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The Rocky Fire has burned thru 62-thousand acres. It increased since late Sunday night by 6,000 acres as the level of containment also went up from 5 percent to 12 percent. It’s the biggest of several in the state, burning more than 94 square miles, which in comparison is the size of the city of Seattle. Cal Fire says they’re seeing unprecedented fire behavior because of the drought. Those living in the community of Spring Valley had to be evacuated last night because of the way the wind was moving. So far mandatory and advisory evacuations have hit more than 13,000 people since last Wednesday when the fire began. 24 homes are gone and 26 outbuildings with another 6,300 homes threatened.

The Rocky fire is burning on the south side of Highway 20 and has left several spot fires in its trail on the north side of the highway. Fire officials say two of them may burn into each other. The Lake County Sheriff’s office says they could also threaten the communities of Spring Valley and the Double Eagle housing development. They’ve already issued a mandatory evacuation order for all residents along the Highway 20 corridor from Highway 53 to Walker Ridge Road. You can see all of the mandatory evacuation orders at our website and our Facebook page. Also Lake Co News dot com, their Facebook page and at the Lake County Office of Emergency Services.

Firefighters from local, state and federal agencies working with inmate crews all along several areas of the perimeter of the fire Monday. They were using shovels, modified axes, fire engines and bulldozers on the flames to try to prevent their spread. There were also helicopters and air tankers making drops on the fire. There are reports of multiple hot spots burning in dry vegetation about two miles east of Double Eagle Ranch, in the Walker Ridge area.

For those displaced by the Rocky fire, the Moose Lodge 2284 (aka on Facebook Moose Lodge 2284/Women of the Moose 1691) at junction 53 & 20 feeding folks and says they have more than 2 dozen Rv’s with displaced people there.

Two official shelters open for those evacuated from the Rocky Fire. Middletown High School, 20932 Big Canyon Road, Middletown and Kelseyville High School, 5480 Main Street Kelseyville. Those staying at the Moose Lodge in Clearlake Oaks are being urged to relocate to one of those sites. If you need help moving there, call Lake County Social Services, Adult Services Office at 707-995-4680 until 5 pm. Or after hours at 888-221-2204.

Officials in the Mendocino National Forest are on the lookout for lightning started fires and find some. 15 fires over the last week and a half or so, 3 on the Upper Lake Ranger District are active, and the rest have been declared either contained, controlled or out. The Etsel Fire about 32 acres and 60 percent contained located in the Yuki Wilderness burning in heavy timber and brush. The Boardman Fire at 72 acres and 30 percent contained. And the Deer Fire, southeast of Lake Pillsbury is the biggest at about 100 acres and threatening three structures. Officials say as the dry conditions and hot temperatures continue, they anticipate more lightning fires in coming days with more thunderstorms in the forecast this week.

Getting closer to registration and filing dates for the November 2015 election featuring consolidated districts. The Mendocino County Clerk and Recorder’s Office says anyone interested in running for office in November has only until this Friday to file with the county. Vote-by-mail ballots are available Oct. 5th. And the last day to register to vote is Oct. 19th. There is also a write-in period for candidacy registration from Sept. 7 to Oct. 20.

At a fire in Ukiah a man living across from the Pinoleville Tribe lost much of his property. Wayne Hunt says he lost 40 motorhomes, boats and a dozen cars, including a 1972 Mustang convertible. He says he also lost a 40-foot shipping container that had hot-rod engines inside and a box trailer full of forklifts. The fire started near a parked car near a pot farm on land owned by the Pinoleville Pomo Nation. It spread to Hunt’s business, Ukiah Auto Dismantlers. Hunt says his estimated losses were in the neighborhood of at least $200,000.

A website is being launched by the state so you can tattle on water wasters. They’ll accept any complaint, from leaky sprinklers to waiters serving water without asking. There are mandatory restrictions on water use, including banning washing cars with hoses that don’t shut off and restricting lawn-watering within two days of rain. The site savewater.ca.gov. Complaints go to local government offices depending on what the offense is. So far more than 300 agencies had signed up. Tipsters can remain anonymous.

A dead humpback whale seen on the beach in Pacifica. There’s been several dead whales washing up along Northern California’s coast since April. The Marine Mammal Center says the latest was found by folks on the beach at Esplanade beach Sunday. The California Academy of Sciences and the Marine Mammal Center were going to try to perform a necropsy but that depended on the tides. A humpback whale washed up in May over at Sharp Park Beach in Pacifica too. And a sperm whale was found near Mori Point with that necropsy showing no official cause of death.

A hen owned by a woman in Massachusetts who rehaps ill or injured poultry is getting a prosthetic leg at Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. Andrea Martin says she’s paying for the $2,500 surgery or she’d have to put the chicken down. The chicken, named Cecily, had a damaged tendon in her leg since birth. The prosthetic is being made on a 3-D printer.

Rocky Mountain Fire Update
Monday, 8/3/15 7:50pm

​UPDATE:

Latest numbers on the ‪#‎RockyFire‬ east of Clear Lake is now 62,000 acres & 12% contained. Over 3,100 firefighters fighting the fire.

