Archives for September 2015

Quilt show at Lake County fairgrounds

The Ladies of the Lake Quilt Guild is having the Falling Leaves Quilt Show at the Lake County Fairgrounds this weekend. The quilt guild learned Monday that firefighters who have been fighting the Valley fire are now leaving Lake County and the fairground is available for civilian activities.
Lake County News says, the quilt show, which draws 500 to 600 people from all over Northern California, will be open Saturday, Oct. 3, from 10 to 5 and Sunday, Oct. 4, from 10 to 4.

Hit and run in Lake County

The Lakeport Police Department continues to investigate a hit and run crash. It happened last night around 7pm. Lake County News reports, two bicyclists were hit in the area of Martin and Bevins streets by a 1990s model Nissan pickup – described as either silver or light gray in color – that fled the scene after the crash. Police say The pickup – which sustained front grill damage and a shattered front windshield – was last seen heading toward Highway 29. A more detailed description of the pickup wasn’t immediately available Tuesday night, but police said the investigation is under way and more information will be released as soon as it becomes available. Police said the pickup’s driver is wanted for two counts of felony hit-and-run causing serious injury. Police are asking the community to be on the lookout for the pickup. Anyone who has seen the vehicle or who has any information about the crash is asked to call the Lakeport Police Department.

Ukiah fire hydrant repaired

City of Ukiah crews worked yesterday at the corner of Peach Street and South Orchard Avenue. Crews poured concrete around new pipe where a hydrant failed last Friday sending thousands of gallons of water into the streets. The city’s Water and Sewer Maintenance Division says about 15,000 gallons of water leaked onto the streets. None of the leaked water is going to be charged to residents. There was a second water main break Monday night at Peach Street on Plum Drive. Crews say, it was a “much-easier” fix than the one on Friday. They estimated only about 500 gallons of water escaped.

Amnesty for traffic tickets

Starting tomorrow, California courts will give drivers with unpaid traffic tickets a financial break under a limited state amnesty program.
Motorists with outstanding tickets originally due on or before Jan. 1, 2013 will be allowed to pay them off at a reduced amount, either 50 or 80 percent of the citation amount, depending on the driver’s income. The amnesty program, which lasts until March, 2017, covers tickets for most moving violations, such as speeding, red light violations, and failure to stop at a stop sign. It also covers some non-traffic infractions such as loitering, trespassing, and littering. Parking tickets, local ordinance violations, and some major vehicle code violations, such as DUI and reckless driving, however, are not eligible.

Fire aftermath will last for decades

The fierce Valley Fire that struck Cobb Mountain and Hidden Valley Lake not only burned hundreds of homes but thousands of towering pines and oaks. According to scientist and tree expert Greg Giusti of the University of California, many of the oaks and pines that burned were 80 years or older. In fact, some of the oaks could have been 150 years old. According to Giusti, for those homeowners who choose to rebuild it will be decades for newly planted trees to grow to 20 feet or higher. He said that Cobb Mountain won’t look the same in our lifetime.

Windsor Man was Shot Multiple Times Expected to Survive

A Windsor man was shot multiple times at an alleged Mendocino County pot grow.

The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office was called a little after 7 Sunday morning. The caller told the dispatcher that a a 25-year-old man they knew had contacted them to report he’d been shot while at a marijuana garden. Deputies were able to contact victim by calling his cell telephone and were guided to a remote wooded location near the 37000 block of Highway 128 in Yorkville.

Deputies found the man with several gunshot wounds and he was transported by air ambulance to an out of county hospital for medical treatment. He sustained life threatening injuries but authorities say he is expected to survive.The investigation is on-going and no further information is being released.

Mendocino County Attorney Resigns

Mendocino County attorney Doug Losak has resigned. His announcment last week came as a surprise to the Board of Supervisors. Losak told them he’s going back into private practice, and has accepted a position with a Ukiah law firm. Losak’s resignation should become effective late next month. Losak’s salary became an issue last year when a raise from $107,000 per year, to $143,000 was considerd by the board. Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman called pay raise is inappropriate because of an incident back in 2012 when a deputy pulled Losak and found a small amount of marijuana. Losak plead no-contest and his record was cleared.

Possible scams to be aware of for fire victims

The California State License Board is warning victims of the Valley Fire to be wary of unscrupulous and unlicensed contractors that may prey on those trying to rebuild after the fire. Signs also are being posted warning that anyone found contracting without a license in an area for which a state or federal state of emergency has been declared can face felony charges. The board warns residents to avoid hiring the first contractor who comes along, avoid rushing into repairs – get at least three bids for comparison and check references and hire only licensed contractors and ask to see their license and a photo ID. Also, don’t pay with cash, get licensing proof, and with your contract, make sure you have an itemized list of work.

Leaky fire hydrant in Ukiah

Old piping may have been the cause of a leaking hydrant that flooded some streets in Ukiah. It happened at the corner of Peach Street and South Orchard Avenue Friday afternoon. The city’s Water and Sewer Department says they tried to shut off the valve to the hydrant by digging through the mud that the hydrant sank into, but had no luck. The water was then shut off at Peach Street. The Department says around 5,000 gallons of water was lost. The hydrant was to be replaced today.

Valley Fire Now 97-Percent Contained

The Valley Fire containment over the weekend grew to 97%, and remained at 76,067 acres as of last night. It’s estimated the fire will be fully contained on October 5th. Residents are being allowed back into all communities affected by the Valley fire, although utilities in some of the fire area haven’t yet been restored. For information regarding utility services, call 888-565-2787.