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The California Department of Toxic Substances Control plans to begin Phase 1 cleanup for properties impacted by Hopkins Fire on Tuesday. The Department, along with their contractor and Mendocino county staff, will perform assessments and remove household hazardous waste, bulk asbestos, and e-waste from the affected property. The job should take until the end of the week.

The Lake County Board of supervisors will hold the third of four 2021 Redistricting Public Hearings next week. Ahead of the meeting, draft maps have been prepared to show five potential sets of supervisor district boundaries. Those maps take into account feedback from the last redistricting hearing earlier this month. The upcoming session will feature a presentation from the consultant the county hired to help in the process. They will outline the pros and cons of the maps as drawn thus far. The meeting will be at 6:00 pm on Tuesday at the Board of Supervisors office. It will also be virtual on Zoom. The county government website has the information about signing up.

Wine Enthusiast magazine has nominated Lake County as one its of wine regions of the year. The magazine says outstanding high-elevation vineyards, simmering seismic activity, and one of the top 10 bass-fishing lakes in the United States make Lake County what it calls a unique wine region and travel destination. No surprise there, according to the Lake County Winegrape Commission. President Debra Sommerfield says the nomination affirms Lake County’s reputation as a premium wine-growing spot. This is the first time Lake County has been nominated. The other nominees are Santa Barbara in California, along with growing regions in France, New Zealand, and South Africa. The winner will be announced next month, and get a full spread in the magazine’s year-end issue.

A plane crash at the Ukiah airport has ended in one death. The National Transportation Safety Board tweeted about the crash last night saying they were investigating the Cessna 172 light plane crash. The fire department was on the scene after 1 pm and police were also reported to be at the crash scene. There was a report that one person died, but there were no immediate details to support that.

A federal contract to give permanent access to federally controlled water to the biggest agricultural water supplier was tossed out of court. Environmentalists said the deal for Westlands Water District from the fed was to benefit corporations not the environment or taxpayers. The deal was made during the Trump Administration by the Interior Secretary, a former lobbyist for that water supplier.

A Halloween warning from the state Attorney General Rob Bonta. Bonta says to beware of certain cannabis-infused edibles packaged to look just like regular versions of popular food and candy products like Cheetos, Oreos and Fruity Pebbles. The illegal and unregulated edibles could have dangerously high-levels of THC in them. Bonta asks you to report any of these your children may receive while out trick or treating, and to go thru their items to be sure they didn’t get any. He says it may seem harmless and fun, but there are dangers associated with unregulated and untested cannabis products.

If you encounter lookalike cannabis-infused edible products, please file a complaint with our office at ‪‪ and with the Department of Cannabis Control at or at

The US Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing protection of over one million acres of habitat space for the Humboldt marten. The proposal for the North Coast in Del Norte and Siskiyou counties and in Oregon in Coos, Curry, Douglas, Josephine, Lane and Lincoln counties. The proposal would add over 1,413,300 acres of habitat for the tiny creature that lives in old growth Redwood forests. The Center for Biological Diversity has been pushing for the move. The Humboldt marten is a member of the weasel, mink and otter family, which are endangered due to logging practices and wildfires, rodent poisons from growing cannabis and being run down by cars.

After a Wednesday search for a missing Humboldt County man in Covelo, deputies say there’s still no sign of him. The Sheriff’s Office and Mendocino County Search and Rescue Team went out again Weds. in the area of Highway 162 at the 8-mile bridge in search of 48 year old John Davis who was out hunting and camping with his son and dog. A missing persons report was taken Sunday when he didn’t return to the campsite. Mutual aid Search & Rescue came in from across the region with no luck. He’s described as 5 foot 11, 220 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes, last seen in a camouflage rain jacket, and neon green pants with a reflective stripe.

3 Redwood Credit Union employees have been elevated to regional vice president. Jana Beaty-Andresen, Jose Alvarez, and Jenniffer Collins will oversee branches and their employees. Beatty-Andresen has been with credit union for 26 years. She’ll lead in Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Rohnert Park, and Sebastopol. Alvarez has more than 15 years of local banking experience and will oversee the Cloverdale, Lower Lake, Point Arena, Ukiah, Windsor, and Sonoma branches. And Collins has extensive experience in teambuilding and customer service and will be in charge of American Canyon, Napa, Novato, San Francisco, San Rafael, and the Mill Valley branches.

The Lake County Board of Supervisors has supported an agreement for the exchange of property the county owns in Clearlake for the Lakeport Armory, for the new sheriff’s office headquarters. They’ve been working on the deal almost three years. The Armory is next to the county jail, and has been excess state-owned property. The swap for a piece of land on 18th Ave. in Clearlake for a 100-unit affordable housing project. The property was supposed to be for veterans housing, but that plan fell through. It’s right near a big shopping center, hospital and college campus. There will also be a new transit hub there to service the Bay Area to Shasta County.

Congressman Mike Thompson says President Biden’s Build Back Better deal includes a piece of his legislation, the GREEN Act. Thompson says it will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and address climate change. He says he met with the President to get an update on the infrastructure deal, saying it’s “a direct investment in the middle class” to support education for children, cut taxes for working families, help people get jobs if they’re still without and make a historic effort to address climate change. He says the GREEN Act will support renewable energy and decarbonization. It provides: Universal preschool, childcare, an expanded child tax credit, clean energy tax credits and investments in clean energy technology, manufacturing, and supply chains and more.

The first ever after school hub is being launched by Hope Rising in Lake County. The Smart Start | Bright Future initiative started earlier this month at Burns Valley Elementary in Clearlake for in-depth, enriching experiences for K-7th graders. They officially launched the campaign this past June working with First 5 Lake County to help parents and caregivers with services and programs for eligible children. They say they support youth in Lake County from birth to graduation and beyond.

It was a fire in an underground utility vault that caused some Clearlake residents to lose power. The Clearlake Police Chief Andrew White says the fire Wednesday happened in the Pacific Gas and Electric electrical vault. Two people walking by saw smoke and called 911. The Chief says they sent officers out, along with Lake County Fire and PG&E. The fire triggered a power outage on Lakeshore Drive and the surrounding area. PG&E told Lake Co News the power was off for almost 2,800 customers.

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