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The search is on for several men who shot and robbed a Laytonville man at his home Tuesday morning. The Sheriff’s Office says the men barged into home in the 100 block of Mill Road around 6am by smashing a sliding glass door. The victim says there were between 3 and 5 of them and they demanded money and marijuana with some holding him at gunpoint while others ransacked the home. He says they pistol whipped him and then and shot in the arm while they searched and got away with about $7,000 in cash and several firearms. They apparently disabled both the victim’s phone and his car, so he went to a neighbor for help. The victim says the men were all between the ages of 18 and 30 and he did not know any of them.

Another step forward for a long-planned new wastewater system for Anderson Springs with the Lake County Board of Supervisors unanimously approving of a resolution to ask the state for some money to help. The county had already been looking into ways to build a wastewater system for the Anderson Springs when the Valley Fire hit in 2015 and destroyed most of the homes there. Lake County News reports that following that, State Senator Mike McGuire and then-Assemblyman Bill Dodd began to work on a way to pay for a wastewater system, calling it crucial to rebuilding the community. At their meeting last night the board approved a resolution presented by the Special Districts Administrator authorizing her to submit a funding agreement to the State Water Resources Control Board for about $7.4 million. The Special Districts Administrator told board that’s just one in a series of resolutions she’ll be bringing to them for the projected-total $10.5 million project, as she will also ask for money from the California Department of Housing and Community Development and the USDA.

More support for Fire Services is the current budget plan for Brooktrails Township. The Willits News reports on Saturday the board met and produced a preliminary 2017-18 budget for water, sewer, fire prevention and suppression, parks and recreation and administration for the district at a total of nearly $3 million. As it stands the fire department budget is about $130,000 for capital improvements for the next three fiscal years, including estimates for equipment such as a rapid response apparatus, protective personnel clothing, and breathing apparatus gear. While the budget still needs public meetings and more board meetings and likely won’t be done until later in the year, the current version includes slight increases water and sewer rates.

Cal OES has made a documentary film on California’s drought. On April 7 Governor Jerry Brown issued an executive order ending the drought emergency in all but a few counties, but that was more than two years after he first declared a state of drought emergency for the state which at that point was already headed into its fourth straight year of drought. The Cal OES Public Information Office made the film called “State of Urgency: Managing California’s Historical Drought” to show the massive combined effort it took to get Californians to change our behavior toward water as well as what they call the unprecedented level of cooperation between local, state, federal, private and non-governmental agencies to deal with the mounting problems caused by the drought.

There will be no sales at the Covelo Ranger District office of the Mendocino National Forest the week of April 17-21. The office will be open for visitor information but the public will not be able to buy forest maps, passes or permits for products like firewood. You can still get those services at the forest offices in Upper Lake, Willows and Stonyford and you can always get forest maps online at https://www.nationalforestmapstore.com/.

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