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Monthly town hall in Fort Bragg for their Neighborhood Watch. The Fort Bragg Police Dept. had a presence at the meeting which was quite small this time around, only three people showed up. The Advocate Newspaper reports there were only a few things on the agenda, a community forum and gang shootings that created the need. They also discussed the National Night Out celebration. The gang forum is set for next Thursday, at Town Hall at 5 pm. This after shots were fired at homes and cars last month. The National Night Out, a national event, is August 4th in Bainbridge Park. They talked about ways to get more people to the event.

A couple of women from Texas with Special K-9s Search and Recovery came to California to help look for missing people, stopping in Fort Bragg. There, they searched for Kathy LaMadrid, who vanished in Dec. of 2004 after being seen on the Noyo Bridge. LaMadrid’s husband just wants anyone who may have seen his wife to call. The Special K-9’s went with LaMadrid to places his wife frequented, but no luck.

The new interim CEO of Mendocino Coast District Hospital has announced to the hospital’s board of directors they’re exploring either a lease or sale. Interim CEO Wayne Allen made the announcement last week, and this week there was some criticism about the decision. The Advocate Newspaper reports at the Planning Committee meeting Monday, some people spoke out saying there should have been a public discussion on the matter. The CEO though says a request for proposals from potential partners is just a starting point for discussions and says it’s a great time to work with a larger organization as they continue with financial struggles.

After one inmate died of Legionnaires’ Disease bacteria and another got sick, it turns out it’s more common than previously known in the state prison. New test results find bacteria in the water supply at the prison’s medical facility in Stockton and a couple of nearby youth correctional facilities. Water use was restricted and bottled water brought to the facilities but the source has still not been found. The Corrections Department says there’s no new cases though at the California Health Care Facility for those needing medical or mental health care or at the O.H. Close Youth Correctional Facility or the N.A. Chaderjian Youth Correctional Facility.

Drinking water in Paradise is a bad idea. Officials say it’s contaminated after the Camp Fire with the cancer-causing chemical benzene and it’ll cost hundreds of millions to fix it. The Sacramento Bee newspaper reporting a cost of $300 million and a couple of years to fix the system after extreme heat from the fire mixed with gases from burning homes was sucked into water pipes as the water system depressurized because of use by residents and firefighters. Only a fraction of residents are still living there and officials have apparently warned them not to use the water for anything. Residents are getting free cases of water from the city.

A new apartment building in Ukiah’s having its grand opening. It’s on East Gobbi Street and was built for homeless residents in Mendocino County. The 38 apartments for those with serious mental illness. They’re small homes with group rooms, a garden, and a community area. Residents will be able to get mental health care services on-site. The project got started about five years ago with the intention of intimate space where those living there can feel protected. The grand opening this morning at 11 a.m. at 237 E. Gobbi St. called Willow Terrace.

A man from Oakland and another from Santa Rosa in court on murder charges in Clearlake. A home invasion in November of 2016 for which David Ward and Daniel McRae are also charged with attempted murder and robbery. Their preliminary hearing is May 30th. Clearlake Police say the two were armed with an automatic weapon went into a home told everyone to get on the ground, but Brandon McAfee refused and there was a struggle ending in McAfee being shot in the chest. The two men ran and McAfee died.

The mayor of Oakland says they’re going to start to use cooking oil from local businesses to run city vehicles. Mayor Libby Schaaf with the announcement yesterday for the new program. The city’s been running its fleet on renewable diesel since 2015, but the mayor says the conversion to raw materials, like grease from French fries, will help improve the lives of Oakland residents by reducing local emissions from the city’s fleet. The Public Works dept says they’re working with others to gather the waste cooking oils from restaurants and cafeterias to convert it to fuel the city’s fleet which makes waste more valuable, supports jobs and helps the local economy.

A green light to the sale of the historic Kelsey Creek Schoolhouse. The Kelseyville Unified School District Board of Trustees voted to donate the old schoolhouse to a nonprofit. It was built in the late 1800’s and has been vacant for a while. A couple of years ago the discussion began on possibly donating the old building to the Lake County Historical Society, which had wanted to relocate it to Ely Stage Stop. The president of the Lake County Historical Society was there when the decision was made to donate it this week. She showed interest and made comments and asked questions about the process. The board voted unanimously to donate the building and the Schools Superintendent says they’ll move another step forward at the next board meeting in May.

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