It’s National Safe Boating Week, and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 88 of Lake County, will be out doing patrols this weekend on Clear Lake. A representative of the auxiliary told the Clearlake City Council that the summer months of June, July and August are the most active boating months, with the most fatal boating accidents occurring in these months. Use of alcohol while boating was the leading contributing factor followed by operator inattention, inexperience, excessive speed and machine failure.
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Firefighters knocked down a small wildland fire in Lake County yesterday, estimated at about an eighth of an acre, near Highway 20 and Saratoga Springs. In a separate incident, crews were able to contain a residential structure fire in Spring Valley, to the home’s attic without it spreading to vegetation.
The California Highway Patrol will conduct a maximum enforcement period to ensure the safety of all motorists throughout the holiday weekend. The Memorial Day MEP will run from 6 tonight, to 11:59 p.m. Monday, May 31, and focus on properly using seat belts. Approximately 78 percent of people killed in a crash within CHP jurisdiction during the 2020 Memorial Day MEP were not wearing a seat belt. Officers will also be watching for distracted and impaired drivers.
As the Memorial Day Weekend gets underway, AAA says motorists will see the highest gas prices since 2014. The current national average price for a gallon of unleaded gasoline is $3.04 per gallon, 16 cents more than a month ago and $1.08 per gallon higher than last year. AAA reports the average price per gallon of unleaded in California is $4.17. In Lake County it’s $4.23, and in Mendocino County the average is $4.10.
A proposal to audit the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office budget was presented during this week’s Board of Supervisors meeting. South Coast Organizing for Radical Equality gave the presentation saying they are seeking transparency around how funding is being managed within the department. Sheriff Matt Kendall said he welcomes a fair and independent audit but doesn’t want it to be a witch hunt. The board will put together an ad-hoc committee to address questions about the Sheriff’s Department budget.
The Lakeport City Council denied a vicious animal abatement appeal. The order is in effect for 3 years for Maria Anderson’s dogs, a 3-year-old neutered male German shepherd mix, and a 1-year-old neutered male pit bull mix. The Lakeport Police Chief and Lake County Animal Care and Control Director declared the dogs vicious following 11 instances of the dogs running loose and attacking animals.
The latest Wildfire Town Hall will focus on the resources being deployed this year to protect local communities, and what to expect in the years to come when it comes to wildfires and climate change. CalFire’s Sonoma Lake Napa Unit Chief, and the Director of the Climate and Energy Policy Institute at Stanford University will be among the guests at the Town Hall that starts at 6:30 PM. Find the link on State Senator Mike McGuire’s Facebook page.
AAA expects a significant rebound in the number of Americans planning to travel this Memorial Day holiday weekend. More than 37 million people are expected to travel 50 miles or more between May 27 and May 31. That’s a 60-percent increase from last year, when only 23 million traveled, the lowest on record since AAA began recording in 2000. Debbie Haas, Vice President of Travel for AAA says “A year’s worth of pent-up demand is being unleashed this summer, as Americans anticipate the kick off to the season.”
The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Bureau has identified the suspect involved in the series of burglaries in remote areas of Mendocino County and the attempted murder of a Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Deputy. The suspect has been identified as 40-year-old William Allan Evers, and he’s considered armed and dangerous; Evers is 6 foot 1, 180 pounds with brown eyes, brown hair and reddish facial hair. He has skull or skulls tattoo on his right upper arm, a “Demon face” tattoo on his upper left arm and unknown prominent tattoo on his chest. Evers is known to be comfortable in wooded areas and is suspected of using rural roads and logging roads to transit the county.
The Lakeport Police Department has partnered with Carfax to provide electronic copies of accident reports at crashdocs.org. Citizens involved in reportable traffic collisions in the City of Lakeport will soon be able to save time by obtaining traffic collision reports online with only the case number, date of the accident, and their name rather than visiting the police department.