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Reconstruction continues 2 years after the Redwood Valley Fire. The Daily Journal reports the group Mendocino-Rebuilding Our Community (M-ROC) told the Board of Supervisors there’s been a lot of progress financially and with reconstruction efforts to help 2017 fire survivors. The fire charred more than 36,000 acres and took down more than 500 structures. The board heard about progress made raising money to help survivors. They’ve been able to gather more than $5,600,000. They’re working to rebuild homes and distribute funds to survivors. They still have around $2,000,000 for rebuilding and relief. Some folks are still living at a campground near Lake Mendocino, trying to find homes. The group also told the board, in the future, they’ll include mental health treatment for survivors who may suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Success for the Mendocino County Economic Development & Finance Corporation’s future plans for the County. The organization telling the Board of Supervisors they continue to work on their Economic Development plan and Digital Infrastructure plan. They announced working on projects with the Sonoma-Mendocino Economic Development District, Workforce Alliance of the North Bay, Healthy Mendocino Poverty Action Team and the California Economic Summit. They also help businesses secure loans in both Mendocino and Lake Counties. They’re working on internet and broadband improvements too. Their plan for affordable high-speed internet for 98 percent of households by 2025.

Police in Clearlake on the lookout for whoever shot another man to death in an apparent drive by shooting at an RV park. 40 year old Steven Stone killed yesterday while walking at Trombetta’s Resort. Police say someone shot at Stone from a moving car and that they don’t think it was random, and that the suspect was targeting Stone. Cops got a call about gunshots fired after midnight last night and when cops got to the area, they found Stone down with a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at a hospital. Witnesses say a car drove on the main highway of the RV park, shot him and took off. Stone was with someone else when he was shot, they were uninjured.

The Skunk Train owners have successfully secured part of the Georgia-Pacific mill site. Mendocino Railway to expand their operation after acquiring 77 acres of the long vacant site. The Press Democrat reports the Mendocino Railway Vice President says it’s a deal they’ve been working on for years but have only just started talking about it publicly. Their deal is for the northern end of the 320 acres along the coast. The City of Fort Bragg has been working on zoning designations for the site, looking to add jobs, bring in tourism and potentially add housing and light industry and hospitality to the site. The Skunk Train owners looking to extend their trips up the coast toward Glass Beach with a new station one day.

A man from Cazadero on the run after a crash that injured his family, who he left behind. The CHP reports there was a head on crash Sunday night, west of Monte Rio. The mom and her three kids went to a hospital in ambulances after the crash on Highway 116. The newspaper reports the driver was identified as Monte Rio Wood. Cops say he split after the crash, leaving his passengers there with minor to moderate injuries. Firefighters found them sitting on the ground, a 30 year old woman, 8 month old girl and 6 and 10-year-old boys.

Settlement talks continue and delay the trial for a man accused of setting the Clayton Fire, among others. The Record Bee reports around the three year anniversary of the fire, Damin Pashilk of Clearlake is still in jail and has not been to trial. A continuance agreed to and Pashilk has so far pleaded not guilty and denied special allegations against him. At his preliminary hearing, several firefighters and investigators testified and it was found that Pashilk should be held over for a jury trial. There’s been several delays in the case already. He faces 19 felony arson charges for several fires in the summer of 2016, including the August Clayton Fire which burned nearly 4,000 acres and destroyed 180 homes.

Sen. Mike McGuire set to have a town hall discussion on the Great Redwood Trail. The Trail will take over an old railway and turn it into a path for hikers, cyclists and nature enthusiasts. It will stretch from the San Francisco Bay to Humboldt Bay. McGuire says several million dollars has already been secured for the work to establish the trail which he will cover in his Town Hall this Saturday, June 22nd at 10:30 a.m. at the Ukiah Valley Conference Center. McGuire says the 300 mile long track will be an economic driver for the rural North Coast communities it goes thru and will attract hundreds of thousands of locals and visitors to hike the “spectacular landscape and inject needed funds into the greater North Coast region.”

Possible power outages this summer during fire weather events so a community meeting’s being hosted to update residents in Middletown. Lake Co News reports the South Lake County Fire Protection District and Pacific Gas and Electric hosting the community meeting this Saturday at 10 a.m. at Middletown Fire Station 60 on Highway 175. The Cal Fire Battalion Chief says PG&E is presenting its plans at the meeting for public safety power shutoffs if needed. There will also be vendors on hand with solar power equipment and generators for those interested.

Another phone scam reported by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. The agency and the Superior Court reports getting calls from people who got robocalls telling the person answering the call they have outstanding arrest warrants and they need to stay on the line. Then someone asks them for their Social Security number, something the Sheriff’s Office or Court would never do. The Sheriff’s Dept. says if you get a call like this, not to act on it. They also say they’re investigating the reports as fraud.

More vandalism to report, this time in Lakeport. Yesterday we reported on vandals hitting a neighborhood in Redwood Valley. Now it’s at Clear Lake High, where police say yesterday morning there was vandalism to the high school gym’s basketball hoops.  Cops say one of the hoops was totally destroyed over the weekend after it was moved for work to be done on it last week. Yesterday it was found to be broken.  The school staff says there are several people who have keys to the gymnasium without the school’s consent, and they think one or more people were the cause of the damage.

One of the two men accused in the deaths of 36 people after a fire broke out at a warehouse in Oakland says nobody was really in charge. Max Harris testified yesterday that all who lived at the Ghost Ship warehouse were friends and there was monthly music and art showcases. His lawyers say he’s being treated as a scapegoat for the fire where he lived. He says he was not involved in organizing the concert that was happening when the fire broke out and said there were monthly concerts before he ever moved into the space. He said the electrical system wasn’t hooked up right and was illegally put together. He and Derick Almena, the master tenant of the space, are accused in the 36 deaths. Harris called him a friend and artistic mentor. They face up to 36 years each if found guilty on all counts.

Part of Highway 101 had to be shut down after a trailer stacked with mattresses crashed near Willits. It happened early this morning around mile marker 53.7 north of Willits. The CHP closed the entire highway there with traffic stopped for a time at Ryan Creek Road. It was about 2.5 hours later that the road finally opened, but only to one way traffic, then about an hour after that it was totally reopened. No word why the trailer crashed.

A heat advisory has been issued for Lake County with temps topping the century mark. The National Weather Service forecasting hotter-than-normal temperatures. The advisory in effect until 10 p.m. tonight. It means there could be a prolonged period of hot temperatures today and warns those in sensitive groups to high temperatures to be careful. It’s going to be about 10 to 15 degrees hotter than normal and it could last thru the middle of the week, with its peak today. Temperatures between 100 and 105 degrees are expected in some areas, Lake County should hit the low to high 90s and Ukiah, in Mendocino County is expected to hit 105.

The poultry division at the Lake County Fair is canceled due to a Newcastle disease outbreak in Southern California. Lake Co News reports there’s a confirmed case in the Bay Area so the Lake County Fair’s Junior Livestock Committee decided to cancel the poultry show. Lake Co News reports the viral disease is contagious and fatal, hitting the respiratory, nervous and digestive systems of birds and poultry. And apparently some of them die without any sign of why. It is however not a food safety concern; no human cases of Newcastle disease have been reported before from anyone eating poultry products. There have been rare cases of humans getting infected after working with poultry, but it was only mild symptoms like conjunctivitis.

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