EVACUATIONS (MANDATORY)
Mandatory: Jerusalem Valley area east of Soda Creek, Bonham Road, Quarter Horse Lane, Mustang Court, Bronco Court, Sunset Court, Morgan Valley east of Bonham Road, Canyon Road, June Bug Road, Cambell Ranch Road, Sloan Ranch Road, Sky High Ranch Road, Rocky Creek Road, Dam Road from the gate to the dam, Grizzly Canyon, Long Branch Drive, Lance Road, Cougar Road, Red Rocks, Meridian Road, Antelope Road, Mule Skinner Road, Flint Look Place, Moccasin Road, Roundball Road, Watertrough Road, Grigsby Canyon, Lucky Canyon, Remington Canyon, Walker Ridge, Walker Ridge Road, No Guns Road, Meriann Drive, Bear Valley Road from Highway 20 to Wilbur Springs Road, Wilbur Springs Road and Morgan Valley Road X Butte Creek Road, Ogulin County Road and Spring Valley, Paradise Canyon, New Long Valley Road, Old Long Valley Road, Salt Canyon, Indian Hill Road, Flaming Hills Lane, Benmore Canyon, Red Rock Road, Red Rock Court, Round Mountain Road North West of Highway 22, Fern Way, Juniper Way, Holly Way, Golden Red Way, Shasta Road, Cougar Road, Jeep Trail, Smith Lane, Pueblo Trail, Quail Trail, Ogulin Canyon Road, Meadow Creek Road, Cache Creek Road, Wolf Creek Road, Spring Valley Road, Riverview Road, Rocky Ridge, Chalk Mountain Road, Lakeview Campground, Cache Creek Winery, Noggle Winery, Elm Way, Dogwood, Cedar, Blue Berry, Acacia Way, Acacia Street, Doe Trail, Madrone Way, Peach Way, Quince Way, Redwood Way, Sequoia Way, Tamarack Way, Weeping Willow Way, Yucca Way, Coyote Way, Elk Way and Fox Way.

(EVACUATIONS ADVISORY)
Advisory: All areas including east of Hwy 29 @ Raita Road east of Hwy 53 north to Hwy 20, Clear Lake area east of Highway 53 from Dam Road to Highway 20, Spruce Grove Road, Noble Ranch Road, Black Bass Pass, Jerusalem Valley area west of Soda Creek, Double Eagle Ranch, Homes along Hwy 20 corridor between New Long Valley Road and east of the county line, Spruce Grove Road to intersection of Jerusalem Grade, Lake Ridge, Highway 53 west to Sulphur Bank Road along Highway 20.

Evacuation Centers: Middletown High School, Kelseyville High School

Road Closures: Jerusalem Valley Road is closed to all traffic at Spruce Grove Road, Highway 20 corridor will be closed from New Long Valley Road to Highway 53, both directions of Ogulin County Road and Highway 16 is closed from Highway 20 to the Yolo County Line.

An animal evacuation center is opened at the Lower Lake Social Services parking lot, 15975 Anderson Ranch Parkway, Lower Lake.

Note. The fire has crossed Highway 20 at multiple points.​

Officials with the Mendocino National Forest still looking for fires that may have been sparked by lightning from storms last week and through this weekend. They’ve found 15 fires in the forest, but just three in the Upper Lake Ranger District were still active. One in the Yuki Wilderness burning in heavy timber and brush on about 30 or so acres. Then there’s the Boardman Fire between 40 and 50 acres and the Deer Fire, southeast of Lake Pillsbury, was as much as 75 acres as of late yesterday with a few structures threatened.

The Rocky Fire keeps exploding and burning more acres. Now at more than 54-thousand acres, with new mandatory evacuations and homes lost. The fire started less than a week ago and has spread from Lower Lake into Colusa and Yolo counties. It’s destroyed as many as 2 dozen homes, 26 outbuildings and threatens more than 6,000 more homes. The massive fire is still only 5 percent contained. Nearly 2,000 firefighters are working the fire. A mandatory evaluation order has been issued for all of Spring Valley, east of Clearlake Oaks. The sheriff says they were going door to door telling people they had to leave because there’s one main way in and out of the area. There’s also a mandatory evacuation for Ogulin Canyon Road near Clearlake and the road closed at both ends. There are still mandatory evacuation orders in place for the Double Eagle Ranch, up east on Highway 20, homes along the Highway 20 corridor, and areas around Lower Lake. There are advisories for parts of Clearlake east of Highway 53 from Riata Road all the way north to Highway 20, and for Highway 20 west of Sulphur Bank Road. Highway 20 between New Long Valley Road to Highway 53 is being closed as soon as the people are out of Spring Valley. The highway is closed from New Long Valley Road to I-5 in Williams. But Highway 53 through Clearlake and Lower Lake is open. There is still an evacuation shelter at Middletown High School and an animal evacuation at the Lake County Department of Social Services parking lot in Lower Lake. The shelter at Kelseyville High is closed.

More fire resources are coming to the area. State Senator Mike McGuire spoke at a town hall about the fire. He represents Lake County. The community meeting yesterday in the Lower Lake High School gymnasium. It was standing room only, with hundreds at the gym. The Gov. has declared a state of emergency for Lake County. Last night it looked like the fire was headed to Clearlake. Thousands of advisory evacuation orders are already in place but the Lake County Sheriff said more evacuations may be needed.

Two people from Kelseyville have major injuries after a motorcycle crashed into a tree off Highway 175 in Lake County. Lake Co News reports it’s a former police chief from Clearlake and his wife. The CHP reports the driver and passenger’s name’s have not been released. It happened Saturday night when the Harley Davidson, heading west on Highway 175 for some unknown reason, veered off the road and slammed into the tree. The 2 on the bike, thrown off. The CHP says it doesn’t look alcohol or drug related. Bob Chalk retired as Clearlake Police chief in 2006, after nearly 14 years on the job. Last year he ran to be Lake County sheriff.

