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No Better Time

Almost every day, our local officers arrest someone for driving under the influence, and on New Year’s Eve that number increases.  During the holidays, we want to celebrate with our friends and family, to remember the fantastic year we had and look forward to the promise of next year. But it is during the... (Read more →)

Last Chance

This is it, the last chance to prepare for Santa’s big day! Each of us probably still has a mile-long list of things to do, and as you know, local stores are extra busy during these final days before Christmas.  Unfortunately, our crazy, distracted holiday frenzy often allows local criminals to check things off... (Read more →)

A Hundred Bucks an Hour

A few weeks ago, our officers responded to a disturbance near a local convenience store to investigate a report that someone was pressuring shoppers to give money in the parking lot. When the officers arrived, they quickly located a transient travelling through town seeking money. This transient happily told our... (Read more →)

With Gratitude

Later this month, Sergeant Sam Marsh and Records Clerk Donna Kiely will retire from the Ukiah Police Department (UPD), and I must say, they are truly going to be missed. Both Sam and Donna have had long careers serving the Ukiah community, and their contributions to our success here at UPD have been endless.  Sam... (Read more →)

Making A Difference

Last week, I toured the Ukiah Food Bank facility with Ford Street Project Executive Director Jacque Williams. Ford Street, which oversees food bank operations, is in the initial stages of remodeling the entire food bank facility and Jacque was excited to review the plans with us. Instead of utilizing the warehouse... (Read more →)

The Science of Gratitude

Studies say that the benefits of practicing gratitude are nearly endless. The research indicates people who regularly take time to notice and reflect upon the things they're thankful for–even the little things–experience more positive emotions, feel more alive, sleep better, are more compassionate and kind, and... (Read more →)

Thinking Local – Another Way to Support Our Community

Did you know that several recent economic studies clearly show that when you buy from locally owned businesses more of your money stays in the community? A study in Salt Lake City showed that 79 percent of dollars spent at local restaurants were recirculated in the community, as compared to 30 percent of the dollars... (Read more →)

Protecting Ourselves and Our Nation

Unfortunately, scammers often take advantage of people right after a crisis, when they know people are vulnerable. If you were impacted during the Redwood Complex Fires, please be cautious.  The Insurance Information Institute says that many of the people who promise to provide services to disaster victims are... (Read more →)

Helping Our Neighbors

First, let me say how lucky we are to live in this community. The Redwood Fire has been disastrous; but despite the devastation, over and over our community has found ways to help our friends and neighbors who’ve been impacted the most.  In fact, I can’t imagine a more caring and compassionate community than... (Read more →)

Halloween Safety

 In last week’s column I shared ideas about how to choose (or make) safe Halloween costumes. This week, I’m sharing tips to keep you and your trick-or-treaters safe on Halloween. As you can imagine, Halloween is not Ukiah Police Department’s (UPD’s) favorite holiday. It tends to bring out the darker side of... (Read more →)

Halloween Is Coming

Halloween Is Coming I’m sure you will understand when I tell you that Halloween just isn’t the Ukiah Police Department’s favorite holiday. In fact, it can be downright scary for our police officers and dispatchers!             Halloween brings out the darker side of some people, and it is this... (Read more →)

The Things We Talk About

Most business coaches will tell you that the things you talk about most are the things that matter most to your organization. Emphasize company rules or filling out forms; and before you know it, those rules and forms will quickly seem more important than other aspects of the company. But are they really the things... (Read more →)