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Monthly Archives: October 2018

Save the date because it’s coming back December on 16th!! The 11th annual community Christmas Carol Sing along is starting to come together. If you want to join in, rehearsals will be on Sundays at 12:30pm at the First Presbyterian church in Ukiah, and are scheduled for Oc 28th, Nov 11th, of 25th, Dec 2 and Dec 9th. Mandatory dress rehearsal will be Dec 14th at 5:30pm. The big event begins at 3:30pm, and will last about an hour.

Three sisters from Ukiah return for a “Bountiful Boutique” with Ukiah Symphony next month. Patricia Rice Agee, Elizabeth Rice Oliver and Jessica Rice Vierra will be featured at the boutique and fundraiser planned for Nov 4th, 2pm at the Ukiah First Presbyterian Church. More info can be found at Tickets to the event are available at Mendocino Book Company and online.

Holiday in the Pines returns to Lake County for the 15th year on November 10th and 11th, at the Twin Pine Casino and Hotel Event Center from 10am to 5pm. Great new gift ideas like Candles, iron work and knit crafts will be featured for the first time, and original paintings, pottery, jewelry and wood sculptures will be on exhibit by Cobb Mountain Artists.

It’s a great idea to raise money for community and recovery efforts in Lake County, in the wake of the Mendocino Complex wildfire. A digital music compilation featuring mostly electronic music is coming together, and 100% of the funds raised will be donated to The United Way of the Wine Country and local non profit, North Coast Opportunities. The project will be available on Nov 16th, but a preview has already been posted at

The latest research all points to the same conclusion. Students who attended a Pre K program do much better in school than their peers who did not, and now four communities are asking voters for help providing those services to local students. A measure looking for more funding for early childhood education programs in Richmond, Oakland, Capitola, Santa Cruz coast and San Joaquin county will go on the ballot after a 3-2 vote by the board of supervisors.

The lease is up, but Mike Schultz, owner of Yokayo bowling Center doesn’t want to close up shop! Erickson Brother’s Properties is accepting offers to buy the building that houses the bowling center, but none have been accepted. Now Schultz says he has over 6000 signatures on petitions posted in neighboring businesses for the public to sign. Schultz says he just wants to invite every family member of Erickson Brother’s Properties employees to a Special Olympics practice. So far he hasn’t heard back from any takers. The business will shutter in the first week of December if no progress can made.

Changes are coming to cost of living allowances, and employees aren’t taking it lying down. Classified and temporary employees of Mendocino Lake Community College district picked up signs and picketed yesterday to raise awareness about changes announced by Mendocino College. State provided cost of living allowances will not offered in the form of wage increases anymore, but rather as a one time bonus. President of the Mendocino Lake Community College Chapter of classified and STNC employees, Toni Fort, says that morale is down because employees feel disrespected.

Throw less away, and you could have lower garbage bills if two motions proposed last week are approved. Council member Steve Scalmanini says he feels the option to set rates like every other city in the north bay should be available for the county, and moved to consider a 20% discount in the next meeting.

Not in this judge’s courtroom! A Seattle judge wasn’t having it when two inmates ran out of his Washington State courtroom. He took matters into his own hands, stripping off his robe and giving chase after the inmates down a stairwell, catching up with one of the bad guys at the bottom. Police caught up with his accomplice a few blocks away. The two are now charged with second degree escape.

A duplex fire on Saturday required a response by Ukiah Valley Fire Authority, and an investigation is now underway after it took an hour and a half to put out the blaze on Marshall Street. Authorities say a male suspect was detained for a mental health evaluation by Ukiah Police. The fire only burned one unit in the building, and there were no injuries reported.

How many times have you been asked by your IT person if you rebooted when reporting a technical issue with your computer? Well the strategy was recently employed successfully by NASA after losing contact with the Hubble Space Telescope earlier this month. The famous telescope put itself in hibernation mode, and controllers working to get the telescope back up and running were having no luck. After two weeks of fighting with the telescope, engineers rebooted the system, and it seems to have worked! They are now working to get the scope pointed back in the right direction, and if they are successful, normal operations can be resumed.

