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Another public safety power shutoff is predicted due to fire weather. PG&E sent out a notice listing information for residents to prepare for the shutoff. They say 17 counties could be impacted, including in Mendocino County, Fort Bragg, Hopland, Redwood Valley, and Ukiah. But the Mendocino Voice news site reports the info contradicts the map released by Mendocino County. More than 200,000 customers could be affected by the power outage across the state. PG&E claims 862 customers in Mendo County will lose power, and that the majority of them have been alerted. They say 30 of the customers are considered “medical baseline” so they’re dependent on electricity.

A fire that started at a metal scrap yard in Ukiah is out. The fire yesterday afternoon at Tri County Scrap Metals out in nearly 2 hours. The Ukiah Valley Fire Authority Acting Battalion Chief says employees tried to fight the fire with extinguishers then called the fire department. They’ve not figured out how the fire started, but officials say they think it was accidental. No damage was reported to any buildings or surrounding areas, and no reports of injuries. The Environmental Health Dept. was there in case of potentially contaminated water runoff from the metals and various materials at the yard.

A man from Clearlake charged with the sexual assault of a minor in court for a preliminary hearing. The Record Bee reports 70 – year old Bert Besio is charged with aggravated sexual assault of a minor, forcible lewd acts upon a child and aggravated sexual assault of a child. His lawyer says he will need help hearing the proceedings and that he had just been in the hospital for what was believed to be a mild stroke. But his lawyer says that should not impair him from proceeding. He was found guilty in the hearing, meaning he will be held over to answer to the charges against him. He’s due back in court next Tuesday morning for his arraignment.

After the announcement that the Middletown School District Superintendent had been let go early out of their contract, an interim replacement has been named. A former superintendent in Mendocino Schools will fill the job until a permanent successor to Superintendent Catherine Stone is found. Last week Stone was terminated from the position during a closed session evaluation. The board came out of the closed door session with that announcement. Her contract was supposed to end next June. And she will be paid for the remainder of the contract. The board has a special meeting set for Thursday to vote on the interim super, David Miller’s contract.

The Clearlake City Council to consider improvements to Austin Park. The council meeting Thursday to discuss awarding the bid for the renovations at the park to R&R Pacific Construction for just over $2,000,000. The city manager also asking the council to approve change orders for about 10 percent of the contract amount. The area of reconstruction on 10 acres east of Lakeshore Boulevard and west of Uhl Avenue to include an outdoor concert stage, new shade structures, new grass and an expansion of the current lawn area, new irrigation, a children’s play area, a fenced dog park, new lighting around the park, new parking lots and so much more.

The Gov. Gavin Newsom says he wants an investigation by the state attorney general into why gas prices are so high. The California Energy Commission says prices are about a dollar more a gallon than the rest of the country. The commission says it’s because “California’s retail gasoline outlets are charging higher prices.” But the Governor says it shows big oil companies are misleading and overcharging customers, potentially using false advertising and price fixing. And he wants the Atty. General to look into it. The commission says there’s no evidence gasoline retailers are doing anything the Governor says they’re doing but did say brand retailers wouldn’t provide information for its analysis.

The more than 5.6 million registered independents in Calif. are going to be able to vote in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary, but they cannot vote for a Republican. The Secretary of State Alex Padilla made the announcement yesterday. The primary is in March, on Super Tuesday. Independent voters are about 28% of registered California voters. But are only expected to add up to just 15% of the Democratic primary electorate. A nonpartisan voter tracking firm says independents who vote in the Democratic race will probably be younger, more diverse and progressive than the rest of the electorate.

PG&E says it’s watching the weather as the National Weather Service issues a fire weather watch for a lot of Northern California. The weather watch from tomorrow morning at 5 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday. This means that there could be critical fire weather conditions featuring gusty winds. The winds and low daytime humidity and low overnight humidity, a mixture that may lead to critical fire weather conditions for the northern Coastal Range and foothills, the Sacramento Valley, part of the northern San Joaquin Valley, and the Northern Sierra Nevada and foothills below 7000 feet. Forecasters say there could be 30-40 mph winds expected in higher elevations and 15-25 mph elsewhere.

PG&E teams are monitoring the weather as meteorologists predict dry windy conditions. The utility company has opened their emergency operations center and has begun notifying impacted customers their power may be shut off late tomorrow. It’s planned with varying start times like last time. It’s expected to hit more than 200,000 customers in the Sierra Foothills and the North Bay, including, Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Napa,  Sonoma and Yuba counties. Those affected should get notice thru text, email and automated phone calls. Those who enrolled in PG&E’s Medical Baseline program who don’t confirm they got the notice will get a visit by a PG&E employee.

A surfer we reported about dying while out amongst the Mendocino Coast waves reportedly surfed all over the world. The Press Democrat reports 58 year old Donald Harris of Philo died Sunday morning. He traveled all over, from Huntington Beach and  Santa Cruz to Queensland, Australia, Bali and elsewhere in Indonesia. He was in the Point Arena area paddling out and told another surfer he was going to keep paddling. He disappeared so the other surfer paddled to look for him and saw him floating with his board next to him. That surfer brought Harris to shore and performed CPR. Emergency responders came soon after and pronounced him dead. An autopsy was scheduled for today to figure out why he died.  The area where he was, Waves at Point Arena was reported at about 9 feet Sunday morning.

New cannabis rules to go into effect in Fort Bragg. The city council approved retail sales rules city staff have been working on for several months. The Advocate newspaper reports the first reading was approved October 15th and the second and final reading will happen at the council’s Oct. 28th meeting. It will allow retail sales of cannabis in the downtown business district and in one area that’s zoned light industrial. Some cultivation will be permitted, consumption of products on site will also be allowed. Some of the rules are still being fleshed out. Right now there are five cannabis retailers on the Coast.

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