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A trio of baby raccoons all better after being found without their mother on the side of Mill Creek Road in Ukiah. Mendocino Wildlife Association picked the babies up in May after they were found crying. The animals were brought to Sonoma Wildlife Rescue and were taken care of for three months. They were released back to the wild last week in the same spot where they were found. The Daily Journal reports the Wildlife Association is a new program to help rescue and rehab animals.

A siren test is being conducted by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and South Lake County Fire Protection District. The test to make sure there’s a connection between the Sheriff’s Dispatch and four (4) sirens installed to advise residents of a possible coming hazard. They’ll only reschedule the test this afternoon if there’s an active response to local fires needed. The four sites are Middletown, Anderson Springs, Cobb and Loch Lomond. An activation signal is being sent to each of the sites, then someone on the other side will confirm activation. If it doesn’t signal, it will be repaired. These sirens put in to warn residents in case of emergency. The agencies encouraging residents to sign up at LakeCoAlerts & Nixle for telephone, text and e-mail alerts from the Sheriff’s Office by visiting .

New wording being considered to be including in Lakeport Unified School District non-discrimination policies. The board will consider the edits to district policies including immigration status with wording regarding ethnicity, sexual orientation, and religious beliefs. The changes in responses to a law passed last year, “Educational equity: immigration and citizenship status” saying Calif. needs to protect students and make sure regardless of immigration status, they get the education they’re entitled to free from intimidation or risk of a loss of access to resources and programs that other students enjoy. The meeting is tomorrow where other topics will be addressed to, like using Measure T funds, beginning-of-year school openings, volunteer assistance policies, and chronic absenteeism.

The bill in the legislature to address who will pay for damage after wildfires has passed and heads to the governor, with more consumer protections for homeowner insurance. The bill passed as lobbyists fought against any retroactive relief for the nearly 6,200 homeowners who lost their houses in last October’s wildfires. There was as much as $10 billion in home insurance claims related to the firestorm. The state insurance commissioner says the package of bills passed will help consumers get back on their feet. One of the bills by Sen. Bill Dodd allows policyholders to get better protection if they’ve been underinsured and had a total loss in a declared state of emergency.

A board member from the Lakeport Fire Protection District’s honored by the City Council for their service. Lake Co News reports a proclamation was also presented to the entire District for their work protecting the city and local communities from the Mendocino Complex Fires which are still burning. The fires now 98% contained. The news site reports a proclamation was presented to Lakeport Fire Protection District Board member Gerry Mills, who has served for 20 years and is now retiring. He had also been a CHP captain who was the commander of the Clear Lake office and Eureka area office before retiring. Mills says the experience he had in Lakeport was very positive and a distinct honor working with the fire dept. Then the proclamation to the entire department including a time lapse video of the fire’s movement.

A preschool in Hidden Valley Lake gets accolades. Bundle of Joy Nature Preschool got the highest rating, Tier 5, on the Quality Counts California matrix. That’s a way to check the quality of child care in California. There’s apparently never been another preschool in the county that’s received a Tier 5 rating. Last year there were eight preschools in Lake County that all got a Tier 4 rating. The ratings look at effects of the Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS), a voluntary statewide program Lake County started following in 2015 along with the Lake County Office of Education, or LCOE.

A new fire reported in Mendocino County has been slowed quick. Forward progress of the so-called Shimmins Fire stopped after it broke out yesterday on Highway 162. The CHP was on the scene and had closed the road at the intersection of Shimmins Ridge Road and the 101, but highway 162 was reportedly open during the incident. The fire reportedly burned at a moderate rate of spread, no reports of structures burning or injuries. The info from Mendocino Voice, with no confirmation so far from Cal Fire on the size of the fire or containment lines.

A new fire has people leaving their homes in Sacramento. The so-called Sliger Fire ignited yesterday afternoon around 3 p.m. heading up the foothill with immediate mandatory evacuation orders for some homes. The fire was first reported at 20 acres then was 70 by late last night. Firefighters have to work in rugged terrain off a rural road. Cal Fire reports the road it’s burning on, Sliger Mine Road, is narrow, only about 1 1/2 cars wide. Air tankers on another local fire were being moved to this newer fire. The fire was 20 percent contained last night.

The Alameda Police Dept. is investigating a string of attempted sex assaults. Cops say they think the attacks could be connected to one man that all happened in the last several weeks in western Alameda. One woman said a man tried to rape her at the Robert W. Crown State Beach Saturday. There was another similar incident yesterday with a man described similarly to the one Saturday. There was another attempted attack August 6th near the same area. The suspect described as a black man, about 20 to 25 years old with short curly hair, about 5’ 5’ or so, with a “thin build”.

A volunteer pilot and a mom and daughter in a small plane crash near the Palo Alto airport. The pilot killed after the single-engine Mooney M20 crashed into a pond yesterday on its way back from Redding. The pilot trying to go around the Palo Alto Airport when they crashed. The mom, Nancy Dellamaria and her 16 year old daughter Chloe went to an area hospital. The name of the pilot has not been released, but he was believed to be in his 60’s. The airplane apparently operated by a nonprofit providing free emergency medical transport for those who have serious conditions but can’t afford transport. The girl apparently had a surgery planned at a local hospital.

The governor’s got a bill on his desk regarding lawmakers being allowed to live outside the districts they represent. The Senate Bill says a lawmakers address on their voter registration would be their primary residence as long as they’ve lived at that address, but it doesn’t specify for how long. The senator who penned the bill says it’s so legislators, who have to travel and live at the capital can be effective leaders for their representative districts without fearing being targeted by overzealous prosecutors or political adversaries. Those against it say it widens the loophole for lawmakers who don’t want to live in their districts.

A discount store in Japan recalling several thousand ‘prank knives’ as they actually have real blades in them. Daiso, a chain of bargain household shops recalling the Dokkiri Cutters, which are supposed to have dulled edges and an indent to look like someone accidentally sliced their own finger. The package actually contained real utility knives and the packages made it to their shops across Japan. Some folks noticed the indentation was not there and the blades weren’t blunt, they were razor sharp.

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