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Another meeting of the Lake County Valley Fire Long-term Recovery Task Force is set. The meeting is tomorrow at 6p at the Twin Pine Casino Event Center in Middletown. Last week more than a hundred people were in attendance. The weekly meetings are a partnership of local, state, federal, tribal and volunteer representatives. If you were unable to make it last week, you can check out minutes of the meeting posted online at and the Lake County OES Facebook page and @LakeCountyOES twitter account.

A public tally, the last of last week’s election ballots is to be held. On Friday, November 13th, voters, observers and the public can witness the public manual tally of a minimum 1% of randomly selected precincts from the November 3rd General District Election. The event starts at 9:00 a.m. at which time the Registrar of Voters office will count the ballots tabulated by the Department’s ballot counting system to make sure there are no discrepancies between the machine count and the manual tally.

2 people in Lakeport have been arrested on drug and weapons charges. The Lakeport Police Dept. reports getting a call by a woman saying her boyfriend, Marco Meza of Kelseyville took her car. When officers got to the house they found the woman outside and her car in the middle of the street. They found .25 caliber handgun in the car in plain sight and found it was the woman’s and she and the boyfriend had been on Cow Mountain target shooting. Police found another pistol in the car and a 3rd one hidden under the floor board with 100 rounds of hollow point ammunition. The couple arrested separately on various charges including possession of a concealed firearm in a vehicle, being a Driver in possession of a concealed firearm in a vehicle and Felon in possession of ammunition and Domestic Battery.

Tree thinning is starting in the Mendocino National Forest. The ranger for the Upper Lake Ranger District says they can mechanically cut, have timber sales or prescribed burning. They’re not selling the lumber this year or mechanically thinning due to budget restrictions, so they will burn trees. The ranger gave the report on the plan to the board of supervisors last week. There are a lot of trees in certain areas that are smaller which could be used in the pole or wood pellet industry, and the forest is willing to work with an interested purchaser.

Burn permits are being honored as the serious danger is hopefully behind us. The Cal Fire Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit announced effective this morning at 8, the permit suspension in Colusa, Lake, Napa, Solano and Sonoma counties is lifted. Anyone with current and valid agriculture and residential burn permits for the state responsibility area can start burning on permissible burn days. Agriculture burns have to be inspected by Cal Fire before the burning starts just until the end of the peak fire season. There may be some inspections required for burns other than agriculture burns. This can be verified by contacting your local air quality management district. For more info call the AQMD 707-263-7000, to make sure plans for burning comply with local air basin rules. The same rules go for the Mendocino County burn ban. Cal Fire reinstating burning on permissible burn days too for those with current and valid agriculture or residential permits starting this morning.

A by donation, seasonal flu vaccine clinic’s being held in Willits. The Mendocino County Health and Human Services Agency Public Health Services is hosting the Walk-In Clinic Thursday, Nov. 12th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. They recommend the vaccine for people 19 years of age and older. The clinic at the HHSA Public Health WISC building at 221-B S. Lenore Ave. in Willits. It’s a suggested $15 donation per flu shot. No one will be turned away if they are unable to afford the donation.

A couple dozen downtown Ukiah business owners have shown interest in a cooperative gift certificate program. The Downtown Dollars program created by Ukiah City Councilwoman Maureen Mulheren. She herself owns a business downtown and is a member of the Ukiah Main Street Program promotions committee. That’s a group to encourage economic and social activity downtown. Downtown Dollars work like gift certificates, in $10 and $25 increments. They can be used like cash and used at any participating businesses.

The Ukiah City Council is giving staff a little more leeway in how they disperse money for operation of an emergency winter shelter. The money on hold at the moment, but the group who operates the shelter says they’re ready to open. Apparently the final shelter plan has not been turned in. The city manager says the city wants to be able to release funds for the shelter as they’re needed, so the staff can release funds, but has to wait until at least the next city council meeting.

A barber whose legally blind has won $100,000 from a Massachusetts commission against discrimination because he was wrongly terminated. The Boston Herald reports ( Joel Nixon was working for Tony’s Barber Shop in Norton before his boss discovered he was legally blind. The 29 year old suffers from retinitis pigmentosa, so his peripheral vision is affected. He was fired from the barber shop in 2012 after tripping over a customer’s legs and later a chair in the waiting room. Nixon says after he was fired he almost lost his home and had a hard time finding more work. He says he’s back to cutting hair for loyal customers — who call him the “Blind Barber.”

A dog has recovered after eating a barbecue skewer, plus it won an unusual insurance claim. The 5-year-old Boxer named Curtis beat 11 other pets in online voting for the Nationwide Hambone Award for eating a skewer at Curtis’ owner’s daughters birthday party. Curtis went to a vet, but doctors didn’t find the skewer. She took the dog back a few months later and the skewer was found along with a baseball-sized mass between his stomach and pancreas.

A dozen cars have been eaten in a cave-in of a restaurant parking lot in Mississippi. Nobody hurt when the ground opened up Saturday night. The Meridian Star reports it wasn’t actually a sinkhole because water didn’t cause the giant gash in the earth. Engineers and contractors were working on the site to figure out what exactly happened. Emergency crews went to the IHOP restaurant where it happened, finding much of parking lot had collapsed.


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