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The Lake County Long-Term Recovery Task Force has a new meeting scheduled related to the Clayton Fire. Next Wednesday, September 21st at Lower Lake Park at 5:30p.m. with Lake County’s 5th District Supervisor Rob Brown and County Administrative Officer Carol Huchingson. They’re encouraging fire survivors to come to the meeting, and say seating is limited. Meetings so fire survivors have a chance to share concerns and ask questions of members of the Task Force.

A man from Fort Bragg’s arrested after a Mendocino Transit Authority bus was being punched in Ukiah. Police report going out to the 200 block of North Orchard Avenue Wednesday morning on reports about a man hitting a bus. They say they knew him from other contacts and booked him into jail on suspicion of vandalism. They say when they tried to talk with him, he had trouble forming words. The bus driver says she was driving in the JC Penny parking lot and when she stopped, saying the guy’s behavior alarmed her. She said he was hitting and pulling on the front passenger double doors, trying to pry them open and damaged them.

Three people have been arrested after they were seen in a stolen car. Ukiah Police report being in the 2200 block of North State Street Tuesday seeing a silver Honda spray-painted looked to match the description of a car recently reported stolen. Officers went up to the parked car and as those inside started exiting the car, the driver and two passengers were detained. 26 year old Sarah Auclair of Willits was arrested on suspicion of possessing a stolen vehicle and stolen property. Her two passengers for drug charges and violating parole. All three were booked into Mendocino County Jail.

A man from Redwood Valley convicted of a fatal drunk driving incident got prison time. Jared Soinila agreed to a plea deal of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury, and inflicting great bodily injury for the February incident where he drove into oncoming traffic, killing an elderly man and seriously injured his wife. Soinila had minor injuries. Soinila got 6 years and has to serve 85% of the sentence before going up for parole.

The state reporting to the city of Ukiah it’s concerned about plans for a so-called “purple pipe” so reclaimed water from the Wastewater Treatment Plant could be used for irrigation. The money from the state includes almost $10 million in grants and a $25.5 million loan with 1-percent interest from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund. The city’s also applying for another $13 million in loans and $7 million in grants. But the Water and Sewer Director says he was told by state officials they’re concerned about moving forward because of a multi-million dollar lawsuit filed by the Ukiah Valley Sanitation District for unpaid sewer fees. The director says the state gave the city until the end of the year to clear the matter up.

The Mendocino County Assessor-Clerk-Recorder Susan Ranochak has updated the Board of Supervisors on management of the Elections Department. The 90 minute presentation after 3 residents accused the city of problems rapidly reporting election results to county residents. Three residents who were voter observers filed the complaint after working the June Primary. The residents complained over several weeks saying there were unwarranted restrictions on viewing ballot processing, a cavalier attitude of observers by Ranochak and other staffers and other unseemly behaviors. The county Executive Office is looking for short term solutions for observers and is asking for potential extra help for Ranochak if needed.

A teen in Carinthia, Austria, is suing her parents for their posting of more than 500-odd childhood photos on FB. She says it was without her consent. The now 18 year old says there was no shame and no limit and the pictures included her sitting on the toilet or lying naked in bed. She says she’s tired of her parents not taking her seriously even after repeated requests and their refusal to take the pix down. A trial date’s been set for November.

A unanimous decision by the Fort Bragg City Council for cleaner energy options by joining the Sonoma Clean Power Joint Powers Authority. The council has directed staff to draw up a resolution and an ordinance by the end of the month which they expect to be adopted in October. The Sonoma Clean Power CEO was at the council meeting this week with a presentation and answered questions before the decision was made. Service wouldn’t start for residents of the city until next June.

Quick work by several city employees and community members in Fort Bragg averting a catastrophe after a gasoline spill at the Chevron Station in the 800 block of South Main Street. One police officer who went there found a trail of spilled gas leaked from a big RV which was fueling up. The Fort Bragg Fire Department and City of Fort Bragg Public Works employees went to help with cleanup. And employees of the gas station spread absorbent powder and stopped the leak from getting into any storm drains or waterways. Apparently the motorhome driver didn’t notice they had a blown inner dual tire, damage to the vehicle’s fuel filling system.

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