Archives for August 2014

Holiday Travel Weekend

We are now in the last major holiday travel weekend of the summer.
If you’re one of the people driving somewhere this weekend, make sure you’re sober – a lot of extra law enforcement will be out on patrol to catch drunk drivers with sobriety checkpoints planned in many areas all weekend. If you’re heading out of state, remember that law enforcement across the country also will be looking for people speeding, or driving aggressively, or breaking seat belt laws. Nationally, Triple-A projects more than 34 point 7 million people will be heading out this weekend, which is up by 1 point 3 percent over last year.
Gas reports gas in Ukiah is at $3.77 a gallon today and Lakeport is at $3.71.

Juveniles get second chance thanks to CA Governor

Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation today that will help non-violent, young offenders get their lives back on track to become productive members of society. The bill ensures that juveniles have a pathway to automatically sealing their non-violent records if they successfully complete the terms of their court-imposed probation. The bill does not apply to serious, violent crimes, which remain un-sealable under all circumstances.

Man dies from injuries suffered in bike accident

A young Hidden Valley Lake man who officials said was injured in a bicycle crash last weekend has died.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that 21-year-old Daniel Renninger died earlier this week.
Lake County News says,
The California Highway Patrol said Renninger is believed to have been injured in a bicycle crash that occurred on Deer Hill Road in Hidden Valley Lake at around 1:45 a.m. last Saturday.
He was flown to the hospital for treatment of major head trauma, which had caused him to become unresponsive and go into convulsions, the CHP said. The incident is still under investigation.
The CHP asks that any witnesses to the incident call the Clear Lake Area CHP.

Caltrans Adopts Walking and Biking Projects

The California Transportation Commission adopted 148 biking and walking projects last week, valued at more than $430 million, and Caltrans says Mendocino County is slated for three projects valued around $22 million to rehabilitate 83 lane miles of roadway at three locations near Ukiah and Laytonville.

CHP Labor Day Maximum Enforcement Period

CHP is kicking off its annual Labor Day Maximum Enforcement Period which begins at 6 this evening and continues through 11:59 pm on Monday, Sept. 2. The Labor Day MEP also coincides with the ongoing national drunk driving enforcement crackdown, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.” If your Labor Day celebration in Lake or Mendocino Counties involves alcohol, ensure those plans also include a designated driver.

Lake County Fair Weekend

The Lake County Fair is off to a good start. In the grandstand tonight is the WGAS Cal State Tuff Truck Finals. The annual Junior Livestock Auction is tomorrow, and Sunday there’s a food drive to benefit local food pantries. See the full list of fun at

Mendocino County BOS at Odds with Grand Jury Findings

The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors have reviewed and approved responses to the 2013-14 Grand Jury Report. According to the Ukiah Daily Journal, the grand jury requested eight responses from the supervisors on different reports. The supervisors have determined that most of the findings and recommendations of the grand jury are unwarranted and in some cases too general. County officials also questioned accuracy of the reports.

Portion of HW 29 to Become Business Route

The Lakeport City Council is backing a resolution to designate a portion of Highway 29 as a business route. The proposal came from the Lakeport Economic Development Advisory Committee. Their goal is to its get more people to pull off the main highway and drive into town. Three routes were proposed to the city council for the proposed business route, and the winning one was the Nice-Lucerne Cutoff to Highway 175.

Ranger Placed on Leave and Charged with DWI

A California State Parks ranger has been placed on administrative leave after he was arrested for allegedly driving his state-issued vehicle under the influence of alcohol in Humbolt County. A photo that was taken by someone who discoverd him has been making its rounds on social media. It shows the ranger, Tyson Young, asleep in his vehicle with a beer can resting between his legs. Young is facing an investigation from California State Parks.

Sports Highlights

Sports Highlights from the Record Bee:

The Middletown High School girls soccer team got a 3-2 win for their season opener against El Molino.

Ukiah JVs beat Clear Lake JVs 1-0 in girls’ soccer action at Lakeport.

It was a good night for the Knights, as they rolled to an easy win in their season opener last night 42-14.

Tonight, the Clear Lake Cardinals are home to take on a South Fork team that beat them 28-24 a year ago in Miranda. Tomorrow, the Upper Lake Cougars open things up at home against California School for the Deaf

Football action opens this weekend in the North Coast League III, including Mendocino’s opener against Round Valley, and Point Arena vs Anderson Valley.

Congratulations to Lake County mountain bike rider, and Clear Lake High School senior Nathan Barnet. He finished first in one race and third in another to claim All-Mountain Champion honors earlier this month at the 19th annual Downieville Classic.