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The Gov. is asking Californians to voluntarily cut their water use by 15%. It’s not a mandate, but the Gov. says the loss of water in the state is “jaw-dropping”. Temperatures in Calif. are very warm with excessive heat warnings this weekend in the North Bay. There are also several wildfires burning in Northern California. The most important reservoirs are reportedly at record low levels. Lake Oroville is at 30% capacity. State officials are considering closing the hydroelectric plant later this year if it continues to dry up. Lake Mendocino could be totally empty later this year along the Russian River. The Gov. is asking for voluntary conservation efforts which we are no stranger to, like taking shorter showers, running dishwashers only when full and reducing how often you water your lawn.

A little shaky after a magnitude 6 earthquake jolted the California-Nevada border. Massive boulders were tossed onto a highway and shake reports came from as far away as Las Vegas and San Francisco. We know the deal, there will be days of aftershocks too following the 4pm quake yesterday south of Lake Tahoe near Walker, a small town with few homes in the eastern Sierra Nevada. There was no major damage or injuries reported. There were already several dozen aftershocks, several measured at least magnitude 4 or above. There were rockslides and reports of cars hitting rocks, but no injuries.

A car accident at a local cemetery brings out the CHP and medics. Mendo Fever reports a white truck crashed into the fence at the Mendocino Little River Cemetery Wednesday afternoon. The truck reportedly kept going until coming to a stop in brush. The CHP says the driver ended up in the hospital with moderate injuries described as lacerations, scrapes and bruises. Another driver reported the crash. About thirty feet of the cemetery’s chain link fence were smashed in the accident.

A fire reported in Laytonville out quick, but a double wide burned. The fire reported yesterday morning in Laytonville which spread to brush after gutting the trailer home. Laytonville Fire reported the Long Incident had been threatening wildland, but they mostly contained it to the mobile home park. There were air resources called, but then canceled after the fire was contained. The one double wide was lost, two more structures were damaged.

Two men near the Black Butte Store in Covelo in an argument and reports of one of them shot in the chest. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office reports getting a call to the shop earlier this week. The owner of the store says he heard to men speaking Spanish. They were in a blue, newer model Toyota Tacoma. He says the victim was shot 3-4 times in the shoulder. He had a tshirt wrapped around his shoulder, soaked in blood. Round Valley Tribal Police arrived on the scene, then deputies. An eyewitness was questioned and the investigation continues. No word on the victim’s condition.

An inmate at a state prison who is from Ukiah has died in custody. The Mendocino County DA reports 66 year old Steven Patrick Ryan died. He was in prison for the shooting death of a Black man and was sent to prison for 21 years for the manslaughter charge and for using firearm to commit the crime. He was found guilty by a jury in 2018 for the shooting death of De’Shaun Christopher Davis who was unarmed in 2016 on Thanksgiving.

The Broiler Fire which had been burning north of Ukiah in Redwood Valley is 75% contained. Cal Fire reported sending their last report on the fire which started last weekend. It burned three homes, and two outbuildings were damaged. The fire blackened 80 acres.

Mendocino County residents are being invited by the Redwood Credit Union to shred documents for free. It’s July 24th at 9. The annual shred-a-thon and e-waste event is back on after being canceled last year due to the pandemic. They’re helping folks get rid of sensitive documents, confidential paperwork and electronics in one fell swoop. They’re accepting nonperishable food and monetary donations for the Redwood Empire Food Bank.

A bunch of coronavirus cases have been confirmed at Jensen’s Restaurant and from Willits Frontier Days events. The Mendocino County Public Health Office reports the Frontier Days outbreak between June 25th and July 4th and the cases confirmed from Jensen’s Restaurant were sometime between June 28th – July 1st. The health office is reminding that if you were at the restaurant or any event connected to Frontier Days you may have been exposed and should be tested. Two employees at Jensens turned up positive cases. And at least five people at Frontier Days.

A new phone scam being reported in Lake County that the Sheriff’s Office has warrants for you. The Sheriff’s Office says the people calling say they’re Lt. Findley of the Sheriff’s Office and you have warrants and fines against you for not appearing for a court subpoena and the fines have to be paid immediately.

The Governor is pouring money into cleaning transportation hubs, highways and stations. The Governor called them “too damn dirty” and says it’s time to use “tax dollars… more appropriately”. His Clean California initiative was revealed in a stop to Richmond, but he’s traveling the state to talk about it. Newsom says he’s sending work crews to pick up trash and litter along freeways and at transit stations. During the three year program, he’s also looking to work with communities so they learn about good garbage disposal practices to prevent future littering.

If you had been planning to attend the Grace Hudson Museum fundraiser this weekend, it’s canceled. The decision made due to the weather forecast. It’s supposed to get to about 107 degrees tomorrow, so the boards of the Sun House Guild and Art Center Ukiah are postponing the “Corner in the Gardens” fundraiser. The museum director says even though they’re disappointed, the “comfort and health of both our guests and participating artists are of greatest importance”. They plan on a new date soon, for next spring.

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