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Trash pickup and general cleanup at Ukiah High and Frank Zeek Elementary to rid the schools of their cockroach problem. Volunteers led by our own Mary Chadwick, working at the schools Saturday, picking up trash to help eradicate the long-running infestation of cockroaches. The school district Superintendent says they’re hiring two more custodians and are putting in 50 new trash cans too. The school district also says it’s open to ideas from the public to get rid of the pests.

Former Raiders and USC quarterback Todd Marinovich has been arrested after being found naked with methamphetamine in a stranger’s backyard. Irvine police say they got a call to a man without clothes wandering along a hiking trail. Then Marinovich was arrested on suspicion of trespassing; possession of a controlled substance; possession of drug paraphernalia; and possession of marijuana. It’s not the former baller’s first run in with the law. He admitted he was growing weed and had illegal prescription meds in the late 1990’s. And again in 2000 for heroin possession. And before this last arrest, there were arrests in 2005 and 2007.

A couple of men from Sonoma have been arrested for looting bulldozers that were being used by firefighters in the Clayton Fire. 22 others were also arrested for being in emergency evacuation zones during the fire. The pair arrested were seen looting Forest Service bulldozers parked at the Eastlake Landfill outside of Clearlake. Police in Clearlake say several items were reported stolen off the dozers, including an emergency fire shelter, a chainsaw and a handheld GPS device. Larry Hunter and Paul Albini arrested on suspicion of grand theft and possession of methamphetamine.

Survivors of the Clayton Fire are getting a helping hand. The Lake County Fire Protection District and Red Cross volunteers are giving out cleaning, hygiene and comfort items for the hardest-hit neighborhoods after the evacuation orders are totally lifted. Lake County Fire also set up distribution points starting yesterday from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Any Red Cross shelters in use providing those staying there with food, water, showers, health services, emotional support and other support resources. They have one on one meetings for survivors with caseworkers. For more info, (866) 272-2237

An early morning fire in Lucerne meant quick evacuations and 40 acres charred. The fire yesterday first reported on Highway 20 near Rosemont Drive around midnight. Northshore Fire brought in Cal Fire and other districts and deputies evacuated about 15 homes. Lake Co News reports the fire’s forward progress was stopped around 2am. P-G –and-E says about 1750 customers lost power but most had it back by 6am. Firefighters worked on hot spots until late in the morning.

One person has been confirmed dead after a fire at a Lakeport senior living facility. The two-story building on Bevins Street caught fire around 530pm Sunday. The Press Democrat reports many people in the building had medical issues and were difficult for fire fighters to get out, including some who had to be evacuated from second story windows down ladders. The woman who died had already been evacuated but for an unknown reason went back inside. Her body was found in an elevator. Fire officials say the fire started in a first floor apartment but was not considered suspicious.

Lake County’s Long-Term Recovery Task Force has a meeting set up to discuss the Clayton Fire. It’s Weds at 6:00 pm at the Lower Lake High School Gym. Lake County Administrative Officer, Carol Huchingson and 5th District Supervisor Rob Brown are co-coordinating the Clayton Fire Recovery effort for the County of Lake. Task Force meetings are initially scheduled bi-weekly and will continue during the Clayton Fire cleanup effort. The public is welcome to attend and hear recovery updates first-hand and ask questions. The meeting will also be broadcast live on the Lake County OES Facebook Page.

A new committee has formed opposing Mendocino’s Measure AF, also known as the Mendocino Heritage Act. Up for a vote on the ballot this November, the measure proposes the repeal of some sections of the County Code relating to Medical Marijuana cultivation, honing in on it as an agricultural product with state-given protections. The new “No on Measure AF Committee” calls it an attempt to circumvent County rule making and claims it would inundate the area with growers and make it harder for law and environmental officials to keep up.

A special meeting’s been called regarding the Clayton Fire and plans for the Dollar General Store in Middletown. The Middletown Area Town Hall or MATH is meeting tonight at 7 p.m. at the Middletown Community Center. They will take up discussion on those affected by the Clayton fire, which torched almost 4,000 acres and burned 300 structures. They’re also considering the proposed design for the facade for a new Dollar General store. The 9,100 square foot store is planned for 20900 State Highway 29. The Lake County Planning Commission said no to the project but there was an override by the Board of Supervisors.

The proposed excise tax in Humboldt County for medical marijuana farms is not smooth sailing. Several farmers against the tax model saying it’s too early and partial to larger farms. While others say they’re ready to pay taxes and bring in money for county schools, roads and mental health services. The Humboldt County Cannabis Chamber of Commerce says the way the tax measure has been drafted, quote, “misses the mark” on funding goals. The tax is expected to bring the city $7 million a year thru a $1 to up to $3 fixed-rate taxes for every square foot of medical cannabis cultivation.

A state fish and wildlife warden shot at as he tried stopping illegal “spotlight” hunting in Humboldt County. The officer not hit. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife officer tried stopping people in a car he caught using a spotlight to freeze an animal in its tracks before shooting. It happened on a road southeast of Fortuna and Eureka. The warden says those in the car fired at him when he tried to stop them so he chased them, calling for backup. The car crashed into a tree and the people inside jumped out and ran. The warden waited for help before pursuing the group. They’ve so far, not been found.

It helps to be famous, when Siri pronounces your name wrong. Case in point… Barbra Streisand called the head of Apple to ask that Siri learn to say her last name the right way. She says the second syllable is “Streisand with a soft S, like sand not the “Z” sound. (Like Lesley, not LEZZZZley ;)) Streisand gets the change with the next IOS update. For the rest of us, simply tell Siri, you’d like her to change the way she pronounces your name…

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