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A change for the Mendocino Complex lake county disaster resource center. The center will transition to a Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Outreach Center, effective on Monday. The change means representatives of the SBA will be on hand from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM Monday though Friday to help people with questions about disaster relief loans and applications. FEMA will still have representatives at the location in the tribal center on Main Street in Upper Lake. Registration for FEMA programs will run through October 6th.

People with stories to tell about last year’s fires will have a chance to share them at the Lake County Library later this month. The library and the StoryCenter are joining up to gather resident’s 30 minute reflections about how the fires affected them on September 26th at the Redbud Library on Burns Valley Road in Clearlake. Participants will be interviewed and their stories will be saved for a collection in the California State Libraries You’ll need to sign up—and you can do that by visiting the website

The Lakeport Fire protection district board has approved a new budget that cuts the number of full time and part time, firefighters. The Lake County News reports the budget calls for laying off three full-timers and three part-timers to bring the budget into balance. The cuts come after failed negotiations with the union representing the firefighters. The board had voted last month to put off a final decision on the budget until after the negotiations were done. The firefighters union was scheduled to meet to talk about the issue on Thursday night. The fire protection board decided on several other cost-saving measures at a meeting this week before adopting the nearly 2 point 1 million dollar spending plan. No decision yet on how the layoffs called for will be handled.

Some Lake County offices are closed today—the first of a series of Friday closures aimed at giving county employees a chance to catch up on their work. The county budget has been strained and county officials have decided to limit the public hours to Monday through Thursday, from 8 am. to 5 pm County Administrator, Carol Hutchinson has released a video outlining the cutbacks which she says are needed because business as usual is no longer an option. She says while offices will be closed to the public, workers will be there handling jobs they aren’t able to when the officers are open. There is information about the closures at the website or on the county Facebook page.

The Sonoma Ecology Center is organizing and leading California Coastal Cleanup Day efforts. The annual beach and inland waterway cleanup takes place tomorrow and is the state’s largest volunteer event. Volunteers are invited to help clean up several locations throughout Sonoma Valley, including Sonoma Creek at Maxwell and Larson parks, and Fryer and Nathanson creeks. For more information or to register, visit the Sonoma Ecology Center’s website.

Governor Jerry Brown is calling President Donald Trump in his words a "liar" and a "fool" when it comes to the environment and climate change. Brown made his remarks at his Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco Trump announced last year that he was withdrawing the U.S. from the landmark 2015 Paris climate accord. Meanwhile, a summit spokesman said he is not aware of any federal government officials attending the summit, which ends today.

Two Santa Rosa senior living centers are appealing a state decision to revoke their licenses. The state says Oakmont senior Living was negligent in abandoning nearly 100 residents at the facilities during last October’s fire. Oakmont says two administrators at the Varenna and Villa Capri were the victims of what the company calls regulatory overreach and are requesting a hearing on the penalty. The state says no decision on the appeal or what will happen next has been made.

We are learning more about the arrest of a Ukiah Unified school district teacher last week. The Ukiah Police department says 34-year-old Benjamin O’Neil is accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a 17-year-old who was not a student last September. The allegation reportedly first came to light in may and O’ Neil was arrested on a warrant on September 4th. The school says he has been placed on administrative leave, and that the safety and well being of students remains its primary responsibility. According to the district, O’ Neil is a former firefighter who taught health occupation and emergency preparedness classes.

Willis police are telling residents about a series of car break-ins earlier this week. Nearly a dozen reports of burglaries and vandalism were reported to police in the areas of North and Maple Streets Tuesday evening into the early Wednesday morning. Police say in one instance, the thief or thieves stole more than $1,000 dollars in valuables from an unlocked vehicle and that at least one window was smashed. Police say they are reviewing surveillance video taken around the times of the thefts. They are reminding residents to keep vehicles locked—and asking that people report anything suspicious in their neighborhood.

Interstate Five in is back open after being shut down Thursday because of the Delta Fire. The fire raged through a stretch of unburned area within the containment line, forcing officials to shut down the highway for a few hours. The fire has burned over 59-thousand acres north of Redding since starting over a week ago. Thanks to aggressive firefighting, crews were able to push containment up to 24-percent. The fire is likely to continue to grow over the next few days as it moves through the timber.

A million-dollar-plus house in Oakland is being offered for free to anyone who can literally take it. The deed to the two-bedroom Victorian will be handed over to anyone who’s willing to relocate it at his or her own expense by October 27th. The "Free House, Must Be Moved" sign first appeared on Reddit on Monday. The lot that the property sits on is set to be demolished to make way for a new development. The home that dates back to 1900 sold last year for one-and-a-half-million-dollars

Make sure to use your inside voice wherever you go today because it’s National Quiet Day. The holiday was created to tell people to just stop and enjoy silence. Experts say peace and quiet are good for both mind and body and can lower blood pressure and stress.


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