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Monthly Archives: July 2018

A special board meeting’s being held by the Mendocino County Homeless Services Continuum of Care (MCHSCoC) on a few funding related items. They’ll be voting about whether to use new tools for assessing applications for Housing and Community Development (HCD) and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funding, decide if they should approve certain submitted applications and whether some money should be reallocated. The meeting July 30th at the Mendocino County Community Development Commission building in Ukiah.

A woman in Fort Bragg has been arrested after reports of shoplifting a week before. Police say they got a call to Harvest Market Monday that the woman had stolen items there last week. Then she apparently gave a bogus name to police, that of her own mom… She’s since identified as Dayna Anderson. Police chased her for about a mile and say she violated crimes on the way, turning her car around near an intersection and was finally stopped by Shoreline Cottages where she’d been staying. She was arrested for shoplifting and other crimes and taken to Mendocino County Jail.

An explosion exposes a hash lab in Eureka. Police at the scene of the explosion last night say one person ended up in the hospital after the butane explosion. The man who was injured was able to walk himself to the stretcher and just had minor burn injuries. Police then went to the hospital to interview the man, but no further details were immediately available.

A woman from England dies in a solo car crash on State Route 128 in Mendocino County. The crash near mile post marker 31.5 with three people inside. They apparently drove up a steep incline where another vehicle had dropped several bails of dirt on the highway. The driver out of the vehicle on the shoulder to help clear the highway, but then their vehicle went backwards, down the incline, over the shoulder and down a steep embankment. Inside that vehicle, the front and rear passenger were thrown out of the car, the front passenger died at the scene. The rear passenger with moderate injuries and taken to a hospital. Police say the driver of the car Chris Parsons and the passenger who died was Patricia Sanz Munoz, with the rear passenger identified as Luis Parsons. They do not suspect drugs or alcohol as a factor.

Police in Fortuna on the lookout for a man they say choked a woman until she was unconscious. Police looking for the man reported as suicidal. They say the woman at the home they were called to was choked by a man she has been living with. She told police when she came to again, James Shinn then threatened to kill himself. She was able to run and call police. She was examined at the scene and refused further treatment. Police have put out a be on the lookout report for the man described as being 49 years old, 5 foot 11, about 275-300 pounds with a shaved head and blue eyes. He’s wanted for domestic violence and assault likely to cause great bodily injury.


The Humane Society of Inland Mendocino County has their annual fundraiser calling it a success. The Daily Journal reports they had their yearly Raffle and Supporter Appreciation Day over the weekend with tons of prizes, food and live entertainment. It’s one of four fundraiser’s the nonprofit has each year. As you may know, they’re a pet adoption center which launched back in 1992 in rural Redwood Valley. They adopt about 400 cats and kittens and 300 dogs and puppies every year and are managed fully by donations, membership dues, and fundraising events.

A fire quickly doused near the KOA campground on Highway 20 in Willits. The fire Saturday was being called the Camp Fire and happened between the Skunk Train and the ridge and not on KOA property. The Little Lake Fire Protection District, CAL FIRE and the Brooktrails Fire Department were all there with several air tankers and a Helicopter. It charred 7 acres before it was totally surrounded. There were no reports of injuries, but one firefighter did have heat-related sickness and was taken to a hospital, treated and released. The fire may have spread quick due to weather conditions. Willits is under a heat advisory today and tomorrow. Some kittens were apparently saved from under a shed at the campground.

Caltrans has been sent a proposal for safety-focused improvements on Highway 20 on the northern shore of Clear Lake for pedestrian safety. The Record Bee reports there’s been three town halls on the proposal and Supervisor Jim Steele requested the proposal be submitted. It’s got various safety feature ideas and modifications for Highway 20 from Clearlake Oaks to Upper Lake. Steele saying that stretch has him concerned even after Caltrans did work on the road in the past, saying there needs to be more crosswalks or safety features. The Caltran proposals includes speed limit reductions, flashing crosswalk lights at the Nice/Lucerne cutoff, brighter street lights in Lucerne, pedestrian activated crosswalk lights in Clearlake Oaks and more.

A motorcycle with a couple of kids on it crashes into a car in Clearlake. Clearlake police say Leslie Johnson of Clearlake driving a 2004 Ford Mustang when two juveniles on the motorcycle going about 20 mph slammed into the Mustang, missing a stop sign on Locust Street and Austin Drive. The Mustang could not avoid the bike which slammed into the front of the car and the riders were thrown from the motorcycle. The motorcycle then burst into flames, a patrol officer in the area put the fire out and medics arrived within minutes. One of the kids had major injuries and the other with moderate injuries. The driver of the mustang was not hurt.

