Archives for April 2019

KUSD Board to Approve New Superintendent

On the agenda for the next Konocti Unified School District Board meeting, is to approve the new Superintendent. Last month it was announced that Dr. Rebecca Salato had been selected out of 14 applicants. She will succeed Superintendent Donna Becnel, who is retiring. Solato has 22 years of experience in K-12 education as a teacher, principal and district office investigator. She most recently served as Chief Operating Officer at Action Learning Systems, Inc., which provides educational services and supports school district reform through research-based instructional strategies. Salato will begin her tenure on July 1.

Intoxicated Woman Causes Head-On Crash

A woman from Ukiah was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated after a head-on crash yesterday morning on Highway 20. The California Highway patrol reports that due to her level of intoxication, 28-year-old Gabriela Garcia drove her vehicle into the path of another near Scotts Valley Road. Garcia had to be extricated from her vehicle and was airlifted to a hospital. The man whose vehicle was struck complained of pain.

Cal Fire Begins Debris Burning Near Ukiah

Cal Fire will be conducting a prescribed burn in the Ukiah area today. Officials will begin burning vegetation debris piles as part of the two emergency fuel reduction projects in Mendocino County. In Ukiah, Cal Fire expects the debris burning to continue over the next several weeks as air quality and weather conditions allow.

Outdoor Cannabis Cultivation Permit Deadline

The outdoor cannabis cultivation permit deadline for the City of Clearlake is here. Outdoor cultivation of marijuana is not permitted in Clearlake without first obtaining an outdoor cultivation permit. Permits may be obtained at the Clearlake Police Department through the end of the business day today. The annual permit fee is $250 and allows for the outdoor cultivation of up to 6 marijuana plants at one time. For additional restrictions and requirements, visit the City of Clearlake’s website at or contact Code Enforcement.

Pawnee Fire Sparked by Target Shooting

Following a ten-month investigation, Cal Fire has determined that target shooting was the cause of the Pawnee Fire in eastern Lake County. The fire started June 23, 2018, on private property about 5 miles northeast of Clearlake Oaks near Pawnee Trail and New Long Valley roads. It burned over 15,000 acres and destroyed 22 structures including a dozen homes in the Spring Valley area. It hasn’t been determined yet if the target shooter will face any criminal charges.

Earthquakes Rattle Lake and Mendocino Counties

Some people in Mendocino County were awakened this morning by a small earthquake. The USGS reports the 4.2 mag quake struck at about 12:16 a.m. early this morning between Willits and Redwood Valley. That quake was followed by a smaller one, measuring 2.0, and located just a few hundred miles from the location of the first. There was also an earthquake in Lake County this weekend. A 3.2-magnitude earthquake occurred just after 5:30 Saturday morning, 3 miles west northwest of Cobb and 11.9 miles southwest of Clearlake.

PUC Approves PG&E Rate Hike

Bills for PG&E customers are going up. The Public Utilities Commission unanimously approved of a 373-million-dollar rate hike for the utility company. The money will be used to pay for the costs associated with rain and wind events that knocked out power and damaged certain facilities in the past. Customers can expect to pay about three-dollars and fifty-cents more each month on average. 

Home Near Ukiah Destroyed by Fire

A house near Ukiah was destroyed by fire on Friday afternoon. The Ukiah Valley Fire Authority responded to the home on Watson Road in the Rogina Heights neighborhood, to find it engulfed in flames. At least one pet, a small dog, was saved from the fire. Investigators still haven’t determined the cause of the fire.

MSCO Personnel to be Issued NARCAN

The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office has begun to issue NARCAN nasal spray dosage units to its employees as part of their assigned personal protective equipment. MCSO’s goal is in protecting the public and officers from opioid overdoses. Access to naloxone is now considered vital in the U.S., according to The Center for Disease Control. The California Opioid Overdose Surveillance Dashboard reports Mendocino County ranking, per capita, 3rd in all opioid overdose deaths. Narcan nasal spray units are widely known to reverse opioid overdose situations in adults and children. The spray units can also be used by Public Safety Professionals who are unknowingly or accidentally exposed to potentially fatal amounts of fentanyl from skin absorption or inhalation.

Salary Increases Approved for Staff at LUSD

The Lakeport Unified School District governing board approved salary increases for staff this week. Certificated, classified and unrepresented staff will get a 2.75 percent retroactive increase in salary this year and another 2.75 percent increase next year.