Archives for May 2019

Downed Trees Block Roadways

A tree that fell across the Andeson Road in Lower Lake damaged power lines and two vehicles. The large oak tree fell from a yard of 12883 Anderson Road. About 130 residents in that area lost power. PG&E, local fire crews, CHP and Lake County Public Works crews responded to the incident. It’s believed that stormy weathe caused the tree to topple. There was also a report of a downed tree blocking U.S. Route 101, north of Willits. At first, tree had been blocking all lanes but fire crews were able to clear a portion of the tree to allow one-way traffic until the tree was fully cleared.

2 Buildings Coming Down in Ukiah

Two buildings will be coming down in Ukiah. The City Council approved the demolitions this week. One of the buildings is a former office, located on Park Boulevard, near the golf course. It’s a portable building that is considered unusable. The other structure is a home on West Standley Street. It is at the point of collapse, and is considered a safety hazard. Both buildings are owned by the city, and will cost about around $37,000 to remove.

Debris Fire Extinguished at Palace Hotel

Fire crews responded to a debris fire in the Palace Hotel in Ukiah yesterday morning. Investigators are trying to determine how someone got inside the building. The fire was reported around 6:15 a.m. yesterday. Ukiah Valley Fire Authority firefighters broke through the door on State Street to get inside and put out the blaze.

Police Seek Help in Identifying Suspects Who Fled Traffic Stop

The Clear Lake CHP Office is asking for your help in identifying two people who fled from a traffic stop near Power Market on Todd Rd in Lakeport early yesterday morning. The pursuit was cancelled due to severe weather and danger to the public . The vehicle is a white Chevrolet Silverado 4×4, four door pickup has a lumber rack and is filled with tools in the back seat. You can see photos on the Lakeport Police Department’s Facebook Page.

Cal Fire Report Faults PG&E for Camp Fire

Cal Fire has determined that equipment managed by Pacific Gas and Electric, caused the wildfire that killed 85 people in Butte County.  The Camp Fire burned more than 153-thousand acres and destroyed more than 18-thousand structures last November.  It’s the deadliest and most destructive fire in California history.  CAL Fire investigators say PG&E transmission lines sparked two separate fires in that area, which then merged. PG&E filed for bankruptcy protection in January, due to billions of dollars in claims tied to other destructive wildfires – including the Sulphur fire that burned in Clearlake and Clearlake Oaks in the fall of 2017, and the Redwood fire in Mendocino County in October 2017.

Meeting in Lucerne to Gather Input on Traffic Corridor

The Lake County/City Area Planning Council has been gathering input on two local traffic corridors. A meeting earlier this week in Lakeport focused on the 11th Street Corridor Multi-Modal Engineered Feasibility Study. The goal is to find ways to improve access and safety for walking, bicycling, and transit users on 11th Street and the surrounding area. The meeting this evening in Lucerne will focus on improving access and safety for walking, bicycling and transit users along Highway 20 in the communities of Nice, Lucerne, Glenhaven and Clearlake Oaks. The meeting will be held at the Lucerne Alpine Senior Center, starting at 7PM.

UVFD Contracts with Willow County Water District

The Ukiah Valley Sanitation District’s board of directors have hired Willow County Water District staff to act as its district manager. The move is projected to save the agency thousands of dollars per month.

Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Event

A youth substance abuse prevention event is being held in Ukiah. In coordination with National Prevention Week, the Arbor Drug-Free Communities Coalition is presenting a free community forum at the Veterans Memorial Building in Ukiah from 5-8PM this evening, with dinner served from 5-6PM. The event features speakers and community representatives. Learn more at: www.arbordrugfreecommunities.org.

Planning Agreement Created to Relicense the Potter Valley Project

A planning agreement has been created by several area entities to see how they may relicense the Potter Valley Project now that Pacific Gas and Electric has decided it no longer wants to operate the facility. The planning agreement is with California Trout, Mendocino County Inland Water & Power Commission and Sonoma Water. State Representative Jared Huffman called the agreement “a framework to develop a 21st-Century project that respects the needs of the diverse stakeholders who live in northwestern California.” Huffman says the planning agreement will provide a structure to fund and develop a collaborative two-basin proposal that will secure the region’s water supply and protect endangered salmon species in the Eel River and upper Russian River.

Lakeport Doctor Must Register as a Sex Offender

A Lakeport doctor has been ordered to register as a sex offender. During a recent hearing, 57-year-old Mohamad Moutaz Almawaldi, a Nephrologist, entered a no-contest plea to the misdemeanor charge of sexual battery. Almawaldi was arrested last February after a warrant was issued following a report that he had allegedly sexually assaulting a co-worker. Almawaldi was also sentenced to three years of probation, and ordered to pay a fine.