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A member of the Mendocino County Museum Advisory Board is stepping down after a decision to combine three county agencies into one. Saprina Rodriguez she is upset with the plan by the Board of Supervisors to form a county cultural service agency that would pull together the museum, library and county parks under one umbrella. Rodriguez, who represented Willits on the advisory board, says the county should have taken more public input before making a change.

Mendocino County College could soon get more of its power from the sun, after he school’s board of trusteed approved a deal with a solar energy company to build a solar array for the college. Trustees say the 20 year agreement with renewable energy company ForeFront Power will lead to saving adding up to more than a million dollars over the life of the contract. ForeFront will handle all the maintenance and other costs and assume all the risks. The board had considered other options, including going it alone, but decided that it was more cost effective to for an outside firm handle the entire project. School administrators still have to sign off.

Authorities are investigating a structure fire in Clearlake Oaks early this morning The fire was called in at the 11600 block of Lakeview drive shortly after 3:00 and was under control by 4:00 So far, no word on the extent of damage or the cause.

Burn Permits have been suspended in Lake county and other parts of Northern California with growing concern about dry grass. Cal Fire says this is turning out to be another volatile year and so, as of Monday, there will be no allowed open burning yard debris such as branches and leaves. This, as crews continue to fight a wildfire in the Mendocino national forest that has already charred nearly 2300 acres since last weekend.

New and soon-to be licensed teenage drivers will get will get a chance to sharpen their safe driving skills next week in Kelseyville. The CHP is holding a free Start Smart traffic course for teens, their parents, and guardians next Wednesday from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Clearlake Area Highway Patrol Office on Oak Drive,.Statistics show a teenager is killed every four hours in a crash somewhere in the U S. and The CHP says courses like this have been proven to reduce the number of teen-involved crashes. [Contact: Officer Kory Reynolds at the CHP office, 707-279-0103, or
email koreynolds]

Spring forward, fall back could someday be a thing of the past in California. State lawmakers have taken the first steps to abolishing Daylight Saving Time and keeping the state on Pacific Standard Time all year. Those behind the bill say Saving Time is a waste of time and is no longer of any value. The bill now waits for governor Brown’s signature which would put the change up for a vote in November. If passed, it would then go back to both houses and require a signature from the next Governor for Daylight Saving Time to end.

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