After leaving a restaurant carrying a crate of cans, police in the UK posted the mans picture, asking for any information about who the suspect could be. Unfortunately, the responses weren’t very helpful, because the suspect was the spitting image of Ross from friends. When police posted a still image of the man leaving with his loot, users jumped on right away with jokes about the beloved character from the 90’s. Police are still looking for their suspect, who is definitely NOT Ross from Friends.

Police arrested Denver Broncos Quarterback Chad kelly yesterday in a bizarre case of criminal trespassing in Colorado. The police report says officers responded to residence after a call came in about a man outside the home. When police arrived, Kelly was already inside the house and had to be chased out. A statement by John Elway, Denver’s General Manager, said they are disappointed in Chad, but are still getting all of the facts before deciding how to respond to the incident.

If you’ve been wondering what to do with your old prescription drugs, here’s your chance to safely discard them. Saturday is National Take Back Day and the Fort Bragg Police Department at 250 Cypress street in Fort Bragg will be participating. Black out your personal information and bring your prescription and over the counter medications to dispose of with no questions asked. It’s free and anonymous.

Some scary moments today for commuters on the 101 freeway after a small plane crashed and landed on the lefthand side of the westbound lanes around 1:45 this afternoon, snarling traffic for miles. LA county fire responded, shutting the freeway down in both directions. There were no injuries were reported.

A report by Kemper Consulting group about a study on the Mental health system in Mendocino County looked at what will be needed over the next 10 years. The takeaway was that the county is struggling with the delivery of mental health services, and the study makes recommendations on funding with a ten year finance plan related to Measure B passed by voters in 2017 calling for a tax and the construction of a facility to offer services and treatment programs. As far as the new facility goes, Mendocino County and the National Alliance on Mental Illness have announced a grand opening on Thursday Nov 1st 2 to 7pm at 564 South Dora Street, Suite E.

This morning’s meeting is in the books, and the Lake County Tourism Improvement District is a go! Next step is to form a board and create a non-profit to collect assessments. A new assessment of 1.5% instead of the original 3% percent was proposed which is expected to raise $170,000 a year, less than the previous proposal’s $340.000 a year and will begin Jan 2019. The goal is to improve the local economy and promote tourism.

If you love LOVE, then you’ll love “Artful LiaIsons: Connecting Painters Grace Carpenter, Edward Espey, and Grafton Tyler Brown. The exhibit is now open, featuring personal stories from the artists. There will be two tours on Saturday, both limited to 20 persons at 11am and again at 2pm, and reservations are required for the exclusive tours. The exhibit runs through February 17th at the Grace Hudson Museum, Wednesday through Saturdays noon to 4:30pm.

A duplex fire on Saturday required a response by Ukiah Valley Fire Authority, and an investigation is now underway after it took an hour and a half to put out the blaze. Authorities have not announced a cause of the fire, but say a male suspect has been arrested by Ukiah Police. The fire only burned one unit in the building, and there were no injuries reported.

A quick thinking store owner in Belgium was held up by 6 robbers in the middle of the day, and what happened next is right out of a comedy sketch. The salesman at the e-cigarette store told the would-be robbers that they should come back at the end of the day, and he would give them even more money. They agreed and left the store. The group, now being called the worst robbers in Belgium, had a surprise waiting when they returned to finish the robbery right at closing time. Police were also there, waiting to arrest them.

The Lake County Quilt trail is a tourism project promoting community pride and The Woodland Compass quilt block is now up at the Woodland Community College’s Aromas cafe in Clearlake. A group of volunteers painted it, and have been putting the quilt squares on visible barns and buildings all over Lake County. More info is on the project can be found at

Everyone’s invited! It’s a halloween party on Friday from 5:30 to 8:30 at the Lakeport Senior Center. $20.00 gets you in, and proceeds benefit the Meals on Wheels. program No party is complete without the music and the band High Notes will be playing their favorite songs that evening.

