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You might see some smoke in the air as another prescribed burn is planned on the Grindstone Ranger District. Fire managers are burning a 568-acre glade about five miles northwest of Elk Creek tomorrow. Managers say the burn, as always, depends on the weather. They say smoke might be visible from Interstate 5, Highway 162, Stonyford, Elk Creek and surrounding areas.

New wording for a proposed ordinance in Willits to keep tabs on vacant businesses. The Willits Revitalization and Economic Development Committee reworded part of the proposed ordinance to require property owners to register and maintain vacant commercial properties. The document will be considered by the full Willits City Council at its Oct. 26th meeting. As it’s written now, the ordinance says city officials consider abandoned and vacant buildings a blight in the city and discourages investment and is a fire and public health hazard which could also attract criminal activity.

Two people in Lake County accused of lying in court have been charged with perjury. The Perjury Investigation Unit of the District Attorney’s Office has been considering charges against Shannon Mick and Michael Alexander both from Live Oak, CA, for nearly a year. They say the pair lied in court and in written documents regarding the custody of the woman’s 3 year old son. The DA says the tot’s dad filed for custody after hearing about physical fighting and alcohol abuse by the mom and her boyfriend. Mom Shannon and boyfriend Michael filed papers in court under penalty of perjury the DA now says were bogus. The two are now facing several years in prison and are due back in court November 16th.

Need to brainstorm with another business… A new co-working space, Ukiah ShareSpace, has opened at the United Methodist Church on Bush St. It’s a spot for local entrepreneurs and freelancers who might not otherwise have space to work. It’s funded by the Economic Development & Financing Corporation of Ukiah after more than three years of planning. There are also benefits to sharing the space with tiered levels of membership.

3 people on the run after stealing marijuana at gunpoint from two other people who ended up arrested. Ukiah Police say they got a call Monday afternoon after somebody spotted a man hit the window of a car with a handgun before taking off. Cops say they found pieces of the gun on the ground. 19 year old Landon Thornton and 23 year old Mariah Crumrine told police they were trying to sell pot to the three people, they previously had not met, when they pulled a gun on them, took the weed and left. But, oops, the suspects locked their keys in their car, so they tried breaking a window. They were last seen running from the area, but Crumrine and Thornton were arrested for conspiracy and possession of marijuana for sale.

3 people injured in a crash on Highway 116 near Forestville which blocked the rural highway during rush hour. The CHP and fire officials on the scene yesterday morning before 7a, just north of Guerneville Road after the crash with a gravel truck, a sedan and an SUV. 3 people taken to the hospital and another treated on the scene. Both lanes of the highway were blocked for about 45 minutes while the patients were treated and taken away in ambulances.

Dogs at the Mendocino County Animal shelter are under quarantine after the death of a 2-year old dog from parvo. The Shelter Manager told the Daily Journal the dog that died was vaccinated for parvo and other diseases, but may have still somehow contracted the virus from one of three stray puppies. One of the puppies had died of the virus. All the dogs are confined to kennels until Oct. 26th and they’re not adopting dogs out. Cats can still be visited and adopted.

Once again the Lake County Board of Supervisors unanimously approves a continuation of the emergency proclamations related to wild fires. At their meeting this week, the board also received an update on the Clayton fire cleanup. The proclamations came from the Sheriff and the Public Health Officer. They have to continue to be filed per state law so they can be reimbursed for tree removal and other fire recovery projects for the Rocky, Jerusalem, and Valley Fires. The Clayton Fire did not get a proclamation.

Brooktrails community looks to be in good shape with water. The tiny town gets their water from two lakes, Ada Rose and Emily. The Township General Manager says even though one of the lakebeds is dry, there’s more than enough water. The town of 3,800 located about three miles west of Willits and 20 miles from Fort Bragg, used to be a vacation spot, but now there are year round residents.

The first of two public hearings to allow medical marijuana dispensaries in Ukiah is happening. The City Council has the meeting today after the Planning Commission gave the idea a thumps up last month. Vice-Mayor Jim Brown says he’s sure pot has a medical purpose and patients need a legitimate place they can trust in Ukiah to get their medicine. His comments as the Planning Commission voted 4-1 on the idea. The City Council’s ad-hoc committee has asked for a full council discussion of three topics, what the hours of operation would be, how far from youth-oriented facilities and if permit applicants needed to appear before the Planning Commission. The meeting at 6 p.m. in the City Council chambers.

photo Lesley Lotto
Remote News Service
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