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A man from Humboldt County had major injuries and had to be airlifted to a hospital after crashing his motorcycle on the 101 north of Cloverdale. The California Highway Patrol reports the 37 year old from Fortuna on a 2007 Yamaha headed south on Hwy. 101 and crashed into a guardrail early Sunday morning. Officers say he made an unsafe turn for some unknown reason, then crashed and came off the bike.

A public hearing’s being held by the Ukiah Planning Commission to consider a permanent winter homeless shelter and a year-round daytime shelter on South State Street. The Daily Journal reports Redwood Community Services wants to overhaul a 7,000-square-foot building at 1045 S. State St. where they hosted the last emergency winter shelter. They’re talking about adding covered entryways, a place to sit and hang out and fencing, plus there would be a parking lot and community garden. The daytime shelter would be open from 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. seven days a week with bathrooms, showers and laundry, counseling, education services, wifi and clothing. There will also be some food, but minimal. They’re hoping it would be the same place for a 24/7 winter shelter and staff is recommending approval. The public hearing tomorrow with the Planning Commission at 6 p.m. at the Ukiah Civic Center. A public hearing on the new Costco is being held prior to this.

A “Medication Take Back” booth is being put up at the Redwood Empire Fair in Ukiah. Safe Rx Mendocino: Opioid Safety Coalition members will be at the fair August 3-6, inviting residents to dump unwanted over the counter or prescription meds. They have to be put into clear, resealable bags. They say there will be “no questions asked” for those turning drugs in. They will also have free medication lock bags for anyone who needs them to help keep prescriptions safely away from children or anyone else who shouldn’t be in a medicine cabinet. If you can’t make it to the fair, you can still drop your meds off at the Mendocino Sheriff’s Dept., Hazmobile Collections in Ukiah, the Ukiah or Willits police dept. or Ukiah Senior Center.

Three nursing grads from Mendocino College have won scholarships so they can go after bachelor degrees. Those who won the $5,000 scholarships are Amber McQueen, Nathan Beall and Lucia Pulido. The three all passed their board exams on the first try and already have jobs and have been accepted into an accredited bachelor’s of science nursing program through Sonoma State University. The money from a rock concert with Michael McDonald of Doobie Bros. fame back in April put on by Family Medicine Education for Mendocino County (FMEMC) and the Rural Health Rocks committee with the Mendocino College Foundation, the concert in Fort Bragg.

More fires to report in Lake County. Yesterday a grass fire started in Lower Lake that threatened several homes. The Bryant Fire started after lunch time between Pebble and Bryant Roads. It was announced right away that the fire had charred almost 10 acres minutes after starting. Firefighters surrounded half of the fire quickly and got back up with air tankers and a Cal Fire helicopter. Apparently a nearby canal helped because the fire ran right into it and forward momentum stopped. The fire was totally contained within an hour and totally out in 2.

A man from Clearlake who police say had two loaded handguns caught in a sting operation in Santa Rosa. The Sonoma County sheriff’s office inside a home in west Santa Rosa doing a search related to someone on probation, when someone else came to the door. They identified the armed man as 30 year old Johnny Perez who deputies say knocked, and admitted he had weapons on him. But the man’s not allowed to have weapons or ammo due to a previous felony conviction. He was booked at Sonoma County Jail on $30,000 bail for suspicion of being a felon in possession of a firearm, being a felon in possession of ammunition and being a felon with a loaded gun in public.

Lake County representatives asking the community to sign a petition to stop a measure that could cut federal benefits. The county’s Veterans Service Office has the petition after the latest federal budget was released with offsets to the cost of the Veterans Choice Program (VCP) by dropping some veterans off Individual Unemployability (IU) benefits who are over 62 years old. The Record Bee reports that could affect more than 200 vets who live in Lake County. The benefit put in place during the Obama Administration to help Veterans covered by VA health benefits so they could go to local providers if they live 40 miles away from the closest VA facility.

Another fire in Lake County, this one in Clearlake, destroys a mobile home and a couple of nearby buildings and killed some family pets. The fire last night in the Cache Creek Mobile Home Park on Dam Road. Firefighters went out after several calls to Central Dispatch about a fire in one of the mobile units. When firefighters arrived, they say there was one mobile home totally engulfed in flames, that was threatening others. The fire was quickly contained, but two dogs were killed, the mobile unit itself destroyed and two outbuildings were also gutted. The roof of a nearby structure was also damaged, but the two men living in the main building that burned got out safely. Red Cross was helping the two residents.

A fatal crash near Calpella on Highway 101 to report. The crash last night on the 101 at the junction with Highway 20. The CHP, Redwood Valley Fire and two ambulances were on the scene, but no other details were made available late last night.

3 items of business the subject of a special Lakeport City Council meeting. As we reported yesterday, the council was going to be asked to give the title of assistant city manager along with $500 a month for a staffer in the city manager’s office. The city manager presented her request as part of the city’s goal to establish succession planning for leadership. The council said yes to that and to a contract for restriping some of 20th Street. The thermoplastic striping is one way to help slow traffic and make the road appear more narrow. In other business the city has decided not to upgrade and reopen Carnegie Library. The city trying to get bids to help make part of the 99 year old library accessible to the second floor to adhere to the Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines, plus other updates. The estimates came in at between 3 and 6-hundred thousand dollars. So staff has put the idea on the back burner for now.

Steve the Tortoise is back. The massive turtle from Massachusetts was missing for 3 years and suddenly appears. A woman in Waltham says Steve the tortoise was her son’s pet and had lived with them for 5 years when he vanished. They even put up fliers to find the Russian tortoise, saying he wasn’t dangerous at 5 inches long and 4 inches wide. Local animal control even posted on Facebook looking for help finding Steve. Finally after the family moved to Calif., Steve was found about a mile from their old home, found by a local couple in their backyard. Family friends are apparently setting up a reunion with Steve and his family.

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