Archives for August 2015

Pear Harvest in Lake County

It’s being said, that this is the earliest pear harvest on record in Lake County, and it’s because of a mild winter. Spring and summer weather has helped trigger the early harvest for wine grapes and other crops statewide. According to the Lake County Agricultural Commissioner, The pear harvest began July 22 in some areas of the county which was a few days earlier than previously recorded and two weeks earlier than normal.

Lake County AIDS Walk

Mark this on your calendar. The 8th annual Lake County AIDS Walk is on Saturday September 12th. It’s a family friendly community event to raise awareness around HIV/AIDS and healthy living. The walk will be held from 11 am to 3pm at Library Park in Lakeport. Fore more information check the event’s Facebook page: lakecountyaidswalk .

Peterson Fire 90-Percent Contained

The Peterson Fire was at 90% containment as of last night. The fire near Kelseyville which started Saturday evening, has burned 215 acres. Cal Fire says preliminary findings for the cause of both the Peterson and Grade fires involve equipment – so mowers or trimmers with metal blades causing sparks when striking rocks hidden in dry grass. Cal Fire urges residents to Do all yard maintenance that requires a gas or electrical motor before 10 a.m., not in the heat of the day, or when the wind is blowing.

Hospital Grand Opening in Willits

The new Frank R. Howard Memorial Hospital in Willits will soon be opening. The hospital officially received its Staff and Stock Certificate of Occupancy from the state this month, which is a requirement for new hospital plans and designs. It’s now working to prepare to begin receiving patients as early as October 15. The hospital’s CEO says, they’re getting closer to moving in to their community’s brand new state-of-the-art hospital. The Grand-Open House has been set for Sunday, September 13th, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, where the community will have a chance to get a behind-the-scenes tour of the new facility. )))

Donations for Fire Victims to be Disbursed

North Coast Opportunities and MendoLake Credit Union will begin getting donations to those affected by the Rocky and Jerusalem fire victims. A managing committee will review applications and disburse the money. Those who’ve experienced smoke damage, loss of personal property and other expenses incurred during or after the fires, should call NCO at (707) 467-3210.

Cal Fire Looking for Volunteers to Staff Mt Konocti Tower

Cal Fire is working with the Forest Fire Lookout Association to reestablish monitoring at the Mt. Konocti tower. Cal Fire Battalion Chief Greg Bertelli tells Lake County News that the last time the lookout tower was regularly staffed, was in 2002. But in the wake of this year’s massive wildland fires, Cal Fire is looking to return to using the lookout. Staffing the lookout will require a number of volunteers. Anyone interested will need to take part in a training session next month. It’s scheduled for Saturday and Sunday September 12th and 13th at the Cal Fire Kelsey-Cobb fire station in Kelseyville.

Cost of hosting Olympics in LA

The cost of hosting the 2024 Olympics in Los Angeles will be $4.6 billion, with a projected profit of $161 million. The numbers crunched by LA24 a nonprofit working to bring the international sporting event to the city. LA24 releasing a draft bid book that includes an update of the budget submitted to the United States Olympic Committee in December and details how the Olympics might be run in Los Angeles.

Safe Child Exchange in Ukiah

Separated or divorced parents who need to exchange their children and want a safer place to do it can now use a spot right in front of the Ukiah Police Department. The Daily Journal reports the city just recently completed the child exchange location in front of City Hall. A parking space reserved for child exchanges was installed last week near the fountain in front of city hall on Seminary Avenue. In addition a call box was placed just a few feet away. The area was installed to offer parents more security when exchanging a child with a co-parent whom they fear might become violent. The MSCO said those cameras are recording at all times as well, and while it is intended to assist families with court-ordered agreements, it is available to anyone that would like to utilize this free service when families are meeting to exchange custody of children from one parent to another.

California Man Dies While Diving for Abalone

A California man has died while diving for abalone on the Mendocino Coast

Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to Cobbler’s Point in Little River Friday afternoon to assist the California State Parks with the search for 57 year old Yoshihiro Oh-hashi. Deputies learned the Pleasanton man was visiting the Coast with a friend and were diving off Cobbler’s Point. The Sheriff’s report stated, The friend became ill from the rough ocean conditions and got out of the water. While exiting the water, the friend lost sight of Oh-hashi and climbed to the top of the bluff, where he could only see his friends overturned flotation device. The friend then contacted emergency services.

The Mendocino Volunteer Fire Department, the Coast Guard, the Sheriff’s Office and County Search and Rescue responded to assist with the search. The search continued throughout the afternoon and was ultimately suspended at dark, with arrangements made to resume the following morning. Around noon time Saturday, Mendocino Volunteer Fire Department divers located the body near the spot he was last scene at a depth of approximately 15 feet. A coroner’s investigation was initiated with an official cause of death pending completion of an autopsy and toxicology screening.

Lower Lake Man Arrested for Possession of Native American Artifacts

A Lake County deputy who had just attended an Archaeological Violation Investigation Course, made a bust for acheological looting. While the deputy was searching the van of a Lower Lake man for suspicion of drugs, he noticed what appeared to be various Native American artifacts inside. Some of the artifacts were attached to index cards, which described the item and the date it was located. Some of the index cards also described the location the items were taken and the depth of the soil they were retrieved from. Some of the artifacts included various pieces of obsidian and other rocks which were shaped into points and clay pottery bowls. 41-year-old Brian Gene Smith was arrested for possession of Native American artifacts and other charges.