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Dry and warmer temperatures mean no more burning in certain areas of Mendocino County. As of Saturday, CAL FIRE had suspended all burn permits for outdoor residential burning within the State Responsibility Area of Mendocino County. That means there’s no residential outdoor burning of landscape debris like branches and leaves. The Cal Fire Director says they want residents to be careful, even after the wet winter, because there’s a lot of dead grass which will fuse to heavier vegetation that’s dried out after 5 years of extreme drought. Cal Fire and other firefighters across Calif. have already responded to more than 1,800 wildfires on more than 149,000 acres since January. And as a reminder, they say to clear all dead and or dying vegetation 100 feet from around all structures and landscape with fire resistant/drought tolerant plants.

Congressman Jared Huffman working with another Democratic legislator to expand community service opportunities in the state. Huffman and Rep. Mark DeSaulnier of Concord introduced the International and National Service Promotion to Ignite Renewed Engagement, or INSPIRE, Act. The two congressmen say it’s to bring positive change which Huffman says has never been more important. He says there needs to be more done to encourage both national and international service. Their legislation to beef up funding for the Corporation for National and Community Service to include programs like Americorps, the Conservation Corps and the Peace Corps. They’re also hoping to get as many as 250,000 volunteers. It would also allow for more loan benefits and increased medical residency programs to hopefully get more healthcare providers to stay on the North Coast.

The Mendocino County Sheriff trying again, with others, to get a enw mental health facility in Mendocino County. They will once again put it on a ballot for voters to decide. Sheriff Allman working with Supervisors John McCowen and Dan Hamburg, some members of the Behavioral Health Advisory Board and some local residents. Measure AG didn’t get the needed votes last year for the half-cent sales tax to pay for a new facility. The county’s been without such a facility since 1999. The Sheriff told the Board of Supervisors the loss by only 165 votes shows there were a lot of people who do support the issue. He says the more they talk about it, the closer they are to a solution. An Ad-Hoc Committee is taking up the idea, but they’ll have to be quick to get it on a ballot this year. The Sheriff says he hopes they have a first reading of the new ballot initiative for the Board of Supervisors to look at by July 18.

Several town hall meetings are being held by the Valley Fire Recovery Task Force regarding debris insurance collection. Those who survived the massive fire two summers ago had authorized the county or its designee to go into their properties and take out structural and tree debris that was a health and or safety hazard for the general public. But that was part of a promise by the property owner to pay whatever they got reimbursed under their insurance policy. Most of the work by CalRecycle who recently gave the needed invoicing information. The county then gets the money paid to survivors and pays the state back.

The meeting schedule is as follows:

– Monday, July 10, 6 p.m.: Coyote Valley Elementary School for those who lost homes in Hidden Valley Lake.

– Monday, July 17, 6 p.m.: Twin Pines Casino Event Center for those who lost homes in Middletown and Anderson Springs.

– Monday, July 31, 6 p.m.: Cobb Elementary School for those who lost homes in Cobb.

A former Clearlake resident has been arrested in connection to the murder of a woman from Paradise. Police in Clearlake say Daniel Robleto who was also recently living in Paradise, was arrested Friday during a traffic stop. He’s charged in the death of Lisa Marie Madrid. The Colusa County Sheriff’s Office says Madrid’s body was found last Thursday. They found video surveillance of her and an unknown man, who cops in Paradise id’d as Robleto. Cops went to a home associated with Robleto and say they found a crime scene, then connected Madrid to the home and to Robleto. Clearlake police were also aware of him from previous contacts so they helped the Colusa County Sheriff’s dept with his arrest. He was stopped in Madrid’s truck in Clearlake Friday then booked into the Butte County Jail for murder. He was later moved to the Colusa County Jail.

