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A Mendocino County woman and her son have both pleaded not guilty to the murder of a woman on whose property they lived. Kelley Anne Coan and Alexander Phillip Coan entered pleas on Monday in relation to the death of Jamie Dawn Shipman at her home on Caspar Little Lake Road May 23rd. Kelley Coan fled the area in Shipman’s car but surrendered the next day in San Joaquin County. Alexander Coan was arrested three days later after Mendocino County detectives determined he was an “active participant”. The Sheriff’s Office has not said what evidence led them to believe Alexander Coan a suspect nor have they disclosed the motive for the killing. A preliminary hearing is set for August 14.

Governor Jerry Brown has appointed a Middletown woman to the Lake County Fair Board. Monica Rosenthal has been named to the 49th District Agricultural Association. Lake County News reports the co-owner, with her husband, of Rosenthal Vineyards has served for five years as a member of the board of directors for the Lake County Farm Bureau, and is a member of the California Women of Agriculture’s Lake County Chapter and Soroptimist International of Clear Lake. This now brings the board’s membership to eight, with one position still vacant. If you are interested in applying for the still-vacant seat go to the Governor’s Appointment Webpage: at https://www.gov.ca.gov/m_appointments.php.

The US Forest Service estimates California now has about 102 million dead trees. A Forest Service team is spending the summer doing aerial surveys. Team leader Jeffery Moore says in an article on the Cal OES Website millions of trees weakened by the bark beetle infestation were finished off by the drought and there are large areas across the state where dead trees outnumber live ones. And Moore says a lot of them are in areas frequently visited by campers and hikers, which could put people in danger from unstable trees as well as increased fire risk. Moore says the wet winter we just had will go a long way to help future generations of trees, but it’s just a start and we’d need couple more years like that for the trees to be really healthy again.

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