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More than 102 million trees are dead thanks to the California drought. The U-S Forest Service’s latest aerial survey showed 36 million more trees have died off since May, with a 100 percent increase since a year before. The U-S Agriculture Secretary says the dead or dying trees mean a higher risk for wildfires and difficulty when it comes to fighting the fires. It’s been five years of drought in the state and a record low mountain snowpack combined with warm temperatures. The Gov. Jerry Brown has put together a task force to come up with methods for taking the trees down which are a threat to motorists and communities.

Discussion planned on Anderson Springs, which was seriously damaged by the Valley Fire. The Board of Supervisors is taking up a proposal on Anderson Springs at their Thanksgiving week meeting tomorrow. They’ll hear from the Community Development Director on a resolution on the rebuild at Anderson Springs. More than 180 structures on 130 parcels were hit by the fire and either totally destroyed or damaged in September 2015. The director says each of the lots has different issues so they’ve come up with a comprehensive guide on how to move forward.

A composite sketch of a man the Lakeport Police Dept. says may be responsible for a robbery at a grocery store has been released to the public. Cops say it happened around lunchtime yesterday at Bruno’s Shop Smart. A man walked in and approached the customer service counter and showed a gun then demanded money and ran off. Lakeport Police’s sketch artist came up with the drawing, which you can see at Lake Co News dot com. He’s described as a white man with a brown mustache, in his 30’s or 40’s about 5 foot, 10, 220 to 240 pounds. Cops say he was wearing a blue beanie with yellow writing on it, black mirrored sunglasses, a black canvas jacket, brown button up collared shirt, blue utility jeans and brown work boots. They also say to consider him armed and dangerous.

The first buy of land has been completed by the Lake County Land Trust in the Big Valley Wetlands preservation area. The 34-acre shoreline and inland wetland purchased from George and Lisa Melo last month. The Land Trust saying it’s hoped it will be a way to protect the last big piece of wetland/riparian habitats across from Clear Lake. It goes from Clear Lake State Park, west to Lakeport and features habitat lands with lakeshore vegetation and mature oaks used by a variety of species. The Land Trust also owns the Rodman Preserve near Nice and the Rabbit Hill chaparral preserve in Middletown, plus there are conservation easements on three privately owned parcels too.

One person is dead and another injured after a small plane crashed into a home in the San Francisco Bay Area. The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Dept. says they got a call to Moss Beach near the Half Moon Bay Airport Friday morning to the crash that had two people on board. The FAA is investigating.

Five teenage girls have been arrested in Oakland for several robberies. Police say the girls ages 14, 15 and 16 may be connected to as many as 20 strong-arm robberies or attempted robberies. Apparently the girls would go after women walking alone, one of which reported being punched in the face. Others say they fell to the ground as they struggled to hang on to their stuff. The five girls admitted they were involved in the heists, saying they wanted to get money. Cops say they started about a week and a half ago, with around 10 of the crimes happening last Monday, mostly near BART stations. They face charges of robbery and possession of stolen property.

A man from Cloverdale has been cited after a gun goes off while he’s struggling with a teenager. Police say it started when the 17 year old boy confronted the man, Derrick Brandt, thinking Brandt had vandalized his truck. But Brandt told the kid to leave and when he said no, he got out a semiautomatic pistol. The two started shoving each other and the gun went off, into the air. The teen ran off, no one was hurt. Brandt got a ticket and has to go to court next month.

A woman in a headscarf says after a recent hike she found her car was vandalized and burglarized, plus there was a note left behind with colorful language which we cannot repeat on the radio. The woman hiking Mission Peak Regional Preserve last Monday. Nicki Pancholy of Milpitas says she was wearing a bandana around her head as sun protection and that she’s not Muslim. She says she was shocked but that immediate forgiveness washed over her and she started to pray for the suspected vandal. Her purse was taken while she was climbing. She’s climbing the peak every day for 65 days to fight for world peace.

New guidelines have been agreed to by the University of California for sexual harassment for its governing board. The new rules after a tape revealing a regent asking a female employee if he could hold her breasts went viral. Media mogul Norman Pattiz the regent accused in the tape. He also voted for the new standards that were unanimously approved last Thursday during a two-day UC Board of Regents meeting in San Francisco. A community member in the public gallery heckled him, shouting “Pervert!”. Now that the rules are passed it means all regents have to take the university’s sexual harassment prevention training program. Employees at the UC’s 10 campuses also have to.

The old Los Angeles Clippers owner decides to toss his lawsuit against the NBA, his wife and others who he had claimed conspired to illegally sell the team for $2 billion. Donald Sterling’s lawyer says they filed to have the federal appeals case dismissed after a settlement was reached, which they’ve not divulged. Sterling had been banned from the NBA for life a couple years ago after racist remarks he supposedly made were made public.

The City of Ukiah in a holding pattern waiting to see if the Ukiah Valley Sanitation District will enter mediation in the lawsuit against the city. The district’s board of directors met last Thursday with some residents there asking for them to entirely drop the suit. The board gave 10 minutes for public comment. The City’s asking for settlement negotiations as quickly as possible and apparently the Sanitation District agreed to negotiate, but they want the talks to be private and they want city representatives to sign a confidentiality agreement.

An extension’s been offered by the SBA for Clayton fire survivors for low-interest loans for rebuilding homes. The Small Business Administration had a Nov. 7th deadline, but now it’s today instead. The loans are for homeowners, business owners and nonprofits. Businesses and nonprofits can get up to $2 million for repairs or replacement of damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and other assets, or for improvements, Residents can get up to $200,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, or homeowners and renters can get up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property. For more info, visit: .

2 men who were found guilty for a 2011 shooting in Clearlake where a child was killed and several people injured, get a modified sentence. The two still won’t get out of prison alive after the Lake County Superior Court gave Paul Braden and Orlando Lopez Jr. nearly 250 years instead of 300 plus. State law required the amended sentences. The two convicted for shooting into a crowd at an apartment in Clearlake. 4-year-old Skyler Rapp was killed and five others were injured, including his mom and her boyfriend.

A katana sword reported missing from a card shop in Anchorage has been returned. Someone dressed as a Ninja was accused of ripping off BOSCO’S Comic, Cards & Games. Someone bought the sword off the thief and brought it back into the shop after finding out it was stolen. An employee at the store called police. Nobody’s been arrested. The sword was slightly damaged.

A man in New Jersey has been arrested for getting more than 300 toll violations and not paying. They added up to more than $20,000. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey reports James Clicerio, of Old Bridge, New Jersey was pulled over after an officer found he had five EZ Pass accounts and 323 violations worth almost $21,000. He faces larceny and obstructing governmental administration charges.


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