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CLEARLAKE APPROVES WAL-MART EIR AGREEMENT (EC/EMP) JB 7/29/14

AN AGREEMENT FOR AN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT FOR A PROPOSED EXPANSION OF THE CLEARLAKE WAL-MART HAS BEEN APPROVED BY CLEARLAKE CITY COUNCIL.

THE EIR IS DESIGNED TO IDENTIFY POTENTIAL AND LIKELY ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS OF THE PROPOSED 40,000 SQUARE FOOT ADDITION TO THE STORE. THE REPORT WILL INCLUDE A POLICE SERVICES IMPACT REPORT TO EXAMINE ANY ISSUES THE EXPANSION PROJECT WOULD HAVE ON THE SERVICES OF THE CLEARLAKE POLICE DEPARTMENT. THE EIR IS EXPECTED TO COST JUST UNDER $263,000 AND WILL BE PAID FOR ENTIRELY BY WAL-MART.

MARYMOUNT POOL TO BE CONVERTED INTO PLANTER (GOV) JB 7/29/14

A PLAN TO TURN THE POOL AT MARYMOUNT CALIFORNIA UNIVERSITY IN LUCERNE INTO A PATIO AND PLANTER HAS BEEN APPROVED BY THE LAKE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS.

ACCORDING TO THE LAKE COUNTY DEPUTY ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER, THE PROPERTY WILL BE TURNED OVER TO THE UNIVERSITY ON AUGUST 1. A LAYER OF GRAVEL AND GEO-FABRIC TO PREVENT DIRT WASHING AWAY WILL BE PUT IN AFTER DRAINAGE HOLES ARE DRILLED IN THE POOL. THE NEW PLANTER WILL THEN BE FILLED WITH DIRT AT A COST OF APPROXIMATELY $3,000-$5,000. THE DECISION TO TURN THE POOL INTO A PATIO AND PLANTER CAME AFTER THE POOLSIDE DECK CAUGHT FIRE ON JUNE 5.

GROCERY OUTLET SCHEDULED TO OPEN MID-SEPTEMBER (ECN) JB 7/29/14

CONSTRUCTION OF THE NEW GROCERY OUTLET IN WILLITS IS ON SCHEDULE AND THE STORE IS SLATED TO OPEN IN THE SECOND WEEK OF SEPTEMBER.

PROGRESS ON THE NEW STORE HAS BEEN STEADY WITH SHELVING AND REFRIGERATION UNITS BEING INSTALLED IN AUGUST. THE STORE MANAGER OF THE NEW WILLITS LOCATION STATED THAT WILLITS CITY OFFICIALS HAVE BEEN EXTREMELY HELPFUL DURING THE PROCESS. THE STORE WILL BE HOLDING A JOB FAIR DURING THE MONTH OF AUGUST TO INTERVIEW AND HIRE BETWEEN 30-35 PEOPLE TO WORK AT THE NEW WILLITS LOCATION. JOB POSITIONS INCLUDE CASHIER, STOCKING, AND PRODUCE POSITIONS.

FREE MEDICAL AND DENTAL CLINIC COMING IN LAKEPORT (PI) JB 7/29/14

A FREE-OF-CHARGE MEDICAL AND DENTAL CLINIC WILL BE HELD IN LAKEPORT IN AUGUST.

THE CLINIC WILL BE PROVIDED BY THE ADVENTIST MEDICAL EVANGELISM NETWORK AND IS GEARED TOWARDS UNINSURED AND UNDER-INSURED PEOPLE, SENIORS, AND VETERANS. THE CLINIC HAS THE CAPACITY TO SEE APPROXIMATELY 175-200 EACH OF THE TWO DAYS IT WILL RUN AND WORK WILL BE PROVIDED ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS. THE LAKEPORT COMMUNITY CHURCH WILL HOST THE CLINIC ON AUGUST 23 AND 24 FROM 7:00 AM TO 5:00 PM. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE SERVICES AVAILABLE, PLEASE CALL 520-883-8601

THREE BOOKED ON BURGLARY CHARGES IN CLEARLAKE (LAW) JB 7/29/14

AN ALLEGED ATTEMPTED BURGLARY AT THE SAFEWAY IN CLEARLAKE LEADS TO THE ARREST OF THREE PEOPLE OVER THE WEEKEND.

