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The name of a cyclist hit and killed by a truck near Fort Bragg has been released. Police also still looking for the driver of a red truck they say probably has front end damage, and maybe a missing headlight. The Ukiah CHP says 36-year-old Jacob Howard was killed Sunday afternoon as he rode his bike on Highway 1 near Boice Lane just south of Fort Bragg. If you have any information you are asked to call the Ukiah CHP office.

Caltrans to host a public meeting to discuss the use of herbicides to control weeds on the Willits Bypass. The meeting to be held Thursday, August 13 at the Willits Community Center, tentatively from 6PM to 8PM. More meetings coming over the next few weeks but if you want to learn more about why Cal Trans thinks it’s necessary to use herbicides, you can read the Cal Trans blog post called “Eliminating invasive blackberry on Willits Bypass mitigation parcels.” which you can find a link to at this radio station’s website.

The Pinoleville Tribe is moving ahead with their huge medical marijuana garden. But the Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman is against the grow and says anything above 25 plants per parcel, which is in the county’s local growing ordinance, should apply to the Indian tribe as well. The tribe says it’s going to challenge the Sheriff and purposely go over the local limit and is prepared to go to court over it. 19 people are also currently applying to be part of the tribe again, as they were members in the past. The Bureau of Indian Affairs is considering whether or not to grant those folks new tribal status.

The final Environmental Impact Report is done for the proposed Central Coast Transfer Station. The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors’ will have a joint meeting with the Fort Bragg City Council on the matter next Tuesday. The supervisors and council to consider certifying the report then there will be discussion about whether or not to move forward. The transfer station to be designed, built and operated by a solid waste company under a long-term contract. The company to be picked thru a competitive bidding process.

Community members still deciding what to do about a Dollar General store proposed in 2 Lake County towns. Dollar General already opened stores in Nice and Clearlake Oaks and has applied for permits in Kelseyville and Middletown. Public meetings have been held on the matter and concerns have been raised about whether or not the retailer fits in the communities where they’re proposed. The Lake County Planning Commission however has unanimously turned down a major use permit application for the Kelseyville store. The company is appealing. The application for the Middletown store has not been finished yet.

A continuance in Clearlake by the Planning Commission regarding that fake pine tree cell phone tower. The commission had set a meeting on the use of a 70-foot monopine – a tower designed to look like a pine tree. The hearing’s being delayed 2 weeks after the City Attorney suggested a hold on the public hearing because the mitigated negative declaration was just finished the same day. So community members wait until next week to hear the latest.

More cases of syphilis in women, pregnant women and newborns over the past two years. The California Department of Public Health Director and State Health Officer says it’s concerning to see an uprise in congenital syphilis cases. That apparently happens when its transmitted from an infected mother to her child during pregnancy. From 2012 to 2014, the yearly number of reported early syphilis cases among women in Calif. more than doubled from 248 cases to 594. No cases in Lake County in 2012, but six cases were reported in 2013 and three in 2014. Most of them seen in the Central Valley and Los Angeles County.

A major, upscale hotel and residential project for Cloverdale that looked dead may be revived. The project is fairly close to the airport though. The original project proposed more than a dozen years ago with a golf course, but there’s changes. The $200 million Alexander Valley Resort would have a 150-room hotel and spa, 40 “courtyard-style” resort rentals and 80 custom, single-family homes, plus that equestrian center with training and show arenas, boarding stables and riding trails winding through the property. But there’s a conflict because of nearby air traffic. But a new developer on the project’s asking the city to close down the general aviation airport to the south so the project can move forward.

The Governor Jerry Brown has signed the controversial bill on mandatory vaccines for schools and day care centers. Governor Brown signed the bill after both houses signed off on SB277. It takes away personal- and religious-belief exemptions that had been used by parents so their kids would be exempt from all or some of the required school vaccines.

A man who founded the Lebowski Fest, a traveling party celebrating the Coen brothers film "The Big Lebowski" has been arrested in Louisville, Kentucky for smoking pot outside a bowling alley. Police got a complaint Saturday about Lebowski Fest founder Williams Russell who a witness says was smoking weed in the bowling alley parking lot and supposedly threatened police. After he was arrested he apologized to police for acting like a savage.

A giant pile of dirty snow in Boston has finally melted away. The Mayor Martin Walsh announced the once 75-foot tower of snow had melted. It came after a record-breaking winter which dumped more than 110 inches. The snow heap also had trash folded into it, swept up by snow plows this winter. There was even a contest for city residents to guess when it would finally melt. The winners to be announced today.


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