A national award’s been giving to Sonoma County for its digital work during the October wildfires to keep residents up to date during recovery. The award was first place in the Digital Counties Survey by the Center for Digital Government along with the National Association of Counties, to recognize U.S. counties’ best technology practices. The Press Democrat reports after the fire’s started in October in Sonoma County and Santa Rosa they put together the website, as a portal of information for residents on federal financial assistance, debris removal work and other fire-related items. The County won for counties who have populations of 500,000 to 999,999 residents.

A woman from Oregon missing after her car went off a cliff near Big Sur speaks out about how she survived. A couple camping nearby found the woman. Chelsea and Chad Moore saw the Jeep Liberty at the bottom of a 200-foot cliff, bringing some items they found with the jeep to police. Then within about a half hour they found the driver, 23 year old Angela Hernandez, injured but stable. The couple called 911 and police pulled Hernandez from below. Hernandez says she he used a radiator hose from her car to siphon water from a nearby stream to stay hydrated.

Uber, still struggling to stay afloat after some allegations of sexual harassment, now reportedly under federal investigation for discriminating against women regarding hiring and pay. A former employee alleged the company had a massive sexual harassment problem and that management and HR didn’t respond properly. A blog post alleges the former Uber CEO allowed the sexual misbehavior to go on. Now claims are being investigated by the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission into the company paying women less and discriminating against them in the hiring process.

A woman in London calls police for a suspected prowler or burglar… but when cops get there to investigate the loud noises, they found a rogue squirrel instead. The emergency call to dispatch sends cops to the woman’s home where they say the squirrel had knocked some items over at the house and caused a mess, Harrow Borough Police tweeting the “rogue squirrel” was released with no charges.

It’s been nine months since the October fire storm and in Sonoma County there are still folks waiting on line to get food from a food bank. The Press Democrat reports Redwood Empire Food Bank is still running its Station 3990 program which is held a dozen times a week in seven cities since last October. They’ve distributed at least $4 million in food to as many as 28,000 households and 110,000 individuals. But folks are still showing up and there’s been an uptick in demand. They started out only distributing food right after the fires to 1,200 households a week. Now they say at least 500 households are there weekly looking for help.

A major meeting of folks across Mendocino County to talk about homelessness. The Health and Human Services Agency’s Housing Options for Mendocino (HOMe) Team, working with the Mendocino County Homeless Services Continuum of Care (MCHSCoC) had a consultant come in to work with the local community and service providers, law enforcement agencies and government leaders from Ukiah, Willits and Fort Bragg. They came up with a plan to respond to a report from March on homelessness in the county. They used that as a template in their three hour meeting July 2nd where they talked about keeping the public informed and working collaboratively. Their new plan will address the root causes of homelessness; use data that has common definitions and language; education; use various approaches and minimize how it effects the community among other ideas.

A man found guilty of murdering another man in Fort Bragg on Christmas a few years ago will spend his life behind bars. The D-A reports Caleb Silver is going to prison for nearly 34 years for killing Denis Boardman. The life sentence handed down last week for multiple crimes, including the murder charge. Silver was requesting a new trial, but the D-A opposed it and the court also denied it. The victim’s daughter spoke at the sentencing and Silver addressed the court too saying he was sorry that the real killer was still out there, denying it was him.

Two men in Little River have been arrested for a burglary. Last Wednesday Mendocino deputies got a call to a burglary in progress, someone apparently interrupted the suspects who took off. Deputies went to reports of the car that had been at the burglary traveling on Comptche-Ukiah Road headed to North Highway 1 and stopped the car, finding Bo Eder and Elijah Swithenbank. The two were arrested after being found with items that had been stolen from the residence and burglary tools. Deputies also found more items along the road from the house. The resident of the home had died. The two arrested on several crimes including burglary, possession of burglary tools and conspiracy to commit a crime.

A winter feeding ground is being built on the Ten Mile River north of Fort Bragg. The Nature Conservancy is building the feeding ground on part of the Smith Ranch which granted the group a conservation easement a few years ago. The conservancy separated the creek from grazing cattle and since then it’s bolstered the habitat for juvenile fish. They’re trying to create winter habitat using traps they check daily to see if fish are migrating and what their condition is like.

A woman at Trinidad Beach has been bitten by a small shark. An ambulance called to the scene over the weekend after a woman in knee deep water was bitten. A picture of the tiny shark is posted on the Red Headed Blackbelt news site. The woman had a minor injury.

