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California has the dismal distinction of joining Texas to go over a million known cases of Covid-19. Johns Hopkins University reported the state is 39th though in the amount of cases per 100,000 residents per capita. The state had some of the first cases in the country this spring after the pandemic first started to spread across the globe. A woman from San Jose, the first known Covid-19 death in the country. And in March, the Governor ordered the country’s first stay home orders, closing businesses and schools. Then when things started calming and cases slowed and we re-opening, it happened again over the summer. And here we are again, more cases and a dire toll on the state.

The case of former music teacher in Kelseyville accused of sex with a minor continued as there may be another change in plea. Cory Cunningham appeared by video for a sentencing, his lawyer also appeared for video asking for a continuance saying there might be a plea withdrawal and re-referral for probation. The Court agreed to continue until next month. He pleaded no contest earlier this year for endangering a child with possible great bodily injury and contacting a minor with the intent for sex for a relationship with a 17 year old student. Some more serious charges tossed for a plea deal. A sentencing hearing last month was also continued. Cunningham has been out on bail since he was arrested.

The biggest fundraiser of the year for the Soroptimist International Club of Clear Lake has been canceled due to the pandemic. The Spring Fling which has been going on for years raises money for programs to benefit local families. The club president says they needed the money from the event for their yearly Live Your Dreams awards program, so instead they’ll have a wine raffle this year to raise money. They can still run their yearly Totes 4 Teens and Sponsoring Survivorship. Their program awards are grants for women who are the main financial support for their families, it helps with education, skills and employment prospects. Last year they gave out $5,300.

Free firewood use permits are being given out this year by the Mendocino National Forest until the end of the year. They say if you couldn’t get your permit when the forests were closed you can go online and get one, they go out and cut your own wood. Please call the Forest Supervisor’s office at (530) 934-3316 for more information.

Several hundred thousand dollars has been moved from Lakeport city reserves for development costs for the new Lakefront Park. The city council voted unanimously to spend $800,000 for finishing touches on the seven acre park located on North Main St. The city got almost $6 million dollars this spring to buy two pieces of property. There will be a new lakeside promenade, basketball court, ninja gym, amphitheater, splash pad, skate park, multiuse lawn area, picnic area, bathroom/concession building, public art, parking lot, landscaping and lighting.  There were more ideas planned to, but they had to make some cutbacks.

The new shelter put up by Hope Rising Lake County has officially opened. The Hope Center opened yesterday with a small COVID safe ceremony with local officials, partners and the eight new employees who will work at the shelter. The old medical offices were transformed into a 20-bed transitional housing facility including a kitchen, conference and meeting rooms, and more. The building was purchased by Adventist Health for the center. The city put up some money too in partnership with Adventist and Hope Rising and the Governor also announced some money coming to the city as part of Project Homekey, nearly $3.4 million dollars.  To become a sponsor, volunteer or provide a meal for Hope Center participants, visit www.hoperisinglc.org.

The governors of California, Oregon and Washington working together on travel advisories so anyone who comes into the state after travel to other states must self-quarantine to slow the spread of the virus. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office urges those who go out of state for non-essential travel to self-quarantine for 14 days after they get to Calif. He’s encouraging folks not to travel out of state as we have hit one million cases since the pandemic first arose. He says there’s no sign that the virus is slowing down and the spike in cases is adding pressure to hospital systems and threatening the lives of seniors, essential workers and vulnerable Californians. The same goes in Oregon where the governor there says if they don’t act immediately the state will soon reach a breaking point. The Gov of Washington said unfortunately to rethink spending time with people outside your household, including on Thanksgiving for the December holidays.

An explosion of cases of coronavirus have been reported in Mendocino County. 27 more cases of COVID-19 were confirmed by the Mendocino County Public Health Office. There was some confusion on the Facebook post about these being a smaller number of cases that were continually retested but the Public Health Office confirmed in the post, that 27 more people are infected, bringing the total case count to 1,269. Earlier this week we reported a man in his 80’s had died too, bringing that total to 22 total deaths.

Ukiah High grad is taking the head coach position for the high school’s varsity soccer team. UHS graduate, counselor, and local soccer expert Naomi Rhodes, an alumni from 1994 and played on the varsity’s girls’ soccer team for her four years herself. She was also on the track team before going off to the University of Oregon. In college Rhodes was also on the club soccer team and played for the University of Oregon’s NCAA Division 1 team. She moved back to Ukiah upon graduation.

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