Archives for July 2014

Lake County Will Purchase Caretaker Home

The Lake County Board of Supervisors will purchase a caretaker home in Highland Springs Recreation Area for $30,000. According to the Record Bee, the onsite caretaker is responsible for maintenance, opening and closing the gate and acting as a police power – because having a caretaker there prevents vandalism and other problems. The Lake County Watershed Protection District Board of Directors determined that owning the home will be make it a lot easier for the department to manage.

MCSO Asks for Help Locating Robbery Suspect

A suspect in an aggravated robbery is still wanted and the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office wants your help. On Sunday, July 20th, Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 38000 block of South Highway One, Gualala, for a reported strong arm robbery. The victim suffered a stab wound to the leg, contusions to the head, including his left eye and he was physically restrained from escaping by two suspects, identified as Randy Pike Jr and Peggy Hernandez. They stole $5,000 from the victim during the robbery. Pike was arrested last Friday, but Hernandez is still at large. She is known to have multiple contacts in the Gualala/Point Arena area but may be also be associated with the transient population in the Ukiah area. Anyone with information regarding the location of Peggy Hernandez is asked to call the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office (707-463-4086).

Mendocino College Hosts Community Forum

Mendocino College will be holding a community forum to provide an opportunity for members of the region to share their thoughts on the Point Arena Field Station. This forum will be held this evening from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. in the Library Learning Resource Center Building, room 4210. The intent of this forum is to solicit community input regarding the various approaches needed to meet student needs and to provide access to Point Arena for continued research. Please visit for more information.

Neighbor Alerts Mother of Home Fire

The cause of a fire at a Ukiah home that started in the attic is still under investigation – but firefighters believe it may have been sparked by an electrical problem. The Ukiah Daily Journal reports that the fire was reported shortly before 7 a.m. July 29 in the 1200 block of Elm Street, in a home that was occupied at the time by a woman and her young child. A neighbor alerted the woman that smoke was coming from the attic.

Enforcement out in full force in construction zones

The California Highway Patrol will be out in full force to make sure you obey the traffic laws in active construction zones. It’s part of a public safety campaign focused on work zone safety.
As part of this campaign, Caltrans will activate its electronic highway message signs in active construction and maintenance work zones around the state to display the following warning: “Workers ahead, CHP on patrol, max enforcement.” Caltrans Director said, This is about protecting the safety of California’s motorists and the men and women working along the state’s highways
Drivers should be aware that any traffic infraction committed within a construction work zone will result in a doubling of the usual fine.

Lake County foreclosures down

New data released this month show that foreclosures are continuing to go down in Lake County, and across the nation, which may be an indicator of an improving economy.
June had a little over a 107,000 foreclosures in the nation down 2 percent from the previous month and down 16 percent from a year ago. That’s the lowest level since July 2006, before the housing price bubble burst.
Last month, foreclosures in Lake County numbered 75, down from 136 the previous June and an improvement compared to this year’s peak of 120 in March.
Lake County’s numbers continue to slowly trend downward, but are still averaging more than three times the foreclosures reported monthly in 2006.

Trio busted for burglary

Trouble for three people were arrested on burglary charges after an alleged attempted burglary at the Safeway in Clearlake. Shawna Westfall, 43, Sean Rowe, 40, and Steven Gavin, 39, all of Clearlake, allegedly filled a cart with groceries and left without paying Saturday. According to Police, They didn’t take stuff to feed their families or anything, the items ranged from ibuprofen and Red Bulls, to licorice and cookies that cost around $220.
The trio were charged with conspiracy to commit a crime, and burglary. They were booked at the Lake County Hill Road Correctional Facility with bail set at $15,000 each.

Adoption Event SPCA Clear Lake

There’s a special adoption even going on now through August 10th at the SPCA of Clear Lake. All cats and dogs are half off. Cats are $35 and Dogs are $75. This includes their vaccines and being spayed/neutered and medical work is up to date. Their shelter is full and they need to get as many out to loving homes as possible. SPCA of Clear Lake is located at 8025 California 29, in Kelseyville. For more information, visit

Clear Lake Hitch Could be Listed as Threatened Species

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is recommending that the Clear Lake hitch be listed as a “threatened” species under the California Endangered Species Act. the California Fish and Game Commission accepted the status review on the hitch for consideration, and the final decision on the listing could be made at its at its meeting next Tuesday in San Diego.

EIR Approved for Wal-Mart Expansion

The Wal-Mart in Clearlake would like to add more space and the City Council has approved moving forward with an Environmental Impact Study Report for the proposed project. According to the Record Bee, the report cost will total a little less than $263,000, which includes a Police Services Impact Report and the preparation of the report findings. Wal-Mart wants to add approximately 40,000 square feet to the store for additional retail sales including toys, auto parts and groceries.