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News Briefs – Lake County Record-Bee


Lake County Fair Foundation Animal Program Returns

The Lake County Fair Foundation works year-round to raise funds for fairground improvement projects and has found unique ways to raise funds, including auctioning off an animal at the county fair. The Lake County Fair Foundation animal program was created when a generous 4-H member, Erica Illg, chose to raise an animal, auction it off, and donate all proceeds to the foundation of the fair in 2015. Beginning this year, outstanding exhibitors have been selected for the honor of raising an animal to donate to the fairgrounds. This year, Scott’s Valley 4-H member Emma Mertle has been chosen to raise the foundation’s pig and will receive a scholarship in return for her generosity and hard work.

Emma is a new senior at Clear Lake High School and has a variety of talents, including playing volleyball, basketball, and golf, and holding student council leadership positions. She is no stranger to raising pigs for the Lake County Fair and has successfully raised 17 market-ready animals during her show career. This will be her final year exhibiting farm animals, and she plans to attend Shasta Community College in the fall of 2023. She will be majoring in agricultural communication and hopes to pursue a career in agricultural marketing.

Emma stood out to our selection committee because of her extensive experience with pigs, her professionalism and poise during the interview process, and her love for the fair. In her application, Emma said, “I would like to give back to the place that has given me so many memories, knowledge and general enjoyment over the past 8 years.” We wish her the best and thank her for her selfless contribution!

The Fair Foundation would also like to thank Rainbow Ag for donating pig feed and The Grove Family for donating a high quality pig. The Grove family has always supported the program and the fair, their son Dennis even raised the Hog Foundation in 2019. All proceeds from this hog will benefit the Lake County Fair Foundation and be used for maintenance and conservation projects. improvement on the ground. The pig will be the last animal to be sold at the Junior Livestock Auction on September 3 at the Junior Livestock Auction at Baldwin Pavilion. The auction begins at 12 p.m.



Redwood Credit Union will match donations up to $12,000 for Mendocino College’s student emergency fund

The fall 2022 semester is underway at Mendocino College, and students are getting back on track with education and career preparation after an unpredictable few years. With inflation driving up the prices of food, gas, books, and living expenses, we know some students will struggle to make ends meet.

The Student Emergency Fund is a way to help them worry less and study more. Eligible students can receive up to $500 in a single emergency grant to stay on track.

Thanks to a generous matching gift from Redwood Credit Union, donors to the Mendocino College Student Emergency Fundraising Campaign can double their donation. With the help of our generous community, the Foundation hopes to turn $12,000 into $24,000 in emergency aid for students in Ukiah, Lakeport, Willits and Fort Bragg.

In a recent survey, three out of five college students reported at least one basic insecurity need such as food or housing.

Any contribution made to this campaign will be matched dollar for dollar by Redwood Credit Union. Your donation could make the difference between a student dropping out or continuing on to their certificate or diploma. Visit and choose Student Emergency Fund. Thank you for your support. Any questions can be directed to Julie McGovern, Executive Director of the Foundation, at 707-468-3164 or [email protected]



Newsom appoints Diana Ramos as Surgeon General of California

Governor Gavin Newsom this week announced the appointment of accomplished public health leader Dr. Diana Ramos as California’s Surgeon General. Ramos has over three decades of cross-cutting experience and expertise focused on health equity and reproductive health. She currently works at the California Department of Public Health’s Center for Healthy Communities, where she oversees the state’s public health and prevention programs.

The governor established the role of surgeon general in 2019 on his first day in office as part of a series of major health care proposals and actions. The California Surgeon General is a key spokesperson on public health issues statewide and advises the governor on efforts to address health risks and challenges as effectively and as early as possible.

“The Surgeon General of California plays a pivotal role in finding targeted solutions to address the root causes of our most pressing health issues and inequities,” Newsom said.

Diana Ramos, MD, 55, of Laguna Beach, has served as the Public Health Administrator at the California Department of Public Health’s Center for Healthy Communities since 2021. She served as Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. since 1999. Dr. Ramos has been a per diem physician at Kaiser Permanente since 1998.

This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $216,420. Dr. Ramos is recorded without party preference.