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The fate of about 1900 pounds of cannabis, and the Ukiah company distributing it, are in limbo after two drivers carrying what was believed all the required Mendocino County legal documentation for it were pulled over Friday by the CHP who took the truck and marijuana and cited the driver and passenger with misdemeanor possession of cannabis for sale and unlawful transportation of cannabis saying it is still against state law until January 1. The Founders of the Company Old Kai told the Press Democrat they have all their County paperwork including a signed business license and a spokesman for the California Bureau of Cannabis Control says medical marijuana businesses with local licenses and permits can operate before the state law starts in January. But a spokesman for the CHP says it was commercial and cannot yet be lawfully transported. The case was referred to Mendocino County Law Enforcement. Old Kai’s attorney has asked them to preserve the evidence while they investigate.

The Lake County Winegrape Commission and Lake County Winery Association will be hosting an international Sauvignon Blanc event this spring. The Sauvignon Blanc Experience will be May 4 and 5 at the Chacewater Winery in Kelseyville. The event will include an International Symposium and a Grand Tasting and is expected to bring in winemakers, sommeliers, grape growers, buyers and wine enthusiasts. The Lake County Winegrape Commission previously hosted two International Sauvignon Blanc Symposia in 2002 and 2005. Lake County makes up about 14 percent of California’s Sauvignon Blanc acreage. Registration and online ticket sales starts in February but you can get information now at

Former Ukiah City Councilman Phil Baldwin is once again taking a stand against leaf blowers. An issue he brought up while on the council, Baldwin as a private citizen is now collecting petition signatures for an initiative he hopes to get on local ballots next November. The Daily Journal reports Baldwin’s proposal suggests that use of the tools, either gas or electric, be banned on Sundays and federal holidays; on weekdays, they could only be used from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., and on Saturdays only from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. These rules would only apply in residential neighborhoods. Baldwin is also proposing a maximum decibel requirement and that debris not be blown into a neighbor’s property or a public right of way.

A Ukiah man’s been arrested for a Christmas Eve incident in which police say he threatened to kill a family member and bit off a portion of that man’s ear. Police say both men were drinking when they started arguing about a “marijuana product” and at some point Samuel Galindo forced the victim the ground and shoved his fingers into the victim’s eyes. He then allegedly threatened to kill the other man before biting off a piece of his ear. Galindo was on probation for robbery, and was arrested on suspicion of mayhem, assault with a dangerous weapon, making criminal threats and violating parole. The victim was treated at a local hospital.

As you’re watching the Rose Parade on Monday, look out for Lake County Sheriff Brian Martin. The theme for this year’s parade is “Making a Difference” and Sheriff Martin has been chosen to ride on the Farmers Insurance Company’s “Hometown Heroes” float. He told Lake County News Farmers had asked the State Fire Council for suggestions on who should be featured on the float and when the council asked Cal Fire, Cal Fire suggested Sheriff Martin. Martin who has been Sheriff’s for three years and also heads up Lake County’s Office of Emergency Services, has dealt with fires and other disasters in each of his three years, including the Rocky, Jerusalem, Valley, and Sulphur fires, and last winter’s severe flooding.

Some good November Real Estate numbers for Lake County. The Lake County Association of Realtors reports the number of sales in November increased 10 percent over October and 8.5 percent over November 2016. The November median sales price was virtually unchanged: in November the median for Lake County was $249,950 and the October it was $250,000. The California Association of Realtors says the November statewide median price was $546,820.

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