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Fire restrictions in the Mendocino National Forest are being lifted. Effective today, park visitors with a valid California Campfire Permit can have open campfires and stoves outside of designated campgrounds. The Forest service says cooler weather, longer nights and a bit of rain have reduced the extreme fire danger. Even so, officials say people in the forest should follow common sense guidelines to prevent fires from sparking. Among them—keep flammable material away from open flames, never leave a fire unattended and make sure any fire is dead OUT before you leave. The Forest Service also says fireworks are never allowed on public lands.

The Ukiah Unified School District is doubling the number of electric buses in its fleet. The district says funding for three new buses comes from though a 1.1 million dollar grant from the California Energy Commission’s School bus replacement program. Ukiah schools already own three buses that were paid for by another state grant in 2017. Superintendent Deb Kubin says having more energy efficient transportation is good for the environment and also good for the district budget, because fuel costs will be lower. The state says it wants districts to move away from traditional diesel powered buses, especially in rural areas where they tend to be older and less fuel efficient. For now, Ukiah’s 6 electrics will be used on select shorter runs, but as battery technology improves officials hope they’ll someday be able take those buses on longer trips without stopping for a recharge.

The Lake County Board of Supervisors says development of chain retail stores in the county is best handled though a long term update to regulations and not by singling out specific stores or locations. Supervisors have been hearing from residents opposed to Dollar General’s plans to open several new stores in the county. They worry that small local based businesses would suffer once bigger national chains move in. At the board’s regular meeting this week, Supervisors decided against reviewing individual projects and instead asked the county’s community development staff to study an overall revision of county-wide and local area regulations.

The banks of the Russian River in Mendocino County will get a cleanup on Saturday. The County Resource Recovery District is teaming up with the County Water Agency for the volunteer driven project on Saturday starting at 8:30 AM as part of the International Coastal Cleanup Day and the Rotary Club’s Cleaning the Rivers of the World project. Organizers say volunteers should be prepared to walk on uneven riverbanks and deal with possibly getting wet, but those unable to do that can still get involved with base camp operations at Low Gap Park in Ukiah. You can find more information on the Resource Conservation District website. Last year, volunteers picked up more than 17 hundred pounds of trash from the shoreline.

The Trump administration is making it official that it wants to revoke California’s ability to set emissions standards tougher than federal ones. The state was granted a waiver to do that during the Obama Administration and 13 other states have since followed suit. Automakers have long objected to that waiver, saying meeting different standards for every state isn’t practical. Governor Newsom is wasting no time blasting the change. He says the state will fight as hard as it can to keep its current mileage standards in place. A lawsuit is certain, meaning the issue won’t be settled anytime soon.

Governor Newsom has signed AB5—the so called gig worker bill. It changes the rules about who can be called an independent contractor, potentially affecting thousands of people. Among them, drivers for Uber and Lyft, but the ride share companies say they plan to to keep their businesses running the same way for now. The law takes effect January 1st.

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A man from Clearlake has pleaded not guilty to murder, assault and other charges after police say he intentionally ran over another man with his van last week. 62 year old Thomas McGee is accused of striking the victim on Highway 20 and Seventh Avenue in Lucerne early last Tuesday morning and then driving off. He was arrested on Highway 53 in Clearlake Oaks a few minutes later. The victim identified as 40 year old Joseph Jackson of Lucerne, died before he could be flown to a trauma center. Witnesses say McGee also tried to hit a woman, identified as Rachael Gill, moments before aiming his van at Jackson. Lake County Sheriff’s deputies say McGee and Jackson knew each other and that two had been arguing over some property, but they have not said how Gill was involved or why McGee might have tried to run her over too. McGee is being held on 1.3 million dollars bail and is due back in court again in January. Reports say he has a rap sheet that goes all the way back to 1976 that includes felony convictions in several counties

A man who walked off from the Chamberlain Creek Conservation Camp in Mendocino County last week is back in custody. Agents from office of Corrections found 31 year old Jonathan Washington hiding out in Valejo on Monday. He’d been on the run from the minimum security conservation camp since Friday when guards couldn’t find him during a routine headcount. He was serving a three year sentence from Kings County and will likely have more time tacked on now. The odds weren’t in Washington’s favor. The state says since 1977, 99 percent of all escapees have been caught.

Signup is open for a 5 and 10 k run next month that benefits literacy in Lake County. The 30th annual Vineyard Run for Literacy is scheduled for Sunday October 13th It is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Lake County Literacy Coaltion. Money brought in pays for a free Adult Literacy program at the County Librarywhich the Coalition says has helped more than 2,100 people since it began. The run at Steele Winery in Kelseyville starts at 9:00 AM on the 13th and you can register beforehand through the website runsignup.com or contact the literacy program at the Lake County library.