It was a massive $289 million dollar judgement agains Monsanto in favor of a former school groundskeeper who sued after getting non Hodgkins lymphoma from using a concentrated form of the weed killer roundup at his job for years. The judgement was reduced by a California judge this week from $289 million to $78.5 million dollars after decreasing punitive damages by over $200 million dollars. The jury tried to change the judge’s mind but were unable to do so.

A secret report by a top prison psychiatrist in California has not been made public, but the fight is only just beginning after lawyers for inmates asked for the report’s release. Lawyers say the report gave a judge misleading and inaccurate information and more whistleblowers have come forward with more information. The judge will now decide if the report can be made public while protecting inmates privacy rights. Lawyers for the state would like any state official names in the report redacted when it is released. A ruling is expected soon.

Whether it’s the cooler temps, pumpkin flavored everything or the holiday season on the horizon, most people love fall! Now you can celebrate the season and all that come with it, eating local food, visiting craft vendors, participating in activities for the kids! The Second Annual Harvest Festival is happening this Saturday at the Woodland Community College Campus in Clearlake from 11am to 3pm. You can get more info on their Facebook event page.

She told officers that she didn’t deserve to go to jail after shooting her grandson in the thigh for putting a cup of tea on her wood furniture. A seventy-five year old grandma was charged with second degree assault with a dangerous weapon, and arrested before being released on bond. The angry grandma had had enough when her grandson put his tea down on her wooden furniture, even though she had told him not to, so she dumped out the tea and left the room to go looking for a gun. Her grandson went back for more tea, setting it back down on the furniture before his granny returned with a .38 revolver, pointed it at him and pulled the trigger. In the end, the man ratted his grammy out when police arrived.

Tonight’s Mega Millions drawing is still sitting at 1.6 million dollars with a cash payout of 90 million dollars. Tomorrow’s Powerball jackpot is still 620 million $354.3 million cash payout! Tax experts say you can expect 37% or more to go to the government in taxes before you get what’s leftover.

If you haven’t received your mail ballot yet, you should call the county clerks office, as they all should have arrive by now since they were mailed out on Oct 9th. Today is also the last day to register to vote so if you haven’t registered yet, you have until midnight to do so at If you aren’t sure if you are registered, you can also check at the website. Questions can be directed to the county clerk’s office at 707-234-6819.

For those living in communities that have banned the sale of Marijuana, you may still be able to get it after the state took steps on Friday to allow deliveries into those communities. There is currently a 15 day public comment period being planned, as those in opposition the deliveries say they could increase certain types of crime like impaired driving and robberies. Some expect the rules to be in place by the new year.

Offenders serving time for non violent third strike offenses may soon be up for parole thanks to a ballot measure voters approved back in 2016. Between three and four thousand prisoners could be eligible for parole under the new rules expected by the end of the year. There will be public safety screenings and parole board hearings before any inmate is ever released under the new rules.

Roadwork gets underway today as crews begin replacing culverts on Forest Road NorthWest of Upper Lake. The work will keep the road closed 9am to 4pm tomorrow through the 25th. The project is expected to add about 15 minutes to your commute through the area.

Last Thursday, Mendocino Co Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a burglary and found construction tools missing at a unit under construction in the 31000 block of highway 20 in Fort Bragg. Police collected evidence that led them to two more homes, and were eventually able to connect Aaron Guillory to the burglary and placed him under arrest. During their investigation, police found stolen items related to the burglary in the possession of Devan Tomkins, and arrested him as well. Both men are being held at the Mendocino County Jail.

There’s a reason they say it takes a village.. Because everyone must work together to keep our kids safe! That includes the ride to school on school buses. National Bus Safety week is here, and the California Highway Patrol is asking drivers to say alert, don’t get distracted behind the wheel, and to please pay extra attention when children are near a school bus. CHP officers will be riding on busses to raise awareness, and drivers are being asked to report any other drivers who illegally pass a school bus this week.

