Archives for February 2014

State Wrestling Toiurnament Gets Underway

Good luck to Kelseyville’s Evelyn Santiago and Middletown’s Jessie Flynn, who are representing Lake County in the CIF State Girls’ Wrestling Championships. The two-day tournament begins today. Both have a shot at beoming the first Lake County girl to win a medal at the state tournament.

Family Science Night

Lower Lake Elementary School will host its annual Family Science Night this evening from 6-8PM in the cafeteria. The event will showcase robotics, feature the Taylor Observatory with telescopes and the Lake County Vector Control District with microscopes, along with several hands-on activities. Pizza, treats, reusable bags and silent auction items also will be available for purchase.

Clearlake Adopts Speed Zone Study

The City Council has decided to adopt the 2013 Speed Zone Study which assessed speed zone conditions and offered recommendations for improvement. Phillip Dow of Lake Area Planning Commission recommended increasing the speed limit on numerous streets in Clearlake by five mph on 40th Avenue, Austin Road, Lakeshore Drive and Moss Avenue.

UPD Report Spike in Smash and Grabs

The Ukiah Police Department reports they’ve had a recent spike in “Smash and Grabs” from automobiles – where a thief, in just seconds, breaks a car window and steals valuables from the vehicle. UPD reminds you to not leave valuables like-purses, phones, tablets, laptops, or anything that can be easily removed in a visible place. If you have any information on any of the recent thefts, contact them.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Helping RVCWD

This week, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was used a barge to install a pump that will help the Redwood Valley County Water District get more water. Because the Lake Mendocino’s water is so low, the city’s current pumping station at the lake isn’t sufficient. The Corps is working to help improve the system that serves 4,000 residents.

Gale Force Wind Warning

Power outages and downed trees could be an issue, as the National Weather Service Eureka California has issued a Gale Force Wind Warning for the Mendocino and Sonoma Coast through midnight.

LPD to Enforce medical marijuana ordinance

Lakeport has new regulations for their medical marijuana ordinance. A committee of residents, advocates, city staff and city council members developed the new regulations. It states that marijuana cannot be cultivated in a residence or an attached garage. Marijuana must be cultivated in a secure and detached structure with an odor filtration system. The structure must also be set back from other structures and property lines, as well as have a perimeter fencing installed. The Lakeport Police Department has announced they will strictly enforce the new ordiance.

Clearlake Will Have 2 Taxes on June Ballot

Clearlake residents will have two taxes to vote on when June comes around. The Clearlake City Council voted to put a 1-percent sales tax measure on the ballot. The county .5-percent lake transaction and use tax will also be on the June ballot. City Council members were split on the decision. Some thought it would be difficult to get both taxes passed on the same ballot.

02-28-14-Ukiah Valley Needs Water Monitoring for Funds

The Ukiah Valley needs to move fast to ensure state grant funding for drought relief. The state Department of Water Resources is focusing on high- and medium-priority basins for state water grants or loans, and the Ukiah Valley groundwater basin has been preliminarily designated as a medium-priority basin. In order to get the grand funds, a monitoring entity is needed within that basin of wells to monitor the valley’s groundwater. The problem is – there isn’t one, and Ukiah Valley won’t be eligible unless they get one. Mary Randall, regional coordinator of the DWR’s Northern Region Office didn’t give a deadline during a meeting with the Mendocino County’s emergency drought ad-hoc committee, but implied that the list of high- and medium-priority groundwater basins would be finalized in March.

Basketball Playoff First Round Results

Basketball Playoff First Round Results:

Round Valley was the only NCL III girls team to advance as Mendo, Boonville, Point Arena & Laytonville all lost

The Point Arena Pirates are only NCL III boys team to advance as Mendo, Boonville & Laytonville lost.

North Central League I boys’ champion Willits beat Roseland Prep 52-31 and will play in the quarterfinals on Saturday.

University High School of San Francisco beat the Upper Lake girls 55-32

St. Mary’s beat the Middletown boys 65-50

Salesian defeated the Clear Lake boys 69-46