Archives for June 2014

Meeting on Propose Dispensaries Ordianace Tuesday

A proposal to allow medical marijuana dispensaries to operate in Lake county’s unincorporated areas will go to the Board of Supervisors during a special evening meeting July 1st. The county’s dispensaries were ordered to be shut down in 2011 after all of them were served with notices of violation under the county’s zoning ordinance. Back in 2011 the Board of Supervisors passed a dispensaries ordinance that was challenged by a referendum. The board decided to rescind the ordinance and close the dispensaries. Then last December, the Board of Supervisors approved county ordinance No. 2997 that regulates and restricts medical marijuana cultivation, which went on to become Measure N on the June 3 ballot due to a referendum. The measure passed with 52.6 percent voting yes. The meeting on proposed dispensaries ordinance will begin at 6 p.m. next Tuesday at the Lake County Courthouse in Lakeport.

Realtiy TV Show Wants to Highlight Lucerne Families

Wanna be on TV? Swiss National Radio and Television company is looking for families from Lucerne who would like to “swap lives” for one week with a family from their twin town in Switzerland. The casting is for the Swiss show, “Family Swap.” The families in the show will swap homes, jobs, schools and culture. If you and your family are available for one week in August 2014 and would like further details about this all expenses paid trip and unforgettable adventure, please contact Melanie Ansley at or apply directly on .

Ukiah City Council Approves Budget

The Ukiah City Council approved a $15.3 million budget for the next fiscal year unanimously. The city’s Finance Director said the budget offers more clarity and transparency, and will allow the city council to see exactly from where the money is being spent because the general fund is broken up into departments. Future reports will make department spending easier to identify and track and will break out the revenues and expenditures for all the funds, it will show a 10-year history. Some city council members – including Mayor Baldwin – wanted more time to consider the budget, but since action on the budget needed to be taken before June 30, it was approved this week.

Wreck in Lakeport Cuts Power Closes Road

A morning wreck in north Lakeport that caused a power outage and road closure, also led to the arrest of a Northshore man on suspicion of driving under the influence. Grammer was driving a pickup southbound on Lakeshore Boulevard Wednesday morning, north of Hill Road, when he ran off the roadway and hit a speed limit sign and then a power pole. That pole hit another one, so two poles were knocked down closing the roadway. Grammer was taken to Sutter Lakeside Hospital, and he was arrested for driving under the influence. PG&E customers finally had their power restored early yesterday morning, which is also when the road was opened again.

Meeting for medical marijuana dispensaries in Lake County

The Board of Supervisors during a special evening meeting set for next Tuesday, July 1st will once again hear a proposal to allow medical marijuana dispensaries to operate in Lake county’s unincorporated areas. The meeting will begin at 6 pm in the board chambers on the first floor of the Lake County Courthouse in Lakeport.

Lakeport Yacht Club hosts duct tape regatta

The Lakeport Yacht Club will sponsor the sixth annual Cardboard and Duct Tape Regatta on July 4th to be held at Library Park near the Third Street launch ramp across from TNT Restaurant. Sign up starts at 9:30 a.m. and the races will start at 11. Participating boats must be made entirely out of duct tape and cardboard but can be made in any design or size. Paddles may be made out of any material. All participants are required to wear life jackets and must be in their boat at the end of the race to qualify for a prize.

Clearlake Park hosts nature talk on turkey vultures

The Clear Lake State Park Interpretive Association will present a nature talk this Saturday on the natural history of the turkey vulture. The presenters have been studying turkey vultures for a number of years and will present their findings, observations and stories. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the habits and characteristics of the common, but mysterious turkey vulture. The program will take place at the park visitor center this Saturday at 1pm. Entry into the park is free for those attending the presentation.

Lake County Superior Court Seeks Jurors

The Lake County Superior Court is seeking at least 30 people willing to serve as jurors and alternates on the 2014-2015 Lake County Grand Jury panel. The grand jury serves as the public’s watchdog by investigating and reporting upon the affairs of local government. The term of service runs from July 1 to June 30, 2015. Applications may be obtained from the website

Colorado man arrested in Kelseyville

Big trouble for a Colorado man. 20 year old John Heston was arrested on June 16th in Kelseyville for allegedly being in possession of stolen property. The arrest came after a Lake County Sheriff’s Office patrol deputy received information that Heston was living in Kelsyville and had four arrest warrants out of Colorado. He contacted the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office to confirm the information. They also confirmed that they would extradite Heston if he was found. A witness reportedly told the deputies that Heston was currently living in a new trailer that was parked at an address on Clark Drive in Kelseyville. The trailer was allegedly stolen. Heston was taken into custody after trying to identify himself to deputies as John Mcninch. Heston is reportedly facing 15 to 25 years in prison when he is transported back to Colorado.

Group Discusses Watershed Projects

Lake County and Clearlake City officials, along with about 20 members of the public met this week at Clearlake City Hall to discuss potential watershed projects and how best to get funding for them. The group’s goals in determining the projects include: addressing sources of lake pollution; ensuring that the water supply, including groundwater, is safe, distributed adequately and stored appropriately; and addressing climate change impacts to the lake region; manage the threat of invasive species. The two projects were developed at the meeting. The first is a water source protection project, which would include quagga and zebra mussel prevention – which could receive drought funding from the state. The other project is a groundwater management plan which could receive funding from the California Department of Public Health,. The group agreed to work to formulate the projects more and research funding over the next few months. They’ll be discussed further at the next meeting on Aug. 27.