A fire’s been put out along the railroad tracks in Ukiah but not before it damaged medical storage units. The fire Saturday close to the Adventist Health medical facilities on Hospital Drive said to be suspicious. The Ukiah Valley Fire Facebook page noted the fire was reported around 2:34 p.m. next to the railroad tracks between the medical property and Mason Street. Since it was windy out the flames expanded and several storage facilities were lost, but the fire never reached inside the facility.

The County Fire’s been 100% contained finally. The fire which charred more than 140 square miles in Yolo and Napa counties was surrounded by Saturday evening after burning for more than two weeks. It started June 30th near Guinda. Just under 90,300 acres burned along with 20 structures. Three others were damaged. Last week Cal Fire reported an improperly installed electric livestock fence started the fire which was the biggest in the state so far this year.

U-S Senator Diane Feinstein may have gotten more votes in the primary then her closest rival, State Senator Kevin de Leon, but the California Democratic Party is supporting him, not her. The party’s executive board saying no to Feinstein asking it to stay neutral. But De Leon working to get party activists behind him as a new contender with new ideas, to fight President Trump’s agenda. 217 delegates supported de Leon this weekend and only 22 got behind Feinstein. 94 voted for no endorsement.

A firefighter’s been killed in Yosemite National Park as he worked to prevent a wildfire from spreading. 36 year old Heavy Fire Equipment Operator Braden Varney killed Saturday as he worked on the fire near the west end of the park and the Sierra National Forest. He worked overnight after the fire started Friday on a bulldozer, cutting a firebreak to stop the fire from heading to a nearby community. No word on exactly what happened, except that the bulldozer rolled. He had been with CalFire for a decade. His father was also a CalFire heavy equipment operator.

The Mendocino County Clerk says the third place candidate in the 5th District Supervisor race will not be in the November run-off. Susan Ranochak says only the death of one of the top two vote getters would qualify the third place winner a spot on the ballot. This after second place candidate Chris Skyhawk decided to withdraw from the race because of a serious stroke about three weeks ago. It was supposed to be Ted Williams, the top vote getter, against Skyhawk. David Roderick was third. So Skyhawk’s name will still appear on the ballot in November.

The California State Controller has been injured in a suspected impaired driving incident. The CHP reports Betty Yee was injured last Friday afternoon after someone high on marijuana crashed into her and her husband who were in an unmarked state vehicle driven by a CHP officer. They were all stopped when they got rear-ended. The driver, 25 year old Aaron Ba Sean George received major injuries in the crash and was suspected to be driving under the influence of marijuana. Yee and her husband were both injured and taken to a hospital, but their driver was not hurt.

More hours at the DMV after too many complaints about long wait times. So the California Department of Motor Vehicles may have to go in front of a legislative committee on the matter. The DMV announcing it was expanding Saturday hours and they’ll be opening an hour early on weekdays too because of the new Federal REAL ID requirement, a new queuing system and a new license and ID application. Some Assembly members requesting a Joint Legislative Audit Committee audit on the wait times after they were tipped off by constituents about , quote “unacceptably long wait times, inaccurate information, and disorganization at branch offices.”

A sudden drop in altitude on a Chinese airline after the co-pilot starts up an e-cigarette in the cockpit. The Air China flight suddenly drops nearly 20,000 feet after the co-pilot accidentally turned off the plane’s air conditioning system. Apparently the co-pilot didn’t tell the pilot and tried to turn off some air recycling fans so the vapor didn’t spread into the passenger cabin, but he hit the wrong switch which led to a drop in oxygen levels. 153 passengers and nine crew members were aboard. They did however land safely last Thursday.


Unanimous for a new police chief in Clearlake. The City Manager has been directed to officially hire Andrew White after the vote to execute the proposed employment contract. White has been a commander at the Suisun City Police Department in Solano County, working for 16 years in law enforcement with experience as a police academy instructor and in various other departments. The last chief retired last December after an injury. There was an acting chief since then. There were about 20 applications for the job with the top candidates being interviewed by a panel of community members, representatives from the Clearlake Police Officers Association and chiefs of similar sized communities.

The two largest fires in Northern Calif. right now are nearly contained. Lake Co News reports the County fire, in Napa and Yolo counties, and the Klamathon fire in Siskiyou County have charred more than 126,000 acres the last two weeks. The County Fire’s burned just under 90,300 acres and is 95-percent contained and should be totally surrounded Sunday. The fire burned 20 structures and damaged three more and has been burning since June 30th when it started near Guinda in Yolo County. It also burned into Napa county after starting by an improperly installed electric fencing unit. The Klamathon fire started July 5th and has burned 36,500 acres near Hornbrook, killing one person and injuring 3 firefighters. It’s currently 80% contained.

