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An arrest has been made during a sweep by the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) and police to make sure no unlicensed contractors were working in Lake County after the Valley Fire. The sweep last Thursday was a usual occurrence for the agency after a disaster where homes and/or businesses might be destroyed or damaged. Investigators went looking for people working without a contractor license and/or workers’ compensation insurance. Matthew George arrested as part of the sweep for contracting without a license in a disaster area. There was evidence found in his possession showing he had 10 pending contracts from Valley Fire victims worth a total of $100,000.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is asking residents of the county to make sure they’re registered to be notified in the event of a disaster. The Sheriff’s Office uses the CityWatch Emergency Notification System to be in contact with community members. You can find out about an emergency thru a phone call, email and text. They also use the white pages to make calls, so if your number is not listed in the telephone book, or you want to be notified by cell phone or email, you need to go to the Sheriff’s Office web site to update your contact information. They’re also asking residents to spread the word, mentioning the system to family, friends and neighbors. You can find more info online about CityWatch and the Nixle system at or call 707-262-4200.

If you didn’t get to make it to the latest Valley Fire Long Term Recovery Task Force meeting, you can access the minutes online. Last Tuesday’s meeting was at the Black Rock Golf Course in Cobb. There’s no task force meeting tomorrow due to the Thanksgiving Day holiday. The meetings will begin again December 1st at 6:00 PM, this time at the Twin Pine Casino Event Center in Middletown. If you have no internet access, you can get the minutes mailed to you. Call (707) 263-2580. And if you do have access and would like to learn more, visit or the Lake County OES’s social media sites: Twitter: @LakeCountyOES and Facebook: LakeCountyOES.

A work party to finish up a temporary shelter. The Mendocino County AIDS/Viral Hepatitis Network is working with other agencies and community members to set up the emergency temporary shelter. The most fragile people will get first priority. A street medicine program will also be open at the shelter. Those who go to the shelter will be assessed for possible illness, both physical and mental. The shelter’s organizers say it’s to support those who don’t get regular care. There are men’s and women’s sides, laundry facilities and showers.

A missing 5-year-old girl from Willits has been located safe. Raina Rinka was found Friday night almost six hours after she apparently disappeared near her aunt’s house east of Brooktrails. A firefighting chopper out of Willits’ Howard Forest Station found the girl’s tracks in steep terrain along with Cal Fire foot crews about ¾’s of a mile from her aunt’s home. The girl was walked out of a remote wooded area where the chopper could land. The helicopter took the girl to Sherwood Elementary School where she met sheriff’s deputies, fire personnel and search and rescue volunteers. They say she had minor abrasions and injuries because she wasn’t wearing shoes but she was otherwise fine. The Sheriff’s office has apparently been involved in finding the girl 2 other times.

Fire officials looking into a fire that damaged a home in Clearlake Oaks. The fire first reported early Friday morning. Firefighters arrived to find heavy fire coming from the rear of the two-story home, reported to be wood-framed. Northshore Fire and Cal Fire on the scene and had the fire out in about a half hour. The home had major fire and smoke damage. The cause is under investigation and was considered suspicious. Officials say the home is a summer residence in the owner’s family for many years, but vacant at the time.

A special joint meeting of the Clearlake City Council and Clearlake Planning Commission to discuss the preliminary master plan for Highlands Park. The meeting last week with a presentation of potential cost. The final master plan supposed to be done mid, next month. A landscape planner is working on the plan which has had much public input already too. The public mentioned some high priorities like establishment of a chamber of commerce/visitor center, oak woodland areas, community activity and special events zones; pedestrian pathways, boardwalk and beach access, and fishing and viewing areas. For more info, visit

The winner of Zimbabwe’s "Mister Ugly" contest caused something of an upset with rioting after the announcement. The winner 42-year-old Mison Sere, with several missing front teeth and a penchant for grotesque facial expressions. He won over the long time title holder William Masvinu whose held the title since 2012. He and his supporters mobbed the judges after the announcement saying the winner was just too handsome and that his ugliness wasn’t natural since it was based on missing teeth. The loser saying he was naturally ugly, calling the win, cheating. There were 3 dozen entries this year, a record.

Some condo owners in Florida are upset with their homeowners association after they were asked to submit samples of their dog’s DNA so they could fine owners not picking up after their pets. Harbor Landing residents say they got a letter about the new rule, some calling it an invasion of privacy. The News Herald reported pet owners have to pay for their own DNA test, a registration fee and any possible cleanup fees. Condo officials have said it’s voluntary though and say the measure is only meant to help keep the property clean.

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