If you want to get more involved in the community, Saturday is your next chance! It’s a nationwide day of volunteering, or Make A Difference day, on Oct 27th. Once again in Lake County, there will be a collection of non perishable food items meant for Lake County residents in need. North Coast Opportunities, Community Action and Lake County Hunger Task Force will be holding the collections and setting up volunteers at Clearlake Grocery Outlet in Clearlake and Lakeport Grocery Outlet where busses waiting to be filled will be parked.

Tomorrow at 9am, Lakeport board of supervisors will consider a tourism improvement district that will be organized for 5 years to help promote the county’s tourism industry. The plan is for a 3% assessment which will raise $340,000 a year for the freestanding, non-profit district. The meeting will be broadcast on Channel 8 and online at

This Thursday from 9 to 10:30am, local service providers are teaming with Career Point Lake County for an employer forum at the Joy Madeiros Veteran Museum. Employers, local business owners and the public are all invited to see what local employers think will benefit their businesses when it comes to hiring employees with disABILITIES. A work opportunity tax credit, workplace diversity, reasonable accommodation myths, a $10,400 a year paid internship and job coaching are all up for discussion.

Back in September, the Bucket Challenge was issued to shoppers at Mendo Mill Stores: designate a school and buy a bucket for $5.00 to do your shopping, and Mendo Mill matched. Over one hundred buckets were purchased, raising $2750 for athletic programs at Clear Lake, Kelseyville and Upper Lake High Schools.

The California Department of Education and the California History- Social Science Project have won the American Historical Association’s Beveridge Family Teaching Prize for distinguished K-12 history teaching. The accolades also come with a $1000 award.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has been asked to approve a utility rate hike by PG&E. If given the go -ahead, bills would go up about $1.50 a month, according to PG&E. The company blames policies holding utilities accountable for wildfires, climate change and extreme weather for the rate hike.

Make that six now looking to fill a seat on the LakePort Unified School District Board of Trustees. Questions about bond funds, a new swimming pool and the funds to complete it, and more are at stake in the race. Local businessman Dan Camacho has now thrown his hat into the already crowded field as a write in candidate. In order to cast a vote for him, voters must write his name in, and place a checkmark in the box next to it in order for the vote to be counted.

As part of Chevron’s "Fuel Your School" Program, first graders at Lakeport Elementary got a special package delivered last week- STEM challenge building kits and a “Botey the Coding Robot” to help students learn about engineering and coding- all essential skills kids need to master for success in the future.

As election day approaches, officials across the state are doing everything they can to prevent improper voter registrations. The DMV received a lot of criticism about errors made when customers walked into the office and registered, so the DMV will now review and certify a sample of the registrations taken, and send to the Secretary of State’s office.

There’s definitely a supply problem after Canada legalized recreational marijuana last week- becoming the first industrialized country in the world to do so. Canadians rushed to get their hands on the drug and supply ran short within the first two days. The new law allows citizens to carry up to 30 grams of marijuana in public, and each home may grow up to four four plants.

The CDC is out with a waring ahead of Halloween.. Do not dress up your chickens for Halloween! The warning comes after a salmonella outbreak across 29 states has officials scrambling to contain it. Health officials saying that holding chickens to put on the costume, or even cuddling the chickens by their owners could spread the disease.

It’s probably not how most of us would choose spend a Friday night, but it seemed like a good idea to one Toronto man who stripped down after entering Ripley’s Aquarium and jumping into a shark tank. Video of the incident has been posted all across the web showing the man flopping backwards into the tank before security escorted him away. Police say the man had been asked to leave Medieval times earlier in the same night for being unruly.

Tomorrow’s Mega Millions jackpot grew to a record $1.6 billion dollars over the weekend. Cash payout for Tomorrow’s drawing now sits at $904 million dollars. Wednesday’s Powerball jackpot is 620 million dollars, cash payout is $354.3 million dollars.

