State Superintendent Signals Schools May Not Open Before Summer

Just as local school districts have extended their school closure dates, the state Superintendent signaled that schools will likely remain closed through the end of the school year as a precaution due to the coronavirus pandemic. Superintendent Tony Thurmond added that educators should continue to put their efforts into delivering education through social distance learning.

Home in Hopland Destroyed by Fire

A home in Hopland has been destroyed by fire. Crews were dispatched to an explosion and structure fire in the McNab Ranch area around 10:30 a.m. yesterday. The cause of the fire and explosion are still undetermined.

KPD Continues to Increase Foot and Vehicle Patrols

Lakeport police report that due to continued compliance with the shelter in place order, they’ve been able to increase foot and vehicle patrols. The weekend saw an additional 80 business checks and 240+ minutes of foot patrol to augment an average of 350 miles a day of vehicle patrols.

Lake and Mendocino County Schools Closed Until May 1

Mendocino school districts are extending closures due to the coronavirus pandemic. According to the Mendocino County Office of Education, local public school districts have extended modified or “remote” learning through May 1st. As the situation evolves, local education leaders will reassess to see whether the May 1 date should be extended further. As of now, high school graduation dates remain in place countywide.

All Lake County Schools are now expected to remain closed through May 1st as well. Lake County’s Health Officer, Gary Pace, announced yesterday that the School Operations Modification Order has been amended to reflect this new timeframe.

Results Finalized Mendocino County Election

The Mendocino County Elections Office has finalized the results of the 2020 primary election. MEASURE A — the Ukiah Unified school bond measure, which needed 55% to pass – did so with 55.15 percent of the votes. The bond measure is expected to generate $75 million in local funding for school repairs and upgrades. There will be 2 runoffs in November: For Supervisor District 1 Glenn McGourty and Jon Kennedy; and in District 2 Maureen “Mo” Mulheren and Mari Rodin will be running against each other.

Administrative Citations for Violation of the Shelter in Place Order

The City of Lakeport has authorized the use of administrative citations for violation of the shelter in place order. The move is meant to protect the community against COVID-19. Violations of the order constitutes a violation of the Lakeport Municipal Code and a public nuisance subject to the enforcement as provided in Lakeport Municipal Code.

Clearlake Man Arrested for Gas Station Robberies

A Clearlake man has been arrested in connection to two armed robberies at gas stations. 25-year-old Robert Jay Shurtliff is accused of robbing the two Clearlake businesses on March 17th at gunpoint, taking items from the store as well as cash. He was arrested on March 28th during a traffic stop.

Mendocino County Confirms 4th Case of Novel Coronavirus

The Mendocino County Health Officer Dr. Noemi Doohan has confirmed a fourth case of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Mendocino County. Like the other three cases in Mendocino County, this case is thought to be travel-related and does not appear to indicate community spread. The individual is from inland Mendocino County, is in stable condition, in isolation at home with active public health monitoring, did not require hospitalization, and poses no risk to the public at this time.

Money Coming for Lake and Mendocino County Residents from Stimulus Bill

Lake and Mendocino County residents have money coming under the new economic stimulus bill passed by Congress. The package will give direct payments of $1200 to those who make less than $75,000 per year. Families receive $500 for each dependent child. The bill provides a $367 billion program for small businesses to keep making payroll while workers are forced to stay home. California residents who apply for unemployment benefits can receive a maximum of $450 per week for a total of six months. Through the relief bill passed by Congress, a maximum amount of $600 per week could be added to the first 4 months of current state unemployment benefits. You can apply for unemployment benefits here: edd.ca.gov/

Mendocino National Forest Campground Closures

All recreational sites at California’s national forests have been closed in an effort to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus.This means developed campgrounds, picnic areas and day-use areas on the Mendocino National Forest are closed until at least April 30. Officials say that notifications to those who reserved sites through www.recreation.gov will be made as soon as possible and refunds will be processed.