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More options to be considered about separating thousands of acres of land from the Mendocino Coast Health Care District. The Mendocino Local Agency Formation Commission delaying whether the 35,000 acres of land should be separated after a petition from landowners. The land located at 700 River Drive in Fort Bragg. There was supposed to be a public hearing Monday on the matter which was tabled until March. The Health Care District has been opposed to the change saying there wasn’t enough analysis done yet and they didn’t have enough time to go over staff reports.

A couple of giant oak trees in Ukiah falling into power lines, knocking it out for a few hundred. The trees on West Perkins Street fell Sunday. The Ukiah Electric Utility Department says the trees fell on electric and communication lines and 350 customers were in the dark, but most of them had their lights back on after one of the poles was replaced. The others were got their power back hours later.

A new report by state investigators says if PG&E would have paid more attention to their aging equipment, the Camp Fire could have been avoided. The Calif. Public Utilities Commission report shows there had not been an inspection by a PG&E crew in the area of ignition in 17 years. The investigation made public Monday also says a hook that had worn down could have been replaced, preventing the massive fire in the first place. The investigation also shows PG&E was routinely inadequate inspections and maintenance of transmission facilities. 85 people were killed and tens of thousands of homes were destroyed, including almost the entire town of Paradise in Butte County.

The State Controller has released the latest Government Compensation in California report. A website also includes self-reported salary data for K-12 education employers in the state. There’s info on nearly 400,000 positions totally about $16.40 billion in wages for public school districts, charter schools, and county offices of education. Cities, counties, and special districts have to report salary and benefits to Calif.’s State Controller, but K-12 school employers voluntarily report. In Lakeport, reports of about 9.7 million in total wages and more than 3.5 million in retirement contributions, but that doesn’t include all schools.

This week has been declared Older Driver Safety Awareness Week. The California Highway Patrol working with the American Occupational Therapy Association to promote how important mobility and transportation are to make sure older adults are still active in the community, doing their shopping, working or volunteering. They can master all of that knowing they have transportation to get them places. So the CHP is offering a free, two-hour Age Well, Drive Smart course.  More info: www.chp.ca.gov/programs-services .

A man in Butte County’s been arrested after a months long child pornography investigation. The probe started in August, with officers ending up at a home in Chico, finding 69 year old Paul Vigil with more than 600 images of kiddy porn. They served a search warrant finding child pornography on electronic devices they say were downloaded off the internet. Detectives asking anyone who may have information about the man to call the Butte County Sheriff’s Office.

A conservation group in the Bay Area is entering an agreement to buy Alder Creek. It’s the biggest privately owned giant sequoia forest. But Save the Redwoods League, a San Francisco non-profit agency needs another $3 million dollars to close the deal before the end of the year. The 530-acre property is located in Tulare County about 10 miles south of Sequoia National Park. The money raised so far, about 12 million, has been donated from all 50 states and 19 countries. All of the gifts given on Giving Tuesday will be matched 2 to 1 by the Bently Foundation Challenge Grant.

An electrical engineering professor in Texas has reportedly designed a device he says can prevent a wildfire by first detecting power line problems before equipment failures. Texas A&M University Prof. B. Don Russell says he was working on the device to stop someone from being electrocuted by a downed live wire, but happened to find his diagnostic tool, the Distribution Fault Anticipation had another benefit. The equipment is now being tested by Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and Southern California Edison. The professor says it’s also being tested in New Zealand and Australia, where devastating wildfires have been burning this year. The tool works by detecting variations in electrical currents because of deteriorating conditions or equipment. It then notifies utility companies so a crew can be dispatched to repair the issue.

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