Archives for July 2014

FBPD crime prevention event

This Saturday from 5 to 7pm. The Fort Bragg Police Department is encouraging Fort Bragg residents in neighborhoods and businesses to lock their doors, turn on outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police. The Ukiah Daily Journal says, The Department is joining thousands of communities for a nationwide crime prevention event.
The 31st Annual National Night Out crime and prevention event will involve over 16,000 communities from all 50 U.S. states. In all, more than 37 million people participated in “America’s Night Out Against Crime” in 2013. This year’s National Night Out will be the largest ever, according to an FBPD news release.
The event is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime efforts; strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
This year in Fort Bragg there will be at least 14 different block parties. One will take place at the Police Department on Cypress Street with a free hot dog dinner.

Family Movies at Lakeport Library

Beginning Saturday, the Lakeport Library will show family-friendly movies on the first Saturday of each month at 10:30 a.m. in the children’s room. The movie selection will feature current releases and old favorites, and will include both animated and live-action films. The free program is open to all ages, but children must be accompanied by an adult. For more details call the library at 263-8817. The Lakeport Library is located at 1425 N. High Street, and is open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Wednesday noon to 8 p.m.

Fires Burn West of Laytonville

Three lightning cause fires continued to burn last night west of Laytonville. They were discovered early yesterday morning and as of the latest CalFire update at 9 p.m. had burned about 35 acres. Willits News reports CalFire has requested assistance from outside the area. One fire is about 75 percent contained but the others have zero percent containment. CalFire, Laytonville Volunteer Fire Department and the Bureau of Land Management are fighting the blaze. There were 180 fire personnel on the scene yesterday including five fire engines, 8 fire crews, three dozers, five helicopters and five air tankers on the blaze. Two of the fires are in steep heavily wooded terrain. No structures are threatened. Fire crews are “aggressively attacking the fire by constructing containment lines.”

Fort Bragg Man Plunges 80 Feet Off HWY 1

A Fort Bragg motorist plunged down an embankment off Highway 1 near Jenner and walked away with only minor injuries, according to emergency officials. According to the Press Democrat, Jeff Aylen, 62, was driving his 1999 Lexus south on the coastal highway when he misjudged a turn and his car went off the side of the road and down about 80 feet. CHP Sgt. Dave Hoff said “His car landed on its roof and he got out and crawled up the embankment.” The accident occurred just before 7 p.m, and Aylen amazingly did not require medical help.

Path to Citizenship Day Sunday

The Fourth annual ‘Path to Citizenship Day’ is on Sunday and Legal Services of Northern California will provide a free legal clinic to residents of Mendocino and Lake counties wanting help with their U.S. citizenship applications. The clinic will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the SPACE Theater, 508 W. Perkins St. Ukiah. Lawful permanent residents can meet with trained community volunteers and immigration attorneys for assistance with their naturalization applications and for information about the naturalization process. Space is limited, so call to make an appointment soon 707-513-1026.

2 Candidates Set for Ukiah November Ballot

Two candidates who want to run for the seats that will be open on the Ukiah City Council are set to be on the November Ballot. The Ukiah Daily Journal confirms that Phil Baldwin, whose term will expire this year, and John Johns, an organic farmer and retired business owner have filed their paperwork and and returned enough signatures to get on the ballot.

West Nile Virus in Lake County

The West Nile Virus has made its way into Lake County. A resident has tested positive for the virus, and so have some mosquito samples and five dead birds. There have only been five cases of a human contracted the virus in Lake County, with the last one being in 2012. The hot temperatures and cool evenings are helping the virus multiply faster than normal.

Wetlands Near Would Be Costco Designated Open Space

A little over 2 acres near the land where the Costco store would be built is now Open Space. The Ukiah Planning Commission voted unanimously to give the wetlands the designation during their meeting yesterday – which means that land, which is a natural resource, will be protected and preserved.

Boil Order for Parts of Clearlake Oaks

A boil water is in effect for parts of Clearlake Oaks following a water main break. The California Department of Public Health, the Lake County Health Department and Clearlake Oaks County Water District have advised residents on or near Orchard Shores Sub Division, Lake Village Estates, Jenson Road, Sulphur Bank Rd, Elem Indian Colony and 13537 E. Highway 20 to use boiled tap water or bottled water for drinking and cooking purposes. Officials urge residents in those areas not to drink the water without boiling it first. Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one minute and let it cool before using, or use bottled water, the notice urged. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water. The problem is anticipated to be resolved soon. Visit the Clearlake Oaks County Water District website for the latest updates.

Forest Service Vehicle and Equipment Internet Sale

The Mendocino National Forest is selling surplus vehicles, miscellaneous equipment and furniture by public Internet auction this week. The sale goes to the hightest bidder online at Internet bidding runs through Monday. Photos of internet sale vehicles and equipment are available for public viewing weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Friday, at the Willows office, located at 825 N. Humboldt Ave.