There may soon be fire watch cameras popping up in Sonoma County. The Board of Supervisors are thinking about installing the cameras to find wildfires early and quickly send resources. There are fire watch cameras on top of Bald Mountain which saw the County Fire. which has burned more than 90,000 acres. One idea is to put cameras around Santa Rosa. They could be hoisted up on top of existing towers with the first ones to go up by Lake Sonoma since there are more than 600,000 people in the North Bay who get their drinking water from it. The cost is pegged at about $475,000. County supervisors will take up the matter again next month.

A pipe bomb has been detonated at Monte Rio Beach. The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office reports the live bomb was disarmed Saturday morning after it was found under the Monte Rio Bridge. The bridge was closed and surrounding area evacuated. Then the bomb squad came and took care of the device and the beach was reopened. The beach is the biggest public beach on the lower Russian River, east of the Monte Rio Bridge and known locally as Big Rocky Beach.

More than 70 permits have been distributed to fire survivors after the Redwood Complex fires last year. The Daily Journal reports Mendocino County issuing 73 permits and another 23 to follow for rebuilding destroyed and damaged properties. This in an update to the Board of Supervisors from the Planning and Building Services Dept. and the Health and Human Services Dept. regarding the over-excavation on some of the land. There was also a report that some properties had debris left behind by U.S. Army Corps contractors. Problems with the rebuilds of some damaged private roads, leaving residents who use them in limbo. The County is also releasing their Project Plan for 2018-2019 for public comment showing which projects are getting priority and what grants will be applied for and where the money for recovery projects will be spent, plus how to better respond in future disasters.

Fort Bragg has 90 days to transition from at large to district based council member elections. The City Council voted on Monday for the resolution showing they intend to make the change, giving three months to make the change, and during that time, the city cannot be sued. It comes after a local lawyer told the city he thought the city’s at-large election process may be against the Calif. Voting Rights Act of 2001. So the city then had 45 days to respond. So the city moved to make the transition within that 45 day deadline and cannot be sued. And with that, as part of state law, anyone who sues can only recover up to $30,000.

A small shed has burned in Ukiah, sending smoke into the sky. The Ukiah Valley Fire Authority responded to the call on Luce Ave for a fully-involved structure and says there was more smoke than flames, nobody home at the time the fire broke out, and say it looked like the fire started outside. No word if the fire was set or an accident, and they’re looking into that. Fire officials say it looks like the home nearby was under renovation, with tools, bicycles and wires. The shed reportedly damaged but not destroyed and the fire was contained in the shed and a little bit of a grassy area.

It’s a no for speed bumps on South Orchard. The Traffic Engineering Committee in Ukiah denied the request from a resident, but says they’ll come up with other potential solutions. The Daily Journal reports the Public Works Director reported to the committee that requests for “No Parking” zones by the new Costco were not contested so city staff is recommended they go in one between Walmart and the Furniture Design Center and the other between Ken Fowler Auto and Costco. And bike lanes to be installed along Washington Avenue between South State and South Dora streets means there has to be an option for residents to keep parking on the street. The City Council will take up that matter next.

The Lake County Grand Jury says there’s work to be done during emergencies, saying the Lake County Community Development Department didn’t help the public much after many of the most devastating wildfires going all the way back to 2015. This is the final report from the jury after they investigated a complaint saying there was poor management and inspection procedures in the county’s community development department. The report did give kudos however to the Clearlake and Lakeport City building and planning departments saying the county could learn from those departments.

Staffers in Lake County get to work on the Cannabis Business Tax after the Board of Supervisors gets an update. There will now be an add on to the county ordinance so the county can take in revenue from the sale of cannabis. That would cover cultivating, dispensing, producing, processing, preparing, storing, providing, donating, selling, or distributing medical cannabis or medical cannabis products by commercial cannabis businesses. The county counsel also told the board there should be a new position for a Tax Administrator who could oversee a new administrative program to make sure the taxes are collected. There are all sorts of rules that go with the new tax too and potential fines for those who don’t pay.