A new place for the homeless to get a hot shower is now available in Lake County. Adventist HJealth has unveiled a mobile shower trailer that will offer hygiene services to people with no other place to go. Local agencies that help the homeless says the showers on wheels will fill an unmet and often unrecognized need. The trailer will be available for the first time at the week’s Veterans Stand down at the Lake County Fairgrounds today and tomorrow and will also be at the Big Oaks Peer support center in Clearlake Oaks every Monday starting next week.

Officials think they’re zeroing in on the cause of illnesses and deaths related to vaping.in California The state says many of the people who got sick had been vaping counterfeit marijuana products of dubious quality. Some companies that sell LEGAL cannabis vape products say bogus companies have even been mimicking package designs trying to fool unsuspecting buyers. So far, seven people in California have died. The latest death was reported Monday in Tulare County.

Look for a big legal fight over California’s emission rules. The EPA is expected today to pull the state’s permission to enforce tougher standards than federal law calls for. That waiver was granted during the Obama administration, but automakers have always opposed it, saying it’s too cumbersome to follow state by state standards. Governor Newsom says the state will do whatever it takes to kep it tougher emission rules which are also followed by 13 other states.

An inmate who walked off from a minimum security conservation camp in Mendocino County last week is back behind bars. Agents from the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation picked up 31 year old Jonathan Washington Monday afternoon in Valejo. Officials say Washington, who had been serving part of a three year sentence imposed in King County, was last seen at the Chamberlain Creek Camp on Friday morning and was reported missing after a routine head count later in the day. No word on how he made the 150 mile trip to where he was eventually found. He could have been out on parole next March but now he’ll likely do more time.

The world’s biggest privately owned giant sequoia forest in the Sierra Nevada has been sold to a preservation group. A non-profit group called Save the Redwoods has paid 15.6 million dollars for the 530 acre property Tulare County that has 483 giant trees, some of which have trunks more than 6 feet in diameter and are hundreds of years old. Eventually, the land will be transferred to the U S Forest Service and added to the Sequoia National Monument so the public can have access. The forest has been in private hands since the 19-40s and only a few trees have been taken down since then. Save the Redwoods calls the purchase a once in a generation opportunity to protect some of the most majestic tress on the face of the earth.

California’s biggest wildfire so far this year is almost fully contained. The U S Forest service says the Walker Fire about 150 miles northeast of us in Plumas and Lassen counties has burned about 54,000 acres. Officials say the weather continues to cooperate in that area and that full containment could come later this week.

President Trump has started a two day trip to California. His first stop is a big-ticket fundraiser for his re-election campaign in the Bay Area. The location was kept secret until the last minute but now protesters will likely show up as well at the Silicon Valley mansion owned by the multi-millionaire founder of Sun Microsystems. After that event, the president heads to Southern California for more money raising.

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Clearlake will be hiring two new employees for its animal control and code enforcement divisions to handle an increasing workload. The City Council has gone along with Police Chief Andrew White’s request for the additional staff as Clearlake steps up enforcement of its code and animal control ordinances. More staff will also allow lobby offices to open to the public five days a week instead of the current four day schedule. Salaries and benefits for the two new employees will add up to just under $90,000 for the rest of the city’s fiscal year. Money for the positions will come from the city’s general fund and from a community development block grant that’d dedicated to code enforcement.

The Lake County Board of Supervisors will talk about new rules for chain retail stores at its meeting today. Supervisors are considering regulating those chain stores, such as Dollar General, which wants to add up to 8 locations in the county. Opponents say new stores like that will hurt local retailers and potentially put some out of businesses. One plan would require the board to approve any new national chain stores through an ordinance similar to one that’s been in effect in Mendocino County since 2016.

Veterans in Lake and Mendocino Counties are being encouraged to attend an event showcasing services that are available to them. The sixth annual Lake-Mendocino veterans stand down will be held on Wednesday and Thursday from 9:00 to 4:00 at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Lakeport. Organizers say it’ s a chance for those who have served in any era to find out more about programs specifically designed for their needs, including medical, employment and other assistance that’s available. Lake County Transit is offering free trips to and from the stand down with proper identification.

Volunteers will be out this Saturday along shorelines in Lake County taking part in this year’s Coastal Cleanup Day. 7 locations in Upper Lake, and Lakeport and Clearlake will get a clean-up, where volunteers will pick up trash and plastic to keep it out of the water and from harming the aquatic environment. Lake County Water Resources is organizing the event which runs from 7:30 to 10:00 on Saturday morning. You can check out their Facebook page if you’d like to find out more or lend a hand.

An event aimed at Mendocino County teenagers is planned for this weekend in Ukiah The ninth annual Youth Action Party will run from 3:00 to 8:00 pm Saturday at Alex Thomas Plaza. It’s free, and will feature activities including music and other acts, educational displays and a live mural painting. The Mendocino Youth Project is sponsoring the party to highlight the programs and services it offers to young people deal with the challenges they face.

