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Highway 175 is reopening in the Hopland Grade after being closed for the last two days so crews could remove an overturned tractor-trailer from the hillside. The rig was damaged in a crash last week when the driver lost control coming down the hill. Before the crushed trailer could be removed, workers spent Wednesday removing thousand of empty glass wine bottles plus cardboard and pallets. The trailer itself was removed this morning by a team of two heavy-duty tow trucks. Workers spent several more hours cleaning up glass and other debris. While the road was closed, Caltrans workers also took time to clear brush and remove trash.

High school seniors interested in learning construction trades are participating in a new program called the Mendocino County Construction Corps. The four-month program will teach skills like framing, electrical wiring, roofing, concrete, plumbing, and heavy equipment use as well as workplace safety, first aid and CPR, and more. Corps officials say they’ve gotten applications from students in Mendocino and Lake Counties. Instruction begins February 12. After the training they will have a two-week, hands-on boot camp this summer, building homes for Rural Communities Housing Development Corporation and Hope City in the Ukiah and Redwood Valleys. The program is funded by donations from local individuals and businesses.

The Mendocino College Foundation is touting the latest success story in their Adopt A Fifth Grader Program. Since 2007 the program has allowed donors to give $700 toward a fifth grader, which the Foundation guarantees will become a $1,000 scholarship if the student attends Mendocino College. They say freshman Alexis Small, a first generation college student, got the nod as a Fifth Grader at Yokayo Elementary and has just finished her first semester at Mendocino College, already has a summer job lined up as a medical assistant, and plans to transfer to Sacramento State in 2019 to study medicine. Since is started, Adopt A Fifth Grader has more than 365 alumni from Lake and Mendocino counties.

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