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No one is hurt and no homes or buildings are damaged after a Thanksgiving Day brush fire near Cloverdale. Dubbed the “Pine Fire”, it broke out just before 8am Thursday in the 38000 block of Pine Mountain Road and Cal Fire declared it contained at about 7 acres around 12:30 pm. But the winds kept the firefighters concerned: the Press Democrat reports when the fire started the wind was going between 8 and 12 mph but by 9am it was going around 18 mph at which point Cal Fire reported one home was threatened. But they kept a handle on it, and by the time the fire was contained the winds had died down to around 5 mph.

The trial has been set for a Nevada woman accused of setting a fire last year in Lake County. Nickelina Rose Williams was arrested by California Highway Patrol officers in October 2021 on suspicion of starting a fire along Highway 29 after she was seen walking away from the scene and an officer reportedly found a lighter and ignition material that matched evidence found at the fire. She is also accused of stealing a car and receiving stolen property. The Record Bee reports she has spent the last year undergoing court ordered psychological treatment and has been determined to be competent to stand trial. There are court conferences set for December and a jury trial in January. She has pleaded not guilty.

The Tree at the California State Capitol will be officially lit next Thursday December 1. Governor Gavin Newsom and First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom will host the 91st annual California State Capitol Tree lighting ceremony which will include several musical and dance performances from across the state which the Governor’s office says will highlight California’s diverse holiday traditions, native heritage, and spirit of inclusion. The 65-foot-tall white fir was donated by the U.S. Forest Service and will be lit with 14,000 LED lights and decorated with traditional ornaments and handmade ornaments made by kids and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

There is still time to apply to fill a couple of vacancies on the Lakeport City Council but not much. Monday November 28 at 5pm is the deadline to throw your hat in the ring for the seats left open when Mireya Turner became the Lake County Community Development Director and Michael Green was appointed by the governor to the Board of Supervisors. You can find the councilmember vacancy application on the city website at the bottom of the home page. The individuals appointed will serve about two years with a term ending in 2024. You must live in Lakeport city limits, be at least 18 years of age, and be registered to vote in the City of Lakeport.

Rohnert Park is getting a new recycling and redemption center to get your California Redemption Value nickel or dime back for bottles and cans. On Tuesday the City Council voted unanimously to approve opening a recycling center at Flipside Thrift on Commerce Boulevard. The Press Democrat reports United Cerebral Palsy of the North Bay will operate the center through a partnership with Zero Waste Sonoma thanks to a $1 million grant from CalRecycle which is running a pilot program for putting in small CRV centers in underserved areas. The grant will keep this one open through 2026.

Kelseyville’s fourth annual Festival of Trees is set for next Saturday, December 3 at Sophie’s Day Spa on Main Street. The benefit for Hospice Services of Lake County includes a live auction of 25 exquisite Christmas trees designed and donated by community members as well as a silent auction. Proceeds support the Wings of Hope grief counseling program for children who have experienced the death of a loved one. You can get a free preview of the trees on Friday, December 2, from 4 to 8:30 p.m., before and after the Kelseyville Christmas in the Country & Parade of Lights. Get tickets online at or give them a call.

A couple of gas stations are reportedly on the proposal list for the Ukiah Planning Commission. The Daily Journal reports a developer has proposed a gas station and car wash with a convenience store on the site of the former Savings Bank building at 414 E. Perkins Street. Meanwhile Xpress Gas Station has put in a Major Use Permit request to resume operating a gas station 734 S. State Street. Other projects on the Ukiah Planning Commission’s list: a Mendo LEAP indoor recreation center at 203 S. State and an expansion for the Ford Street Project recovery center and transitional housing.

Visual art as storytelling; that is the theme of a new juried group exhibition being assembled by Deep Valley Arts Collective and MEDIUM Art Gallery in Ukiah. They are inviting artists working in all media to submit to the exhibition titled “Storytelling”. It can be pottery, song, dance, painting, photography, poetry, or any medium that can convey the theme. Applications will be assessed on three criteria: creativity, originality, and the visual/emotional impact of the image. There is no entry fee but there is a limit of five entries per artist. The deadline for entries is December 18. For all the submission information go to under Call for Entry.

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