Search warrants served and arrests made in Kelseyville in an elder abuse case. The Lake County DA’s office went to both Linda Mafrice and Meghan Demarco’s homes Thursday. Demarco is Mafrice’s daughter. The two arrested for financial elder abuse in a case that’s connected to Barbara Laforge, who was murdered in 2002. The D-A’s office says the two women coerced and tricked Dan Hamblin into signing a deed to his home in Kelseyville and say he didn’t know what he was doing at the time, then the two women forged medical records and other documents then Mafrice became romantically involved with Hamblin after his wife’s death. The D-A says Laforge broke up with him and sold his home and kept the money. And she’s a person of interest in Laforge’s death. The DA says new DNA evidence has been analyzed in the case and new leads have developed, that may once and for all solve the LaForge case too.

Police in East Oakland on the lookout for a man they say shot at them early this morning. The police officer shot at was not injured and did not shoot back. The officer reportedly in full uniform in a marked patrol car investigating suspicious activity nearby and tried stopping the alleged shooter who ran away. The cop went after the man, who shot at the officer who called for backup. Police officers and Alameda County deputies combed the area to find the suspect with no luck. Many local streets were closed off while the searched for the man. They did find his gun, then the search was called off. They’ve not released a description of the man. A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the man’s capture.

One of the ski resorts in Lake Tahoe is opened. For the first time in its 65 year history, Mt. Rose ski resort opened a limited number of slopes today. They’ve got 17 new snow-making machines and reports having the highest base elevation in the region at 8,260 feet so they’ve got snow very early this year. A spokesperson for the resort says they spent about $2 million on improvements this summer, including updated equipment. Temperatures have been dropping into the 20’s this week, so the resort started their machines churning. Their Wizard chairlift and three beginner runs are now open for season pass-holders. They plan to officially open to all skiers October 26th.

Not looking good for the 2019 abalone season. During a discussion Wednesday at the State Fish and Game Commission meeting in Fresno, it became clear abalone no longer have a rich food source to continue to thrive. The state’s chief regulator for the recreational fishery previously said abalone seasons may never be the same as the 2018 season was closed due to a kelp die-off and massive amount of purple sea urchins that eat the same food source, starving abalone. The closure may last a couple of years to monitor abalone populations and their habitat. Right now the population of adults is too weak to fish and it could take abalone hatchlings ten years to be legal size.

The rate increase for Waste Management in Fort Bragg has been approved by the City Council. The City Manager Tabatha Miller says they calculated the rate increase incorrectly this spring. They’ve approved a 3.5% increase instead of nearly 6% because there was an error in the calculation the cost of living index. There was also an amendment to 2013 Waste Management rates never applied. The city and Waste Management worked together to recalculate the rate structure over the last six years. So residential services will pay a little more than 2 percent, commercial services just under 2 percent, and roll off services will be about .73 percent on average.

The Ukiah Police Chief has chosen his second in command. The Daily Journal reports Chief Justin Wyatt introduced Captain Sean Kaeser to be his right hand man, dubbing him, “Capt. Grumpy”, but joked he’s like an M&M: hard on the outside but soft on the inside”. But joking aside said Kaeser will be a strong second. Kaeser’s a native who graduated from Ukiah High, got an associate’s degree from Mendocino College, then became a police officer. Sgt. Cedric Crook was also promoted to lieutenant, and commander of the dept.’s patrol division.

Three emergency medical staff positions will be created in support of EMS services in Mendocino County. The Daily Journal reports the positions won’t be filled until the board fleshes the idea out a little more. They will be an EMS administrator, EMS specialist, and a part-time EMS medical director. The County apparently started mulling the idea after 2017 wildfires strained the system. The County CEO says the current local EMS authority with Coastal Valleys expires next year so the county has to decide if they’ll continue or go in another direction or create its own EMS service.

Surplus money discussed by the Lakeport City Council along with their budget review. The city’s finance director says account balances were submitted to an independent auditor and that’s completed, showing just over $763,000 left over in the General Fund, $269,000 or so in water operations and maintenance funds and nearly $2 million for sewer operations and maintenance funds. The reason there’s money left over was from capital projects rolled in from the previous fiscal year, vacant positions in the police department, delayed capital projects and operational saving across all departments. So the city’s considering buying new police cars and the Tree Well Electric Project, which had been part of the downtown improvement project in 2016 but it was eliminated due to budget constraints.