A date has been set for the first civil trial involving PG & E over damages caused by the devastating Tubbs Fire in 2017. That trial is now scheduled to begin in January in San Francisco. It will be the legal action about the fire to move forward. It involves a group of creditors with claims against the utility which has filed for bankruptcy because of losses related to wildfires caused by its equipment. In this case Cal-Fire says PG & E was NOT responsible for the Tubbs fire, but lawyers for the creditors argue that there’s plenty of evidence to show that the utility SHOULD be held liable. The outcome could have an impact on several OTHER civil suits that are on hold as PG & E works through the its complicated bankruptcy. The Tubbs fire in Napa, Sonoma and Lake Counties fire killed 22 people and destroyed more than 4,600 homes almost two years ago.

CalTrans and the State Department of Fish and Wildlife are reminding drivers that more wild animals are on the move at this time of year, meaning a higher risk of crashes. This is Watch Out For Wildlife Week as officials stress that between now and December anyone on the road should be extra-alert, especially around dusk and dawn. Those crashes can be serious. Last year the state reported more than 4,300 such collisions, which led to at least 15 deaths and 810 injuries. Studies show that drivers and insurance companies had to pay out more than 300 million dollars for animal crash related damage last year as well.

Governor Newsom says its time to get serious about the risks of vaping. He has signed an executive order that, among other things, requires stores that sell vaping devices to put up warning signs and spends 20 million dollars on ads discouraging of e cigarette use. He also wants to get tougher on underage sales and look at why electronic cigarette taxes are lower than tobacco-based smokes. The governor says he is worried about the increasing number of young people turning to vaping—and the recent reports of illness and deaths apparently related to it. Some groups don’t think the Governor has gone far enough. They’d like to se a ban on flavored e-cigarettes and vaping liquids. They argue that those flavors entice more young people to pick up the habit at an even earlier age.

The state assembly has turned down a bill that would have allowed bars to stay open until 3 AM. Its the second year in a row a later closing bill has failed, so it’s still “glasses up” by 2:00 AM.

President Trump will spend he next couple days in California. He’ll be attending a number of private, high dollar fundraisers for his re-election campaign in several places. Protesters are expected to greet him, at some of those stops. The president hopes his visit will help both him and Republicans candidates down the 2020 ballot as well

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The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors continues to plan a local ordinance covering industrial hemp farming. Supervisors say county staff will now get to work with the Cannabis Development Ad Hoc Committee and others involved in hemp cultivation and report back at a meeting next month. Officials say they need an ordinance that will help local growers protect their crops and serve the county’s interests too. There’s been a temporary moratorium on industrial hemp cultivation in unincorporated parts of the county since April so supervisors can look at the issues involved come up a proposal everyone can live with.

Investigators are looking for the cause of a fire that destroyed a home in Lower Lake Saturday evening. One person inside that home on Bell Avenue was able to get out and get to the hospital, but Cal Fire says the house and about half an acre around it that caught fire were lost.

An anonymous donor is giving a health center in Fort Bragg $60,000. Mendocino Coast Clinic says they’ll use the donation to fill gaps in important programs provided regardless of a patient’s ability to pay. Executive Director Lucresha Renteria says the gift was part of the donor’s estate planning and that he wanted to see it go to good use in his community. She says the money will go twice as far as well, because it will be matched by the clinic’s “Fund For The Future” campaign. That campaign includes the clinic’s annual Crab, Wine and Beer Days fundraiser, scheduled for January 31st and February 1st next year.

Officials in Mendocino county continue to press for continued state funding for emergency air services. They’ve signed a letter asking lawmakers find new way to pay for those services, once a fee on traffic tickets used to support them expires at the end of the year. County Chief Executive Officer Carmel Angelo says those medical flights save lives and that without state support, they could be could be in jeopardy

California insurance companies may soon have to cover hearing aids for children, as a bill making that a requirement sits on Governor Newsom’s desk. Supporters say the Let Kids Hear Act would help parents afford those expensive devices, but opponents argue the proposal would drive up premiums for everyone. The Governor hasn’t said if he will sign it

Stores that sell vaping devices in California will have to put up health warnings and state tax collectors will crack down on the e-cigarette industry under an executive order signed by Governor Newsom today. The governor calls teenage vaping a public health crisis and says the state has to do everything it can to combat it. Dozens of people have gotten sick and some have died in the past few weeks from illnesses apparently related to vaping. Public health officials in California and around the country say that’s reason enough to take a hard look at the trend of more young people using e-smokes.

California already has some of the country’s highest gas prices and those prices could head even higher with increasing tension in the Middle East. That weekend drone attack on a Saudi refinery puts California at high risk of more expensive gas because much of the oil imported into the state comes from Saudi Arabia. In fact, 37 percent of the crude refined here comes from the Persian Gulf, which is the highest percentage of imports from there than any other state. Although oil prices haven’t risen as much as some experts thought they might today, major developments half a world away could jack up the price at your corner station in a hurry.

