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The blue ribbon committee that’s supposed to come up with ways to improve water quality at Clear Lake are having their first meeting Wednesday, Oct. 10, in Lake County. The meeting at Running Creek Casino’s open to the public starting at 10 a.m. The committee created by the state legislature to invest in the lake with a yearly scientific approach and a contract with UC Davis to do the research. Assemblywoman Cecilia Aguiar-Curry drafted the legislation. She says it’s the first step to revitalize the economy and to protect and restore the lake.

A man from Lincoln’s been arrested for arson after being connected to a string of fires last year. Cal Fire investigators say Kyle Jeptha Bridgman confessed to setting five fires in Lincoln between June and August of last year. He was connected to the fires along with another man, Gregory Courtney of Yuba City who was arrested in August. The Placer County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI along with the Placer County District Attorney’s Office and the Placer County Probation Department worked on the case. Bridgman’s bail was set at $160,000.

Free adoptions for animals at Mendocino County Animal Care Services. It’s a nationwide effort next Saturday, October 6th to “Empty the Shelters”. It was created years ago by the Bissell Pet Foundation. The vacuum company. The event so folks can adopt a dog or cat free, you just have to pay the $25 license fee for a dog, cats are free. All of the dogs are over four months old and the cats are various ages. The last couple of Empty the Shelters in Ukiah show a high retention rate for animals in their forever homes. 36 animals had been adopted. Only one was taken back to the shelter. Right now there’s about 24 dogs and 30 cats looking for their forever home.

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