Archives for March 2014

Sports Highlights

Sports Highlights from the Record Bee:

Lower Lake High School’s junior varsity baseball team fell 11-8 to St. Helena in North Central League I action on Friday in Lower Lake.

St. Helena also beat Lower Lake Varsity 11-1.

Cloverdale pitcher Chris Harms tossed a no-hitter on Friday as the Eagles beat the Kelseyville Knights 10-0 in junior varsity baseball. It was the league opener for the Knights.

Clear Lake beats Willits 4-1 in varsity baseball at Lakeport. The Cardinals are 2-0 in league and 7-2 overall.

Clear Lake’s softball team shut out Willits 10-0 Friday at Lakeport. It was the league opener for the Cardinals.

Kelseyville’s tennis team blanked Clear Lake 5-0 in Coastal Mountain Conference action at Kelseyville. Kelseyville is 1-1 in conference play and 3-1 overall.

Healthcare Enrollment Deadline

Healthcare enrollment numbers keep ticking up in Mendocino and Lake Counties. The deadline to sign up for private health insurance in the new online markets is tonight at midnight. So far, 1.1 million people in the state have signed up for health care through Covered California. Those without insurance who do not enroll in health care by the deadline will either pay a penalty of 1 percent of their gross household income or $95 per individual, whichever amount is greater. If you’ve started your application but experience glitches, you are eligible to have your deadline extended to April 15th.

Hobergs Getting New Owner

Hobergs will have a new owner soon. The resort property is reportedly in escrow and Lake County Partners, LLC will soon take over ownership from Cobb Mountain Partners, LLC – who purchased the property back in 2010. The current company has yet to open the resort, and have accrued lawsuits against its owners and manager. The new owners are into the lawsuit game too – a case will be heard tomorrow filed against a couple who’s property is adjacent to the Hoberg’s property on a variety charges ranging from intentional to negligent interference. How about the taxes owed? The current owners owe over $100,000 in property taxes – Roger Salazar with the public relations firm representing Lake County Partners, LLC says the tax issue is being resolved.

Lakeport Man Killed in Shootout

A Lakeport man was killed early Friday morning during a shootout with Salt Lake City police. Christopher Leo Knight, who was wanted by California authorities for drug possession, was stopped by officers in Salt Lake City. A gun battle ensued after the traffic stop, in which two officers were wounded and the suspect was killed. One of the officers was hit in the left arm, the other was struck in the left thigh. Both officers are fine and recovering.

Mendocino County Library Director Resigns

Mendocino County’s Library Director has resigned from her position after only a year and three months on the job. Mindy Kittay resigned last week after the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors reviewed her job performance in a closed-door meeting. It was her third evaluation in five months – but evaluations usually happen annually. Kittay and Friends of the Ukiah Library’s board of directors were often at odds, including during a controversial vote back in October to set aside a portion of the library budget to fund a new library building.

Police Arrest Suspects in School Window Vandalism

More than $1,200 worth of windows were destroyed at two schools last at the Lakeport Unified School District last week and two boys have been arrested. LPD responded to a report early last week of six windows being destroyed at Clear Lake High School, Terrace Middle School and the MAC building. After interviewing several people, the officers arrested two boys ages 13 and 14 as the suspect – both Lakeport students. Officers determined that the boys pre-planned their crime and then left their houses in the middle of the night to carry it out. The suspects were arrested and booked into the Lake County Juvenile Hall. The case was sent to the Lake County Probation Department for review regarding charges.

Sergeant Recovers After Head On Collision

Mendocino County Sheriff’s Sergeant Derek Scott is recovering at home after being involved in an on-duty head on collision with a stolen vehicle on Friday. The vehicle had been stolen in Willits and was being pursued by law enforcement down U.S. Highway 101 when the suspect went head on with Scott. The Sergeant said he was sore, but experienced no serious injuries. Scott was treated and released from the Ukiah Valley Medical Center after the accident.

Gardening in a Drought Workshop

The Lake County Special Districts is hosting its third workshop on gardening in a drought tomorrow. Master Gardeners from the University of California Cooperative Extension will cover topics including how to make your existing garden more drought tolerant, what you must know if you are planning a new garden – complete with a recommended plant list – and what you want out of your garden and how you can achieve it with less water. As a benefit, those who attend will get a phone number for the permanent Master Gardener help-line to have gardening questions answered Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., throughout the entire year. The workshop starts at 10 a.m. tomorrow, at the Clearlake Oaks Moose Lodge. For more information call Jan Coppinger at Special Districts, 707-263-0119.

Willits City Council May Sell Treated Wastewater

The Willits City Council is in negotiations to sell treated wastewater to bypass contractors to be used for dust abatement, rather than regular water.
The city currently pays to get rid of treated wastewater, but the contractor has said they’d be willing to pay the city for using the water. It’s a win-win for the city because it will also reduce the need for use of private wells for construction needs. The rate per gallon is currently being negotiated.

Invitation Being Sent to President

The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors is sending out a pretty big invitation soon. They voted unanimously this week to send a letter to president Barack Obama inviting him and his family to visit Mendocino County. The invitation comes not long after the President’s designation of the Point Arena-Stornetta Lands as a California Coastal National Monument. During the signing, the President said that he would like to visit and experience the area one day, so the BOS is helping to give him a reason to come on over. The designation signed by the President on March 11th extends protections to approximately 1,665 acres of coastal lands on the southern coast of Mendocino County.