More National Night Out events have been added in Lake County. The free event to meet first responders August 1st from 6 to 8 p.m. in Clearlake, Lakeport and Middletown. The events across the country and are funded by local law enforcement and other organizations who donate services, supplies and prizes. In Clearlake, the event will be at Highlands Park, in Lakeport, on Esplanade Street, across from the lakeside homeowners’ park and the Middletown event – at the Calpine Geothermal Visitor Center. There will be several first responders and local government representatives at the three locations. National Night Out is meant to build community and promote police-community partnerships to make neighborhoods safer.

A problem keeping up with visitors at Lake Mendocino. Mass amount of trash left behind after the long holiday weekend. Overflowing dumpsters and trashcans reported with the camp office closed. There’s been some complaints too about gang graffiti and homeless camps at the lake. The Army Corp of Engineers is responsible for the area and reports a critical shortage of staff and volunteers. Apparently the Corps is coming up with a short term solution. But that may mean a total or partial closure of the Lake’s recreation areas, after the spring rains left an overfilled reservoir and further flooding.

A traffic stop and more than a quarter million dollars of meth. The Lake County Sheriff’s Dept. reports finding more than $250,000 worth of crystal methamphetamine during a routine traffic stop Monday in Lower Lake. Cops say they’ve arrested Armando Barrera after the stop on Highway 29. They say he had 6 pounds of meth shoved into a suitcase in the trunk of the car. A drug sniffing police dog alerted to the meth when the car was pulled over near the intersection of Highway 53. Barrera was taken to the Lake County Jail on suspicion of transporting and possessing a controlled substance for the purpose of sales.

A new report by the state shows an increase in Hate Crimes. The State Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s office released the report for 2016: Hate Crime in California. The report outlines the hate crimes that happened last year across the state, including how many incidents there were and the number of victims and suspects associated w/them. Hate crimes, discrimination, and racism were tracked. Reports from the FBI show hate crimes in California were up as the country as a whole was also confronting an increase in hate crimes. Becerra’s office says the report showed more than half of violent hate crime victimizations were not reported to police. In Lake County the hate crimes were down year over year. Info from the Hate Crime in California report is on the Attorney General’s OpenJustice Web site.

Part of Big Sur that had been closed off since a landslide after heavy rains and a collapsed bridge in February is accessible again. The San Jose Mercury News reports ( a public hiking trail is being used to get folks to tourism areas in south Big Sur opened Saturday. There’s a daily shuttle that takes visitors to a half-mile trail that locals were using to get around the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge because it was seriously damaged in this past winter’s storms. The bridge had to be demolished. Now there’s been upgrades to the trail so it’s safer for visitors to reach that part of Big Sur. The president of the Big Sur Chamber of Commerce says they’re probably losing somewhere around $300,000 a day.

A great turnout reported for the Willits Hometown Celebration, Willits Frontier Days. The Willits News reports the nonprofit is now organizing the celebration after the Chamber of Commerce had before. Several local organizations and businesses took part in the weekend’s festivities where more vendors were lined up than in years past. The newspaper reported many locals thought it was the largest turnout ever. The town Mayor Gerry Gonzalez sys he’s been attending Frontier Days since he’s a kid and he’s happy to see it continuing.

A mass amount of dairy cows in Calif. have died during a heat wave. Now state officials are allowing dairy farmers to bury or compost hundreds of carcasses. It happened in an unusual June heat spell, which including nine days in a row of triple-digit temperatures. Apparently there was some sort of mechanical malfunction at Baker Commodities and since there were so many cattle carcasses, they stopped picking up from farms, so the farmers had to deal with dead animals in house. So Fresno, Kings and Tulare counties gave dairy farmers permission to bury or compost the animals by following temporary, strict rules from state water and agricultural agencies. Those three counties also declared a state of emergency, so they could use the disposal methods.

A garage burned down in Michigan after a guy tries using a smoke bomb to kill a bees nest. Fire officials in Grand Blanc Township say the guy was trying to get the bees nest out of his garage. There was smoke damage to the home, but no injuries yesterday. The homeowner says it’s sad to lose a place where they had so much fun, but everyone is safe, and that’s the main thing.


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