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Monthly Archives: February 2017

We have a freeze warning tonight in effect from 1 am to 8 am Wednesday for Ukiah, Hopland, Covelo, Boonville, Comptche, Legget, Laytonville and Willits. The National Weather Service says we could see temps in the upper 20s and lower 30s.

An update to the urgency ordinance for boating on Clear Lake: at their meeting today the Board of Supervisors voted to allow motorized vessels on Clear Lake with the speed limit at 5 miles per hour within ¼ mile of the shoreline. The speed limit will be in effect until the declaration of emergency ends or the lake level drops below 8’ on the Rumsey gauge for a period of 24 hours. Lakeport Police remind boaters there are a lot of hazards in the water like partially and fully submerged branches, trees, stumps, docks, furniture, and other items.

After 18 years Willits is getting closer to the final cleanup at the underground storage tank at the Willits Corporation Yard. The Willits News reports the City Council has awarded a contract to EBA Engineering to test soil and groundwater at the yard on Commercial Street and get some help reimbursing the City for remediation done in 2014 and 2015. The Yard is the site of an ongoing cleanup project required by the California Regional Water Quality Control Board after a leak was detected in 1999 and was the target of a federal lawsuit from Northern California River Watch in 2011 alleging contamination from the tank had stayed in the aquifer even after the cleanup had started. EBA says they plan to take samples from wells and surface water twice in the next fiscal year to test for contaminants; the city says they expect a favorable result.

A man from Clearlake gets jail time for having American Indian artifacts cops say were stolen from local archaeological sites. The Lake County DA Don Anderson says Brian Smith pleaded guilty to unlawfully possessing ancient American Indian artifacts exposed in Clearlake due to the drought. The Sheriff’s office arrested Smith in August of 2015 after reports he made have given an inappropriate letter to a teenage girl. Police found he had artifacts including Indian bone fragments, arrowheads, clay pottery bowls and obsidian. They also say he was under the influence of drugs during his arrest. He reached a plea deal with the DA’s office last month for unlawfully possessing ancient American Indian artifacts. He got 109 days in county jail, probation and he may need to pay restitution to the local American Indian community. The DA says his office is following up to make sure all of the artifacts are returned to the tribe they belong to.

An informational meeting is set for the community to hear about work to clean up after all of the flooding. There were four neighborhoods on Clear Lake’s shoreline that had to evacuate last week. The same residents are still under the mandatory evacuation order. The meeting today at 5 p.m. in the Lakeport City Council chambers. Representatives from the city say the meeting is open to the public and those in flooded areas. There will also be a translator there for Spanish speakers.

A temporary cell tower’s been set up for emergency workers in Lakeport. The “cell on wheels” put up by Verizon at the evacuation center set up at the Seventh Day Adventist Church to improve cell service for emergency workers and nearly 100 evacuees staying there. The Lakeport Emergency Operations Center got enhanced wireless data connectivity so they could more easily communicate with emergency workers and city officials. Verizon also put up a wireless hotspot and Internet-connected laptops at the evacuation center so kids could get their homework done.

Cloverdale is looking to shoulder their way into the green rush as marijuana is legalized. The Press Democrat reports the city, in Sonoma County, not part of the so-called “Emerald Triangle”, but pretty close to it. The triangle includes Mendocino, Humboldt and Trinity counties where much of the state’s marijuana is grown. Cloverdale’s already set a tax for commercial marijuana businesses and the paper reports is about to decide where pot businesses can be located. The city’s also deciding on regulations for personal pot gardens. The paper says the city is being cautious at the same time. The Mayor saying he doesn’t want the city to be the marijuana capital of Sonoma County.

Studies of Oak Trees in Hopland to be a community activity. The Hopland Research and Extension Center is asking for “citizen scientists” to help study the life cycles of oak trees that will end up in regional and nationwide databases for researchers to use to help restore the trees. The study is part of a series in state under the California Phenology Project which is a nonprofit studying the seasonal life cycles of multiple species across California. The study’s main investigator says this method of study is new to them.

The state Senate leader says he’s taking full responsibility after a senator was told to leave the chamber last week. The Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon says the Rules Committee is investigating after Sen. Janet Nguyen (Winn) was taken off the floor last Thursday because she wouldn’t stop a speech that was critical of former Sen. Tom Hayden’s activism against the Vietnam War. De Leon says all senators have a right to speak on behalf of their constituents. But Nguyen says Democrats were mischaracterizing the incident and she hopes other senators never have to go thru the trauma of being removed from the Senate floor. The Senate Minority Leader Jean Fuller has also called for a public investigation of the incident and an apology. Democrats say she was removed for violating Senate rules.

Gun owners’ rights advocates can go ahead and publish home addresses and contact info for any state lawmakers who voted for firearms restrictions. A federal judge ruled lawmakers were too stringent in protecting the privacy of public figures. The Judge in Fresno put a preliminary injunction in place yesterday to block a state law allowing public officials demand their private information be taken off the internet if they’re afraid for their safety or for their families. The judge saying the law was just too broad and violated free speech saying publishing the info was a form of political protest. A blogger calling themselves “The Real Write Winger” put up info on 40 state lawmakers after Governor Jerry Brown signed some gun control bills into law in July 2016.

A new study says humans are responsible for five out of six wildfires in the U.S. the last twenty years which has meant a much longer wildfire season. The study presented to the National Academy of Sciences yesterday shows wildfire season now starts earlier in the East and lasts longer in the West. Scientists poured over fire data from 1992 to 2012 and found 84 percent of all the wildfires in the country were human caused. The study also showed though that only 44 percent of total acres burned were human caused. That was either accidental fire starts or fires started by arsonists. The fires have drawn out the length of the wildfire season from 46 days to 154 days.

