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The Ukiah City Council will appoint its next mayor tonight, which will likely be Vice-Mayor Steve Scalmanini. Current Mayor Doug Crane will be stepping down, and next in seniority, according to the rotation previously approved by the council, is Scalmanini. He also meets the other requirements for succession in that he has not previously served as mayor and has served at least one year as a member of the City Council.” Tonight’s meeting being at 6 p.m. in the City Council chambers.

Starting today traffic at the Navarro River Bridge on Route 1 in Mendocino County will experience intermittent full closures with delays of up to 30 minutes. A contractor will be removing logs from a logjam to the east of the bridge. The work should be completed by Friday.

The Associated Students of Mendocino College and college staff are teaming up to bring a free holiday meal to students today starting at noon in the Student Center. For two hours The ASMC will supply turkey and mashed potatoes and college staff are bringing salads, rolls, vegetables, desserts or anything else associated with a traditional holiday meal. Last year, more 200 students participated in the free meal and the Dean of Student Services says it was so well attended and supported that they decided to make it an annual event.

The Lake County Farm Bureau and Redwood Credit Union Community Fund are helping Valley fire survivors with rebuilding fences for livestock. Lake County News reports that the Credit Union has given the Farm Bureau $100,000 from the Lake County Fire Victims Relief Fund to disburse in $1,000 increments as gift cards that can be used at Lake County businesses. Credit Union Senior VP of marketing Robin McKenzie says the goal is two-fold: help fire survivors with large animals and livestock, and help local businesses by encouraging the survivors to spend money here. At least 46 applications for a total of $46,000, have already been approved at least 10 more are under consideration.

Five board members have been selected to lead the new district created by the unification of Upper Lake’s elementary and high school districts. Lake County Superintendent of Schools Brock Falkenberg appointed Keith Austin and Claudine Pedroncelli, who currently sit on the high school district board, and current elementary school board members Mel O’Meara,, Diane Plante and Don Meri. The official date of unification will be July 1, 2016. Falkenberg said he appointed the five board members after the California Board of Education approved waivers for the election process.

It’s officially trolley season in downtown Ukiah. The first riders on the Holiday Trolley this year got more than a festive, free trip to Ukiah’s shopping centers. They got some one-on-one time with two of Santa’s helpers. They also assisted in taking wish requests back to the big man. The free trolley runs Thursdays through Sundays until Dec. 20, starting at noon on the weekends and 3 p.m. on weekdays. Each loop takes about 45 minutes. The schedule can be found online at the Great Ukiah Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook page.

Redwood Credit Union (RCU) is sponsoring a holiday food and toy drive at its Ukiah branch, on Orchard Avenue. The branch is accepting donations of new, unwrapped toys and non-perishable food items now through December 18. The food and toys will be distributed by the Ukiah Valley Christmas Effort this holiday season. The bank says the donation drive is a holiday tradition and they’re happy to offer their branch as a convenient place to donate to those who need a little help this holiday.

The Lake County Board of Supervisors granted approval, along with $250,000, for the Cobb Area Water District and Special Districts to perform a feasibility study on consolidating their water systems. In the initial proposal, three areas from Special Districts — Starview, Mt. Hannah, and Bonanza Springs — will join five others under control of Cobb Area Water already. The study, would research the infrastructure necessary to make the consolidation possible. The study costs, and maybe even the project may be eligible for reimbursement as the state is promoting consolidation of water districts.

An unusual contest that offered up a Fort Bragg restaurant and bar in exchange for a 250-word essay and a $100 entry fee has been called off. The owners of the 88-seat Mendo Bistro and Barbelow bar said they’ve had a change of heart and are returning the entry fees to the contestants. The contest also was short on applicants. Instead they’ll be closing the bar at the end of the week and chef and owner Nicholas Petti will refocus all of his energies on the Mendo Bistro. Petti launched the contest in late August. It required applicants to write an essay explaining why they should be chosen. Petti said his family began having misgivings as the entries started to pour in.


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