St. Helena Commencing May 1st, 2015 the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) will require a burn permit for any outdoor open burning in State Responsibility Areas (SRA) in the following CAL FIRE Units:


  • Mendocino
  • San Mateo – Santa Cruz
  • Santa Clara – serving Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara and areas west of I-5 in Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties
  • Sonoma-Lake-Napa – serving Sonoma, Lake, Napa and portions of Solano, Yolo, and Colusa counties.


State Responsibility Areas are generally the unincorporated, rural, grass, brush and timber covered lands.

Individuals who conduct open burning must keep the fire size within the issued permit requirements, at all times. All open burning permit requirements include continual monitoring of the fire by an adult, a minimum clearance of at least 10 feet to bare mineral soil around the fire, adequate control resources (tools, water, etc.) and do not burn on a windy day. Failure to maintain control of an open fire will result in the permit being voided and the permit holder charged with the possibility of being responsible for fire suppression cost, civil damages and fines. Our debris burning safety video can be viewed at:


CAL FIRE burn permits are in addition to any air quality control district and local fire agency permits. CAL FIRE Chiefs remind local residents “Open burning requires local landowners, to do their due diligences to insure they are meeting all conditions set forth by authorizing agencies prior to conducting an open burn”.

For more information on burn permits or wildland fire safety, residents can contact their local CAL FIRE facility


Contact: Chuck Morse, Agricultural Commissioner
On Tuesday, April 21, Biologists with the Department of Agriculture caught 3 adult male moths in the Fort Bragg area. Confirmation that the moths were indeed Light Brown Apple Moth (LBAM) was received from the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) diagnostics lab on April 22, 2015. The finding of this many moths triggers the requirement for a quarantine. As a result, the CDFA will work cooperatively with the Agricultural Commissioner to establish quarantine boundary lines for the Fort Bragg area. Once established, these boundary lines will be posted on the CDFA-LBAM webpage as well as the County Agriculture Department’s webpage.
The moths were detected in traps placed in response to a single male moth find at the end of October, 2014. Those traps were placed the first week of April and our first checking of the traps detected the moths. Our high density trapping will be expanded to encompass the larger area now required to monitor the extent of the infestation.
The Mendocino County Department of Agriculture has begun the process of enacting the necessary procedures and protocols to address the establishment of a quarantine. An informational meeting will be scheduled for agricultural producers, nursery owners, and others in the area to go over the requirements necessary to facilitate the continued movement and commerce of their commodities. Information on where and when the meeting will be held will be released after the quarantine boundaries are established.
LBAM was first detected in California in March of 2007 in Berkeley and is now known to exist in 16 other counties. It is native to Australia and was subsequently introduced to New Zealand, Tasmania, New Caledonia, United Kingdom, Ireland, and Hawaii. In Australia, it is considered a significant pest of apples, pears, oranges, and grapes. LBAM has a host range in excess of 50 plant families encompassing over 190 plant genera and well over 2,000 plant species. Over 250 fruits and vegetables are considered host for LBAM as well. The ornamental and native plant hosts for LBAM have allowed it to become established in certain areas. For more information on the Light Brown Apple Moth, please visit the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s pest profile site at:



On Wednesday, May 20, 2015, the Mendocino County Water Agency and the University of California Cooperative Extension Service will hold an educational forum on groundwater. The presenter, Thomas Harter, is a Hydrologist with the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources at the University of California, Davis. Mr. Harter will give an overview on the facts of groundwater, provide details on current legislation and deadlines in order to understand future implications.
“It is very important for everyone to stay engaged in this process within the Ukiah Valley, especially water managers, as it is the only groundwater basin presently in Mendocino County that falls under the mandate of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014” stated First District Supervisor Carre Brown, who also chairs the Mendocino County Water Agency Board of Directors. “However, others throughout the County may want to take advantage of Mr. Harter’s excellent presentation to understand their own groundwater basins.”
Members of the public are encouraged to attend this meeting. The discussion will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the Board of Supervisors Chambers, Room 1070, 501 Low Gap Road, in Ukiah. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions and receive up-to-date information.
There will also be further discussion on the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014. At the last meeting, held on March 26, participants were asked to take information back to their constituency, or local governing bodies, for discussion and to develop a recommendation for the creation of a Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA).
For more information, or to reserve a spot, please contact Jason Claunch at the Mendocino County Executive Office at (707) 463-4441 or

Week of April 27, 2015 on Native America Calling

Monday, April 27, 2015 – Single Woes In Native America
There are a number of things that prevent eligible, single Natives from committing to a relationship. Some Native singles, who are looking for other Native singles, say they’re single because they just can’t find anyone. Whether they’re living in cities with few eligible single Natives or they’re related to everyone in their rural community, some say it can be hard to find a date. Do you agree? What’s keeping you single? If, after a long search, you’re no longer single, what worked for you?

