The Lakeport Police Department is staffing a full time School Resource Police Officer on the campuses of the Lakeport Unified School District. The officer assigned is Officer Aaron Hodges who attended Lakeport Schools and is a graduate of Clear Lake High School. LPD says the program has been made possible by a funding partnership between the LUSD School Board and the Lakeport City Council. All involved officials believe that placement of a police officer on the school grounds in the city will greatly enhance the safety of all students, staff and visitors on the campuses.
As a response to the recent Hopkins Fire affecting the Calpella community, North Coast Opportunities, Inc. is offering various support services to individuals and families who have been impacted. For more information or to apply, visit their website: www.ncoinc.org/.
The governor’s recall election is today. Every active registered voter in the state was sent a mail-in ballot. The ballot asks voters two questions: whether to recall the current governor, and then a question as to which candidate should replace him if recalled. Completed ballots can be returned by mail, or dropped in a number of official boxes around Lake and Mendocino Counties. There are also polling stations open today to cast your vote.
Firefighters continued to hold and improve control lines on the Hopkins Fire in Mendocino County yesterday. The fire grew to 257 Acres and is 30 percent contained. Evacuations remain in effect and the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office is providing updates. The fire, which began near Hopkins Street and North State Street in Calpella, burned at least 10 homes, and caused significant damage to the Pomo recreational day-use area off Marina Drive.
Two additional COVID-19 related deaths were confirmed yesterday in Mendocino County. The Public Health Department reports a 53-year-old from Willits and a 69-year-old from Ukiah, are the 68th and 69th local deaths as a result of the pandemic. According to the health department, neither of the men were vaccinated. There were 130 new cases reported since the last update from the county on Friday. Most of those cases are centered around the Ukiah area, 22 COVID-19 patients hospitalized in Mendocino County, nine of whom are in the ICU.
Firefighters made quick work of the McCutchan Fire in Mendocino County. The fire grew to 6.9 acres and is 100% contained. Fire resources remained at the scene overnight for mop-up and will patrol the area periodically over the next few days. The fire was first reported late yesterday afternoon near the Pine Mountain area of Geysers Road, Hopland.
The Hopkins Fire at Hopkins St and North State St. near Capella in Mendocino County was last reported to be 275 acres and 10 percent contained, with forward progress stopped. The fire, which started yesterday afternoon, caused evacuations and late last night, the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office announced residents on Lake Mendocino Drive from east side Calpella North to Milani Drve have been reduced to an evacuation warning. This includes the Oakie Flats area. Cal Fire says the cause of the fire remains under investigation.
CHP has released information about a fatal collision south of Willits. The head-on collision happened yesterday at 11 a.m. Police say a 21-year-old man from Calpella, was northbound on Highway 101, when he crossed the double yellow line resulting in a head-on collision with a vehicle driven by a 29-year-old woman from Olivehurst. The male driver died at the scene. The felmale driver suffered major injuries.
COVID-19 updates were presented Friday from Mendocino County Public Health Officer Dr. Andy Coren, who did not enact a vaccine mandate for local restaurants and bars. Instead, he strongly recommended that staff and customers of those establishments be vaccinated. In addition, Coren said he will require each establishment that serves food or alcoholic beverages to post a sign that states the businesses vaccination policy.
The Lake County Registrar of Voters Office reported on the process to conduct a manual tally for tomorrow’s California Gubernatorial Recall Election. The elections office will conduct a public manual tally of a minimum of 1% of randomly selected precincts. The selection of the precinct, or precincts, to be included in the manual tally will be randomly chosen on the same date prior to the manual tally.