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The old Mendocino Brewing Company site in Ukiah may soon be the home to a marijuana processing company. The owner of the location at the end of Airport Road has reportedly applied for a permit to operate a “non-volatile cannabis manufacturing and distribution facility”. Part of the 63,355-square-foot building is currently being used for wine storage but plans for the rest include a carbon-based odor and air quality purification filtration system in the building. They will not be selling weed there. The police department has also reportedly seen the plans for the site. And the city’s Zoning Administrator has approved the plans.

An auction by the Hopland Research Center so they have less sheep. The Daily Journal reports it’s to save money as the Center now has less money from the University of California system. They will have 125 sheep now, instead of hundreds. The newspaper reports a handful of locals bought the animals and apparently will keep them in Lake and Mendocino counties. Some will be used for weed control and fuel reduction safety.

Work to control odor from commercial cannabis operations in Lake County being tabled  for now. The Board of Supervisors voted to stop the Lake County Air Quality Management District’s regulation and permitting of commercial cannabis operations for now due to skyrocketing costs. The Record Bee reports the District was charging as much as $16,000 a year in fees for grow sites. But the newspaper reports some say it’s crucial to have the air quality monitored and want clean air.

We have some new firefighters in Lake County ahead of the busy fire season. Lake Co News reports Northshore Fire has four new firefighters. The news site reports the chief pinned badges on firefighter/paramedics Brett Hughes and Tylor Rial, and firefighter/EMTs Owen Lawler and Alex Miller. This brings the department to full staffing with 19 full-time firefighters, three chief officers, two office staff, several volunteers, a large support team and the five-member Northshore Dive Team.

Water systems in Calif. about to have an overhaul. Legislative leaders have agreed to pour about $130 million a year for improvements in communities where residents currently cannot drink tap water at home. The state’s going to use money set aside for climate change, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. That idea isn’t going over well with some environmentalists, some of whom say folks shouldn’t have to choose between clean water and clean air. The compromise after the Governor proposed a 95-cent tax on most residential water bills instead.

A man missing in Northern Calif. has rescuers using boats and drones to find the veteran automotive journalist. The Press Democrat reports David Gordon Johnson disappeared while he was test-driving a motorcycle for a story near the town of Mokelumne Hill. Johnson reported missing last week by his girlfriend. She says Johnson had been test driving the Honda CB1000R for two days in California and Nevada to write a story for Motorcyclist magazine. He apparently texted a picture to a friend from the Mokelumne River, and was reported missing soon after. Sacramento officials found his clothing, cellphone and a laptop close to the fast-moving river which they say was cold and moving about 35 mph and flowing high.

The Sand Fire in Yolo County is nearly contained after burning more than 2,500 acres. Cal Fire reports the fire near Guinda has burned seven structures, but none are homes. All evacuations have been lifted and the local evacuation center has closed. The fire started Saturday and is already 70% contained. Some of the firefighters assigned to the fire have left the area, as others are surrounding the last areas that are burning, and putting out hot spots.

A woman from Santa Rosa has been rescued after her car went down a 100-foot cliff. The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office reports getting a call to the Bodega Bay area where the car went off the cliff near Highway 1 and onto Coleman Valley Beach. The VW beetle burst into flames and the driver apparently jumped into the ocean after the crash and swam several hundred yards out to sea. A firefighter swam to her and brought her to shore, and she was taken to a hospital. They say they think she intentionally drove off the cliff and has been put on a mental health hold at the hospital.

The Fifth annual Hike for Hospice is coming. The fundraising event for Hospice Services of Lake County is Saturday, June 22nd at Highland Springs Park in Lakeport. Those interested can hike for free, but those who raise at least $25 get a free t-shirt. Hikers, or teams of hikers, are encouraged to get family and friends to sponsor their hikes which start at 9 AM. Those hiking can choose from four different paths of up to 4.5 miles. After the hike there will be food, drinks and live music, plus awards for the most money raised.

For more information, to register to hike or sponsor a hiker, go to, or call (707) 263-6270, ext. 111.

Two women in Talmage have been arrested after a report of shots fired leads to weapons charges. Mendocino deputies called to the area several times previously for drug crimes and trespassing finding two women in the area. Jessica Norton found to be on probation so she was searched and found with meth and arrested. Then Nina Goodson was found to have a knife on her, so she was also arrested. Norton was held on $5,000.00 bail and Goodson gave a fake name so she was additionally charged for that and held on $15,000.00 bail.

Sonoma County Deputies looking for an area to do some water training get a heads up a Great White Shark was spotted in the area. The shark spotted by a Sheriff’s helicopter in Sonoma County’s Estero Americano Tuesday afternoon. They say it was about 14 feet long. They subsequently posted on their Facebook page, “Nope! The crew looked down and saw this beauty at the mouth of the Estero Americano in shallow water.” They were just in the same area Monday, south of Bodega Bay, on the southern Sonoma Coast border with Marin County. Sharks are seen a lot in Bodega Bay and at the mouth of Tomales Bay too.

A man from Laytonville has died on Lake Mendocino. The body of Carlos Soto found Tuesday night and searchers were looking for his son today. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office reports the 62 year old man who died was found at the south end of the lake and his son, Vincent is missing. The father was thought to be fishing alone, but deputies say he was with his 40‑year‑old son. Their boat found empty by someone else who went to investigate and found the father’s body. Deputies also say the son’s car was found by the lake.  They’ve got the Search and Rescue Team out in a boat and on ground looking for the missing son who’s described as 5’9” tall, 190- lbs with salt and pepper hair cut short.

The state is working to clear the criminal records of those arrested for certain marijuana crimes. The Press Democrat reports Democratic lawmakers and advocates want the records expunged for those who served time for other crimes. There are two bills in the Assembly to move the idea along for an automatic arrest and conviction record clearing. There are apparently as many as 1 million residents who did their time who qualify, and others with court ordered supervision. Those who support the move say there are thousands of restrictions for those with convictions. Those who qualify can petition to have their records expunged.





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