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A motorcyclist is dead after a crash in Fort Bragg. Mendofever.com reports that the rider died at the scene near East Pine and North Cory streets around 11:00 on Thursday night. The bike ended apparently collided with another vehicle and ended up crashing into a house. Witnesses reportedly told police that the rider was speeding moments before the crash. The person who died has not been publicly identified.

The Lakeport Unified School board wants the state not to impose COVID-19 vaccine mandates on students and staff. Lake Co News reports the board has passed a resolution, opposing Governor Newsom’s proposal to add the Covid shot to the list of required vaccinations for school-age kids. The mandate would also apply to school staff. Lakeport joins the Lucerne Elementary School Board and the Konocti Unified School District Board, which have adopted similar resolutions. The potential mandate is also on the agenda for the Middletown Unified board meeting next Wednesday night. The Lakeport Board vote to approve the resolution was 4 to 1, with Trustee Jennifer Hanson casting the only NO vote.

Veterans will get a chance to get help with housing issues next week in Clearlake. Lake County Vet Connect Volunteers are holding their quarterly mobile Stand Down on Wednesday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at American Legion Post 437, on Austin Road in Clearlake. Organizers say the stand-down is a chance for vets struggling to find a place to live to access resources that might be available to them Those resources include veterans’ services, housing, and homeless assistance, legal consultations, behavioral health help, employment assistance, and more. There is more information on the Vet Connect Hookup Hub on Facebook.

New rules for big rigs on California roadways. The state will now require all heavy trucks—even those not registered in the state—to be tested 4 times a year to ensure they meet state emission standards. Roadside monitors will be set up to catch the trucks that do not meet the requirements for particulate matter and ozone pollution. It is the latest move by the state to cut carbon emissions. The California Air Resources Board has now approved banning the sale of gas-powered small engines—the kind that runs lawnmowers and leaf blowers – manufactured after 2024. Current gas engines will be grandfathered in, and stores can still sell them as long as they were manufactured before that cut-off date.

A man arrested after an armed robbery last week in Cloverdale is connected to the 2017 murder of a Mendocino County woman. An unknown person came into Nicole Smith’s home on the Manchester Reservation and shot through a wall, injuring another person and killing her. At the time, Ramon Soto was arrested, but released due to insufficient evidence. But after a convenience store armed robbery in Cloverdale last week, Soto was arrested again. He was found with evidence tying him to the robbery and charged with armed robbery, possession of a firearm with no serial number, and felon in possession of a Firearm. The cold case into Smith’s murder continues though. There’s a $20,000 reward for any info leading to an arrest and conviction.

A paid full timer has been hired by the Mendocino Coast Children’s Fund (MCCF). The organization has been volunteer since it’s inception nearly 30 years ago. Now the group who helps needy children from Westport to Gualala has hired Juliana Sanchez full time to meet growing demands. The nonprofit reportedly raised a bunch of money during the pandemic. They’ve been working with families, as of late, impacted by the pandemic, so they can stay in their homes. They also work with local school districts, private and charter schools to provide services.

For more information about MCCF and to find out how you can help go to www.mccf.info or call (707) 937-6111.

A man in Willits has been arrested after rampaging through his home, yelling, spreading ash on his own body and threatening family members. Last Sunday deputies went to Dakota Gimple’s home in Willits where family members say as they were sleeping he became loud and after asking him to quiet down, he started to smash glass around the home, and destroy other items. His girlfriend became concerned and hid with their kids but says he forced the door open and threatened them, slightly injuring a two year old. The girlfriend climbed out a window and called 911. Gimple was arrested and charged for threatening his family and a deputy and taken to a hospital for treatment, then to jail on multiple charges and held on $32,500.00 bail.

Conservationists are looking to buy a piece of unprotected land along the coast in the redwood region, called by some as the Lost Coast Redwoods. The interested group says they want to restore the industrial logging area to old growth forest and have raised nearly $30 million. The Save the Redwoods League announced yesterday they’ve entered an agreement for 5 miles of the undeveloped coastline in northern Mendocino County from the Soper Company, but they need another 27 million by the end of the year. The group says if they have to, they’ll take out loans to make it all happen.

The Boards of Supervisors in Lake, Mendocino and Sonoma counties are working together to develop the largest geothermal field for renewable energy. Earlier this week the county’s supervisors partnered up. The Mendocino board joined Tuesday to the Sonoma Lake Mendocino Geothermal Opportunity Zone (GeoZone). And apparently solar power is really inexpensive so there wouldn’t need to be other sources of energy for the area. That’s according to Sonoma Clean Power Authority. They say the Geysers Geothermal Resource Area could do the trick.

Toys for Tots is looking for some new, unwrapped toys in Mendocino County. The local agency says they could use some help this year ahead of their toy distribution. That’s happening at the end of next week, December 17th to the 20th at the Ukiah Veterans Hall. Follow the group on Facebook @ Mendocino County Toys for Tots. Donation boxes are all across the county…

Pear Tree Center
Redwood Ford
Ukiah Valley Fire
Redwood Valley Fire Authority
Hopland Fire Department
Fowlers Auto Center
Mendocino Farm Bureau
West Real Estate
Ukiah Ambulance
Acme Rigging
Golden Brands Distributing
Yokums Auto Body Shop
Mendo Mill
Hydro Pacific Garden Supply
Mendocino County Dept of child support
Ukiah Elks Lodge

They’ve hired a new Personnel Commissioner in the Ukiah Unified School District. After Susan Sher retired earlier this year, Tom Jacobson was hired. He’s been a local to the area since 2004 and is a cybersecurity analyst for a local CPA firm. He’s worked for the Community Foundation of Mendocino County, Visit Mendocino and the City of Point Arena. The Ukiah Unified Personnel Commission is a non-partisan public body responsible for administering a merit system for selecting, retaining, and promoting classified employees for the last 54 years.

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