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Pets affected by the Pawnee Fire getting some love. Mendo Shelter Pets having a donation drive for animals in Lake County impacted by the latest wildfire. The Daily Journal reports the group organizing says volunteers will be at the Mendocino Barkery in downtown Ukiah tomorrow from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. to collect pet food and accessories for cats and dogs. They say they’d like high-quality, hopefully grain-free, food, and leashes, collars and large crates. Blue Ribbon Pets, a local groomer and boarding facility is also matching monetary donations of $500 or more.

A candidate running in the 5th Supervisors race is in the hospital after a stroke. The Daily Journal reports Chris Skyhawk, a longtime Mendocino County resident is in a hospital in the Bay Area. The Anderson Valley Advertiser apparently spoke to Skyhawk’s wife then published that Skyhawk was getting treatment out of the county and a Facebook post from a local political activist also posted about Skyhawk being treated for a stroke. His runoff challenger, Ted Williams says he’s suspending his campaign until further notice. The two are running for the seat Dan Hamburg is retiring from.

A shellfish yanked from a boat ramp in Lake Mendocino turns out to be an invasive quagga mussel. The state Fish and Wildlife Dept. confirms the find, but says there’s no threat to the waterway thanks to Noah, a dog hired to sniff out such invaders. A spokesperson for the Sonoma County Water Agency, says they’ve been getting tons of praise for the work the dogs from Mussel Dogs having been doing during weekend boat inspections at lakes Sonoma and Mendocino.

The Pawnee Fire has slowed forward progress and is now 50% contained. And the last 200 residents from the Double Eagle Ranch subdivision who were still under mandatory evacuation orders have been allowed to go home. The fire started last Saturday and grew fast in hot, windy, dry conditions. The same weather conditions, however, are expected this weekend with a red flag warning across the North Coast. The fire has burned 13,700 acres with more than 3,200 firefighters on the fire from across the state. 1,300 others who had been sent from their homes got to go back Wednesday. There’s still a closure order for Walker Ridge and Indian Valley Reservoir federal lands so heavy equipment can work in the area. 12 homes burned and 10 other structures. Plus a handful of others had minor damage.

A couple from Kansas is recovering after a motorcycle crash. The CHP reports the couple, Michael Shirk and his passenger Kathleen were on the bike south of Hwy 1 near Leggett Wednesday when they came off the road, went down an embankment and were thrown off the motorcycle. Kathleen had moderate injuries and Michael suffered minor injuries and declined a trip to the hospital.

Two suspected burglars have been arrested after Fort Bragg police find a guy in the back of their pickup truck in a ski mask. Police say they pulled the truck over Wednesday after seeing the truck in an alley early in the morning with the guy in the mask sitting on the truck’s tailgate. They identify the driver and passenger as Jeremy Kenyon and Shane Porter, both of Fort Bragg. The pair arrested on suspicion of possession of a concealed knife and possession and distribution of a controlled substance after methamphetamine, packaging materials, a scale and a bunch of cash were found as well as a punch knife on one of them.

The Romero Institute gets the green light for a lease of the Lucerne Hotel. The Record Bee reports the Board approved the old Castle for use or purchase last December. The newspaper reports there were two proposals received, one for a buy, the other a long term lease. And apparently the Romero Institute’s proposal was for a four-year educational institution — New Paradigm College to offer Bachelor’s degrees in Integrative Global Studies plus there would be an extension program too. The college out of Santa Cruz in partnership with other institutions like the University of San Francisco, Kansas State University, Loyola Marymount and the University of Manitoba.

Mendocino Coast District Hospital trying to save money, will cut down on some part timers. The so-called “registry” personnel cuts will reportedly save the hospital more than one million dollars, improving its billing methods and reimbursements from insurers and cutting back on “specialty services” at the North Coast Family Health Center. All of this from the rough draft of the district’s 2018-19 budget. The document revealed at a meeting this past Tuesday. It showed the hospital lost about 3.5 million last fiscal year, mostly from fees for temporary doctors and nurses and mistakes in how hospital services are billed and charged.

Rent raises and the new managers at a mobile home park in Willits brought to the City Council. The owners of the Willits Mobile Home Park and some park residents at the City Council meeting this week which was packed. The City Council decided not to put a rent stabilization ordinance in place, with the mayor saying she thought long and hard on the idea because of some low income residents. But then said the burden would be passed on to the owners, or the new management company, Boa Vida. Apparently there were other meetings on the matter with no public comment so the Council and an ad hoc committee didn’t many meetings on the matter because of minimal response.

A red flag warning issued by the National Weather Service for Mendocino and surrounding counties. The sheriff’s posted the warning on its Facebook page. It goes from tonight at 11 PM through 11 PM tomorrow. Forecasters say to expect low humidity, dry vegetation and fuels with high temperatures and winds from 10-20 mph. The sheriff says it’s mostly for areas above 2,000 ft. but warns all communities to stay vigilant, use caution and good fire preparedness. The warning due to a combo of strong winds, that low humidity, even in the overnight hours, and high temperatures which can all contribute to extreme fire behavior. They also warn fires that start will likely spread rapidly.

Another wildfire reported… this one in Trinity County. Cal Fire reports the Flat Fire southeast of Douglas City is threatening structures and has burned 150 acres. The fire first reported late yesterday afternoon near Blanchard Flat Road and Reading Creek Road as a large vegetation fire. There are apparently several homes, barns and greenhouses in the area. In a tweet by Cal Fire in the area there were 6 engines and a chopper above the fire. More air support units were reportedly ordered for this morning along with 13 helicopters and four air tankers. The fire is zero percent contained.

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