Cyanobacteria Levels Improve Around Clear Lake

Lake County officials say the results of followup testing for levels of cyanobacteria around Clear Lake show improvement. Cyanotoxin levels have fallen below the “caution” level. Caution signs will be posted at sites including: The Oaks Arm of Clear Lake, the Clearlake Oaks shoreline, Elem shoreline and Cache Creek at Highway 53.

Debris Removal by CalRecycle for Wildfires to Begin Soon

Debris removal by Calrecyle for the Pawnee, Ranch and River fires will begin soon. Right of entry forms are due by September 29th. You can learn more by visiting the CalOES Debris Removal Operations Center, located at 898 Lakeport Blvd, next to Lake Family Resource Center. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 22, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

UPD Seeks Public Help on Fatal Bicycle Crash

Ukiah Police are asking for the public’s help in obtaining more information on a crash that killed a bicyclist. It happened at the intersection of Talmage Road and Hastings Frontage Road at 1 p.m. The collision was betwen a commercial dump truck and a 34-year-old male bicyclist. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office, and District Attorney Investigators assisted in the investigation, which is ongoing. UPD is requesting that anyone with more information about the collision call 707-463-6262.

Willits Residents Reminded to Lock Up After Vehicle Break-Ins

The Willits Police Department is warning residents to lock up after a rash of vehicle vandalism and burglaries. Late last Tuesday night into early Wednesday morning, police received nearly a dozen reports of vehicle vandalism and theft of items taken from vehicles.One of the victims in the area of North and Maple streets reported approximately $1,000 in valuables taken from an unlocked car. Surveillance from a private camera showed a white F-150 Ford pickup truck in the area at the time of the thefts.

City of Lakeport National Night Out Against Crime

The City of Lakeport National Night Out Against Crime will be held on Monday evening, September 17, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Library Park on Park St. between 2nd and 3rd St.

This event is coordinated by LPD to increase and improve police and community partnerships in the city.

City of Lakeport Management and Staff, City Council Members, Lakeport Police Officers and Staff, Lakeport Fire Protection District, and other local safety officials will be on site to meet and greet local residents. The event will feature free hot dogs, waters and other snacks.

We plan to have a youth game area and bicycle decorating contest, sponsored by the Lakeport Main Street Association, we are asking that kids bring their bicycles to participate. We will have raffle prizes for kids and adults. Face Painting by Kathy will also have a booth providing free face painting!

There is no cost to community members to attend. This event is being funded by the Lakeport Police Department, Lakeport City Council and the generous donations of services, supplies and prizes by numerous local businesses and organizations. We would also like to thank Grocery Outlet for the free hot dogs and supplies. Our event advertising sponsor is Lake County News. .

See Facebook Event Page: www.facebook.com/events/403898513320146/

Fires Along Reeves Canyon Road Investigated

The cause of three fires that started near Reeves Canyon Road near the Willits Grade on Highway 101 Friday are under investigation. The first of the three separate fires was reported at 11:44 a.m. Sept. 14. By 2:15 p.m. forward progress had been stopped on all the fires. The total of acres burned of the three fires was eight.

Disaster Recovery Center Transitioning

The Mendocino Complex Disaster Recovery Center in Lake County will transition to a U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Outreach Center starting next week. The disaster recovery center will operate through 6 p.m tomororw. On Monday, SBA representatives will be on hand to help those affected by the wildfires with questions about the program and assist in filling out applications. The center is located at the Habematolel Pomo Tribal Community Center, on Main Street in Upper Lake.

Compact Between Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake Tribe and State Ratified

A bill that ratifies a tribal compact between the Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake Tribe and the state of California has passed. The bill, introduced by Assembly Member Cecilia Aguiar-Curry and Co-authored by State Senator Mike McGuire, allows the tribe to continue operating the Running Creek Casino in Upper Lake, among other things.

Former Acting Chief for UVFA Back from Leave

Former acting chief of the Ukiah Valley Fire Authority Kirk Thomsen is back with the department as a captain. Thomsen had been serving as interim chief of the UVFA after the retirement of former chief John Bartlett in late 2016, but was placed on leave in mid-December of 2017 for undisclosed reasons. The city would not comment on the issue calling it “personnel matters.” Division Chiefs Jeff Adair and Kevin Jennings “continue to share the fire chief role as the city continues to review and develope the vacancy announcement for recruitment.

Wine Industry Continues Growth in Mendocino County

Mendocino County Crop Report presented during this week’s Board of Supervisors meeting showed that the wine industry continues to grow, while the timber industry continues to decline. As of 2016, , the wine industry was valued at around $120 million in 2016 – up from $88 million on 2015. The timber industry as of 2016 is valued at around $80 million. Mendocino County ranked fourth in the state for timber volume production.