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In the wake of a recent large unlicensed cannabis grow bust, the Mendocino County Sheriff says many illegal cannabis growers are leaving the County. Sheriff Matt Kendall reported to the Redwood Valley Municipal Advisory Council at their meeting this week that the bust at the unlicensed grow site on Road E turned up over 1,000 plants. Mendo Fever reports the sheriff said the case has been turned over to the District Attorney and that he’s seeing a lot fewer illegal grows in the County. The sheriff also reported on staffing, saying six newly-hired correctional officers were sworn in last month and he has two deputy candidates at the police academy and two more set to be hired.

Three Santa Rosa High School students have been arrested for setting off fireworks on campus. As we reported yesterday, after several sounds of explosions were heard around 1030am, Santa Rosa police responded and classrooms near the sounds were evacuated while the rest of the school sheltered in place. Officers quickly determined there was no active threat and with the help of school officials identified two students that set off the fireworks and a third that had brought them in. All three students, 15-year-old boys, were arrested for misdemeanor Possession of an Explosive Device.

Community fire resilience and restoration are the topics of a free two-day workshop next week offered by the nonprofit FireScape Mendocino. The “Collaborative Planning Workshop for Wildfire Resilience and Post-Fire Restoration” is set for Wednesday and Thursday, November 16 and 17. There will be speakers from tribes as well as local and federal agencies. On Wednesday the workshop starts at the Upper Lake Ranger District and Thursday it’s at the Robinson Rancheria Resort and Casino. It’s free but you need to register in advance at https://www.firescapemendocino.org.

If you notice the Lake County Courthouse basking in the glow of green light, it is in honor of our veterans. This week the Lake County Board of Supervisors voted to join Operation Greenlight: a nationwide effort to highlight veterans and the challenges they face. Through Sunday night, the Lake County Courthouse will shine green each night in a visible statement that the county stands in solidarity with our veterans. County officials say Lake County has one of the highest veteran populations, per capita, in California.

The Mendocino National Forest has a new Forest Supervisor. Wade McMaster, who has been with the Forest Service for over 12 years and grew up near the Shasta-Trinity and Klamath National Forests, took over as head of the Mendocino Forest on Monday. Kym Kemp reports McMaster came to Mendocino from the Rogue River Siskiyou National Forest, was the District Ranger for the Gold Beach Ranger District, and was also recently the Acting Forest Supervisor on the Shoshone National Forest. He also has experience as the Tribal Relations Program Manager for Region 5. He is a member of the Wintu Tribe of Northern California and served 13 years as Chairman.

The search continues for a Santa Rosa doctor who has been missing for two weeks. Pediatrician Dr. Bruce Montgomerie was last seen leaving his home on the evening of October 26. The Press Democrat reports his car was found two days later in the parking lot at the Jenner Headlands Preserve and his phone was in the car. The area has been searched by boat and helicopter but so far there are no clues. If you can help, Santa Rosa police are accepting anonymous tips.

Some Fort Bragg High School students have rallied to provide the pies for Fort Bragg Presbyterian Church’s free annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner. After the Church asked for help from the community to cover the costs of the pies, the Fort Bragg High School Culinary Arts Program came to the rescue. Mendo Fever reports 68 beginning Culinary Arts students prepared the pies under the guidance of their teacher with the High School’s staff donating the cost of the supplies. The pies are in the freezer now but some of the students will reportedly be there on Thanksgiving Day to help slice ‘em up.

A woman has been arrested after reportedly leading Healdsburg police on a chase that ended with a crash in Santa Rosa. Police say Wednesday morning officers tried to stop Sara Fuller of Eureka near the intersection of Healdsburg Avenue and Dry Creek Road because the car she was in was reported stolen. Fuller took off and got onto Highway 101 Southbound at speeds of up to 130 miles per hour. But she lost control at the College Avenue off ramp and crashed into a traffic utility box. Fuller then ran across 101 before being tackled at a gas station and arrested.

California’s Attorney General is taking aim at chemical companies for their decades-long use of what are now known to be cancer causing chemicals in household products. On Thursday Rob Bonta filed a lawsuit against 3M, DuPont and 16 other chemical companies for the use of PFAS, known as “forever chemicals”, which he says are responsible for widespread pollution and public health risk. Bonta calls the companies liable for “hundreds of millions of dollars” in penalties and cleanup costs across California because he says they continued to make the chemicals while concealing their danger from the public.

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