Card Skimmers Found at Hopland Gas Stations

Authorities in Mendocino County are investigating after several credit card skimmers were hidden in gas pumps at both gas stations in Hopland. According to the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office, there have been several unconfirmed reports of identity theft stemming from this scam. A deputy with MCSO and a representative with the Mendocino County Agricultural Department found four gas pumps were with scanning devices at Hopland Valero, and three scanning devices at Hopland Food and Gas. The skimmers have been removed. MCSO urges anyone who suspects they may have been scammed to contact them.

VP Salary Increases at Mendo-Lake Community College Denied

The Mendocino-Lake Community College District board has voted against vice president salary increases. According to the board, the the Vice President of Academic Affairs and the Vice President of Student Services would have gone from about $148,700 up to $172,00 over a four-year period. Before making any further decisions, the board has asked the college administration for salary comparisons for the executive office with other comparable colleges.

Rain to Bring Relief From Smoky Conditions

Smoky conditions from the Camp Fire are expected to persist in the area through tomorrrow. That’s when a rain event heads this way. Rain will start late tomorrow afternoon/evening & continue through Wednesday evening for much of the region, and will help to clear up air quality.

Man Arrested for Stealing County of Lake Vehicle

A man from Lucerne was arrested Friday by CHP for stealing a pickup that belongs to Lake County. The emblems on the door had been painted over, and a license plate from another vehicle was on the back. Police also found stolen bank cards which had been used to withdraw money inside the pickup.

17 Cited in Clearlake Enforcement Sweep

17 people were cited, and 1 was arrested in an enforcement sweep last weekat shopping centers and city parks in Clearlake. There were also warrants of arrests served for two of the subjects. Following the sweep, the police department released a statement that illegal behavior at these locations will not be tolerated as they work to make Clearlake a cleaner, safer city

Mendocino County to Keep Juvenile Hall Open

The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors has accepted a recommendation that the county keep the Mendocino County juvenile hall on Low Gap Road open. There had been consideration earlier this year that the board might close the facility to save money. But a grand jury report found that closing the facility would actually increase costs and time if juveniles would have to go to another county.

Head-On Crash Near Nice

Three people are recovering following a crash in Nice. The California Highway Patrol said the two-vehicle wreck occurred on Highway 20 at Lakeshore Boulevard just before 4PM on Wednesday. 19-year-old Steve White, of Clearlake was driving a Chevrolet Impala eastbound on Highway 20 when he lost control of his vehicle and hit a guardrail, then crossed into the westbound lane, into the path of a Nissan Rogue being driven by 58-year-old Karen Miles. The vehicles collided head-on. The Nissan overturned and came to a rest on the passenger side in a drainage ditch. White and a passenger in Mile’s vehicle sustained moderate injuries.

Panda Express Gets Commission Approval

The Ukiah Planning commission has OKd plans for a Panda Express on Airport Park Boulevard. The vacant lot will be split into 2 parcels, Panda Express will take up 2,200-square-feet, and the remainder of the 5,471-square-feet of retail space doesn not yet have a proposed tenant.

Lakeport Local Hazard Mitigation Plan Meeting Scheduled

The City of Lakeport is developing a Local Hazard Mitigation Plan. The purpose of the LHMP development process is to help reduce the impacts of natural hazards to the citizens, property, and critical infrastructure in the City. Wildfire, drought, flood, and other severe weather hazards are just a few of the hazards to the Lakeport community. Residents are invited to a kickoff community meeting on November 28th at 7PM in the Council Chambers at Lakeport City Hall.

Mendocino County Establishes Air Quality Guidelines for Schools

While the majority of schools in Lake County remain closed due to poor air quality from the Camp Fire, the The Mendocino County Office of Education has established new guidelines for school closures due to air quality. Each school will now check air quality at 5 a.m. and cancel class for anything above a score of 275 on the “Air Quality Index” that day. Schools will consult the website In addition, air quality monitors will be installed at all area schools. These guidelines are effective immediately and apply to all Mendocino County public school districts.