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A man from Nevada accused of dumping the body of a murder victim in Lake County remains in jail on one million dollars bond after a not guilty plea. Investigators are still trying to sort out the case that involves 21 year old Mavrick Fisher, who they say killed another man in Humboldt county during an argument then left the body on a rural property on Scotts Valley Road late last month. Fisher was eventually arrested in as he tried to cross into Mexico on a Greyhound Bus, Authorities say Fisher apparently used a rock to kill the victim, identified as 25 year old Grant David Whitaker of Illinois, although they have yet to talk about a motive. Reports say the two men met earlier this year and had plans to open a deaf farming commune. Fisher is due back in court October 23rd for a preliminary hearing

Two people have been arrested in Mendocino County and are charged with raping a woman and holding her hostage for four days. Deputies say they found the 34 year old woman from Sacramento in the back seat, bruised and crying, after routine traffic stop on North State Street in Ukiah Saturday night. The driver, identified as 33 year old Thao Vang of Sacramento, was arrested and charged with suspicion of rape and kidnapping, while a front seat passenger, identified as Christine Maxwell, was also arrested. She is facing suspicion of kidnapping conspiracy and other charges. Both suspects are being held on bail. The victim told deputies she was abducted last week in Sacramento and that she was afraid she was going to die before her ordeal ended in Ukiah.

Authorities continue to look for an inmate they say walked off from the Chamberlain Creek Conservation Camp in North Coast. 31 year old Jonathan Washington hasn’t been seen since Friday morning and was discovered missing during a routine headcount later in the day. He has been an inmate at the facility since December, serving part of a three year eight month sentence from Kings County and was due for parole in March. Washington is black, 6 foot 4, and 217 pounds, with dreadlocks a goatee and a mustache. His last known outfit was prison-issued gray sweats, a white tee shirt, and white tennis shoes. If you have any information, you can contact local law enforcement

A man from Ukiah is being held without bail after Mendocino County sheriff’s deputies served a warrant at suspected illegal marijuana growing operation. Deputies say 32 year old Juan Duran had illegal drugs and gave a false ID during the search of the property on Low Gap Road last week. Officers say they destroyed almost 500 marijuana plants they found growing there and found several violations of state environmental law during that operation. Duran is facing several charges and has no bail because the sheriff’s office says he’s wanted on a felony warrant from Nebraska.

The Mendocino County Sheriff’s office say no one was hurt in an altercation between deputies and a woman in a reported suspicious vehicle in a Middle School Parking lot in Redwood Valley. Reports say that woman, identified as 21 year old Sandra Mendez of Ukiah, refused to cooperate with deputies who responded to that call call at the Eagle Peak Middle School. Mendez was eventually subdued, arrested, and charged with resisting arrest She is being held at the county jail on $20,000 bail. Deputies say they’ve been keeping an eye on the area near the school because of recent vandalism and burglaries there.

Police in Santa Rosa are looking for a possible suspect in a reported sexual assault near Howarth Park on Sunday night. They say the victim told officers she was assaulted by a man described at 5 foot 9, white, in his 30s, with a thin build wearing dark clothing as she walked near the park around 7:30. Howarth Park was the scene of another alleged sexual attack two weeks ago, when a 55 year old woman reported she was raped in a park bathroom. A suspect with a possible DNA link to that crime is being held on felony rape and kidnapping charges.

Mendocino College has a new provisional trustee. The Lake County News says TeMashio Anderson has been picked to represent the Kelseyville and nearby areas on the school’s board. He’ll take over from David Cook, who recently resigned after serving for nine years. Anderson has a background that includes serving as education director for the Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians, and overseeing programs to help students from Kindergarten through 12th grade pursue higher education. Board of Trustees president Robert Jason Pinoli says Anderson will bring fresh insights to the job as the school moves into what Pinoli calls a new chapter.

Plans to ease traffic in Highway 20 in part of Lake County will be up for discussion at a workshop later this week in Lucerne. The Lake County and City Area Planning Commission is looking at ways to calm the traffic on the stretch of road in Lucerne, Glenhaven and Clearlake Oaks and wants to hear from people who use the road. The public meeting will be held this Thursday, September 19, starting at 6 PM and will include a preview of the project, a presentation, and a chance for people to weigh in with their thoughts. It takes place at the Lucerne Alpine Senior Center at the corner of 10th Avenue and Country Club Drive.

A new trail in Mendocino County goes public later this month. The trail though the 426 acre Noyo River Redwoods will have a sneak peak on Sunday, September 29th. You’ll have to ride the trail to get there though on a special excursion of the Skunk Train pulls out of the Willits station at 10:00 AM. The preview should last until around 3:00 with a train back to Willits. The Mendocino Land Trust is hosting and you can contact them for more information.

Senior citizens groups want Governor Newsom to get behind a bill they say would lower the price of prescription drugs. The measure would end a practice called pay for delay, where critics say makers of cheaper generic drugs get money from big brand names to keep generics off the market. The California AARP says high prescription costs are a big burden for many older people in the state and that this bill would help by getting generics onto pharmacy shelves more quickly. Big pharmaceutical combines defend the practice, saying they need make sure those drugs are thoroughly tested before they go off brand, which they say can be a long and expensive process.

