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Golden State Water customers in Clearlake could see a smaller bill soon. The utility is asking the California Public Utilities Commission for a 4.3 percent decrease in rates because of changes to federal tax law. The rates for residential customers would go down on July 1st if the P U C approves. The commission has ordered all water companies to look at the impact the tax law has on their bottom lines and to pass on any savings to customers. There is more information on Golden State Water’s website at gswater.com

A body found in a campground lake in Lakeville has been identified as a man was last seen seen there on Saturday. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s office says 35 year old Joshua Piszczek of San Francisco had been attending a music festival at the private Mendocino Magic campground. . His friends had reported him missing on Monday and on Wednesday, a deputy spotted Piszczek’s body in the water near where he was last seen. Foul play is not suspected, but an autopsy will be done.

Investigators are looking for the cause of a fire that destroyed an abandoned RV in Lucerne. That fire was called in late Wednesday at the corner of 12th Avenue and Highway 20 and took around 45 minutes to bring under control. The RV had been at that location for some time and had been tagged for removal. So far, no word on how the fire may have started, but reports say the location is not far from a suspicious vehicle fire earlier this year.

Sheriff’s deputies in Humboldt County are investigating a case of animal cruelty. Reports say the the Sequoia Humane Society found five dead kittens under a rock near Martin’s Slough in Eureka earlier this week, and he sheriff’s office is asking for public help to find whoever left the cats there. One kitten was found alive and is being cared for. The county animal control office says it is always willing to accept any unwanted pets.

Even though the voting ended more than a week ago, the Lake County Registrar of Voters Office is still hard at work. The office says it’s canvassing the election results to make sure everything adds up. Part of that process is counting absentee ballots and provisional ballots issued at the polls. Registrar of Voters Diane Fridley says there are around 6,000 ballots that still need to be checked. Fridley says even though the canvass takes time,it is important that it to be done properly to ensure voters have confidence in the system.State law gives the office 30 days after the election to certify the results.

A lawmaker who represents Mendocino County in Sacramento say the new state budget is good for the area. State Senator Mike McGuire says the spending plan contains money to help communities recover from last fall’s fires, including funds to help with lost property tax revenue and debris removal. He also says the state is kicking in 50 million dollars for advanced mutual aid to help firefighters mobilize quickly before any future fires turn into disasters.

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