Archives for January 2021

Power Outages from Winter Storm Continue

Power outages from this week’s winter storm continue in Lake and Mendocino Counties. As of yesterday, over 8,000 PG&E customers in Mendocino County remained without power. While many areas in Lake County should have power restored today, there are estimates in some areas in Mendocino County where power won’t be restored until Sunday. PG&E has asked for mutual-aid support from other Western utilities and is working closely with county offices of emergency services to support the storm response. Watch for updates on the PG&E website or call 1-877-660-6789.

Former Ukiah Mayor Appointed to Fill Vacant City Council Seat

Former Ukiah mayor Mari Rodin will fill the vacant City Council Seat left by Maureen Mulheren when she was elected to the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors. The City Council accepted applications for the position and during a special meeting last night, selected Rodin by a vote of 3-1.

CMC Makes Determination on 2020-21 Fall and Winter Sports

The Coastal Mountain Conference this week voted cancel all fall sports except cross country as well as the winter sports of basketball and wrestling because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This vote covers the current 2020-21 sports season. Cross country teams could officially hold practices as early as Monday depending on the outcome of a North Coast Section Board of Managers meeting today.

Lawmakers Honored by CA Special Districts Association

Lake County lawmakers were honored this week as legislators of the year by the California Special Districts Association. Congressman John Garamendi was selected for his drafting of legislation to include special districts in future COVID-19 relief funding, as well as formally defining special districts in federal code. Assembly member Cecilia Aguiar-Curry was selected for her leadership as chair of the California State Assembly Local Government Committee, consistent support of local authority measures and her efforts to coordinate with local governments throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Power Still Out for Many

Pacific Gas and Electric Company crews have been working since last night to restore power following a powerful winter storm. As of this morning, hundreds of customers in Lake and Mendocino Counties were still without power. See the latest on the outage map at PGE.com.

The storm caused the closure of highways in both counties and downed trees and power lines. At around 4:40PM yesterday, the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office announced that Highway 101 was open all the way through Mendocino County. CalTrans said road crews spent hours clearing snow and cutting through tree limbs to clear the roadway. More stormy conditions are forecast with rain today and over the weekend.

Lakeport Unified School District Supervisor to Retire

The search is on for a new Superintendent for the Lakeport Unified School District. Jill Falconer, who took the role in 2019, announced she is retiring, effective June 30. The district’s Board of Trustees is scheduled to hold a special meeting tonight to discuss their next steps.

Upper Lake Man Arrested in Fatal Shooting

An Upper Lake man has been arrested for fatally shooting his stepmother. Witnesses say 35- year-old Matthew Daniel Mora was intoxicated and arguing with family at the residence when he shot his stepmother, 56-year-old Christine Mora.

Mendocino County Adding 3 Vaccination Events

Mendocino County is adding three vaccination events. A “first-dose” event for In-Home Supportive Service workers is taking place at the Redwood Empire Fairgrounds in Ukiah from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm tomorrow. Another “first-dose” event, also for In-Home Supportive Service workers will be held on Tuesday, February 2nd at the Mendocino High School Gym from 11:00-1:30 pm. A “second-dose” event is scheduled for Wednesday, February 3rd. for those who received their first Moderna vaccine on January 4th at either the Redwood Empire Fairgrounds or at the Donovan Room at MCSO. To schedule an appointment, visit the county’s Vaccinations Page at MendocinoCounty.org.

Winter Storm Impacts Lake and Mendocino Counties

A winter storm is causing the closure of roads in Lake and Mendocino Counties. U.S. Highway 101 was closed in multiple locations last night, including south of Reynolds Highway, north of Willits due to heavy snow and falling trees.

The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office reported several power outages impacting the county. You can check the PG&E website for outage information at pgealerts.alerts.pge.com/outages/map/

And check CHP’s website for road closure information at:
www.chp.ca.gov/traffic

In Lake County, a tree was down in the roadway at Old Highway 53 and Davis Avenue in Clearlake last night. Downed lines were reported at 40th and Moss avenues in Clearlake and at Highway 175 and Adams Springs Road in Cobb.

Many vehicles were stuck in the snow on roadways – including on the Glasgow Grade near Lower Lake, and Point Lakeview Road and Sunrise Drive near Lower Lake.

Ukiah Man Dies in Single-Vehicle Crash

A Ukiah man died in a single vehicle crash near Lakeport. It happened just after midnight Sunday. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office reports 22-year-old Quinn Williams was driving southbound on Highway 29 north of 11th St. in Lakeport when his Jeep veered left into the center median, then veered back to the right, crossing the southbound lanes of Highway 29, traveling onto the dirt shoulder where it hit a tree and a fence and overturned. Williams, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from the Jeep, and died at the scene.