Archives for July 2017

Ukiah Holds Special Meeting on Lawsuit

The Ukiah City Council is holding a closed special meeting today to talk with legal counsel regarding lawsuit filed by the Ukiah Valley Sanitation District. The mulit-million dollar lawsuit is over money the district feels it is owed by the city by breaching certain terms of the participation agreements. The city has filed a countersuit.

Lakeport Approves Contract for Striping on 20th Street

The city of Lakeport this week took a step towards easing traffic speed concerns for residents along 20th street. The speed limit was raised to 30 miles per on that street between Alden Avenue and Hartley Street due to the requirements of a speed survey. To help calm traffic, the city on Monday approved a contract for road striping. While the project will cost about $7,000 more than budgeted for, city leaders see this option as the least expensive way to calm traffic.

Merger of Financial Instituations Complete

The merger of Mendo Lake Credit Union and Community First Credit Union is complete. Mendo Lake Credit Union will now go by the name of Community First. The Ukiah branch has a new sign now that reflects the name change. Former Mendo Lake members will see new services available to them starting on Monday.

Upper Lake High School Gym Getting Makeover

Upper Lake High School’s gym is getting a makeover before the start of the new school year. The gym floor was recently sanded down and new lines are about to be painted on the court, black for basketball and white for volleyball. The gym floor also will feature a red border and a new block logo at center court. The neighboring wrestling room/weight room, located just outside the gym’s north-facing entrance, will soon be torn down and a new structure erected. The nearby football/soccer field now features four new light standards to host night games.

Marijuana Gardens in Willits Raided Yesteday

MCSO’s marijuana eradication team raided marijuana gardens in Willits yesterday. They were assisted by the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs. There were numerous gardens found on Sherwood Valley tribal land.
The gardens were discovered when during a flyover of the property four to five weeks ago. Many of the gardens had been illegally diverting water.

Over 2,400 plants were seized, along with eight firearms, off of Eastside Road. 611 pounds of processed hanging marijuana and 95 pounds of processed marijuana were also found.

4 Arrests During Search of Cultivation Site on Lake-Mendocino County Line

Four arrests were made and thousands of marijuana plants were eradicated during a search on Monday in Lake County.

Detectives with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit, assisted by agents from the Bureau of Land Management and detectives from the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office, conducted a search warrant service on a drug trafficking organization based out of Santa Rosa.

The search warrant was issued for the cultivation site near the Lake/Mendocino county line after a four month investigation. A total of approximately 3000 mature marijuana plants were eradicated and seized, as well as processed marijuana.

PG&E Helicopter Inspections Today

Pacific Gas and Electric Company will conduct aerial patrols in Mendocino and Lake counties today, to identify dead trees that could pose a wildfire or other public safety risk. The patrols in various locations will occur between 8am-4pm. Residents are advised that the helicopter will fly low – about 200 to 300 feet – along distribution power lines.

CodeRED System Test Tomorrow Lake County

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services conduct a test tomorrow of the CodeRED system. The system provides emergency notification services to residents in the county primarily through landline, cell phone, text message and email. Those enrolled will receive a notification tomororow that states the alert is a test. Learn more about CodeRED on the the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Web site:

Fire Destroys Mobile Home in Clearlake

A residential fire in Clearlake last night destroyed a mobile home and two nearby outbuildings. Two pets perished in the fire at at Cache Creek Mobile Home Park. Lake County Fire and Cal Fire arrived after 8:30PM to find the mobile home fully engulfed, and several other structures were threatened. The fire was contained ahortly after 9 p.m. The two male residents of the home were able to get out safely.

Public Meeting on Proposed Homeless Shelter in Ukiah

The Ukiah Planning Commission will hold a public hearing this week regarding a permit to operate homeless shelter on South State Street, the same location of the last emergency winter shelter in Ukiah. Redwood Community Services has proposed to rennovate the facility to be used as a year-round daytime shelter, and as a permanent winter homeless shelter. The daytime shelter would provide services such as showers, internet service, and counseling during business hours 7 days a week. The public meeting will be held at 6 p.m. tomorrow at the Ukiah Civic Center