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NORBURY FOUND GUILTY JH 10/23/12

BILLY NORBURY WAS DECLARED GUILTY IN THE KILLING OF HIS REDWOOD VALLEY NEIHBOR, JAMAL ANDREWS.

THE JURY RETURNED A GUILTY VERDICT ON BOTH COUNTS: MURDER IN THE FIRST DEGREE AND A SPECIAL ALLEGATION THAT NORBURY USED A GUN TO KILL ANDREWS.

NOW THAT NORBURY HAS BEEN CONVICTED, HIS ATTORNEY IS EXPECTED TO PRESENT EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT HIS PLEA OF NOT GUILTY BY REASON OF INSANITY. THE JURY WILL THEN HAVE TO DECIDE ON THAT MATTER. THE TRIAL CONTINUES AT 9:30 TODAY.

NEW STORM DRAIN NEEDED NEAR UKIAH MCDONALDS JH 10/23/12

A NEW STORM DRAIN WILL BE ADDED AS PART OF THE PROJECT TO BUILD A NEW MCDONALDS ON NORTH ORCHARD AVENUE AFTER FLOODING OCCURED LAST MONTH.

THE DRAIN WAS ORIGINALLY PLANNED TO BE INSTALLED WHEN THE NEW TURN LANE FROM PERKINS TO ORCHARD WAS ADDED, HOWEVER CAL TRANS WOULD NOT APPROVE IT. THE PROJECT WENT AHEAD WITHOUT THE DRAIN, AS TO NOT LOOSE THE GRANT THAT PAID FOR THE TURN LANE. THE NEW DRAINAGE PROJECT SHOULD GET STARTED THE FIRST WEEK OF NOVEMBER AND TAKE ABOUT FIVE DAYS. THE CITY COUNCIL VOTED UNANIMOUSLY TO APPROVE AWARDING THE CONTRACT.

STATE WIDE BURN BAN LIFTED JH 10/23/12

THANKS TO OUR FIRST SIGNIFICANT RAIN OF THE SEASON, COMBINED WITH COOLER TEMPERATURES, CAL FIRE HAS LIFTED THE STATE WIDE BURN BAN.

HOWEVER, LOCAL BURN BANS REMAIN IN EFFECT. THE LOCAL CAL FIRE UNIT CHIEFS WILL DETERMINE WHEN IT IS SAFE TO LIFT THE VARIOUS LOCAL BANS THROUGHOUT THE STATE. LAKE AND MENDOCINO COUNTY BURN BANS REMAIN IN EFFECT. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE BURN BAN AND TIPS ON SAFE BURNING, VISIT THE CAL FIRE WEB SITE AT WWW.FIRE.CA.GOV.

HOSPITAL DONATED BUILDING TO SCHOOL DISTRICT JH 10/23/12

SUTTER LAKESIDE HOSPITAL HAS DONATED A BUILDING THAT PREVIOUSLY HOUSED ITS UPPER LAKE MEDICAL CLINIC TO THE UPPER LAKE SCHOOL DISTRICT.

THE MODULAR STRUCTURE, ORIGINALLY COSTING $247,000, WAS CONSTRUCTED ON THE SCHOOL PROPERTY IN 1997 TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY. CURRENTLY, THE SERVICES CAN BE OBTAINED AT SUTTER’S MOBILE HEALTH SERVICE UNIT, WHICH CAN BE FOUND PARKED AT THE UPPER LAKE HIGH SCHOOL ON TUESDAYS FROM 9 AM TO 3:30 PM. THE DONATED BUILDING CURRENTLY HOUSES THE HEALTHY START PROGRAM, AND THE SCHOOL DISTRICT SAID IT IS LOOKING FOR A SECOND TENANT TO ADD EVEN MORE VALUE TO THE SPACE.

WILLITS BYPASS PRECONSTRUCTION OPEN HOUSE JH 10/23/12

A PRECONSTRUCTION OPEN HOUSE FOR THE WILLITS BYPASS PROJECT ON HIGHWAY 101 WILL TAKE PLACE TONIGHT.

THE PUBLIC IS INVITED TO ATTEND THE DROP-IN STYLE OPEN HOUSE FROM 5 PM TO 8 PM AT THE WILLITS CITY HALL ON EAST COMMERCIAL STREET. CAL TRANS WILL BE HAND TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THE PROJECT, WHICH WILL RELIEVE CONGESTION, REDUCE DELAYS, AND IMPROVE SAFETY FOR TRAFFIC AND PEDESTRIANS THROUGH WILLITS.

LUCERNE WATER RATE MEETING JH 10/23/12

LUCERNE RESIDENTS ARE URGED TO ATTEND A WORKSHOP THIS WEEK TO GET MORE INFORMATION ABOUT PROPOSED WATER RATE HIKES IN THEIR COMMUNITY.

CALIFORNIA WATER SERVICE COMPANY WILL HOST THE RATE WORKSHOP THAT WILL PROVIDE DETAILS ABOUT PLANNED WATER SYSTEM IMPROVEMENTS, HOW RATES ARE SET, AND OTHER IMPORTANT FACTORS ABOUT WATER RATES. AUDIENCE MEMBERS WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE AND ASK QUESTIONS. THE WORKSHOP IS TOMORROW NIGHT, OCTOBER 24 AT 6 PM IN THE LUCERNE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL GYM.

CLEARLAKE CITY COUNCIL MEETING JH 10/23/12

THIS WEEK THE CLEARLAKE CITY COUNCIL WILL CONSIDER AN ORDINANCE GOVERNING TAXIS, AS WELL AS DISCUSS POSSIBLE SUPPORT OF PROPOSITION 37, THE CALIFORNIA RIGHT TO KNOW GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FOOD ACT.

A PROPOSED ORDINANCE TO ESTABLISH REGULATIONS FOR TAXIS AND OTHER FOR HIRE VEHICLES WILL INVOLVE AN ANNUAL PERMIT PROCESS, INSPECTIONS AND MINIMUM LIABILITY REQUIREMENTS. ALSO, MEMBERS OF THE YES ON 37 LAKE COUNTY COMMITTEE ARE SCHEDULED TO MAKE A PRESENTATION ON THE PROPOSITION. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 6 PM THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25 AT THE CLEARLAKE CITY HALL.

FIREFIGHTERS INSTALLING SMOKE DETCTORS JH 10/23/12

THE LITTLE LAKE FIREFIGHTERS ASSOCIATION IN WILLITS, WORKING WITH LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS, WILL PROVIDE SMOKE DETECTOR INSTALLATIONS, BATTERY CHANGES, AND HOME FIRE INSPECTIONS ON SATURDAY NOVEMBER 3RD.

FIREFIGHTERS WILL BE AVAILABLE TO VISIT HOMES WITH REPLACEMENT BATTERIES AND SMOKE DETECTORS BY APPOINTMENT. THEY WILL ALSO OFFER INSTALLATION TO HOMES NOT PROPERLY EQUIPPED WITH ENOUGH SMOKE DETECTORS, AT THE RESIDENTS REQUEST. ALTHOUGH THE PROGRAM IS DESIGNED FOR FOR LITTLE LAKE FIRE DISTRICT SENIORS AND DISADVANTAGED FAMILIES WITH YOUNG CHILDREN, OFFICIALS HAVE SAID THEY WILL PROVIDE ASSISTANCE WHERE THEY CAN. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE ‘INSTALL. INSPECT. PROTECT.’ CAMPAIGN, OR TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT FOR NOVEMBER 3RD, CALL 459-6271.

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