43-YEAR-OLD SHAWNA MARIE WESTFALL, 40 YEAR OLD SEAN RAY ROWE, AND 39 YEAR OLD STEVEN CHARLES GAVIN, ALL CLEARLAKE RESIDENTS, ALLEGEDLY FILLED A GROCERY CART WITH A VARIETY OF ITEMS AND THEN LEFT THE STORE WITH OUT PAYING. INSTEAD OF TAKING FOOD STAPLES, THE TRIO STOLE ITEMS SUCH AS RED BULL, IBUPROFEN, LICORICE, AND COOKIES. ALL THREE WERE ARRESTED ON MULTIPLE CHARGES AND BOOKED INTO THE LAKE COUNTY CORRECTIONAL FACILITY.

RUSSIAN RIVER DISCUSSION AT CDFW PUBLIC MEETING (EVR) JB 7/29/14

THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE WILL HOLD A PUBLIC MEETING TO DISCUSS CLOSURE CHANGES TO THE RUSSIAN RIVER AND NORTH CENTRAL COAST STREAMS.

THE PROPOSAL BEING DISCUSSED AT THE MEETING IS TO ADD A LOW-FLOW RESTRICTION ON FISHING TO THE RUSSIAN RIVER BECAUSE OF THE IMPACT OF DROUGHT CONDITIONS TO LOCAL FISHERIES THAT HAVE OCCURRED IN RECENT YEARS. THE RUSSIAN RIVER AND NORTH CENTRAL COAST STREAMS HAVE REMAINED OPEN TO FISHING AFTER AN EMERGENCY CLOSURE IN FEBRUARY EXPIRED AT THE END OF APRIL. THE PUBLIC MEETING IS SCHEDULED FOR JULY 31 FROM 3-6 PM AT THE GUALALA COMMUNITY CENTER.

CURRENT ROAD WORK PROJECTS IN MENDOCINO COUNTY (TR) JB 7/29/14

THERE ARE SEVERAL ROAD WORK PROJECTS IN THE COUNTY THAT DRIVERS SHOULD BE AWARE OF.

CALTRANS WILL PERFORM ROUTINE MAINTENANCE FROM CASTEEL LANE TO BIG TRAILS DRIVE TODAY. WORK HOURS ON THE ROAD ARE FROM 8:00 AM TO 4:30 PM AND A MOVING LANE CLOSURE WILL BE IN EFFECT. WORK WILL CONTINUE FROM BIG TRAILS DRIVE TO THE JUNCTION OF HIGHWAY 101 AND 162 STARTING TOMORROW FROM 8:00 AM TO 3:30 PM. TRAFFIC WILL BE RESTRICTED TO ONE LANE IN EACH DIRECTION.

LAKEPORT COUPLE CHARGED WITH CHILD ABUSE (LAW) JB 7/29/14

AN INVESTIGATION INTO ALLEGATIONS OF CHILD ABUSE LEADS TO THE ARREST OF A LAKEPORT COUPLE.

OFFICERS FROM THE LAKEPORT POLICE DEPARTMENT INTERVIEWED 31 YEAR OLD CHARLES ANTHONY DOUGHERTY AND 32 YEAR OLD JENNIFER LYNN ELSA, BOTH OF LAKEPORT, AFTER FAMILY MEMBERS HAD ADVISED POLICE OF POSSIBLE ABUSE TO DOUGHERTYS 5 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER. THE REPORT STEMMED FROM AN INCIDENT ON JULY 4 WHEN THE COUPLE ALLEGEDLY DISCIPLINED THE GIRL FOR WATCHING THE FIREWORKS THAT NIGHT BY STRIKING HER AND CAUSING INJURY TO THE CHILD. BOTH DOUGHERTY AND ELSA WERE ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH FELONY CORPORAL INJURY TO A CHILD.

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