Archives for November 2018

Mendocino County to Keep Juvenile Hall Open

The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors has accepted a recommendation that the county keep the Mendocino County juvenile hall on Low Gap Road open. There had been consideration earlier this year that the board might close the facility to save money. But a grand jury report found that closing the facility would actually increase costs and time if juveniles would have to go to another county.

Head-On Crash Near Nice

Three people are recovering following a crash in Nice. The California Highway Patrol said the two-vehicle wreck occurred on Highway 20 at Lakeshore Boulevard just before 4PM on Wednesday. 19-year-old Steve White, of Clearlake was driving a Chevrolet Impala eastbound on Highway 20 when he lost control of his vehicle and hit a guardrail, then crossed into the westbound lane, into the path of a Nissan Rogue being driven by 58-year-old Karen Miles. The vehicles collided head-on. The Nissan overturned and came to a rest on the passenger side in a drainage ditch. White and a passenger in Mile’s vehicle sustained moderate injuries.

Panda Express Gets Commission Approval

The Ukiah Planning commission has OKd plans for a Panda Express on Airport Park Boulevard. The vacant lot will be split into 2 parcels, Panda Express will take up 2,200-square-feet, and the remainder of the 5,471-square-feet of retail space doesn not yet have a proposed tenant.

Lakeport Local Hazard Mitigation Plan Meeting Scheduled

The City of Lakeport is developing a Local Hazard Mitigation Plan. The purpose of the LHMP development process is to help reduce the impacts of natural hazards to the citizens, property, and critical infrastructure in the City. Wildfire, drought, flood, and other severe weather hazards are just a few of the hazards to the Lakeport community. Residents are invited to a kickoff community meeting on November 28th at 7PM in the Council Chambers at Lakeport City Hall.

Mendocino County Establishes Air Quality Guidelines for Schools

While the majority of schools in Lake County remain closed due to poor air quality from the Camp Fire, the The Mendocino County Office of Education has established new guidelines for school closures due to air quality. Each school will now check air quality at 5 a.m. and cancel class for anything above a score of 275 on the “Air Quality Index” that day. Schools will consult the website In addition, air quality monitors will be installed at all area schools. These guidelines are effective immediately and apply to all Mendocino County public school districts.

Parking Meters Coming to Downtown Ukiah

The Ukiah City Council approved a plan to install parking meters downtown. The goal is to thelp improve the downtown by collecting revenue off of the city’s most in-demand parking spaces. City leaders said the free spaces are often being used by shop owners and employees, rather than being left open for shoppers. In exchange, the city will no longer charge for many of the permit-only spaces in downtown parking lots – creating free parking for the employees and customers who are willing to park a little further away.

Police Investigate Death of Clearlake Oaks Man

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a Clearlake Oaks man. Police say the victim, 54-year-old Brian Edwin Smeltzer, and another man, had been in a physical altercation on Fourth Street in Clearlake Oaks on Friday, November 9th. Smeltzer drove away from the fight and was found dead in his vehicle about a half mile away on Hoover Street in Clearlake Oaks. The investigation is pending results of an autopsy that will take place later this week,”

Mendo Lake Complex Fire Relief Collecting Donations for Camp Fire

The Mendo Lake Complex Fire Relief organization is collecting donations for Camp Fire victims. They are helping Butte County residents who have temporarily relocated here, and helping those still in Butte County. Clothes donations are not needed. But things lke tents, pots and pans, shampoo, and diapers are. Learn more at:

LUSD Board Appoints New Principal

After a closed session last week, the Lakeport Unified School District board announced that a new principal for Terrace Middle School had been chosen. Scott Johnson, who was principal of Lawrence E. Jones Middle School in Rohnert Park will fill the position that was left vacant after the controversial demotion of former principal Rachel Paarsch for undisclosed reasons.

Search and Rescue from Mendocino County Assist at Camp Fire

The Mendocino County Sheriff reports that Search and Rescue workers from the county are headed to Butte County to help with the #CampFire: They are assisting in helping to search missing persons related to the deadliest wildfire in California’s history. The death toll us up to 48 and more than 100 people are missing. Attorneys for survivors of the Camp Fire filed suit against Pacific Gas and Electric yesterday. The suit alleges the fire was started because PG&E of failed to properly maintain its equipment and infrastructure.