Middle and High school students would get a later start to the school day under a bill that’s waiting for Governor Newsom’s signature. The measure would prohibit middle schools from starting before 8:00 AM and High Schools from starting before 8:30. Supporters say the later start is a good idea because research shows even a little more sleep for teens helps both their physical—and mental health. Former Governor Jerry Brown vetoed a similar bill last year, saying the state shouldn’t get involved in local school decisions.

Today is National Guacamole Day. The main ingredient, of course is Avocados and they are less expensive too. Over the summer, Hass Avocados were around two-ten a pound nationally, today they go for about a buck sixteen on average. Americans eat 60 million pounds of Avocados a day, many of them grown here in California.

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A man from Nevada accused of dumping the body of a murder victim in Lake County remains in jail on one million dollars bond after a not guilty plea. Investigators are still trying to sort out the case that involves 21 year old Mavrick Fisher, who they say killed another man in Humboldt county during an argument then left the body on a rural property on Scotts Valley Road late last month. Fisher was eventually arrested in as he tried to cross into Mexico on a Greyhound Bus, Authorities say Fisher apparently used a rock to kill the victim, identified as 25 year old Grant David Whitaker of Illinois, although they have yet to talk about a motive. Reports say the two men met earlier this year and had plans to open a deaf farming commune. Fisher is due back in court October 23rd for a preliminary hearing

Two people have been arrested in Mendocino County and are charged with raping a woman and holding her hostage for four days. Deputies say they found the 34 year old woman from Sacramento in the back seat, bruised and crying, after routine traffic stop on North State Street in Ukiah Saturday night. The driver, identified as 33 year old Thao Vang of Sacramento, was arrested and charged with suspicion of rape and kidnapping, while a front seat passenger, identified as Christine Maxwell, was also arrested. She is facing suspicion of kidnapping conspiracy and other charges. Both suspects are being held on bail. The victim told deputies she was abducted last week in Sacramento and that she was afraid she was going to die before her ordeal ended in Ukiah.

Authorities continue to look for an inmate they say walked off from the Chamberlain Creek Conservation Camp in North Coast. 31 year old Jonathan Washington hasn’t been seen since Friday morning and was discovered missing during a routine headcount later in the day. He had been an inmate at the facility since December, serving part of a three year eight month sentence from Kings County and was due for parole in March. Washington is black, 6 foot 4, and 217 pounds, with dreadlocks a goatee and a mustache. His last known outfit was prison-issued gray sweats, a white tee shirt, and white tennis shoes. If you have any information, you can contact local law enforcement.

A man from Ukiah is being held without bail after Mendocino County sheriff’s deputies served a warrant at suspected illegal marijuana growing operation. Deputies say 32 year old Juan Duran had illegal drugs and gave a false ID during the search of the property on Low Gap Road last week. Officers say they destroyed almost 500 marijuana plants they found growing there and found several violations of state environmental law during that operation. Duran is facing several charges and has no bail because the sheriff’s office says he’s wanted on a felony warrant from Nebraska.

The Mendocino county sheriffs office say no one was hurt in an altercation between deputies and a woman in a reported suspicious vehicle in a Middle School Parking lot in Redwood City. Reports say that woman, identified as 21 year old Sandra Mendez of Ukiah, refused to cooperate with deputies who responded to that call call at the Eagle Peak Middle School. Mendez was eventually subdued, arrested, and charged with resisting arrest She is being held at the county jail on $20,000 bail. Deputies say they’ve been keeping an eye on the area near the school because of recent vandalism and burglaries there.

Police in Santa Rosa are looking for a possible suspect in a reported sexual assault near Howarth Park on Sunday night. They say the victim told officers she was assaulted by a man described at 5 foot 9, white, in his 30s, with a thin build wearing dark clothing as she walked near the park around 7:30. Howarth Park was the scene of another alleged sexual attack two weeks ago, when a 55 year old woman reported she was raped in a park bathroom. A suspect with a possible DNA link to that crime is being held on felony rape and kidnapping charges.

Mendocino College has a new provisional trustee. The Lake County News says TeMashio Anderson has been picked to represent the Kelseyville and nearby areas on the school’s board. He’ll take over from David Cook, who recently resigned after serving for nine years. Anderson has a background that includes serving as education director for the Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians, and overseeing programs to help students from Kindergarten through 12th grade pursue higher education. Board of Trustees president Robert Jason Pinoli says Anderson will bring fresh insights to the job as the school moves into what Pinoli calls a new chapter.