A new rule in California for state utility companies, including PG&E, so they have to tell their customers if there’s going to be a power line offline to prevent fires. This after state utility regulators unanimously voted on the new regulations for power companies who de-energize lines during extreme weather. The companies have to try to reach each person who is a customer before they shut down a power grid. The California Public Utilities Commission says this will be helpful during emergencies so electricity’s not flowing, which could be unsafe, but they say it has to be done with quote, great thought and with consideration of customers.

The state attorney general being sued because scores of gun owners were unable to register their recently banned weapons in California’s system. There was a deadline of June 30th for online reporting but apparently the system continued to crash, so now several gun advocacy groups are suing the Attorney General Xavier Becerra. The gun owners with Bottom of Form

bullet-button assault weapons couldn’t make the deadline. In 2016 bullet buttons were banned by the state because they were used in a terrorist attack in San Bernardino. It then became a crime to own a unregistered assault weapon in the state. The lawsuit says the Department of Justice got calls for help with registration but didn’t respond by the deadline and told callers there was nothing they could do.

The alleged East Bay Rapist in court with many of the victims after a judge unsealed warrants showing what led to police arresting the man now in custody. Joseph James DeAngelo, a father of three arrested in April in Citrus Heights connected thru a unique DNA match, in a Sacramento courtroom yesterday. He’s due for court again in September. Several victims or family members were also in court yesterday. The former cop, DeAngelo has been connected by detectives to some of the crimes. The East Bay Rapist suspected of killing at least 12 people in four counties and raping more than 50 others. He faces another 10 murder charges in Orange, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.

A man charged in the murder of two children found in a storage unit in Redding and for the torture of another child is going to prison. Gonzalo Curiel got two life terms without the possibility of parole for the 2015 murders. He also got another life sentence for the torture of the children’s sister. The children had been in the care of Curiel and his partner, Tami Huntsman at the time. He can seek parole in 2040, when he will be 42 years old. That’s only because he was a minor when the crimes were committed. He was convicted for the murders of 7 year old Shaun Tara and his 3 year old sister, Delylah. And for torturing the other child known only as Jane Doe who’s now 12. There were several other charges against Curiel too. Curiel and Huntsman were arrested in December of 2015 after it was found they left the dead children in a bin in the Redding storage unit. They were being cared for after their mom was killed in a car accident. Their dad was in jail.

A man in a crash near Big Lagoon with one person in the hospital with major injuries. The CHP says Jeffrey Holiman of Portland, OR, stopped on the shoulder of the northbound 101 to get a surfboard that fell out of his pickup, when another car, driven by Claude Grey of Coquille, OR slowed as he saw Holiman, but then thinking Holiman was about to run back to the right shoulder of the highway, he steered away from him, but accidentally hit him. Holiman rolled onto his hood and hit his windshield. He had major injuries and was taken to a hospital with his son who was waiting in the pickup. He was not injured, nor was Grey.

The body found in Cache Creek in Lower Lake has been identified. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office says the remains found Sunday were of 18 year old Noe Figueroa of Southern California. Detectives investigating the death say Figueroa came to the Ukiah area to visit family recently and went back to Lower Lake where he was staying. They say he drowned, but they’ve ordered a toxicology report which could take weeks to get the results from. They’re reaching out to the public now to see if anyone knew what Figueroa was up to while in town from July 1st-8th or if they might know where he had been living before his family visit.

In Sonoma County a couple of wildfire survivors with local officials are calling on state legislators to stop the work on changing laws that say how public utilities will be liable for fire damage to private property. The Press Democrat reports the survivors and elected supervisors from three counties and a local government advocate had a public statement in Larkfield against the legislative effort led by the Gov. regarding how the $10 billion in damages from the October wildfires will be covered. PG&E has been fingered as the culprit for some of the fires due to equipment issues. But the utility company’s been lobbying lawmakers, the newspaper reports, for relief from inverse condemnation, which means they have to pay for private property damage.

A woman from El Granada has been arrested for lighting several hundred hay bales on fire. The San Mateo prosecutor’s office says Monica Berlin said it was about the zombie apocalypse. 1,600 hay bales lit up June 26th and July 3rd. They say she told a neighbor it was to prevent a cult from committing a massacre. She was busted on Highway 92 last Friday going 100 miles an hour. They caught up to her in Atherton. She live-streamed the whole thing on Facebook saying she was “covering up a criminal conspiracy with the police department, and now they’re all chasing me, and it’s so scary.” She’s due in court on arson charges and more July 19th and was being held in San Mateo County jail on $100,000 bail.

