Commission to See Design of Poposed Motel Expansion Project

The Clearlake Planning Commission will hold a study session this evening on a proposed motel expansion project. Members will see the architecture and design to expand the motel at Clearlake Cottages on Lakeshore Drive. The plans include constructing three new two-story cottage buildings. The purpose of this evening’s session is to study and review the design concepts for a future project application.

New Director Named for Economic Development and Financing Corporation

The Economic Development and Financing Corporation of Mendocino County, has hired a new executive director. Heather Gurewitz will start in the position at the end of January. Gurewitz comes to EDFC with a background in community-based economic development. Currently the Mendocino County Field Representative for Congressman Jared Huffman, Gurewitz came to Mendocino County in 2009 to work for West Company where she served as the Women’s Business Center Director. She has also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Honduras and as an AmeriCorps volunteer with the Northeast Oregon Economic Development District. Gurewitz will take over for John Khury, who is leaving the position after ten years for a job with the Mendocino Redwood Company.

Suspect Identified in Motel Room Fire

There’s more details about a fire that broke out in a motel room on Friday in Lakeport. A truck driver from Texas was arrested for suspected arson.The fire was reported at 5:25 p.m. Firday a the Skylark Motel. Crews were able to keep the fire contained to one room, and after investigation, it was determined that the room’s occupant, 32-year-old Timothy Cofer, set the fire intentionally. LPD and Lakeport Fire are continuing to investigate the cause of the fire.

Sandbar May Cause Flooding on HWY 128 Again

Highway 128 may be closed again soon as a sandbar that has been plugging things up and causing flooding on the roadaway has reformed. The USGS river gauge had the river level up over 2-1/2 feet, yesterday afternon. Highway 128 will flood if it nears the 4-foot level and the sandbar stays intact.
There have been two Hwy 128 closures this season due to flooding.

Death of Kelseyville Man Not a Homicide

Authorities say the death of a Kelseyville man over the weekend was not a homicide. On Saturday night, police were called to a residence in the Clear Lake Riviera.on a report of an assault They arrived to find two injured people, one inside the residence, who was 37-year-old Jeremy Mullings, and a second man who was on the driveway with head injuries. Mullings, who died at the scene, was not assaulted. Police believe his death was health related and not a crime. They are investigating the 2nd man’s injuries as an assault.

Smoke Shop in Ukiah Destroyed After e-Cig Explosion

A smoke shop on North State Street in Ukiah was destroyed by fire after an e-cigarette reportedly exploded in an employee’s hand. The employee dropped the device on the floor still on fire, and exited the business seeking help for his burns. Crews responded to the Mendo Leaf Smoke Shop at. around 12:10 p.m. Friday. Firefighters evacuated nearby businesses because of the heavy amount of smoke. There were several explosions in the fire due to the dozens of butane canisters inside.

Fire Causes Minimal Damage at Lakeport Motel

Fire damage was contained to a room at the Skylark Motel in Lakeport on Friday evening. The fire was reported at 5:25 p.m. at the motel, located on North Main Street. Fire officials say minimal damage was done to the unit, and no other rooms were damaged.It is possible that the fire was intentionally set. Lakeport Fire and Lakeport Police continue to investigate.

Galleti Going to Point Arena

We now know more about the reason for the resignation of Superintendent of Schools Warren Galletti. Last week, the Mendocino County Office of Education made the announcement and said Galleti’s resignation would be effective January 31st. The Point Arena school board offered Galleti the position of superintendent of schools at Point Arena, which he has accepted.

Clearlake Police Investigating Fatal Shooting

The Clearlake Police Department is investigating a fatal shooting that happened last night. At 6:40 p.m. Thursday the Clearlake Police Department received numerous calls about gunshots heard and a man down on the ground near the 3200 block of Second Street. The victim was given medical treatment on the scene, but was pronounced deceased. A vehicle of interest was identified as a dark-colored newer model Mercedes passenger car with a white-colored top. Investigators believe the vehicle was used by or associated with the person, or persons, responsible for the shooting.

Contract Dispute Halts Debris Removal

A dispute over the contract to remove fire debris has caused The Army Corps of Engineers and government contractors to halt debris cleanup work in Mendocino County. AshBritt Environmental had originally been awarded the contract to remove debris for all counties affected by the October wildfires, but the Army Corps of Engineers recently awarded a new contract to Ceres Environmental Services to take over and continue debris cleanup. The delay is leaving residents and contractors frustrated.