Plans to ease traffic in Highway 20 in part of Lake County will be up for discussion at a workshop later this week in Lucerne. The Lake County and City Area Planning Commission is looking at ways to calm the traffic on the stretch of road in Lucerne, Glenhaven and Clearlake Oaks and wants to hear from people who use the road. The public meeting will be held this Thursday, September 19, starting at 6 PM and will include a preview of the project, a presentation, and a chance for people to weigh in with their thoughts. It takes place at the Lucerne Alpine Senior Center at the corner of 10th Avenue and Country Club Drive.

A new trail in Mendocino County goes public later this month. The trail though the 426 acre Noyo River Redwoods will have a sneak peak on Sunday, September 29th. You’ll have to ride the trail to get there though on a special excursion of the Skunk Train pulls out of the Willits station at 10:00 AM. The preview should last until around 3:00 with a train back to Willits. The Mendocino Land Trust is hosting and you can contact them for more information.

Senior citizens groups want Governor Newsom to get behind a bill they say would lower the price of prescription drugs. The measure would end a practice called pay for delay, where critics say makers of cheaper generic drugs get money from big brand names to keep generics off the market. The California AARP says high prescription costs are a big burden for many older people in the state and that this bill would help by getting generics onto pharmacy shelves more quickly. Big pharmaceutical combines defend the practice, saying they need make sure those drugs are thoroughly tested before they go off brand, which they say can be a long and expensive process.

Middle and High school students would get a later start to the school day under a bill that’s waiting for Governor Newsom’s signature. The measure would prohibit middle schools from starting before 8:00 AM and High Schools from starting before 8:30. Supporters say the later start is a good idea because research shows even a little more sleep for teens helps both their physical—and mental health. Former Governor Jerry Brown vetoed a similar bill last year, saying the state shouldn’t get involved in local school decisions.

Today is National Guacamole Day. The main ingredient, of course is Avocados and they are less expensive too. Over the summer, Hass Avocados were around two-ten a pound nationally, today they go for about a buck sixteen on average. Americans eat 60 million pounds of Avocados a day, many of them grown here in California.

A bunch of trashed tires have been cleared out of an area near Hopland by the Green Bridge. The Pac Out Green Team says they pulled more than 50 tires out, but there are still some near the train tracks. They say they’re going to go grab the rest and other trash too. The manager of Pac Out Green says they think all of the tires came from the same business and that the owner responsibly paid someone to take them out, but then that person dumped them. He also says they called CalTrans to see if they were planning a hazmat cleanup of the tires abut nobody responded. Then he found out later they were planning it after all. And added that it will cost his team about $600 to dump them responsibly.

E-vaping making national headlines and in Calif. there was talk of regulating them more. But a bill to put new regulations in place is being placed on hold for the time being. Assemblyman Adam Gray of Merced announcing instead, he’ll bring it back next year and make the legislation stronger as it was getting to close to the end of the legislative session for the year. At the same time the federal Health and Human Services Secretary announced work to totally ban non-tobacco flavored e-cigarette products. Also the FDA is blaming manufacturer Juul of marketed their products to teens as a “much safer” or “totally safe” alternative to traditional cigarettes.

The budget for the Lakeport Unified School District gets the green light. The school board voted on the budget at their meeting Wednesday which reportedly included carryover funds from the last budget. The Chief Business Officer presented the new budget which had already been approved by the Lake County Office of Education last week. The District will be financially solvent just with the leftover finds from the 2018/19 budget. Enrollment is however down this year which will be covered at their next board meeting.

A man from Clearlake accused of sex assault against a child has pleaded not guilty. 69 year old Bert Tino Besio accused of molesting two victims under 13 years old. He had a plea hearing in July and denied two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a minor, forcible lewd acts on a child and aggravated sexual assault of a child. Besio was arrested last month for suspicion of the sexual crimes against the two children. He’s due back in court next month. No word when the preliminary hearing will take place.

The Calif. Senate looking at ways to curb the use of social media by kids under 13. The Senate voted overwhelmingly in favor for social media companies to get the consent of a parent or guardian until a kid can get the account. Right now, federal law requires social media companies to get parents’ permission before a company can collect data on kids under 13. And some companies, including Facebook, don’t allow children under 13 to create accounts. The bill has to go to the state Assembly next before the Gov. gets it to sign or veto.

A fire in someone’s driveway chars a truck. The pickup caught fire on Orr St. yesterday afternoon. Firefighters say when they got to the scene nobody was home. They report it was an older model, full-size pickup that looked like someone had been living in. They also say they don’t think they’ll be able to pinpoint how the fire started. Apparently the homeowner was trying to get the vehicle removed and it was going to be towed, then caught fire. Fire officials say the fire seemed suspicious and that it most likely did not start accidentally.

Mendocino County hopping on the bandwagon like Lake County investigating possible guidelines on the Industrial Hemp Cultivation Registration Process. The Daily Journal reports the Board of Supervisors asking county staff to work with the Cannabis Economic Development Ad Hoc Committee and others for new hemp regulations then come back next month with ideas on regulations. Right now there’s a temporary moratorium in place for not only industrial hemp, but cultivating genetically modified organisms in unincorporated areas of the County.

