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Three transients accused of robbing and killing two people in the Bay Area last month, including a former Middletown yoga instructor, have pleaded not guilty. KNTV reports that all three entered pleas Thursday. Prosecutors say Morrison Lampley was the shooter in the deaths of a Canadian backpacker in Golden Gate Park and then Steven Carter on a Marin hiking trail two days later. Prosecutors have also charged his companions Lila Alligood and Sean Angold with murder, accusing them of participating in the robberies and killings.

The idea of getting residents to vote on whether the old Coast Hotel in Fort Bragg should be a hospitality center for the homeless made it to the ballot. After a second and this time, successful, petition drive, the measure will be on a ballot for voters to decide. If passed it would amend the municipal code so a social service organization is banned within the Central Business District, unless the organization was established at its current location before January 1st. The Fort Bragg City Council, previously unanimously voted the measure down. They called for a special election after the petition drive gathered the required 15 percent of registered voters. It hits the Presidential Primary Election ballot, next June.

Just one dog left to be adopted 4 weeks after Valley Fire adoptions began. Lake Co News reports 49 of 50 animals not reclaimed had been adopted. That included 27 cats, nine dogs, eight goats, three horses and two chickens. The animals held for weeks. None euthanized. On the first day, 20 of the animals were adopted, then a week later, 8 goats went on the first day. The last cats went Tuesday. The last dog standing, a male pit bull mix with a short gray and white coat said to be about 3 years old. He was found behind the Store 24 gas station on the north end of Middletown. And is said to get on well with other dogs and recommended for a family with children older than age 12.

An informal ribbon cutting marks the official opening of the south parkland at Noyo Headlands Park. It’s happening Tuesday, December 1st at 12:30 at the south parking lot of the Coastal Trail. The property sale agreed to after many closed session meetings. A little more than eight acres of property is being deeded to the city of Fort Bragg. The city will exchange property for the parkland. No money was exchanged in the deal.

A mobile laundromat is complete in Santa Rosa by those who want to move it to or near Middletown to help Valley fire victims for free. The brains behind the business, says they found a need in the fire zone of Lake County, so he wants to put an eight-washer, eight-dryer laundromat in a 38-foot truck trailer in town to help fire survivors.

The next phase of the Lakeport Downtown Improvement plan has been presented to the City Council. The driveway to a city thrift store will be saved. The Community Development Director and contract city engineer gave a status update to the city council for the almost $2.6 million project. Its boundaries run along North Main Street, between First and Fourth streets. The plan to save the thrift shop came from the Senior Center.

The state budget may have a surplus for the first time since the recession. The Press Democrat reports the budget’s stable and reports the state’s better prepared for another recession if need be, as opposed to the way it’s been for several decades. If there are no additional expenditures from legislators, California would finish the fiscal year with an $11.5 billion surplus. The report also cautions lawmakers against spending money freely as some Democrats had proposed.

Lakeport Unified School District is going to dip into Measure T bond money for infrastructure updates. The bond measure voted in in the November 2014 election, awarding $17 million to the school district for improvements to benefit students. At a special meeting to present the district’s Master Plan, several projects were presented by an Architecture group. Bond projects are for areas that need improvement, like ADA compliance, pool complex and tennis court rehabilitation, electrical systems, water/sewer/storm drains and FEMA designated flood areas.

Kids in the Kelseyville Unified School District are getting Google Chromebooks and so are the teachers. Students in every grade will have access to a new Chromebook by next month. Several students and teachers already use the new Chromebooks in class. The schools Superintendent says they’re already making a difference and tells the Record Bee, it’s exciting to see students using them in class. The school district has also launched a new Facebook page and digital newsletters.

Mendocino Coast District Hospital reaching out to the public for help as it struggles to emerge from bankruptcy. The hospital serves about 23,000 coastal residents. The hospital reports its finances have improved and it could even be in the black this year, breaking even. But officials say they’ll still need help, possibly thru a parcel tax. The CEO says the hospital’s one of very few without a parcel tax. The hospital was $1.5 million in debt last year. The hospital is asking for an annual parcel tax in the $125 to $195 range which will show up on either the June or November ballot to raise as much as $2 million a year.

The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors says yes to rezoning a block of land on Lover’s Lane owned by the Pinoleville tribe. The board previously discussed the topic, delaying a decision until a response from the Millview County Water District, which was waiting for the state to say how many new water hookups could be made available. The hookup moratorium was lifted by the State Water Resources Control Board, so nearly 300 new hookups will be allowed. Some residents were at the county supervisors meeting to try to convince supervisors not to approve the rezone request because of concerns about increased traffic, water usage and in case the property were to be used to grow marijuana, based on a past tribal project.

Some Ukiah residents may get to start using their green waste bins for food by Thanksgiving. The Public Works Director reported to the Ukiah City Council Wednesday on the pending food waste program. He says it looks like C&S Waste Solutions is about ready to implement the program after improvements which should be done by the of the week. So residents can start to add compost products into their waste bins, like food scraps, meat, paper products like pizza boxes, paper plates, paper towels and coffee filters.

A turkey from California is the one being saved by the President for the Thanksgiving holiday. The bird, named Tom One will fly to Washington DC from San Francisco for the ceremony with the President Barack Obama ahead of the holiday. After that Tom one goes to live on a farm in Virginia. Tom was one of about a dozen birds considered for the pardon at a Foster Farms ranch in Modesto.

A man from Utah accused of calling a bomb threat into a hospital has been arrested. Police say Michael Morlang did it because he was upset he couldn’t be at his child’s birth. Morlang was indicted Wednesday and faces up to 10 years if convicted. There was an evacuation and lockdown at the hospital last month in the tiny city of Richfield. His wife and father in law say he was also upset that his wife was getting her tubes tied. He’s apparently in jail in Idaho for another crime.

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