Archives for January 2014

Dollar Tree Decision Overturned

The Fort Bragg City Council this week voted to overturn the Planning Commission’s decision to deny a permit to convert the old social service building into a Dollar Tree Store. The council directed city staff to prepare a resolution for approval with design modifications that include some building appearance conditions, and establishing a four-way stop at South Street and South Franklin Street if a traffic study showed it would improve traffic flow and safety.

Kelseyville School Briefly Locked Down

Riveiera Elementary in Kelseyville was briefly locked down yesterday morning while police were chasing down a suspect on foot. The brief lockdown was a precautionary measure since the pursuit was near the campus. Principal Diana Davidson said the lockdown protocols were followed quickly by students, staff, parents and substitute teachers.

Family In Need of a Van

A 9 year old Kelseyville girl who is a quadriplegic and blind needs help from the community. Because she’s growing up, it’s getting harder for her dad to pick her up and carry her from her wheelchair to the car and back when she needs to visit the Oakland Children’s Hospital. On top of that, his shoulders aren’t doing so good. He’s had surgery on one shoulder, and will have surgery this week on the other. The family needs a wheelchair accessible van, but can’t afford one. In fact, they don’t even need a specially made van. The rehab department at the Children’s Hospital says if the family can just get a van, they’ll install the lift. If you are interested in helping, contact the girl’s grandmother, Susan Lemos by email at

Warming Center to Close on Weekends

The Lake Family Resource Center is making some changes to its warming center hours effective immediately. The Center relies on volunteers to serve people, and for safety reasons, they always have double staff when open. Recently, several volunteers have been no-shows, primarily on Saturday and Sunday nights. The Center’s administration has decided to close the Warming Center on those nights to allow the funds they have available to cover double paid-staff coverage the other 5 nights. The Center believes taking this action to ensure the safety of staff, volunteers, and guests, and ensures that the money raised fully covers the expenses of the Center. The Warming Center will close at 7:30am Saturday morning and reopen at 4:30pm Monday afternoon.

Over 100 Neglected Animals Rescued

Over a hundred neglected animals are getting the care they need at area shelters and homes, after authorities rescued them from their owner on McNab Ranch Road. Authorities rescued 32 rabbits, 28 sheep, 25 chickens, 19 goats, 5 milk cows, 4 ducks, 4 dogs, 2 cats, and a goose. The property owner, Patrice Phillips has been charged with animal neglect and was arrested on suspicion of obstructing an officer. A 13-year-old boy at the home was released to Child Protective Services.

Man Run Over and Stabbed

Terrible news out of Lakeport. Yesterday afternoon a man died after being run over and stabbed. Witnesses to the fatality said the victim was thrown out of an SUV, run over, then assaulted by a man who got out of the SUV. The Central Dispatch issued two “be on the lookouts” to law enforcement for the suspect vehicle, which is described as a white 1997 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV. Police aren’t sure how many people besides the man seen by witnesses, were in the vehicle. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office believes multiple people are involved in this crime.

CAL FIRE Adds Staff

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) announced yesterday that it has hired 125 supplemental firefighters in Northern California and extended seasonal firefighting forces in Southern California due to dry winter conditions. This announcement follows Governor Brown’s drought State of Emergency earlier this month. Ken Pimlott, director of CAL FIRE, says they’ve staffed 25 additional fire engines and have retained aerial firefighting assets at five air attack bases that would normally be closed this time of year.

In Northern California, CAL FIRE is adding two additional fire engines in each of the 12 northern administrative units plus a third fire engine in the Shasta-Trinity Unit. In addition, the Chico Air Attack Base has been re-opened with two fixed wing aircraft.

In our area:
10 additional firefighters have been assigned to the Mendocino Unit.
5 additional firefighters are assigned to the Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit.

CAL FIRE is asking everyone to be extra cautious during the heightened fire danger period in order to prevent wildfires. For more fire prevention tips visit and for evacuation tips visit

Suspect in Area Burglaries Caught

A Ukiah man suspected of burglarizing several local businesses recently was arrested after a chase that ended with him being found hiding in Applebee’s. According to the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office, deputies suspected David Andrews of burglarizing several businesses over the past few months in Ukiah and Redwood Valley. MSCO got a tip that he was going to meet up with someone to sell some stolen merchandise at a location on Airport Park Boulevard. When Andrews spotted police, he took off. After a brief car chase, he ran on foot. Police found him hiding in a storage room inside a nearby Applebees, and arrested him. A search of the car turned up stolen items from robberies earlier this month and burglary tools. Charges are pending further investigation.

Kelseyville Grad Makes Deans List

A Kelseyville Graduate has made the Dean’s List at Sonoma State University. Shawn Kelly is a 2010 graduate of Kelseyville High, and he made the list in his first semester at the University. He’s a double major at SSU in mathematics and music, and a member of the archery club. Shawn also teaches gymnastics at Santa Rosa Gymnastics.

Food Waste Pilot Coming to Ukiah

Ukiah Public Works and Ukiah Waste Solutions have teamed up to offer residents a pilot program for collecting food waste from households. Anyone who wants to participate will receive a new container for curbside collection that would contain food-related items that are just tossed in the trash now. The program will launch sometime this spring. Participants will receive an additional 20-gallon container for food waste, a pail that can sit on your kitchen counter, and a guide on what food waste can go into the containers. Fruits and vegetables, coffee grounds, egg shells, and soiled paper, like pizza boxes and paper towels are among the accepted items. At the end of the 6 month pilot, the Ukiah City Council will get a report on how it went, and will decide how to proceed from there. Look for information about the food waste program in your utility bill.