A man from Philo recovering after crashing into a propane truck on Highway 128 near Boonville. The California Highway Patrol reports the man driving a 2014 Volvo west on Hwy. 128 near Highway 253 Wednesday morning and he crashed into the truck which was going in the opposite direction. The propane truck driver reportedly telling the Patrol he was about to turn left on Hwy. 253 when the Volvo “crossed over the double yellow lines” and into his lane saying he tried avoiding a crash, but the Volvo hit him, then rolled and came to a stop. The Volvo driver had minor injuries and the propane truck driver declined medical aid.

A home invasion robbery for marijuana reported in Humboldt County. Kym Kemp reporting the sheriff’s office got a call to a report of an armed robbery, involving marijuana in the Salmon Creek area. When they arrived, a victim says he was sleeping and woke to a shotgun being held to his face with someone telling him he would die if he moved. He and two others were tied up and say there were as many as four suspects, but their faces were covered, who took nearly 100 pounds of hanging untrimmed weed. It happened at a permitted marijuana cultivation site. Cops later found one of the suspects was wearing an ankle monitoring bracelet and that there were a totally of 6 suspects. Two men, Parker Henderson and Matthew Williams were arrested for the robbery and the others on warrants or other charges.

A stolen handgun found by cops in Clearlake doing a probation search. They then arrest 35 year old Tiffany Anne Correia. Police say they went to her house Tuesday morning and an officer noticed Correia’s front door was open and announced his presence. He saw her coming out of the bathroom as another officer then entered and one of them searched the woman’s room and found 74 rounds of .22-caliber ammo and a couple of glass smoking pipes. Then a .22-caliber Ruger long rifle semi-automatic pistol was found in the bathroom. The serial number showed it had been stolen. She was arrested on probable cause for multiple firearm violations and violation of probation.

The fire burning in the Mendocino National Forest near Covelo is nearing total containment. The fire burning 15 miles northeast of Covelo in Trinity County has burned 244 acres and has not had forward movement in several days. It’s 85% contained as of last night. No word how the fire started. One of two fires in Butte County, outside Oroville is contained, the Forbestown fire burned 58 acres; and the Swedes Fire burned almost 500 acres, it’s 95% contained. In Tehama County, the lightning caused Red Bank fire has burned 8,838 acres and is 95-percent contained with two structures destroyed.  Another pretty large fire, the Walker fire in Plumas County has burned over 49,270 acres and is 28-percent contained.

Improvements on the way to Rotary Park after the Mendocino Historical Review Board approves of them. It happened earlier this week so now the Rotary Foundation can send the project over to the County Planning Commission to get a use permit. The improvements include two signs, a storage shed, an underground water tank, children’s swing area and other proposed improvements. There were architect drawings to pore over at the meeting Monday replete with landscaping, walkway changes, an underground water tank and even where to put a pet waste bag dispenser and trash can.

Purple urchin may still run wild after a clearing drive by the Watermen’s Alliance President brings in less fundraising. The clear up planned last weekend in the works since early last year so kelp and abalone have a better chance. The purple urchins are blamed for the die-off of bull kelp after the so-called Blob hit in 2014. Now there’s a reported new blob in the Pacific. Abalone on the Mendocino Coast reaching such low levels there will be no Abalone season until 2021, if then.

 

 

SHAWN MENDES & CAMILLA CABELLO – SENORITA

LIZZO – TRUTH HURTS

POST MALONE – GOODBYES

LEWIS CAPALDI – SOMEONE YOU LOVED

ED SHEERAN – BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE

ARIANA GRANDE & SOCIAL HOUSE – BOYFRIEND

JONAS BROTHERS – ONLY HUMAN

SHAED – TRAMPOLINE

SAM SMITH – HOW DO YOU SLEEP?

NF – TIME

ROB THOMAS – CAN’T HELP ME NOW

ONEREPUBLIC – RESCUE ME

NORMANI – MOTIVATION

GOO GOO DOLLS – MIRACLE PILL

ELLIE GOULDING – HATE ME

POST MALONE – CIRCLES

LIL NAS X – PANINI

ZARA LARSSON – ALL THE TIME

MARSHMELLO & KANE BROWN – ONE THING RIGHT

DEAN LEWIS – WAVES

CHRIS BROWN – NO GUIDANCE

MONSTA X – WHO DO YOU LOVE?

X AMBASSADORS – HOLD YOU DOWN

KASKADE & MEGHAN TRAINOR – WITH YOU

SAM FELDT – POST MALONE

TAYLOR SWIFT – LOVER

ILLENIUM – GOOD THINGS FALL APART

CAMILA CABELLO – LIAR

CAMILA CABELLO – SHAMELESS

KATY PERRY – SMALL TALK

STEPHEN PUTH – LOOK AWAY

WHY DON’T WE – WHAT AM I

LIZZO – GOOD AS HELL

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Legislators are considering a bill to reduce plastic pollution said to be one of the strongest in the country. One of the bills wouldn’t start for more than ten years, calling for all single use packaging and food products like plates, straws and silverware to be recyclable or made of materials that decompose when composted; another of the bills would require a 75% reduction of the single-use packaging waste in the state, also by 2030; and the third bill requires plastic cups to be made of 10% recycled plastic by 2021, 25% by 2025, and 50% recycled plastic by 2030.

