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An increase in Covid cases has Potter Valley High School closed to in-person instruction. Public Health Officer Dr. Andy Coren telling the Board of Supervisors that 10 percent of the student body recently tested positive, leading to the decision to go back to distance learning. None of them had been vaccinated. Coren says closing the classrooms was the right call because of the number of cases and also because of what he called –non-compliant — families and the risk of confrontations between the masked and unmasked. Potter Valley Community Unified School District Superintendent/Principal Nicole Odell says distance learning will continue this week with students back on school grounds next Monday. Coren says there has been a recent surge in the average daily case rate to a higher level than it was this time last year, before the winter surge.

Two more Covid-19 related deaths in Mendocino County. County Public Health reports both men were from the Willits area. One was 62, and the other was 63. Neither had been vaccinated. They were the 93 rd and 94th victims in Mendocino since the pandemic started and the 3rd and 4th this week.

The state says anyone who got a Covid shot at least six months ago and thinks they would benefit from a booster should get one. California Health director Dr. Mark Ghaly says that guidance is in line with CDC recommendations about boosters. He says there are plenty of shots available and that the state is working with health care providers and drug stores to make sure anyone who WANTS a shot can get one.He suggests getting both a Covid booster and a flu shot before the Thanksgiving and winter holidays bring more social gatherings. State officials are worried that close contact about another surge of infections unless more people are vaccinated.

The Lake County Sheriff’s office has released the name of a man who died earlier this week in a crash. The office says 67-year-old Lloyd Minor of Clearlake Oaks was alone in his Mini-Cooper when it ran off Highway 20 east of Clearlake Oaks just before 5 on Monday afternoon. A CHP officer and firefighters did CPR, but they couldn’t save him. While the road was wet at the time, Minor may have had a medical emergency, but the investigation is ongoing.

A boil water advisory in the Willow County Water district remains in place but will likely be lifted today. General Manager Jared Walker tells that the alert went out Friday afternoon as a precaution when a mechanical problem forced the district to switch to a backup water supply. That well had elevated bacteria and so, under state law, the advisory went out. Since then, the equipment has been fixed and tests from the primary well have come back clean. Walker says t the advisory will end once another test comes back ok—probably later today.

Mendocino Local Area Formation Commission has approved adding Ukiah into the Ukiah Valley Fire Protection District. The commission says bringing Ukiah into the larger district will help establish a fair and equitable funding source e for fire and emergency response services for all Ukiah Valley residents. The commission also thinks The annexation will open up fire district special funding to the entire valley, leading to more staff and better equipment. Fire Chief Doug Hutchinson says the annexation is a step in the right direction that will boost a vital community service.

The Clearlake Planning Commission has approved a plan to use a 21-acre site on Ogulin Canyon Road for a commercial cannabis operation. Ogulin Hills Holdings wants to put up two 5,000 square foot buildings for manufacturing and processing and a smaller building for distribution and office space. The facility also will have 10 greenhouses, water storage tanks, and a trash enclosure. Lake Co News reports members were satisfied with answers to questions about water and neighboring residential properties so the commission said yes to the plan with a 4 to 0 vote. Also at that meeting, new commissioner Terry Stewart was sworn and voted Lisa Wilson was selected to be chair and Robert Coker to be vice-chair.

A woman found in a rental cabin that SHE hadn’t rented near Philo is facing charges. Hendy Woods State Park chief Ranger Loren Rex tells that the people who actually reserved the cabin came across Jennifer Barr staying inside on Saturday. Rex says Barr wouldn’t leave, got into an altercation with the rightful renters, and then took off. A ranger spotted Barr driving around the park, but Barr drove away. That chase ended when police did what they called a high-risk traffic stop. After she was finally arrested, Barr was booked into Mendocino County jail, accused of resisting and evading police and petty theft.

The assistant principal at Lucerne Elementary School is among 44 leaders honored by Congressman John Garamendi. Megan Grant of Upper Lake was singled out by the congressman for his Woman of the Year award. He says all of them have made a difference in their community and deserve to be recognized. Grant was the only person from Lake County in Garamandi’s 3rd district to be named to the list. She was nominated by Lucerne Principal-Superintendent Mike Brown. Brown says Grant works tirelessly on behalf of her students and to improve the lives of others. The Women of the Year event was held in person this year after it was virtual last year because of the pandemic.

A Free Large Item Dump Day is coming to Lake County later this month. The Clean California program is sponsoring the event at the Lakeport Transfer Station and at the Clearlake Landfill on Saturday, November 20 from 7:30 AM to 3:00 PM. They will take big items like furniture, appliances, mattresses, and even those old tires that can sometimes be hard to get rid of. They won’t take hazardous waste, regular household or business trash, or any construction and yard debris. Caltrans’ says its Clean California program invests $1 billion in litter collection, community engagement, and education to reduce litter and keep communities clean.

CHP is hoping to convince teenagers that distracted driving can have serious or even deadly consequences,. CHP is joining traffic safety groups in a new outreach program that will take officers to schools and community events to promote attentive driving. Nearly 44,000 young drivers were involved in crashes in California in 2019. 231 of them involved fatalities. Police say many of those crashes happened because the drivers were using a cell phone, eating, adjusting a radio, or chatting with friends. CHP Commissioner Amanda Ray says those common distractions, along with driver inexperience, are a dangerous mix that can lead to tragedy.

An annual Cannabis Small Farms Initiative started in Northern Mendocino County is taking applications for this year’s award. The Emerald Cup will take those submissions until November 13. The entry criteria include a valid growing license, a farm size limit of 10,000 square feet, either practicing certified farming or participating in a third-party certification program. New this year—the Emerald Cup Ball at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds on December 11th and 12th. Organizers call the Emerald Cup a friendly contest that reflects growing societal acceptance of the cannabis plant. It has been around for 18 years. The website is

Governor Newsom is out in public again after being out of sight since October 27th. The Governor skipped that big climate summit in Scotland last week and that had many people asking where he was. His office cited family issues at the time. Now, the governor says he just wanted to get off what he called the damn treadmill and go from crisis to crisis. So he said he decided to send Lt. Governor Eleni Kounalakis to the summit instead, while the Governor stayed in California to go trick or treating with his kids, attend a soccer tournament, and attend the high society wedding of J Paul Getty’s great-granddaughter over the weekend.

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