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Safety and Public Awareness

Safety and Public Awareness

News reporting arrests, weather warnings, product recalls, and other important information relating to safety and public awareness, are found in this category.

Obituary for Jesse D. Pittman – Navy SEAL:

Jesse was born April 20, 1984, in Arcata, California.  He died August 06, 2011, in Wardak Province, Afghanistan.
 
He moved with his family to Willits in June 1984.  Jesse attended school in Willits and Redwood Valley graduating from Willits High in 2002. Jesse held various jobs while in high school.  In 2003 he went to work for CAL FIRE as a seasonal firefighter.  Firefighting was not challenging enough for Jesse so he took a year to pre-train prior to joining the Navy.  His goal was to become a Navy SEAL.  Jesse was the type of person who, even at a young age, had an insatiable drive to accomplish what he wanted to do.  He succeeded in everything he made up his mind to do. Jesse had a good sense of humor which was appreciated by all.  He was also a very honest, dedicated person. He will be remembered by the Pittman family, and everyone that knew him, as a Hero and a wonderful person.  He will be sorely missed by his family, friends and fellow Navy SEALs.  He is survived by his parents J. Terry and Ida Pittman and two brothers, J. Terry and Corey S. Pittman.  He also is survived by many Aunts, Uncles and Cousins.  His Uncle Mike was especially close to Jesse and his family.
 
It is with great pride and great sorrow that we submit this.  May Jesse be a good example for all of us. He accomplished more in his 27 years than many of us will accomplish in our lifetime.  He loved his country and died a Hero.
 
In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to The Navy SEAL Foundation. A memorial honoring Jesse will be held at the Ukiah Fairgrounds September 24, 2011, at 11:00am.
 
 Jesse D. Pittman
 

 According to a news release from the U.S. Coast guard, dated August 24, 2011:

A Coast Guard boatcrew from Station Humboldt Bay towed a fishing vessel to safety this morning in dense fog off the jetty rocks at the Humboldt Bay entrance. The 20-foot fishing vessel ran out of gas and was pushed against the jetty rocks by the incoming swell.  The Coast Guard was notified of the distress by Johnny’s Marina, who was temporarily in communication with the vessel. The rescue crews immediately launched a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat and a 25-foot rescue boat to assist the distressed boat. A Coast Guard ground party assisted the fishing vessel’s owner to shore from the rocks as the rescue boats arrived on scene. The fishing vessel did not experience significant structural damage, and the Coast Guard waited until the incoming tide lifted the boat enough to tow it clear of the rocks and to Woodley Island.
 
The Coast Guard often depends on good Samaritans to assist in times of distress. Anytime you see or hear a mariner in distress please do not hesitate to contact the Coast Guard on channel 16 or by calling 707-839-6100. Additionally, mariners are always reminded to have the proper safety gear before getting underway. Having the life jackets, flares, and a properly working radio will help during a time of distress.
 
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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Arson suspect arrested

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 According to a CAL FIRE - Mendocino Unit- News Release, dated August 24, 2011:

CAL FIRE Mendocino Unit Chief Christopher P. Rowney announced today the arrest of a 36 year old Willits man for arson.  Steven Gene Hensley was arrested shortly after noon, August 22nd, 2011, without incident, for a series of suspected arson fires in the Willits and Redwood Valley areas.  
CAL FIRE will not release details of the investigation to protect the integrity of the upcoming criminal action, but Chief Rowney states “Fire investigators, Fire Captain Specialists Shawn Zimmermaker and Craig Dudley, have been working tirelessly to put an end to the property destruction and life threat of these intentionally set fires.”  
 
Although this particular threat has been removed, Chief Rowney encourages all residents to continue to prepare their property for unwanted fires by creating 100 feet of defensible space around homes.  Chief Rowney reminds residents preparing for a wildfire starts with three simple steps: “Ready, Set, Go”.  Detailed information on “Ready, Set, Go” is available on our website at: www.fire.ca.gov or contact CAL FIRE Mendocino Unit Headquarters at (707) 459-7414.  

 According to information received by KMUD News from Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), dated August 23, 2011:

A new date has been selected for the Garberville planned outage originally scheduled for Thursday, July 28. The outage will now take place Sunday, Sept. 25 from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. PG&E is taking steps to improve and upgrade the electric system in the area before storm season, including replacing nine poles and reconducting more than 2,500 feet of power lines. The outage will affect approximately 2,700 customers. Anyone affected will be notified through a letter.
 
PG&E would once again like to thank our customers in the area who voiced their concerns about original date. We understand that even a planned outage can be disruptive and inconvenient, and we will do our very best the keep disruptions to a minimum.
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