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A leader’s been chosen for the new merger of the Greater Ukiah Chamber of Commerce, the Ukiah Main Street Program, and Visit Ukiah. The three tourism themed groups to be managed by Una Wirkebau who says it’s a dream come true. She has been the executive director of the Monroe Chamber of Commerce in Washington and has owned and operated a resort and event facility in Colorado and a bed and breakfast in Alaska. Leaders of the three groups say they feel lucky to have found Wirkebau. So far there’s no name of the three merged organizations.

Because of the PG&E proposed public power safety shutoffs the Lake County Board of Supervisors is considering buying nearly a half million dollars’ worth of backup power generators for county office buildings. This comes after a PG& E representative at a public meeting in Lakeport told attendees to be prepared to be without power for up to five days. The county has also bought a giant backup generator for the Courthouse in Lakeport and will potentially also buy more for buildings including the Lake County District Attorney’s Victim Witness division, social services, a sheriff’s office repeater site, child support services and behavioral health services.

Low income loans are still available for those who lost their homes in wildfires. The zero percent Cal-Home loans of up to $80,000 for victims of the Valley, Clayton, Sulphur or Mendocino Complex fires. No payment is necessary for thirty years as part of the program funded by the California Department of Housing and Community Development, with the money going to Hammers for Hope and administered by North Coast Opportunities, Inc. The money can be used to build most homes, but they’re emphasizing manufactured homes as they’re quicker to rebuild.

To apply for a CalHome Loan or to determine eligibility, please contact Shauna Dyer at (707) 234-7020 or email: info@hammersforhope.org

A company in charge of a carnival that took place at the 4th of July celebration in Clearlake in trouble for reportedly dumping grey water into a creek. Clearlake Police giving a ticket to Midway of Fun – Brass Ring Amusements of Fair Oaks. It comes after cops went to a report of sewage being discharged at Austin Park, the site of this year’s carnival. Police say they found there had been an improper discharge of grey water but they found no evidence of raw sewage being discharged. They arrested one employee, but they were released with a citation. The water apparently from a portable shower being used by carnival employees. The citation is for $1,000 – the maximum fine allowed.

A fungus that can cause White-nose Syndrome, a fatal bat disease found in Calif. for the first time ever. The fungal DNA of Pseudogymnoascus destructans, or Pd, found in samples that had been collected from bats on in the town of Chester in Plumas County. The illness causes bats to wake up during hibernation, so they use energy they’ve saved up to survive winter, when their food sources are not around. It was first detected in New York in 2006 and has been confirmed in 33 states and seven Canadian provinces. Millions of the animals have been killed by the Syndrome which is considered to be one of the deadliest diseases found in wildlife.

No reports of fatalities after a giant earthquake hits in the Mojave Desert over the long holiday weekend. The same town that was hit July 4th with a 6.4 earthquake, hit by a 7.1. The latest quake in Ridgecrest cracked buildings and roads, caused fires, and several injuries. The earthquake the largest in Calif. in about 20 years felt as far north as Sacramento and as far south as Mexico. The Kern County Fire Department reporting getting several calls about multiple injuries and multiple fires. The Governor declared a state of emergency, activating the state Office of Emergency Services operations center “to its highest level.” Magic Mountain stopped running rides and Disneyland evacuated rides Friday night.

The Gov. has requested a presidential emergency declaration for federal aid for communities affected by last week’s earthquakes. A 6.4-magnitude quake turned out to be a foreshock of the bigger one on Friday night, 7.1-magnitude. The USGS reported thousands of aftershocks all weekend long.

New equipment is being used by PG&E to check on potential wildfire risks across the state. Four helicopters with light detection and ranging or so-called LiDAR technology apparently takes measurements of how close vegetation is to their distribution lines. They say it can also tell them if there’s any brush or trees that are at risk of falling onto their power lines. The helicopters started working in Northern Calif. this spring and should be done by the end of August weather permitting.

The tiny town of Laytonville now a site for multi vehicle charging. The station on the west side of Hwy 101 next to Boomer’s Saloon. The report that they’re mostly for Teslas but there’s also other electric vehicles that can charge there. The fast chargers take only about a half hour to fuel these cars with locations all across Norther Calif.

Police on the lookout for illegal trespassers growing marijuana on land owned by the Sherwood Valley Band of Pomo Indians (SVBPI). Tribal officials reported two trespass and non-sanctioned marijuana cultivation sites on their land so the Marijuana Enforcement Team (COMMET) came out with a search warrant at two different sites last Tuesday. They found 3 large plastic green houses at one site and another plastic green house and 2 outdoor marijuana gardens. They pulled nearly 1,000 marijuana plants from both cultivation sites. But no arrests were made.

One person is dead after a crash on Highway 1 just south of Fort Bragg. The accident early Sunday morning, but not a lot of other information was immediately released except that it happened about 2:30 a.m. closing the highway in both directions at the site of the crash for a couple of hours.

Two presentations are planned by PG&E on their public power safety shutoffs. One in Mendocino County, for the board of supervisors meeting tomorrow, the other, an open house in Willits next Thursday, July 18th. They will provide ideas how to deal with outages with a video presentation as they did last month at a Ukiah City Council meeting. The power to be shut down in high fire danger weather conditions. The presentation tomorrow for supervisors at 1:30 pm at the county’s offices in Ukiah. It will also be live streamed if you cannot make it on the county’s YouTube page. The Willits wildfire prevention community meeting from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. next Thursday at the Willits Community Center.

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