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The Mendocino College Foundation Board of Directors has voted to dip into reserves and help some 2015 high school grads. The board unanimously approved an $80,000 expenditure for grads in Lake and Mendocino counties so they can enroll for the up-coming academic year. There are 40 students the college’s foundation president says they want to give $2,000 each to. The students in Ukiah, Willits, Lakeport, Kelseyville and Fort Bragg High Schools. There are also two new scholarships called the Achieve and Believe Scholarships. Those who get the Believe Scholarship have a financial need but don’t qualify for financial aid or assistance. And the Achieve Scholarships are for students transferring over.

A man in Clearlake’s been arrested for the shooting death of another man last week. Police say last week’s murder was the fourth this year. Billy Mount has been booked into jail on suspicion of murder, assault with a gun and being an ex-felon with a weapon. Police suspect him in the death of Steven Galvin after an altercation last Thursday. There was a warrant out for Mount’s arrest anyway so police who already had him in their sights arrested him, then detectives booked him on the new charges Tues.

A local lab in Fort Bragg says its moving after more than 10 years. Coast Laboratory Services has relocated to the recently renovated Fort Bragg Rural Health Center. The Director of Laboratory Services at Ukiah Valley Medical Center says they can serve patients better with a more comfortable, larger and more easily accessible space.

Another try at delaying the proposed Costco store in Ukiah. The City Attorney says “Ukiah Citizens for Safety First” filed an appeal to the May decision in Mendocino County Superior Court to dismiss a lawsuit declaring the Environmental Impact Report was inadequate. Apparently 4 people part of that group, two were removed, then the city attorney says one posted on social media this week that she doesn’t want to be involved anymore either. The two left are employees at FoodMaxx. An appeal was filed last week again in the case, but the plaintiffs or the reasons for the appeal are not listed in court documents. The city attorney says this appeal could delay building the proposed store at least “six months.”

It’s a yes, the Lake County Board of Supervisors has voted to put the Holiday Harbor marina property in Nice up for sale. The County Administrative Officer brought the action to the board saying the economy is in recovery and the real estate market is better than it’s been. The old redevelopment agency bought the property with an eye on spurring economic activity in the area around the time of the recession. The property which has several parcels included was purchased in ’08 for about $2 million. Lake County News reports the county will replace part of the seawall behind the commercial building which collapsed in the December 2014 rainstorm. Apparently there’s already interest in developing the property as a high-end RV park.

The groups getting the goods from this year’s Lake County Wine Auction have been named. The President of the Wine Alliance says there are five high schools, four youth-oriented programs and 10 other nonprofits benefitting. The five high schools in Lake County recognized for their arts programs, others include Sponsoring Survivorship to support those dealing with breast cancer, Habitat for Humanity for a new home repair and weatherizing program, the Lower Lake High School Culinary Club for instructional materials, the Lake County Symphony Association for beginning string instruction, Worldwide Healing Hands, the Lake County Historical Society and Friends of the Lake County Library for new books and materials. The event this year in Sept. at the new Cache Creek Winery on Highway 20.

The Clearlake City Council is considering donations to the city of two properties. The meeting tonight at 5 where there will first be a closed session to discuss a potential lawsuit and for the performance evaluation of the City Attorney. The regular meeting follows at 6. City council is hearing about the proposed donations of two properties one owned by Georgeann Jolley, and another on owned by Khaled Neouchy. They are separate donations. The new City Manager is recommending they council say no after staff visited them. One is near the airport, the other probably can’t be used as a park or other municipal use either.

The Lake County Board of Supervisors considering abatement of vacant lots to prevent fires. The board discussed the matter Tuesday after the District 3 Supervisor Rob Brown broached the subject saying there’s overgrown brush in communities across from Mount Konocti. District 1 Supervisor Jim Comstock adding the properties are a tinderbox waiting to explode. But some of the supervisors are advocating a delay because the tools needed for the work could spark, creating their own fire hazard. The Lake County Code Enforcement Director says abatement notices should be sent out in the fall. The board unanimously decided to have staff come up with a strategy to deal with the issue, agreeing if homeowners don’t take care of what’s needed then the county will.

There’s a new funding option for those living in Mendocino County who want home improvement projects. The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors has unanimously approved joining CaliforniaFIRST. That’s a program where interested residents in unincorporated areas can try to get bonds thru the county for eligible home improvement projects like energy efficiency, renewable energy, water efficiency and seismic strengthening improvements. The loan can be repaid thru property tax payments. For more info, visit

A man in Fort Bragg’s been arrested, found hiding in a crawl space. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s dept tried serving a warrant on the man, but found him in the small crawl space above a home’s garage. Joshua Bennett had to be pulled from the space after being commanded several times to come out and not listening. He even told police he was “armed and dangerous” and told them he had an “MK-79” which is a pyrotechnic launcher. Because of his threats of violence and arson, medical and fire personnel were on hand and after about 40 minutes, he climbed out. There were no weapons or explosives. Bennett was arrested on several charges including for that outstanding felony warrant for violating the terms of his probation and for resisting arrest. He was being held without bail.

Police in Clearlake investigating a murder and looking for the suspected killer. Police say they had multiple shots fired reports. A man taken to St. Helena Hospital where he died. Witnesses gave a description of a vehicle seen leaving the area and cops now have a person of interest in the case. As we reported previously the vehicle described as a white truck. Now info on the suspect. He’s described as a convicted felon, heavyset, balding white male 6-3 with tattoos on his neck. The name of the victim is not being released yet pending positive identification and notification of next of kin.

Senator Mike McGuire’s legislation to regulate the medical marijuana industry has taken a step forward. McGuire, a Democrat from Healdsburg says his bill will advance sweeping regulations and desperately needed resources because of the impacts of the multi-billion dollar industry. The bill would cover environmental protection and create water regulations, pay for more law enforcement, licensing, public health related to edibles and product testing. It covers marketing, labeling, taxing, transporting, zoning and local control and re-sale. The bill advanced from the Assembly’s business and professions committee Tuesday and heads to the committee on health next week.

Some cases in California of West Nile virus but officials say it’s still too early to tell if it will be as bad this year as last. Local vector control officials noting more than 30 people died last year of the disease. The California Department of Public Health shows 31 counties reporting a presence of the virus compared to 21 at the same time last year. Tulare, San Joaquin and Riverside counties look to be the worst off. Riverside County alone has 57 mosquito samples that tested positive already, compared to San Bernardino which reported one. Sonoma, Yolo and Glenn counties also reported evidence of West Nile. Only one case reported in Lake County last year, but 94 incidents.

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