Archives for August 2019

MCSO Using High-Low Siren When Evacuation is Imminent

Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman has announced the implementation of the use of a High-Low siren in Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicles, which sounds like this:

The High-Low siren is a new way for the Sheriff’s Office to notify individuals that an evacuation is imminent and steps should be taken to leave the area. This is a situation that has occurred over the last two years with wild-land fires in Mendocino County. For more information please visit or

Keep Pets and People Safe Around Blue-Green Algae

Lake County officials say a dog passed away earlier this week following a brief severe illness that began immediately after swimming in the Putah Creek area. Although the cause of the illness is still being evaluated, Lake County Water Resources has obtained samples for testing of the water in the area where the dog and its owners were recreating. Water monitoring for cyanotoxins is regularly done by the Big Valley Band of Pomo Indians and Elem Indian Colony. The most recent water testing results of Clearlake of 22 sites throughout the lake on August 20th were all below the Caution level. Pet owners are encouraged to exercise reasonable precautions when using all natural bodies of water; ponds, creeks and streams, as well as lakes.

New Arcade Approved for Ukiah

The Ukiah Zoning Administrator has approved an application for an arcade to open in an existing 4,200-square-foot building on East Church Street. The business will have up to 20 arcade machines, and a retail area.

AAA Tips for Safe Labor Day Weekend Travel

As drivers set out for the last road trip of the summer, AAA urges everyone to buckle up, avoid speeding, distractions and driving impaired. To avoid congestion, AAA suggests traveling during off-peak hours. Based on prior holiday trends, traffic will be heaviest this afternoon and late Monday afternoon.

Suspect in Murder of Illinois Man in Local Custody

The suspect in the murder of an Illinois man whose body was found near Upper Lake this week is in local custody. 21-year-old Maverick William Fisher, who was found in Mexico, allegedly admitted to authorities there that he had killed 25-year-old Grant David Whitaker, and gave the location of the body. On Monday, investigators located the remains on a property on Scott’s Valley Road.Fisher is now booked in Lake County Jail and is charged with murder. An autopsy was performed on the remains found that are believed to be Whitaker’s. The cause of death has been determined to be blunt force trauma to the head.

Public Workshop on Future of Housing in Mendocino County

A workshop is being held in Ukiah where residents can offer input and opinions about what the future of housing in Mendocino County should be. All counties in California are required to come up with a housing element plan that lays out how the county will work to ensure housing for all residents.The elements in the plan include: land use, transportation, conservation, noise, open space, safety, and housing. The public workshop is 5:30 p.m. at the Ukiah Veteran’s Memorial Building, 293 Seminary Avenue.

Governor Changes Strategy for State’s Homeless Problem

There will be no homelessness czar for the state after all. Governor Gavin Newsom has decided to rely on a task force to find solutions instead. One in four homeless people in the U.S. live in California. The problem is made worse by the state’s housing shortage and high home costs.

Lake County Fair Kicks Off This Evening

The Lake County Fair kicks off today and runs through September 1st. The theme for the 97th annual event is “Make a Splash.” The 2019 Lake County Fair grand marshal is Dr. Brian L. Grey. He will lead the parade which begins at 5:30PM on Main Street, followed by opening ceremonies at 6PM at the front gate entrance. See more at

PG&E Predicting Power Shutoffs 7 Days Out on Website

PG&E is now alerting the public about power shutoffs a week in advance. The utility has announced a new section on its website that breaks down how likely they are to turn off power lines to prevent wildfires. The webpage offers a seven-day, look-ahead regional forecast updated daily by a PG&E meteorologist or fire scientist that indicates the potential need to call a Public Safety Power Shutoff. For each day, PG&E will assign a category to the different zones showing how strongly the possibility of a shutoff is: Not Expected, Elevated, PSPS Watch, and PSPS Warning. Find the new resource page at:

Mendocino County Appoints Interim Public Health Director

The Mendocino County of Board of Supervisors have appointed an Interim Public Health Director. A press release states that Dr. Noemi Doohan joins Mendocino County with over 15 years of experience in the medical field. The county says Doohan will join a team of seasoned local physicians who will continue to oversee core public health needs during this time of transition.