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The Ukiah Planning Department is reportedly reviewing two applications for medical marijuana dispensaries in the city. Ukiah Planning Director Craig Schlatter tells the Ukiah Daily Journal both applications are currently “incomplete” and he could not estimate when either would be formally presented to the Planning Commission for permit approval. One called Dogwood Dispensary is proposed for the former Savings Bank of Mendocino County building at 904 N. State Street. The other is called Ukiah Valley Holistics which is proposed for 1230 Airport Park Blvd. near Starbucks and Verizon. Other projects Schlatter said his staff is working on include: A Holiday Inn Express proposed for 1601 Airport Park Blvd and a daytime homeless shelter at 1045 S. State St., where there was an Emergency Homeless Shelter last winter.

Power outages and a road closure last night in Lake County after a semi-truck rolled over and took out some power lines. It happened around 11 p.m. on Highway 20 between Sixth and Seventh Avenues when the truck slammed into a pole, knocking out power to about 2,175 Pacific Gas and Electric customers in Lucerne, Glenhaven, Soda Bay, Buckingham and Rivera Estates and closing Hwy 20 for nearly two hours. The driver was not hurt. Most of the power was back on by 3 a.m.

Clearlake Police have released the identity of a man who died in a fire in his travel trailer last Friday. 79 year old Vernoy Pederson was found dead inside his 26-foot trailer at Art’s Trailer Park. Lake County Fire Protection District Chief Willie Sapeta tells Lake County News they believe the fire had been burning for q while before firefighters were called. They still don’t know what started it but before firefighters arrived there was a large explosion from a large oxygen tank in the trailer. Sapeta says the fire started first and touched off the explosion which scattered debris for 60 feet, blew out neighbors’ window and caught a second trailer on fire. The Chief says while Clearlake Police are helping with the investigation they do not think it was foul play and it will likely be ruled accidental.

Cal Fire will be suspending Burn Permits in Mendocino County. They say increased fire danger brought by the high volume of dead grass and hotter, drier, conditions is prompting them to suspend all burn permits for outdoor residential burning within Mendocino County starting July 1st. That means no outdoor burning of landscaping like branches and leaves. Cal Fire Mendocino Unit Chief George Gonzalez warms homeowners not to be complacent thinking that because we had such a wet winter everything is OK – he says already this year they have experienced more fire activity than last year by several thousand acres.

A fire in the Bay Area town of Vallejo has burned several homes. Part of Interstate 80 had to be closed when a car fire started a grass fire Thursday. The fire was contained by 5pm after burning through 40 acres and damaging four homes. It was one of three vegetation fires burning simultaneously in Vallejo, which maxed-out that city’s fire department resources.

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