More kids are graduating Cal State Universities. The university system says it’s due to more counseling and a major push to get students to take a full load of classes. The system says it’s on track to meet targets it set for higher completion by the middle of the next decade. Those entering as freshmen and finished within four years went up about three percent from 22.6 percent last year to 25.4 percent this year. And for freshmen graduating within six years or less, that went from 59.2 percent to 61.1 percent. Transfer student numbers also went up, with students finishing in two years going from about 35 percent last year to 37.6 percent this year.

Lake County trying to figure out a way to fill the registrar of voters position after the current registrar is set to retire. The Board of Supervisors gave staff the green light to research ways to permanently fill the position Diane Fridley is leaving after 41-years working in elections. The County Administrative Officer Carol Huchingson asked the board for staff to work on the best way to fill the position, saying various counties handle such openings differently. She says due to financial challenges down the road, they may have to consider a major restructure of the elections office. Huthingson says for now, the board may want to consider appointing interested, qualified staff in the interim.

The two men from South Korea found guilty of stealing native plants off the Mendocino Coast have been ordered to leave the country. The two were accused of uprooting the succulents to ship to their clients in Asia. The Press Democrat reports Minguk Cho and Hyeong­jae Kim found guilty of felony grand theft after taking as much as 700 pounds of one plant found in rock crevices just above the ocean. They agreed to pay $20,000 each to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife for habitat restoration. Also state wildlife wardens had previously intercepted at least three shipments of the plants poachers took from the Mendocino and Humboldt coastlines. The District Attorney’s Office says they generally sell the plants for about $50 each or more.

A new report says states that sell marijuana legally are seeing more car crashes. This after an investigation into a crash that killed twelve people on church bus in Texas in March 2017. The NTSB found the driver of a truck that hit the bus had taken marijuana and a sedative. The board, in the report on the bus crash, said there are more drug-impaired drivers across the country with a call to action to curb the problem. The report at the same time as another one released by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Highway Loss Data Institute. But another report last year showed recreational cannabis had not increased the amount of fatal accidents. The findings of both studies were presented at the Combating Alcohol- and Drug-Impaired Driving summit at the insurance institute’s Vehicle Research Center.

President Trump making comments and threats about California wildfires during a cabinet meeting this week saying other states take care of their forests and don’t have fires like we do… Trump blamed state government incompetence and environmentalists for the massive wildfires saying they didn’t have to spend the billions of dollars to help the state, when in fact, it was less than 3 billion for all of the United States last year. This year’s numbers have not been tallied yet, since we have a couple months left. Mendo Voice reporting federal money’s been crucial to fighting fires in the state, but the River and Ranch Fire were mostly paid for by local departments and Cal Fire, but the Ranch Fire did spread into the federally controlled Mendocino National Forest.

The new West Coast earthquake early warning system is online, so businesses, utilities, schools and others can use them, but they’re not for mass public notification. The Press Democrat reports it’s for California, Oregon and Washington and can supposedly detect when an earthquake is happening and, quickly analyze data to send automatic alerts which are several seconds to a minute before the strong shaking occurs outside the epicenter. It can be enough for trains to automatically slow down, stop industrial processes, start backup generators, pause a surgery or allow kids in school to get protection. The program’s been in pilot mode until now, testing for several years and it’s not totally done. The USGS says it’s about 50 percent complete with funding secured to finish up totally in the next two years in Calif.

Two men have been convicted of poaching native succulents on the Mendocino Coast. The two, Minguk Cho of South Korea and Hyeongjae Kim, also of South Korea, found guilty of grand theft of property of greater than $950, which is a felony. The two got 24 months suspended. But if they don’t successfully complete their 3 years probation, they will end up in prison. They were also ordered to pay, $10,000 each to the California Fish and Wildlife Dept. for habitat restoration and they have to leave the United States and cannot come back unless their immigration status allows it. It stems from them being busted for taking plants and rosettes from an area between Point Arena and Anchor Bay. They took 600 and 700 pounds worth of plants they were planning to sell as global exotic plant vendors.