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 – TBD

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 – Do You Powwow?
Some say powwow is more than just the dance and the gathering – it’s a way of life. Today we take a look at what powwow means to Native America and the people who hit powwow highway each year. Does religion play a big role when you step into the powwow arena? Has powwow lost its original meaning over the years or is it as vibrant as when you first danced? Is powwow a true representation of our tribal nations? How do the events on the powwow trail compare to our Native traditions? Join us as bring you voices from the 2015 Gathering of Nations Powwow.

Follow this conversation with Native America Calling’s hashtags:#DoYouPowwow and #Studio49

Thursday, April 30, 2015 – Retire Chief Wahoo?
This year marks the 100th year that the Cleveland baseball team has used the “Indians” name. The Cleveland Indians mascot, Chief Wahoo, has often been criticized because of its cartoon-like caricature of a Native American. With all of the attention on the Washington DC Football Team’s trademarks, where does the Cleveland Indians fit in the mascot fight? Are you offended by Chief Wahoo? Do you think it’s time to retire the mascot? Or do you feel that the mascot is not offensive to Native Americans? Guests: Robert Roche (Chiricahua Apache) – executive director of the American Indian Education Center and Amanda Blackhorse (Diné) – social worker and plaintiff for Blackhorse v. Pro Football Inc.

Friday, May 1, 2015 – Current Events
On today’s show, we highlight events happening in the month of May in Native America. The Institute of American Indian Arts will host a reading by members of the first class of IAIA students earning an MFA in creative writing on May 11 to 14 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The Sixth Annual Native American Healthcare Conference will be held from May 17 to 19 in Valley Center, California. Also, the 4th Annual Indian Canyon Two Spirit Gathering is scheduled for May 22 to 24 in Hollister, California. Is there an event going on in your community that you would like to share with us on air?

Send details to us by email – Or join the program and call 1-800-996-2848 anywhere from 11 to 11:45 a.m. MST on Friday, May 1st.

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.


Radio Production Workshop this Sunday… Join KYBU volunteers for a Last Sunday of the Month workshop on Sunday, April 26 from 10am to 1pm in the Round Valley Library Commons Community Room and Howard Street Studio.  Learn how to make radio!  All skills welcome.  From 10am – 11am, learn how to use the board in the studio to make recordings, Public Service Announcements, etc.  From 11am-12pm, learn how to use Audacity (free, cross-platform audio editing program) to record and create shows using your own computer.  From 12pm – 1pm, watch a live studio show in progress – Russ and Ryan from “Sunday Classics” will welcome DJs in training into the studio booth for observation.

Mendocino County Reaches Tentative Agreement with Mendocino County Law Enforcement Management Association (MCLEMA)


Ukiah, California… April 15, 2015
Mendocino County Reaches Tentative Agreement with Mendocino County
Law Enforcement Management Association (MCLEMA)
Mendocino County and the Mendocino County Law Enforcement Management Association (MCLEMA) announced today that they have reached a tentative agreement for a three year labor
contract. Chair Carre Brown stated that “As chair of the Board of Supervisors, the Board is
extremely happy that we have reached this agreement with MCLEMA, we value public safety and believe that this is a big step towards our commitment to investing in our most valued assets, the dedicated employees of the County of Mendocino.”
Kirk Mason, negotiator for MCLEMA, stated “MCLEMA is happy to announce that we have
come to an agreement with the County of Mendocino on a three year labor agreement.
MCLEMA wishes to thank the County Negotiating team for their upfront, professional
negotiation style and the Board of Supervisors for their time and attention to this round of
The details of the tentative agreement will be posted online and made available with the
publication of the April 21, 2015 Board of Supervisors agenda.

