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Sonoma County’s getting millions in state aid after the Kincade fire. The $11 million authorized from the Office of Emergency Services. After the fire, estimated costs were $6.3 million for the county and another $4.7 million in firefighting for the county. The state has reportedly offered 75% of the costs so the county would have to cover $2.75 million of the cost. The county still has six months to account for all of the costs so the numbers could change. The Press Democrat reports local officials saying Sen. Mike McGuire and Assemblyman Jim Wood were instrumental in securing the funds for the County. The Kincade fire blackened nearly 78,000 acres, and burned 374  structures, including 174 homes.

A well-known American rock climber injured after falling from El Capitan at Yosemite National Park. But apparently Emily Harrington was rescued by several people, including a star climber, Alex Honnold, who tried to climb the same spot and was highlighted in a documentary last year called, Free Solo.  Harrington took to social media to thank those with her when she fell, a picture of her on Instagram shows some cuts and bruises on her face and neck. Harrington is the recipient of five United States sports climbing national championships.

The deadline to file a claim for wildfire losses from PG&E has been extended. If you have been a victim of wildfires caused by the utility company you have until December 31st to file with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of California. The extension as part of PG&E’s bankruptcy filing in January for anyone with a claim, including, but not limited to property owners, renters, occupants, businesses and others. You can do it online at officialfireclaims.com. The court appointed claims rep says anyone who qualifies has an opportunity to get money for loss or injury from the Northern California fires that happened before PG&E filed for Chapter 11.

A man on parole has been arrested after police pull him over for a traffic related violation. A Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputy found Carlos White was on State Parole, with a search and seizure clause. The deputy says he told White to get out of the car several times, but he refused, and he was acting strange. He finally got out and was handcuffed and a search of his car turned up a loaded .45 caliber handgun, a digital scale, .45 caliber ammunition, and several baggies of suspected methamphetamine. He’s charged with several crimes including possession of a loaded firearm and possession of drugs. He was booked without bail due to his parole.

City leaders in Ukiah jockeying for position to be part of the location scouting for the new mental health treatment facility to be paid for by Measure B sales tax funds. The Daily Journal reports the Deputy City Manager saying it’s imperative for a local jurisdiction to have say in a facility before it’s location is confirmed. The Deputy City Manager serves on the Measure B Oversight Committee. The City working with the County and the developers along with the Rural Communities Housing Development Corporation to stay within city design aesthetic and building standards.

The auditor-controller/county clerk in Lake County will temporarily take over as the Registrar of Voters while the county looks for a new registrar to lead the department after the last Registrar resigned. Catherine McMullen announced her departure less than six months after taking over the office. Lake Co News reports McMullen posted on social media that her job was a nightmare and said she was bullied. Longtime Registrar Diane Fridley retired last December and in February, her deputy, Maria Valadez, also left for a job in Mendocino County. The board of supervisors also got into a whole discussion about totally restructuring the department and the controller’s office.

The Lake County’s winter warming center is opening for the season. The Hope Harbor Warming Center is opening Monday, Dec. 2nd at New Hope Fellowship Church in Lakeport, by Kmart. It opens around dinner time and those wanting to stay have to get there before 7:30 p.m. They say they will not accommodate late arrivals. They say their mission is to create a space that’s physically and emotionally safe for all, regardless of race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender, gender identity or sexual orientation. They’re staying open each weeknight, Monday through Friday through the end of March 2020.

Donations for the Warming Center can be sent to the Kelseyville United Methodist Church, the center’s fiscal sponsor. Please make any checks payable to the church and put “warming center”on the memo line. Mail to P.O. Box 446 Kelseyville CA 95451. PayPal donations are also welcome at the Hope Harbor website www.hopeharborlakecounty.com .

Nightmare at Oakland International Airport as lights go out as heavy rain is coming down. The power outage last night about 7 p.m. Backup power generators were on but it still caused quite the hassle. The power was out for over an hour and the airport put out a statement saying they were investigating why it happened to begin with. Some departures were delayed, but arrivals kept coming. The power outage started to pop up on social media accounts around 6:30 p.m. some folks saying it was scary to land in the dark. The TSA stopped their line because X-ray machines and scanners were offline so they weren’t letting anyone thru security checkpoints.

A man who worked for PG&E for more than 20 years says he was unceremoniously fired after complaining about a device being used to restart a power line after it turns off. Todd Hearn, a PG&E lineman for more than 20 years, says he complained about reclosers which allowed workers to fix lines, but they’re also known to shoot bursts of electricity that could potentially start a fire. PG&E released a statement saying they were aware Hearn filed a legal motion with the bankruptcy court, but they don’t “comment on employment-related matters” for privacy reasons.

The Ukiah Holiday Trolley coming back to the streets for the holidays. There will be downtown stops starting Black Friday going until December 22nd.  The trolley’s been around for more than two decades now. You can find guides and routes at the Ukiah Valley Conference Center, Savings Bank of Mendocino, El Azteca and Holes in the Wall as well as other places.

Another “A” rating for Adventist Health Ukiah Valley for patient safety. The Leapfrog Group bestowed the rating on the hospital for the second time this year. It comes via an independent watchdog group which assesses hospitals across the country recognizing Adventist as one of the safest in the nation. There was also an “A” rating in the spring. The president of the hospital says it’s a “testament to the continued dedication and hard work of our providers and staff to provide the highest standards of care to our community.” The survey included more than 2,600 hospitals across the country. About 1/3 of them received “A” grades. But only 91 of 275 hospitals received an “A” rating in  Calif.

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