A house fire has done major damage to a home in Redwood Valley. Redwood Valley-Calpella Fire Department Assistant Chief Brendan Turner says said the fire started around 2:45 p.m. Tuesday at the home on Ellen Lynn Street. The cause of the is still under investigation but Turner told the Ukiah Daily Journal is did not seem suspicious. No one was home to no one was hurt and one pet was able to escape unharmed. The house has major damage but the residents were reportedly able to salvage some of their belongings.
The Sawmill Fire is now 85 percent contained. The 1500-acre fire, which started Sunday morning, is burning in the Geysers, about 10 miles east of Cloverdale. Cal Fire doesn’t yet know what started it. They have started moving some of their firefighters to other fires although as of this morning there were still more than 700 personnel on scene.
The Ukiah Planning Commission is holding another public hearing tonight on proposed changes the ordinance allowing medical marijuana dispensaries to operate within city. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the city council’s chambers at 300 Seminary Ave. The Ukiah Daily Journal reports while some on the Planning Commission wanted to wait until after the November Election, the Planning Director says the Ukiah City Council’s direction was to try and pass it ordinance before the election. The ordinance would require, among other things, anyone wishing to operate a marijuana dispensary to obtain a dispensary use permit approved and issued by the zoning administrator/planning director and a public hearing would be required. After that the holder would need to renew it each year.
A SWAT callout has led to several charges against a Fort Bragg man after he called 911 and yelled obscenities at a dispatcher. Thomas Anderson reportedly first called the Mendocino County 911 around 2:30 Monday afternoon from his home on Mitchell Creek Drive, yelling obscenities and making threatening and derogatory statements toward the dispatchers. The dispatchers tried to find out what kind of help he needed but he just kept up the hostility. Deputies went to his house and tried to talk to him but he allegedly just kept calling 911 and continuing his tirade so they left. But around 5pm Anderson walked onto his porch and starting shooting off a handgun and that brought out the Mendocino County SWAT Team. Charges include Possession of Firearm by a Prohibited Person and Discharging a Firearm in a Grossly Negligent Manner.
The Lakeport Police Department will be staffing a full time School Resource Police Officer on the campuses of the Lakeport Unified School District starting next week. This program has been made possible by a funding partnership between the School Board and the Lakeport City Council. Officials say it will not only enhance the safety of the students, staff and visitors on the campuses but past experience has shown officers have a positive impact on the students’ lives.
The CAL FIRE Mendocino Unit has announced changes for the Fall season at the Jackson Demonstration State Forest. The seasonal closure of JDSF Camp One, Dunlap and Horse Camp campgrounds starts Monday, October 3. Big River campground will says open for now. Beginning October 15, the “Trestle Trail” between Camp 8 and JDSF Road 1070 will be closed to mushroom gathering and other recreational activities until May. The designated areas for firewood cutting will also close on Monday, October 3 or until the first significant rain after which all firewood cutting on the Forest is prohibited until further notice.
Lake County is going to take over operation of the Gibson Museum as part of the County Museum System. The Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to approve a proposal from the Lake County Public Services Director and County Museum Curator which came at the request of the Gibson Museum’s Volunteer Board. Lake County News reports the Gibson board wanted to keep their place as the primary fundraisers but felt that running the museum was getting beyond their scope and feared it would have to close without the county’s help. During their Sept. 14 budget hearings, the Board of Supervisors approved adding the Gibson to the Public Services Department’s budget. They put the cost around $16,000 a year.