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Looking for a deadline extension for comment on land acquisition, the Lake County Board of Supervisors is considering a letter directly to the U.S. Department of the Interior on the proposal by the Big Valley Band of Pomo Indians. Because of an old law from the 30’s the Interior can buy land in trust for Indian tribes and give them sovereignty over land outside of their reservations. The Big Valley Pomo Tribe’s been in the Clear Lake area for almost 12,000 years with 21 parcels they want to file into trust on 50 acres. They’re located around the Konocti Vista Resort & Casino. The tribe wants to put up a casino and commercial center, car wash, smoke shop and farmers market. The Lake County Administrative Officer has written a letter to the board of supervisors that county staff needs more time to review the proposed land acquisition and with that a letter to the Interior Dept.

A major step forward to help some cannabis growers with temporary licenses. State Sen. Mike McGuire and Assemblyman Jim Wood working on a licensing gap in the legislature. No new temporary licenses were being permitted for state cannabis growers and some already licensed would lose them in coming months. In an overwhelming yes vote in the senate small farmers and others with temporary licenses may get a reprieve. More than 6,900 temporary cannabis growing licenses expire by July. 1,000 already have and another 4,000 will this month. The two legislators say a process the governor is pushing may not be fast enough. Now their bill will move to the Assembly, where it’s expected to pass.

A man from Eureka’s been arrested after cops see the wrong license plate on his pickup. A deputy on patrol sees the license plate on a Dodge Dakota supposed to actually be for an RV. The man spotted near the intersection of Airport Boulevard and Talmage Road in Ukiah. Robert Joseph Paul tried to get away, ignoring the deputy’s command to stop, then led him on a chase on the 101 at speeds of almost 95 MPH. The car then got off the highway, heading towards Boonville, driving erratically, and was finally stopped in Philo after traveling about 80 mph thru Boonville. Police say Paul was driving a stolen vehicle from Humboldt County, had meth in his possession along with a Billy Club. And he was found to be on parole. he was arrested and held without bail for felony evading, possession of stolen property, possession of billy club, violation of parole, possession of controlled substance and possession of narcotics paraphernalia.

A man from Albion’s been arrested for a domestic violence call. Deputies got a call Friday night for a domestic battery call, finding a woman who says she was engaged to Jesse Germaine and they had a verbal argument which escalated after he hit her in the head with a blunt object and forced her to the ground. They say he then took her phone from her when she tried to call 9-1-1. She had minor injuries deputies say were consistent with the assault. The man found to be on active formal probation for a previous domestic violence case. He was arrested and held in Mendocino County Jail on $25,000.00 bail

A man from Fort Bragg on community supervision already busted for having a rifle on him when he’s approached by cops. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s office says Deputies went to Robert Brockway’s home knowing he was on active Post Release Community Supervision for a previous felony conviction that includes terms he has to submit to search without a warrant. They searched his car and found a loaded short barreled shotgun concealed in the passenger compartment of his car so he was arrested and held without bail.

The Small Business Administration says the deadline is coming to apply for loans for wildfire damage or destruction from last July 23rd thru September 19th. A reminder to apply by May 6th, for loans that caused economic injury from wildfires and high winds. Eligible private nonprofits of any size can apply for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million for working capital needs caused by the disasters in Lake and Shasta Counties.

Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at disastercustomerservice for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

Camp Fire survivors have five temporary community housing sites being put up. The state reports the one to three bedroom mobile housing units include a kitchen, bathrooms, and common areas, and Travel Trailer options are also at the community sites and mobile home parks. They can be custom tailored with ramps and other amenities for handicap accessibility too. 83 million dollars from FEMA for financial aid has been provided as of last Thursday to about 7,900 households and renters who qualified for assistance. There have also been nearly $400 million worth of loans from the Small Business Administration approved for businesses, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters recovering from the Camp, Woolsey and Hill fires.

Could be a massive court case as several California cities are suing regulators to get a rule overturned that allows deliveries of legal marijuana. Delivery began in January, but the League of California Cities and police chiefs across the state said unrestricted home deliveries meant there would be an unchecked market and no local control. Some of the municipalities now suing say it damages marijuana businesses and a promise to voters in 2016. The state Bureau of Cannabis Control allowing for the deliveries, has not commented on the lawsuit, filed last week in Fresno County Superior Court, asking for the rule to be invalidated.

A new way to see when people evacuate their homes during disasters, to see where they go. Chapman University analyzing evacuation and recovery patterns which could reportedly help inform emergency response efforts. Facebook can help as there are nearly 2.5 billion active users a month. Researchers say many disaster victims log on to the social media platform during an evacuation. Facebook’s disasters map initiative can estimate how many people live in certain areas, and see movements in various neighborhoods, like where people mark themselves as “safe” during a crisis. During the Mendocino Complex Fire Facebook could pinpoint where as many as 10,000 people were at. Researchers say there was no pattern of where people fled though, until after evacuations were lifted. NASA funded this research.

It’s rattlesnake season. Warmer temperatures bringing out many kinds of snakes. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife says most snakes are harmless but the venomous rattlesnake should be left alone. The agency says snakes are actually needed in our ecosystem and a bite from a rattlesnake is actually rare. They like to be alone, and aren’t naturally aggressive. They say the bites usually happen if a rattlesnake is handled or accidentally brushed up against. They can cause serious injury and death.

Additional resources can be found on the Living with Rattlesnakes Web page.

A couple of men connected to a court case with a Lake County Supervisor in court with a ruling against them. Robert and Jan Sanders accused of an attack against District 5 Supervisor Rob Brown who was working in his capacity as a bail bondsman back in 2012. The judge ruled Brown acted in self defense and was not responsible for harm to Robert Sanders. The plaintiffs will get nothing in the case which is binding and each of the parties will pay their own court fees. There had been an altercation back then to serve civil paperwork and an eviction notice at a house in Clearlake where police ended up responding after a reported assault by Brown against Sanders who tried to escort him off his property.

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