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The city of Cloverdale is deciding what to do about its Airport as a developer is wanting to put up a $200 million resort next door. It would take a federal application to close the airfield if the proposed 254-acre Alexander Valley Resort goes thru. The resort developer says they’ll pay for more than $7 million in improvements so the airport could be turned into a sports park. Laulima Development is also planning to put in an equestrian center which wouldn’t work well with low-flying aircraft. The airfield would also be a noise hazard for the residents of the high-end resort and homes to be built nearby. The City Council will take on the matter at their meeting tomorrow.

A Music fundraiser takes place with Hospice of Ukiah. The Hospice is hosting the third annual Music Event Fundraiser this Friday from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the Saturday Afternoon Clubhouse in Ukiah. The bands playing include Will Siegel and Friends, Andy Mattern, Ed Reinhart, and the Les Tar Trio. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the Mendocino Book Co., Dig Music, The Hospice Thrift and Gift and Hospice Office. For more information, call 462-4038.

A woman in Lakeport has been arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence after crashing into a power pole and fence. 29 year old Alicia Smith busted early Saturday morning after crashing into the power pole. An officer who reported to the incident says the woman crashed head-on into a fence and power pole, shearing the top of the pole off around the 5 foot mark, leaving the lower part of the pole wedged under her car and the rest leaning on her car. She was found standing nearby and was alone in the car. Lakeport Fire Protection District responded in case the woman was injured, she was not. Officers arrested the woman who admitted she had four or five drinks before driving. They say she failed field sobriety tests and say her blood alcohol level was .21 percent, about two and a half times the legal limit. PG&E went out to fix the damaged power pole.

A celebration for the installation of the Al Beltrami memorial bench and traffic circle redesign. This Thursday morning at 10 a.m., at the traffic circle in front of the County Administration Building there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony. The traffic circle was redesigned and rebuilt over the last couple of months. There’s a sitting area near the flagpole and drought tolerant plants by the Al Beltrami memorial bench. The bench commissioned by the Park Endowment Fund to honor Al Beltrami’s contribution to Mendocino County.

The closure of the Hidden Valley Lake campground for those who suffered thru the Valley Fire. The campground is close to a couple streams that usually flood, so for safety reasons, the campground closes officially today. The Hidden Valley Lake Association owns the facility. They’ve been providing free camping, showers and bathrooms to fire evacuees since the fire destroyed almost 1,300 homes and displaced thousands. Those still there had been living in trailers, but there are also others staying at the campsite too. They’ve all been told they have other options and half have already left. The Konocti Harbor resort reopened for some thanks to a contract with FEMA.

A young woman from Napa is recovering after she was found, cold and unconscious, in a car at the bottom of a 40-foot embankment near Geyserville. The CHP reports 23 year old Monica Ayala went to a hospital with possibly two fractured vertebrae and police are investigating the crash on Highway 128 near Chalk Hill Road. Apparently her car was found by a vineyard worker Saturday morning who called 911. Officers say her car had plummeted off the road and smashed into a tree, causing its roof to cave in.

The Lake County Board of Supervisors got an update on the latest developments of Valley Fire cleanup, temporary housing and tree removal. Lake Co News reports the board met last Tuesday on the matter and one decision made was to continue the health emergency first declared in late September. The proclamation is supposed to continue until all of the debris cleanup is finished. 1,244 properties that burned had registered for CalRecycle’s cleanup program and 100 others are using private contractors.

More rain this week. Forecasters with the National Weather Service have issued a special weather statement for Lake County and other areas in Northern California expected to be hit by a series of storms starting Wednesday. The storms should last until the weekend and bring moderate to heavy rain and heavy mountain snow. They’re warning caution in areas burned in the summer’s wildfires. Forecasters say there could be more than a foot of new snow over the 6,000 foot level and possibly 2 to 3 feet of snow on Northern California’s high peaks.

The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors is considering what to do with the majority of the Community Benefit Fund at this week’s meeting. The board takes up the matter tomorrow of how to distribute the remaining $186,000 of the county’s $250,000 fund for community-based organizations. Some were at the last meeting on the fund. The board decided that each of the supervisors should come up with a list of prioritized projects. The county and the Human Services Agency are considering more than 40 agencies for the rest of the money.

A man has been injured after he was accidentally shot at a gun show in Phoenix. The Arizona Department of Public Safety says it happened Saturday morning at the show at the Arizona State Fairgrounds. The man’s friend was looking at a semi-automatic handgun that somehow discharged. A bullet went thru his friend’s upper torso. His injuries were non-life-threatening. The two men at the Crossroads of the West Gun Show. Signs at the show and on the show’s website say loaded firearms are not permitted.

A New Jersey councilwoman who abruptly quit after colleagues voted for the word "Christmas" to be added to the name of the town’s tree-lighting ceremony has taken it all back. Just moments after the Roselle Park council approved the name change Thursday night, Charlene Storey stormed out in a huff and later submitted a resignation letter because it favors one religion. But then the mayor reached out to the woman and created a committee on diversity for her to lead. Storey was raised Catholic but describes herself as a non-believer.

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