Student at CLHS Tests Positive for COVID-19

A student in the Lakeport Unified School District has tested positive for COVID-19. School officials were notified yesterday afternoon by public health that a student at Clear Lake High School tested positive. Contact tracing began immediately and staff that were exposed have been notified as well as all students and their families in the small instructional group. The classroom and restroom were sealed to be sanitized and disinfected. The school district is recommending all students and staff in this cohort be tested and follow the quarantine protocol.

Name of Victim in Fatal Shooting in Talmage Released

The name of the victim in a fatal shooting in Talmage Wednesday morning has been released. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office identified the man as 44-year-old Jamie Eugene Wilcox. A second victim, a 28-year-old man, was airlifted to a hospital. One of the victims was a stepson to the shooter, 65-year-old Thomas Dean Jones.

No PSPS Events Expected in Lake County

No Public Safety Power Shutoff events are expected in Lake County for the next week according to
Pacific Gas and Electric Company. A PSPS Watch is in effect for other areas of northern California (Zones 2 and 5). The National Weather Service has issued a Fire Weather Watch for portions of Northern California, including southern Lake County, from Saturday through Monday.

August Complex South Zone Under New Management

The August Complex South Zone, will be placed under a new management team today. Management will be transitioning from the Type I Great Basin Incident Management Team 2, to a Type 2 Incident Management Team as well as a National Incident Management Organization team. The incoming Type 2 management team is from the Mendocino National Forest.

UUSD Distance Learning Survey

Ukiah Unified School District has posted an online survey to get feedback from parents on the current distance learning structure. Your input will help with improvements. Find a link to the survey here:

Family Dispute Leads to Fatal Shooting in Talmage

One man was killed, and another injured during shooting in Talmage. According to the MCSO, deputies responded to a residence shortly after 8 a.m. yesterday after a report that a shooting had occurred. A 28-year-old man, was declared deceased at the scene, and a 44-year-old man was airlifted from the scene with life-threatening injuries. The man identified as the shooter, 65-year-old Thomas Dean Jones, was still at the scene and was taken into custody without incident. According to the preliminary investigation, the shooting appeared to be the result of a family dispute in regards to the possible sale of the family property. Jones faces multiple charges including homicide and attempted homicide.

KHS Student Tests Positive for COVID-19

A Kelseyville High School student has tested positive for COVID-19. KHS officials were notified yesterday of the positive test and contact tracing is underway. Based on this information, Superintendent Dave McQueen says the Kelseyville Unified School District has cancelled plans to reopen in late October, and will instead use distance learning plans for students. The district will wait until Lake County is at Tier 3 in the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy system to reopen. Currently, the county is in Tier 2, and if current trends don’t improve during the next two weeks, Lake County could move to Tier 1. More information from the school district can be found online at:

Fire Weather Watch Issued for Southern Lake County

Southern Lake County will be under a fire weather watch for the weekend into early next week. The National Weather Service has issued the watch from 8 p.m. Saturday through 8 a.m. Monday in elevations above 1,500 feet.

COVID-19 Count Update

Lake County added 14 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday for an overall total of 530 cases and 101 Active cases. 7 additional cases of COVID-19 were added in Mendocino County, bringing the total to 894.

Mendocino County Health Officer Revises Shelter-In-Place

A revised Shelter-In-Place is in effect for Mendocino County that continues the requirements for the new State tiered system, and is streamlined to avoid duplication with State orders. The changes include: Removal of nearly all local restrictions specific to the local tourism industry; The Stable Groups (formerly Stable Bubbles) has been modified to increase the Household Support Group from 6 to 12 individuals; The restriction requiring restaurants, wineries, and tasting rooms to discontinue serving alcohol at 8:00 p.m. has been removed; The Order allows all businesses are allowed open under Tier 1 in Mendocino County to remain so, as long as they follow the applicable state guidance.