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Top High School students in Lake and Mendocino counties get scholarships and other awards ahead of the next school year. Mendo Lake Credit Union (MLCU) representatives went to area schools for award presentations. The $1,000 Arlene Colombini Scholarships in Mendocino County have been awarded to Sophie Swan-Edlund of Mendocino High School and Olivia Consterdine of Mendocino College. The same award in Lake County went to Johnathon Martinez of Lower Lake High School and Cristal Nieves of Upper Lake High School. The students have to achieve at least a 3.0 grade point average, be enrolled for 12 units or more in a college or university, and they had to send in a personal statement describing why they needed the award along with their future goals. There were also several $50 honorarium awards handed out in each county at several different high schools.

The Mendocino County Executive office says an Assembly Bill to first see if employees can do the work that is sometimes contracted out would harm the county. The County’s top executive has sent a letter to the legislature against Assembly Bill 1250 which the city’s Executive office says would mean a defacto ban on its ability to contract with community based organizations, nonprofits and private local businesses for certain services. The County says counties contract with organizations and businesses with the expertise, capacity or ability to deliver services more efficiently. The bill has so far passed the Assembly and moves to the Senate Governance and Finance Committee next week. Those in favor of the bill say it won’t limit contracting with non-government groups, but will stop private contracts.

Looking for something to do on July 4th? The Ukiah and Lakeport Speedways are having fireworks this Independence Day weekend, ahead of the official July 4th holiday… Several local organizations have donated for the fireworks show at sundown at the Lakeport Speedway, Saturday July 1st and at the Ukiah Speedway, Sunday, July 2nd. The raceways will also of course have cars rumbling around the tracks too, Saturday is the Kelseyville Lumber Deake Lyndall Memorial Race in Lakeport and Sunday in Ukiah’s got Sprint Cars, Pro 4 Modifieds, Bandoleros, Legends, Taco Bell Bombers and Jammers. The gates are open at each track at 3:30PM with races starting at 5:00PM.

Fire restrictions have begun ahead of the official fire season. The Bureau of Land Management has started bans on public lands managed by the Acata and Ukiah field offices in Del Norte, Humboldt, Trinity, Mendocino, Sonoma, Napa, Yolo, Colusa, Glenn and Solano counties. The BLM says the restrictions are in place to protect public lands and nearby communities from wildfire due to dry fuels and high temperatures. They say that’s made for an increase of fire danger and a need to minimize the potential for fire starts. It means no campfires and barbecues, except in developed campgrounds. You must have a valid campfire permit for portable stoves and lanterns with gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel where it’s normally allowed. They also say you should bring shovels and have water within reach. There’s other rules too, be sure to check with the Bureau before heading out.

For more information, telephone the Arcata Field Office, 707-825-2300; or the Ukiah Field Office, 707-468-4000.

Workshops are set for Cannabis farmers on pesticides. The Mendocino County Agriculture Dept. is having workshops tomorrow on what can be used on plants, so far none have been approved. There are some substances approved for rodent control though. The state Dept. of Food and Agriculture has not come up with their guidelines yet for growers and pesticides which will ultimately be decided by the state’s Dept. of Pesticide Regulation. Two sessions tomorrow on “Pesticide Use Enforcement” and another pair July 6th, where the focus will be pesticide concepts and regulations. There will be separate trainings on how to handle pesticide too. The trainings tomorrow at the Ag Department in Ukiah.

Local food producers working with multiple federal agencies and the City of Ukiah to find ways for more local food production. There are going to be consultants from several federal agencies meeting with local non-profits and food producers to find ways to improve land access, encourage food production, and use unsold produce in recipes. North Coast Opportunities, the Mendocino Food Policy Council, and the City of Ukiah are hosting as part of the Local Foods, Local Places program, paid for by several federal agencies including the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The workshops tomorrow at 5:30pm at the Alex Rorabaugh Center in Ukiah and Thursday from 9am to 4pm at the Community Foundation in Ukiah.

To get more info, visit our website…

Contact Eva King of the Food Policy Council at Mcfpc.coordinator, 860-670-7089 or Scott Cratty at cratty.

A new report shows California higher numbers of people are not connected to the internet, other than on smartphones. The UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies report released yesterday shows 87 percent of the state’s households have broadband, but 18 percent of those use their smartphones as the only way they can connect. The report says that number is more than double the 8 percent it was at a couple years ago. The report shows there are still inequalities in society and the economy meaning less connection with California’s tech economy. The report shows 34% of those surveyed who didn’t have broadband at home said it was too costly. They also noted feeling at a disadvantage in developing new career skills or taking classes. The poll of more than 1,600 adults in six different languages.

A big brawl by the Russian River ends in one person stabbed and several other people being hit in the head with bottles. The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Dept. reports the fight between rival gangs sent at least five people to the hospital. The fight last Saturday night at the Monte Rio beach with more than a dozen people. Cops say a 19 year old from Santa Rosa was stabbed in the chest and four others had cuts and gashes. Deputies say they got a call about a fight with knives, sticks, bottles and cans. A 17 year old was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon — a wine bottle — and another teen, a 16‑year‑old, also from Santa Rosa was arrested on suspicion of battery.

Firefighters from across the region jump fast on a fast-moving fire that torched about 2 acres of grass and brush. The fire yesterday afternoon along Highway 101 near Cloverdale. Firefighters get the 911 call from multiple people about the fire near the Highway 128 junction north of Cloverdale. The calls first said it was just about a half of an acre, but when firefighters got there, they say the fire was moving up a hill quickly. Cal Fire, Cloverdale, Geyserville, Healdsburg, Windsor and Hopland firefighters all responded as police had traffic down to one lane just at the Sonoma‑Mendocino county border. The fire was out around 3:30 p.m. yesterday.

To get the work done on the Oroville Dam, a model of the dam inside a warehouse in Utah is being used so engineers can work on how to attack the repairs. The replica of part of the dam is built from wood, concrete and steel – so engineers can try to figure out the best course of action on the spillway at the tallest dam in the U.S., damaged in heavy rain this past winter. They’re proposing new channels, called aerators, as part of the $300 million spillway reconstruction. They’ve also figured out an adjustment to a curve needed around halfway down the spillway wouldn’t make that much difference. The work is supposed to be done by November ahead of the next rainy season.

Taco Bell fan alert. If you’re thinking of matrimony, you can have your burrito and wedding bells along with your Taco Bell. The fast food restaurant in Las Vegas is offering wedding services at the flagship Las Vegas Cantina restaurant. The first one of its kind was held this past weekend as part of the brand’s Love and Tacos Contest, where couples competed to win an all-expense paid trip to the Las Vegas Cantina. So starting August 7th, you too can have your own Taco Bell wedding. For $600, you get an ordained officiant, reception area for up to 15 guests, swag for the bride and groom, a Taco 12 Pack, a Cinnabon Delights cake and, a sauce packet bouquet.

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