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As of yesterday, recreation sites on the Covelo Ranger District were closed for winter, no services available until spring. The Oak Flat and Middle Creek campgrounds will stay open, wether permitting, but it’s a good idea to call ahead and check conditions. A reminder from the forest service to tell a friend where you will be and when you plan on returning. Also, bring maps, along with plenty of food and gas.

Cal Fire has lifted the burn permit suspension in the state response area of Mendocino County, effective today. Those planning on doing agricultural or debris burns are advised to use caution, and always verify that it’s a burn day before doing so. Permits and more information available at

You might notice a few things missing from your hotel on your next visit to Santa Cruz. The County Board of Supervisors has just signaled support for a ban on plastic bottles of shampoo, body wash, lotion and other small disposable plastic items usually supplied by hotels. The ban would affect all hotels and vacation rentals, which would be mandated to stock rooms with dispensers, larger bottles or some other alternative. The ordinance is one vote away from becoming a reality, expected on Dec 4th.

Police need help finding a driver involved in a hit and run last week North of Upper Lake that killed 57 year old James Carpenter of Potter Valley. Authorities believe he had been hit by a large truck on Elk Mountain Road. Anyone with information is being asked to call the California Highway Patrol Clear Lake office.

A new Library Park Seawall has been given the thumbs up by the Lake Port City Council. According to local media reports, over 500 feet of seawall are set to be replaced by one of two companies vying for the contract. No deal has been reached, but things are moving in that direction. Next step will be to work on design.

Police are still investigating after a vehicle headed southbound on SR 29 in Clear Lake crossed over the double yellow lines hitting another vehicle head on Saturday evening. Drivers of both vehicles were pronounced dead on the scene. Authorities have withheld their names while next of kin are notified.

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