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Two people have died after a car crossed into the oncoming lane and slammed into an oncoming armored vehicle near Willow Creek in Humboldt county. CHP says the driver and a passenger in the a that was heading east on SR 299 just before noon on Thursday died. The armored truck driver who was heading west was not seriously hurt. The names of the victims won’t be released until their families are told, but reports say the two were foreign nationals. So far, officers don’t think impairment was a factor, but high speed on a wet roadway probably WAS. The CHP Humboldt area office is handling the case so if you have any information that might help, you can contact them.

A Mendocino County Court judge has sentenced a man from Tuolomne County to 16 years for having sex with a 6 year old. 62 year old Daniel Villas pleaded guilty to two related felony charges and under the terms of that deal he won’t be eligible for parole until 2032. If he ever gets out, he’ll also have to register as a violent sex offender. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s office investigated the case.

The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors is still looking to rein in county government hiring. County CEO Carmel Angelo says the job freeze that’s been in effect since the summer is making it tough, especially when it comes to public safety or places that are already very short staffed because she has to sign off on every new hire. The board is also talking about downsizing from the current county staff of around 11 hundred 50 but some members say the board needs to consider the consequences of a smaller staff in some departments before making arbitrary cuts.

The help wanted sign is out in the Mendocino National Forest. The U S forest service is looking to hire people for several open positions opening up in 2020. There are both fire and forestry related jobs—as well as non fire jobs in archaeology, wildlife and hydrology. The postings went up this week and will stay up through the end of the month. You can find out whats available—and how to apply at the website

Police in Arcata are warning about several online and phone scams going around. They say there are several variations but the goal is always the same—to get you to give up your money—or your identity. The advice—never give out personal information to anyone you don’t know and if an offer sounds to good to be true it probably is. Police also say another common con involves callers who say they’re with law enforcement or the government and threatening arrest or a lawsuit. Don’t buy it—no real police agency or government office EVER makes those kinds of calls. If you think you have been taken, you can report the crime to the police—or online through the FBI’s internet crime complaint center.

Activists from around the region will be among the thousands taking part in worldwide demonstrations, designed to spur action on climate change today. In Ukiah a rally is planned for noon at the Mendocino County Courthouse—students from Ukiah High may also participate in a school walkout. Similar rallies are also planned this afternoon in Fort Bragg, Mendocino, Gualala and Lakeport.

The environment will also be the focus this weekend as volunteers in several communities take part in the national “Coastal Cleanup Day” on Saturday. Among those locations—in Point Arena at Arena Cove. That cleanup starts at 9:00 AM and you can find out more on the California Coastal Cleanup day Facebook page. There is another cleanup Saturday along the banks of the Russian River. Organizers of the cleanups say trash ANYWHERE along the shore can have an effect on the aquatic environment—even miles away.

With harvest season here, some vineyards in the North Coast think that they could be facing a tough year. That’s because last year saw a record crop, wine sales are generally down and the industry is waiting on a proposed 1.7 billion dollar merger between a merger of two big wine companies—EJ Gallo and Constellation Brands. Many growers sell grapes to both companies which is leading to uncertainty about who will end up buying locally grown fruit. The glut of grapes isn’t helping either. Last year saw a record setting 2 billion dollar harvest in Sonoma, Napa, Lake and Mendocino Counties which has kept prices down. In addition experts say there is little to no growth in the sales of less expensive wines. Taken together, those market factors have some producers afraid that tons of grapes may never make it off the vine this year.

Racers young and old alike will let gravity do the work tomorrow in Clearlake. The City and the Chamber of Commerce will host their first ever Soapbox Derby on the new Dam Road Extension. The first race is at 9:00 Its not just about SPEED down the track either. There is also a division for cars that will be judged for their ART and creativity. Those entries will be judge by a panel of city and county officials. has all the info.

Some of the soapbox derby entrants are almost old enough to drive the real thing so they need to learn the rules of the road. CHP says it wants to help with a free Start Smart Traffic Safety course for newly licensed teen drivers and their parents or guardians.. That class will be held at the CHP Lake Area Office on Live Oak Drive in Kelseyville on Thursday, October 3th from 5:30 to 7:30. Officers say it’s important that young drivers learn the basics early because education goes helps reduce the number of serious, sometimes deadly, crashes involving teens. You can call the Lake Area CHP office to find out more about the class.

A judge says California CANT block candidates for high political office from being on the ballot just because they haven’t released their last five years of tax returns. That measure passed in July doesn’t specifically mention President Trump, but the court says the President and other candidates would be irreparably harmed without any recourse if they were kept off the ballot just because they don’t show their taxes.

CalTrans says there could be up to 15 delays on a part of Highway 20 in Mendocino County today. Crews will be doing some grinding work from Two Road Lookout to Willits Cemetery Road until 3:00 this


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