Poll workers are needed in Ukiah, Brooktrails, Caspar and Albion. The Mendocino County Registrar of Voters office says they had several poll workers cancel because of unforeseen circumstances. They say they’ve replaced most of them, but they’re still in need of more citizens to step up and be poll workers. PLEASE CALL OUR OFFICE at 707 234-6808.

Lake County’s doing all sorts of emergency drills as part of the Shakeout International Day of Action today. It starts this morning at 10-18 where you can participate in the self-led drill, practicing, Drop, Cover and Hold On. This is where you drop to your hands and knees to protect yourself from being knocked down and allows you to stay low and crawl to shelter if nearby, then cover your head and neck and hand, staying on your knees to protect vital organs. Then hold on until shaking stops. It’s in remembrance of the “Loma Prieta” earthquake of October 17, 1989. The 6.9 earthquake hit the San Francisco Bay Area with shaking felt across the region including Lake County.

A man accused of the murder of a woman at a family home in Clearlake Oaks almost two years ago is going to prison. Last Friday Ezequiel Junior Bravo pleaded guilty to killing Theresa Jones in December of 2016. He also pleaded guilty to the attempted murder of his estranged girlfriend Shian Brown, assault with a deadly weapon of Robert Brown, assault with a deadly weapon on Stephanie Brown and assault with a deadly weapon on E.G. a minor. And also to attempted kidnapping of Shian Brown at the Lakeport Cinema. He was indicted last year on the case. Bravo in an abusive relationship with Brown. He abducted her, she got away, then he went to a family home in the Elem Indian Colony and opened fire. He’s expected to be sentenced to 45½ years and two life terms.

A tribute to a man from Covelo killed last month with a bike ride. Walk and Bike Mendocino announced the memorial ride for next Tuesday, Oct. 23rd at 5:30 p.m. in remembrance of Xamuel Lara at the Rail Trail on Perkins Street, by the Walgreens parking lot. The one hour ride out to the intersection of Talmage Road and Hastings Frontage Road where Xamuel was hit. They want to bring awareness to improvements they say are needed in the corridor between the City of 10,000 Buddhas or Talmage and the City of Ukiah. Police say Lara died after being hit by a dump truck Sept. 14th near the Arco gas station on Talmage Road. The crash is under investigation.

An extension’s been approved for the county’s compensation study. The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors approved the move for the consultant, Koff and Associates, to work thru June of 2019, instead of the end of this month. The agreement after talking with the human resources department who said it was expediting work on the study. They’re studying benchmark classifications for jobs and considering county employee questionnaires.

Highway 175 is totally closed between Hopland and Lake County for one more day. The work after a semi went down an embankment with a load of lumber last Thursday. Caltrans reports the closure today 5.6 miles east of Highway101 to Mathews Road in Lake County from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. It’s been closed over the last three days to remove the truck and its load. The truck pulled up Monday, but they’re still hauling out the lumber.

A fundraiser for the NCO Wildfire Fund for the Mendocino Complex Fire survivors. This Saturday night at 7 pm, the adult dance party “Halloween Blues” at the Big Valley Hall, at the Lakeport / Finley border. All money raised for the Wildfire Fund. Levi Lloyd and Friends are performing and other local musicians have been invited to sit in. If you wear a costume, you could win a door prize. There’s also donated wine and beer for sale as well as a lasagna dinner. They’re asking those in attendance to bring money to purchase raffle tickets or participate in the silent auction.

Entry to Halloween Blues is $10 at the door. More information is available on Facebook at: Lake County Fire Recovery Benefits and by phone: 707- 278-7126.

A fire quickly doused after it was spotted by a newly installed fire detection camera in Sonoma County. The Press Democrat reports a driver called 911 after seeing smoke on the 101 near the ridge of the Geysers. Local firefighters looked at live video from the new camera on Geyser Peak. They say it only took minutes to find the fire burning in vegetation Tuesday. It was contained at about an acre. It had spread in brush but was stopped by two roads and blackberry brush. No structures burned. If you want to take a look at the video feed from the camera, long on to