Court Extends Deadline to Apply to Serve on the Next Grand Jury

Superior Court of California
County of Mendocino


April 29, 2016
Court Extends Deadline to Apply to Serve on the Next Grand Jury
The Honorable Jeanine B. Nadel, Chair of the Grand Jury Recruitment/Selection Committee has extended the deadline to submit applications to serve on the 2016/2017 Grand Jury to May 27, 2016. The 2016/2017 Grand Jury will be sworn in on June 24, 2016.
Service on the Civil Grand Jury is an excellent opportunity to learn about the inner workings of government, while providing a valuable service to the community. The 19 members of the Grand Jury serve for one year and are empowered to investigate the operations of county, city and district governments; provide civil oversight of local government departments and agencies; and respond to citizen complaints. The Grand Jury sets its own agenda and meeting schedule. Much of the work is performed in small committees allowing for considerable flexibility in the work schedule and meeting locations.
Grand Jurors are compensated $25 per full panel meeting, $10 per committee meeting and committee attendance at public meetings. Mileage is reimbursed at the current County of Mendocino rate. There is free onsite parking. Prior to being nominated, each qualifying applicant is interviewed by a Superior Court judge. Training for Grand Jurors will be provided.
To serve as a Grand Juror, the following requirements must be met:
 At least 18 years of age
 United States citizen
 Resident of Mendocino County for at least one year
 Sufficiently fluent in written and spoken English
 Not currently serving on any other governmental board or commission during the term
 Not presently holding a public office
 Not personally active in any campaign of a candidate for elective office
Applications and related information are available on the Internet at: The application may also be obtained in person at the Superior Court, 100 North State Street, Rm. 303, Ukiah or by calling the Grand Jury at (707) 463-4320.

Week of May 2 on Native America Calling

Monday, May 2, 2016 – Reading and Writing in our Native Languages
First we learn to talk. And then comes reading and writing. In Native America, tribes and tribal members are working hard to revitalize and speak our Native languages. But what about the written word? In the mid-19th century, a Cherokee named Sequoyah invented a syllabary for the Cherokee language, which is still used today in publications and signs across the three Cherokee tribes. Where does the written word fit into your language? Is learning to read or write critical to the future of our languages?

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 – Cradleboards and other baby carriers
Cradleboards are useful, beautiful and can tell stories about the communities from which they come. For millennia, Native parents have been securely wrapping up their babies in adorned carriers. On this show we’ll explore the history of cradleboards and other baby baskets across tribal nations. We’ll also talk about how some parents today are returning to traditional baby carriers.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 – Frontier of Change: an audio project on climate change in Alaska
The producers of “Frontier of Change” gathered stories from Alaska Native people whose lives are being affected by climate change. The project includes interviews, environmental audio and other sounds that bring this important story to life. We’ll hear from the producers about the project and how Indigenous communities are struggling with disappearing land, vanishing wildlife, erosion, and other catastrophes brought on by climate change. Are you seeing the effects of climate change in your Native community? How can storytelling address the issue?

Thursday, May 5, 2016 – Doctor shortage at IHS
Doctor shortages in Indian country make it difficult for patients to get the health care they were promised. The agency overseeing the Indian Health Service acknowledged in a hearing last year that IHS is short on providers. Officials revealed then that vacancy rates for physicians at IHS reached 20 percent in 2013. The number is even higher in certain areas. What are the long term effects to doctor and other medical care provider shortages in Indian country? Is more money the answer?

Friday, May 6, 2016 – Pomp and Circumstance
It’s graduation season and it’s time to celebrate graduates. They worked hard for years to get a piece of paper, a stamped seal, a tassel and a change in their educational status. In this hour, we celebrate Native graduates and find out how their culture mixes in with “Pomp and Circumstance.” Do you have a graduate in your family that you’re proud of? Tune in, call in and shout out.


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The program is hosted by Tara Gatewood (Isleta Pueblo) and airs live each weekday from 1-2 pm Eastern.

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April 25, 2016
You would think that addiction and drug courts are no laughing matter. Comedian Mark L. is coming to Ukiah to disprove that notion. Mark L. is a nationally renowned twelve step comedian who has been cracking up audiences of addicts and “normals” for many years. His brand of irreverent humor cuts to the core of addiction and the behaviors that surround it. Mark L. returns to Ukiah after a show four years ago which had the audience in stitches.
The performance is a benefit for the Friends of Drug Court, a non-profit organization affiliated with the Ukiah Community Foundation that provides grants of up to $250 to participants in the Mendocino County Drug Courts to help remove barriers to recovery such as costs related to education, housing, driver’s licenses, tattoo removal, and dentistry.
The evening is also a celebration of the 20th anniversary of Drug Courts in Mendocino County. It will recognize the founding members who organized the first Adult Drug Court in Mendocino County in 1996. At that time the concept of collaborative courts that address all the needs of the defendant was a new one. Now it is a national movement which has expanded across the globe.
The Mark L. event is Saturday, May 14 at 8:00 p.m. at the Ukiah High Cafetorium. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the Mendocino Book Company on School Street, Ukiah Hospice on State Street in Ukiah, or at the door.

