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A lot of forward progress on the Clayton Fire. The fire holding at just under 4,000 acres. Nearly 270 structures destroyed, 175 are homes. 8 Commercial structures and 85 others like sheds or outbuildings. Damage inspection teams are still out surveying the area. That means the number of structures damaged or destroyed may rise. The Evacuation Order for the area accessed by Spruce Grove Road was lifted yesterday afternoon. 316 structures are still threatened.

The Middletown Rancheria Tribal Council is cancelling an event at the Twin Pine Casino & Hotel due to the Clayton Fire. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy was supposed to perform tomorrow night, but evacuees and fire survivors are at the hotel with help from the Red Cross. The Tribe has been closely involved in disaster relief. The Tribal Council Chair for the Middletown Rancheria says it was an easy and heartfelt decision that the community always comes first. The tribe saying they weren’t willing to displace community members to host a concert. Ticketholders can visit for more information on reimbursement.

Mendocino Cannabis Resource(MCR) working with Green Rush Consulting (GRC) has a half day workshop coming up for small cannabis based businesses in Northern California. They say it’s to educate and empower small business owners. So a week from Wednesday, August 31st from 12:00 – 5:00 pm at Little Lake Grange in Willits. They will cover topics like: business plan development, operations, branding and marketing and the state license application process.

The new Ukiah courthouse is on hold. The reasons, financial. A projected shortfall of money for courthouse construction projects. So the Judicial Council of California (JCC) Court Facilities Advisory Committee (CFAC) voted for nearly 2 dozen judicial branch courthouse construction projects, including the new Ukiah Courthouse being grouped in categories to see if any can proceed. They’re noted in 4 categories, "Currently Under Construction", "Acquisitions", "Ongoing Design Work", and "2016/17 Construction Awards". Ukiah is in the acquisition phase, then hold. A new Lakeport courthouse has a recommended restart after budget review.

A man in Fort Bragg has been arrested after police get a call to a campsite where the woman claimed she was kidnapped. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office got a call Monday to the 17900 block of Highway 1. The victim ran from the man and started hitchhiking. A California State Parks Ranger responded and contacted the victim and suspect, later identified as Randall Hagaman. Police say they came to find the victim was not kidnapped, but there was an argument with the suspect who the woman had a restraining order against. He was arrested for the violation of the restraining order and for having a firearm in his vehicle. He was held in the Mendocino County Jail with bail set at $25,000.00

A man recovering from a stabbing during a domestic dispute in Potter Valley. Sheriff’s Deputies told the victim walked to another house. They spoke to the guy who said he had a fight with his wife. They say he was bleeding from what looked like a stab wound to his left shoulder blade area. He says while arguing with his wife, he was stabbed and that she was holding their small child. He was taken to the hospital for treatment. The wife arrested for domestic violence and assault with a deadly weapon. Marin and Mendocino County Child Protective Services responded to care for their young child.

A man in Talmage has been arrested after police get a call about a burglary. Police say they got a hold of a video surveillance of the suspect in action. Jarrett Williams already had an arrest warrant in Mendocino County for burglary and they say he was a suspect in multiple burglaries in the City of Ukiah. Williams was arrested near Finley for the outstanding burglary warrant. Lake County Deputies also arrested him for burglaries in Lake County. Items in his car were linked to many area burglaries. Charges include several counts of residential burglary, commercial burglary, grand theft auto, and possession of stolen property.

Donations being accepted by Redwood Credit Union for those affected by the Clayton Fire. Secure donations can be made online at or any North Bay and San Francisco location. The money goes directly to victims. The credit union also reminding the public they have special loan and financial assistance programs for anyone directly impacted by the fires.

The man from Clearlake accused of starting the Clayton fire has been formally charged. Damin Pashilk has been charged with 15 felony counts of arson, including the Clayton fire and 11 other fires cops say he set since July last year. The Clayton fire is the biggest one. It started last Saturday, and burned 4,000 acres, decimating the Lower Lake area. He has not entered a plea and is held in the Lake County Jail on $5 million bail.

A new gym coming to Ukiah. The Planning Commission says yes to Crossfit Firefly which takes over the space that used to house a nail salon. The staff report put together for last week’s meeting shows the owners are going to put in another floor and 5,750 square feet. They will plant trees, pave the parking lot, install a new building façade, landscaping and sidewalk improvements.

Habitat for Humanity Lake County loses their office in the Clayton Fire but says they’ll be back up and running soon. They need to get a new office space, and contributions. Donations being accepted thru Paypal by visiting or contact Savings Bank of Mendocino at (707) 462-6613.

Beefed up police patrols in the Clayton fire area while residents are evacuated, and there’s been some arrests. The Sheriff Brian Martin declared a local emergency Sunday and asked for backup from regional departments. Saturation patrols started quickly. The same goes for the city of Clearlake. They also asked for more help and local agencies responded to assist. Lakeport Police, the California Highway Patrol, the sheriff’s office, State Parks and Lake County District Attorney’s Office all sent personnel for 24/7 patrols in the part of the Avenues section ordered to evacuate.


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