The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors is taking up the matter of banning so-called formula businesses or chain stores. The regular meeting tomorrow morning, this one in Ukiah. They’re considering a moratorium on stores in areas where the public doesn’t have sufficient opportunity for public input. If they approve the move tomorrow it won’t affect any projects already approved in the county. The moratorium so the board has more time to review projects and see if a use permit process is in the public interest.

The Mendocino County Auditor-Controller and the CEO have responded to the grand jury report on the free library system alleging misuse of ‘A-87 funds. "A-87" is the allocation of central administrative and overhead expenses for county departments getting federal money. The grand jury report states A-87 costs thought to not be allowed. Controller Lloyd Weer says that’s not true, that the costs charged were correct and the library’s not losing any money. CEO Carmel Angelo points to Weer’s responses because she says the “Executive Office does not determine the costs" and accepts the information from the auditor-controller as accurate.

The last draft of the cannabis cultivation permit from the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board (NCRWQCB) is out and set for action by the board in a week. If the board approves, it’ll be the first program of its kind in the state. Water quality will be regulated for water resources linked to pot growing on private land. If approved it means pot growers who are tenants or landowners have to take responsibility for water quality associated with the activities. They have to also enroll in the program by February of next year.

Several residents from Redwood Valley at a meeting about a possible Dollar General project. The Redwood Valley Market owners have filed an appeal with the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors. No word on when the board will take up the appeal, but the Daily Journal reports, it could be the end of September. Last Wednesday there was a meeting for residents either concerned or there for more information on the project proposal. Some talk at the meeting about challenging the store’s probable liquor license request, looking more closely into where water will come from because of the drought and even getting an opinion on potential environmental impacts from agriculture specialists or biologists. The board voted down an appeal a couple weeks ago.

An official local emergency called due to the Rocky Fire. The Lake County Office of Emergency Services and the County Administrative Officer have signed an Official Proclamation by The Director of Emergency Services Declaring a Local Emergency last Thursday night. This was when the fire was just a few thousand acres. The Lake County Office of Emergency Services has a pre-recorded information line set up at (707) 263-2360, and will be posting information on the Lake County OES Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/LakeCountyOES.

The Rocky Fire near Lower Lake has had explosive growth, starting at 150 acres Wednesday afternoon to more than 13,000 as of late last night. There are expanded evacuations for Spruce Grove Road, north of the intersection with Jerusalem Grade Road; Noble Ranch Road; Jerusalem Grade Road; and Cantwell Ranch Road. That along with mandatory evacuations in the Lower Lake area for Morgan Valley Road, east of Bonham Road. The Highland Senior Center in Clearlake on Bowers Ave. is the place for folks to stay. Plus Middletown High is also being used as a shelter location. Animals can be taken to the parking lot of the Department of Social Services off of Highway 53 in Lower Lake. All summer programs in Lower Lake, Hidden Valley Lake and Middletown are canceled until further notice. The Lake County Emergency Operation Center has also been activated. For more information a phone line’s set up at 263-2360 and emergency services is posting updates on their Lake County OES Facebook page. You can also visit this radio station’s website for updated information and see our Facebook page too.

The mandatory water conservation in California is working… big time. Regulators say Californians followed directions in an unprecedented way, cutting back water use 27 percent in June. The State Water Resources Control Board says 265 of 411 local agencies in the state hit or nearly reached savings targets after Governor Brown ordered a 25 percent mandatory cut back because of the drought. The month of June would also normally mean more water use as it was the hottest June in state history. Reports released by California’s largest cities, including Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose and San Francisco showed strong water conservation.

Several outbuildings and at least three homes have destroyed by the Rocky fire and 650 people have been evacuated as the fire blackens more than 13,000 acres. The fire started Weds afternoon around 3-30 and blew up quickly to a thousand acres, then seemed to grow a couple thousand acres every few hours. Cal Fire has ground crews and help from the air. They’re working on containment which was last said to be 5%. Mandatory evacuations in place for residents in the Morgan Valley area where the fire is burning in rugged, steep, difficult terrain to access, there’s heavy brush and timber. The fire in the Cache Creek Wilderness Area and BLM Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument Area. 650 people had been evacuated as of lunchtime yesterday. There are two evacuation centers open – Highland Senior Center, 3245 Bowers Road, Clearlake and Middletown High School, 20932 Big Canyon Road, Middletown. There’s also an animal evacuation center at the Lower Lake Social Services parking lot.

The Lake County Board of Supervisors says it’s going to investigate possible mortgage fraud. The vote unanimous by the board to get deeds and documents from residents after a hearing with Attorney Allen D. West from Redondo Beach. The board looking for potential deficiencies and forgeries, with the help of county staff and West they’ll then present anything found to the Lake County District Attorney’s Office. They’re looking for fraud in any foreclosure cases which has been alleged by several residents in the county.

A new report shows California listed as one of the worst school systems in the country. The study by the personal finance website WalletHub which lists California as having the 9th worst school system in the country because of low reading and math test scores, a high dropout rate and the worst score in the country for student teacher ratio. The site looked at SAT scores, the percentage of grads to finish an AP exam and overall safety. The state was 49 out of 51 for safety. The best school system? Massachusetts, which had the highest math and reading test scores and lowest bullying rates.

