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We are finding out more about the arrest of a man known as the Redbearded burglar. William Evers spent almost 6 months on the run after the Mendocino County Sheriff’s department says he fired shots at deputies in a remote area on May 21st. He apparently survived by breaking into homes and foraging through gardens. Now, Evers has been arrested in Albion, not far from where he was spotted crouched along the roadside earlier this week. Deputies got a call about a possible prowler on Albion Ridge Road on Thursday morning and ran into Evers as they searched through the brush. Evers was eventually arrested, but not before officers say he kicked a police K-9 and tried to run off while in handcuffs. He was eventually restrained and taken to jail where he is being held without bail. He faces several charges.

Mendocino county has recorded its 90th death from Covid 19. The Health Department says the latest victim was a 56-year-old woman from the Fort Bragg area who had not been vaccinated. Officials again say vaccination status makes a big difference between surviving Covid and getting seriously ill or dying. They are also urging those who have been vaccinated and fall into high-risk groups to get a booster shot.

Lake County residents are talking about a big increase in their property tax assessments that came in the mail. Some have gone to social media while others have gone right to the county assessors office to complain. For some property owners, their assessments have almost doubled since last year. The county says a staff shortage left assessors unable to assign a proper value. The Record-Bee reports that the county says it is also bringing values to where they should be after a temporary reduction in 2008. Whatever the reason, some landowners say the bills will be hard to swallow, coming on the heels of Covid and fire emergencies.

Not all businesses in Mendocino County seem to be complying with a directive to post signs about their Covid vaccine policy. The Daily Journal reports less than half of the businesses it visited in Ukiah had that information for customers to see. County Public Health Officer Dr. Andy Cohen says the signs provide consumer choice and protection. Some of the business owners say while they support choice and protection, it is tough to comply with rules that could cost them business. The county hasn’t said if it will be checking to see if the policy signs are up.

The Ukiah Design Review Board will look at a proposal for a new car wash and a proposal for a cannabis facility next week. The car wash—along with office space and an apartment– would go up on some long-vacant property on South State Street near Observatory Avenue. Plans call for the retail cannabis facility to go up on South State near Talmage Road. That meeting is virtual. The county website has the signup information.

The Clearlake City Council has picked a new member of the planning commission. Lake Co News reports Council members interviewed several candidates Thursday night. When they were done, they unanimously selected Terry Stewart for the job. His term goes until March 2025. Former commissioner Kathryn Davis resigned in September. Stewart told the board in his interview that he is optimistic about the direction that Clearlake is going. He also said he would like to keep Clearlake’s small-town feel but make it more welcoming. Also at Thursday’s meeting, the council heard more about the draft county, state, and federal redistricting maps now being circulated. They took no action on that.

The Lake County Board of Supervisors has sent a letter to the state, asking that the county stays in a congressional district that includes Sonoma and Napa Counties. The state commission working on that redistricting proposal has put out a potential district map, which puts the county in a new district along with Marin and Solano Counties with Lake County. It shows Sonoma in another district apart from Lake. Supervisors say the two counties have a natural alignment. They call Sonoma a critical disaster and energy resiliency and economic development partner with similar concerns. The commission drawing the maps based on census data says it is a complex job that requires a fairly equal population in each political division. They have a June 2022 deadline to come up with the redrawn congressional, state senate, and assembly districts.

The US Geologic Survey confirms its seismographs picked up a small earthquake in northern Mendocino County earlier this week. The epicenter of the 4.1 magnitude quake was 19 kilometers—or about 12 miles—northwest of Covelo. Only a few people reported feeling anything—just a light shake at most—around 5:30 Wednesday afternoon. There were no reports of any damage.

Hazard removal work is underway in the Jackson Demonstration State Forest, which will have part of the forest CLOSED until February for safety. That work is near some power lines that cross the forest roughly parallel to Highway 20. Signs about the closure are posted in the work area. CalFire is also closing another area of the forest for tree cutting. Operations have started in the Parlin 17, Chamberlain Confluence, Red trail, Carspa 500, and Soda Gulch timber management plans. You can find maps and more information on the CalFire website.

Clearlake is looking for public input about the proposed Burns Valley Sports Complex and Recreation Center. The city is holding a meeting to gather those comments on Monday afternoon from 3:30 to 5:00. It will be at the Council Chambers at City Hall. Officials are hoping to get feedback about the design of the center and what features and amenities it should offer. The comments will be used in the application for a state Rural Recreation and Tourism grant. Those grants come from the California Department of Parks and Recreation and are intended for projects that provide economic, tourism, and health-related benefits. There is already an online survey you can take to express your opinions. Those results will help guide Monday’s discussion. There is information about the hybrid session on the city of Clearlake Facebook page.

Three Members of Congress from California have introduced legislation to change federal response to wildfires and give more resources to affected communities. One of the sponsors, Congressman Jared Huffman, calls the bills a two-pronged approach to help FEMA deal with challenges associated with climate change. The so-called FIRE act would reform fire response and give more help to survivors. A companion bill called the Disaster Equity and Fairness Act would specifically help disadvantaged communities at risk for fires brought on by climate change. Backers, including the California Association of Counties and local officials, say the bills are overdue and address the federal role in wildfire response.

California farmers are facing a new challenge getting their crops to the world market. The ongoing supply chain crunch is keeping cargo ships struck at anchor offshore without a place to dock. Farmers worry that if the backlog goes on much longer, they won’t be able to ship out their vegetables, fruits, and other cash crops. That could lead to shortages in the US and worldwide—and to a big dent in their bottom lines. California agriculture accounted for 16 percent of all US exports in 2019. Farm organizations say their members are already reeling from the ongoing drought and the high cost of staying in business.

It’s almost time for holiday happenings and plans are already well underway for many of them. Ukiah will hold its annual Parade of Lights on the evening of December 4th—just five Saturdays from tomorrow. Parade organizers are looking for participants—organizations, teams, and businesses—to apply for a spot. There is a fee. Signups are due by November 30th. The best entries will get prizes. The Parade of Lights is expected to draw hundreds of people to the route on State Street from Low Gap to Mill Street.

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