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A couple of Sunday fires were knocked out pretty quickly in Lake County. One called The Water incident was reported around 11:15 a.m., on a hillside at the entrance to the Double Eagle Ranch subdivision east of Clearlake Oaks. The North Shore Fire Deputy Chief told Lake Co News it was about 30 yards up Water trough Road, right off of Highway 20. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office issued a Nixle alert urging residents in the subdivision to evacuate. The fire burned between three and four acres of grass; no homes were burned and it was 100-percent contained by afternoon after which the evacuees were allowed back home. The cause is still under investigation. Then around noon a fire was reported in the area of Larkspur Way and Emerald Drive in the Clear Lake Riviera. The small vegetation fire did not hit any structures and was contained in under an hour after burning about a quarter-acre of grass.

There is a candlelight vigil tomorrow night to remember Lake County Deputy Rob Rumfelt who died in the line of duty last week. The vigil will be held Tuesday at 8 pm at Library Park in Lakeport. The public is invited to attend. They ask you bring your own candle, use the light on their cell phone, or bring a small flashlight as there will not be any candles available at the vigil. There is also a public viewing scheduled for this Friday September 1st at Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary in Lakeport, from 12 noon to 8 pm. The memorial service for Deputy Rumfelt will be held Saturday September 9th at Clear Lake High School’s Don Owens Stadium at 10:00am .

A local business is sponsoring a contest with a $500 cash award for a Mendocino County student who writes the best essay based on a booklet written by a Ukiah man who is serving a prison sentence. The Daily Journal reports All-in-One Towing in Ukiah is offering the money for the contest sponsored by the county’s Juvenile Justice Commission. The contest is open to students 12 to 18 years old. It is the brainchild of John Azzaro who works with CASA – Court Appointed Special Advocates – and the Juvenile Justice Commission. The book, called “Inside / Outside: Your Choice” was written by John Mendoza, who stabbed a man and was convicted of second degree murder. He is currently at Solano State Prison. The book recounts John’s days growing up in Ukiah and what he now calls the poor choices he made as a teenager, and how those bad choices led to others and ultimately his conviction. Essays based on the book must be received by Sept. 30 at the Juvenile Justice offices on Low Gap Road in Ukiah. Copies of the book are available at the CASA office, Willits Library, and Mendocino Book Company.

The Mendocino College Foundation says their annual Gala held Aug. 12 raised $125,000. Over 400 guests attended the fundraiser in support of student scholarships and book awards to students attending a Mendocino College campus in Ukiah, Willits, Lakeport and Fort Bragg. This year’s event was a partnership between the Mendocino College Foundation and the Mendocino Wine Growers. And it featured an auction with guest auctioneer Sen. Mike McGuire who raised $28,000 to fund a new scoreboard for the College’s baseball field.

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