burning on State Responsibility Area lands in their respective jurisdictions, effective no later than July 1, 2014.”

The process of geographically specific burn bans will allow for greater flexibility to cancel individual bans locally during the fall months if conditions warrant.  The localized proclamations will include suspension of all residential burn permits, forest management, hazard abatement, and other industrial-type permitted burning.  Campfires may still be allowed in designated campsites. For information, visit your nearest CAL FIRE station – http://calfire.ca.gov/contacts/index.php .

CAL FIRE has already responded to 2,118 fires this year, a nearly 70% increase in the average number of fires for the same time period. Residents are urged to visit www.ReadyForWildfire.org for tips on how to prepare their homes and family for wildfire. The website also links to important water saving tips, a resource critical to the control of wildfires.

Governor Brown has called on all Californians to reduce their water use by 20 percent and prevent water waste – visit saveourH2O.org to find out how everyone can do their part, and visit drought.ca.gov to learn more about how California is dealing with the effects of the drought.

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6/17/14 KYBU Meeting Notes

Radio Station Meeting
Library Community Room
6/17/14 – 5pm

Meeting Notes Corrections: Committee members who wish to correct these meeting notes, please send corrections to mail@kyburadio.org. Please note that these are not minutes but personal notes that are not necessarily accurate or complete but hopefully helpful.

Attendees: Lew, Emily, James, Dixie, Duane, Max, Imil, Mary Jane, Joshie, and Daniel

Agenda:

Introductions
New People/Shows
News at 7:30
AAHP Sign

Misc.: Duane, a new volunteer, donated outdoor speakers to put outside the studio door. Thanks!

New People/Shows: Current schedule was handed out to attendees for review and discussion. Joshie is moving his show to a different time slot (from 10pm to 4pm) as well as doing the evening weather. Dixie is expanding to two hours to include interviews, discussions, and talking and would like another Ethernet wire installed.

News at 7:30: The same news daily is now gone. Max explained that to stop an event, click on Event (under Playlist) and go to the time of day and uncheck the box. Anyone really wishing to learn how to remove an event is invited to come to the station on Tuesdays from 10am to noon or 1:30 to 4pm or to learn how to make a show, come from 2 to 3pm.

We are still looking for international/world news. Public Radio International has something called “The World”. There are four slots available. Volunteers are invited to help search for free or inexpensive good news as well as search for good half-hour newsy types of programming on Pacifica.org. since we paid for this service. We’ll follow up on this next week.

We probably can’t use Pink Floyd unless it’s a pod cast because it would require someone to cue it up daily. Emily will get back to the owner about this.

Party: Lew has the posters; however, since the County put up no parking signs for the same time scheduled on the party posters, we decided to cancel the party, keep the supplies, and reschedule the party for the fall. Emily will send out an email about this.

We will keep the workshop schedule for the last Sunday in June. People can park in town on Highway 162. Duane will find out about parking in the Vets building. Apparently the County said we will be able to drive on the street but not make sharp turns on it.

AAHP Sign: Our AAHP litter cleanup route has been extended a bit farther now that Caltrans moved our KYBU sign to where June Marie’s Gift Shop sign post was. It still has bullet hole in it. Apparently the original sign was erroneously misplaced below Inspiration Point. Caltrans said we were supposed to cover a bit more than two miles on both sides because we only clean turnouts but were assigned only two miles. This has been corrected.