California greenhouse gas emissions are way down, meeting a target years ahead of schedule. The Press Democrat reports on the Calif. Air Resources Board announcement that levels were down 13 percent, lower than 1990 levels. Levels had peaked in 2004, according to the board, while the economy grew by 26 percent that year. Greenhouse gas emissions were off 2.7 percent in 2016, just under the 431 million metric tons produced in 1990. It’s also the target level by 2020, that emissions return to 1990 levels and get to 40 percent below it by 2030.

A new report says Sen. Dianne Feinstein didn’t say her husband had some shares in Facebook prior to when Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before the Senate in April. Sludge, a new investigative journalism group reporting Feinstein didn’t say her husband, Richard Blum, a wealthy investment banker, had $100,000 to $250,000 of Facebook shares. But her office says the Senator doesn’t discuss her husband’s financial transactions with him, saying she has no ownership or control over it.

Could be windy and wet with the remnants of a monsoon that first hit Phoenix earlier this week. The storm included powerful dust clouds too. It might impact Lake County today with a slight chance of rain in the North Bay and East Bay this afternoon thru tomorrow morning. The National Weather Service says the “monsoon moisture” is headed north from Arizona into Central and Northern California after it pounded Phoenix, AZ with 70 mph winds, heavy rain and dust storms.

A little higher voter turnout for the latest primary election. The Record Bee reports for the first time in a decade mid-term primary voting was up, at 37%. The Secretary of State’s office still has a couple days to finalize the tally. The newspaper reports this year’s participation was a ten-year high for midterm primaries. The California Secretary of State’s Office showed Lake County’s turnout still lower than neighboring counties with almost 25 percent, but it was just under 42% in Glenn and 43 percent in Colusa County.

In one of the first courtroom showdowns on California’s Sanctuary State Law, the state didn’t show up to court. The lawsuit, “City of Huntington Beach v. The State of California”. In court this week, the judge still went ahead and set dates and deadlines in the challenge against the state sanctuary law known as the California Values Act, filed in Huntington Beach by the City Attorney. City Atty. Michael Gates claiming the law is unconstitutional interfering with the city’s charter authority to enforce local laws and regulations, including the operation of the police department. The state has filed a motion for delay until a federal lawsuit on the matter is resolved.

It’s unanimous, the Fort Bragg City Council says yes to apply for a Department of Transportation BUILD Grant for repairs to the Skunk Train tunnel and tracks. The city looking to fix the line so it can carry freight and run commuter trains and have the tourist route reopened. They’ve not come up with the amount they want exactly, but it’s supposed to be in the neighborhood of $5 to $6 million dollars.

City leaders in Fort Bragg all voted yes to endorse the a recent homelessness report. The City Council voted unanimously on the Homelessness Needs Assessment and Action Steps for Mendocino County. A contractor prepared the report for the county, focusing on Ukiah, Willits, Fort Bragg and surrounding areas after interviewing various stakeholders and individuals impacted by homelessness. For Fort Bragg, the report had lower numbers on homelessness than many expected. There were more than two dozen action steps in the county report. The Fort Bragg city manager says they’ll participate in the process.

No longer a record holder… a man in India known for having the longest fingernails on one hand has finally cut them. Shridhar Chillal, of Pune didn’t cut the fingernails on his left hand since 1952. He kept them since he was only 14 and a teacher scolded him for breaking a nail. So he decided to see how long he could go. The now 82 year old says his 29 foot long, 10 inch nails were cut by a doctor and are in the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Odditorium in Times Square, NY.

​A man on a tractor crashes on the 101 and rolls, bashing into a car. The CHP says Donald Lind of Fort Bragg was on the tractor on the northbound side of the highway north of Bell Springs Road when for some reason he overturned on a curve, his cab crashed into a female driver from Oregon, then a load of logs fell off the tractor, spilling across all lanes of the highway which had to be shut down on and off for about four hours, so the scene could be cleaned. Lind was airlifted to a hospital in Redding with suspected serious injuries. No word if the female driver was injured.

A cause for the massive County Fire has been determined. Cal Fire says it looks like an improperly installed electric livestock fence ignited the 90,000 acre fire, the biggest one burning in the state right now. It’s burning in Napa and Yolo counties and is currently 86% contained. The fire’s been burning nearly 2 weeks after starting on Highway 16 in the community of Guinda. The fire’s taken down 20 structures and damaged three. No word from Cal Fire who installed the fence or where it was exactly. But the person responsible has been cited. The Cal Fire Battalion Chief says they’re fighting quote, “islands” of fire inside the northern part of the fire. The fire could grow as tomorrow’s forecast calls for triple digit heat and low humidity.