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A trial date has again been set for a man accused of a double murder in Clearlake in October 2017. The Record-Bee reports 64-year-old Alan Ashmore is scheduled for a jury trial on March 4 in Lakeport. He is accused of killing his father, Douglas Ashmore, and another man named Richard Braden. He is also charged with the attempted murder of three CHP officers. The case has wound through the courts and has seen several possible trial dates come and go as doctors evaluated Ashmore’s mental capacity. He remains in custody.

CHP says its officers may have saved a life when they rescued a man who was apparently thinking of killing himself by jumping off a Mendocino County Bridge. The officers responded to a call about a man sitting on the edge of the bridge on Highway 101 just north of Confusion Hill early Saturday morning. That’s where they found the man, who police say was intoxicated and talking about suicide. Even though he became uncooperative, officers were able to get the man safely off the bridge railing. He was taken Adventist Health Ukiah Valley where he underwent a mental health evaluation.

The city of Clearlake is taking bids for improvements at its animal control facility. The winning bid will be announced on March 12th. Those bids will be sealed until then.

Some highly acclaimed wildlife films are getting a screening in Ukiah over the next few weeks. Starting this Friday, the Redwood Valley Outdoor Education Project is showing some of the top movies from this year’s International Wildlife Film Festival in Missoula Montana. The showings will continue on Friday evenings through March 20th at the Ukiah Civic Center. There is a suggested ten dollar donation that will support the RVOEP, which is a program in the Ukiah Unified School District that teaches kids about the environment in the classroom and on field trips.

New satellite pictures out today show the dry winter has left the Sierra Nevada snowpack significantly lower than last year. That could spell trouble ahead because a healthy snowpack is vital to
California’s water supply, providing about 30 percent of the water used in the state. Even though forecasters say it’s too soon to speculate about another long drought, there is a concern about what will happen. This is one of the wettest times of the year for the Sierra Nevada, so the snowpack could increase before it starts to melt in the spring. The long-range forecasts, however, suggest the dry conditions will continue

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