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The latest level marks for COVID from the CDC put Mendocino County squarely in the highest risk. That means, while not mandatory, it’s suggested folks go back to wearing masks in indoor settings. The three levels are determined by how many cases there are per 100,000 residents, hospitalizations for the same amount and the amount of hospital beds still available. Mendocino County is considered to be in the high risk level with nearly 330 cases/100,000, almost 20 hospitalizations/100,000, but thankfully only 6% of hospital beds are taken. Lake, Trinity, Sonoma, and Napa counties are dealing with that high risk as well, but Humboldt is at medium level risk.

A shop in Woodland overtaken by members of the Proud Boys as the venue tried to put on an LGBTQIA event. Organizers posted on Facebook they worked with police and local security so it would be a safe event but they ultimately backed out after an escalation of threats from hate groups towards drag events. Mojos says they hope they can reschedule the event organized by Elevate Queer Yolo. They were planning a Drag Night event for the last night of Pride Month, but say they had hundreds of social media comments and yelp reviews from people who do not live in town complaining about the event. The police department commented it was the first time they had threats of that nature towards a business in decades. The Sheriff’s Office says they’re also investigating and working with the FBI.

The first ever Prepare California Program is giving money to Lake and Mendocino counties to help with climate change. Cal OES put up almost $4.5 million for six applicants through its “Jumpstart” phase of the Prepare California Program, the first program like this in the nation. Cities, counties, tribal governments and private nonprofits are getting cash for infrastructure improvements through the program that started in January. It looks to quell long-term disasters like flooding, earthquakes, wildfires, landslides or dam failure, in communities that are considered socially vulnerable and have a high hazard risk. Lake County is hiring a climate watchdog with over $636,000 who will work on solutions, and Mendocino County got $992,000 for a grant coordinator part time.

A fire that broke out in Clearlake was out quick after threatening multiple structures. It broke out after dinner time last night and was reported to be burning two buildings and threatening many more. An alert went out to avoid the area and a couple of streets near the fire were shut down. The fire was contained to one abandoned property with some charring around it.

The Governor has signed a new bill into law so that all plastic packaging in the state be mixed with recyclables. So, the material has to be totally recyclable or compostable by 2032, with plastic packaging by 25% in 10 years and 65% of single-use plastic to be recycled by then too. The new law would mean it would be up to consumers to watch their plastic use, but the plastics industry would be responsible for changing the makeup of their goods. The Gov. said children deserve a plastic waste free future. He cited the clogging of oceans, killing of animals and contamination of the air we breathe, water we drink and food we eat.

The interim Police Chief in Ukiah says they will survive the firing of their permanent Chief. Two weeks or so ago Noble Waideich was canned and we still don’t know why, some sort of criminal investigation is all. Mendo Fever reports the new Chief, Cedric Cook saying they are solid and know how to serve and protect the community. He’s been with the agency since graduating the academy in 1997. The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office is reportedly investigating his former boss at the behest of Sheriff Matt Kendall. He’s also facing a civil lawsuit by his former fiancé, who worked as a county probation officer and says Waidelich physically and emotionally abused her. And the case against a former deputy for sex assault and abuse also hangs in the balance.

The biggest salmon barbeque in the world, or as they call it in Fort Bragg, is happening this holiday weekend. Tomorrow from 11AM to 6PM at South Noyo Harbor they’re cooking up a storm with all of the proceeds raised to improve salmon populations on the Northern California Coast. The Salmon Restoration Association is sponsoring the event where they will also have music blasting, and family fun events. You can get tickets online or at the Harvest Market in the Boatyard Shopping Center in Fort Bragg, or right there at the BBQ tomorrow.

Details emerging about a shooting earlier this week of a male juvenile with the shooter reportedly getting away. Police say they had several 911 calls Wednesday about the shooting in the area of Mulberry St. and Observatory Avenue. A teenager was found down with a head wound and shell casings were nearby. Medics rushed to the scene and took the teen to the hospital. Police searched for a man who was only described as white and thin, wearing a camouflage jacket. They say the victim had a backpack on and was contacted by the suspect who tried stealing it, pistol whipped him then shot him during a struggle. One man was detained nearby, but he was found to not be connected to the incident. At the same time Yokayo Elementary School was placed on lockdown. The suspect is still on the run.

Someone trapped at Howard Creek Beach had to be rescued. Mendocino Coast fire personnel called to the scene yesterday for the trapped person because of high tide. Mendo Fever reports Fort Bragg Fire, Westport Fire, CAL FIRE, and a CalStar air ambulance all went to the area where they found almost a dozen people were stuck due to a giant rock in the path of rising tide. They were north of the Abalone Point Campground. Nobody was injured, but they couldn’t get out without help. A rescue boat came to the scene along with a Coast Guard helicopter. A CALFIRE helicopter plucked 11 people in all off the beach.

It’s one of two free fishing days this holiday weekend. Calif. has free fishing days every year, and tomorrow is the first. The next, in September. The California Department of Fish & Wildlife website has the rules. The public is allowed to fish throughout the state without a fishing license. You will only need your basic fishing equipment to get out in the wild. The agency does have some introductory fishing videos you can watch ahead of free fishing day tomorrow or September 3rd. All fishing regulations, like bag and size limits, gear restrictions, report card requirements, fishing hours and stream closures are still in effect on Free Fishing Days.

The retired Lake County Sheriff’s Office Captain Glenn Perkins has died. Perkins lived in Utah at the time of his passing last week.  He was first hired back in 1964 as a Deputy Sheriff, then worked his way up through the ranks of sergeant, lieutenant, and finally captain. He also went to the FBI National Academy in 1981 and graduated the same year, but spent his entire career with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. He retired in 1992 and moved to La Verkin, UT where he passed at the age of 86. He’s survived by his wife Norma and two children.

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