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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.

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