The Mendocino Film Festival and the Mendocino County Museum come together for a celebration of Mendocino’s rich Native American history

The Mendocino Film Festival and the Mendocino County Museum come together for a celebration of Mendocino’s rich Native American history


The Mendocino County Museum is pleased to partner with the Mendocino Film Festival on this year’s Willits Program, the Seabiscuit Legacy Film Series.


On Saturday, June 4th, 4:00 pm, the Noyo Theatre in Willits will screen We’re Still Here: Johnny Cash’s Bitter Tears Revisited. Following the film screening, from 5:30-7:00 pm, the Museum will host an exclusive celebration of the Festival and Mendocino’s rich Native American history. Guests will have the opportunity to explore the Museum’s exhibits including Woven Worlds: Native Peoples of Mendocino County and the current installation of Reservations Not Required-Returning Home, a collection of contemporary art created by local Wailaki artist, Pete Ethan Castro. Fine refreshments will be available, including wine from Barra of Mendocino and beer from North Coast Brewing Company. Reception attendance is restricted to movie goers of the 4:00 pm screening in Willits only, and cost is included in the price of the movie ticket; $11 in advance, $12 at the door.


We’re Still Here tells the story behind Cash’s largely unknown 1964 concept album, Bitter Tears: Ballads of the American Indian, a moving tribute to the Native American experience. In the midst of social and political upheavals of the decade, Cash hoped to raise awareness about the disenfranchisement and suffering of Native peoples through folk protest songs including ‘The Ballad of Ira Hayes’, about a Native American WWII hero who was immortalized in the famous flag-raising Iwo Jima photograph, only to die back home, impoverished on a reservation. The album was ignored by mainstream press at the time, and Cash and Columbia Records took out a full page ad in Billboard challenging his critics for refusing to play it. Even so, Bitter Tears became a landmark musical statement of political sadness and outrage. Fifty years later with the country once again struggling with social justice issues, artists such as Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, Kris Kristofferson, and more came together under the direction of Grammy Award-winning producer Joe Henry to pay their own tribute to Cash, these extraordinary songs, and Native Americans. Directed by Antonino D’Ambrosio.”


The Mendocino Film Festival will present the Seabiscuit Legacy Film Series in Willits the weekend of June 4 and 5: two days of film screenings, themed events with Willits partners, and special screenings in partnership with Noyo Theatre. The weekend’s festivities will include a festival Skunk Train (featuring the famous Train Singer and the songs of Johnny Cash), a reception at the Mendocino County Museum, and a Ranch Tour and barbecue lunch at Ridgewood Ranch, the home of Seabiscuit. For more information on the Festival or tickets, visit


The Mendocino County Museum is located at 400 East Commercial Street in Willits. Hours are Wed-Sun, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm. Free admission is offered the first Wednesday of every month.;; (707) 459-2736.



Ukiah, California: May 20, 2016
During the May 16 & 17, 2016, Board meetings, the Board of Supervisors’ Medical Marijuana Ad Hoc
Committee presented an urgency ordinance amending Chapter 9.31 of Title 9 of the Mendocino
County Code. The urgency ordinance was declared necessary for the immediate preservation of the
public peace, health and safety. It was reported that the amendments to the existing Chapter 9.31 of
the Mendocino County Code are necessary to establish registration and permitting requirements, as
well as additional measures to protect the environment, that will provide for additional enforcement
capability by the County and limit further degradation of the environment. The urgency ordinance
passed upon a unanimous vote of the Board.
In addition to protecting the public peace, health and safety as stated above, the urgency ordinance
adopts a more stringent definition of legal parcel than was previously in effect; adopts new
requirements for wildlife exclusionary fencing, secure storage of fertilizer and other soil
amendments; and requires anyone cultivating more than 25 plants to apply for, obtain, and comply
with numerous conditions designed to limit community and environmental impacts.
The purpose of the urgency ordinance is to create local regulation of medical marijuana that is
consistent with State law in order to protect the public peace, health and safety by balancing the
needs of medical patients and their caregivers with the needs of the community to be protected from
public safety and nuisance issues. Because of the passage of the Medical Marijuana Regulation and
Safety Act (MMRSA) in California, and the concern that, if left unregulated, there will be a
substantial increase of marijuana activity in the County, the ordinance seeks to limit harmful
environmental impacts that are sometimes associated with marijuana cultivation.
The amendments to this ordinance do not change the previous twenty-five (25) plant per parcel
limit, however, it provides for an exemption to the twenty-five plants (25) per parcel for marijuana
growers that were cultivating marijuana prior to January 1, 2016, allowing for up to fifty (50) plants
(or the defined equivalent square footage) on a legal parcel of no less than five (5) acres and up to
ninety-nine (99) plants (or the defined equivalent square footage) on a legal parcel of no less than
ten (10) acres. All prior requirements regarding setbacks, security measures and location remain.
The amendments to this ordinance are to terminate once replaced or superseded by alternate
medical marijuana cultivation provisions, or no later than June 30, 2017, whichever is first.
A full copy of the urgency ordinance is available on the County’s website at:
For more information regarding the urgency ordinance, please contact County Counsel’s
Office at (707) 234-6885.
Released by:_______________________________
Carmel J. Angelo
Chief Executive Officer

