Archives for October 2020

COVID-19 Outbreak at Lake County Jail Grows

A COVID-19 outbreak at the Lake County Jail is growing. A number of inmates who are all housed in a single unit have been undergoing an isolation period after they were exposed to an inmate who tested positive for the COVID-19 virus on October 12thth. Last week, the Sheriff’s Office learned that a second inmate in that same housing unit also tested positive. Yesterday, they learned that twelve additional inmates from that same housing unit have tested positive. Including these twelve cases there have been 19 total cases of COVID-19 at the Lake County Jail. Medical staff are closely monitoring the isolated inmates and conducting the testing protocols recommended by Public Health. This includes the testing of staff and inmates as LCSO works to contain the virus.

Fatal Crash Near Lower Lake

A person died in a multi-vehicle crash near Lower Lake last night. According to the California Highway Patrol, the crash involving four vehicles, happened around 5:30 p.m. on Highway 29 at C Street near Twin Lakes. There was one fatality, and four people suffered minor injuries.

Mendocino County Elections Office Open Saturday

The Mendocino County Elections Office, in the Administrative Building at 501 Low Gap Road, will be open tomorrow, the last Saturday before Election Day. Staff will be on-hand to issue ballots and allow registered voters to vote. Call 707-234-6918 when you arrive to be let in by staff.

Daylight Saving Time Ends This Weekend

At 2 a.m. this Sunday, we will “fall back” one hour as daylight saving time ends. While a bill has been introduced to keep California on daylight saving time all year, the legislation stalled in the state senate.

Halloween Events in Lakeport and Ukiah

A drive-thru trick or treat event for children will be held on Halloween in downtown Lakeport from 4 to 7 p.m., or until treats run out. Drive-thru trick or treating will take place on Park Street between First and Third streets.

The City of Ukiah’s Recreation Department is hosting a “drive-thru” and “walk-thru” Haunted House in Riverside Park this weekend. See details at

Lake and Mendocino County Unemployment Below State Average

The state’s unemployment dropped to an even 11 percent in September, as employers gained 96,000 nonfarm payroll jobs. The latest report from the California Employment Development Department shows Lake County’s unemployment rate was below the state average at 8.6 percent, up slightly from 8.5 percent in August. Mendocino County’s unemployment rate for September was even lower at 8.3 percent.

Cell Service Disruptions in Round Valley for Equipment Upgrades

Multiple cellular service disruptions will be happening in Round Valley. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office says these service disruptions – where there will be no service at all – are connected to upgrades in US Cellular equipment to increase service needs in Round Valley. The service disruption is scheduled for the following dates/times: today, 6:00 AM to 12:00 PM; tomorrow, 6:00 AM to 9:00 AM; next Tuesday, 12:00 AM to 6:00 AM; and next Wednesday 2:00 AM to 3:00 AM

Lake County Business Owner Among 2020 Women of the Year

A Lake County woman is among Representative Garamendi’s 2020 Women of the Year. In total, 37 women were honored during this year’s ceremony which celebrates women who make a difference in their communities. Yvonne Cox, a local business owner and resident from Lucerne, was recognized for holding a weekly dinner for the past 21 years, inviting anyone in ned of a meal to join at no cost.

Haunted Lake County Event is On at the Lake County Fairgrounds

Haunted Lake County is on this year at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Lakeport. Organizers say their plan has been approved by public health, making it COVID-19 safe. The event runs from 5 to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday with the less scary time for children from 5 to 6 p.m. Trick or treat candy will be handed out by the Kiwanis Club of Lakeport on Halloween night. Tickets are $20 per vehicle are only available at the fairgrounds gate during the event. There are no online sales.

Mendocino County Enters the State’s Red Tier

Mendocino County is no longer in the most restrictive level of the state’s blueprint for a safer economy. The state moved Mendocino County from the top tier purple risk level to the next one down. Under the Red Tier 2 category, the following industries are now permitted indoors or expanded operations in Mendocino County: Restaurants and gyms may now open indoors; Places of worship may now open indoors at 25% capacity or 100 people; Retail stores can have a maximum of 50% capacity; Skilled Nursing Facilities can have limited indoor visitation of residents.