Motorcylist Struck Head On Suffers Major Injuries

A motorcyclist was airlifted to the hospital after being struck head-on on Highway 101. The crash happened just after 2PM on Friday, just north of Hopland. The Hopland Fire Department responded to find the adult male motorcyclist with major injuries. According to witnesses, a white sedan was going northbound on the highway and hit the motorcylist who was going southbound. The impact caused the motorcycle to flip over and land on the vehicle. The sedan flipped over as well. The driver was not injured. California Highway Patrol is investigating the collision.

Portion of Hill Road Re-Opened

Lake County Public Works crews have reopened a portion of Hill Road closed over the winter due to a landslide. Hill Road was closed between Sutter Lakeside Hospital and Lakeshore Drive on December 13th. Public Works crews used heavy equipment to clear the slide, which had spread across both lanes of the roadway, and were able to clear off one lane of traffic. Stop signs have been set up on each end of the slide to control traffic.

Library Park Repairs Continue

More areas of Library Park in Lakeport have opened as fencing and repairs continue on walkways and areas damaged by winter flooding. Benches and the sidewalk leading out to the docks are now accessible to the public. Playgrounds, the dock on First Street and a large portion of the lakeshore sidewalk still remain closed.

Local AT&T Workers Participate in National Strike

AT&T Wireless, Wireline and DIRECTV workers who are members of Communications Workers of America walked off the job nationwide on Friday. Across the nation, almost 40,000 AT&T employees particiapted in a three-day strike over contract disputes – including workers at the Pear Tree Center in Ukiah. Among the union’s major issues are concerns over benefits and pay, particularly attendance policies.

Memorial Service for Lake County’s Fallen Officers

Lake County’s fallen safety officers will be honored in a memorial ceremony this evening. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office chaplains will host the event, and public is invited to attend and honor the individuals who put their lives on the line every day in Lake County. The ceremony will remember five individuals who gave their lives in the performance of their duties.The names of California law enforcement officers and firemen that died in 2016 also will be read. The event starts at 6 p.m. at the Lake County Memorial Park in front of the Historic Courthouse Museum on Main Street. in Lakeport.

Group Wants Housing in Ukiah for Homless and Mentally Ill

The Rural Communities Housing Development Corporation wants to build a housing development in Ukiah intended to serve the homeless and mentally ill. This week, the Ukiah City Council approved their proposal to hire an outside consultant to help prepare the environmental review. The housing would be built at 237 E. Gobbi St. with the intent to preserve the site’s redwood trees.

Free Household Hazardous Waste Drop Off Event

There’s a free Household Hazardous Waste drop off event today and tomorrow for Lake County residents at Quackenbush Mountain Recovery & Compost Facility, adjacent to the Landfill in Clearlake. Drop-off hours will be from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Items that cannot be accepted include televisions, computer monitors, ammunition, explosives, radioactive materials or infectious wastes. To learn more, visit or contact the Recycling Hotline at 263-1980.

05-19-17-Tourism Up in Mendocino County

A new report by Mendocino County’s Lodging Business Improvement District, shows the tourism industry in the county is growing. The report shows that in the 2014 fiscal year, the county collected more than $4 million in transient occupancy taxes from only its unincorporated areas, which is up 8 percent from the year before and up 23 percent from 2010. A seperate report for Visit California shows record numbers for Mendocino County in 2016, with visitor spending last year totaling $386 million dollars.

Helicopter Training Event, Lake Mendocino

There will be a Search and Rescue Helicopter Awareness Training at Lake Mendocino this weekend. This training is sponsored by the Mendocino and Napa Sheriff’s Offices in cooperation with the California National Guard , California Office of Emergency Services, Cal Fire, Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office, US Army Corps of Engineers and both the Napa and Mendocino County Volunteer Search and Rescue Teams. The training will start on tomorrow afternoon and continue through Sunday evening.

Ukiah Man Suspected of DUI in 2 Collisions

Ukiah police a man involved in two hit-and-run crashes within a week is suspected of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol in both cases. On May 12th, 24-year-old Sergio Gonzalez Luna was arrested after leaving the scene of a collision on East Gobbi Street and Waugh Lane. Then three days later, Luna was found passed out inside his pickup truck following a collision. He’d reportedly struck a parked car, then drove off. UPD has forwarded his case to the Mendocino County District Attorney’s Office for review and potential new charges.