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A man’s been killed in a car crash in Calpella. The California Highway Patrol reports the unidentified man was driving west on Eastside Calpella Road and went off the road in his 2002 BMW south of Highway 20 eastbound and rolled. The car stopped on its roof and the driver died on the scene. CHP officers say he did not use safety equipment. There was a 52-year-old woman with him who was taken to the hospital with moderate injuries. The two both from Lakeport.

A warning in Calif. to say away from recreationally harvested mussels until the end of October. Officials warning of dangerous levels of domoic acid which is also known as Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning or ASP. It can get people sick and even cause death. There’s also a warning to stay away from sport-harvested razor clams from Del Norte and Humboldt counties for the same reason, too high of levels of domoic acid. The FDA says “biotoxins may increase to unsafe levels in the shellfish that feed on the micro-algae.” Commercially sold clams, mussels, scallops or oysters are safe to eat since they go thru a lot of testing regularly.

Dozens of fire rescue animals from the Mendocino Complex have been up for adoption. The Lake County Animal Care & Control center in Lakeport says the pets are available to a forever home after they were evacuated from their previous homes during the recent fires. The Record Bee reports the shelter manager saying most people are able to come back for their pets, but some cannot. They have a 30 day “hold period” after the final evacuation order is lifted after a fire, then animals are put up to the public for adoption. There was a stream of folks at the shelter yesterday. The shelter had about a dozen cats, a dozen dogs, and a goat. There had been almost 400 animals when the Mendocino Complex evacuations first happened.

The 100th weather station has been installed by PG&E. The stations gather meteorological data to help predict extreme wildfire danger. The weather stations installed as further safety precautions after the 2017 wildfires. So PG& E is part of a Community Wildfire Safety Program to help reduce wildfire threats and help keep their customers, families and communities informed. A spokesperson for the company says the giant utility has installed more than 100 new weather stations since the beginning of the year. Four are in Lake County and another 200 in high firethreat areas will be put in. Some counties already have them including Butte, Calaveras, Contra Costa, Mendocino, Napa, Shasta and Sierra. The data shared in real time with sources like the National Weather Service.

Still not 100%, but almost for the Mendocino Complex after nearly six weeks burning. The fire’s charred more than 459,120-acres and is 98-percent contained with one area still burning out of the containment lines in the Ranch Fire. The River Fire was contained almost a month ago. The area of the Mendocino Forest which is burning remains closed. So there’s no public use allowed including hunting, using firearms and off-road vehicles.

There’s two confirmed deaths due to the West Nile virus in Calif. The deaths happened in Glenn and Yuba counties. Lake Co News reports the state Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith says it’s still the peak period for the virus in Calif. so they’re urging residents to take all precautions to protect themselves against mosquito bites. There’s been 56 human cases of the virus in 21 California counties this year. There’s also been more than 420 dead birds found from 18 counties that tested positive this year and another 1,600 or so positive mosquito samples from 28 counties.

An ambitious goal in Calif to slowly phase out all fossil fuels. The Governor signing new legislation yesterday as part of his push to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the state. The bill signing ahead of a summit in San Francisco hosted by Gov. Brown with climate change leaders from around the world this week. The new law to ensure California utility companies generate 60 percent of energy from wind, solar and other renewable sources by 2030 and that they use only carbon-free sources for electricity by 2045. There’s nothing that says it will be illegal or there will be a penalty for not meeting the goal. Brown says it won’t be easy, but it has to be done.

More than 30 suspected gang members have been arrested for a massive credit card fraud scheme. The Calif. Atty. General announced yesterday 32 people arrested for stealing as much as $1 million by hacking credit card terminals and merchant accounts at medical and dental businesses. The announcement of a 240-count indictment against members of the BullyBoys and CoCo Boys including conspiracy to commit grand theft; hacking, computer access and fraud; burglary; and eight counts of identity theft. Cops also found laptops and personal files with social security numbers and bank information. All across Northern Cali.

People have been sent from their homes in Marin County after a vegetation fire breaks out and burns out of control. The fire at Samuel P. Taylor State Park had burned 100 acres across steep terrain this morning. It started under a local fire lookout last night and was said to be threatening nearly 3 dozen structures. The fire was about 10 percent contained late last night with fire officials saying they were making good progress using bulldozers, hand crews, water tenders and engines. Residents located near the fire area who were not evacuated were being told to monitor local news media and follow any instructions they got from Marin County Fire or Sheriff officials.

A new report shows almost 20 percent of cannabis products to be sold in California had failed potency and purity tests since requirements went into effect July 1st. The worst of the testing on cannabis-infused cookies, candies and tinctures: about a-third tested cannot be sold. And separately testing companies also found unacceptable levels of pesticides, solvents and bacteria, including E. coli and salmonella. The Associated Press reports in the first two months almost 11,000 samples had been tested with about 2,000 failing. The state Bureau of Cannabis Control reports the testing is new and will take time for it to go smoothly, but they’re happy so far with the way things are progressing.

A $15,000 reward for any information on the shooting death of an endangered Calif. Condor. Officials report the bird was shot in July on private property near the Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge in Kern County. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was offering a $5,000 reward but then yesterday the Center for Biological Diversity tripled it.

A man in Massachusetts is celebrating a big anniversary… 50 years of employment… at McDonalds. Alfred Caproni started out flipping burgers at their Pittsfield location before there ever was a Big Mac. Then moved to their North Adams location, where he’s been since. The now 73 year old celebrated his 50th anniversary with the fast-food joint last week. He joked in a local newspaper report that he has cooked so many burgers over the years, he ended up with carpal tunnel syndrome. He says he never left because the working environment was really fun and keeps him young. He even met his wife there…

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