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17 counties in California including Lake County are included in a federal disaster declaration for this winter’s severe storms. The Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in 33 counties just after he took office after record-breaking rain and damaging winds blanketed the state. There was more than $100 million in flood damage with Lake County claiming $3.75 million in damage. Lake County has to use claims submitted to the state office of emergency services in order to be reimbursed for what it put out. The County Administrative Officer however hopefully they can secure any funding, saying President Trump’s recent Disaster Declaration makes funds available for damage to government infrastructure.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is granting the Mendocino Land Trust money to acquire more than 90 acres of conservation easement just south of Mendocino to conserve a pygmy forest. The area off Gordon Lane is about 49 acres of forest land. Some of the plants there are quite rare. The Mendocino cypress pygmy is a narrow range from Fort Bragg to Salt Point State Park in Sonoma County. The easement would mean that more than 7,000 acres of forest would be protected after first being turned over to California State Parks in 2002.

A young woman from Napa rescued by a helicopter after crashing her car down a steep embankment. The CHP chopper found 20 year old Karla Zambrano Tuesday morning after she apparently crashed off rural Highway 121 east of Napa. The car went down 150 feet before coming to a stop by a tree. She was taken to a hospital with major injuries. The CHP reports she did not have a driver’s license and no other vehicle was involved. But they’re unsure why she crashed to begin with.

A Sonoma County Fire Battalion Chief arrested for domestic violence now on administrative leave. The Press Democrat reports Battalion Chief Ron Busch arrested after a fight with his live-in girlfriend at their home in Windsor. The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office reports the woman had visible injuries but did not go to the hospital. Busch was held, then posted bond for $30,000 bail. He’s on leave while the fire department launches their own internal investigation. So far, the D-A’s office has not charged Busch.

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