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Six Rivers receives funding to protect from wildfires

The Six Rivers National Forest received more than $203,000 as part of a U.S. Department of Agriculture investment in mitigating fire risks, improving water quality and restoring healthy forest ecosystems, the U.S. Forest Service announced Friday.

“These funds allow us to continue to build shaded fuelbreaks along escape routes and county highways across national forest lands in Trinity County, and provide valuable commodities and jobs to the local workforce,” said Dan Dill, district ranger for the Six Rivers’ Mad River Ranger District, in a prepared statement.

The Rural Community Fire Protection and Forest Management Project, which is funding the investment, is planned for the Six Rivers and Shasta-Trinity national forests, one of 13 new three-year projects across the county. The project builds on prior efforts to safeguard water resources by creating fuelbreaks to facilitate evacuation, firefighter access and fire management.

College of the Redwoods to open new online bookstore

College of the Redwoods will offer students a new way to purchase course materials through a partnership with Barnes and Noble’s MBS Textbook Exchange, the college announced in a news release this week.

The college says the new online bookstore — set to open in time for the spring 2020 semester — will offer more affordable options for students. The release states there is a large selection of both used and new textbooks available through the service.

The college is working with the service to install kiosks for online ordering at each of CR’s three sites in Eureka, Crescent City and Hoopa. The books can be delivered to a student’s home or picked up on campus. At the end of the semester, the books can be sold back online.

“The college is pleased to collaborate with MBS to provide a virtual bookstore and marketplace,” CR president Keith Flamer said in a statement. “The decision clearly aligns with our strategic vision to establish partnerships that enhance student success.”

McKinleyville Area Fund distributes $27K in grants

The McKinleyville Area Fund announced $27,000 in grant awards to McKinleyville organizations and businesses that will fund community improvements.

This year’s recipients include the McKinleyville Union School District, the McKinleyville Senior Center, the McKinleyville Community Services District Parks and Recreation department, the Adult Day Health Care Center of Mad River, AJ’s Living, the McKinleyville Lions Club, McKinleyville Little League, McKinleyville Skatepark/Humboldt Skatepark Collective, the McKinleyville Organizing Committee, and the McKinleyville Family Resource Center.

The projects funded include:

⋅ A portable stage for McKinleyville’s elementary and middle schools;

⋅ Yoga and line dance classes at the senior center;

⋅ A new scoreboard for basketball games at the McKinleyville Activity Center gym, which is jointly funded by the Mad River Rotary;

⋅ New beds for AJ’s Living, a transitional living center for those battling addiction;

⋅ New baseball equipment for Little League participants;

⋅ Secure locker space and a play rug for children at the McKinleyville Family Resource Center.

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