The governor by default, has approved parole for one of three men found guilty in the 1976 kidnapping of 26 kids on a school bus who were held in a buried trailer. The Gov. had until midnight Thursday to approve parole for 63-year-old James Schoenfeld. He could sign off on it or send it back to the board recommending he be released, but the governor did nothing so the parole board’s decision is the final say. Schoenfeld, his brother, and a friend found guilty of the crime in 1976. They spent a year and a half on the plan to ask for a $5 million ransom for the kids. But the kids and their driver escaped, and the three kidnappers got life sentences. Schoenfield’s brother was released in 2012 and the other guy may have his parole hearing this fall.

Full on fire season throughout Northern California as fast moving winds whipped up several new fires and forcing people to evacuate. There are 14 huge fires, mostly up north with as many as 7,000 firefighters on the job. Cal Fire reports dozens of fires started Wednesday but crews were able to surround all but five. Cal Fire reports many were human caused and the drought gave them the fuel to burn super fast. The big Rocky Fire in Lake County helped by gusty winds and high temperatures. At least 650 residents had to leave their homes while the fire burned thru dry, dense brush and oak trees. The fire east of Napa Valley near Lake Berryessa is nearly contained. It’s burned more than a week and blackened almost 12 square miles in Solano County. About 136 structures were still threatened, and more than 200 people still under evacuation orders. The Wragg fire’s 80 percent contained.

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A citizen’s petition of sorts filed by firefighters in Mendocino County due to the danger of the millions of trees killed, but still in the forest. The initiative is to help keep firefighters and residents safe should a fire break out. It would place people before private industry profit so if there is a fire with major damage losses, corporations are held accountable. There are dead standing trees which firefighters say burn hotter and faster. The initiative after more than 200 residents and firefighters were at the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors meeting April 21st to request action. Organizers will be circulating petitions throughout the county, but mostly in the western half where the industrial timberlands are located.

A man from Clearlake found guilty of torturing his puppy. Emilio Vega Mendoza convicted of three felonies including intentionally and maliciously torturing Remy the German Shepherd. The dog not yet a year old was hung from a tree and punched. He’s also convicted of making threats to a police officer responding. He’s waived a jury trial and was found guilty by the Judge. Vega Mendoza was seen by a woman living in the house where he was staying beating the dog. He apparently threatened her and her baby as well. The man claims he was playing with the dog, who bit him in the face. He’s due to be sentenced in Sept. He faces three years in state prison and is currently on an immigration hold. Remy was adopted to a new home this past spring.

The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office warning residents about a possible money transfer scam. They say they’ve had a bunch of calls from residents who say they were called by someone claiming to work for the Sheriff’s Dept. saying they missed jury duty and had a warrant out for their arrest. They say they have to pay thousands in order to pay off the warrant, but the sheriff’s office says that’s not something they ever do. They warn if you receive any call like this to report it to police and to the Federal Trade commission.

Mendocino County Sheriff’s office on the lookout for a man they say didn’t register as a sex offender. 60 year old John Kacher wanted on a $15,000 warrant. He’s described as 5′ 10", brown hair and brown eyes, weighing 255 lbs. Anyone with info about where he might be is asked to call the sheriff’s Dispatch at (707) 463-4086.

A permit’s approved by the Ukiah Planning Commission for a home to be built in the western hills. There’s already a home on Janix Drive, now the planning commission agrees to allow applicant Jared Hull get a Major Use Permit to build a single-family home of about 2,000 square feet. Plus he wants to put in a pool, and a three-car garage on the private road. It’s part of a subdivision that’s been there several years. There was concern the house may not blend with what’s there already.

A woman from Nice has been killed in a head-on collision near Clearlake Oaks. The 40 year old woman driving a 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier on Highway 20 west of the junction with Highway 53 early Tuesday morning when the CHP says she drifted into an oncoming truck and trailer. That driver tried to avoid the woman, but they crashed anyway and she was killed. Her name’s not been released. The driver of the truck was not hurt.

A fire in Lake County first reported at 150 acres quickly exploded into at least 5,000 acres forcing evacuations southeast of Clearlake and sending a giant plume of smoke up over Sonoma County. It was first reported at about 3-30 yesterday afternoon near Morgan Valley Road and Rocky Creek Road, east of Lower Lake. Emergency crews ordering residents of Morgan Valley Road between the Napa County Line and the intersection of Highway 29 and Highway 53 in Lower Lake to evacuate. ABC7 in San Francisco did a flyover over and reported flames could be seen destroying several structures and another section burning steep and heavy timber. Temperatures reported above 100 degrees with low humidity and 11 mph winds. The cause of the fire has not been determined. Lake County Office of Emergency Services at (707) 263-2360

More than 2 dozen University of California employees made more than $1 million last year. A new report shows the elite group made up of athletic coaches, doctors and hospital chief executives. The data released by the university system Tuesday of detailed payroll information for employees. The top-money maker in the UC system and of all state workers was Jim Mora, head football coach at UCLA, with 3.5 million. The university system reports the payroll reached $12.6 billion in 2014.

Mandatory Evacuations for the Wragg Fire, that’s the one near Lake Berryessa. Emergency officials ordering folks on Mix Canyon, Sky Ranch Road, Wild Horse Canyon Rd., and Blue Ridge Road to leave immediately. That’s about 136 homes /200 residents. There’s also an advisory, meaning a warning for those on Gates Canyon Road and the area west of Pleasants Valley Road. Lake Solano campground has been closed for the use of fire equipment access. An information line’s set up (707 469-4000) 7,500 acres – 80% contained

No movement yet by the Willits City Council on two proposals regarding the development of the Remco property. It could be at least a month until any movement’s made until several conditions are satisfied. Then at that time, the council will decide if the Skunk Train depot and/or the Ed Mitchell-Burton business park meet the definition of “legitimate public purpose.” Willits Environmental Remediation Trust (WERT) oversees the Remco property. Sales contracts were in escrow until Tuesday including both the Skunk Train and the partnership of Mitchell and Burton. The trust looking to sell the property so it doesn’t have to pay about $1.5 million to get rid of the building still there.

