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A reforestation plan is in the works in Willits and the city council’s considering who to give the contract to. City Council is going to consider North Coast Resource Management consulting services from Calpella for the job. City staff says the work will bring in nearly $50,000 for its water fund. So the city needs to find foresters to salvage burned timber and to do some restoration. There are two proposals in to the city, but the city reportedly decided to work with North Coast because of how they proposed how they’d do the work, plus they apparently have a lot of experience in salvage and reforestation. City staff asking the council to keep the project under $75,000.

Avoiding a jury trial, three men accused of a home invasion robbery last fall in Laytonville, plead guilty instead. The jury was ready and the prosecution said they were ready, but the trio of robbers who tried stealing marijuana and money from a woman last November admitted they did it. D’wan Raysean Porter-Walker of Oakland, Johnny Lee Walker the III of Oakland, and James Jesse Richardson of Discovery Bay all pleaded guilty to several crimes including attempted robbery in the 1st degree in concert with others, a k a home invasion robbery, using a firearm in the commission of an attempted robbery and armed with a firearm during the commission of the attempted robbery. A couple had prior convictions on their records and they got about 15 to 16 years, but James only gets 6.5 years.

A man charged in the death of a woman in Clearlake a couple of years ago has pleaded no contest. That’s pretty much like a guilty plea so Robert Wade Hitchcock will be sentenced for the death of Nichole Welborn in a Sept. 2016 crash in downtown Lower Lake. Cops say the guy was in a pickup truck on Main Street and hit Welborn’s car and pinned her between two vehicles, he was driving drunk. He’ll be sentenced April 23rd.

A doctor says a man accused in the murder of his daughter in Hidden Valley Lake is mentally unfit to stand trial. Steven Miller in court to hear the doctor’s report with the doctor asking the court for a continuance since he cannot help in his own defense. Earlier this year he entered a not guilty plea as well, as not guilty by reason of insanity on all counts, denying special allegations. He’s accused in the shooting death of Hannah Welch in May of 2017. The court found sufficient cause he was guilty of murder and exhibited a weapon, but has now ordered the case be suspended until April 17th.

The state is banning a chemical used in refrigeration that can cause release of greenhouse gases. The California Air Resources Board is banning hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, which are in supermarket refrigerators, frozen yogurt dispensers, Slurpee machines, chilled vending machines and foams used in construction. The chemicals apparently trap heat thousands of times greater than the most common greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide. But since the state’s got a law on the books for a 40 percent reduction from 1990 levels of all greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, the state’s been trying to get rid of HFC’s, which will now go into effect.

In an effort to help with Climate Change, PG&E has donated $75-grand to the Lake Area Rotary. It’s part of the utility’s Respond, Rebuild, Resilience campaign. So the money goes to buy a generator for a community center which is used as an emergency shelter. The utility announced they would support the shelter at a city council meeting in Clearlake last week with the money to help after years of drought, extreme heat and with millions of dead and dying trees in Calif. The utility working to help communities and the state as a whole with a $1 million shareholder contribution to the California Climate Challenge to help deal with extreme events caused by climate change.

A unanimous decision by the Willits City Council for an excise tax on marijuana which will go to voters in November. The money to pay for the costs of allowing commercial medical marijuana. The city manager says the council approved the fees last fall to offset the cost of processing permits and reviewing applications and sites, but it doesn’t cover the day to day operations of selling cannabis in the city. That could include more cops, constant fire prevention and protection, plus more traffic coming into town. The ballot measure will need a majority to pass and will be on the November ballot.

Lake County’s got a new internet service provider which has started to get neighborhoods in the Big Valley area connected to high speed broadband. The company Lake County Broadband Solutions started at the beginning of the month to serve areas including downtown Kelseyville, Finley, and parts of south Lakeport. The company says it plans to expand in coming months too. The company says it uses fiber-fast “terrestrial wireless point-to-point” technology. The way they do it is without digging trenches, they instead use antennas. For more info, visit www. lcbs.co or http://www.lakecountybroadbandsolutions. com.

The new owner of the Konocti Harbor Resort and Spa is talking about plans for the space. Lake Co News says the new owners are out of the Bay Area and they say they want to be part of the community, bring more economic growth and be a good partner. The company, Clear Lake Resort Services is going to add some new construction and upgrades to the resort. They’re putting in new docks and slips, a fuel depot, boat storage and a marina supply retailer too. There are also plans for new studio suites, improved retail and restaurants.

Two horses have been killed after being hit by a car on the 101 near Ukiah. The Hopland Fire Department reports getting a call to the Highway near Nelson Ranch Road finding the driver injured and one horse dead with the second horse injured. The California Highway Patrol says the driver was southbound in a BMW coupe early Monday morning and saw the two horses in the southbound lane and tried stopping but hit the animals. The driver taken to the hospital and the animals removed. Cops still had not located the horses owners late yesterday.

Police in Hawaii looking into the theft of a car, a man using a forklift to do the deed. Police in Honolulu say the car was found soon after, but gutted. The whole heist caught on camera. The 2000 Honda Civic stolen from an airport parking lot, by a man on a small forklift who lifted the car off the ground and rode away. The car found soon after, stripped down and burned.

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