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A candlelight vigil by the South Ukiah Rotary Club in memory of the Redwood Valley Fire. A plaque was also dedicated at Lion’s Park in Redwood Valley Sunday night a day before the anniversary of the 2017 fire. More than 100 people showed up in memory of the nine lives lost due to last year’s catastrophic wildfire. Those in attendance held electronic candles that were later placed by the plaque. The plaque placed at Lions Park after the Rotary Club saw other locations too but found there wasn’t enough room. The Rotary also donating money so the Arts Council of Mendocino County can create a mural at the Redwood Valley Grange, plus for other long-term fire recovery projects.

Fire Prevention Week has started on the anniversary of last year’s devastating fire storm. There was a procession of emergency equipment down State Street in Ukiah on Saturday to honor those who have lost their lives in the line of duty and for those saved by emergency responders. This year the Grand Marshal, Fred Kelinger couldn’t be there due to illness. He was the chief of police in Ukiah and the first director of public safety. Local residents and kids are taught how to react if there’s a real emergency during Fire Prevention Week. The event’s been going for twenty years, started by the Ukiah Valley Fire Authority, when Captain David Haas was in charge.

The only debate between the two major candidates running for governor, Republican John Cox and Democrat and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom. It was a public radio debate with the two on polar opposite sides of the political spectrum with Newsom warning that Cox would govern like President Trump saying they both represent the majority of Californians who reject his allegiance to the president and so-called Trumpism. Cox leaned into the issues the President has been speaking out about including the state’s sanctuary state policy and the border wall. The two agreed though on some issues like housing affordability, homelessness and the cost of living in the state.

Free rides to the polls on Election Day. Uber and Lyft are offering the free rides. There will be a button on the app on November 6th so users can find their polling place and book a ride at the same time. The rides are paid for by the ride-hailing companies in partnership with the nonprofits #VoteTogether and Democracy Works.

Several hundred people may have been improperly registered to vote. The DMV’s internal audit shows as many as 1,500 customers were registered to vote in error. That’s according to the DMV in a letter they sent Monday to the Secretary of State’s Office. The agency does say however they’ve corrected the error. It comes after another error by the DMV last month when 23,000 erroneous voter registrations were revealed. The new errors when DMV workers processed customer requests at field offices to change their voter eligibility responses on driver license applications.

At an open forum for the Little Lake Fire Protection District, a discussion of Measure J since it’ll be on the ballot next month. Willits News reports the Chief of the department, a consultant and an architect were there to answer questions last Thursday. The chief spoke to the audience about what they’re hoping to achieve if Measure J is voted in. Right now the firehouse is in a state of disrepair, it was built in 1952. The Chief says it served the community well, but now it’s broken. He says there are health and safety issues, like severe mold, a lack of ADA requirements, non-existent seismic standards, and structural damage. They’ve been trying to sock away money for years, but they need help with the special $39 per unit tax instead of a city-wide sales tax for the new building. The rest of those in attendance answered questions and made statements too.

A man accused of a murder in Northern Calif. arrested in Nevada. Anthony Bradley arrested after he reportedly shot several times into the windows of a convenience store in Sparks. He’s held on $100,000 bail in the Washoe County Jail on a fugitive warrant and for assault with a deadly weapon, robbery, felon in possession of a firearm and discharging a gun at an occupied building. He’s accused of an Oct. 1st shooting death in Stockton, where a 19-year-old man was killed and others there were injured. He’s now awaiting extradition back to California.

A couple of people busted in Indiana for selling drugs on Facebook messenger. Police in Indiana say a man called to say he was on the instant messaging app and someone sent him a note asking if he wanted to buy a quarter ounce of meth for $400. He agreed to work with police to follow thru on the deal. He met the two suspects and cops weren’t far behind. Stephen Robinson and his passenger Alison Roettger were arrested with a couple of bags of meth, paraphernalia and scales. They face felony charges of dealing meth, possession of meth and possession of a syringe.


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