SUMMER FEAST COVELO A magical afternoon of dance, music, drumming, and poetry.

5/19/16 UPDATE!  This event has been postponed.  New days & times to be announced.

Dance Brigade’s Dance Mission

A magical afternoon of dance, music, drumming, and poetry.
Featuring work by Bruce Ghent’s Maikaze Daiko, Krissy Keefer and Dance Brigade, Embodiment Project, Christelle Durandy, and Ramon Ramos Alayo.

When: Saturday, May 21 * Show 4:30pm; Gates 3:30pm

Where: Hidden Oaks Park
76699 Covelo Road, Covelo CA

Tickets: $5 for Round Valley Tribal Members
$15 for General Public
Free for youth 12 years and younger
Advance tickets available at or 1-800-838-3006

For more information: * 415-826-4441

“In an age overrun with art as a cold, slick, commodity, the Dance Brigade’s work remains the real thing.” – Dance Magazine

(April 2016) Known widely throughout Northern California, Dance Brigade is presenting its third annual Summer Feast, an outdoor dance theater extravaganza in rural Covelo, California.  The performance this year will be held at the Round Valley Indian Tribes’ beautiful Hidden Oaks Park Amphitheater and will include dance, drumming, music, and poetry.  Featuring over twenty artists from the Bay Area, the magical afternoon of outdoor performance will consist of breath-taking modern dance, pulsating Taiko drumming, and inspiring Hip Hop and Street Dance.

San Francisco-based Dance Brigade is celebrated for its scrumptious dancing and delicious fun. The company explores the intersection between art and social politics with fierce inventiveness and deft comic touch.  Ramon Ramos Alayo is known for his synthesis of Afro-Cuban modern, folkloric and popular Cuban dance. Embodiment Project is an urban dance theater company that seamlessly intersects high-energy street dance, live song, choreo-poetry, and theater. Their performances are hailed as “rocking and joyous.” Christelle Durandy is hailed for her mosaic of musical artistry. Her voice is a cross-cultural jazz combination that draws upon a vast spectrum of Soul, Caribbean and Latin inspirations.  Fire-y Taiko drumming is by Maikaze Daiko.

Summer Feast Covelo will feature a new work by Krissy Keefer, Gracias a la Vida. Gracias a la Vida pays homage to Nueva Trova and the cross fertilization of the socially conscious music from Latin America (Nueva Cación) and the protest music of the United States.  Keefer draws on the work of Silvio Rodriquez, Nina Simon, Marvin Gaye, Neil Young, and Mercedes Sosa, paying tribute to the musical giants who were the inspiration of her political and artistic life.

In addition to performance, Summer Feast artists will teach a special set of classes on Sunday, May 22 at Long Valley Dance in Laytonville, CA.

HHSA: Get your Children Up to Date on Immunizations!

Press Release

Date:  May 11, 2016

Get your Children Up to Date on Immunizations!

Kindergarten registration is already underway in several school districts in Mendocino County even though school won’t start for entering kindergartners until the middle of August. Immunizations should be on parents’ back-to-school checklists. Immunizations protect students and prevent the spread of serious diseases such as measles.

This fall, all children entering public or private school in California for the first time will be required to have certain immunizations. There is no longer a Personal Belief Exemption for children entering kindergarten or seventh grade. Children now in elementary school who already have a Personal Belief Exemption will be able to use that until they enter seventh grade.  Visit for more information on school immunization requirements.

Immunizations are available from your child’s usual physician or clinic. The cost of vaccines should not be a barrier. Vaccines are covered by most health insurance. If they are not covered, or if your child does not have insurance, many children qualify for free vaccines under the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program. In addition, Public Health will hold “back-to-school” immunization clinics for VFC-eligible children this summer in preparation for the start of school in August.   Please call the Mendocino County Public Health Immunization Program at (707) 472-2600 for more information.

