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For 33 years Mendocino College has held a Native American Motivation Day. Last Friday, more than 300 Native American students from 6th to 12th grade came out for the event held to motivate youngsters to seek higher education. They learn about Mendocino College programs and meet representatives from local organizations and four-year universities. Kids from schools including Ukiah High, Pomolita Middle School, Upper Lake Middle and High Schools, Clearlake High and Point Arena, Laytonville High and Potter Valley were there and many more.

The meeting of the Lake County Board of Supervisors is being streamed on Facebook live. You don’t need to be a Facebook user to watch. The meeting this morning is also available at the county website, but not on cable TV because of technical issues. The meeting this morning begins at 9 AM: http://www.facebook.com/lakecountycagov/.

A pediatrics room at Saint Francis Memorial Hospital’s Bothin Burn Center has been named in honor of Sara and Jon Shepherd’s children lost in the Redwood Valley Fire during the October 2017 firestorm. The Shepherd Family Pediatrics Room in honor of Kai and Kressa. There was a ceremony for the family last Tuesday along with philanthropist Connie Frank and her husband, Evan Thompson. Frank had apparently read about the Shepherds after the fire and offered help and found the children’s father, Jon was treated at the Bothin Burn Center. Frank’s contribution was matched by the community.

Burning, wine and development the topics for Mendocino Supervisors. The meeting this morning continues a discussion with the Mendocino County Air Quality Control about vegetation management and how controlled burn permits could be handled in a more efficient way. The Daily Journal reports the discussions started last week and covered possibly making the permits available online. There will be a more detailed discussion on the matter with county staff and representatives from the Air Quality Control office. Supervisors to also discuss ways to support Mendocino Winegrowers, Inc with conjunctive labeling to show what region a wine comes from. Napa, Sonoma, and Monterey County have such labeling. The Supervisors rounding out the meeting with a  discussion on funding for the Economic Developing and Financing Corporation and a recognition of our own Bill Steele who recently retired after more than 45 years of broadcasting on KWINE.

An application for a new wireless communications facility in Middletown on the Lake County Planning Commission’s agenda. Verizon looking to put in nine 4G antennae on top of a 60 foot AT&T tower that’s no longer being used. It’s located on Hwy 175. The Lake County Planning Dept. is recommending the commission approve the move. But some residents who work and live near the old tower are against the move. A group sending a letter to the planning department, voicing their opposition due to potential health risks, fire safety issues and the structural integrity of the existing tower.

Lawmakers said to be having an uphill battle passing a proposal for flavored tobacco to be banned. All tobacco-related bills in the Assembly have not moved forward beyond one committee that passed on even hearing the ideas. But the chair of that committee says they’re reworking the bills. The senate also looking at a ban on the flavored products advancing their bill to a floor vote, but it was first amended to remove Hookah products and other products patented before 2000, except menthol cigarettes. The bills after flavored tobacco use in Calif. among teenagers reaches a fever pitch.

Rain didn’t keep them away. Folks came from all over the country to attend the 36th annual Catfish Derby in Clear Lake. Lake Co News reports anglers from as far away as Michigan, Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma and nearby, but all across the West and Calif. itself registered for the biggest Clear Lake catfish.  The top $4,000 prize went to a man from San Jose, who wrangled in a 27.29-pound fish. 12-year-old Rowdy Addington, from Patterson caught a 16.21-pound fish in the 11- to 15-year-old division. And a new award, the Spirit of Lake County went to the “Team Hood Cats” from Hood River Oregon. They are three generations of cat fishing enthusiasts coming to the Derby for 15 years.  Nearly 700 adults entered the contest and 83 kids.

Two men are recovering after being seriously injured in a crash between Kelseyville and Lower Lake. Wet weather this past weekend believed to have been one reason John Ritter of Hidden Valley Lake and Gary Reis of Kelseyville were seriously hurt in the crash Sunday on Highway 29. The CHP reports Ritter in a 2015 Ford Edge SUV southbound on the Highway while Reis, in a 2005 Chevy Silverado pickup went north. The CHP has not determined yet why, but report Ritter lost control and crossed to the other side, hitting Reis’ pickup head on. The two had serious injuries and are in the hospital.

Those with homes along the Russian River damaged by relentless rain this winter are not eligible for federal aid. The President pledged federal aid, but not for the Guerneville residents who lived thru a “major disaster.” More than a dozen Northern California counties, including Sonoma, Lake, Marin, Mendocino and Napa have applied for the federal money for repairs to public infrastructure, including county roads damaged by mudslides. But the Russian River residents apparently didn’t sustain enough damage to qualify for the funding. FEMA money to areas where more than 800 homes had major damage. In Guerneville, there were 151 with “major damage” and one was destroyed.

A woman from Arkansas who dressed up like a Calif. Sheriff’s Deputy has been arrested after she tried breaking her boyfriend out of jail. Maxine Feldstein admitted criminal impersonation and other charges and got herself 30 years in prison, with half suspended. Last July the woman pretended she was a Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputy at the Washington County Jail. Her boyfriend apparently instructing her to say the jail had overcrowding and any low-priority extraditions were suspended. But she was found out and the couple was arrested a month later. The boyfriend got an additional year.

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