The last body after that Southern Calif. diving boat fire has been recovered. 34 people were killed in the accident last week. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office reported on the final victim being found on twitter yesterday. And DNA tests are being done to confirm seven of the victims’ identities. There’s no cause determined so far for the Sept. 2nd fire and the boat has not been pulled from the water yet because of weather conditions. There were six crew members from the boat who survived and say they tried several times to save people trapped below deck to no avail.

Even though the Gov. has put a moratorium on the death penalty while in office, the state Supreme Court is not blocking any death penalty cases. Yesterday the justices said no to arguments by defense lawyers who say imposing the death sentence wouldn’t be taken seriously, because it would never be carried out. The death penalty is however still legal in the state, just not while Newsom’s Gov. Right now, the lawyers for a couple of men who face trials separately for several murders, said potential for capital punishment was hypothetical.

An initial report’s been released after that seaplane crashed at the Clear Lake Seaplane Splash In last week. The Federal Aviation Administration has put the report on their website related to last Saturday’s crash, damaging the plane and injuring the couple flying it. The FAA concluded the pilot lost control, like what witnesses said, it looked like heavy winds were a factor, leading to the plane nose diving and somersaulting on the surface of the lake, but landing on its pontoons. The pilot reportedly uninjured, with his wife suffering minor injuries.

Another entity signs on to try to take over the Potter Valley Project from PG&E. The Round Valley Indian Tribes say they too have signed an agreement for the “Two-Basin Solution” to re-license the Hydroelectric Project which moves water out of the Eel River into the Russian River. The president of the Tribe says they’re committed to working with others to look at all of the options. A Notice of Intent was filed by the nonprofit California Trout along with the County of Humboldt, Mendocino County Inland Water and Power Commission, and Sonoma County Water Agency.

The state of California hopping on the bandwagon to potentially regulate e-cigarettes and Vapes. The legislature is taking up the matter, but the California Department of Public Health says it may actually help sell more products. The bill in the Senate would demand all manufacturers selling e-cigarettes send a written physical description and  picture of what they’re selling to the Department of Public Health who would in turn place it on their website, then charge them for that. They would also need to work with the Department of Education, so school administrators can see it. The state Assembly unanimously passed the bill which heads back to the Senate for a final vote.

Final work on the legislature’s renter protection bill then it’s off to the Gov. The Assembly Bill caps yearly rent increases for some and protects renters with stricter eviction protections. Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon speaking on the floor yesterday about the new tenant protections… The vote yesterday after the Gov. announced last month there was final agreement on wording in the bill to cap yearly rent increases up to ten percent in coming years. It would only stay in place ten years.

Coffee With a Cop in Fort Bragg is happening. It’ll be October 2 at 7 am at Starbucks. Fort Bragg. Police partnering with the coffee giant for the National Coffee with a Cop Day first established in 2011 by police in Hawthorne who were looking for ways to interact more successfully with citizens. The event in a more relaxed environment with those there encouraged to speak up and have honest conversations about their communities. Starbucks is even providing coffee and snacks. The FB Police Department says they also hope to have some newer Officers there with some veterans so they can hear community expectations.

A new report on the response to the massive Mendocino Complex Fire last year by a nonprofit says things could have gone much better. The fire last August made up of the Ranch and River fires became the largest ever in Calif. history. The Ranch fire burning more than 600 square miles started in Mendocino County then burned into northern Lake County. The report says a federal risk management team wanted Cal Fire and the US Forest Service to attack the fire differently and had they followed, injuries could have been avoided. The ask was that firefighters keep the fire out of the Cold Creek drainage so it didn’t burn toward communities. Six members of a strike team got caught in the fire, all injured. Risk management experts recommended letting the fire expand into wildland. Those who authored the report are former firefighters in Oregon. The fire started by a rancher trying to plug a yellow jacket hole in his land drove a metal stake into the ground with a metal hammer.

A wine truck topples on the 101 leaving a messy, stain on the highway. A semi trailer filled with grapes hit a Subaru Baja and overturned in Hopland with grapes dumping on the southbound lane causing a snarl up.

Fort Bragg trying to get some new housing units built. The City Council took up the matter at its meeting Monday with a housing plan for the next eight years. The Housing Element has policies following some state regulations and others after meetings of the City Council and Planning Commission along with public input sessions. The main goal of the element was to get 201 units of new housing built in Fort Bragg by 2024, 65 of which would be rehabilitated, and 35 would be preserved. Of the total, 141 would be new units for extremely low to low-income residents.