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All power has been restored by PG&E after it was shut down during a red flag warning. The energy company says the rest of their customers in Lake and Napa counties affected by the outages had their lights back on. They went off Sunday to try to be proactive against potential wildfire risk during fast moving winds and hot weather conditions. There were still a couple hundred without power yesterday, but it was reportedly restored last night around dinner time. About 415 customers in Sonoma County were still in the dark too, but last night, they too have their lights back on. Altogether there were 17,500 customers in Lake, Napa and Sonoma counties without power. But about 60,000 people altogether in Calif. Less than 650 customers were in the dark still in the greater North Bay yesterday.

The Lake County Board of Supervisors hears about the decision by PG&E to shut down power at their meeting. The board took on the matter yesterday at the last minute, since it happened Sunday, just a couple days before their regular meeting. There were as many as 11,000 Lake County residents affected with some schools having to cancel classes. Some PG&E representatives were at the meeting as some supervisors said it was a disorganized plan and that local governments, schools and businesses lost money. The reps said it was the first ever Public Safety Power Shutoff program which is a state law that says they have to shutoff power during conditions where a utility might spark a wildfire that could become a catastrophic event. They also said it was part of their Community Wildfire Safety Program.

A student from Lake County one of four American Indians across the state to win a $10,000 scholarship from the Morongo Band of Mission Indians near Palm Springs. The award comes from the yearly Rodney T. Mathews Jr. Scholarship program. The scholarship started to reverse trends amongst Native Americans being the most underrepresented group in colleges and universities. Andres Ramos is a member of the Big Valley Band of Pomo Indians. He wants to get his degree in biochemistry at Northern Arizona University. He also wants to go to pharmacy school after so he can be a pharmacist on his reservation because there was a shortage of medical personnel while growing up.

A new building official and code enforcement officer’s been hired in the City of Willits. Christopher Morgan, out of Oklahoma, who’s been living and working for about a decade in El Centro, which is in Imperial County. This after the last building official John Sherman decided to retire. Morgan’s got years of experience working in construction on homes, restaurants and commercial buildings and post offices. He’s also a veteran of the Navy and Marine Corp, the National Guard and Army Reserves. He has a master’s degree in business administration.

An emergency evacuation route is being researched for the Sherwood Road Corridor. The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors all voted yes to find money to fund the route for emergencies like wildfires. The board had already approved more signs along North Sherwood Road to help with evacuations and to put up a new bridge along the same road. The Brooktrails Township is also getting the proper paperwork together with private landowners to use underdeveloped access routes. The Improvements which could include clearing brush and better road conditions on the routes.

The Ukiah City Council’s set to consider a rate increase for curbside trash. Ukiah Waste Solutions is allowed to propose rate increases every year per their agreement with the city. City staff will also look at area rates to see how it can be adjusted locally. The cost increases would amount to more than 300-thousand dollars or an 8 percent increase for all residential and commercial customers. Ukiah Waste Solutions wants about $1.40 more monthly from residents with a 20-gallon can and $1.50 more for those with 32-gallon cans. The City Council is reviewing the matter tonight, but apparently won’t make a decision until next month.

A prescribed burn’s announced near Covelo area. Cal Fire announced the burn for this morning, starting at 10 a.m. to be done by 4 p.m. The agency says smoke would be visible, so not to worry. You might see it south of Round Valley and east of Hwy 162. It’s done for vegetation management, and only during certain weather conditions, so there’s a minimal impact on air quality. They’re looking to reintroduce fire as a natural element of the ecosystem, improve wildlife habitat and reduce vegetation to hopefully reduce the chances of catastrophic wildfires in the future. For more info: www.ReadyFor-Wildfire.org.

Willits City Council against Proposition 6 which was quietly passed by four of five council members with three other agenda items. The Willits News reports on the passage and opposition of Prop 6 which will be on the November election ballot to repeal last years gas tax. It would cut back on certain road repairs and transportation money and direct some of the fuel taxes and vehicle fees have to be approved by voters before being instituted. The Willits City Council’s agenda summary report says it’s important for Willits and other state and local agencies to keep getting the state money. This year they plan to use it for a pavement preservation project, slurry seal and road striping on city streets. But those in favor of Prop 6 say the gas tax costs the average middle class family more than $700 a year and could mean the state ends up with some of the highest gas prices in the nation.

Cops in Davis say they’re investigating to make sure a student did not lace home baked cookies with the ashes of a dead grandparent. Police say a high school student said one of his classmates brought cookies to school that contained her grandma’s ashes. The student says the suspected student at Da Vinci Charter Academy had been telling everyone the cookies had human ashes in them. The mother of the boy who told police about the incident said administrators had questioned him, because they were afraid he ate a cookie. They also said they thought the school district was more concerned about protecting themselves than protecting their students.

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