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One person had to go to the hospital after a car hit them on Highway 1. Fort Bragg police report it happened near the Hare Creek Bridge near the City of Fort Bragg. The victim was taken to the hospital. The Advocate newspaper reports it’s the fourth serious car-versus-pedestrian incident on a ten-mile stretch of the Highway from Fort Bragg to Mendocino in about two weeks. Two of the accidents had fatalities.

The state of Calif. now will have regulations for those who work on wildfires due to their exposure to unhealthy air. The new regulation from Cal OSHA says employers have to have respirators for their employees who are exposed to the unhealthy air. Employers already have to protect their workers from hazards including unhealthy air, but now Cal OSHA is looking to further strengthen requirements to address fine particulate matter from wildfires. The rule is only for a year, temporary now, as they refine the rule to pass it permanently.

A threat that we could lose the Potter Valley Project the subject of a meeting of the Mendocino County Farm Bureau in Ukiah. PG&E was selling the hydro-electric dam that brings water flows into Lake Mendocino, then claimed bankruptcy and halted the sale. The meeting tomorrow at 6pm in the Ukiah Valley Conference Center to talk about continuing the year round, dependable water supply. Apparently if the dam is not re-licensed, it could be powered down, resulting in no diversion from the Eel River.

Two men from Ukiah have been arrested in separate stabbing threat incidents. The Daily Journal reports cops got a call last Friday morning to a report a man was threatening a security guard with a knife. Marciano Piceno apparently approached by the guard who was on patrol and threatened the guard then left the area. Cops found him and arrested him for suspicion of making criminal threats. Then the same morning someone called to complain a man with a screwdriver was threatening folks and tried kicking in a door. That man, 19 year old Alwood Smith was arrested for suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and for making criminal threats.

It’s been just over a year and Hardester’s Market is on track to reopen before the end of the year. The fire last Memorial Day weekend that destroyed the family-owned grocery store. The co-owner Ross Hardester says they should be reopened around Christmas time, if all goes as planned. The company transferred most of their employees to their other stores in Hidden Valley Lake and Cobb after the fire broke out in Middletown. The new store will be larger than the burned down store, by about 3,000 square feet.

A $700 million dollar settlement reached in the Equifax breach. Several million people in Calif. had personal information including their Social Security numbers and home addresses exposed after a 2017 security breach at the credit-reporting agency. The California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said it affected 15 million Californians who can get a piece of nearly $19 million the state will receive as part of the deal between Equifax and the Federal Trade Commission. Each claimant can file to receive as much as $20,000.

Community members are being asked to give their two cents on ways to improve transportation in Lakeport. The Lake Area Planning Council and W-Trans working with the city of Lakeport on ways to improve transportation on 11th Street to benefit bikes, pedestrians, buses and other ways we travel besides vehicles. The report being called the 11th Street Corridor Multi-Modal Engineered Feasibility Study. Lake Co News reports the study is being funded by Sustainable Communities Planning Grants from Caltrans for one of the main entrances into the city. It’s narrow, has no bike lanes and has narrow sidewalks on one side of the road surrounded by homes.

Local sales tax revenue off in Clearlake. The City Manager Alan Flora reported to the City Council a couple weeks ago that growth is slow. Flora says there were major drops in retail and car sales and that affects Measure P tax money that goes to police, and Measure V money, for roads. He did say there are a couple new businesses that have helped keep things in the black, specifically Big 5 and Tractor Supply. There’s also the new cannabis delivery company, the Clearlake Growth Fund, which has helped.

3 people arrested in Clearlake after traffic stops near a school. Last Wednesday a patrol officer near Pomo Elementary monitoring traffic and saw Vincent Hassenzahl littering out the passenger seat of a car window. He and Brittany Thorstenson, and the driver were contacted and searched. The cop found a loaded handgun on the ground near several homes and a resident found meth under their car. The two were arrested for multiple felony firearm and drug violations and the driver, for probable cause for driving on a suspended license.

A 65 hour training on domestic violence and sexual assault volunteer and response is coming up and it’s free in Upper Lake. Lake Family Resource Center offering the training for interested community members starting August 22nd thru the first week of October every Tuesday and Thursday night and Saturday morning at the Running Creek Casino. Those who finish successfully get their domestic violence and sexual assault counselor certifications and can potentially work or volunteer for Lake Family Resource Center.  For more info call at 707-279-0563 and reserve your spot.

Police in Lakeport reaching out to the public to find out who robbed a local nonprofit. Police say someone broke into Redwood Community Services office yesterday morning and swiped computers, gas cards, a 2009 Gold Toyota Matrix car, another car, a 2011 White Toyota Corolla and went thru desks and damaged a safe, they tried prying open. Police say they found items they believed were used to break into cabinets. They’re not sure if there was more than one person who broke in. They also say the windows and doors were locked and undamaged, so they don’t know how the crook got in. Anyone who may have seen something is asked to call Lakeport Police.

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