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The Governor remains so, winning in a historic landslide against a recall against him. It was only 45 minutes after the polls officially closed, then the election was called for Newsom with 65% support. Exit polls and polls just days ahead of the election showed Newsom way ahead of conservative talk show host Larry Elder who led a field of 46 candidates trying to take over Newsom’s job. Republicans had been railing against Newsom for mask and vaccine mandates and the shut down of the economy, the first in the nation after the pandemic broke early last year. Vice President Kamala Harris and the President both came to California in the waning days of the election to campaign for Newsom.

An arrest has been made in connection to the Hopkins Fire. The Mendocino Unit of CAL FIRE reported they arrested a man for starting the fire last Sunday. They say it’s burned multiple structures, threatened hundreds of lives, including response personnel, burned 257 acres, and damaged utilities and critical infrastructure. A CAL FIRE officer working with the Sheriff’s Office, Ukiah Valley Fire Department and the Mendocino County DA’s Office arrested the man yesterday. 20 year old Devin Johnson was taken to jail. The CAL FIRE Unit Chief said he was proud of the partnership in the case, and said the community is much safer after the arrest. Johnson was on active felony probation for an attempted robbery at the time of his arrest and is held without bail.

2 more people have died from COVID19 in Mendocino County. Last night the Public Health Office released the info on the two deaths, one a vaccinated person, the other, unvaccinated. The 70th death was a 94 year old vaccinated woman from Ukiah. The 71st person to die in the county was a 68 year old man, also from Ukiah, but he was unvaccinated. Public Health is asking residents to use caution as the delta variant continues to spread across the country. The news a day after a release about 2 other people dying in the county, each of those deaths in unvaccinated residents. Public health says the best ways to fight the virus, are getting vaccinated, wearing masks and physically distancing from others not in your immediate household.

The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors considering vaccine and/or testing mandates in the county have taken a step back as they wait for more guidance. At their meeting yesterday it was discussed that Delta Airlines had been charging employees who did not want to get vaccinated $200/month to pay for their weekly COVID19 tests. This was tossed around at the meeting yesterday as an option as the county doesn’t have money set aside… But it was ultimately placed on hold for more study.

A woman from Willits and Potter Valley has been arrested for the death of her newborn baby who police say she was nursing while high on meth. 31 year old Heather Allison Marsh-Haas, pleaded guilty in court and was convicted in the death of her baby last December. While entering her plea, she had to also agree to serve 6 years in prison in the case for voluntary manslaughter. That is characterized in Calif. as a violent crime so work for good time credits is only limited to 15% of the total sentence imposed. Deputies say they were called to the ER at Adventist Health Ukiah Valley last December after the one month old newborn was brought in and it could not be revived. After blood tests of mom, it was found their was meth in her blood.  The county’s pathologist determined the baby died from methamphetamine toxicity.

A man from Covelo has been arrested and formally charged in connection to the murder of his cousin. The DA has filed a criminal complaint against 23-year-old Christopher James Bettega for the September 4th murder of William Daniel Bettega. Deputies say Christopher ran down his cousin with his car 2 Saturday’s ago. Deputies found William down on the ground dead. The Sheriff’s Office and California Highway Patrol investigators found a car in a nearby drainage belonging to Christopher and set out to look for him. He was found last Wednesday and arrested. Another family member, 24 year old Marijane Bettega has also been arrested for “harboring, concealing or aiding a suspect wanted in connection with a felony.”

The Mendocino County Supervisors had quite the task at hand. After over 6,200 signatures were gathered against the recent Commercial Cannabis Activity Land Use Act. County Council Christian Curtis told supervisors they had two choices, repeal their ordinance, which could never be revisited, or take it to voters…  On the day of the Recall Election, the Mendocino County Registrar of Voters popped into the Board’s meeting to tell them there were enough signatures on the petition for them to reconsider the matter. So the board ultimately decided to repeal. The Board appeared to be looking to make more money for the county. Kate Marianchild with the referendum to rescind the Commercial Cannabis Activity Land Use was the first public comment just before the board decided to rescind the ordinance.

A man has been arrested after a fire broke out Monday near Garberville. The CAL FIRE Humboldt – Del Norte Unit responded to the vegetation fire near mile marker 12 along the northbound 101. They say it burned about two and ¼ acres of grass and brush, damaged an outbuilding, threatened structures, and caused the closure of one road. Because of the terrain and visibility, backup was called at the same time CAL FIRE had identified a person of interest. Michael Russell was arrested for recklessly setting fire to any structure, forest land or property.

The Lake County Board of Supervisors has taken on the latest budget after June budget hearings. The budget at just under $307,500,000 with a lot of the money coming from the federal stimulus due to the pandemic, the American Rescue Plan Act. Lake County got $12.5 million from the act. The County Administrative Officer says they have an ad hoc committee figuring out how the money will be spent, with their recommendations to be presented to the board in October. She says they can use the money in multiple ways including from pandemic response to infrastructure and one possible use could be for broadband.

The Clearlake City Council is set for an update on the recovery after the Cache Fire which destroyed an entire mobile home park and part of another. The fire destroyed 138 structures and burned 83 acres last month. The council is also considering a $6.4 million contract for the Sulphur Fire Disaster Roadway Improvement Project and will discuss extending the local coronavirus emergency declaration and redistricting after the 2020 US Census report. The meeting tomorrow night will be streamed on the county’s YouTube channel, and local cable.  The council is also swearing in new and promoted Clearlake Police Department employees.

PG&E is trimming more trees and clearing brush, grass and other vegetation at over 4,000 distribution poles in Madera, Lake, Nevada, Yuba and Napa counties by the end of the year. The utility company will start soon in Middletown and Cobb. A spokesperson with the company says it’s part of their ongoing effort to improve its electric system for the safety of its customers and communities, further enhance defensible space and slow the spread of potential fires.

The yearly Ukiah Valley Russian River Cleanup has a name. The event this Saturday is being called From Street to Creek. They’re inviting folks to come out Saturday and volunteer to help Ukiah keep litter out of local waterways. Volunteers can work together in groups or alone if they want. They’ll be assigned an area after picking up supplies at Low Gap Park. All volunteers have to watch a prerecorded safety video, work only within their group and wear a mask and gloves at all times during the cleanup.

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