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A demand for a ride home brings a new taxi service to Willits. A flyer posted on Facebook shows Redwood Taxi Service, which has also used the name Hey Taxi in Ukiah, is now in Willits. The flyer says they’re operating 24/7 for about $8 for an average fare to downtown, Brooktrails and East Valley. They will also travel outside city limits.

A couple of North Coast lawmakers are appointed to head the Senate Select Committee for the Wine Industry. Senator Mike McGuire of Healdsburg and Senator Bill Dodd of Napa will co-chair the committee that includes lawmakers of both parties to will oversee issues of concern to California’s wine industry. Apparently 90 percent of all wine produced in the United States comes from California which has a yearly economic impact of over $57 billion for Calif. plus it creates 325,000 jobs.

Cleanup after the Valley Fire is still happening at Hoberg’s. The resort was burned to the ground during the Sept. 2015 fire. The Record Bee reports the Hoberg’s Historical Association agreed to a Gate Fee Charge Account with the county for the debris and waste that needed to be taken from the property in Cobb. The agreement with the Eastlake Sanitary landfill (ESL) for about 5,000 tons of waste left after the fire. About a fifth of that has been taken out. Apparently there’s still quite a bit of wood waste and tree debris along with building debris removal still happening. There had been asbestos in some of the burned buildings too.

A school bus from the Ukiah Unified School District has been in a crash. The bus accident Monday afternoon as the school bus was at a complete stop Tomki Road at Fisher Lake Road. Police say the driver Franklin Elder was stopped when James Gowan of Redwood Valley, pulled behind. Police say the bus started to back up and Gowan went around the bus and the two vehicles crashed. They then stopped, blocking one lane. The CHP says neither the two drivers or the students were injured.

Fast chargers coming to the North Coast into the Oregon border for electric vehicles. Grants from the California Energy Commission are paying for the new charging sites off Highway 101. A partnership between ChargePoint and the Mendocino Council of Governments and the Redwood Coast Energy Authority makes the chargers a reality. ChargePoint will put in chargers at six locations in Humboldt and Del Norte counties, three in Mendocino County and two in northern Sonoma County. The longest distance between chargers would be 57 miles.

Lake County staff working on the new public defender partnership. The Board of Supervisors changed the company staff had recommended though. Instead of working with Ahart out of Shasta County, as we reported, staff will start negotiating instead with Lake Indigent Defense. Ahart had the lowest bid at $1.3 million, $20,000 less than Lake Indigent. Lake Indigent is also offering twice as many attorneys to work for the County. There was another bid of more than $1.4 million which was turned down. The last day of the contract for the last public defender service provider is May 6th.

Senators Mike McGuire and Scott Wiener’s Presidential Tax Transparency & Accountability Act has been approved…

The bill means a Presidential candidate must share basic tax information with the public. It also requires they put up the last five years of their returns so they can even be put on the California ballot. McGuire says transparency is a nonpartisan issue.

A man in Forestville accused of the murder of his younger brother has been formally charged. Shaun Gallon in court yesterday, arraigned on murder and weapons charges for the murder of bother Shamus. Their mother, apparently there at the time of the shooting, but in another room of her home, called it in. Police say the elder Gallon had done time for shooting an arrow at two men and a list of other crimes too. He was arrested after the automatic rifle shooting death of his brother last weekend. He’s charged with the murder and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The Fort Bragg Grange or Guild is closed. Apparently members of the guild showed up Monday night to find the locks on the building changed and the doors bolted closed from inside. Some broke in saying the property was theirs, but the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office sent deputies out. No arrests happened and the ownership may have to be hashed out in court. The larger organization across the country, The National Grange lobbies for agricultural interests and rural families. The guild was a spin off or breakaway of the National group.

The Oakland Raiders are moving to Vegas and the owner of the team says he’s got another business venture up his sleeve. Dennis Hof says he’s planning a Raiders themed brothel. As you may know, brothels are legal in many parts of Nevada. Hof apparently already owns six there. The new venture to be called Pirate’s Booty, with a grand opening set in 2020. That’s about the same time the Raiders move to Vegas and into their new stadium.

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