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We have another red flag warning for the week. The first takes effect tomorrow morning which could trigger public safety power shutoffs in 19 counties. Now the weather service announced a second warning for the North Bay mountains, which could also mean more power downs as dangerous weather conditions could ignite wildfires. 5,300 North Bay customers in all could lose power tonight, or tomorrow morning into Friday morning or as late as 10pm. The strongest winds are expected overnight. There is also no rain in the forecast, just a lot of wind. The second warning for customers east of Healdsburg and Geyserville.

The Calif. Community College system says they’ve received their largest donation ever to help cash-strapped students. The Jay Pritzker Foundation has donated $100 million to be distributed over twenty years for scholarships to community college students. The foundation is named after the man who founded the Hyatt Hotels, with a focus on equity. The chancellor says it will be life-changing for students of the community college system, for which there are 116. The first year will give 34 community colleges in the Inland Empire, the Central Valley and the Far North regions $150,000 each.  The money can go to emergency financial aid due to the coronavirus pandemic’s impact.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife is reportedly looking at ways to get rid of the mute swan on Clear Lake. The Record Bee newspaper reports the state’s planning to kill about 20 swans who have made the lake their home for years. The newspaper reports the birds were first found in the mid 2000’s in Clear Lake. A man that found one solo near his dock reportedly bought a female so they could mate which was a success… to the tune of about 2 dozen mute swans in the area. But the bird is considered an invasive species. So now the DFW is asking the Lake County Board of Supervisors for approval to exterminate them. There has been public outcry already, before any action, according to the newspaper.

Tentative approval’s been granted for raises in Lake County across departments. The Salary increases for employees represented by the Lake County Deputy District Attorneys Association and the Lake County Sheriff’s Management Association, plus those in the “confidential” unit and for managers. Lake Co News reports all supervisors except for Bruno Sabatier supported it, the first raise for many in more than a decade. The Lake County Sheriff stepped up, pushing for the agreements for managers, even if other contracts weren’t ready yet. And the news site reports the County Administrative Officer Carol Huchingson saying that surrounding counties paid more to their employees, especially for management positions. Board members voted unanimously not to give themselves a raise.

A free testing event in Sonoma County as the case load continues steadily with no signs the county can exit the most restrictive, purple tier. Mendocino County also remains in the purple. The Press Democrat reports millions will be spent on targeted neighborhood testing to slow the spread of the virus in the hardest hit regions. They’re also offering incentives, $30 gift cards to get people tested and also granting $1,200 one-time stipends and hotel vouchers for those who contract the virus but cannot isolate at home.

More info on the man in Fort Bragg arrested for a murder earlier this week. Yesterday we told you about the arrest of Robert Brockway, but there was little info on the murder from the Sheriff’s dept. only that the guy was arrested. Deputies got a call Monday and found Jimmie Mooneyham dead inside his home, from a knife attack. If you recall the report was that Brockway was wanted and had several knives on him. Deputies say they interviewed people at the home and connected Brockway to Mooneyham’s death. They searched the area with other law enforcement including a SWAT team but couldn’t find him. Later in the day he was found a family members home and arrested. Deputies say the murder was an unprovoked act of violence and the two had been acquaintances.  Brockway is booked on murder and violation of Post Release Community Supervision and held on no bail.

Two Local Assistance Centers have been opened in Mendocino County for those affected by the Oak and August Complex fires. The centers are a one-stop location to find help through disaster assistance programs and services. The multi-agency event includes representatives from local and federal agencies, non-profits, and other support services. The first in Willits next Monday, October 26 at the Willits Library on E. Commercial Street, then Wednesday in Covelo at Round Valley Elementary School on High School Street. They’re both from 2-6PM. Also FEMA representatives will be at the Willits Library Monday to Thursday next week from 8:00AM – 5:00PM. For more information, please contact the Disaster Recovery Team at (707) 234-6303 or disasterrecovery@mendocinocounty.org.

