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A woman’s body found in the Clearlake Riviera. Police say they got a call from a man who reported finding the remains in a field. The Sheriff’s office went to the area and found the man who said he was out playing Pokemon Go near his house and saw the 84 year old woman’s body. The Sheriff’s office says there were not obvious signs of trauma. An autopsy is being done, the woman’s name has not been released.

Police in Fort Bragg say they’ve arrested a homeless man in connection to vandalism at a coffee shop. Police say they got a call to the Thanksgiving Coffee Company yesterday and found several car windshields smashed up along with a big window at the building. Cops say it didn’t look like the suspect was trying to break into the vehicles. Damage was pegged at about $3000.00. Police say there was a bunch more vandalism last week, similar in nature to the coffee company’s. Justin Smith was arrested after evidence was found linking him to the incident at the Thanksgiving Coffee Company. He’s charged with vandalism and held on a higher bail of $100,000.00.

The public’s invited for a conversation about Four Beetles Forest Health and Habitat Improvement Project on the Grindstone Ranger District. The community conversation to hear from the public about tree die offs in the Mendocino Forest. The meeting Tuesday, August 16th at the Red Bluff Community/Senior Center, 1500 South Jackson Street, Red Bluff from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. It’s the first of many meetings, more in Sept. to discuss forest health. For more info: (530) 934-1148

Assemblymember Jim Wood pushing his “Broadband Map Act” in the Senate Appropriations Committee. He says it builds on a program from 2006 with Governor Schwarzenegger, but Wood says most lawmakers found out about it this year. AB 1549 has 3 parts, requiring Caltrans to notify broadband providers of any roadwork capable of housing conduit for fiber cables, so they can do theirs at the same time. If there’s not a broadband provider who will put down the conduits then Caltrans would install a conduit for future use and finally, the bill requires the state to have a central mapping database showing where fiber networks exist already. The bill will move on after next week.

A man in Willits has been found dead. Deputies called to a remote address in Willits where they found 42 year old Bryan Hammon there. Police say the death appeared to be suspicious so detectives and criminalists were brought to the home. An autopsy was done Tuesday, with results pending. Detectives asking anyone who might have info to call them at 707-234-2100.

The Lakeport City Council’s passed an ordinance to regulate solicitation, making it part of the municipal code. The code to regulate solicitation in the city so residents are not bothered and so there’s a free and safe flow of pedestrian and vehicular traffic. The police chief says it will also deter fraud and other criminal behavior. Any religious or political activities are not part of the new ordinance. Anyone who’s out soliciting now has to have a permit, which is free. A link to a copy of the full ordinance can be found on our website, KWINE.COM

http://www.cityoflakeport.com/docs/907-(2016)-83201680358PM.pdf

2 new members have been appointed to the Russian River Flood Control and Water Conservation Improvement District Board of Trustees. This after the resignations of Judy Hatch and Richard Shoemaker. They’re replaced by a retiree of Pacific Bell, Will Carson and Matthew Froneberger, the General Manager of the Forestville Water District in Sonoma County. The GM of the board says they had 3 letters of interest to serve, but the third withdrew saying they thought the other 2 were better choices.

The November ballot is getting crowded. There are two marijuana tax proposals to be placed on the ballot after the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors said yes Tuesday. One known as the Heritage Initiative would repeal county marijuana ordinances in place and put new ones in place that are more comprehensive, which includes a higher plant count and larger growing areas. It asks voters if there should be a general tax implemented in unincorporated areas of the county for all commercial marijuana businesses, medical and recreational for 2.5 percent tax of gross receipts or 5% for commercial business.

The Lake County Board of Supervisors spending a good portion of this week’s meeting on a proposed marijuana cultivation ordinance. It was brought up by District 5 Supervisor and Chair Rob Brown who commented he was concerned about the Valley Fire rebuild as the immediate priority, not the pot growing ordinance. The Record Bee reports Brown’s argument supported by the Community Development Director, both concerned it would take staff time away to start enforcement. The board agreeing that money from permits could be used for that. They asked the Community Development Dept to create a budget and prepare another draft of the cultivation ordinance.

Millennials, those born since 1981, considered a major new voting bloc. A new report shows Republicans are losing the bloc, as less than 1 out of every 5 Millennial voters in California is registered as a Republican. But the report doesn’t show them running to vote Democrat either. Recent voter data shows Millennials are registering, but without a party affiliation. They also approve of the job the Legislature is doing, and are much more supportive of the direction the state is headed. Millennials are 29 percent of the state’s registered voters, just behind Baby Boomers who make up 32 percent. The info from Political Data, Inc.

PG& E trying to get more money out of customers. A trio of increases coming as the utility says it’s still way below the national average. The increases in power rates started Monday, then the gas bill increases will be later this month. The power rates up nearly 9 percent from the end of July. The utility says they’re using the money for advanced technology and infrastructure. The utility is trying to get higher rates as a result of three major cases filed with government regulatory agencies. The Public Utility Commission is considering a request for higher gas and electricity rates which could mean higher bills coming again in January.

California’s catching up to the drought. Urban residents were still going strong with their water conservation with a 21.5 percent cut in usage in June, compared with June 2013, the baseline year. The info released by the State Water Resources Control Board in Sacramento Tuesday. The board appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown had allowed a loosening of targeted conservation targets in May for 410 urban areas told to conserve last year during the 5 year drought.

5 women from Germany have been arrested in Spain after a flash mob had several dozen people running in the streets for fear there had been a shooting massacre. Agents were called to reports of shots fired in Platja D’Aro, but it was a bogus call. There was panic in the street though, people dashing from restaurants and bars Tuesday night after the mob pretended they were chasing a famous person.

A bear in New Mexico jumped aboard a garbage truck, traveling about 5 miles on top of the vehicle before jumping off onto a tree. A spokesperson with the Santa Fe National Forest says the driver was going to get a dumpster and heard a squeal and found the bear on top of the truck. A Forest Service Helicopter mechanic caught a photo of the bear where 30 Forest Service and National Park workers gathered to catch a glimpse. They helped the driver back up near a tree so the animal could escape.

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