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The Lake County Sheriff’s office has contracted with counselors to work on processing emotions. The Sheriff Brian Martin says the loss of Deputy Jake Steely and after the Valley Fire have been difficult and told the board of supervisors they process emotions like all other humans. Last November they started working with the Counseling Team International for peer counseling training for more than 2 dozen deputies. The work teaches them to get in touch with symptoms and help co-workers who have a hard time processing emotions. The Record Bee reports local charities and businesses contributed funds to help pay for the program.

Free and reduced meals for kids in the Upper Lake Unified School District. The district is making meals available thru the National School Lunch Program and/or School Breakfast Program. The schools in the district take household size and income into account for free, reduced-price or full-price meal benefits. Applications are being sent to homes in the area with a letter showing who is eligible. You can also get an application from the principal’s office at their school.

There may soon be a new way to rank Calif. schools. A plan from the California State Board of Education after they met in Sacramento and considered giving schools numbers based on test scores, from 200 to 1,000 and color coding. The Academic Performance Index was tabled last year for other ways to rate the quality of a school like thru student attendance, English proficiency, dropout rates and access to college-level classes for high schoolers. The new way to score schools part of the Every Student Succeeds Act.

A bulldozer operator working the fire in Monterey County has been killed. The Soberanes Fire has charred more than 27 thousand acres. Robert Reagan of Friant died when his dozer rolled near part of the fire. He was one of more than 3,000 firefighters, but a private contractor working the fire. More than 30 homes have been destroyed and another 1,000 were threatened. The fire started a week ago south of Garrapata State Park.

There are still several dead trees and other woody debris left behind after the Valley Fire still needing to be removed. The property owners need to get the dead wood out before they can start to rebuild. Disposal a little difficult at the moment as burning is not allowed. It’s considered increased fuel which could heighten fire danger. The Lake County Resource Conservation District is working with the Lake County Air Quality Management District, offering chipping of brush, branches and tree trunks on small parcels in the Valley Fire Recovery Area. It’s a free service for small parcel owners in the fire area. For more info, call 707 262-7089.

An elderly man from Clearlake’s accused of shooting his girlfriend’s son to death during an altercation. 82 year old Johnny Stevenson has been questioned in the death of 33 year old Stephen Wooldridge who had one gunshot wound to the chest. He died at St. Helena Clearlake Hospital. The Press Democrat reports the shooting happened after a conflict between Wooldridge and his mom. Her name has not been released. Apparently there was a fight on the phone then Wooldridge went to his mom’s home where he was shot. Police say he threatened Stevenson who armed himself…

A transfer of territory means Mendocino College can stay on the coast in Fort Bragg. The California Community Colleges Board of Governors which sets policy for the 72 districts said yes to the proposed transfer of territory from Redwoods Community College District (RCCD) to the Mendocino-Lake Community College District (MLCCD) last week. The board of trustees for both of the districts said yes to the proposal from last year.

The Fort Bragg City Council says yes to a cannabis manufacturing ordinance, directing staff to draft the language. The council will revisit the ordinance in the next couple of months. If it goes thru, that means the ordinance could go into effect by the end of this year or in early 2017. It aims to regulate pot manufacturing businesses in industrial zoning districts with an approved use permit. Last month the Public Safety Committee looked at a number of different policy options and made several recommendations to the Council regarding the ordinance.

The Oregon State Fair will have a new featured crop… pot. The Oregonian reports ( ) there are different prizes for fruits, and this year weed will also be displayed and judged by a panel of growers. The Oregon Cannabis Business Council is the sponsor. There will be 9 plants on display in a greenhouse and it will be monitored by a security guard. You’ve got to be 21 years old to enter. The fair runs Aug. 26 through Sept. 5.

A couple of circus acrobats got married, on a tightrope while performing in Houston. Mustafa Danguir (moo-STAH’-fuh dan-GWEER’) and Anna Lebedeva (AHN’-yuh leb-uh-DAY’-vuh) tied the knot 30 feet above the ground during the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey show at NRG Stadium. The groom wore a white tuxedo coat and came in on a camel then climbed a side ladder to get to the tightrope. His bride rode in on a horse then the ringmaster presided as they exchanged vows and rings.

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