Archives for November 2020

Hope Rising Opens Transitional Housing Facility

A permanent housing facility dedicated to addressing homelessness has officially opened in Lake County. Hope Center, is a project of Hope Rising Lake County in partnership with several local agencies and the city of Clearlake. The center is located at 3400 Emerson St. in Clearlake. Partnership Health Plan of California provided $1.3 million grant funds for the project, which will be the first permanent low-barrier transitional housing facility to open in Lake County. To learn more about Hope Center and how you can help to support it, visit

Mendocino County Lifts Burn Permit Suspension

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Mendocino Unit lifted the local burn permit suspension for Mendocino County this week. Those who possess current and valid agriculture and residential burn permits can resume burning on permissible burn days. However, all agriculture burns must be inspected by CAL FIRE prior to burning until the end of the peak fire season.

CA Suprases 1 Million COVID-19 Cases

California has become the second state to surpass 1 million Covid-19 infections since the start of the pandemic — closely following Texas, which hit the milestone earlier this week. On Tuesday, the state’s Health and Human Services Secretary announced the state’s 7-day average was up to 6,078. While many counties have been moved to a more restrictive tier in the state’s blueprint for a safer economy, both Lake and Mendocino Counties are holding at the Red or Substantial tier. Mendocino County reported 27 additional cases of COVID-19 yesterday, while Lake County added 2 new cases.

UUSD and City of Ukiah Offering After School Program

UUSD and the City of Ukiah are partnering to offer a free after-school program at Frank Zeek Elementary School for any Ukiah Unified student ages 5 – 12 starting Monday. Students will be in socially distanced pods. Free food will be provided every day. Visit to sign up, or call 707.463.6231.

Siren Testing in Redwood Valley

The Redwood Valley-Calpella Fire District is installing a new siren in Redwood Valley and testing different siren patterns and installation locations over the next few days. The siren installation and testing will begin this morning and last until approximately 2 or 3 P.M. The testing will occur again tomorrow from approximately 9 A.M. until 2 or 3 P.M.

Walkway Named for Ann Blue

A Lakeport downtown walking path in will be named to honor a key player in its development. Ann Blue was on the Parks and Recreation Commission for Lakeport, and worked with the city staff and other Parks and Recreation Commissioners to create a plan for the path that was completed this spring. To honor her work, it will be named “The Ann Blue Walking Path.” Her name will be placed on the walking path sign in Library Park, the city website, and any other location where the path is referenced.

State Launches Free Wildfire Cleanup Program

After an unprecedented wildfire season, the state has launched a free wildfire cleanup program. CalRecycle will operate the statewide Consolidated Debris Removal Program, in support of local governments, to remove debris resulting from disasters. The debris removal will involve four operational branches. Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Solano, Sonoma, Yolo counties all fall in the Inland Branch, where there are 1,443 burn sites.

Upcoming Town Hall on Homelessness

Senator McGuire and Mendocino County will be hosting a virtual town hall meeting on homelessness. During the event, there will be an overview of the Project Homekey Program, discussion on potential management models and plans for this permanent housing project and types of services that will be offered with this program. The public is encouraged to participate and join the community conversation by sharing your ideas, asking questions and participating in neighborhood input opportunities. The meeting will be Monday evening at 6:30PM. Find more details and registration information at

Veterans Day

Today is Veterans Day, a national holiday set aside to honor those who have served, or are currently serving. Typical Veteran’s Day celebrations in Lake and Mendocino Counties can’t be held today due to the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, residents are asked to to call a veteran, check to make sure they are safe and well, and say thank you. Mendocino County Sheriff Matt Kendall encourages residents to also thank the families of veterans, because, they too, sacrificed.

Crash Leaves Driver and 2 Children Injured

Police have released a report on a crash that left a woman and two children injured. The single-vehicle crash happened on Highway 29 on Monday evening. 39-year-old Susanna Wright, of Clearlake, was traveling southbound on Highway 29 when she went to the edge of the road, overcorrected, and lost control of her vehicle. Wright suffered moderate injures. The children in the back seat, a 7-year-old girl and a 5-year-old boy, both suffered major injuries. CHP says drugs and alcohol are not suspected to have been factors in the accident.