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The Ukiah City Council is deciding on food waste mixing with yard waste at their meeting this week. The Daily Journal reports many residents are already mixing the two, but the city council is voting to make it official Wednesday. The new city manager says he’s heard clearly the council wants to allow city residents to get food out of landfills. The city’s garbage hauler, C&S Waste Solutions says it will co-mingle food and yard waste. Kitchen scraps can be added to green waste as of Nov. 1st.

A man from Boonville who sued three neighbors to try to get them to bring the noise down from their vineyard fans has settled with two of them. Mark Scaramellav filed suit in January after his neighbors used their fans for nearly 3 weeks everday in the spring of 2014. He says he couldn’t sleep because they were so loud. A judge earlier this year said losing winegrapes would be more disruptive than losing sleep. But Scaramellav moved forward against Pennyroyal Farm, V. Sattui Winery and Foursight Wines plus the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors. Since that time, 2 wineries named in the suit, Pennyroyal Farm and Foursight Wines, agreed to change their fans to a quieter version… but nothing from the 3rd winery.

The District 2 California State Board of Equalization member as a local representative of Mendocino County went to Colorado to look into how that state is working to regulate and tax cannabis. Fiona Ma met with government agencies such as the Office of Marijuana Coordination, some banks, toured grow operations, manufacturers of cannabis-infused products and had demonstrations of tracking systems that record, report and enforce Colorado restrictions on transportation and distribution of cannabis in-state. She says California’s got some work ahead and no matter what other states are doing California’s moving into regulation will be a game changer. The state collected 44 million in sales taxes from just 25 percent of the medical marijuana dispensaries with active operations in the state. The Board of Equalization is focusing on medicinal cannabis operations in California and the potential legalization of recreational use of cannabis in California next year.

The story about the 4 firefighters caught up in the first day of the Valley Fire is public. The Cal Fire captain and three firefighters were on a ridgetop on Cobb Mountain the first hour of the fire on Sept. 12th. They were in a goat pen when they wind kicked up and spot fires multiplied. One of the firefighters says the flames were “sheeting and swirling” nearby. There was a lot of heat over the 4 from the helitack crew just after they landed . The report posted on the blog The four ran to a steel garage, deployed their fire shelters, and put out a mayday call. Some shelters covers melted and the 4 ended up hovering together in the garage. Capt. Pat Ward, Niko Matteoli, Richard Reiff and Logan Pridmore were reported to be the 4 who ended up with burns that landed them at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento.

A fundraiser in Sonoma County for victims of the Valley Fire in Lake County. The Raise the Roof wine and bites benefit over the weekend in a hangar at the Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport. There were several wineries, distilleries and beer companies at the party. Local chefs and restaurateurs at the fundraiser and Cal Fire firefighters were there too. The fundraiser hosted by Sonoma Wine Country Cares, a new charity by Sam Lando of Lando Wines, and the Windsor Rotary Community Foundation. Money raised goes to Redwood Credit Union Lake County Fire Victims Relief Fund.

If you’ve been informed by FEMA that you can’t get help, there could be help thru the SBA instead. Lake Co News reporting some people getting letters or text message denials. The messages saying the application is "ineligible” or “incomplete” and more information may be needed. The news site reports one common reason for the first turn down is the applicant needs to give FEMA a copy of their insurance determination letter before the grant application can be processed. Other reasons include, not signing required docs, no proof of occupancy or ownership, damage to a second home or rental or someone else in the house applied. Those with questions, call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362.

The Valley Fire which has burned nearly 71k acres is set to be fully contained this week. Cal Fire’s reported the fire at 97% containment for about a week. They say tomorrow at 6 it will be at 100%. The fire has destroyed about 1,958 structures, including more than 1,300 homes. The Sheriff says the fire may have left more than 3,600 people homeless. As we have reported some of the ways Lake County is going to help with temporary housing is thru RV parks. The Governor Jerry Brown has issued an executive order to get people placed faster and to get the process of getting them temporary housing as quickly as possible for the Valley Fire and the Butte Fire.

The Fort Bragg City Council votes on a couple ordinances introduced last week. One to bring down the amount of underage drinking parties and another to bring food trucks to the downtown area. The social host ordinance has support of high school students and their mentors. Police would be able to give tickets to homeowners hosting underage drinking parties even if the homeowner was unaware a party was happening. That ordinance approved unanimously and is set to be adopted next week and will be effective mid November. The council also changing some sections of the municipal code for mobile vending. There have been several meetings on the matter already. The final changes were introduced last Monday. Looks like this ordinance will also become law mid-November.

A woman in Pennsylvania ate a bunch of heroin she bought when working as an undercover informant for investigators. The Altoona Mirror ( ) reports Pamela Laich was working for cops last weekend when she made the purchase of the drug from the suspect in their investigation. Cops say they told her to buy 5 bags of heroin, but came back with only three. Cops say they found she had switched the drug for cereal and sneaked the drug with her to jail and ate it.

Police in Austin arrested a woman for attacking her brother who they say ate her barbecue ribs. Police say Ethel Banks attacked her brother after an argument over her ribs. They say she charged at him with a butcher knife. Cops say the brother ran home and called 911. He said he didn’t know who the ribs belonged to. But cops say there was a similar incident with Banks and another family member a few months back. She’s charged with aggravated assault (family violence), a second-degree felony.


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