The Sheriff’s office in Lake County has a new program to help slow crime. They’re asking businesses and community members with surveillance cameras to register their locations with the Sheriff’s office. That when if there’s a crime nearby, deputies an quickly figure out where there are nearby video cameras and ask for help gathering video evidence. The Sheriff’s office can directly call those who take part in the program and ask them to look at their surveillance footage too, then if they find evidence, they can meet with deputies to show them or get them a copy. For more info, lakesheriff.com/programs/cameras, or call Lieutenant Luke Bingham at 707-262-4082.

Seven more counties, including Mendocino are included in the latest Major Disaster Declaration from the President. The disaster relief for those impacted by fires in Sept, also includes in Fresno, Los Angeles, Madera, San Bernardino, San Diego, and Siskiyou counties. The Governor’s Office of Emergency Services Director says it covers the Oak Fire in Mendocino County for individuals, families, businesses, and communities. FEMA’s Regional Administrator says they’ll work with the state, tribal and local partners to repair, rebuild, and use all mitigation measures to reduce or eliminate long-term risks in the affected communities. Register online at www.disasterassistance.gov, download their app or call 800-621-3362 between 7 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. The deadline to register is December 15.

A hit and run accident reported in Laytonville. Mendo Fever reports the CHP reported on their incident page that it happened last night around 9 near the Chevron Station along the 101. An employee of the gas station said that yes there had been hit & run and that a CHP patrol car responded. Apparently the victim decided not to file a report. But also on the CHP incident report it said they were unsure if a car actually hit the person.

The first Black commissioner of the CHP is retiring and being replaced in another historic move, by the first ever Black female officer. After more than 38 years with the agency, Commissioner Warren Stanley is retiring next month. He was the first Black man in the agency’s 91-year history to hold the position. He was the commish the last 2 1/2 years, appointed by Governor Jerry Brown. He has had 11,000 employees under his command in the country’s fifth-largest law enforcement agency and largest state-run law enforcement agency. Deputy Commissioner Amanda Ray takes over for him, as the first female and Black female to head the agency. She requires Senate confirmation.

Another inmate in the Lake County Jail has tested positive for coronavirus. This comes after another inmate tested positive and several others were isolated. Then they tested more inmates to see if the virus had spread. The Sheriff’s Office says they met with the Lake County Public Health today after one of the tests came back positive. Medical staff are closely monitoring the isolated inmates and doing more testing as recommended by Public Health. That includes also testing staff members and inmates. They say they’re providing inmates masks, are doing comprehensive regular cleaning and disinfecting common areas to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the jail.

A Small Business Recovery Grant Program is being offered in Mendocino County. The money comes courtesy of the West Business Development Center by way of the federal CARES Act. A grant of $500,000 is being disbursed by the end of the year thru micro-grants for local businesses dealing with financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The County CEO Carmel Angelo says it will help small businesses with their expenses and so they can continue providing us with the services we need. There are guidelines the businesses must meet before they can apply, being a for-profit business with a valid business license, have self-certified their reopening plan, be based in Mendocino County, a sole proprietorship, or have no more than 5 full-time equivalent or part-time equivalent employees and having been open by March 20th.

A man from Covelo’s arrested for having an assault rifle. Deputies responded to a fight over marijuana cultivation last Thursday. They say Miguel Velazquez-Garcia was the manager of the illegal grow site, where he also lives. They say he was showing them around the property and they saw an AR-15 assault rifle leaning against a door. They say the rifle had no serial number on it and appeared to homemade, commonly referred to as a “ghost gun”. Deputies say they’ve connected him to the rifle as something he was using for personal protection. So he was arrested and booked for Felony Possession of an Assault Weapon but he was released due to the pandemic order related to zero bail.

The Glass Fire which broke out last month 4 miles east of Calistoga has finally been 100% contained. It burned 67,484 acres and destroyed 1,555 structures.

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