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The group behind #LakeCountyRising says they’ve started to distribute money from their Fire Relief Fund. This first round for kids in impacted communities. Money to the Middletown Unified School District, the Lake County Fair Foundation and Lake Family Resource Center. The money for gift cards, food and clothes, Some business that have chipped in include, Congressman Mike Thompson and supporters, Trinchero Family Estates, Savings Bank of Mendocino County, Calpine Corporation, The Hess Collection, Rabobank N.A., Homestake Mining Company, Cache Creek Vineyards and others. The nonprofit, Lake County Wine Alliance is managing the collection and distribution of funds for #LakeCountyRising.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife is asking your help in solving a poaching case in Mendocino County. They say three tule elk bulls, two identified by the number of antlers on each side of its head as “six-by-six,” and one as “five-by-five,” were shot and killed at different times in Covelo near the Mill Creek area. One in the beginning of August, one in early October and one last week. A CDFW spokesman tells the Daily Journal in one case the head was likely removed for the aesthetic value of showing off the antlers and teeth. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the CDFW via CalTIP line at 1-888-CALTIP.

Cobb Mountain businessman Beau Moore says he is not running for the Board of Supervisors after all, with the Valley Fire being the main reason. Moore told Lake Co News the fire destroyed his family’s home and devastated the community, leaving several years of hard work ahead. He says that leaves him no time to campaign and it would be unfair to his family and the people of District 5 to engage in campaigning when he should focus on rebuilding. But Supervisor Rob Brown has confirmed he’ll run again, even though he said earlier in the year he would not. He too says the Fire is the reason as he wants to help shepherd the rebuilding process.

Plans to harvest redwoods, some as old as 100 years, along the Gualala River have fierce opposition. The Press Democrat reports on the logging proposal for more than 500 acres upstream from the town of Gualala plus more in the flood plain at the mouth of the River in northwestern Sonoma County. Those supporting the proposal say it’s been studied by environmental regulators and meets safeguards in place to protect the river and habitat for salmon, steelhead trout and other plants and wildlife. Those against say felling the trees will take away the look of the landscape and harm the health of already impaired fish and wildlife habitat.

The SBA says its approved nearly 8 million dollars in disaster assistance loans for victims of the Valley Fire. The number just for 67 homeowners or renters and five businesses or nonprofits. Final deadlines of Nov. 23rd for physical damage claims and June 22 of next year for economic injury, so the 8 million number is supposed to go up quite a bit. A spokesperson for the administration says it’s a good start so far, but there’s still a lot of work to do. The SBA says there’s more applications in the pipeline.

No bidders for a proposed new sidewalk in Ukiah near the Redwood Empire Fairgrounds. The Public Works Director tells the city council, since there are no bids, the project will have to be delayed. But the city manager says they can now reach out to local contractors and rebid the project. Apparently the city wasn’t allowed to go directly to local contractors during the bidding process, but they can now. The project to move the existing sidewalk 200 feet north to Garrett Drive.

City leaders in Fort Bragg looking to open their Town Hall for public forums and meetings, free of charge. The Advocate News reports several people spoke on the idea during public comment supporting the idea. The idea was referred to the Public Works and Facilities Committee in late August which drafted a recommendation so the Town Hall could be used one night a month for Town Hall meetings where citizens can discuss topics of local civic interest. The hall can also be rented for closed door, private events.

A man in Alaska got his car stuck on the road, at least he thought he hit a brick wall, turns out it was a 300-pound northern fur seal. The man told the Alaska Dispatch News his truck went airborne and got stuck in some mud. He got out to check it out and found the injured seal. Police say they had to shoot the animal. The roadway was 25 or 30 yards from the water.

The Massachusetts Department of Administration and Finance had an oops in a recent press release. The agency had a typo, sending media inquiries about a quote “free and fun party line” advertising adult hotlines. The Boston Herald (http://bit.ly/1GWpXDQ ) reports the release declared October Cyber Security Awareness Month and accidentally substituted area code “617” instead of “857”.

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