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The largest fire in Northern Calif., the County Fire, has grown again and threatening hundreds more homes and other structures in Yolo and Napa counties. The County fire charred 86,000 acres so far and is 27 percent contained. The fire’s threatening 1,500 structures with no damage or injuries reported on the fire. There are still mandatory evacuation orders in place with erratic fire behavior reported. Firefighters say the fire should totally be surrounded by Tuesday, but it could intensify and grow before that time too. The fire’s burning in rugged terrain. The Pawnee Fire’s at 15,000 acres now and should be fully contained Saturday. The fire’s 90% contained and resources are moving to other incidents. One firefighter was injured on the Pawnee Fire, but no word on how serious that was.

Another small fire’s been reported in Colusa County. The Stoney Fire started yesterday and was reported at 100 acres with 25% containment. The fire’s burn in grass, is reported to be threatening structures. A small fire in Kelseyville stomped out quick on Anderson Island. One structure was threatened by the fire Tuesday which was reported around three to five acres. There were firefighters on the ground and in the air and the power to the island was turned off. The forward progress of the fire was stopped in just over an hour with no reports of injuries or damage.

The Lake County Registrar of Voters Office has released final election results from the Primary. EJ Crandell will be the new District 3 Supervisor and Shanda Harry and Don Anderson are facing off in the November General Election. Harry was ahead in early tallies by more than 1,000 votes or about 45.6 percent. And Anderson was just behind with 43 percent of the vote. There was a tight race between Crandell and Denise Lee Loustalot, with Crandell at 1,354 votes for 51.4 percent, and Loustalot had 1,270 votes 48.2 percent. It ended with Crandell maintaining his lead. Bruno Sabatier is the new District 2 Supervisor, easily winning and the D-A will be Susan Krones. All other races stayed the same. No on Measure J for another sales tax.

The two men charged with the so-called Ghost Ship fire that killed 36 people have taken plea deals. It’s been a year and a half since the fire started at the East Oakland warehouse party. The deals for Derrick Almena and Max Harris who were leasing the place and using it as an artist residence. It exploded in flames in Dec. of 2016. They were charged with the murder of the victims and were supposed to go to trial in about 2 weeks. The Alameda County District Attorney’s office says Almena, the master tenant, has agreed to a nine-year prison term and Harris to six-years.

The Lake County grand jury looking into Senior Centers which are also activity centers for local seniors. The jury toured local centers and met with staffers and went over their standard operating procedures, budgets and food safety. The report says food inspections were done right even as they serve more than 100,000 meals a year. The report shows all centers could use more volunteers. The Record Bee reports the report found better communication with County District supervisors, there’s not adequate signage around some locations to direct people, one of the handicap doors at one center needed repairs and the sidewalks in front of the Lucerne Center also needed fixing.

Since the devastating Dungeness and rock crab seasons in 2015 and 16 in California due to toxic algae blooms, the federal government has released nearly $268M in disaster relief for fishermen and businesses who lost income that season. Plus the Yurok Tribe got almost $4M in disaster relief for the 2016 commercial salmon season, which was also stopped because there were not enough returning spawners. The 2015-16 crab season had to be delayed in California by nearly six months, so crabbers only had a fraction of the time they normally have. And that was followed by the dismal salmon season. Congress released more than $200 million in disaster relief money for the fisheries disasters covering not only Calif., but the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea.

If you missed fireworks celebrations you still have a shot. Fort Bragg’s got their annual fireworks celebration Saturday over Noyo Harbor. If you want to go, you can park at Noyo Beach, South Noyo Headlands Park, and at the American Legion Fundraiser parking lot near Mendocino College. Money for parking, it pays for the cost of the fireworks and benefit American Legion Sequoia Post #96. The celebration means the park will close tomorrow night and will reopen at 5 PM Saturday for the celebration. Fireworks will be launched from the southwest end of Noyo Headlands Park.

The long vacant and troubled Palace Hotel has been put up for sale. The building is listed at just under one million dollars with a sign saying it’s a rare opportunity to redevelop downtown Ukiah. Eladia Laines is the owner, who purchased the property in 1990 for $115,000. She’s been working to clean it out ever since and the city’s jumped in in the last several years, declaring it a public nuisance so it could be rehabbed. But it’s sat dormant the last several years with little work done even after mediation with the city. So the place went into receivership.

The mid-year outlook on the cannabis industry in Calif. has been released. The California Growers Association released their annual report showing regulating the market has had an impact. The report released July 1st, giving those in the industry about six months to adapt to the new regulations and laws set forth in the recreational marijuana market. Those include laboratory tests, labeling and certain measurements on the amount of THC in edibles. The report shows expectation that the growth of the market will be constrained because of policies. It also shows there are some in Calif. with no easy access to licensed retailers, so there’s still a healthy unregulated market in parts of the state.


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