Archives for January 2017

More Water to be Stored in Lake Mendocino

U.S. Army Corps will store more water in Lake Mendocino. They will keep an additional 5,825 acre-feet of water behind Coyote Valley Dam in an effort to preserve water supply while meeting flood control and dam safety requirements.

Vehicle Crashes into Tire Store Willits

A Driver with health issues drove thru the Willits Les Schwab tire store yesterday morning. The vehicle traveled for several hundred feet across st least 3 parking lots or businesses driveways before hitting the building. The man’s mother said the driver suffered a possible stroke or heart attack.

Small Pet Adoption Drive Saturday

Lakeport Cinema 5 will be hosting a small Pet Adoption Drive tomorrow from 10:00am-3:00pm. The event is in partnership with Lake County Animal Care and Control.

Boatramps Closed at Redbud Park Docks Removed at Library Park

Clearlake Public Works Director Doug Herren reported that, due to the high water, he has closed two of the city’s boat ramps at Redbud Park until further notice. At Library Park in Lakeport yesterday, crews removed docks due to the high water conditions. City of Lakeport boat ramps at 1st, 3rd & 5th Streets and Clearlake Avenue are also closed. The Board of Supervisors has passed a temporary 5 mile-per-hour speed limit on the lake, and boaters are urged to use caution due to hazards such as trees and other debris in the water. As of 4 p.m. yesterday, Clear Lake’s depth was at 8.58 feet Rumsey; flood stage is 9 feet Rumsey.

Mendocino County Ag Commissioner Leaving Friday

Chuck Morse, the Mendocino County Agricultural Commissioner, is leaving his position at the end of this week. Back in Sept. Morse announced that he’d be retiring, but said he’d stay on until June of 2017, so his recent announcement came as a surprise.

Transit Working to Improve Hospital Access

The Lake County Transit is working to improve access to hospitals. The transit is developing projects that would lessen route transitions, which would be funded through a Caltrans 5310 grant that they are applying for. As part of the application process, the county transit is working to determine who much funding they’ll need.

Board of Supervisors Recommend Pinches

The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors this week agreed unanimously to urge Governor Jerry Brown to appoint former 3rd District Supervisor John Pinches to serve out the four-year term of Tom Woodhouse, who resigned from the board on January 3rd. Pinches had been elected to his seat three times by voters.

Guilty Verdict in DUI Case

A Mendocino County Superior Court jury issued a guilty verdict yesterday against 33-year-old Timothy Hawes of Arcata. He was convicted of driving a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs. The Mendocino County District Attorney reports that a blood sample from lab tests revealed Hawes had combined levels of Xanax, Welbutrin, Prozac, and, THC whie he was driving.

Lake and Mendocino Counties in State of Emergency Declaration

Governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency for 50 of California’s 58 counties – including Lake and Mendocino – following the latest round of storms. The emergency declaration will help communities, recover from severe winter storms that have caused flooding, mudslides, erosion, debris flow and damage to roads and highways. The emergency declaration allows Caltrans to formally ask for funding through the Federal Highway Administration’s Emergency Relief Program. The proclamation also allows the Office of Emergency Services to provide assistance to local governments.

Boat Ramps Closed at Lake County Parks

Boat access ramps at Lake County parks have been temporarily closed due to high lake levels.

The high water has flooded county park roads and brought debris onto the ramps creating safety concerns for park users. The ramps will reopen once these concerns are reduced with receding water levels.

Affected parks include:

• Clearlake Oaks;
• Keeling County Park;
• Lakeside County Park;
• Lucerne Harbor;
• Nice Community Beach;
• Rodman Slough.

For more information contact the Public Services Department at 707-262-1618.