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A meeting with the Interagency Burned Area Emergency Response, or BAER, team after the assessment of federal lands after the Mendocino Complex fire. The meeting hosted by the Bureau of Land Management at the Ukiah Field Office. Lake Co News reports the BLM looking for public input from outdoor enthusiasts and others regarding burned land. The news site reports more than 80,000 acres of BLM-managed public lands are blackened after the Pawnee, County, River and Ranch fires this year. There’s also major damage to trails on the Cow Mountain Recreation Management Area from the River Fire. The BLM has a map on their website now showing the BAER team assessment and impacts from the Mendocino Complex fires on federal lands.

The Snell fire in Napa County is gaining containment and has not grown much more. The fire’s at just under 2,500 acres and now 75% contained. The fire started last Saturday southeast of Middletown by the Berryessa Estates subdivision, which had been evacuated after the fire started. Right now Cal Fire crews are patrolling the fire and mopping up.

A trio of outreach events by SafeRx in Lake County regarding the opioid crisis. Lake Co News reports the company’s also sending representatives to meet with state legislators to gain support. They’re focused on Medically-Assisted Treatments which they say has been proven to reduce OD’s. AmeriCorps has also assigned volunteers to help with the crisis. SafeRx is trying to bring awareness to the epidemic with youth education, with law enforcement, medically-assisted treatments, Naloxone distribution (an overdose reversal medicine), safe prescribing, data collection and analysis, community enrichment, partnerships and outreach. The events are September 15th at Austin Park, Clearlake; Sept. 19th and 20th at the Lake County Fairgrounds and again at the Fairgrounds for an event October 13th. For more info

The former acting chief of the Ukiah Valley Fire Authority is back on the job after an extended leave. Kirk Thomsen reportedly back at work as a captain. He was the interim chief last year after the former chief John Bartlett suddenly retired. But then Thomsen went on leave last December for unknown reasons. The Daily Journal reports the city manager would not comment and wouldn’t confirm or deny if there was an internal investigation going on. The newspaper also reports an employee of the fire department said they were getting a bunch of Public Information Requests, including one asking for several text messages sent and received by Thomsen. In the meantime the department is still searching for a chief. Right now two division chiefs share the fire chief job.

Sonoma County had a dry run of their newly overhauled emergency alert system. Text messages sent out from the county yesterday to thousands of cellphones in five areas via the federal Wireless Emergency Alerts system, which is the same system not used for last October’s wildfires. The Press Democrat reports the test may be the first of its kind on the West Coast. The messages sent to cellphones in Guerneville, Glen Ellen, Kenwood, Healdsburg, Penngrove and Roseland. There were texts and TV and radio tests thru the federal Emergency Alert System. A report shows some spillover on the text messages in the areas they were sent to, received then in Rohnert Park and Petaluma and as far out as Graton and The Sea Ranch. And some in Guerneville never got it at all. Officials say it was still a success because now they’ve identified potential trouble spots.

After a traffic stop in Humboldt County, two people have been arrested with drugs. Deputies say Anthony Pollette of Redway gave them a phony name and when they told him to get out of the car he tried to run away but was quickly captured. He was booked into the Humboldt County Jail on three felonies including battery on an emergency responder, resisting arrest and criminal threats, all warrants. Plus he had a billy club on him and has been charged now with false identification to a peace officer, resisting arrest and possession of a controlled substance. The driver of the car Kayla Austin of Redway, cited and released for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Daily flyovers by Pacific Gas and Electric Company for possible fires in their service area. There are a couple of new areas of patrol this year too. All part of their work with the U.S. Forest Service, CAL FIRE and local fire companies. The utility company says fires in the state have been growing with size and intensity so they have to adapt and try to help prevent more fires. The patrols have been ongoing since June 1st and go on thru about Halloween. The patrols in Redding, from Humboldt to Lake County, Redding to Auburn in the Northern Sierra, Auburn to Sonora in the Central Sierra, Sonora to Porterville in the Southern Sierra, Vacaville to Solvang near the coast, Redding to Hoopa to MacArthur (in Siskiyou County and northeastern Shasta County) and in Mendocino County.

A complaint’s been filed against the campaign to preserve the state’s recent gas tax hike. The Fair Political Practices Commission got a complaint from the competing campaign saying state employees gave out fliers to get voters to keep the tax increase in place. The workers reportedly private contractors who are employed by the California Transportation Department. Caltrans is investigating but says they think those involved were not Caltrans employees. Proposition 6 could repeal the recent gas tax. Some Republican lawmakers and other groups support Proposition 6, but construction companies and unions representing construction workers are trying to defeat the initiative saying it funds needed road repairs.

A record almond crop this year at nearly 2 and a half billion pounds and walnuts are not far behind. But almonds may sit in the state due to the President’s tariffs. China has a 50 percent tariff on almonds so if almonds are shipped there the Chinese government gets paid more money. The same could happen with walnuts but the California Walnut Commission reports they’re trying to negotiate a way around the issue. The harvest this year has reportedly yielded 10 percent more than last year at 690,000 tons.

A UC Berkeley staffer says donating a kidney to a stranger… no big deal. Katherine Walsh says she liked doing something people don’t normally do that’s desperately needed. She’s a fundraiser for the College of Chemistry and says donating a kidney’s not as bad as it sounds. No word on who she donated to.

There could be penalties or punishment on the way for several San Francisco cops after racist and homophobic text messages were sent. The matter ended up in the California Supreme Court which has said no to the officers appeal, upholding a lower court ruling that the Police dept. can discipline the officers who texted the messages during a 2011-2012 federal corruption investigation. A court had ruled the officers could not be disciplined because the department waited too long, but then another court overturned that in May. So now disciplinary hearings can be held in front of the police commission.

A new study shows an older generation are smoking more weed. The study in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence shows middle age and older adults are partaking quite a bit. The data pulled from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health from 2015 and 2016 of adults in the U-S between 50 and 64 years old. It showed 9 percent used a year before and 3 percent of those over 65 used weed during the time of the study. The survey a couple years before showed 7 percent of middle-aged Americans used marijuana with only 1.4 percent of people over 65.


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