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A dangerous weekend ahead for fires. The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning that includes Lake County and other parts of Northern California, in effect from 11:00 Saturday morning to 8:00 Sunday night. Highs over the weekend could be near 100 in many places and it will be windy and dry. Authorities say that means you should avoid anything that could spark a fire because once a fire starts it would likely spread quickly. The fire risk should ease with cooler temperatures early next week, but the forecast also calls for continued dry conditions .

It has taken a few months, but the City of Clearlake is closer to hiring a new police chief. The Lake County News says the city is reviewing one finalist for the job and pending the outcome of required background checks, that candidate could take over in August. The finalist’s name isn’t being released. The new chief would take over from interim chief, Lt. Tim Celli, who was appointed in December when former chief Craig Clausen retired after two years of disability. Celli confirms he is not the finalist, but says he will stay on under the new chief.

The final numbers are in from this month’s primary in Mendocino County and officials say the results reported shortly after the election will stand. In local races, the official count shows Michelle Hutchins has won the race for school superintendent and won’t face a general election challenger. John Pinches and John Haschak will face off in the general election for supervisor in the Third District while Ted Williams and Chris Skyhawk will be on the ballot in the general in the Fifth District. Almost 46,000 people voted in Mendocino county on June 5th.

The City of Clearlake is looking ahead to the November election for two seats on the City Council and for City Treasurer. The seats all have four year terms. The filing period runs from July 19th to August 10th. There apparently isn’t much interest in the treasurer job though. No one has run for years so the treasurer is currently a city employee.

The city of Ukiah says it is working toward a settlement in a lawsuit brought by the Ukiah Valley Sanitation District, even as a trial date in the case has been moved from next month to September. The Sanitation District claims the city owes tens of millions of dollars, dating back as far as the 1960’s. The city contends the statute of limitations has run out on some of those claims and wants a court to toss them out before trial , which is now set for September 26th.

Unemployment in Lake County is as low as it has been in 30 years. The state Employment Development Department reports that the Lake County rate in may was 4.5 percent—down from 5 percent in April and 5.2 percent last May. The numbers were even better in Mendocino county, with just 3.2 percent out of work.

Another pizza shop robbery in Santa Rosa. This time, a robber hit a Domino’s on Farmer’s Lane on Thursday afternoon. The suspect flashed a gun grabbed cash from the register and took off. Based on the description and M.O. Police think it is the same person who held up Round Table Pizza on Marlow Road on Sunday. If you have information about the robberies, you can contact the Santa Rosa PD.

A big weekend at the Sonoma Raceway. NASCAR’s Monster race is set for this Sunday and big crowds are expected around the road course between now and then.

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