Archives for November 2019

Bomb Cyclone Storm Causes Power Outages in Mendocino County

Forecasters called the storm that hit Northern California yesterday a “bomb cyclone” that brought high winds and snow just as Thanksgiving travel begins. A winter weather advisory expires this afternoon for Mendocino County, while a winter storm warning remains in effect for Lake County above 200 feet until 4 this afternoon. Several power outages were reported yesterday in Mendocino County – with over 1300 customers affected from north of Fort Bragg up to Rockport.

Lake County Board Names Interim Registrar of Voters

The Lake County Board of Supervisors has named an interim registrar of voters. Current Registrar Catherine McMullen, submitted her resignation earlier this month, with her last day being December 2nd. Current interim deputy registrar, Marcy Harrison, is also leaving, after taking a job in the Mendocino County Auditor-Controller’s Office. The board has appointed Auditor-Controller/County Clerk Cathy Saderlund to temporarily oversee the elections office while a recruitment for a new registrar gets underway.

Gas Prices Up From Last Thanksgiving

As the winter weather persists in the area, more people will be venturing out onto the roads for holiday travel. AAA reports that 55 million Americans will be traveling – 49 million by car – making this the second-highest Thanksgiving travel volume since records started being tracked in 2000.

AAA expects gas prices to be just a few cents higher than during last year’s Thanksgiving weekend average. The current National average is $2.59 a gallon. The state average is well above that at $3.83 a gallon. Mendocino County is averaging $3.66 a gallon, Lake County’s average is $3.78 a gallon.

Holiday Trolley Returns to Ukiah

The Holiday Trolley will be returning to the streets of Ukiah for the 22nd year on Friday. Taking the trolley is free for riders with various pick up and drop off locations around town. Pick up a route map at the Conference Center or find it online here: www.facebook.com/events/1000157483663867/

The trolley runs through December 22nd.

Winter Storm Could Cause Unplanned Outages

PG&E has set up a staging area on the Georgia-Pacific millsite in Fort Bragg, in anticipation this week’s winter storm. PG&E forecasters say the event will include strong southerly winds, heavy rain, heavy mountain snow, thunderstorms and cold temperatures. This storm has the potential to produce unplanned customer outages. South winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts of 45 to 55 mph are expected for Lake County from late afternoon through tomorrow morning, and for Mendocino County from early this afternoon until early tomorrow morning.

Lake County Pharmacist Settles on Allegations From State Board

A Lake County pharmacist accused of several violations, signed a settlement with the California Board of Pharmacy. This leaves the allegations made by the board against Ruth Anne Stewart, uncontested and accepted as true, and puts her pharmacist’s license on probation. Among the allegations, the board said Stewart billed Medi-Cal for brand-name pharmaceuticals while filling prescriptions with cheaper, generic drugs.

CHP Maximum Enforcement Period for Thanksgiving Holiday

As millions of motorists head out for the Thanksgiving holiday, the California Highway Patrol is prepared for one of the busiest travel weekends in America. Unfortunately, in the past, Thanksgiving has also been one of the deadlier holidays on the roadways. To help motorists arrive at their destinations safely, the CHP will implement a Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP) and deploy all available officers through the holiday weekend. The MEP begins at 6:01 pm on tomorrow, and continues through 11:59 pm on Sunday, December 1st. CHP reports that during their Maximum Enforcement Period during the 2018 Thanksgiving holiday weekend, 59 people were killed in collisions in California.

Austin Park Renovation Starting

The City of Clearlake announced yesterday that Austin Park’s renovation started yesterday, as construction fencing is going up around the entire park. The park will be closed the entire winter, but will reopen with the improvements come. You can still enjoy the lake views from Austin Beach or Redbud or Highlands Park.

2 Arrested in Connection to Murder of Lucerne Man

Two men were arrested on Saturday night in connection to the murder of a Lucerne man. 35-year-old Michael Sean Shaffer of Upper Lake was arrested following a traffic stop in Nice, and 49-year-old Daniel Wayne Ford from Lakeport, was arrested at Running Creek Casino. They were both booked on charges of murder, kidnapping, robbery, and carjacking, according to law enforcement. On Saturday morning, deputies were sent to the 4500 block of Scotts Valley Road related to the discovery of a dead body. Police determined the death of 70-year-old Nicky Smith involved foul play. His truck, a 2012 dark green Toyota Tundra is still missing. The investigation is ongoing. Police are trying to locate 53-year-old Darlene Geneva Anderson, who they believe has information regarding the case.

Mendocino County Voters Will See Transient Occupancy Tax Ballot Measure

A Transient Occupancy Tax ballot measure will appear on the March 2020 ballot in Mendocino County. The
proposed change in ordinance would allow the county to collect a transient occupancy tax from private campgrounds, recreational vehicle parks, and tent sites. The revenu would be used to fund fire agencies.