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More fresh produce will become available for those in California under the healthy food incentive program Market Match. The Gov. Jerry Brown approved using federal matching funds to expand the program Market Match thru the Nutrition Incentives Act. So it means $5 million in state money will match federal dollars as part of the USDA’s Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive program, that’s twice as much for state residents using the program.

Savings Bank of Mendocino County is shutting down one of its locations due to an uptick in online banking. A spokesperson for the bank says they’re closing the location near Lucky in the Pear Tree shopping center by year’s end. The spokesperson says their tracking of that location and the one on E. Perkins St. in Ukiah get the least amount of traffic. The main branch, about a half mile away on North School Street and another on Airport Park Boulevard will stay open. Bank account numbers will stay the same without any interruption to their banking services.

A trio of new candidates looking to be new Willits City Council members. Incumbents Bruce Burton, who’s also the mayor and Council Member Madge Strong have filed candidacy papers and the new candidates are Bill Barksdale, the Willits Police Chief Gerry Gonzalez and Saprina Rodriguez. Incumbent Holly Madrigal is not running again after 12 years.

Measure V, approved in June, regarding the so-called Hack and Squirt practice is in limbo. The Willits News reports there are hints of lawsuits and demonstrations, the upcoming recertification and the wording of the ordinance may mean it’s not strong enough to hold. The Mendocino Redwood Company wrote a letter to the county CEO Carmel Angelo which showed up on the company’s website which some nonprofits picked up on. It says timber operations are exempt from public nuisance determinations under the California Civil Code. Apparently Angelo turned over the letter to county counsel.

Two sisters from Jenner, ages 4 and 7 have been killed after their mom lost control of their truck and crashed into the Russian River. The Press Democrat reports mom was driving the two to school on Highway 1 out of town when she crashed down a 40-foot embankment south of town and they sank. The two girls are identified as 4 year old Hailey and 6 year old Kaitlyn Markus. Their mom broke the driver’s side window, swam up for help. A commercial truck driver jumped in, and emergency responders came to the scene, the girl’s bodies found in their submerged pickup. Apparently the road was thick with fog and the roads, wet and slippery.

Police have arrested a man in Covelo in connection to a carjacking last week. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Dept. reports getting a call to the carjacking last Wednesday. They were contacted by the Round Valley Tribal Housing Security personnel who were called by the victims. They said their car was taken by force. Deputies checked the area and saw the stolen vehicle speeding by so they took chase. They saw two people exit the truck and id’d them from previous contacts as John Hoaglen and Iran Hoaglen. Deputies demanded they stop but they didn’t, running to a nearby home. The two got away but deputies finally caught up to them and arrested them for Carjacking, Parole Violations and Conspiracy and booked without bail.

A cabin at a resort in Kelseyville has burned down. Firefighters went to the fire at the Edgewater Resort yesterday morning and contained the fire to a small area, the resort cabin, a garage and a wood pile as it spread towards vegetation. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office broadcast a public warning and got some people at the resort and along Soda Bay Road to evacuate. Firefighters from Kelseyville, Lakeport and Cal Fire had the fire out quickly. They say it looked to have started in or near the wood pile in a 30-foot space between the cabin and the garage.

A doggie mayor wins re-election. Yep, the four-legged leader of Cormorant Township in Minnesota won his third one year term. 9 year old Great Pyrenees Duke is the honorary mayor, who was overwhelmingly re-elected at the Cormorant Daze Festival. Those attending could pay a dollar and cast a vote. The town population is 20, about 180 miles northwest of Minneapolis.

A man in Pennsylvania has been arrested after he chopped down a tree that hit an apartment building, condemning it. Raymond Mazzarella thought the sap from the tree next door was ruining his car so he cut it down, causing it to crash into the building he owns. That damaged the building so much those living there are now homeless. He’s arrested for reckless endangerment and aggravated assault for supposedly getting into an argument with a neighbor too. Since the tree wasn’t on his property, he broke a town code.

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