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The Fort Bragg Animal Shelter has announced plans to close.  In a social media post, the shelter announced that the remaining animals, 8 dogs and 3 cats are up for adoption, and they’ll be the last ones to go.  They are waiving adoption fees and accepting adoption applications now.  The community will now rely on the shelter in Ukiah with the Fort Bragg Shelter closing up. Residents have reacted to the news with surprise, and alarm. 

A Covelo man has been convicted of murder.  A Mendocino County jury announced Dino Lincoln, also known as Dino Blackbear was found guilty of murder in the second degree as well as a special allegation he used a gun, reckless evading and assault with a motor vehicle.  Because Dino had two past felonies, the Mendocino County Probation Department will make sentencing recommendations as he’ll return to prison. His sentencing is scheduled for July 27th

A motorcycle rider died in a crash in Clear Lake on Friday night.  CHP released information on the accident that also sent the motorcycle passenger to the hospital with serious injuries.  A 60 year old man pulling a boat in his truck turned in front of the bike, striking the two on it.  He wasn’t injured in the accident.  Authorities say drugs or alcohol haven’t been ruled in their investigation.  

There was a fire in Covelo near Hopper Road and Crawford lane on Saturday.  Thankfully within half an hour, firefighters were able to knock it down.  In MendoFever online, there’s no word yet if anyone was injured.  Fire and law officials are investigating the cause.

A man was seriously hurt when his leg got pinned under an overturned tractor in Geyserville.  It happened Friday afternoon around 2:40pm off Nutter Road in the Northern Sonoma County Fire District. The Press Democrat reports the district and Dry Creek Rancheria along with Healdsburg firefighters were on scene.  The man was airlifted to a Santa Rosa Hospital, and was last reported to be in non-life threatening but serious condition.  

A prescribed burn is scheduled for tomorrow.  Cal Fire is conducting the burn north of the Chamberlain Creek Fire Center off of Highway 20 east of Fort Bragg. In a release in MendoVoice online, Cal Fire hopes to improve wildlife habitat with the burn, to help introduce new growth and reduce fire fuels.  You may see smoke tomorrow and Wednesday with the burn planned from 11am to 5pm each day.  Cal Fire will cover about 100 acres in burn plots, and leave islands of unburned areas for small animals.  

The Lake County Tribal Health Consortium celebrated a grand opening Friday.  Tribal leadership and community leaders joined in the ribbon cutting at the Southshore Clinic on Olympic Drive.  The new 25,000 square foot outpatient clinic is now fully open and employs around 60 people.  In Lake County News, the ground breaking for the facility happened 3 years ago.  Since then, the price grew to $25 million, as plans had to change with COVID.  With a soft opening last summer, the clinic already has seen thousands of new patients.  The clinic hosts tribal artifacts and a serene setting, among the medical offices and labs. 

A motorcyclist is in critical condition after a crash near Hopland.  A helicopter was called in to take the injured rider to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital.  It happened yesterday just before 5pm, when the biker veered off Old River just south of the Fetzer Winery. 

Fort Bragg Police are advising residents about scam callers wanting their information about Medicare account details.  Police are urging people to not provide any information about you to anyone other than your medical care provider, according to the Ukiah Daily Journal.  If anyone got a suspicious call, reach out to the Fort Bragg Police at 707-961-2800.

There was a magnitude-5.6 earthquake off the coast of Humboldt County yesterday. The Record-Bee was on the Mendocino Fault about 87 miles west of Ferndale. People felt the quake from Trinidad to Southern Humboldt. 

The Lake County Board of Supervisors plans to meet tomorrow morning at 9am and may create a public defender program.  In Lake County News, the board talked about making the public defender services program earlier in the year.  Lake County hired Jose Varela, a retired Marin County public defender.  He will make the program presentation and phased steps.  The Board will also consider the shelter crisis urgency proclamation, as well as a Clear Lake Hitch emergency and a pervasive tree mortality emergency among other topics. 

A Lake County man charged with a lewd act on a child appeared in court and made a release request.  A judge denied the waiver to Andy Hopper, after his lawyer made the request to release him on his own recognizance.  He is set to be sentenced May 30. The sex crimes against the man were for an incident last February when Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies got a report of a man inappropriately touching at 13 year old girl at a store in Lakeport.  In the Record Bee, Hopper is staying in jail with bail set at $1,000.

Hundreds of farm workers and supporters marched in Healdsburg to demand hazard pay for working during natural disasters and wildfires. Saturday, the group marched to the Healdsburg Food and Wine Experience, and event celebrating local vintners and chefs.  The Press Democrat reports that marchers want to be treated fairly, and the event aimed to put their concerns out there for the community to be aware.  Organizers of the march said this weekend was just the beginning, and that hopefully the community can engage in their concerns to make the area more equitable.

Governor Newsom made an announcement to speed up construction of billions in infrastructure Friday.  The Fort Bragg Advocate reports Newsom hopes to move $180 billion of work in transportation, water, energy and broadband internet service more quickly through red tape that can slow projects.  He said the investment would help make more than 400,000 new jobs and help California State to meet its climate protection goals.  The governor signed an executive order creating an inter-agency “infrastructure strike team” aimed at maximizing funding for the infrastructure investment.  Included in proposed project is the Sites Reservoir northeast of Clear Lake.  Potential federal finding comes from the Inflation Reduction Act the CHIPS act and more. 

California and the Bay Area had strong job growth in April, despite massive layoffs in the tech industry.  In the Mendocino Beacon, the state added 67,000 new jobs since December, when the state saw a 20,000 job decline.  It’s not all good news though, as California’s unemployment rate increased from 4.4 percent to 4.5 percent.

This week is National Safe Boating week through the 26th.   In Lake County news, California State Parks’ Division of Boating and Waterways is kicking off the season with resources and information, as well as life jackets.  On Saturday, the US Coast Guard local Auxiliary measured kids for lifejackets and helped divvy out resources on boating information and safety.  The organization reports that 833 percent of drowning deaths in 2021 were people who weren’t wearing life jackets.  This season, it’s more important than ever with the state’s snowpack melting into rushing fast and cold rivers. California’s Division on Boating and Waterways wants everyone to know that it’s state law for kids under 13 to wear a life jacket in boats, and that there are not only giveaways locally, but there are loaner life jacket stations throughout the state.

The Cobb Area Council met to plan for the Blackberry Festival and updating area plans last week.  The council also discussed community development.  The council went over the 1,600 building permits and 4,000 inspections in the last year.  Cannabis grants fund code enforcement officers who removed 25,000 illegal plants.  California awarded Lake County nearly $3million to keep the code enforcement team.  The council is working on updating plans including in Lower Lake, Kelseyville Upper Lake and more.  The Community Development Director said they need the community to engage in planning, according to the Record Bee.  Friends of Bogg Forest got approval and support to repair 10 more miles of trail.  The group has applied for a $100,000 grant to continue that work.  Their next meeting is scheduled for June 15.

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