John’s Place in Willits cannot reopen at a new location. The City Council, acting as the planning commission, turned down the move because it’s 175 feet from Willits High School. The owner of the full service bar applied to move into the old Suncycle building across from what used to be Vassar’s Pizza. The old John’s Place is now just an empty lot, it burned last November. The owner says he wants to move back to the old spot, but first wants to be on Main Street while the bar’s rebuilt. A letter from about 2 dozen teachers to the council opposed the new location and residents opposed more traffic coming to the neighborhood.

UPDATED EVACUATION INFO:

The Rocky Fire near Lower Lake had explosive growth overnight, moving from 150 acres to 5,000. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office has also expanded evacuations for Spruce Grove Road, north of the intersection with Jerusalem Grade Road; Noble Ranch Road; Jerusalem Grade Road; and Cantwell Ranch Road. That along with mandatory evacuations in the Lower Lake area for Morgan Valley Road, east of Bonham Road. The Highland Senior Center in Clearlake on Bowers Ave. is the place for folks to stay. Plus Middletown High is also being used as a shelter location. Animals can be taken to the parking lot of the Department of Social Services off of Highway 53 in Lower Lake. All summer programs in Lower Lake, Hidden Valley Lake and Middletown are canceled until further notice. The Lake County Emergency Operation Center has also been activated. For more information a phone line’s set up at 263-2360 and emergency services is posting updates on their Lake County OES Facebook page. You can also visit this radio station’s website for updated information and see our Facebook page too.

Police in Clearlake on the lookout for a man they say disappeared from a local hospital earlier this week. 33 yr old David Uribe has not been seen since Tuesday morning at St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake. Hospital staff tell police the man was a patient at the hospital who was there for some sort of evaluation – but he walked away. Police searching the area but couldn’t find the man. A family member says he has the mental capacity of a 10-year-old but is very friendly to strangers. His picture on Lake Co News dot com. He’s described as last seen wearing a gray t-shirt, white shorts and sandals. 5 foot, 7, 180 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes and he could be wearing glasses.

3 injuries reported after a chain-reaction car crash in Ukiah. Four cars crashed near the intersection of Talmage Road and Airport Park Boulevard around 2-pm yesterday. Police say a green Mercury minivan looks to have rear-ended a Chevy Trailblazer which then rear-ended a pickup truck which hit another pickup sitting at the intersection waiting to turn onto Airport Park Boulevard from Talmage Road. Two adults and one child had to go to the hospital, but Fire officials say they had what looked like minor injuries. Four others involved refused treatment. Part of the accident scene was blocked for 45 mins due to the crash.

A mobile home’s been destroyed in that apartment fire in Clearlake. 400 residents had to be evacuated Sunday afternoon. The fire on Dam Road near the Cache Creek Apartment Complex reported just before 5 p.m. The residents in the apartments and some nearby homes were evacuated. The Wal-Mart parking lot was used for the residents while the fire was surrounded. Cal Fire reported the fuels tinder dry and the fire moving quickly. It was at 10 acres when firefighters gained control. It took about 2 and a half hours for firefighters to surround the fire and in the cooler, overnight hours, they totally contained it. Firefighters warning to be careful outdoors as triple digits in the forecast.

A woman in Lakeport reported missing has been found safe outside California. Police say 24 year old Amber Costner who was reported missing last Friday has been located and has been in touch with family. Police had said Costner reached her family and said she was okay and didn’t want to be located. They also said they would continue investigating until she was found to be ok, which looks to be the case. Thousands of community members had been helping to find the woman whose car was found in Del Norte County without her. Police say they are not releasing any more information about where she is to protect her privacy.

FEMA has okay’d using federal money to help California fight the Wragg fire burning in Napa, Yolo and Solano Counties near Lake Berryessa. The state requested FEMA’s help last Thursday so FEMA funding would be available. That’s up to 75 percent of firefighting costs under an approved grant for managing, mitigating and controlling the fire. At one point the fire was threatening 230 homes and was growing rapidly, 6,000 acres in one day. At last count it had burned 6,900 acres and was 75% contained.

A possible land record audit in Lake County. The Lake County Board of Supervisors is considering the audit after several residents complained about mortgage issues and foreclosures. A lawyer will talk to the board at their meeting today about so-called quiet titles. These establish ownership of property if there are liens or levies that are tainting the title. The board was considering the matter back in May and voted for state assistance to prevent real estate and mortgage fraud. It asks the California Attorney General to create and coordinate a task force on the matter.

A man in Forestville saying Sonoma County sheriff’s deputies shocked him 23 times with Taser guns and beat him during his arrest for DUI is suing. Esa Wroth looking for $3 million to settle his excessive force lawsuit. He was arrested in January of 2013 for DUI with a toxicology report showing he had .21 alcohol in his blood, nearly 3 times the legal limit for driving after drinking. This is one of 3 lawsuits against Sonoma County regarding potential excessive force. When Wroth was pulled over after leaving the Forestville Club he says he was abused. Jail officials say he was uncooperative and could not be subdued. They say they did hit him and used Tasers during a struggle to gain control over him. An internal investigation showed all of that was appropriate. His lawyer claims he was tortured.