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Mental Health Awareness Seminars by Mendocino County Health and Human Services Agency Behavioral Health and Recovery Services

Press Release

Date: May 11, 2016

Mental Health Awareness Seminars by Mendocino County Health and
Human Services Agency Behavioral Health and Recovery Services

Mendocino County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA), Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS) is facilitating free Mental Health Awareness seminars in two locations. The same information will be presented at both seminars and will take place on May 23, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Mendocino County Administration building in the Board of Supervisors Chambers, located at 501 Low Gap Road in Ukiah, and on May 24, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Mendocino Coast Hospitality Center, located at 101 North Franklin Street in Fort Bragg. These seminars will feature Will Hall, MA, DipIPW, as the key note speaker. Mr. Hall has taught and consulted on mental health, trauma, domestic violence, conflict resolution, and organizational development in more than eight countries and 50 organizations. He has written extensively on mental health, social justice, and environmental issues, hosted a radio show, and engaged in educational and community organizational work. Mr. Hall uses his personal experiences as a way to open dialogue about creating a new vision of mental health based on understanding meaningfulness and mental diversity. Both seminars are free, but registration is required and seating is limited. Registration closes when filled, so please register early! This event has been made possible by support from the Mental Health Services Act. The Mental Health Awareness seminars are part of a larger effort by Behavioral Health and Recovery Services to raise awareness in the community around reducing the stigma of mental illness, as well as raising awareness about the services and resources available. For more information about Mendocino County HHSA BHRS May is Mental Health Month events, please go to: for the calendar of activities coming to a neighborhood near you!


Jackson Demonstration State Forest Campground and Seasonal Road Opening

Jackson Demonstration State Forest

Campground and Seasonal Road Opening


Fort Bragg– California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) Mendocino Unit will open the campgrounds and seasonal roads within the Jackson Demonstration State Forest (JDSF) on Friday, May 13th for the dry period.


Campers are reminded that camping is only allowed within designated camping areas and a fee is required. The camping fee is $15.00 per night with a single vehicle. Each additional vehicle up to a maximum of two vehicles per site is an additional $5.00.


Motorists are advised that it is always unlawful to operate unlicensed vehicles (including off-road vehicles with or without green stickers) on State Forest roads. Off-road travel with motorized vehicles is not permitted on the State Forest. Please do not drive on roads that are wet and have soft surfaces, even if they are formally open. Other closed roads may still be used for hiking, bicycling and horseback riding if outside of an active timber operation area.


Each year, seasonal openings/closures occur, please refer to our website or contact our office for current information. Website: The CAL FIRE JDSF office is located at 802 North Main Street, Fort Bragg, CA. (707) 964-5674. Office hours are Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (closed from 12-1:00 p.m.).


Multiple uses that benefit the public, the economy and natural resources are what our demonstration forests are all about.



Public Comment Hearing on the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Three-Year Annual Plan Update

Press Release

Date: May 13, 2016

Public Comment Hearing on the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA)
Three-Year Annual Plan Update

The  Mendocino County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services Mental Health Services Act team has released a draft of the Annual Update to the Three-Year Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Plan including updates to Community Services and Supports, Workforce Education and Training, Prevention and Early Intervention, Capital Facilities and Technological Needs and Innovation components for 2016 – 2017. The goal of the plan is to facilitate system transformation and improve services to meet the needs of adults and older adults with serious mental illness as well as children and youth with a serious emotional disturbance and/or serious mental illness.
Oral and written comments or questions will be accepted at the public hearing by the Mental Health Services Act team and the Behavioral Health Advisory Board Chairperson. The hearing is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Monday, May 23, 2016, at Mendocino County Health and Human Services Agency in Conference Room 1, located at 1120 South Dora Street in Ukiah. The hearing will be telecast in Willits at the Mendocino County WISC Center in the Atlantic Conference room, located at 472 East Valley Street. All members of the public are invited to attend either location. Written comments and questions collected at the Public Hearing will be compiled and responded to formally in the Final Draft of the Annual Plan Update prior to adoption by the Board of Supervisors.
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Seed Library Plant Swap!

The Seed Library is sponsoring a plant swap and giveaway on the patio of the Library Commons next Saturday, May 21st, between 10 and Noon.  Bring your extra plant starts to trade or give away at 10. If you have starts to sell, join us at 10:30.

If you’re looking for plants in your garden, you won’t want to miss this event.

Plant Swap and Giveaway — Saturday the 21st, between 10 am and Noon, on the patio at the Library Commons. Check it out!

