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An appeal hearing about the proposed Dollar General store in Kelseyville has been postponed until next month. Lake Co News reports the development company appealed the planning commissions denial of their store. It was supposed to be heard next Tuesday, but instead it will be August 18th. The county has also issued a revised legal notice about the hearing. County Supervisor Jim Comstock requested the postponement because he’s not going to be in town Tuesday. But he’s also planning to recuse himself because he owns property nearby.

The Mendocino County Sheriff’s office reports being on the lookout for a young woman wanted for felony assault with a deadly weapon. On the Sheriff’s dept. Facebook page, where they feature folks wanted on warrants, Amanda Ward’s picture is posted. The 19 year old wanted on a felony warrant with bail of $105,000. She’s described as 5-6, 115 lbs with Blond hair and brown eyes. They ask if anyone recognizes her or has any info that would help lead to her arrest to call the Sheriff’s Office at (707) 463-4086.

Free WIFI coming to downtown Fort Bragg. The City Council has voted to come up with $10,000 for a municipal Wireless network thru Mendocino Community Network. Coverage to first be on Main, Laurel and Franklin streets to about Redwood. But the coverage is supposed to be expanded down the road. The City Council formed an ad-hoc technology committee to work on the issue earlier this year. A staff report on the issue saying the free WIFI will help Fort Bragg be branded as a technology-friendly community. City officials say it can also be of benefit if a fiber optic line goes down, like it did last year when a truck hit a line on Comptche-Ukiah Road. The $10,000 is being taken from the Waste Management Community Benefit Fund for needed equipment and startup costs.

A ballot initiative to ban social services in the Central Business District of Fort Bragg is being prepared. The initiative is one way to block the Mendocino Coast Hospitality House from moving into the Old Coast Hotel Property. But city officials say it probably can’t be retroactive. The Fort Bragg City Council approved a resolution so the Mendocino County Registrar of Voters can verify signatures for the petition by a group called Concerned Citizens of Fort Bragg. If there are enough signatures from qualifying residents, the council can either adopt a resolution or let voters decide. The same group also started another imitative to recall the Mayor but it’s apparently on hold because they missed the deadline to submit the petition.

Two FoodMaxx employees have taken their names off the lawsuit to delay construction of the proposed Costco store in Ukiah. So now the group “Ukiah Citizens for Safety First” has no members. Two employees of the grocery store, Rachel Land and Patty Hernandez sent a letter to the Ukiah Daily Journal saying they had been concerned about traffic congestion so they joined with others to protest the project until a traffic solution was worked out. 2 other women named as part of the group asked to be removed pretty soon after the suit was filed, saying they never consented to be involved. The lawsuit was dismissed anyway in May. The two remaining say they were criticized for the suit and asked the lawyer to remove them too. Now no employee of FoodMaxx is listed in the appeal filed after the original suit was tossed. The attorney’s name is still on the appeal, which is listed as pending.

The Mendocino County planning commission has denied an appeal to protest a building permit for a new Dollar General store in Redwood Valley. Two local business owners filed the appeal which the planning commission voted 4-2 against yesterday. A group of Redwood Valley residents and business owners reported to be upset about no public process on the decision for the new store just north of the Savings Bank of Mendocino County in downtown Redwood Valley. But apparently as part of the county’s general plan, parcels already zoned commercial don’t require that process.

Half of the water from Lake Mendocino for Ukiah this year to Redwood Valley. The City Council voted that way so Redwood Valley residents could use the rest. The city council reports getting an urgent request from the Redwood Valley County Water District so they let go of 800 acre-feet from the Lake, recommending it be reallocated to Redwood Valley. The Public Works Department telling the city council 400 acre feet would allow Redwood Valley to get 3.5 million gallons a day through Nov. 1st, then after that hopefully they would have rain. The council voted unanimously for half of its Lake Mendocino allotment to go to Redwood Valley.

An update for the Lake County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo) for Lakeport’s sphere of influence. The report to be delivered at the commission’s September 16th meeting which will be held in Lakeport, instead of Clearlake. The last sphere update was back in 1994. Several people have sent letters objecting to annexation, but the land they’re referring to on the west side of Route 29 is said to be unsuitable for urban growth. A sphere of influence is a step towards annexation, but the Lakeport Community Development Director says Lakeport’s sphere of influence has been the same since 1994, and the proposed change in boundaries wouldn’t affect residents opposed to annexation in any way.

The legislation Senator Mike McGuire is championing to provide a comprehensive medical marijuana framework for regulation has passed the Assembly Health Committee with a 11-2 vote. The so-called Medical Marijuana Public Safety and Environmental Protection Act is gaining traction. It’s already cleared three Senate committees. The bill looks to curtail things like cutting down trees in Northern California forests illegally, plus the use of pesticides, rodenticides and fertilizers dumped into watersheds flowing through Northern California communities.

Several north coast students have received $1,000 scholarships from Mendo Mill and Lumber. Those awarded the money, Brandon Morin of Lakeport, Justin Doty of Willits and Juan Huerta of Lakeport. Morin’s going to Santa Rosa Junior College Fire Academy, Doty, to California State University, Chico, and Huerta is going to the University of California, Santa Cruz. The mill president says the winners all exemplified the objectives of the unique scholarship program started several years ago exclusively for employees of Mendo Mill, or for the sons or daughters of Mendo Mill employees.

Congressman Mike Thompson’s (DCA) bipartisan legislation to improve health care services and access to Medicare beneficiaries, and save tax dollars has passed the House and next goes to the President to be signed into law. The legislation, called the Medicare Independence at Home Medical Practice Demonstration Improvement Act of 2015 extends the Independence at Home Medical Practice Demonstration Program (IAH) for two years. The program is a voluntary, home-based primary care service for Medicare beneficiaries with multiple chronic conditions.

Five mosquito samples in Lake County have tested positive for West Nile virus. The samples collected in Clearlake Oaks, Upper Lake, and Kelseyville. It’s the first detection of the virus in Lake County this year. Lake County Vector Control says high temperatures and warm nights are the perfect spot for mosquitoes. The office says it looks like it’ll be another active year for skeeters and the virus. Last year there were 71 West Nile virus-positive mosquito samples from all over the county, and this looks the start to another active season.

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