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Personal use firewood permits start becoming available for purchase from the Mendocino National Forest. This Friday, you can get the permits for $5 a cord. There’s a minimum purchase of four cords for $20 though. The permits are valid through the end of the year and you don’t have to get all the wood at once. When the wood is taken, it has to be dead and down. A reminder by the Forest Service to the public, that it’s illegal to take firewood from the forest without a valid permit. You can order them by mail, the forms are available online at www.fs.usda.gov/mendocino. If you cannot personally cut the wood, you have to get a third party authorization to allow someone else to cut or gather the wood.

A man in Lakeport’s been arrested for attempted burglaries. Lakeport Police say they heard someone outside their department patrol office trying to open door handles and electronic locks. Jason Whitcher tried getting inside the office, but officers stopped him, finding him to be highly intoxicated and arrested him. The man first taken to the hospital for medical clearance. The next day he was booked into jail after he because verbally and physically resistive. Cops needed to use force to secure, move and place him in their vehicle. They say on the way to jail he spit on an officer through the safety cage and threatened to harm the officer when his handcuffs were removed. He’s charged with several crimes including public intoxication, battery on a peace officer and threatening an executive officer. He’s on a NO BAIL hold due to a probation violation.

The Lake County Board of Supervisors has raised rates in several areas. Higher fines approved for Lake County Libraries from 20 to 25 cents. They also raised the Community Development Department’s fees 25 percent and doubled the $250 rate for Calif. Environmental Quality Act initial studies to $500. The board also created a reassessment fee for the Assessor-Recorder from $35 to $100 depending on how big a property is. The document recording fees also up, $14 instead of $7. The Record Bee newspaper reports the Deputy County Administrative Officer saying this is all just the beginning with raised fees expected in several areas. The county staff has been working on the master fee ordinance, but couldn’t raise everything across the board right away. He says they’re still working on the schedule.

Clearlake police have found the missing Lakeport Senior Center “Food Truck”. Police got a tip from someone they say saw the trailer and soon after two people were arrested in connection to the ripoff. The trailer found in the area of 22nd Avenue and Irving last Thursday. 2 officers went to the area and saw two suspects stripping parts off the trailer, including its license plate. Ian and Victoria James, both of Clearlake busted. The two say they found it on the side of the road and were going to live inside it. But police say they made other statements too, that were inconsistent so they arrested the pair for possession of stolen property and booked them into the Lake County Jail.

A couple of nonprofits in Lake County have helped with reforestation after last year’s Valley Fire. #LakeCountyRising, part of the Lake County Winegrape Commission, Lake County Winery Association, and Lake County Wine Alliance and the Lake Area Rotary Club Association (LARCA) area helping raise money to help reforestation in the fire affected areas. Together they’ve been able to deliver almost $60,000 to the East Lake Resource Conservation District (RCD) so seedlings can be planted The money has paid for greenhouse planting of 100,000 native conifers, some Douglas fir and sugar pine that can be distributed around the time of the late Fall 2016/Spring 2017 planting season. They can go to higher elevations, like Cobb Mountain. #LakeCountyRising worked with Rotary to get the funding for reforestation, working with East Lake Resource Conservation District (RCD).

The brother of a mentally ill jail inmate who died at a local hospital after being booked says negligence by local law enforcement caused his brother’s death. This is the second amended wrongful death suit against the County, the Sheriff, and several others brought by James Neuroth on behalf of his brother, Steven Neuroth. The amended complaint includes that Steven was a paranoid schizophrenic with schizo-affective disorder and depression. He was arrested in June of 2014 by Willits Police after finding him to be paranoid and delusional, suspecting he was under the influence of a controlled substance. His brother says there were several things that led to his brother’s death like excessive force, a nurse without proper credentials to diagnose him and improper restraint. Neuroth allegedly died from blunt force injuries, fractures, organ injuries and other serious physical injuries.

Several people in the dark over the weekend north of Ukiah after a tree fell. Dispatchers got a call Saturday mid morning to the issue in the 200 block of Chyanne Court near Eastside Calpella Road. First responders never made it out as Pacific Gas and Electric crews went out. More than 190 customers were without power for a time, but it was back on within about 3 hours of the call.

A man who disappeared hiking in the Trinity Alps nearly 2 years ago has been declared legally dead. Carrie Morris reported her husband Steve missing in August of 2014. The official search was called off after five days after his hike to Billy’s Peak, above Stoddard Lake. Morris and as many as 100 friends, fellow churchgoers and strangers went looking for her husband. The unofficial search went on thru the spring of 2015. But last May, hair and tissue was found in a ravine 2 miles from the mountain was never linked to Steve Morris, but his wife decided to stop the search. An approval of a death certificate came this past Feb. after a Sonoma County Superior Court finding that he was most likely dead.

The California legislature working closely with unions came to a deal to gradually raise the state’s minimum wage to $15. The issue will not go to voters. Senator Mark Leno (D-CA) has confirmed the deal. The Los Angeles Times reported the Governor Jerry Brown is going to formally announce the agreement today. It means the minimum will go up to $10.50 January 1st, 2017, then $11 in 2018 and another buck a year until getting to $15 in 2022.

For the first time since the severe drought began, about four years ago, Lake Mendocino is using excess lake water to generate electricity at full speed. Water releases from the dam are being increased so the hydroelectric plant in Ukiah can stay at maximum capacity, enough for a third of Ukiah’s electric power demand in the winter. Officials say the plant’s running efficiently. It takes about 400 cubic feet per second to run the plant at full capacity. Since we had so much rain, there’s a higher water level in the lake, meaning more strength to push the turbines deep beneath the lake. The hydroelectric plant built almost 30 years ago and has not been fully operational 50% of the first 20 years. But some reconstruction has meant its run steadily, if not full force, since 2007.

A couple of bakeries in Indiana fighting for the rights of four-sided doughnuts. The Post-Tribune (http://trib.in/1RlkKxR ) reports Family Express in Valparaiso is petitioning a court to declare it can continue to call its products "Square Donuts." But its competitor in Terre Haute, Square Donuts, which has been creating its doughnuts since the 1960s at nine locations, wants Family Express to stop. Square Donuts sending Family Express a cease-and-desist letter after trying to talk with their competitor which went nowhere.

A baby seal got 4 miles out from the water, landing in the front yard of a home in the San Francisco Bay Area. Ozzie the fur seal, found last Thursday in Fremont with no visible signs of injury. She was taken to the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito. The 9 month old pup’s been on the run before, last time found malnourished at New Brighton State Beach in Capitola. She was treated and released this month in Bodega Bay. The center says the seal was supposed to be headed north to Alaska but lost her way and headed south instead.

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