Archives for February 2017

Community Meeting Today in Lakeport on Flood Event

The city of Lakeport Emergency Operations Center will host a community meeting later today to discuss the latest information on the ongoing flood event. The meeting is open to the public but is mainly intended for Lakeport residents in flood-affected areas. A translator also will be available for Spanish speakers. Over 200 residents in four neighborhoods along the lakeshore were ordered to evacuate last week, and that evacuation remains in place. The meeting today is at 5PM in the council chambers at Lakeport City Hall, 225 Park St.

Temporary Cell On Wheels Improves Communication in Lakeport

The Verizon Wireless Crisis Response Team has provided improved cellular service for Lakeport area during the flood emergency. Verizon has installed a temporary ‘Cell On Wheels’ to improve wireless communications for emergency workers and residents in the Lakeport area during this emergency flood event. They also outfitted the Lakeport EOC last week with enhanced wireless data connectivity allowing for better coordination among emergency workers and City officials. A portable wireless hotspot and internet connected laptops were also provided at the 7th Day Adventist Church evacuation center, which allows students the ability to complete school work and gives evacuees a way to stay connected with friends and family.

NCO and County of Mendocino Partner to Offer Free CERT Training

Willits and Ukiah residents will have an opportunity to become members of a Certified Emergency Response Team – a group of volunteers who assist those affected during natural disasters. Training takes place over the next three Saturdays, March 4, 11, and 18, at the Cal Fire Howard Forest Station. Contact the NCO Volunteer Netowrk to register:

(707)462-1959 or

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McGuire Names Mendocino County’s Woman of the Year

March is women’s history month, and Senator Mike McGuire has selected union organizer and Democratic Party Delegate Val Muchowski as Mendocino County’s Woman of the Year. She will be honored during a ceremony in Santa Rosa on March 3, with other honorees from the Second District.

6th Suspect in Jeffrey Settler Murder Case Arrested

A sixth suspect in the Jeffrey Settler murder case has been arrested. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s office said last last year they recieved tips that 33-year-old Jesse Cole Wells from Laytonville, had been visiting casinos in Lake Tahoe. On Thursday, the South Lake Tahoe Police Department obtained Wells’ location, and MCSO requested a search warrant for a house in South Lake Tahoe. Wells was taken into custody on Friday and he will be will be extradited to Mendocino County.

Possible Modification to Emergency Ordiance that Closed Clear Lake

Clear Lake was at 10.23 feet on the Rumsey Gauge as of 4:15 p.m.yesterday and dropping. Aside from a slight chance of showers today, it looks to be a dry week ahead. This week the Lake County Board of Supervisors will consider updates to the urgency ordinance that closed Clear Lake to motorized vessels.
The director of Lake County Water Resources and Sheriff want a modification that would allow salvage and repair vessels to operate on the lake.

MDOT to Begin Repairs on the Orr Springs Slip Out Today

The Mendocino County Department of Transportation will begin repairs on the Orr Springs slip out today.
The first couple of days will consist of staging equipment and materials, site preparation and earth work for the bridge. Motorists are asked to park vehicles outside the orange lines and off the road as crews need to get trucks and materials on site and turned around. MDOT apologizes for the inconvenience, but adds taht they are working diligently to open the road safely as soon as possible.

Public Meeting on Closure of Clear Lake

There was public meeting yesterday afternoon put on by Lake County that focused on the current closure of Clear Lake to motor boats due to high water and seeking public imput on how the county might best address this issue in the future. It’s estimated that Clear Lake is likely to remain in flood stage until at least mid-March. There are 4,200 properties impacted at the 10 foot Rumsey mark at a total value of $900 million. As for fishing tournaments, 12 were planned in February, of which three were lost.

2nd Red Cross Shelter Opens in Lakeport

With hundreds evacuated from their homes in Lakeport, and others on an evacuation advisory in Clearlake due to high lake levels, a second shelter has opened up. it’s in Lakeport at the National Guard Armory at 1431 Hoyt Avenue. The other Red Cross Evacuation Shelter at the Seventh Day Adventist Church on Park Way in Lakeport.

Traffic No Longer Allowed in Flooded Neighborhoods

Wakes created by passing vehicles in flooded areas are causing damage to properties. Because of this, no one is allowed to drive in and out of those flooded neighborhoods. Residents will need to park in a dry area and walk to their homes.Lakeport Police will cite anyone driving in these numerous closure areas.