Four firefighters have been hurt on a fire in Nevada County. They were working the Lowell fire, which started Saturday west of Alta. The fire burned 1,500 acres and was only 20 % surrounded over the weekend because of difficult terrain. Two Cal Fire firefighters and two US Forest Service firefighters were burned, They had to be airlifted to the UC Davis Medical Center’s burn center. 3 were being treated and released but the 4th had serious burn injuries.

$165,000 in fines for Caltrans and two construction companies working on the Willits bypass project after a collapse of a 150-foot section of the Highway 101 bypass project. Three workers were injured. OSHA reporting serious worker safety violations by the agency and two contractors responsible for the $275 million viaduct project, a nearly 6-mile route being built around Willits to help with traffic congestion. The biggest fine was for almost $94,000 against a contractor from Benicia for a general violation and four serious violations. Another contractor from Dublin, was fined $49,500 for four serious violations.

A special meeting by the Ukiah City Council to continue its Strategic Planning Process and city projects to be considered the next fiscal year. The meeting set for tomorrow afternoon at 3 in the Ukiah Valley Conference Center. The council will continue drafting its Strategic Planning Process which began in 2007. They’re considering four strategic planning areas:

• Maintain downtown historic place as a regional center of civic and economic activity

• Planning valley-wide takes place based on sound planning principles

• Develop a prioritize(d) plan for maintaining and improving public infrastructure

• Council and staff work together to create a more responsive and effective workplace. Staff also voted back in January to work on goal setting without a consultant to save money.

Private individual health plans as part of the state’s own market place are going up. It’s the second year in a row for the 4 percent hikes. It’s going up 4 percent even, a little less than the 4.2 percent jump this year. The average rate increase though is 1.8 percent or a total of $296 a month. There are also 2 new participants for the first time UnitedHealthcare, the largest health insurer in the U-S and a new one out of New York called Oscar.

A man from Ukiah suspected of knifing another man near Observatory Avenue has been arrested. Ukiah Police report getting a call to the Express Mart in the 900 block of South State Street Saturday, a man had ended up there after being stabbed. Police say a 52-year-old man had a knife wound to his upper chest. He was taken to the Ukiah Valley Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. Witnesses say a homeless man, John Zerangue was responsible. He was found hiding in the restroom at a grocery store. Police say the two men, both transients got into an argument over money. Zerangue booked into Mendocino County Jail on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and violating his probation on $30,000 bail.

A mountain biker in New Mexico drove his car 20 miles to the nearest hospital even after being impaled in the neck by a tree branch. He had a neck injury after falling off his bike and being impaled in the neck by a two-centimeter-wide branch. The guy was able to get himself to the hospital at the University of New Mexico for treatment. Luckily it didn’t cause major damage to his nerves, airway or a major blood vessel. The branch taken out and the wound cleaned then closed.

San Francisco is turning on those who urinate in public. The city’s painted some walls with UV-coated, urine-repellent paint. The paint so effective at its job, it’s hydrophobic so it keeps walls clean and sprays urine right back at offenders. The Public Works director telling the San Francisco Chronicle it’s a pilot project to see if they can discourage folks from peeing at city hot spots. He says they’re trying new things to try to make San Francisco smell nice and look beautiful.

A fugitive has been arrested in Olympia after federal agents found the guy’s picture in a story about a low-budget horror movie in The Olympian. The newspaper reported Jason Stange was in a starring role in “Marla Mae” which the newspaper ran a feature story on last week. He was arrested close to the location of filming Friday. He had pleaded guilty to an armed bank robbery in 2006 and got almost 10 years in prison. A federal probation violation warrant was issued last year after Stange disappeared from a halfway house in Spokane.

That fire near Lake Berryessa is more than half surrounded. The fire is holding at 6,900 acres and as of late last night was 65% contained. It was 6,000 acres the first day. Firefighters have been struggling to contain the fire because it’s in steep and rugged terrain. Earlier road closures and evacuation orders have been lifted. The fire started last Wednesday after a woman driving a car on fire pull to the side of Highway 128 near Wragg Canyon Road in Napa County. 140 structures are still threatened. One outbuilding and a tent trailer have burned.

The old sound system at the Clearlake Oaks Community United Methodist Church is being replaced. The money coming from the Clearlake Oaks-Glenhaven Business Association. Apparently the old system is about ten years old.

The Clearlake City Attorney’s hours have been extended. The City Council has agreed to give Ryan Jones of Roseville a monthly retainer of 45 hours because of needed service. The Clearlake City Manager says the additional 5 hours a month are not mandatory, so unused hours can be credited to the following month. The attorney will also be at every city council meeting and study session unless the agenda doesn’t call for his attendance. The new contract will be reviewed again in six months to see if the extended hours match up to what’s needed. The lawyer also represented the former Lake Co. Sheriff Frank Rivero when the Lake County District Attorney filed two lawsuits against him for lying about a 2008 shooting when he was a deputy.

Only minor injuries in a three car crash, but Highway 101 had to be closed south of McNab Ranch Road . The CHP reports the crash Saturday when a trailer towing a race car came apart on the Highway near mile marker 15.92. The two vehicles were moved to the south side when another car went off the road to avoid the scene and landed in a ravine. The race car and trailer then crashed into a minivan. No serious injuries reported. The highway was closed so a REACH helicopter could land for one of the drivers could be airlifted out.

