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No more alcohol at a couple of beaches in Sonoma County. The Sonoma County Regional Parks Dept has announced no more booze at Steelhead and Sunset beaches. That brings the total to five Russian River beaches where no alcohol is allowed. There are three in Forestville too, Mom’s, Sunset and Steelhead, plus Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach and Guerneville River Park also don’t allow alcohol. At Sunset and Steelhead beaches there’s also no commercial bus access now so neighborhoods in the area are not negatively impacted by traffic and alcohol-fueled nuisance behaviors.

A Napa Valley vintner caught up in the college cheating scandal has pleaded guilty. Agustin F. Huneeus in court in Boston yesterday for his college admissions bribery scandal case. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud and for his admission, prosecutors recommend 15-months in prison for the San Francisco resident, along with a $95,000 fine. The owner of Huneeus Vintners with Flowers Vineyards and Winery in Healdsburg conspired to pay Rick Singer, the mastermind of the whole scandal, hundreds of thousands so his daughter could cheat on her SAT’s to go to USC and to pretend she was a water polo player.

The state of California is suing the federal government, trying to block the Trump administration from cancelling hundreds of millions of dollars promised for the state’s high-speed rail project. The Federal Railroad Administration rescinded the offer from Congress almost ten years ago saying the state hasn’t moved quickly enough on the project. Construction on one segment of track is supposed to be done by 2022 in the Central Valley. But the Trump Administration says it’s impossible to meet the deadline, and there’s not been enough progress on the project. Gov. Newsom says it’s all retribution because the state’s criticized Pres. Trump’s immigration policies.

An elderly survivor of the Camp Fire who lost a precious artifact in the fire has it back. Kym Kemp reporting 83 year old Donna Drickey’s husband had rescued her statue of St. Francis of Assisi from the ashes of their home, but it was stolen. Now she says a young man returned it. He admitted his brother, going thru a hard time, took it. She posted her loss on Facebook, then other residents shared that. The theft also made local and regional headlines. She says miracles do happen.

A teenager from Clearlake without a driver’s license has been arrested after a high speed chase and head on crash. The CHP Clear Lake says the 19 year old, Dain Beck also rammed one of their patrol cars. He was arrested after the escapade Monday afternoon. The patrol officer says Beck was next to him at an intersection, then revved his engine and took off. The officer took chase, flipped his lights on and tried stopping the kid with no luck. Since he was going too fast, he lost control around a corner and hit another car head on, the officer then stopped behind Beck and says Beck put his car in reverse and hit the officers car and took off. He crashed soon after, rolling, and was arrested. He’s charged with several crimes including assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer and evading a peace officer with disregard for public safety, and held on $50,000 bail.

A new task force has been formed on homelessness by the Gov. It comes just after the homeless point in time figures came out showing a surge in homelessness. The Homeless and Supportive Housing Advisory Task Force to take up the cause, headed by Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg and Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. It comes after the governor already earmarked $1 billion to fight homelessness in his latest budget. The announcement on the task force by the governor after he toured a hotel conversion site in Oakland being used as a transitional housing facility.

Industrial Hemp a hot topic at the latest Lake County Board of Supervisors meeting. Supervisors deciding to limit restrictions after District 5 Supervisor Rob Brown and District 1 Supervisor Moke Simon voiced concern about regulating hemp farmers more than other farmers in the county. The Record Bee reports some members of the public at the meeting concerned there should be some special regulations to protect the legal marijuana industry because there could be cross pollination from hemp with THC. Several counties across the state have temporary moratoriums for hemp so they can work on regulations. But Lake County only looking at minor regulations like farming away from schools and other areas with a focus on children with Brown and Simon voting no.

Mendocino Supervisors get the lowdown on the latest report on the Business Improvement District, or BID. A presentation to the board at their meeting this week on the tourism business in the county and future goals. The BID board prepares a yearly report for Supervisors regarding lodging business. The report shows more than 7,000 people are employed in the tourism business in the county, with earnings in 2017, the date of the most recent figures, at more than $214 million dollars. Gross receipts up about 4 percent to just under $442 million. Plus in unincorporated areas the tax receipts were at nearly 5.5 M. The district planning to bring all the revenue up, improve data sharing and decision making, update the website, work for better partnerships and raise awareness about the county, and finally, consider cannabis tourism.

A plan for fixes to Highway 101 may be on hold a while longer. The state Coastal Commission reportedly deciding to table the project until after their meeting in August. That’s so residents can have a chance for commenting on the project, and it’s impacts, including possible traffic impacts and more. But the project manager says it could mean the California Transportation Commission decides not to fund the project until the next fiscal year. The project is supposed to help curb crashes at median crossings on the 101 between Eureka and Arcata.

Some new parents leave a hospital in Germany, take a cab, then forget their newborn. Police in Hamburg say the new mom and dad in a taxi with their one-year old child and get out of the cab but couldn’t catch the driver after the closed the car doors. Then the taxi driver parks it, goes to lunch and gets back in the car. When the driver got the next passenger, they were made aware of the baby and called police. An ambulance came and scooped up the baby, checked it out, then returned it to its new parents.

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