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Ukiah Natural Foods Co-op is giving out thousands in grants to local nonprofits. The Daily Journal reports, as part of the mission of supporting local farmers and increasing access to healthy food the Co-op is giving out more than $24,300 out of profit so the nonprofits can help improve nutrition in some way for county residents with education, agricultural investment or to help the needy. Every year the Co-op donates to nonprofits. This year those benefitting include a couple of homeless shelters, the Ukiah Unified School District, the Kiwanis Club and the Anderson Valley Senior Center among others.

Final approval is set for the Mendocino County Medical Cannabis Cultivation Regulation. The county’s Department of Agriculture is trying to hire people to help with the new program. They still have two openings for biologists for the cultivation permitting program after six months of trying to find people. Apparently finding housing is the holdup there. Once the ordinance gets final approval it should take effect in May. The Dept. says it’s struggling to fill key positions due to a low level of interest and the housing problem in Ukiah.

More info released on the murder of a man in Forestville. The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Dept. arrested Shaun Gallon, the victim, Shamus Gallon’s older brother, after a call by their mom that one was armed and the other shot. The Sheriff’s Dept. says Shaun shot at Shamus during a confrontation, but there had been no obvious conflict leading up to the shooting. They say the mom was home at the time but not in the same room with the men. She called for help as one son lay shot and the other took off, armed with a rifle. The elder brother was arrested in Guerneville, as we reported. Cops say they also found an AR‑15-style rifle with him. He’s in the Sonoma County Jail, with no bail. Deputies say Shaun had a long criminal history dating back to 2003.

An old empty rail car has been burned by fire near the Willits train depot. A security company that monitors the train tracks reported the fire over the weekend. Apparently the owner of the security company was patrolling the tracks, and he saw smoke near the depot. Firefighters were on the scene, but the rail car was gutted. The Press Democrat reports a Skunk Train employee told police she saw a group of boys who looked about high school age near the former Amtrak train Sunday morning, then she heard a loud bang.

Several fire code violations found in a building in Oakland that burned and killed three people. Apparently the building had just been inspected Friday and officials found three infractions, one, no fire extinguishers. There were also no smoke detectors in apartments or a working fire sprinkler system. This according to documents the city of Oakland released. Fire inspectors had ordered the owner to immediately take care of the violations. Then Monday, the fire broke out, three lower income residents died there. The building apparently shelter to about 80 recovering drug addicts and former homeless people. Four other people were injured.

A small dip in unemployment for Lake County. Lake Co News reports there was also strong job growth in some categories last month. The California Employment Development Department’s latest report shows Lake’s unemployment rate for February at 6.6%, a significant jump after 7.3 percent in January and a point lower than a year ago. The news site reports based on old data from the Employment Development Department, the unemployment rate was the lowest for February in more than a quarter century. San Mateo County had the lowest unemployment rate in the state again. And Colusa County was last on the list with a rate of 22.8 percent.

Clearlake is going to start dumping abandoned vehicles. It’s been an issue for some time and the Acting Police Chief says their officers and Code Enforcement officers are tagging then towing vehicles they believe to be abandoned. Their removal costs money which is made possible thru the state from DMV car registration fees. The Abandoned Vehicle Authority is part of the Lake County Board of Supervisors and city council members from the cities of Clearlake and Lakeport. The issue finally gets heat after fees from the state come in after a misinterpretation of the law regarding abandoned vehicle fees.

A community town hall is set with Congressman Mike Thompson in Kelseyville. The town hall this Saturday, April 1st, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Kelseyville High School’s Tom Aiken Student Center on Main St. Anyone with questions for the Congressman or if those who want to hear about the happenings in D-C, are invited. Thompson to cover a variety of issues which may include health care, national security and tax reform. Thompson will also host his annual ravioli dinner later in the day… for those interested in the town hall, call Thompson’s office or visit his website to RSVP.

Low interest federal disaster loans now available after the winter storms but, due to drought. The loans for small nonfarm businesses in 26 California counties. The Small Business Administration loans approved after the approval of a disaster declaration last week. The SBA’s Disaster Field Operations Center Director says the loans are meant to offset economic loss due to reduced revenue caused by the drought in counties including Colusa, Contra Costa, Lake, Mendocino, Sacramento, and Yolo. This is for those who’ve suffered agricultural production losses due to the disaster or those directly impacted by the drought. The deadline to apply is Nov. 22nd.

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