Police in Lakeport still looking for a woman who went missing but whose car was found. 24 year old Amber Costner was last seen Friday morning. Her car was found in Del Norte County. Lake County News reporting there was cause for concern about her safety because she told a family member she was leaving and wouldn’t return again. There are also reports she has a history of suicidal thoughts and may have a handgun. Police say Costner called her family to say she was ok but didn’t want to be found. Police said they thought she might be headed to Southern Calif. But instead found she may have actually gone to Crescent City. An unloaded gun was found in her van which was found in a grocery store parking lot. Police say they will follow all leads and continue to investigate the case until Costner is found OK.

A town hall planned by State Sen. Mike McGuire in Lake County next week. The Senator will be at Clearlake High in Lakeport in the MAC building next Thursday, Aug. 6th at 6:30. The town hall to discuss local issues that affect Lake County and all Northern California residents. There will be other public officials with the senator, the Lakeport Mayor Martin Scheel, Board of Supervisors Chair Anthony Farrington, Sheriff Brian Martin, the California Highway Patrol Clear Lake Area Office Commander, the Lake County Superintendent of Schools and the Caltrans District 1 Director Charlie Fielder.

A man from Clearlake’s been arrested after a 27-mile chase in a stolen car.
Mario Tito Mirabella nabbed by cops last Thursday night after he ended up crashing into a tree. Clearlake Police say a man in Kelseyville reported his car stolen. He called soon after saying he spotted his own car in Clearlake so he started to chase it, but then lost it in town. Police started their search the an officer saw it in the area of Lakeshore Drive near Old Highway 53, the officer tried stopping the car but the driver kept going. They chased the car for several miles at speeds of more than 100 mph, threw down a spike strip but the guy kept going. The driver crashed into a tree. Cops say he was found with meth on him. He’s charged with several crimes including possession of a stolen vehicle, felony evading and possession of a controlled substance.

A man in Florida has won the “Papa” Hemingway Look-Alike Contest after trying 15 times. Air traffic controller Charlie Boice of Palm Beach Gardens finally won the contest Saturday night at Sloppy Joe’s Bar, a place Ernest Hemingway apparently used to hang out during his Key West residency in the 1930s. 122 men entered the contest which is part of the yearly Hemingway Days festival.

A man in Arizona’s been arrested for driving around pretending to be a hair stylist so he could snap sexually explicit photos of his clients. The U.S. Marshals Service says 53-year-old James Hickey was arrested Friday while he was riding his bike in Flagstaff. He was wanted on 14 counts of surreptitious videotaping and for voyeurism and a probation violation. Cops say he’d go to houses posing as a hair dresser looking for in-home work then when cutting hair he’d secretly record clients or take sexually graphic pictures of them.

A handful of fires started in the Mendocino National Forest due to lightning strikes. Forest officials say they’ve found and contained 6 fires, all of them small after more than 350 lightning strikes last Monday and Tuesday. The fires all reported to be 7 acres or less. Fires on the Grindstone Ranger District, on the east side was half an acre. The Kneecap Fire was contained this weekend at just under 7 acres. Over on the Covelo Ranger District, on the northwest side of the Forest, the Calamese and Blands Fires, were just single-tree fires. On the Upper Lake Ranger District, on the southwest side of the Forest, a half-acre fire was controlled Saturday and another was also contained at a quarter acre. Firefighters say they anticipate finding more because of dry, hot conditions, they are flying over daily looking for any flare-ups or new fires.

Those against changing over the old Coast Hotel in downtown Fort Bragg into a homeless outreach center lost by only one signature to qualify a ballot initiative for the November ballot. The initiative, if voters approved, would have banned facilities like this one in the town’s central business district. The initiative to retroactively alter city zoning rules so no social services-related operations could be in the downtown core. Its supporters had to get 312.4 valid signatures or 10 percent of the city’s 3,124 voters. They gathered 395 signatures but only 312 were of verifiable voters. The Mayor of the town was also facing a recall but that failed weeks earlier as organizers missed a filing deadline.

Residents of an apartment complex and some nearby homes in Clearlake and Lower Lake were being let back into their homes. The fire was being watched over for hot spots after it was surrounded last night. The Dam fire reported yesterday afternoon behind the Cache Creek Apartments. Late last night Cal Fire reported between 8 and 10 acres scorched. There were fast moving winds reported and 3 spot fires popped up too. The Cache Creek Apartments and homes near the area in Lower Lake were evacuated. There was a temporary evacuation center set up in the Clearlake Walmart parking lot. A mobile home was gutted by the fire and there was minor damage to an exterior wall of the apartment complex.

A man in Fort Bragg’s been arrested after a sheriff’s deputy on regular patrol noticed something amiss behind Hoppers Dairy. The deputy saw a car parked in an unusual place, partially hidden and went out to see what was up. He spotted someone in the dark behind delivery trucks he says was trying to sneak away. The deputy recognized the guy from previous contacts as John Cooley Jr. The officer says he noticed locks had been broken off the back of two delivery trucks and doors were open. He checked and Cooley had a broken lock in his pocket, plus other evidence indicating he was to blame. He’s on probation too, just getting out on bail. Cooley charged this time for theft, burglary, possession of burglary tools, committing an offense while out on bail, and violation of probation held on $45,000.00.

Mendocino County District Hospital board members considering ways to review doctor contracts. The hospital lost more than a half million dollars in the last fiscal year which leaves it out of compliance with one of its three bondholders. The CFO says the bondholder Cal Mortgage probably won’t penalize the hospital because its debt service coverage ratio was below the required 1.25. The ratio is basically the amount of money available to pay off debt. So the hospital needs to make more money and cut costs. The fiscal year losses also had to do with one time bankruptcy-related costs. A new subcommittee is being put together to too review doctor’s contracts. The board’s been reviewing physicians’ contracts in closed session.

