Archives for June 2018

Mendocino County 5th District Candidate Hospitalized

Mendocino County 5th District Candidate Chris Skyhawk has been hospitalized. According to his family, Skyhawk suffered a a hemorrhagic stroke earlier this week, and is currently hospitalized in the Bay Area. The family says they will keep people updated as information becomes available, and ask that the community respect their privacy, and continue to be patient.

More Pawnee Fire Evacuees Allowed to Return Home

More Pawnee Fire evacuees are retruning home as both Spring Valley Lakes and Double Eagle Ranch residents aer no longer under an evacuation order. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is urging those returning home to be aware of firefighters, and utility company workers, and be alert as emergency personnel continue to operate in the area.

Special Meeting on Appeal of Housing Project in Ukiah

The Ukiah City Council is holding a special meeting to consider an appeal of a housing project. In late May, the Planning Commission approved a permit for the 35-unit complex near the corner of Norton and North Main streets. Ukiah City Council member Steve Scalmanini filed an appeal because he believes the site could support a three-story building instead of the proposed two stories. A neighbor signed the appeal over concerns about the impact the project would have on her property. All objections willl be heard by the Ukiah City Council today.

Teen Charged with Arson

A teen has been charged with arson in Clearlake. Officers arrested 19-year-old Jason William Olson Jr.Tuesday morning, after he admitted to accidentally setting a building on fire near Emory Avenue and Lakeshore Drive on Monday. The fire was at an abandoned red-tagged building on Lakeshore Drive. Olson told police he accidentally started the fire while smoking methamphetamine.

06-29-18-Closures and Parking Restrictions for Bicycle Race in Lakeport

There will be several street closures and parking restrictions in downtown Lakeport for the RPP Hobby Lakeport Twilight Criterium Bicycle Race event tomorrow.

Here is the press release from the Lakeport Police Department:

On Saturday, June 30 the RPP Hobby Lakeport Twilight Criterium Bicycle Race event will take place. To facilitate the event and allow bicycle racing on Main Street to Armstrong Street to Forbes Street to 4th Street and back to Main Street, the following street closures and parking restrictions will be in place:

Street Closures:
Main Street between the north edge of Martin Street and the south edge of 5th Street will be closed to vehicles from 8:30 AM to about 11 PM. Martin Street will remain open. 5th Street east of Main Street will be open for vehicles needing to access the city boat launch ramps, Library Park and Park Street. No vehicle access to Main Street in the closure area will be allowed.
Forbes Street between the north edge of Martin Street and the south edge of 5th Street will be closed from 10 AM to about 11 PM. 5th Street west of Forbes Street will be open for persons needing to access residences in this area. No vehicle access to Forbes Street in the closure area will be allowed.
A detour route around the closure area will be available between 5th and Martin Streets.
Armstrong Street, 1st Street, 2nd Street, 3rd Street and 4th Street between Main Street and Forbes Streets will be closed from 8:30 AM to about 11 PM.

Parking Restrictions:
No vehicles shall be left parked in any of the above described closure areas after 8 AM on Saturday, June 30 and any left are subject to IMMEDIATE TOW AWAY by the police department. This restriction shall remain in place until all Streets are reopened to traffic at about 11 PM. Also please be advised that NO PARKING will be permitted along Fifth Street between N. Forbes and N. Estep Streets. This is to ensure sufficient access for emergency vehicles and residents to the neighborhoods west of the Forbes Street closure area.

Additional Information:
All Lakeport businesses in the closure can be accessed by pedestrians. Persons needing to access the city south of Martin Street are advised to use Lakeport Blvd off SR 29. Persons needing to access the city north of 5th Street are advised to use 11th Street off SR 29. The City is working with the Soper-Reese Theatre on a traffic/parking plan for the event that will take place there between 7 and 9 PM, during the same time the bicycle racing is still in progress.
Electronic message boards are expected to be placed on both Lakeport Blvd & 11th Streets advising of the bike race and street closures. No parking tow away signs will be placed throughout the closure area on Thursday evening, June 28. The Lakeport Police Department and Lakeport Public Works Department will have units onsite for traffic control and safety throughout the day.

Public parking for the event is available east of Main Street in the lakefront city parking lots and on Park Street near City Hall.

For further information on the Lakeport Criterium, see their Facebook page at: or website at:

Man Gets 50 Years to Life for Murder

The man who was found guilty of a murder in Mendocino County has been sentenced. Andrew C. Crowningshield pleaded guilty in April to the “willful, premeditated and deliberate murder” of 22-year-old Autumn Renee Smith, of Fort Bragg. She was his ex-girlfriend and the mother of his child. Crowningshield admitted that he shot Smith mulitiple times on Feb. 4 near Little River. A Mendocino County Superior Court Judge imposed a to 50-years-to-life in state prison term for Crowningshield.

Damage Assessment on Pawnee Fire

A new damage assement report is out on the destruction caused by the Pawnee Fire. There are a total of 27 burned properties. 22 Properties are destroyed: 12 of them being residences, and 10 being outbuildings.
5 Properties are damaged: 3 of them being residences, and 2 outbuildings. With the evacuation order lifted for the Spring Valley Community, the Lake County Department of Public Health as issued two safety nnotices for survivors of the Pawnee Fire: Use care when searching through fire debris. And, food that has been unsealed, or thawed and re-frozen should not be eaten.

LAC Opens for Pawnee Fire Survivors

A Local Assistance Center for those impacted by the Pawnee Fire opens today. It’s located at the Spring Valley Community Center, 3000 Wolf Creek Rd., Clearlake Oaks Hours today and tomorrow are 9 a.m. – 7 p.m, and on Saturday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Some organizations that will be on had include the American Red Cross, North Coast Opportunities, Lake County Animal Control, Behavioral Health, Social Security Administration, Social Services, Habitat for Humanity, and more.

School Board Extends Contract for UUSD Superintendent

The Ukiah School Board has extended the contract for another four years, for Superintendent Deb Kubin. She was also given a satisfactory performance evaluation, and was praised for her leadership and transparency. Kubin has served as superintendent for the Ukiah Unified School District since the summer of 2012

Containment Grows on Pawnee Fire

Containment continues to grow on the Pawnee Fire in Lake County. As of last night, the 13,000 acre fire was 17-percent contained. That fire broke out in the Spring Valley Lakes subdivision Saturday afternoon. The fire has destroyed 22 structures – 12 residences and 10 outbuildings. Another four structures have been damaged. Another informational forum for residents and evacuees will be held tonight from 6-8PM at
the Clear Lake City Council Chambers.