Morning News for Wednesday, October 31st
Beginning Thursday, November 1, Christmas tree permits will be available for the 2012 holiday season.
The $10 Permits are available for purchase in person or by mail from Mendocino National Forest offices, as well as at area vendors through Saturday December 22.
Trees may be cut and removed any day of the week in authorized areas. There is a limit of one permit per household and up to four additional permits may be purchased for additional households, using separate names and addresses. Individuals must be 18 or older. They only accept cash or checks as payment for permits and sales are final, with no refunds.
Permittees will receive a tree tag and Forest map.
While Mendocino county is reporting grape harvest yields 20-25% higher than usual, Lake County's yields may be slightly less than anticipated but the quality is promising to be better than average.
Lake County vineyard acreage remains steady at about 8,500 acres, and this year's winegrape harvest is expected to be valued at $35 million-$40 million.
Dozens of Mendocino wine leaders agree that the 2012 season is shaping up to be one of the best on record. A lack of rain late in the season, combined with warm days, cool nights and an ideal growing season have produced bountiful crops . Mendocino is home to 91 bonded wineries and 343 vineyard entities.
The manager of a Clearlake Oaks shopping center said he is retracting his offer to give the Lake Sheriff’s Office a $1 a month lease for a substation location after he said the sheriff mischaracterized and attacked his offer.
Milt Pereira contacted Lake County News to say he was no longer willing to rent to the sheriff’s office in the wake of statements Sheriff Frank Rivero made at the Board of Supervisors Oct. 16 meeting.
Pereira, who watched the meeting on television, said Rivero acted “like a juvenile. I’m not going to deal with that clown,” said Pereira. “I really don’t need the 12 bucks.”
When asked to respond to the news, Rivero called the reporter, Elizabeth Larson, a liar and said he would refuse to release further information to the Lake County News, nor to respond to requests about public safety matters except through the lengthy Public Records Act process, which he previously has used to block Lake County News’ information requests.
Here's a story that fits into my "It seemed like a good idea at the time" file:
Last week, Kristen Wright of Leggett, realizing that she had been cheated in the sale of four pounds of marijuana called the Sheriff's Dept to report a robbery. Wright told the Sherrif's office that the men had given her four bundles of cash which they had represented as being $20,000.
Wright then realized that only the bills on the top side of the stacks were $100 bills, the rest were $1 bills.
Deputies intercepted both the suspects and Ms Wright. They were all sent to Mendocino County Jail, with bail set at $30,000.00 each.
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