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If you have property in the Valley Fire burn area and want the County to remove damaged trees in county right of ways, the deadline to apply for a Right of Entry form is coming. Lake County officials say property owners in the burn area must complete the ROE by June 17th to allow County contractors access to private property. A certified arborist will examine trees then decide if they need to go, if so the county contractor will remove them. The County says this is the last chance for you to do an ROE and have them do the work. After that you will have to pay for any tree removal if needed within the County right-of-way and be liable for damage from fallen trees. You can get the ROE at the website

An ex resident of San Francisco now living in Idaho having her childhood home renovated and construction workers found a 120 year old casket under the house. The casket for a little girl. It had no identifying marks or name on the coffin. Apparently in the early 1900s, San Francisco officials ordered most large graveyards to exhume and relocate caskets to Colma. The woman who owns that home says she thinks one of those cemeteries accidentally left the girl’s coffin behind when they moved in the 1930s.

A new draft environmental impact report is up for the Central Coast Transfer Station. The Mendocino Solid Waste Management Authority is gathering public comments on the draft until June 24th. There’s a meeting set for June 16th at the Fort Bragg Town Hall. It’s not a joint meeting with the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors but they’re invited to attend. The revised report regarding replacing the solid waste transfer and disposal system that the county of Mendocino and the city of Fort Bragg own. It’s operated by Solid Waste of Willits and Empire Waste Management. The new station would be off Highway 20 in the Jackson Demonstration State Forest.

Major turnout already for the primary. A firm in LA that tracks voter trends says Californians are registering in huge numbers that they’ve not seen since the Reagan Revolution. The firm, Political Data says more than twice as many Californians have registered than in the same four-month period in 2012. They also say the new voters trend towards young and Democratic. Groups they say are more inspired by Bernie Sanders than Donald Trump. The firm says they usually see more voters for presidential elections, but usually in the summer or fall. The first quarter of the year had more than 850,000 new voters and 600,000 others re-registered. Plus almost 200,000 more Californians registered through Facebook just last Monday and Tuesday.

A giant wildfire already this spring. Fire officials say the fire in a rural and mostly agricultural section of the Central Coast. The fire burning near Soledad in Monterey County has charred almost 4,000 acres and is only 20 percent contained. So far no injuries reported and no homes or other structures are being threatened. The fire started last Sunday, burning 800 acres in the first two hours but exploded to almost 4,000 acres due to strong winds. Six air tankers and two choppers were working with 135 firefighters on the ground.

Unemployment down in Lake County as well as the state. The California Employment Development Department has released a new report on unemployment for April showing Lake County’s unemployment rate was 6.7 percent, down from a revised 7.3 percent in March and under the 7.5 percent from a year ago. This is the third consecutive month the county’s jobless rate was down. The statewide unemployment rate was 5.3 percent. Lake County’s rate was No. 32 out of California’s 58 counties in April. The lowest unemployment in Calif. was San Mateo County at 2.9 percent and Imperial had the highest, with 20.1 percent.

A small fire meant a generating tower at the world’s largest solar power plant so it was operating at just a third of its capacity. Firefighters had to climb up about 300 feet on a boiler tower at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in California. The plant uses mirrors focusing sunlight on boilers on three 459-foot tall towers. That apparently creates steam that drive turbines to produce electricity. There were some misaligned mirrors that moved the sunbeams to a different level which caused electrical cables to catch fire. A spokesman for plant operator NRG Energy says they’re investigating.

It won’t be until August for a lawsuit filed by a supporter of Bernie Sanders to extend California’s voter registration deadline before the June 7th primary. The lawyer in the case arguing the process for unaffiliated voters needing a presidential primary ballot, especially those for the Democratic primary, was confusing and many voters were left disenfranchised. He also says in his filing that at least two counties never notified some voters of their right to request a ballot to vote in the Democratic, Libertarian or American Independent Party contests.


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