Archives for January 2014

Healthy Super Bowl Tips

One of the most popular ways to spend Super Bowl Sunday is to gather with friends and family to watch the game. And the American Red Cross, of Sonoma, Mendocino & Lake Counties wants to help you keep it a healthy occasion. They’re offering these tips to defend against the flu during Super Bowl festivities: If you are sick or someone in your household is ill, bench yourself and stay home. Avoid a penalty flag for unnecessary germ spreading by coughing and sneezing into your upper sleeve. And Avoid a party foul. If the host has a super bowl of chips or nuts, use a spoon or tongs instead of plunging your hand in for the touchdown. Read their complete list of tips at:

Clearlake Woman Needs a Kidney

A 20 year old Clearlake woman is asking for something that will save her life…a kidney. Kimberly Hall was diagnosed with kidney failure when she was only 8 years old when her father donated one of his kidneys. Then suddenly in 2010, that kidney began to fail. Right now, she has zero-percent function in her kidney. Hall is registered on the University of California, San Francisco cadaver donor waiting list as well as the paired donor waiting list. But that is a very long list. She’s hoping a Facebook page she’s set up can help her find a match soon. To help her spread the word, find and like the “Kidney for Kimberly” Facebook page.

President Recommends Closing Mendo Coast Campus

The College of Redwoods may be closing the Mendocino Coast campus on Del Mar Drive in Fort Bragg. President Kathy Smith has recommended that the college suspend all operations there beginning in the 2014-15 academic year. This announcement comes soon after three of the remaining four full-time faculty were told their jobs were being transferred to Eureka.

Area Road Projects

You may have experienced some traffic delays lately. That’s because there are a number of road work projects going on around Lake and Mendocino Counties.Bridge rehabilitation work on Highway 162 at the Outlet Creek Bridge will be ongoing form 7am-3pm weekdays. Bridge work on Highway 175 at the Russian River Bridge will happen from 7am-5:30pm weekdays. One-way traffic will be in effect in both locations.

HazMobile Collection in Fort Bragg

The HazMobile household hazardous waste collection will be at Fort Bragg Disposal, 219 Pudding Creek Road, today and tomorrow, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. In fact, the HazMobile visits Fort Bragg on the first Friday-Saturday of every month unless it is a holiday weekend. Dangerous chemicals that can’t go in the trash are accepted by the HazMobile for recycling or special disposal. The HazMobile is free to households but there is a limit of 15 gallons per vehicle per day. Small business waste is also welcome at the collection but an appointment must be made and a fee will be applied per gallon of waste. Make sure items are kept in their original containers. Toxic items like paint, antifreeze, and pesticides, are accepted by the HazMobile. Explosives and road flares are excluded. Find more information at

Mail Thief Caught

The area mail thief may have been caught. Kristalee Eriksen of Redwood Valley was arrested Wednesday by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Department on suspicion of stealing mail from rural boxes in Ukiah, Redwood Valley and Willits. MSCO deputies found a large bin of mail and that had mail from nearly 50 victims at 19 different addresses. Deputies also found suspected meth and drug sales equipment. She’s being charged with three felonies & two misdemeanors.

Mendocino County Animal Control at Capacity

Mendocino County Animal Care & Control has announced that they are at capacity right now, and sadly more stray dogs keep coming in… They are offering a temporary reduced adoption fee of $20-$30 off for dog adoptions. They’re located at 298 Plant Road in Ukiah, and are open from 10:00 am until 4:30 pm today and tomorrow for adoptions.

City Wants LUSD to Help Pay for Pool

The Lakeport City Council is hoping to recoup some of the $70,000 they’ve lost in an arrangement with the Lakeport Unified School District. They agreed to split the costs of the renovation and maintenance of the Westshore Pool back in 2004. Then the LUSD fell on hard times, and couldn’t meet their payments. For the past few years, the city has been taking care of it, and even recently purchased a new pump for the pool. Now that the LUSD is getting more state funding, the city hoped the district would start pitching in on the bills. So far, that hasn’t happened.

Chamber says DMV is Hiring

Mendocino Coast Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center says they’ve received information that the Department of Motor Vehicles has job opportunities in Northern California. Licensing Registration Examiner Salary is between $3,241-$3,973 monthly. Exams begin this week. If you are interested, contact the Mendocino Coast Chamber, or stop by their office to pick up flyers. Or visit the Mendocino Coast Chamber Facebook page for the link to the DMV Exams information page.

Suspects Arrested in Robin Hill Drive Fatality

Two people have been arrested in connection with an alleged homicide Tuesday on Robin Hill Drive. Witnesses saw a man get tossed out of an SUV, run over, then get assaulted by a man who got out of the vehicle. Police say the victim was stabbed. He died from his injuries. After talking with the suspects, Lake County Sheriff’s Office says the fatality occurred during an apparent car robbery.