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AT&T has announced upgrades to equipment in Northern Calif. The Director of External Affairs for AT&T appeared before the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors. Mark Blakeman explaining the work they did adds more “resiliency” to the existing fiber network with a redesign. The redesign means info will be transmitted in a circular route instead of point to point. He says the new system working thru the Clayton Fire proves the resiliency of the system. He says it’s possible now because there are more and more fiber systems being requested and installed by big customers like hospitals and schools.

A long haul transfer station in Fort Bragg is going to be a reality after more than 20 years of being without. At a joint meeting of the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors and the Fort Bragg City Council, the Environmental Impact Report was certified for the Central Coast Transfer Station, followed by a public hearing. The project to be outside of downtown Fort Bragg on 17-acres. The city’s been without since the Caspar landfill closed suddenly in 1992.

A meeting of medical marijuana entrepreneurs in the North Coast. State Regulators joined the businesses in Santa Rosa yesterday to brainstorm before regulations start in Calif. for medical pot businesses. The Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act is still being fleshed out. There are still no specific rules for cultivation, distribution, testing, quality assurance and more. More than 200 people at the meeting, the 3rd across the state, from Redding to San Diego. Voters also have the chance to legalize marijuana this November, for recreational use.

Lakeport police putting more time into a cold case from 1996. Steven Branston was reported missing in Lakeport in October of that year. He was last known to be in Honolulu that summer. Now the police department has teamed up with an internationally known Forensic Artist who drew some age progression images of Branston. The pictures show what Branston might look like today. He’d be 40 years old now. The police department says they hope the age progressed images can help generate leads to figure out where Branston might have disappeared to.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris is making strides with Latino voters against Rep. Loretta Sanchez in the state’s first all-Democratic U.S. Senate race. New polling shows Harris ahead 42 to 20 percent. The field poll with UC Berkeley’s Institute of Government Studies also showed 12 percent of respondents, mostly Republicans, saying they’re not going to bother voting in a race between two Democrats. Another 26 percent were undecided. The poll taken of 1,426 likely voters Sept. 7-13th.

UC Davis looks poised to be the location for the University of California Firearm Violence Research Center in Sacramento. University of California President Janet Napolitano made the announcement with Garen Wintemute, an ER doc and recognized authority on the epidemiology of firearm violence, as the head of the department. The new center being paid for with $5 million over the next five years from the state of California. Napolitano saying even though it’s located at UC Davis, she expects experts from other UC campuses to contribute to the effort.

A fundraiser for a Sacramento nonprofit for the homeless ended in a big brawl and the mayor getting pied in the face. The person police say chucked the pie at the Seeds of Hope fundraiser said he’d nail Mayor Kevin Johnson again. Sean Thompson was arrested and says he wanted to do something to symbolize and embarrass him. He says he did it because the mayor is not doing enough to help the homeless. The mayor apparently took Thompson to the ground after the pie hit him. Thompson quipped he bought the coconut cream pie so, in case he chickened out, he would at least eat it.

2 people have been arrested in Clearlake for possession of heroin, methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and illegal fireworks.
Cray Hall of Hidden Valley Lake and Krystal Peng of Clearlake were arrested Monday after police got a call to reports of people in a condemned home. They went to the home and found the two inside and arrested them. Police say they found several items inside the home and took the pair to jail for possession of heroin for sales, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of fireworks without a permit.

Testimony in the preliminary hearing for a man accused of punching another man who died, has begun. Charles Reynolds is accused of walking with Kenneth Fisher outside Boomer’s Saloon in Laytonville and for some reason sucker punching Fisher in the head. The judge said there was sufficient evidence to try Reynolds for felony assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury. Reynold’s lawyer argues a single hit shouldn’t bring those charges and Fisher’s family and friends wanted stiffer charges for the Aug. 28th death of Fisher. Reynolds had been arrested on suspicion of murder, but the Mendocino County District Attorney said later there wasn’t evidence to support that charge.

A young man from Covelo’s been arrested on suspicion of burglarizing several businesses. The Mendocino County sheriff’s office reports 22 year old Michael Freeman was held yesterday on suspicion of felony burglary, vandalism and a misdemeanor probation violation. They say they believe he’s connected to a burglary Tuesday at Round Valley Towing and when deputies went to check it out they noticed a couple of other nearby businesses were also burglarized or vandalized. Freeman picked up after surveillance videos connected him.

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