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A winter storm watch issued through this afternoon. The national weather service says there could be up to 6 inches of snow possible above 3000 feet and some potential accumulation at 2500 feet.

A Sunday fire at Mendocino Forest Products in Ukiah is said to have started in the transformer room. The Daily Journal reports Firefighters from Ukiah Valley Fire Authority, the Hopland Volunteer Fire Department and the Redwood Valley-Calpella Fire Department all responded around 11am and had it out by Noon. No one was hurt.

A teenage girl has been reported missing in Ukiah. The girl’s mom tells us 17 year old Rachel Ashley disappeared last weekend and has not been seen or heard from since. She was last seen in a red Marilyn Monroe hooded sweater and sweatpants She was also seen shopping and at a nail salon with two other minor girls Saturday mid-day. If anyone has info on her, they’re asked to call the Ukiah Police Dept. She’s further described as a Native American, 5’2", 130 lbs with brn eyes, blk wavy hair and small petite frame. She attends school at So Valley High and works at Ellies Mutt Hutt. Her mom says she left all of her personal belongings at home including her cellphone and house keys.

Timber sale areas are closed in the Jackson Demonstration State Forest (JDSF). Forest officials say it’s normal to close timber sale areas for a period of time after timber operations are done and it’s found to be safe for the public. So starting Monday December 28th the area that was closed for active timber sale operations is opening for hiking, biking and equestrian access but vehicles are prohibited from using the closed roads. Unlicensed motorcycles and ATVs are always prohibited and no cross country travel is allowed. For more info, call (707) 964-5674.

Extra patrols by police as we get to the holidays. The California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) says you should: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. The CHP and other law enforcement agencies have special operations in play already. They started last weekend and continue until after the New Year. Cops out searching for and arresting alcohol and drug impaired drivers. More than 10,000 were killed in crashes involving an impaired driver in 2013. This is all part of the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement campaign period. So look for increased patrols and checkpoints. If you get caught driving impaired you could face jail time, fines, loss of your driver’s license, towing fees, and other DUI expenses, totaling $10,000 on average.

3 classes have been set by the Lake County Certified Tourism Ambassador Program after the new year. Anyone in the tourism profession can take part in the program which is part of a national network of programs to help folks learn how to work with visitors in Lake County. The Lake County Board of Supervisors has authorized 200 private-sector classes for free and 200 seats for anyone working in Lake County’s government also for free. It’s for folks who work in hospitality, at wineries, hotels, bus and taxi drivers and business owners too. For more info, visit

A bomb squad had to go out and check out a possible explosive device at a home in Richmond where a man was arrested for threats against Muslim people. The Contra Costa Times reports ( police getting a tip last Thursday regarding a man saying he was going to hurt local Muslim community members. Detectives found the man might have some sort of bomb and evacuated nearby residents Sunday afternoon. The device was deactivated, no one was injured and the man arrested. His name and age were not released.

A man in Central Calif. Has been arrested for a stabbing of his therapist several times. Police in Fresno say the 55-year-old therapist was stabbed in the neck, upper torso and arms with wounds considered life-threatening. Cops getting a call to the CAP Recovery Center finding the injured therapist but not the suspect. They checked abandoned buildings and found Raymond White and arrested him. He was said to be in a group session and left then went to the victim’s office and stabbed her. He’s to be charged with either assault with a deadly weapon or attempted murder after the investigation.

Almost 8 months after reopening a portion of Hill Road it had to be closed to through traffic again because of a mudslide. The Lake County Department of Public Works reported the road closed between the entrance of Sutter Lakeside Hospital and Lakeshore Boulevard. They have not said when it might open again. Lake Co News reports mud and debris sliding down the hill after heavy rains the last few days, like what happened back a year ago. The road wasn’t cleared that time until the end of April. The news site reports part of the road’s issue’s from the same landslide of nearly three years ago that affected the Lakeside Heights subdivision, sitting above the hill above the road and across from the hospital.

A new pact signed by Lake County and three local Indian tribes to help increase protections for native cultural resources. As we reported a memorandum of agreement the first of its kind, will help to protect land and artifacts around Clearlake and the Clearlake basin. Lake Co News reports it’s actually the sixth agreement of its type in the state. The Board of Supervisors had unanimously approved this agreement Dec. 1st. It states the new “tribal cultural resources” category to include and not limited to – archaeological sites, traditional cultural properties, funerary objects, human remains, and burial and ceremonial sites.

Just like every other year, new laws to be aware of after the new year. In Calif, there’s many new traffic and safety laws starting Jan. 1st. Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bills during this past legislative session. They include hit and run accidents to set off so called yellow alerts if there’s an injury or serious damage. Silver Alerts, like Amber alerts, for the elderly. Electrically motorized boards can only go up to 15 mph and can only be used on roads where the speed limit is 35 mph or less. Similarly, electric bicycles have some new laws to abide by as well. Certain speed limits, age limits and manufacturer rules.

That Maine high school teacher forced to take down her pink Hello Kitty Christmas tree in her classroom gets to keep it. Bangor High School officials told Catherine Gordon to take down the tree as it had no educational component. But the principal said this week the tree actually highlighted the "universal nature of holiday celebration" and said it was appropriate for a school setting. The teacher had posted on Facebook after she was told to take it down saying people are too sensitive and it quote "sucks the joy out of everything."

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