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A couple in Ukiah is donating money so that all of the adoptions from the Humane Society for Inland Mendocino County in Redwood Valley are covered. Johnny and Gloria Keyes have apparently offered to pay for adoptions this month naming it August Animal Adoptions, with a starter of $1,000 to cover it but they will cover all adoptions this month. The couple at the shelter last week, delivering the money which they say they want to make sure every animal can be adopted for people who qualify. The Humane Society says the money will go a long way to help keep a sanitary environment for the animals and to help with any medical care too.

Mendocino County is going after people with vacation rentals who aren’t paying their fair share. The Daily Journal reports the treasurer-tax collector is tracking down properties that have not been reporting rental income to enforce payment of the transient occupancy tax. The county first started to track Air BNB type rentals finding there was as much as $1 million in possible taxes that were not being collected. Then a couple of months ago, the Board of Supervisors pledged to start working on an ordinance against vacation rentals, instead telling folks they had to have a business license and there would be a limit for new vacation rentals for one per person, per parcel. As of July 11th, nearly 170 letters have been sent out with confirmation there are 69 unregistered properties hosting vacation rentals. 61 people responded to the county and a little more than half filled out applications and several thousand dollars was paid into the general fund.

Cloverdale’s getting fancy… there’s plans for a new $16 million wellness center for Alexander Valley Healthcare. The project moved forward last week with the City Council saying yes to an agreement to sell some city owned land to the nonprofit. They’re planning a new home for the health center which should be ready for business by early 2019. The city purchased Thyme Square with redevelopment funds that was supposed to be a supermarket, retail space and housing, but it never happened. Now the city is planning a new police station, skate park and retail and office space. There is room there for the health center, and maybe a boutique hotel one day too. The healthcare center should be three stories high, 40,000-square-feet and include primary care, alternative wellness programs, and dental and oral health care. Alexander Valley Healthcare is the only primary care provider between Healdsburg and Ukiah.

Temperatures expected to scorch this week in parts of Northern California with a hazardous weather outlook for part of the San Francisco Bay and an excessive heat watch in other areas. Tomorrow is supposed to be the hottest. It may get up to 110 in parts of Napa, Lake and Mendocino counties. The excessive heat stays in effect in the counties thru Wednesday, but it will only get a little bit cooler. It could stay pretty hot thru next weekend. Forecasters say it’s due to a ridge of high pressure building over Northern California and northeast Nevada. They also warn of fire danger because of the low humidity, although they say it won’t be critically low and there are no gusty winds expected.

The Fort Bragg Skate Park is closed until further notice because of multiple park rules violations. Police say there’s been trash thrown around and vandalism on fencing. They also say they’ve found tagging on the cement. The park is closed for maintenance to clean up the spray painting, trash and vandalism. Any questions can be directed to Sergeant Lopez at the Fort Bragg Police Department.

Evacuations called in part of Clearlake after a fire breaks out. Lake Co News reports two structures burned in the fire last Friday in the area of Snook and Davis avenues. Some of the area was closed off to traffic and evacuations were called for homes in the area and a medical clinic nearby. It took firefighters only about 45 minutes to stop the fire from moving, but two structures were gutted. One of those was an abandoned, red-tagged home and another home next door. They say they’re not sure if anyone lived in that home. They also call the fire suspicious in nature. 3 to 5 acres of nearby vegetation was charred and the evacuations were called off after a few hours. No injuries were reported. It’s the second fire in the area in less than 24 hours after a barbeque started another fire in Lucerne which destroyed two homes and damaged a third.

Outback Steakhouse had to answer to folks who started a conspiracy theory they are associated with Satanism. A twitter user homed in on some graphics of American cities where many Outback Steakhouses made a pattern of the five-sided star, or pentagram… so others immediately started to tweet what they thought too. The diagram showing Outback locations in New York, Indianapolis, Phoenix and Atlanta. Outback says it’s because they cater to suburban families outside of major metro areas, and tweeted a picture over one of the drawn on pentagram’s with a Bloomin’ Onion, their famous appetizer. The restaurant telling the Daily Dot there’s no plans, quote, “other than to bring bold steaks and Bloomin’ Onions to our guests!”

One home has been destroyed after a fire blows up in Tuolumne County. The fire started over the weekend and is only 10 percent contained. Some nearby homes have been evacuated with other homes being threatened and an advisory evacuation order was issued for another area near the fire. There’s a shelter set up for locals that is also taking in animals. Another fire started Saturday that has burned almost 700 acres and is only 7 percent surrounded.

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