Archives for April 2016

Memorial Service for Deputy Jake Steely Tomorrow

The memorial service for Deputy Jake Steely will be held at Clear Lake High School’s Don Owens Stadium in Lakeport tomorrow starting at 12:00 noon. Those attending will need to park at the Lake County Fairgrounds. Personnel will be at the fairgrounds to assist you with parking and where to catch the shuttle to the High School. The Lake County Deputy Sheriff and his 11 year old son were swept into the ocean while visiting the Mendocino Coast on April 18th. After being pronounced brain dead at Enloe Hospital in Chico, Steely’s organs were donated, and he was taken off life support. Last weekend, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office escorted Deputy Jake Steely and his family home to Lake County. Steely was a nine-year law enforcement veteran at both the Lakeport Police Department and the LCSO.

A GoFundMe account in his name has been set up to assist his wife and and five children. Over $20,000 has been raised so far. Find it here: https://www.gofundme.com/29y4dxk4

A “Deputy Jake Steely Family” account has also been opened at Mendo-Lake Credit Union in Lakeport.

Suspect Charged with Domestic Attempted Murder

MENDOCINO COUNTY DEPUTIES SAY THEY’VE FOUND THE MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR A SHOOTING EARLIER THIS MONTH.

36-YEAR-OLD AUDIEL OROSCO MIRANDA HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED MURDER FOR THE APRIL 3rd SHOOTING. THE 20-YEAR-OLD VICTIM — WHO HAS NOT BEEN IDENTIFIED — INITIALLY TOLD DEPUTIES SHE WAS SHOT IN THE ARM AT A CAMP SITE NEAR THE RUSSIAN RIVER BRIDGE ON TALMAGE ROAD IN UKIAH…BUT SHE SAID SHE DIDN’T KNOW WHO DID IT AND COULD NOT GIVE A SUSPECT DESCRIPTION. AS FOR MIRANDA, HE WAS ARRESTED LESS THAN A WEEK LATER ON UNRELATED CHARGES. DETECTIVES NOW SAY MIRANDA SHOT THE WOMAN DURING SOME SORT OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE INCIDENT. HE’S BEING HELD ON A 300-THOUSAND DOLLAR BOND.

Dollar General for Middletown Rejected

The Lake County Planning Commission is saying no to a proposed Dollar General Store in Middletown.

Cross Development was seeking a permit application to build a 9,100-square-foot store on Highway 29. Commission members cited concerns about the impact the store would have on existing businesses, and said the store wasn’t a fit with county planning guidelines. They also questioned the economic report from Cross Development which hadn’t been updated since the Valley fire. The Planning Commission recently rejected a proposal for a Dollar General Store in Kelseyille. Two stores were built and opened last year in Clearlake Oaks and Nice.

Water Rates Going Up in Ukiah

Water rates are going up in Ukiah…With the City Council’s approval of a plan to steadily raise water rates over five years, the first of the increases will show up on bills in June. The Ukiah Daily Journal reports that residents are currently charged 2.73 for one hundred cubic feet of water. In June, that will bumps up to $2.86. In five years, the cost will be eighteen percent higher at $3.22. The plan also calls for a drought surcharge.

Median home sale prices in Lake County

The latest report on home sales in Lake County shows increasing prices and reduced inventory. Lake County News says, The Lake County Association of Realtors reported that the March median sales price of single family residences in Lake County rose 26 percent when compared to the February 2016 median sales price. The number of sales increased more than 55 percent, rising from 54 sales in February to 84 sales in March. The median sales price for March 2016 was $239,450, compared to $190,000 in February 2016 and $224,000 in March of 2015.

Deadline for Clearlake Medical Marijuana Cultivation Permit Applications Saturday

The deadline for Medical Marijuana Cultivation Permit applications in Clearlake is almost here.

Clearlake’s Medical Marijuana Cultivation Ordinance went into effect last month. The new cultivation ordinance requires a permit through the City in order to legally cultivate marijuana within the city limits. Permit applications are available at City Hall and online from the City’s website. Residents have until Saturday, April 30th to submit the application to City Hall in order to legally cultivate medical marijuana. There also is a $150 registration fee required to help offset the City’s cost to administer the program. City Manager Greg Folsom says the penalties for not complying with the ordinance are pretty significant, so they hope to work with the community to permit those who want to cultivate legally and crack down on those who do not.

See more information on the City’s website at www.clearlake.ca.us.

Burning Permits and Lake County Burn Ban

As of this Sunday, Permits are required for outdoor burning on State Responsibility Lands. Cal Fire’s requiring the permits for any vegetation fuel in Lake and Mendocino counties. Failure to maintain control of an open fire will result in the permit being voided and the permit holder could be potentially held responsible for fire suppression cost, civil damages and fines. You can pick up the permits at the Howard Forest Headquarters Monday through Friday, from 8 to 5.

In addition, Lake County’s annual burn ban begins this year on May 1st. The burn ban is implemented to address extreme fire danger and poor air quality. The burn restriction applies to all areas in Lake County. All burn permits expire this Saturday.

WUSD reconsider policies

The Willits Unified School District is considering new policies.

he district will consider security procedures after a bomb threat was reported at the Sherwood Elementary School earlier this month. Willits News reports, The school Superintendent Patricia Johnson sent a letter to the Mendocino County Sheriff and the Brooktrails Fire Chief saying the district is considering installing surveillance equipment at the site, replacing printer and computers with password protected devices, and sharing policies and procedures for dealing with school emergencies with parents. The district also requested training with law enforcement before fall classes begin regarding procedures and protocols for school threats and evacuation procedures. )))

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The Mendocino County Library will begin offering adult residents the opportunity to receive accredited high school diplomas and career certificates. The program, which starts next week, is available through a partnership with Gale Cengage Learning and Career Online High School, state funding, and the generocity of local benefactors. Contact the library to learn more.

New courthouse coming to Ukiah

Escrow is now completed for a new courthouse in Ukiah. The property near the Ukiah Railroad Depot will become the new home of the Mendocino County courthouse. The Daily Journal reports, The Judicial Council of California is buying just more than four acres from the North Coast Railroad Authority near East Perkins Street and the railroad tracks with the plan of building a new secure building that will include eight courtrooms, space for staff and court services, jury deliberation rooms, and separate holding rooms and elevators for in-custody defendants. The next step is for the Court and the JCC to finalize the working plans and drawings. That step has been funded by the state. Construction on the $95 million dollar project is set to be finished in 2020.