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A Veterans Day Event at Mendocino College for those also searching for work. It’s the Grand Opening of the new Career Hub at the college. So for this year’s Veterans Day Event there will also be a Grand Re-Opening of the Veterans Resource Center. It’s next Wednesday at 11:30am for those interested, the focus is on overall wellness: physical, emotional, financial, and social. There’s free lunch by the Mendocino College Culinary Arts Department, a resource fair, and a prizes for participants.

The Ukiah campus of Mendocino College is located at 1000 Hensley Creek Road, Ukiah, CA 95482.  For information about this event, contact Lauren Simmonds, Career Center Specialist: lsimmonds@mendocino.edu or 707-468-3044.

Meetings planned by Mendocino County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services. The meetings tomorrow for planning the new Mental Health Services Act Three Year Program and Expenditure Plan from July 2020 through June 2023. The meetings in Ukiah and Fort Bragg with the same exact information with Spanish translation available. They’re looking for community input for programs under the new Mental Health Services Act. More meetings to come next month.

Meeting locations and times are as follows:
Fort Bragg: 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM, at the Library Community Room located at 499
East Laurel Street

Ukiah: 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM, at the Veterans Memorial Hall located at 293 Seminary
Avenue.

For more information about these MHSA 3-Year Planning meetings, please
contact Colleen Gorman, by e-mailing gormanc@mendocinocounty.org, or calling
(707) 472-2324.

A fire at a home in Lucerne after an explosion, which police say was caused by an illegal butane honey oil lab. A shed exploded and caused severe injuries to one man. When firefighters got there Saturday, they found Nicholas Hofer with severe injuries to his face and upper chest. He was taken to Sutter Lakeside first, then flown to an out of county hospital for further treatment. Deputies say Hofer was manufacturing a controlled substance inside the shed.  Charges are pending against Hofer.

The Kincade Fire is still burning, but there hasn’t been much forward movement in days. The fire, the largest to ever burn in Sonoma County has consumed nearly 78,000 acres. It’s 82% contained. It’s due to be completely under control by Thursday after starting nearly 2 weeks ago outside the Geysers geothermal plant. 374 buildings have been destroyed, including 174 homes and 11 businesses. 186,000 people were evacuated at one time and four firefighters were injured.

Due to the Kincade Fire and the Public Safety Power Shutoffs, nearly 3,700 PG&E customers in Sonoma County are without natural gas. Nearly 25,000 had their gas turned off by PG&E as a precaution due to the fire. A resident has to be home so crews can come back in and flip their pilot lights back on. There is a warming center set up for residents until all gas is restored.

After the Kincade Fire meant a closure for Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital, they’ve reopened. The hospital in north Santa Rosa was open again yesterday after the evacuation orders after the fire. Sutter and Kaiser Permanente were both closed. They had to relocate patients after the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office announced the evacuation order, the largest ever in the county. Sutter evacuated 97 patients Oct. 26th, then in order to open back up they had many hoops to jump thru to meet state licensing and public health standards before reopening. Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital was the only hospital opened during the fire.

More than $1.5 billion in illegal marijuana plants rounded up in California this year, that’s almost the same as California’s legal market. More than 950,000 pot plants taken off almost 350 growing sites as part of the Campaign Against Marijuana Planting program, AKA, CAMP. Officials have been taking part in CAMP since 1983. They’ve not come up with an official street value of the weed, but one expert says it’s probably worth about $3 billion. The California Attorney General also says almost 150 people were arrested across the state this year and 168 weapons were found during the execution of more than 120 search warrants.

A two month reprieve for those who have still not filled out claims against Pacific Gas & Electric for damages from wildfires in California. Victims lawyers had asked for an extension of the Oct. 21st deadline saying many wildfire survivors were still struggling day to day and may not have even known there was an option to get payments from the utility company. The lawyer for PG&E in their bankruptcy proceedings has told the judge they would extend the deadline instead to December 31st. They are also setting up a claims center near Paradise, the town mostly gone after the Camp Fire which killed 85 people last December.

A wildfire burning off Hwy 20 in a remote area near Clearlake Oaks. The Eagle Fire reported late last night moving toward Walker Ridge Road. Dispatchers sending firefighters to the scene who responded they could see flames on a hill that appeared to be in the Walker Ridge area toward Bartlett Spring. The fire reported at about 50-60 acres with light windy conditions.

Two men who died in separate Highway 20 crashes have been identified. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office announced one of the accidents east of Clearlake Oaks Sunday, October 27th, the other, Tuesday, Oct. 29th in Nice. Lake Co News reports the Sunday accident was a solo crash, killing 25 year old AJ Hee of Selma, a passenger in a car driven by 20-year-old Brandon Sadler of Bakersfield. Hee was not wearing a seatbelt, the driver had minor injfuies. The Tuesday crash killed 66 year old Bruno Montero. CHP reports he crossed the double left-turn lane into the opposite lane into the path of a semi truck. He died at the scene, the semi driver had minor injuries.

Changes could be coming to Lakeport’s health and safety code for more controlled outdoor burning that’s fire safe. The City Council taking on the matter at today’s meeting after work by the city along with the Lakeport Fire Protection District, and Lake County Air Quality Management District. After the work by the group, there are possible revisions to the city’s Municipal Code to establish how to get a permit for outdoor burning on properties that are larger than one acre.

California’s Recreational Dungeness Crab Season has begun, Those along the Mendocino coast who fish commercially have a chance after a banner year last year. The 2018 Mendocino County Crop Report found commercial fish catches at nearly 4,760,000 pounds. Of that, the Dungeness Crab Commercial Fish catch last year at about 1,600,000 total pounds worth more than $5,000,000. But the Fish and Wildlife Dept. is announcing there’s still a health advisory so you shouldn’t eat the guts of the crab from Shelter Cove in Humboldt County south to Point Arena in Mendocino County and from Point Reyes in Marin County south to Pillar Point in San Mateo County.

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