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The winter shelter in Ukiah is closed. The Inland Valley Emergency Shelter on South State Street closed last weekend sending nearly 4 dozen people onto the streets. That according to the operations supervisor who tells the Daily Journal, the 44 turned out had nowhere else to go. He says they tried to find a place for them, but had no luck. Apparently there is just no housing available in Mendocino County for those who have housing vouchers. An ER doctor also told the newspaper that the emergency winter shelter meant less homeless patients at Ukiah Valley Medical Center.

A proposed equestrian park in Lakeport is being moved after the City Council unanimously supports the change. Lake Co News reports the park was planned at Westside Community Park but a committee for the park asked to move the equestrian park instead to a 10-acre piece of land owned by the City of Lakeport Municipal Sewer District on Highway 175 because the other location wasn’t big enough. The Westside Community Park Committee is working on the development of the 55-acre park for the city. They had support for their original proposal for the horse park in the southwest corner of the park which would have included an arena and round pen, horse camping sites, parking for horse trailers and rigs, an obstacle training course and a trailhead. But apparently after a site review, it was found it wasn’t large enough for all that. So back to the drawing board they go.

Some tree buds are starting to pop in the burned out areas of the Valley Fire. More than 80 percent of the trees in the path of the Fall 2015 fire were killed. More than 76-thousand acres were blackened by the fire and 1,281 homes were destroyed. Four people died in the Valley Fire with a fifth missing and presumed dead. Seedlings were planted in the Boggs Mountain Demonstration State Forest which has been closed since the fire. The budding seedlings planted by Cal Fire are about 13 feet apart. They’re Douglas fir, ponderosa pine and sugar pine. The forest manager says in all they had more than 300-thousand conifer seedlings planted on 1,250 acres in March which is only about a third of what’s planned. There are other plants popping up too including coffeeberry, wild rose, wild iris and dogwood.

Beefed up CHP patrols could be coming after the state Assembly unanimously passed a bill for a statewide taskforce to fight drug-impaired driving. The bill drafted by Assemblyman Tom Lackey of Palmdale to support officers testing out new technologies and come up with ways for law enforcement across the state to identify drug-impaired drivers. The Republican Assemblyman says he was a CHP officer for nearly 3 decades and he knows how dangerous impaired drivers can be. He says there should be a coordinated response based on strong science and best practices. This comes after Proposition 64 was passed to legalize recreational marijuana. The bill includes money for the CHP to create drug-impaired driving enforcement programs. But Lackey’s bill also have more money in it to also tackle prescription drugged driving.

Victims of fraud and identity theft may have a new tool in their kits if a bill gets to the Governor’s desk. Democratic Senator Bill Dodd’s bill co-sponsored by State Treasurer John Chiang would protect victims by preventing banks from using forced arbitration instead of allowing a victim to sue in court. Dodd says the bill would help consumers if their bank commits fraud and identity theft against them. It would also allow the consumer to recover lost money. It comes after some Wells Fargo employees fraudulently used customers’ personal info to create millions of fake accounts without consent for five years. Some of the victims had their credit trashed by the fraud. The bank had to pay $185 million in damages.

AmeriCorps looking for volunteers in Lake County for next school year to tutor or mentor in schools. The nonprofit working with the Lake County Office of Education looking for paid volunteers. They’re hosting an orientation and information session next Tuesday at the Lake County Office of Education on South Main St. in Lakeport from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Students work with AmeriCorps members who help provide academic, social, emotional, and nutritional development in specialized programming. They provide the training and education plus offer a bi-monthly stipend and a stealthy education award at the end of your service. You have to have a high school diploma or GED, be at least 17 years old, pass a background check, TB test and sex offender search.

For more information call Lake County AmeriCorps at (707) 263-8796 x 241 or apply online at www.edjoin.org and search for Lake County AmeriCorps.

A student at the Lake County Campus of Woodland Community College has won a major cooking competition. Jennifer Kooyman flies to Los Angeles and wins the California Community College Culinary Competition. She won first place honors over seven other chefs and a perfect score to boot, from one of the judges. The competition also features a career fair for community college hospitality students. Her winning dish, for the theme of taste of New Orleans was a jambalaya egg roll and a dipping sauce plus a Caribbean mango slaw.

North Coast Congressman Jared Huffman looking to help West Coast fishing fleets by introducing a couple of bills in Congress to set aside millions for the industry. Huffman and his California colleague Jackie Speier of Hillsborough also asking the Gov. Jerry Brown and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross to declare a new fisheries disaster related to salmon. Huffman says there’s a real economic hardship for coastal economies after several disastrous fishing seasons in a row.

State officials still working on the new recreational marijuana industry and manage the medical industry, but both are cash businesses. The state treasurer and his staff said to be looking at ways to add banks to the mix. There’s a meeting this morning in Santa Rosa on the idea. It’s part of the Treasurer John Chiang’s statewide “Cannabis Banking Working Group”. There will be officers from Summit State Bank and one local cannabis manufacturer with other experts on banking regulations, cash collection and payments systems.

A university in upstate New York went on lockdown after reports of a gunman. Colgate University gets reports someone had entered the campus with what was thought to be a weapon, and turned out to be a glue gun. The fear comes just after an attacker with a hunting knife stabbed four people and killed one on the campus of the University of Texas, in Austin. Police went thru the school, building by building after rumors spread there might be two gunmen, one who may have killed himself. Of course the stories were all bogus. Some students at the Private NY University calling school officials out though saying the overreactions were because the student with the glue gun was black.

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