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The Caldor Fire just one of many burning across the state, but it’s growing close to the pristine waters of Lake Tahoe. The Press Democrat reports fire managers said last week they were close to containing the beast, then it climbed over the Sierra Nevada, triggering a never before seen evacuation of all 22,000 residents of South Lake Tahoe, plus tens of thousands of tourists. Apparently, they couldn’t wrangle the monster fire because there were too many firefighters spread out elsewhere, mainly on the behemoth Dixie Fire which is becoming dangerously close to burning one million acres on its own. The Dixie’s burned almost 850,000 acres and is about half contained. The Caldor has burned nearly 208,000 acres and is only 23% contained.

Disgraced former Mayor of Windsor Dominic Foppoli has reportedly filed papers to run again next year. Foppoli resigned after several women accused him of sexual assault and misconduct. The Press Democrat reports he filed a “candidate intention statement” and paperwork Tuesday for November 2022. Not only were there accusations against him, but there’s also criminal investigations into Foppoli in Sonoma County and in Florida. There are separate investigations as well by California’s campaign finance watchdog agency connected to past political spending.

The recent water report in Mendocino County says Supervisors approved spending PG&E settlement funds on water hauling. The report quotes the General Manager of the Mendocino City Community Services District who says the drought is only getting worse with more dry wells, worried residents and business owners. But the county is putting up $1.5 million dollars to truck water from Ukiah to the Coast.  The report also mentions what we reported earlier this week, that Lake Mendocino is below 20,000 acre-feet as we have a stage 4 water shortage in Mendocino with 25 wells running dry. Fort Bragg has a stage 4 water restriction in place, but ground water is stable there.

A man driving a side by side utility vehicle or 4 wheeler has died after crashing after a turn and rolling. The CHP in Garberville reports the man in his mid 30s was driving the side-by-side UTV north on a dirt road on private property when he crashed and rolled. He was tossed from the vehicle which hit him, killing him. He was seen by paramedics, who pronounced him dead.

The Mendocino Cannabis Alliance is asking residents in the county if they want to be involved in the licensed cannabis market if they can by filling out a survey. The Alliance says they want the info to help inform the County on future cannabis ordinances. They’re requesting all community members who do not have a local permit or embossed receipt to grow cannabis, but who would like to get permitted, to fill out their short survey, which is confidential. Check out their website for more info or email  

A man from Ukiah is in trouble with the law. The local realtor was recently arrested for multiple sex crimes. The DA’s office reports David Ryan is charged with “sexual penetration with a foreign object with force” and a special allegation that it happened during the commission of a first degree burglary. That would mean, if he’s convicted he’d get a strike on his record and would not be eligible for parole. He faces 25 years behind bars. The police department investigated Ryan and said he should face several charges besides what the DA charged him with, including sexual battery, and a misdemeanor charge of child endangerment. He was arrested and booked into county jail on no bail. He had last been working at Windemere in Ukiah, but he was terminated.

A person walking on Highway 53 has been hit by a car and killed. Clearlake Police report it happened at Dam Road. A 29 year old man was crossing in the crosswalk, at night, wearing dark clothing when he was hit. The police chief says a woman told police she had a green light, then tried swerving when she saw the man, but she didn’t swerve fast enough. The roadway was closed down for about 90 minutes during the investigation.

The Fort Bragg City Council has unanimously approved buying a groundwater desalination device to treat water from a school well. The equipment will cost upwards of $154,000 to purify water from Redwood Elementary School. The city reportedly went with equipment that would be half as much as another system which didn’t meet the requirements set by the State Water Resources Control Board’s Division of Drinking Water. The city’s asking the state to help with the purchase by way of emergency grant funds. They’re asking for payment for replacement parts for a separate system to treat water from the Noyo River. The desalination plant is for when there are low stream flows and high tides which sort of taint the drinking water.

If you want PG&E to come out and remove trees cut down during the 2020 wildfire season, we’re coming up on their deadline. The utility company has extended their deadline to September 14th. Landowners interested in the Wood Management Program with safely accessible wood from trees that PG&E felled should call or email them. Trees are cut down by 3rd party crews after wildfires so residents can get their energy back online quickly. The trees are chipped and spread around, but some homeowners want some of the larger wood debris hauled away.

Ukiah Unified School District is looking at an exchange of the old Redwood Valley Elementary School Property with a realty company out of Oakland. The School Board will consider the matter at their meeting next Wednesday. The property could then be redeveloped, and the School District could get another piece of property for educational goals. If the plan moves forward the District would get a piece of income-producing property or a property that meets other needs for anticipated enrollment growth or operational uses. There would be an exclusive 270-day window for the potential buyer to continue an analysis, including possible rezoning.

Another Mendocino County Business has a case of COVID19 in a staff member. Maurices on E Perkins St reports you may have been exposed if you were there between Saturday, August 25th and Tuesday, August 28th.  Public Health reminds not to go to work if you feel sick. And if you’re unvaccinated you should get tested immediately or get a test if you’re vaccinated and think you have symptoms.

A shortage of teachers is plaguing the state. Reports say many teachers are out with the virus, or they’ve been exposed. Or maybe their children are sick or were exposed, so they need to be with them. The substitute teacher shortage is placing a burden on back to in person learning for students. And administrators are having to turn to non-teachers to shore up the shortage. CalMatters reports there was already a teacher shortage before this school year and some classrooms just have a long-term substitute. Some school districts have to just make sure there’s an adult in a class if there’s a teacher absent due to Covid-related quarantines.

Three people in a stolen car in Ukiah have been busted by police. The Police Chief reports one of his officers conducted a traffic stop for no taillights and called in the license plate, finding it was stolen out of Sebastopol, a day earlier. The trio were contacted, and Gregory Ungaretti who police say had active arrest warrants for drug possession and firearms possession and considered “armed and dangerous” was in the vehicle. Backup police and Deputies from the Sheriff’s Office responded to help and all three people were detained. The two passengers, Tara Hill and Ungaretti. The driver was identified as Alicia Gallups.  Gallups and Hill did not have any warrants. But the car was searched, where officers found over a ¼ pound (157 Grams) of suspected methamphetamine, heroin, and oxycodone. The trio were arrested for possession of a controlled substance for sales, transportation of a controlled substance and conspiracy. The car was towed and stored pending pick up from the registered owner.

The state of Calif. is delivering another round of direct payments from coronavirus stimulus. It comes from the $12 billion state tax rebate program the Gov. enacted to help those hardest hit by the pandemic and to support the state’s economic recovery. It’s referred to as the Golden State Stimulus program and was part of the Governor’s Immediate Action package in January. $4 billion goes to low-income Californians, including undocumented households filing taxes with an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) but didn’t get anything from the federal stimulus.

The Lake County Superintendent of Schools says all six school districts in Lake County have safety measures in place per the California Department of Public Health COVID-19 protocols. But Superintendent Brock Falkenberg told the Board of Supervisors Tuesday that each district may not align with each other. He said each school district’s governing board set their own protocols, but they have to meet local and state guidelines. Five out of the six are back to in person learning, and Kelseyville opens after Labor Day.  School measures include mandating the vaccine for all teachers and staff members, and indoor mask-wearing for everyone. Outdoor mask-wearing is different for the districts. There’s no more social distancing required, but some do have barriers put up.

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