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Rhys Vineyards LLC will pay a $3.76 million dollar settlement for the unpermitted diversion of rainwater runoff in Mendocino County. The North Bay Business Journal reports that state wildlife and water regulators have stepped up enforcement of water rights on North Coast tributaries over the last ten years, and that State Water Resources Control Board documents say investigators found three reservoirs owned by the company collecting the runoff headed for the North Fork of Ten Mile River and the South Fork of the Eel River in 2015. An attorney for the company released a statement announcing the settlement, saying his client deeply regrets the mistakes made.

127 cases of human Salmonella infections have been tied to exposure to pig ear pet treats as of July 31st, according to the FDA and the CDC. Many of the infections have been resistant to multiple drugs and 26 people have been hospitalized. The FDA and CDC have recommended that consumers do not buy or feed the treats to pets for now and say that they will update the public as new information becomes available.

Whooping cough cases are on the rise in Northern California. 6 cases of the highly contagious infection have been confirmed in Humboldt county as of July 31st. Health officials are worried that more cases may be out there, and are bracing for even more over the next six months. While the DTaP vaccine immunizes young children against the disease, the CDC recommends a round of vaccinations for anyone over the age of 19 with a booster every ten years. Pregnant women should get a booster in the third trimester. As a new school year approaches, health officials are offering guidance to schools and offering immunization clinics. More info can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/pertussis/index.html.

The Redwood Empire Fair is here- the theme is Hog Wild! Gates opened at the Redwood Empire Fairgrounds yesterday at 3 pm and will again this afternoon, and noon tomorrow and Sunday. While Kids 6-12 and seniors got in free on opening day, admission today through Sunday admission will be $7 for kids and seniors 65 and up. Adults get in for $9.00 and kids 5 and under are free. There will be plenty of free activities for all ages including Mudd Boggs this evening starting at 6:30, and the Funky Dozen will perform. Boat races and a Truck and Tractor Pull are planned for this weekend.

After a string of recent burglaries under investigation by Lake Port Police, two more. Crooks broke into Classic Auto Body sometime Wednesday evening, and just after 8 am yesterday, officers were sent to investigate another break-in at West Lake Auto Center. Authorities are looking for the suspects, who made off with about 30 keys and garage tools during the heists. One of the stolen keys was used to steal a Silver 2012 Chevy Cruz LT. Police think the two latest heists are related and ask the public to report any sighting of the vehicle but to not confront the suspects.

The gloves are off. Governor Newsom and President Trump have traded barbs recently about how the state manages forests following two deadly fire seasons, and the Governor voiced frustrations over a lack of federal assistance. During a rally in Cincinnati last night, President Trump accused state Democrats of prioritizing the undocumented over American citizens. He criticized Governor Newsom, saying that almost half of America’s homeless live in California and that it’s a disgrace and a shame. Meanwhile, the state of California joined other states suing the Trump Administration today for reducing penalties levied against automakers who don’t meet fuel economy standards. The fees had been $5.50 for a tenth of a mile per gallon since the 1970s, but the Obama administration increased the penalty to $14.00. New rules from the Trump Administration bring penalty back down to $5.50.

Travers flying out of San Francisco International Airport will need to bring their own bottled water starting August 20th. SFO has banned the sale of single-use plastic water bottles at the airport to cut down on carbon emissions, energy use and reduce landfill waste by 2021, according to KGO-TV. The ban is part of a 2014 law banning their sale on city-owned property.

The State of California is making funds available to cities and counties for those hurt by marijuana prohibition. Senate Bill 1294 created local equity programs so that as Cannabis is legalized, those negatively affected can still get into the business. The Record-Bee says that remedies from permit fee waivers to technical business assistance are available through the law. Big business has no problem coming up with the fees and costs associated with doing business in the Cannabis industry, but small business is at a disadvantage due to banking issues and the lack of loans available, coupled with the high cost of entry. Humboldt County along with 7 other jurisdictions have already started adopting local equity programs to get in line for the funding.

Mendocino County would like to know what the public thinks about updates to housing policy. The first of two meetings will be at Fort Bragg Veterans Hall on August 7th at 6 pm so the public can weigh in. There is a second meeting planned for August 8th at the Willits Veterans Hall. A county Planning and Building Department press release says that a consulting firm is working on a policy update with input from county residents and planning staff and that more details will be provided to the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors at a regular meeting in December. Those that cannot make either meeting are welcome to send their comments via email to pbs.

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