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Hot Paws!

Did you know that with an outside temperature of 72 degrees, a car’s internal temperature will rocket to 116 degrees in only an hour? It’s true! A few weeks ago, I explained why you shouldn’t leave your dog in the car while you run a few quick errands, especially during the summer heat—but I believe this and... (Read more →)

Summer Concert Series

I hope everyone had a chance to enjoy the Fourth of July holiday. We sure are lucky to have so many community events this time of the year; from the Willits Rodeo to the Fort Bragg Salmon BBQ, our area has a host of great activities for everyone. Last week, I mentioned our city’s Moonlight Movie Madness events,... (Read more →)

Hot Dogs and Fireworks

We are headed for a great weekend here in Ukiah, a weekend full of hot dogs and fireworks. If you haven’t checked out Moonlight Movie Madness, this Friday is a great time to do so. On Friday, June 30, the City of Ukiah Recreation Department–with funding from some great community sponsors–will be showing the... (Read more →)

100 Deadliest Days

Can you remember those carefree summer days as a teenager; school’s out and a part-time job helps fill the hot afternoons? Summer has to be the best time of year to be a teenager. But parents, please pay attention, because these summer days are also known as the 100 deadliest days for teens driving on our roads. ... (Read more →)

Living like a local

The folks at Visit Ukiah recently kick started a new contest as a way to attract visitors to our area. The idea is for locals to share our most favorite things about Ukiah. Visit Ukiah Administrator Kerry Randall explained the idea, saying, “Everyone wants to live like a local when they visit a new place—they... (Read more →)

Summer Fun

Once all the graduates have received their diplomas and thrown their mortar boards in the air, it’s time for some summer fun. But wait, before you run out the door, I have a few pointers to help keep your kids safe this summer. The fact is: busy kids are safe kids. When kids are out of school, studies show they... (Read more →)

Red or Blue?

A few days ago, our officers responded to reported gang activity at a local elementary school. There, the officers learned that three sixth grade girls were questioning students during class breaks. “Which color is better, red or blue?” they asked. If a student choose red, the girls were quick to correct them,... (Read more →)

Lined with Pride

I am privileged to live in Ukiah. Ukiah is a community where people care deeply enough about each other to line our streets with American flags to honor those who have served us so well. This caring nature is truly one of the best things about our community. This weekend we celebrate Memorial Day, and there is no... (Read more →)

Growing Marijuana?

Last November, California voters approved Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA), which legalized some recreational uses of marijuana for adults. Since the law passed, many people have become confused about exactly where the line is between legal and illegal, sometimes mixing up medical marijuana... (Read more →)

Day of the Teacher

Today, May 10, marks the 36th Annual California Day of the Teacher, and this entire week has been designated as Teacher Appreciation Week. I can’t think of a better time to take a moment to thank all of our teachers for the fantastic work they do. In Ukiah, we are fortunate to offer students educational... (Read more →)

Help Wanted—Yours

A couple weeks ago, the Ukiah Daily Journal kicked off its annual spring fund drive for the Boys and Girls Club. I can’t begin to tell you how important this fundraising activity is to our entire community. It was just a few years ago that the Boys and Girls Club almost closed because of a lack of funding;... (Read more →)

Performance Review 2017

Keeping Ukiah safe can be very challenging. Our officers work hard to reduce violent crimes and property crimes, and to improve the quality of life within our neighborhoods—and they do a great job, but that doesn’t stop them from looking for ways to do even better.    With issues as broad and complex as the... (Read more →)