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A harmful algal bloom has been found in Copsey Creek in Lower Lake. The Lake County Water Resources Department and Environmental Health Department say water testing of a sample from Copsey Creek near Quarterhorse Lane has detected levels of a cyanotoxin considered unsafe for recreation. Cyanotoxins are naturally occurring but when they multiply excessively they are unsafe to swallow so people are urged to avoid contact with the water there until after the bloom subsides and don’t let your pets into it either. A sample taken from downstream water where Copsey Creek enters Cache Creek did not detect the toxin. For more information on how the blooms come and go, you can check out the California Harmful Algal Blooms Portal: http://www.mywaterquality.ca.gov/habs/

A Kelseyville man shot in a home invasion robbery Wednesday was killed right in front of his kids. Lake County Major Crimes Detectives are continuing the investigation into the Wednesday morning homicide on State Street in Kelseyville. David Shalett was shot and killed during an apparent robbery in which one of the suspects shot Shalett and stole a small amount of marijuana. The Sheriff says Shalett’s two young children witnessed it. Investigators are asking anyone who has surveillance video covering the Gaddy Lane or State Street areas to contact Sergeant John Gregore at the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

No more target shooting on local BLM lands for the time being due to the fire danger. The Bureau of Land Management has initiated emergency target shooting restrictions on public lands managed by the Ukiah Field Office in Mendocino, Sonoma, Napa, Yolo, Colusa, Glenn and Solano counties until fire danger subsides. The announcement follows Cal Fire’s report that the 20-acre Range fire on Cow Mountain this week was caused by target shooting at a rifle range. BLM says you can still shoot while hunting. Earlier this month BLM issued other seasonal fire restrictions regarding campfires, cooking and smoking.

Fort Bragg residents can learn more about the cleanup of the Georgia Pacific millpond at an open house and meeting next week. It’s two events on one day hosted by the California Department of Toxic Substances Control at Town Hall on Tuesday, July 25. Staff will run the open house from 2pm to 5pm and then at 630pm present a feasibility study for cleaning up the millpond. The DTSC is responsible for overseeing Georgia Pacific’s cleanup of the 415-acre mill site. If you want to review documents related to the cleanup before the meeting, you can see them at the Fort Bragg Library and the Fort Bragg City Hall Planning Counter.

There’s another spot up for re-election on the Konocti County Water District Board of Directors. The Lake County Registrar of Voters says at their June 30th meeting the Konocti District Board accepted the resignation of a member whose term does not expire until December 2019 creating a vacant 2-year unexpired term that will have to be voted on November 7. There was already a position open so that means two positions now open for candidates. If you’d like to file you can get an Official Declaration of Candidacy form at the Lake County Registrar of Voters office. The deadline to file is August 11th.

A massive wild fire near Yosemite National Park is still only 10 percent contained. Cal Fire says nearly 100 structures have been destroyed including 50 homes and as firefighters try to protect Mariposa County’s historic small mining towns. The fire has burned more than 70,000 acres and forced around 4,000 residents to evacuate. So far no one has been hurt.

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