A joint meeting between the city of Fort Bragg and Mendocino county regarding the certification of the Final Environmental Impact Report for the Central Coast Transfer Station Project. The board and council have postponed any movement though so they could take up the matter of a letter sent by the Department of Fish and Wildlife with more concerns and comments for the EIR. A lawyer for the county and city advising to spend time on the letter before acting.

A man expecting paid sex with two women at a motel in Ukiah didn’t get what he went there for. The Press Democrat reports the man was ripped off by the women instead. They took his wallet, cellphone and clothes. Police reaching out to the public for help finding the women who ripped the guy off at the Motel 6 on South State Street. The women reportedly asked the man to shower first and when he left the room they stole all his stuff. Police say the women even took all of the towels, just leaving him naked with a tiny towel to cover up with. A witness telling police they saw the two women running from the motel and they even followed them but lost them.

Lake County seeing more alcohol and drug-related DUIs so the county can go after an extension of a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety to go after offenders. The Record Bee reports several sources confirming Lake County’s DUI problem got worse as the state’s improved. The office of traffic safety ranks Lake County as the second worst in the state for alcohol-related fatal/injury collisions by daily miles traveled in 2011 and the fifth worst by average population. The county’s age adjusted death rate for car crashes was almost 22 per 100,000 residents, more than double the state rate of 7.5 for each 100,000 residents. The Lake County Sheriff’s office reports meth and pot are contributing factors for the data. The Lake County Board of Supervisors has approved a grant agreement for money to pay for so-called “Vertical Prosecution”. That’s a team to work cases from arrest through sentencing.

The state Supreme Court agrees with a lower court to make it harder for cities and water districts to charge more for water wasters. The Supreme Court refused voted no against an appeals court ruling which found the city of San Juan Capistrano’s tiered water rates were unconstitutional because they charged more for water than it cost the city to provide the service. A lawyer for the State Water Resources Control Board argued for the high court to “depublish” the ruling, saying it was “unnecessary and overbroad” and didn’t help deal with California’s drought. The state supreme court rejected that request. This all at a time when the Gov. has ordered a statewide mandatory 25 percent cut in water usage.

A man who was charged as an Army deserter now caught up in a drug raid. Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman says U.S. Army Sgt. Robert Bowdrie or “Bowe” Bergdahl who was released in 2014 after five years captivity with the Taliban was with a bunch of his friends near Redwood Valley during the bust. Apparently search warrants served at a home where there were nearly 200 marijuana plants found. Several were arrested but the Sheriff says Bergdahl had evidence showing he got to California last Friday and was planning to leave on Wednesday so he was detained, but not arrested. Sheriff’s staffers brought Bergdahl to the Army in Oakland. The Sheriff also says rumors that the military intervened to prevent Bergdahl’s arrest are untrue.

That monopine cell phone tower in Clearlake is reality. The Planning Commission has said yes after all to the use permit and variance for the Verizon cell phone tower facility in the Burns Valley area. The proposed location, as we’ve reported, is a 40-foot by 40-foot parcel on Burns Valley Road, in a walnut grove lined with oak and pine trees. Complete Wireless Communications is putting up the tower on behalf of Verizon. 10 sites for the tower had been reviewed before landing on this one. Many have spoken out against the monopine saying it will be way taller than other trees in the area. Besides the tower, there will also be a 30 kilowatt diesel emergency backup generator with a self-contained 132 gallon fuel tank, prefabricated equipment shelter with nine antenna sectors and two microwave dishes and outdoor equipment cabinets.

That fire in Lake Berryessa has blown into Yolo and Solano Counties. Fire officials say the fire’s scorched 11 square miles near Lake Berryessa so hikers and homeowners had to get out of the area. It was said to be threatening about 200 structures as of late yesterday afternoon. The Wragg Fire’s grown into one of the state’s largest wildfires of the year. The communities of Quail Ridge and Golden Bear in Yolo County had to evacuate, Canyon Creek and Lake Solano campgrounds and Canyon Area hikers have also been evacuated. The fire started Weds afternoon near Lake Berryessa’s Monticello Dam. The cause is under investigation even though it was thought to have started after a car accident. The fire’s burning in rugged, steep, brush with erratic winds blowing. It was at almost 6,000 acres in the first 12 hours. The fire’s only 15 percent contained.

A court of appeals has ruled juvenile offenders should be able to have certain felonies reclassified as misdemeanors like adults. This after a new crime initiative was approved by voters last year. The appeals court ruled juvenile offenders would be spared harsher sentences. The ruling yesterday had to do with Proposition 47, a 2014 ballot measure for certain drug and property crimes to be misdemeanors instead of felonies along with the possibility of lighter sentences or a reclassification of the crimes. It’s all to reduce jail and prison overcrowding and save money.

A man who says he thought he saw a lion folks reported seeing in Milwaukee shot and hurt a large dog instead. Police say the pit bull shot Tuesday, was being cared for at the Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission. That organization says some folks have been afraid after the reports of lion sightings. Police say they’ve investigated as many as two dozen calls of apparent lion sightings with no animal found.

A bicyclist is being blamed for starting a 73-acre wildfire in southwest Idaho after lighting his toilet paper on fire. BLM officials say the cyclist stopped to go to the bathroom in Boise Wednesday, then lit the used toilet paper on fire but lost control of the embers in the dry grass. Firefighters got control of the fire several hours later. Cops say the man called and his story matched the evidence found at the scene. He’s going to be fined for causing the fire.

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