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PG&E has some serious critics in Santa Rosa. At a couple of hearings on the company’s request to raise rates, those who spoke were highly critical of the idea. The Press Democrat reports on the utility company asking for a $2 billion gas and electric rate increase. The public hearings taking place across Northern Calif. Yesterday in Santa Rosa including one with representatives of the California Public Utilities Commission. The commission has to approve of the rate increase before it can be implemented. As you probably know, Pacific Gas & Electric, is in the middle of bankruptcy, but just before their filing they requested this 6.4% rate hike to boost their revenues by more than $1 billion next year, almost a half billion in 2021 and 2022.

A man in Clearlake arrested after a high speed chase leads to quite the drug haul. Police say an officer was behind Johnny Ware’s 1990s Honda that was spray painted black, which was similar to other stolen cars in the last several months. The officer checked the license plate which showed it was from another car so the cop followed it. When the officer turned on his emergency lights, Ware took off. Another officer joined the pursuit. They finally caught up to him and a police dog was brought in to help. Cops found more than 40 grams of meth, the same amount of syringes and a pipe. Ware’s charged with several crimes including fleeing from officers, drug sales and having the stolen car. He was held on $50,000 bail.

The Gov. Gavin Newsom cuts the red tape so more firefighters are at the ready. Gov. Newsom signing an executive order so almost 400 seasonal firefighters can be brought in to help Cal Fire this fire season. The firefighters will be across the state. The Gov. says it’s due to climate change, which he says has created a “new reality” with catastrophic fires in the state, adding there’s nothing more critical for his administration. The seasonal firefighters will help with fuel reduction, shift rotation and more efficiency. There are also new fire engines this fiscal year too.

Fire restrictions have begun in the Mendocino National Forest until the end of October. The restrictions in place as of today because of dry conditions and an increased risk of wildfires. The Forest restrictions are for campfires, charcoal fires or stoves — prohibited except in designated recreation sites, fire safe sites and federally designated wilderness areas. In all other areas lanterns or portable stoves that use gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel are allowed if you have a current California Campfire Permit. For more info,

More than a quarter million dollars in scholarships has been awarded to nearly 70 students in Mendocino County. The Community Foundation of Mendocino County reports they’ve awarded $229,000 to 67 students at graduation ceremonies this month thanks they say to generous donors. They add it’s $90,000 more than last year. The scholarships are between $500-$20,000, with the average amount of about $3,000. 31 Community Foundation scholarship funds paid out the scholarships, the most in a single year.  To donate or to learn more about the Community Foundation Scholarship Program, please visit our website,, or call 468-9882.

Congressman Mike Thompson in town for his “Coffee With our Congressman” event. Lake Co News reports more than 50 constituents were at Lower Lake Coffee & Cream Cafe for the event along with District 2 Supervisor Bruno Sabatier. The news site reports they touched on various topics including teacher retirement benefits, healthcare, fire insurance issues, gun violence, impeaching President Trump, climate change and immigration.

A new report shows more residents in Calif. have affordable access to broadband internet than most other states. The Record Bee reports the report by the website Broadband-Now called “The State of Broadband in America” also shows most people in Lake County can get very fast internet. The report sites Federal Communications Commission data which outlines areas where broadband connections are offered across the country, showing less than half of Americans pay $60 a month for wired broadband and half of the county also has access to ultra-high speeds at any price. It goes on to say about 70 percent of Californians have access to $60 per month broadband, sixth in the country of all states in that ranking.

The proposal by Adventist Health to buy or operate Mendocino Coast District Hospital notes the health care company’s background and locations. They already have inpatient care for 31,000 patients in Mendocino County. The company from Roseville operates 21 hospitals, 280 clinics and outpatient centers, 60 rural health clinics, 13 home care agencies, seven hospice agencies and four joint-venture retirement centers. The proposal says Adventist is aligned, but not controlled by its sponsor the Seventh Day Adventist Church. They propose sharing a medical officer, finance officer and strategy and operations officer with Ukiah and Willits. They say all employees in good standing would be kept on board at their current salary and any agreements would be honored for at least 90 days.


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