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The National Alliance on Mental Illness, Mendocino branch is opening an office in Ukiah. Tomorrow will be an open house at the new office at 2 p.m. They’ll be giving tours of the new space which features a lending library with books on mental illness and related subjects. This is a local branch of the nationwide grassroots mental health organization. The local organization is offering support for family members and others who suffer from mental illness. They also have classes and Crisis Intervention Training for law enforcement and first responders.

NAMI Mendocino’s Grand Opening will take place on Thursday, Nov. 1 at 564 S. Dora St., Suite E, Ukiah from 2 to 7 p.m. For more information, call (707) 485-2008.

A Grant Information Workshop’s taken place for the Community Foundation of Mendocino County. The event was Tuesday showing local nonprofits how to apply for several different grants the foundation offers. Hundreds of thousands of dollars have been given out in the past. The Daily Journal reports there are two different grants to be applied for; the Community Enrichment Grant program for community-based projects that can benefit the general public, a significant subgroup of the population, or improve an organization; and the Field-of-Interest Grant focuses on a certain area of interest such as the environment, arts, human services, or keys in on a particular geographical area. Applications are available thru December 20th.

PG&E has given $5,000 to the City of Willits to help update the city’s Emergency Operations Plan. The plan updates public safety infrastructure thru the PG&E Better Together Giving Program. Last year the utility company provided more than 1,700 donations to Northern and Central California organizations who support education and workforce development, economic and community vitality, emergency preparedness and safety and environmental issues. The Willits Police Chief says it will help them prepare for natural disasters or other emergency situations. They’ll use it along with FEMA money from the past to update their plan with a consultant overseeing it.

A resident of Forestville fighting and winning against PG&E to have a large electrical utility tower taken down. Many complaints and the County itself got involved saying the base of the massive tower impeded roadside drainage and it was bigger than actually allowed. So a couple streets have to be closed down and power turned off for customers near the pole. The whole thing should be done by tomorrow. Sonoma County’s Permit & Resource Management Department issued a permit to PG&E last year to replace another pole, but apparently the pole turned out to be not had been applied for.

A campaign against impaired driving with the California Highway Patrol and the state Office of Traffic Safety continues. The program Reducing Alcohol Impaired Driving, also known as RAID officially started October 1st and is set to continue thru next Sept. focusing on education and enforcement. The RAID grant so the CHP can have more checkpoints, DUI patrols and classes to educate the public across the state. They’re trying to make roads safer and help educate the public about how dangerous it is to drive impaired. They’ll also be heavily involved in the state’s Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over efforts.

Another utility company blamed for a massive fire, one of the biggest to ever burn in the state. Southern California Edison admitted yesterday their equipment may have been what started one of two ignition points which turned into the Thomas fire which burned in California’s central coast last year. Flames were apparently seen by the utility’s power poles in Ventura County last December. Now the company says it thinks their equipment was associated with the ignition. There are also several dozen lawsuits against the energy company associated with the Thomas Fire, but the company had previously not admitted its equipment could be at fault. The company has not said if it may also be responsible for the second ignition area about 6 miles away. The fire was the largest in California history before the Mendocino Complex Fire this past summer. The Thomas fire burned 440 square miles and burned more than 1,000 buildings in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. Two people died. Then mudslides killed another 21 people due to heavy rain coming down on scarred land.

Three students at a high school in Humboldt County end up in the hospital after eating pot laced brownies. Redheaded Blackbelt news site reports it happened yesterday after three sophomores at South Fork High School overdosed on marijuana laced brownies. The Sheriff’s office reports they went to the high school for a possible Health and Safety Code violation. They kept the whole thing on the down low due to minors being involved. Other students reporting a sophomore boy brought the pot brownies tos chool and handed them out. One girl who ate one had a seizure in abathroom and hit her head, another threw up in a hallway. A couple ambulances and local fire dept. responded and the three affected students went to a hospital. The sophomore boy reportedly taken from school by a deptuty. No word if he was cited or arrested.

Cops called out to an energy company in Charlotte, NC for a suspicious package which turns out to be a cassette tape. The small manila envelope with handwriting addressed from out of state to Duke Energy and then a bomb squad and police investigate finding the Journey cassette inside. The mailroom employees called police and a police dog also came in as the building was evacuated and roads were closed…

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