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The Wine Industry having another banner year. Info from the latest Mendocino County Crop Report presented this week to the Board of Supervisors. The agricultural commissioner at Tuesday’s Board meeting showing the wine industry keeps shining, but the timber industry is still declining. The latest report from 2016 shows the wine industry making 120 million as opposed to what used to be the biggest industry in the county, timber, which made $80 million. Production for wine grapes at about $88 million in 2015 and now $120 million in 2016. All of the county’s agriculture pulled in more than $165,837,000 dollars with fruit and nuts making most of that.

A man has been hurt in a fire that gutted his mobile home in Ukiah. The fire on Wabash Avenue reportedly destroyed the man’s home yesterday afternoon. The Ukiah Valley Fire Authority reports the home in flames when they got there after a neighbor apparently heard an explosion. They reported seeing one side of the trailer home ignite and called 911. Then several neighbors armed with fire extinguishers and hoses tried to help put the fire out. Neighbors say a man lived in the mobile home and he was reported to be outside the home with major injuries when firefighters arrived. The Fire Division chief says the fire was suspicious in nature, saying there were two propane tanks inside that they’re unsure of what they were being used for. There was also another fire yesterday afternoon west of Ukiah, but it was contained fast at an acre and no reports of injuries or damaged structures.

A man from Hopland is recovering after crashing his motorcycle into a tree off Highway 175. The California Highway Patrol reports the 66 year old man was on a 1999 Yamaha motorcycle driving westbound on the Hwy east of Buckman Drive Monday afternoon when he missed a right turn, went off the road and crashed into a big oak tree and came off the bike. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office also at the scene after the crash. They’ve not released the man’s name until his next of kin are notified. One lane of Highway 175 was closed for several hours after the accident.


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