Archives for February 2019

Congressman to Host Fire Resilience Summit

Congressman Mike Thompson will host a Fire Resilience Summit this week. The community is invited to the event tomorrow night from 7 to 9 p.m, in the Board of Supervisors chambers at the Lake County Courthouse on Forbes Street in Lakeport. The Mendocino Complex was California’s largest recorded wildfire, and a Lake County has been impacted over the past four fire seasons. During the summit, learn what resiliency and wildfire mitigation efforts are being made.

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Community Asked to Participate in Creating Hazard Mitigation Plan

A public meeting will be held tomorrow to help the Lakeport community develop the city’s new Hazard Mitigation Plan. Fires, drought, floods, and severe weather are just a few of the hazards to be addressed in the plan. The Hazard Mitigation Plan forms the foundation for the community’s long-term strategy to reduce disaster losses. the meeting tomorrow is from 1-2:30PM in the Council Chambers at Lakeport City Hall.

Chief Confirms Sgt No Longer with Police Department

Lakeport Police Chief Brad Rasmussen confirmed on Friday that a police sargeant is no longer with the department. Rasmussen said Sergeant Michael Davis, who was sworn in just 2 months ago, is no longer employed with the City of Lakeport, and declined to provide further details.

Willits Man Arrested After Climbing On Roof

A Willits man was arrested after climbing up on a roof early Friday morning at a residence in the 500 block of Acorn Place. Deputies say the suspect, 26-year-old Joshua Smith, was under the influence of a controlled substance. Deputies also found a loaded assault weapon in his vehicle.

Fort Bragg Woman Charged for Allegedly Slapping a Deputy

A Fort Bragg woman is facing charges for allegedly slapping a deputy in the face. According to the MCSO, deputies responded to the home of 52-year-old Doris Camp who was fighting with her live-in partner. When Camp advanced again towards the victim, the deputy who tried to stop her got slapped. Camp was arrested on suspicion of battery on, and resisting, a peace officer.

Vehicle Involved in Fatal Hit and Run May Have Been Located

Investigators have determined the type of vehicle that was involved in a hit-and-run last month that claimed the life of a man from Covelo. The California Highway Patrol says evidence at the scene has allowed investigators to determine the approximate year, make and model of the vehicle involved, and that officers had located what they believe to be that vehicle with the help of other agencies, including MCSO. No word yet if any arrests have been made.

Permits for 2nd Ukiah Cannabis Dispensary Approved

This week the Ukiah Planning Commission approved permits for a second cannabis dispensary to operate near Talmage Road. The cannabis microbusiness, called Heritage Mendocino, is proposed for the large building at 1076 Cunningham Drive. Once open, the business is expected to serve about 100 customers per day.

Pickup Swept into Scotts Creek

A vehicle was swept into Scotts Creek, but all the passengers were rescued before that happened. According to the California Highway Patrol Clear Lake Area office, the incident occurred in the area of Highway 20 just west of Saratoga Springs Road at around 3:40PM on Wednesday, when the driver of a Chevy Silverado truck tried to cross a flooded roadway. Northshore Fire, the Northshore Dive Team and Cal Fire arrived to find one man outside of the vehicle trying to rescue two others. Northshore Fire rescued all of the men. The pickup was swept away by the current.

More Wet Weather Today

A wet winter system will continue to bring moderate to heavy precipitation at times to Northern California through today. Roadway and small stream flooding will be possible again across the area continuing into the evening. Isolated thunderstorms are possible today, creating possible impacts over burn scars. Mountain snow and Valley showers will continue into the weekend, and impacted mountain travel is expected. Dry weather sets in for early next week.

LFD Has New Interim Chief

The Lakeport Fire Department Board of Directors has appointed a veteran firefighter to be the interim Fire Chief. Current Chief, Doug Hutchison is resigning to become the fire chief at the Ukiah Valley Fire Authority. HIs last day in the Lakeport position is tomorrow. Captain Rick Bergem, a 38-year veteran with the department, has been selected to lead the department while the district seeks a permanent chief. LFD had to lay off three full-time firefighters after a restricted budget was passed last year. Voters will decide on a tax to improve the fire department’s financial situation in May.