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Lakeport’s got a new construction project going… the USDA Main Street project starts today… that means the north bound side of Main Street is closed to traffic at Fifth Street through the Bank of America south entrance at 500 Main Street. The city’s asking drivers to use alternate routes through town but bank traffic is allowed at the north entrance and exit onto Fifth Street. The work only for a couple days and businesses will be open. There will be other closures as the work is finished up on the project.

The new Frank R. Howard Memorial Hospital is reality. The hospital officially got the Staff & Stock Certificate of Occupancy from the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) which is a requirement for new hospital plans and designs. The hospital’s CEO says they’re getting closer to moving into their new state-of-the-art hospital. They can also now bring anyone into the building and start stocking inventory. The Grand-Open House has been set for Sunday, September 13th, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Registration assistance being offered by Mendocino College for coastal residents and students. The help on Friday, September 11th for current and potential coastal students and area residents. From 10 in the morning to 4 in the afternoon, there will be help with applications and registration, Placement Testing for English and Math, counseling and financial aid. There’s also going to be bilingual assistance. Visit for more info and to fill out an application online.

Firefighters made quick work of a small wildfire that started in Clearlake. Lake County News reports the fire reported Sunday afternoon around 2, in Dam Road Extension between the Masonic Lodge and the Sears store. Firefighters found the fire moving quickly and some power lines down. The Masonic Lodge had to be evacuated. The fire was at about 2 acres when firefighters started to get control of it. P, G & E came to the scene after a power outage caused by downed power lines which also closed Walmart temporarily. The news site reports the fire may have been ignited by a tree branch that hit power lines.

Another wildfire has started in Lake County in an area already burned by the Jerusalem Fire. That fire is about totally contained as the new fire starts yesterday afternoon. New evacuations have been ordered for the new fire called the Grade fire. It consumed about 20 acres in its first hour and was last assessed as 50 percent contained. It’s the fourth major fire to spark in southern Lake County since the end of July when the Rocky Fire ignited due to a defective water heater. That fire burned just under 70,000 acres in Lake, Yolo and Colusa counties and destroyed 43 residences and 53 outbuildings. The Grade fire, northeast of Middletown near Jerusalem Grade Road and June Bug Road was threatening 20 structures but it was stopped quickly by firefighters in the air and on the ground. Residents in the area have an advisory evacuation in place.

Another fire in the area, the Peterson fire started over the weekend near Kelseyville. It’s burned 215 acres and was 60 percent contained as of Monday night. There were 2 homes threatened by the Peterson fire but they are safe now. The cause of all three fires under investigation.

California lawmakers say yes to a couple of bills to curb the use of drones over private property. The Senate approved legislation Monday so paparazzi couldn’t use drones to take pictures and video over private property. The bill classifies that as an invasion of privacy, it passed unanimously and moves back to the Assembly. Then another one calls it a trespassing crime for operating drones within 350 feet above private property without consent.

The Sacramento Mayor says they’re having a parade to honor 3 natives of Sacto who took down a would be terrorist on a train in Europe. Mayor Kevin Johnson announced the parade to honor the 3 hometown heroes! With the hashtag, #SacramentoProud". No word on when the parade will be to honor, U.S. Airman Spencer Stone of Carmichael, Anthony Sadler, a senior at Sacramento State University, and National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos, of Roseburg, Oregon, who recently returned to Afghanistan. The three being hailed as heroes for stopping the man armed with an assault weapon and nine magazines of ammunition on a train bound for France. The 3 all grew up in the Sacramento area and all went to the same middle school.

Lawmakers looking to ban chewing tobacco on the baseball field. The state Senate has approved a bill prohibiting the use or possession of smokeless tobacco products during professional baseball games and practice. A Republican Sen. John Moorlach of Costa Mesa says it’s already a banned substance by professional baseball voluntarily but Democratic Sen. Mark Leno of San Francisco says it puts a good practice into California law. The measure passed 24-14. They’ve also passed a bill to stop the sale of vapor products to anyone under age 18, even if they don’t contain nicotine.

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