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2015 Homeless Point-in-Time Count

Press Release

Date: April 15, 2015

2015 Homeless Point-in-Time Count

In compliance with the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development Department (HUD), the Mendocino County Homeless Services Continuum of Care, with the help of over one hundred community volunteers, conducted the 2015 Point-In-Time Count of Mendocino County’s sheltered and unsheltered homeless individuals between the dates of January 22 and January 29, 2015.

The data collected during the Point-In-Time Count is currently being analyzed and collated by Mendocino County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) staff and the Continuum of Care’s Point-In-Time Committee to produce the final report which will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) by April 30, 2015.

The 2015 Point-In-Time Count report will be presented to the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors on May 5, 2015, by HHSA and Homeless Services Continuum of Care’s Point-In-Time Committee.

Mendocino County HHSA, as the lead agency for the Homeless Services Continuum of Care would also like to take this opportunity to express its appreciation for the numerous volunteers and various participating community agencies for their contribution with the completion of this county-wide project.

Mendocino County Museum Presents Kate Marianchild Hitched to Everything: The Amazing Manzanita and the Beautiful Buckeye

DATE:             April 15, 2015

Mendocino County Museum Presents
Kate Marianchild
Hitched to Everything:
The Amazing Manzanita and the Beautiful Buckeye

On Sunday, April 26, 2-4pm join the Mendocino County Museum and author and naturalist Kate Marianchild for a FREE illustrated lecture on two of our most fascinating plants: California Buckeye and common manzanita. Marianchild is the author of “Secrets of the Oak Woodlands: Plants and Animals among California’s Oaks” and will be available to sign copies of her book.

For more information please visit or call 459-2736.

Volunteers Needed for the Community Garden at Yuki Trails Human Services!

Volunteers Needed for the Community Garden at Yuki Trails Human Services!

The Community garden – Diabetic Garden is without funding this year, which means there is no hired garden staff to take care of the day to day planting, weeding, watering and harvest and distribution. Agreeing that this is a valuable project and resource to the community, Yuki Trails staff and volunteers are creating a new vision to keep a smaller version of the garden going while we search for other funding sources.

Right now the large north back field is planted in a cover crop which will be plowed under in the next week or two. Some volunteers have already donated seeds and starts and more are being planted daily.

The smaller east garden area is ready for planting now and there are 4 open beds available for community members who would like to make a commitment for their own garden. If there is interest, more individual beds may be opened up in the north garden area.

 We will be having a planning meeting on Friday at 3 PM, starting in the YTHS Community room and wandering out to the gardens as well. If you cannot make the meeting but are still interested in taking some part – large or small – please contact Deb in the Yuki Trails front office at 983-6648.

Any supplies, tools, time and energy are welcome. A packet of lettuce seeds or a truck load of manure, a summer’s commitment or an occasional hour or two…it is all useful and welcome!

Yuki Trails Human Services is the behavioral health branch of the Round Valley Indian Health Center, located at 23000 Henderson Road in Covelo.


Brooktrails Fuel Reduction Project

April 14, 2015

Brooktrails Fuel Reduction Project

 Willits – Starting in April, CAL FIRE Mendocino Unit hand crews will be conducting a wildland fuel reduction project in Brooktrails Township. This project is being funded through a State Responsibility Area (SRA) grant fund.

The project consists of the reduction of hazardous fuels located within the greenbelt area managed by the Brooktrails Township Community Services District (BTCSD). CAL FIRE hand crews will remove dead material and trim live vegetation for the purpose of reducing fire hazard on approximately 52 acres adjacent to the BTCSD water supply system, including redwood water tanks, the water treatment plant and along a community trail system which could serve as firebreaks/control lines in the event of a wildfire. Treatments include the removal of dead woody material and ladder fuels, thinning of trees less than 6 inches in diameter to a minimum spacing of 10 foot and pruning of trees to height of 10 foot above ground level. The work will be accomplished using hand tools and chainsaws. Vegetation removal will be consistent with the hazard abatement standards of the Brooktrails Fire Department. Overall, the project will reduce fuel loads and promote forest health. Woody material generated by the project will either be chipped on site or burned in piles if allowed by weather and permissive burn days.