Week of April 25 on Native America Calling

Monday, April 25, 2016 – Creative Rezilience
Organizers of the Rezilience Indigenous Arts Experience say it will be like no other arts event. The new arts and performance celebration debuts during the Gathering of Nations weekend in Albuquerque. Musicians, authors, artists and motivational speakers come together to highlight the intersection of tradition, culture and inspiration. We talk with the founder of the event and some of the artists about what “Rezilience” means to them.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016 – Community after relocation
The 1950s Urban Relocation Program had the stated goal to help address poverty in rural reservations. The intent was to move Native American families to a handful of big cities where there were more job opportunities. The program failed to fix poverty. It also diminished Native communities. But it did create a new urban landscape for Native Americans. We’ll take a look inside these urban communities six decades later and see how the “relocatees” have created and maintained a strong Native connection.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 – Hurtful history: confronting the daily reminders of oppression
The discussion over replacing President Andrew Jackson’s face on the $20 bill reminds us that what we know about history is always evolving. There are dozens of historical figures honored with murals, statues and place names who we now know were not as honorable as we first thought. Native Americans at the University of New Mexico are wondering how they relate to the official seal that depicts a Spanish conquistador and a white frontiersman. The Capitol building in Minnesota displays romanticized paintings that call to mind some of the worst atrocities in Native American history. Should painful historical references in public places be replaced? If so, where do they belong?

Thursday, April 28, 2016 – April Music Makers: Gary Farmer and the Troublemakers/ Derek Miller
We are bringing you a double shot of rocking Native music as we are joined live in studio by two greats. Gary Farmer (Cayuga/Tuscarora/Mohawk) and Derek Miller (Mohawk) have shared the stage many times including a recent tour with stops in several Native nations. We’ll hear about their journeys and their shared love of music. Gary will share some of his latest album “Road Songs” and Derek will give us some of his “Rumble: A Tribute to Native Music Icons.” What kind of influence have these musicians had on on your life? Join us for our special Music Maker edition with Gary Farmer and the Trouble Makers and Derek Miller.

Friday April 29, 2016 – Live from the Gathering of Nations
Thousands of dancers, hundreds of tribes: the annual Gathering of Nations in Albuquerque is among the biggest powwows in North America. We’ll take you inside the Gathering with a special live broadcast. We’ll learn about the history of the event and preview a few of the dozens of great musicians. We’ll get insights on what makes a great competitor and talk with the reigning Miss Indian World. We take a snapshot of the powwow experience at the Gathering of Nations 2016.


Mendocino Unit
Willits – Due to fuel conditions throughout the County, CAL FIRE Mendocino Unit Chief Christopher P. Rowney advises Burning Permits are required prior to ANY outdoor burning on State Responsibility Lands (SRA) in Mendocino County effective 12:01 AM Sunday, May 1st, 2016.
Burning Permits may be obtained at CAL FIRE’s Howard Forest Headquarters office Monday through Friday
8 AM to 5 PM. Additionally, permits may be obtained from 8 AM to 5 PM at the following CAL FIRE locations. Not all CAL FIRE Stations are staffed seven days a week; please contact your local Station to assure staffing will be available to assist you.
CAL FIRE Location
Boonville Station
Covelo Station
Howard Forest Station
Fort Bragg Station
Ukiah Station
Burning Permits can also be obtained from the following local agencies (Note: the following agencies only issue permits within their respective districts): Laytonville, Little Lake (Willits), Redwood Valley-Calpella and Brooktrails Fire Departments Monday through Friday 8 AM to 5 PM.
Before you burn, ensure it’s a permissive burn day by contacting the Mendocino County Air Management District, (707) 463-4391 and make sure you have any and all required burn permits.
CAL FIRE reminds everyone that it is their individual responsibility to use fire safely and to prevent fires. Visit for more information on how to prepare for and prevent wildfires.
Anyone with questions about burn permits is urged to contact the nearest CAL FIRE facility.

Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument ‘Open Houses’

For Release:   April 18, 2016

Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument ‘Open Houses’
Willows, Calif. – The U.S. Forest Service Mendocino National Forest (MNF) and the Bureau of Land Management Ukiah Field Office (BLM) will hold two open houses to provide the public with information on the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument and monument planning process.
The open houses will run from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at:
·         Lakeport, April 28, Clear Lake High School Gymnasium, 350 Lange St.
·         Winters, May 4, Winters Community Center, 201 Railroad Ave.
These ‘Open House’ sessions offer a forum to learn and ask questions about the monument’s resources and recreation opportunities. The Forest Service and BLM will discuss plans for the near future with the monument.  There will be a short introductory presentation at the beginning of the meeting, followed by information station breakouts where Forest Service and BLM staff members will be available to share their knowledge of the area and answer questions.
Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument was designated on July 10, 2015, by President Obama. The monument extends from nearly sea level on BLM lands around Lake Berryessa in the south, up to 7,000 feet through the northern Snow Mountain Wilderness and the eastern boundary of the Yuki Wilderness in the MNF. The monument offers a wealth of natural, historical and cultural resources, as well as exciting recreation opportunities for visitors.
For requests for reasonable accommodation access to the facility or proceedings, contact Uylanda Weathers at (530) 934-1103 or email
For more information on the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument, visit

Mendocino Forest visitors advised of temporary closure for FS road M4

News Release
April 8, 2016

Mendocino Forest visitors advised of temporary closure for FS road M4
WILLOWS, Calif. – In order to provide for public and employee safety, a temporary closure has been placed on Forest Service road M4 (Paskenta-Mendocino Pass) on the Grindstone Ranger District.  This closure affects approximately 2 miles of the M4 from the West of intersection with Co. 55 and east of the junction with 23N73.
A substantial landslide has made a section of the M4 road impassable blocked by rocks and debris.  The closure went into effect April 8th and will remain in effect until September 30.
The closure order is formally referenced as Order Number 08-15-13.  It is available online at
“The M4 road is a popular route that connects Grindstone District to Covelo District from Paskenta, CA.” said Forest Road Manager Cinthia Hidalgo-Martinez.  “Safety concerns to both visitors and forest resources arise when severe weather conditions bring unexpected hazards.  We want everyone to enjoy their trip to the forest, while staying safe.  To help with this, visitors are asked to check Forest closures before leaving, be prepared for changing conditions, and minimize impacts to saturated roads and trails.”
With recent storms, and possibly more to come, other forest roads may be impacted.  If you come across an area where the road is compromised or washed out, please report it to Forest Road Manager Cinthia Hidalgo- Martinez at 530-934-1185.
For more information, please contact the Mendocino National Forest at 530-934-3316 or visit  Get the latest updates and alerts easily by following us on Twitter, @MendocinoNF.

Week of April 11 on Native America Calling

Monday, April 11 2016 – Do you fear the police?
The fatal police shooting of a Navajo woman in Winslow, Arizona is raising questions again about interactions with police. Officials say she threatened the officer with scissors when stopped during a shoplifting investigation. Loreal Tsingine’s family and friends are left wondering what kind of threat the 27 year old woman posed that warranted her death. Tribal leaders and others want an official inquiry to hold the police accountable for what many members of the public see as an overreaction. How are police trained to react in such situations?

Tuesday, April 12 2016 – Indigenous activists in Latin America
This week in Honduras, friends are supporters are taking time to celebrate the life of slain Indigenous environmental activist Berta Caceres. More than a month after her murder, the government has offered few details about their death. Human rights groups around the world condemn the attack and urge the Honduran government to act to protect other activists. We’ll talk about Caceres’ life and death and the plight of those speaking up for Indigenous people in Latin America.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 – Can’t you take a joke?
An old bit by comedian Ralphie May surfaced just before his scheduled appearance in Bemidji Minnesota on the cusp of the Red Lake Reservation. It was an R-rated rant using the worst Native American stereotypes. The venue in Bemidji cancelled May’s appearance and another date in Sioux Falls is threatened. He insists it was all a joke taken out of context. He also mentions he’s an equal-opportunity comic who makes fun of everyone. How come this one touched a nerve?

Thursday, April 14, 2016 – Access to birth control
There are pills, injections and implants. But what is the real access to birth control in Native America? Do Native women face more barriers, such as social pressure, when it comes to birth control? In this show, we’ll also talk about court cases and legislation that affects access to birth control.

Friday, April 15, 2016 – The facts about taxes
The deadline for filing taxes is upon us. Now is a good time for some expert tips and tricks. People living in Indian Country have unique tax requirements. What deductions make the most sense? How about artists and other self-employed workers? And we’ll confront the prevailing myth that Natives don’t pay taxes. We have an hour and will get to as many of your questions as we can.


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.