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The second annual crush celebration at Parducci Wine Cellars in Ukiah. The party along with the Crush Rush 5K benefit run this weekend. Parducci inviting runners, joggers, and walkers of all ages and abilities to come out and see the 115-acre Parducci Home Ranch vineyard and winery while getting their exercise on. It’s a community fundraiser to benefit the Ukiah Unified School Gardens Program. The running club North Coast Striders is sponsoring with several other local businesses.

The Lake County board of Supervisors to take up the agreement with Mendocino County for housing juveniles in police custody, and consider continuing a health emergency. They’ll also consider the latest grand jury report. The Chief Probation Officer has previously told the board they’d have better services for juveniles at a reduced cost to the county thru neighboring Mendocino County. The board taking up the local health emergency extension with a presentation by the Lake County Health Officer.

There’s a new Valley Fire Public Information and Support Hotline. The number 888-565-2787 for those in Lake County needing updated Valley Fire information and support, including help with the damage assessment survey. Residents should also check out www.lakecountylac.com for updated news and information before calling.

The State Superintendent of Schools has visited Mendocino County schools. Tom Torlakson finding rural schools are challenged finding teachers or for students to just go straight to work, especially in the marijuana industry. The Superintendent of schools in Mendocino Unified Schools says of 37 students graduating high school, only 16 were planning to go to four-year colleges, he says most the others were going to work growing and trimming pot. Apparently many of the parents in the district work in the industry too. The superintendent of Laytonville Schools reported it was a challenge in her district due to no wifi. They all brought up the challenge of getting teachers to the area, and retaining them.

A man from Laytonville’s been arrested on suspicion of DUI after crashing into a motel. The Ukiah Police Department reports Joshua Wood crashed into the Motel 6 on South State Street a couple weekends ago. When cops got the call, they went to the motel finding the man had been driving too fast while trying to turn into the motel parking lot and lost control. He totally missed the driveway, crashing into the wheelchair access ramp near the motel’s office. He was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and booked into Mendocino County Jail.

Several dozen volunteers picking up trash in Ukiah, filling nearly 2 dozen trash bags. The volunteers out last weekend picking trash out of Gibson and Doolin creeks. The organizer of the trash pickup says they top three things they kept getting, cigarette butts, more than 1,300 of them, also plastic pieces and food wrappers. They also raked in a couple of mattresses and three shopping carts. The truck being used to haul the trash away had to be filled twice. At least one volunteer was stuck by a needle. 500 lbs of trash taken out of the area.

Firefighters finally nearly surround the Valley Fire in Lake, Sonoma and Napa counties, as assessment of the areas continues. It’s said the Valley fire’s the third most damaging fire in California history. Almost 1,800 structures destroyed with more than 1,200 believed to be homes. The fire 75% contained burning nearly 76,000 acres, forcing more than 19,000 people from their homes. 3 people confirmed dead, 4 firefighters injured. 6 who were reported missing have been found safe.

Northern Calif. Congressman Mike Thompson asking President Obama’s administration to promptly approve Individual Assistance for victims of the Valley fire. The state has also sent in a request to FEMA for the same. FEMA disaster funds for Individual Assistance can be used for those affected by the fire to rebuild, repair and replace housing and other personal property.
The state and local governments have conducted damage assessments and determined that the extent of the damage is beyond its capacity to repair without federal assistance.

The Calistoga Fairgrounds temporary shelter for the Valley fire is closing. The official closure Thursday morning. Anyone still in need of services can go to other shelters, at Grace Church in Kelseyville; Highlands Senior Center, in Clearlake; the Twin Pine Casino in Middletown and the Hidden Valley Lake Golf Course in Hidden Valley Lake. The local assistance center’s been opened at the Middletown Senior Center too. For more info, visit www.lakecountylac.com or call 1-800-325-9604. Anyone needing more help, can try the American Red Cross at 855-224-2490. Anyone looking to donate to Valley fire evacuees as they transition back to their homes in Lake County, the Kelseyville Church of Christ, the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Lakeport or one of two United Methodist Churches, one in Lakeport, the other in Clearlake. For financial donations, please donate at www.ncoinc.org/give .

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