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A burglary at the Hopland Post Office and police are on the lookout for two men. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office reports the burglary happened Sunday morning, witnesses seeing a grey sedan outside the building before 8 am. Deputies say there may have been packages and postal process equipment taken. U.S. Postal Inspectors are investigating along with police. The Postal Inspection Service says they can’t confirm whether or not packages were stolen, but postal equipment was. They’re asking customers who may be missing something they were expecting to report it. They’re also offering a reward of up $10,000 to anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever was responsible.

A former Ukiah city manager is applying for a seat on the Ukiah Valley Sanitation District board of directors. Former City Manager Candace Horsley says she’s a customer so she has a vested interest in the district. She’s running for Andrea Reed’s seat, who resigned at the end of October. She gave her experience in a letter of interest for the position, saying she has experience working for the city, but she can remain neutral and work for the betterment of the Sanitation District. The board discussed the departure of Reed at their last meeting, who had reportedly said she was bullied and that was the reason she was leaving. The board is meeting tonight, no word if they’ll take up the matter again and discuss Horsley’s application.

PG&E will be taking their helicopter saw out again to trim trees after being sidelined by fog. The helicopter with hanging circular saws was supposed to fly in the Brooktrails community outside Willits through Thursday but had to stay down due to weather. They’re working on trimming treetops and the sides of trees near high voltage transmission and distribution lines for prevent fires and future power outages. The heli-saws to fly around Goose Road, Buckeye Road and Ridge Road.

A man in Fort Bragg’s arrested after a traffic stop turns up heroin. Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies stopped a car, then found passenger Clinton Sallee in the car who they knew was on probation with a search condition. When searching him and the car where he was seated, deputies say they found items in his backpack associated with the use of drugs, and heroin. He was arrested for violating his probation, possessing heroin and drug paraphernalia and held on no bail.

A couple of men accused in the murder of another man in Lucerne last month entered no pleas in court, they’ve yet to retain counsel. Michael Shaffer and Daniel Ford are accused of killing Nicky Smith, whose body was found Thanksgiving week off Scotts Valley Road. The two suspects were arrested the same day at Running Creek Casino in Upper Lake. The men showed up with lawyers but apparently they were not formally hired and apparently the prosecutor in the case may also change. The two are due back in court after the new year as the sheriff’s office continues its investigation into Smith’s murder. Smith’s car was still missing too.

A bunch of boulders set in place along the Russian River near Geyserville to stop erosion. The Press Democrat reports around 400 Alexander Valley residents could become isolated in the area if the erosion is allowed to take hold on the riverbank. The giant rocks placed by Sonoma County on River Road about a mile north of Highway 128. The board of supervisors approved the $200,000 project as a stop gap emergency repair back in February after a massive downpour. There are about 100 homes on the dead-end road and no other way in or out of the area for fire or emergency crews. There’s a permanent fix in the works including placing more rocks, willow trees and other features to hopefully slow the river, create fish habitat and protect the bank.

Neighbors banding together to help those affected by the recent fire that broke out at some homes and businesses in Boonville. The fire last week closed Highway 128 for several hours as firefighters took down the fire that tore thru three businesses in Anderson Valley. “The Boonville Fire Fund” has since been established and operated by the Community Foundation of Mendocino. There is also a GoFundMe set up to raise money for the families who were displaced, already raising more than $8,500 by Monday. The fire last Thursday started next door to the Anderson Valley Market and took down three homes, Lizzby’s Mexican Restaurant and the Pic ‘N Pay Market.

Dates set for the Crab Fishery by the state Dept. of Fish and Wildlife. The agency says the Sonoma County area and south of it had their fishery opening delayed, the starting date now this Sunday. That was to avoid marine life entanglements. So the Dungeness Crab Fishing Gear Working Group got together Dec. 4th reviewing newer info and decided the fishery could open Dec. 15th. The Working Group will continue to work with the state agency reviewing scientific information and to help minimize the risk of whale and sea turtle entanglements, they say, while maximizing fishing opportunity.

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