Week of May 16 on Native America Calling

Monday, May 16, 2016 – Keeping our kids safe
Protecting children is a top priority for most families. As communities mourn the recent abduction and murder of young Navajo girl, we’ll take a moment to discuss how we can protect our children from harm. What should parents, grandparents and family members share with children about staying safe? What conversations should we be having with our kids about interacting with strangers or even people within our own circles?

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 – Confronting LGBTQ2 discrimination
Fear is a common reaction to something we don’t understand–especially when it’s something as intimate as sexuality. Some people have strong reactions when crossing paths with LGBTQ2 people. At times those reactions can lead to harsh words and even violence. We acknowledge the International Day Against Homophobia by exploring what discrimination against members of the Native American LGBTQ2 community looks like. How does this type of discrimination hurt the citizens of our Nations? Is there a way for all of us to exist together peacefully?

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 – The secondhand smoke problem
Do you ever notice the smell of cigarette smoke on your clothes when you come home from a night at the casino? Smoking rates have steadily declined since the 1960s. But there are still a lot of places where you inhale smoke from someone else’s cigarette. Exposure to secondhand smoke was responsible for more than 7,300 lung cancer deaths over a four year period according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. What can be done to reduce the risks of secondhand smoke exposure? Is the vapor from e-cigarettes less dangerous?

Thursday, May 19, 2016 – When one suicide leads to many
If one person commits suicide, it’s devastating for a family and a group of friends. When suicides come in clusters, it requires a larger community response. The Attawapiskat First Nation of Canada recently declared a state of emergency after 101 people attempted to kill themselves since September. Can a single suicide put others at risk? What can community members and social workers do to prevent groups of suicides?

Friday, May 20, 2016 – Gone Fishing
Fishing is about the water, the quality time with your buddies and the thrill of the sport. It’s also about getting into the mind of a rout and finding out what he’s willing to bite. It taps into our hunting instincts and using trickery and skill. Sometimes it’s to catch food, other times it’s just for fun. We’re celebrating one of our favorite pastimes. Tell us about your biggest catch.


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.

The Superior Court of Mendocino County Celebrates Juror Appreciation Week and Thanks the Public for its Jury Service – May 9 – 13, 2016

May 10, 2016
The Superior Court of Mendocino County Celebrates Juror Appreciation Week and Thanks the Public for its Jury Service – May 9 – 13, 2016
[Ukiah]— Every week in one or more courtrooms in Mendocino County a jury trial starts. Whether it is a criminal case or a civil case or another type of case, it cannot start without jurors. The judges who sit on the Superior Court recognize the need for an active citizenry that cares fundamentally about ensuring justice is done in our county. The judges gratefully acknowledge the county’s citizens for stepping up to fulfill this responsibility.
“We are very thankful to live in a county where civic duty and participation is taken seriously. Every week we ask people to set aside their other responsibilities and devote their time to a jury trial. We acknowledge the inconvenience of it, but we highlight the importance of it and make every effort to make the experience rewarding and efficient,” said Ann Moorman, Assistant Presiding Judge.
This year the Court also wants to share with the public the recent positive changes to enhance the experience of our jurors. These changes include installation of kiosks to ease and expedite juror check-in. The Court also changed the process through which jurors are summoned to help reduce the time and distance citizens must travel to serve the Court’s Ukiah and Fort Bragg locations.
In 1998, the California State Legislature designated the second week of May as Juror Appreciation Week. “Jurors guarantee that everyone has the right to a trial where they can be heard and judged by their peers,” said Presiding Judge John Behnke. “We recognize that jury service can be challenging due to the geographical expanse of our county. In this last year, we have worked very hard to make jury service less burdensome and more rewarding, by streamlining trial days and enriching the experience that every member of the public can have when they walk through the doors,” he added.
Judge Behnke also pointed out that he recently performed a wedding for a couple who met while serving on the same jury. “While we can’t claim that jury service will always be that rewarding, it does give jurors an opportunity to meet and work constructively with other citizens from all segments of our community.”
Annually, millions of Californians participate in jury service. “Our relatively small population fulfills its jury obligations in an exemplary fashion. Unlike almost all other counties in California, there is next to no backlog in our trial calendars and that translates into significant cost savings for the Court, the parties and the public,” Judge Moorman noted. Ensuring a trial by jury is a fundamental principle around which this country was formed. The Court takes pride in carrying out that constitutional standard every week of the year, and appreciates the sacrifices the county’s citizens make to ensure it continues.
For more information on jury service, contact Jury Coordinator Kim Walker at (707) 463-4663, and see, or visit the Jury Service section of the California Courts website.