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The California Highway Patrol will be offering a free ‘Start Smart’ traffic safety course on January 30th. The class is for those who are soon-to-be-licensed, newly licensed, teenage drivers, and the parent and or guardian of those adolescent drivers. The course will be held at the Clear Lake Area CHP office on Live Oak Drive in Kelseyville from 5:30-7:30 pm. According to CHP, a teen is killed in a traffic accident every four hours nationwide, that comes out to over 1,870 teens every year. Estimated 184-thousand teens are injured in crashes. The ‘Start Smart’ program will be focusing collision statistics, teen driver and passenger behaviors, graduated driver’s license laws, cultural changes in today’s society, and the need for more parental involvement in a teen’s driving experience. The class aims to cover topics in an innovative way that will capture the attention of both the teen and parents to create a lasting experience.

The Westside Community Park Committee is looking to fill one vacancy on its board of directors. The committee is a registered non-profit created to develop the Westside Community Park alongside the city of Lakeport. The board of directors and committee members are all volunteers. Those looking to apply for the position should contact the W-C-P-C- Chairman Director Dennis Rollins by phone or email at special-d-5@sbcglobal-dot-net. Some of the projects WCPC is currently working on is developing a horse park off of Highway 175 and improving the parking lot at the Jane Barnes Field.

More than 30 new apartments are ready for folks to move in on North Main Street in Ukiah. The developer is waiting to break ground on eight new single-family homes approved for West Gobbi Street, which is part of the Gobbi Commons project that will build market-rate homes on 200 block of West Gobbi Street. As of this week, the property management says they have leased nearly half of the apartments.

A Clearlake Police officer was honored Thursday night during the City Council meeting, for saving a man’s life. Officer Chris Kelleher was awarded a certificate and a life-saving award medal that he can wear on his uniform. Back on December 2nd, Officer Kelleher was patrolling along Walnut Avenue when he noticed a man unconscious on the ground with no pulse, due to a possible drug overdose. He contacted dispatch for an ambulance and started CPR on the victim until he got a pulse. By the time EMTs arrived, Officer Kelleher had managed to get the man breathing and his heart pumping again. Kelleher has been with the department for four years.

A group of Del Norte High School seniors will be offered a new $4,000 Humboldt First Scholarship for locals who enroll as freshmen. In addition to the scholarship, the will also able to start classes next fall- even if they haven’t applied yet. The Humboldt First Scholarship is guaranteed to students graduating for high schools in Humboldt, Del Norte, Mendocino, and Trinity counties who enroll at HSU in the Fall of 2020. The scholarship will be renewed every year up to four years as long as the student is achieving academically. The scholarship was created by 250-thousand dollars in donations.

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