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Mendocino County’s Transportation plans for the next twenty years will get a public vetting over the next month. The Mendocino Council of Governments is holding a series of meetings on the Active Transportation Plan and the Regional Transportation Plan. The two plans will identify needs and projects including bike, pedestrian, roads, rail and transit. The first meeting is in Fort Bragg on Monday at the Town Hall. The first in Ukiah is October 24th at the Farm Advisors Conference Room.

The California Highway Patrol is adding an education component to its Click-it-or-Ticket campaign. The CHP has obtained grant funding to teach drivers about the importance of buckling up, especially children. The new year will see a new law that requires all children under two, to ride in a rear facing child safety seat. The California Occupant Restraint Education – or CORE – will focus on getting everyone to buckle up with a focus on kids under 8. According to Federal Stats, safety seats reduce the risk of fatal injury by around 70 percent.

Both Absentee and Sample Ballots have gone out for the Presidential General Election for Nov. 8th. The Mendocino County Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder Susan Ranochak says you can also go pick those up at the County Administration Building on Low Gap Road, Ukiah. If you don’t receive yours by Wednesday, October 19th, you can also head on over to the office. Ranochak reminding voters the last day applications can be received for the Absentees is Nov. 1st. If you’re interested in observing the Vote By Mail process, she says the office usually starts to get ballots back the week after they’re mailed.

The California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is all for legalizing pot, but says he’s never tried it. Newsom, who’s running for Governor in 2018 says he’s not pro-marijuana, he’s vehemently anti-prohibition. He’s one of the major backers of Prop. 64, the state ballot initiative to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. Newsom talking to the Press Democrat editorial board where the paper says he spent more than hour talking weed legalization. The paper says the measure looks like it’ll most likely pass next month.

Those inside a car that went off a cliff in Hopland lucky to be alive. Cal Fire reports the car went off the cliff yesterday on a steep, winding route through mountains between Mendocino and Lake counties, going down hundreds of feet into a ravine and catching fire. The crash on Highway 175, about eight miles off the junction with the 101 and about a mile out of Lake County. The driver plucked from the ravine by a CHP helicopter then taken to a hospital in Santa Rosa. Someone apparently witnessed the crash and called 911. The car caught fire with ammunition inside, then started to explode. The CHP says there might have been 2 people inside.

3 boys at a Santa Rosa middle school have been arrested after an attack on an 18 year old man outside a City Council forum that had just finished. Police say it might have been gang related and the 18-year-old man was stabbed multiple times. The three teens, all from Santa Rosa, a 14-year-old and two 15-year-olds, were taken to juvenile hall Saturday night and booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon causing great bodily injury and gang charges.

A police department in Dartmouth, Massachusetts gets proactive against the scary clown craze. The police department put out a PSA where a cop goes to a woman and asks if she’s the one reporting a suspicious person, saying someone popped out of the woods scaring her daughter. The officer finds a man, dressed as a clown and asks if he’s the clown scaring kids and the man is then strong armed by a car filled with cops. Police department says they’re taking a zero-tolerance stance regarding the recent clown craze plaguing the nation.

The son of late reggae singer Bob Marley’s a pot entrepreneur. Damian Marley says he wants to turn a deserted prison in Coalinga into a pot manufacturing plant. Marley’s looking to bring jobs back to the economically depressed town. The Guardian newspaper reports Marley is partnering with Ocean Grown Extracts to revitalize the town thru jobs at the old prison which was once the main place to get a job in the tiny town.

The City of Willits is having several public workshops to gather information to develop their commercial cannabis policy. The first of several meetings is next Tuesday from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., at City Hall in Council Chambers. A working group made up of Councilmembers and City staff will listen to comments to get the plan together which will end in a policy recommendation to the full City Council for their consideration.

In the first of many prescribed burns in the Mendocino National Forest, fire managers get ready for two prescribed fires. Next Wednesday, look out for crews on the Upper Lake Ranger District where they’re igniting about 80 acres dubbed the Howard Mill underburn project. The other on the Grindstone Ranger District, where crews will burn about 66 acres of the Alder Springs underburn project. The Howard Mill fire between Lake Pillsbury and Upper Lake near Elk Mountain and the Alder Springs prescribed fire is 16 miles from Elk Creek.

Congressman John Garamendi’s been in Lower Lake to see damage from the Clayton fire. The Congressman with Lake County Supervisor Rob Brown, talking response and cleanup. Garamendi also talked about ways to help rural communities like Lake County to get even more support from FEMA. The Clayton fire never got a disaster declaration so it’s likely federal dollars won’t pour in to help. The fire destroyed about 200 structures. Garamendi says however, that seeing the devastation up close may be helpful in swaying his colleagues in Congress that disaster relief reform is needed.

A little something extra in the Buffalo Wild Wings dinner for Packers player Jared Cook. Cook tweeted a photo with the background of a Wild Wings place mat, showing what looks to be a severed chicken head he says he got with his order last week. His pic, accompanied by the words, “tongue, eyes, and beak all present”. Then tweeted again… “with extra seasoning.”

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