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Volunteers are needed for a river cleanup in Guerneville. The cleanup in Riverkeeper Park, the downtown square and on the footbridge today starting at 4p. The cleanup to get rid of items that otherwise would end up in the ocean. Volunteers asked to meet at the town square at 4 p.m. or around that time, for work to start at the new river park before dark, then closer to the downtown square when light is needed. There will be a dinner break around 7 p.m. For more info, call 322-8304.

Final results in the last election have been released by the Mendocino County Elections Office. Candidates got around the same percentages they did on election night. The three available seats on the Ukiah Valley Fire District’s board of directors went to David Haas, Patrick Garrett and Glenys Simmons, who was re-elected. The other two are new. For the two seats on the Russian River Flood Control and Water Conservation Improvement District, Tyler Rodrigue and Alfred White, an incumbent, were both elected. For the seat on the Potter Valley Irrigation District board, Guiness McFadden won easily. Measure T to raise $3 million for the Potter Valley Unified School District won. And for the one seat on the Mendocino-Lake Community College District board, Paul Ubelhart won.

A woman from Ukiah has gone to jail after police say she punched medical equipment while in the hospital. Cops say they got a call to Ukiah Valley Medical Center Nov. 9th. Staff complaining that Kelisha Alvarez got upset and smashed the screen of a machine monitoring heart activity and blood pressure. She left the hospital and was found nearby and arrested on suspicion of felony vandalism and booked into Mendocino County Jail.

A man in Ukiah’s been arrested on suspicion of possessing drugs and a stolen firearm after someone called police to report possible drug sales. The police dept getting a call to the 1200 block of North State Street Nov. 6th for reports of possible drug dealing. Police say they saw a red Toyota pick-up leaving the area then stopped it and found Miguel Guevara who they say seemed “very nervous”. They say he didn’t have a driver’s license and after a search, police found metal knuckles and methamphetamine in his possession. They also then found a Glock-19 9mm semi-automatic pistol with a high-capacity magazine reported stolen out of Tulare. The man arrested on several charges including being a felon in possession of a firearm and driving with a suspended license. He was booked into Mendocino County Jail under $25,000 bail.

A man from Ukiah’s arrested for public drunkenness after police say he started banging on doors in the 500 block of state street. Police say someone called in a man banging on their front door Nov. 8th. When police got there they say the suspect seemed extremely drunk, so he was booked into Mendocino County Jail on suspicion of being drunk in public.

The fire relief fund from the Lake Area Rotary Club Association has agreed to double capacity of the afterschool program in Middletown. The Lake County Office of Education says yes to helping nearly 30 kids in the Minnie Cannon School Afterschool Program. That means a commitment of $12,500 to support expanding the program, now serving 60 students. Many families have lost their homes because of the Valley fire. The waiting list for the afterschool program was 30 students, many of them were homeless and waiting on campus for working parents to pick them up. The Rotary financial assistance means the Lake County Office of Education can hire more staff to stay with kids after school. The program open until 6pm.

A man out of prison on parole in trouble with police for standing in the middle of traffic yelling at cars. Police say it happened last Tuesday morning. They say the man, Michael Lucas, was trying to stop traffic and yelling at passing vehicles. Police say the man was on parole from out of the county. They say he appeared to be “agitated”, refusing to listen to commands and had to be handcuffed. He’s booked into Mendocino County Jail on suspicion of resisting arrest and for a parole hold and held on $5,000 bail.

State Senator Mike McGuire here locally catching up with locals, speaking to the Middletown Area Town Hall last Thursday on Valley fire recovery. The gathering at the Middletown Senior Center. McGuire spoke about the fire and recovery, explaining what the state committed to now and in the future. McGuire says the top priority is making sure Lake County has resources it needs to thrive. He says about 52 percent of all of California’s fire activity this year was in Lake County. Within 3 days of the fire, the state advanced $5 million to help Lake County. $800,000 from the Redwood Credit Union is going to be advanced over the next 45 days. A call with state and county officials is planned to discuss recovery further, next Monday. The drought and upcoming predicted heavy rains are also a concern.

Recent rains and cooler temperatures mean less likely scenario for fire, but still Cal Fire is staying around during winter months, staffing up statewide and remaining at peak fire season in Central and Southern California. Cal Fire crews responded last week to almost 50 new wildfires. Fire officials asking residents to stay vigilant outdoors. Cal Fire says as the drought continues, there’s a huge increase in the number and size of fires, but it also means that even though there’s heavy rains expected this year, it could take several years of steady rainfall for some larger vegetation to return to normal levels. Plus there’s been millions of bark beetle infested dead and dying trees across the state.

A bicycle giveaway for the youngest affected by the Valley Fire. Over the weekend, Snowball of Love, a giveaway created by a teacher, Candy Alcott of Livermore. 1,130 bikes given away. Alcott has now started a group called Bike Angels United for continued bike giving.

Larkmead Vineyards has more than $59,000 for victims of the Valley fire with $25,000 in donations and the business’ matching funds for the Valley Fire Relief Fund. More than $34,000 was in personal donations so Larkmead matched $25,000 for a total of $59,000. The owner Cam Baker thanked those for donating saying it could take years for the community to recover. He also noted the conditions could become worse due to winter rains that might create mudslides and flooding.

The lowest level in history for Folsom Lake. The water level down Saturday due to years of drought. The 60-year-old reservoir had 140,501 acre-feet of water Saturday, at about 14 percent of capacity. The California Department of Water Resources shows the lake fell under its last record low of 140,600 acre-feet, set during the 1977 drought. The dept. says even though there’s already been some winter like storms and there are predictions of a major El Niño system, California may not get enough to make up for four years of drought. The Gov. Jerry Brown also issued an executive order Friday saying most conservation mandates will probably stay in effect through next October.

The 3rd open meeting of the Lake County Valley Fire Long Term Recovery Task Force is moved. This one tomorrow night at 6 at the Black Rock Golf Course in Cobb. The weekly meetings were moved this week and several had been held on the phone since the start of October. Lake County Fire Survivors can ask questions and get direction on rebuilding and recovering at the meetings. There’s also the Recovery Coordinator office hours, two days a week at the C. Gibson Museum and Cultural Center. The minutes of previous meetings and more info can be found at

A couple of zebras in Philadelphia escaped a circus, running thru the streets. Police say the two somehow got away from UniverSoul Circus Sunday afternoon. Many witnesses posted photos and video on social media of the two animals running through the streets, then a tweet by police on their Twitter account, Zebras in custody.

A driverless car built by Google pulled over by police. The car, apparently driving too slow. The police officer pulled over the prototype car Thursday, clocked at about 24 mph in a 35 mph zone. The officer spoke to whoever was, sort of in the drivers seat, but didn’t issue a ticket. State law requires someone can intervene if technology is tested on public roads. The bubble-shaped prototype only has two seats and can only go up to 25 mph.


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