Archives for November 2017

Broadband Alliance of Mendocino County Needs More Participation in Survey

The Broadband Alliance of Mendocino County still needs more participation from residents in Mendocino County on its survey. The survey is being used to to track data and to document the scope of areas affected by recent outages in the wake of the Northern California fires. The 41-question survey takes an average of 10 minutes, and you can do it online here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/firestorm2017

Increase in Alcohol-Related Accidents Over Thanksgiving Weekend

The California Highway Patrol in Ukiah reports and increase alcohol-related fatalities over this Thanksgiving Holiday weekend. Ukiah CHP estimated there were about 10 DUI arrests between Wednesday November 22nd through Sunday, November 26th. Statewide during that peroiod there were a total of 91 fatalities, versus 58 reported killed by the CHP last year. DUI-related arrests are also on the rise this year with the CHP reporting 1,057 alcohol-related arrests in 2017 versus 902 statewide in 2016 during the Thanksgiving holiday.

Bid Approved for Anderson Springs Sewer Project

The Lake County Board of Supervisors have approved a bid contract with to begin the Anderson Springs sewer collection system project. The upgraded system is needed to rebuild the community devasted by the Valley Fire in 2015. Close to 200 homes were destroyed in the blaze. The $6.9 million dollar contract bid was awarded to K.J. Woods Construction, Inc.

Lake County Considers Future of Historic Lucerne Hotel

The Lake County Board of Supervisors are trying to decide what to do with the historic Lucerne Hotel. Back in June, Marymount California University broke its lease, and the county closed the building. The county purchased the facility for around $1.4 million about 7 years ago and have put in over $3 million in repairs and upgrades. Maintenance of the building runs approximately $78,000. The debate between supervisors is whether to continue to lease the building or just sell it.

Redwood Valley Man Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison

A Redwood Valley man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison. In total, Trevor Michael Jackson was sentenced on three separate criminal matters. The most recent, was a marijuana robbery on Covelo Road in July of this year.

Retiring Lake County Health Officer Honored

Dr. Karen Tait, who has served as Lake County’s Health Officer since 2008, is retiring this week. She was honored before the Board of Supervisors yesterday. They presented Tait with a proclamation expressing thanks and gratitude for her years of dedicated service to Lake County.

Home Fire North Dora Street Ukiah

No one was hurt in a residential fire that broke out on North Dora Street early yesterday. The Ukiah Valley Fire Authority responded to the fire that was called in by a neighbor who was getting up for work at around 4AM and saw smoke coming from the home. Fire crews found no one inside the home. The fire caused little damage, and the cause is undetermined.

PG&E Facing Adverse Financial Losses

PG&E says they face adverse financial losses from the deadly fires that broke out this falll. In a regulatory filing yestreday – PG&E stated “The company currently estimates that it will incur costs in the range of $170 million to $200 million for service restoration and repairs to the company’s facilities.

Dungeness Crab Season Delayed

The Dungeness crab season is delayed at least two weeks. It was scheduled to start on December 1st off the coasts of Mendocino, Humboldt and Del Norte counties, but the state Fish and Wildlife Department delayed it over recent test results.  The commercial crab season was allowed to start on time south of Mendocino County on November 15th.  It won’t be allowed north of Sonoma County until at least December 16th, pending another quality test late next week.

Lucerne Man Arressted for Thansgiving Shooting

A man from Lucerne has been arrested for a shooting that happened on Thanksgiving. That night at around 8PM Lake County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a male who was shot in the area of the Sandy Beach Trailer Park in Lucerne. The victim was transported by private vehicle to the hospital. Police identified the shooter as 33-yaer-old Jose Francisco Casillas. He was arrested for assault with a firearm, felon in possession of a firearm and a prohibited person in possession of ammunition. The victim, who was shot in the thigh, is recovering.