Gas prices about to go way up in California. Gasbuddy.com reports since OPEC nations are cutting oil production and California has a more expensive blend for the spring and summer, prices will go up from now until Memorial Day. That usually happens anyway, but starting April 1st, the new blend of gasoline begins with prices set to go up as much as 50 to 80 cents by peak of the year. The average retail price for petro in Sacramento has already gone up almost 4 cents the last week. The California State Automobile Association and the California Energy Commission analysts say yep, prices are going up, but they don’t necessarily agree they will get to 80 cents more by Memorial Day, saying it’s hard to predict.

PG&E says as part of their restructuring prices will go up. This first bit about 2.1 percent higher prices for electricity for residential customers as of yesterday. That’s the second time in a couple months the utility has raised prices. They went up on New Year’s Day too. And electricity shot up last August by 12 percent in some regions. A spokesperson for P, G & E says they’re trying to align the cost of service to the service that is being provided.

Lakeport mail service is being held for any Lakeport area properties inaccessible due to the flood conditions. The Lakeport Post Office is at 1151 Eleventh Street. They’re open 9 am to 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday. Call 263-5837 for more information.

For trash service in Lakeport, Lakeport Disposal requests residential customers bring their trash and recycling toters to the nearest high ground/dry area on their regular pick-up date where Lakeport Disposal will pick up. If that’s not an option due to the high water, residential customers may use their green yard waste container for regular trash until the flood water recedes and regular service can be restored. Customers in flooded areas will not be charged extra for using their green yard waste containers for regular trash. Call Lakeport Disposal at 263-6080 if you have questions or need assistance.

What started as a traffic stop became a foot chase through Ukiah ending in the arrest of a felon from Florida. Around 11pm Friday Ukiah officers stopped an SUV on East Perkins for a traffic violation. The driver stopped the car but ran and the officers chased and him radioed for backup. The driver climbed a nearby tall cyclone fence and led the officers on a chase for several blocks but they caught him behind Black Oak Coffee. He gave a fake name while being arrest for resisting. But his fingerprints turned up his record and ID’d him as Kevin James Padilla with two felony warrants in two Florida counties – one for assault and one for parole violation.

A Clearlake man’s been sentenced to 109 days in jail plus probation for unlawful possession of Native American artifacts. Brian Gene Smith pleaded guilty last week; He’d been arrested in August 2015 for possessing Indian bone fragments, arrowheads, clay pottery bowls and other artifacts. The Judge sentenced him to felony probation and 109 days in the county jail plus other terms of probation that include possible restitution to the Native American community. An effort is now underway to return the seized artifacts. The DA says there is a multi-million dollar black market industry in the US involving archaeological artifacts and they work closely with law enforcement and the Native American community to help preserve culture and heritage.

Verizon has installed a temporary ‘Cell On Wheels’ to improve wireless communications for emergency workers and residents in Lakeport during the flood emergency. Lakeport Police say in addition, last week the Verizon Crisis Response Team outfitted the Lakeport EOC with enhanced wireless connectivity allowing for better coordination among emergency workers and City officials. A portable wireless hotspot and internet connected laptops were also provided at the 7th Day Adventist Church evacuation center to give students some help getting school work done and well help evacuees stay connected with family.

The Lakeport EOC staff will be hosting a community meeting regarding the ongoing flood event. The meeting will be at City Hall, 225 Park Street on Tuesday, February 28th at 5:00 pm. The meeting is open to the public but is mainly intended for Lakeport residents in flood-affected areas. A translator will also be available for Spanish speakers.

What started as a traffic stop became a foot chase through Ukiah ending in the arrest of a felon from Florida. Around 11pm Friday Ukiah officers stopped an SUV on East Perkins for a traffic violation. The driver stopped the car but ran and the officers chased and him radioed for backup. The driver climbed a nearby tall cyclone fence and led the officers on a chase for several blocks but they caught him behind Black Oak Coffee. He gave a fake name while being arrest for resisting. But his fingerprints turned up his record and ID’d him as Kevin James Padilla with two felony warrants in two Florida counties – one for assault and one for parole violation.

A Clearlake man’s been sentenced to 109 days in jail plus probation for unlawful possession of Native American artifacts. Brian Gene Smith pleaded guilty last week; He’d been arrested in August 2015 for possessing Indian bone fragments, arrowheads, clay pottery bowls and other artifacts. The Judge sentenced him to felony probation and 109 days in the county jail plus other terms of probation that include possible restitution to the Native American community. An effort is now underway to return the seized artifacts. The DA says there is a multi-million dollar black market industry in the US involving archaeological artifacts and they work closely with law enforcement and the Native American community to help preserve culture and heritage.

Verizon has installed a temporary ‘Cell On Wheels’ to improve wireless communications for emergency workers and residents in Lakeport during the flood emergency. Lakeport Police say in addition, last week the Verizon Crisis Response Team outfitted the Lakeport EOC with enhanced wireless connectivity allowing for better coordination among emergency workers and City officials. A portable wireless hotspot and internet connected laptops were also provided at the 7th Day Adventist Church evacuation center to give students some help getting school work done and well help evacuees stay connected with family.

Another of the seven suspects in a murder on a pot farm in Laytonville has been caught. Jeffrey Settler was killed last year at a remote farm off a dirt road about 5 miles off Highway 101 in November. Cops say Settler was operating the commercial garden and people who worked for him killed him during a robbery of processed marijuana. 5 of the subjects, who police say knew Settler had been caught but two were still on the run. Police got a tip late last year about one of the suspects, Jesse Wells possibly being in the Lake Tahoe area. Sheriff’s Detectives with the help of the local police, FBI and a SWAT team found at a home in South Lake Tahoe. He was arrested Friday and booked into the El Dorado County Jail and held on homicide and robbery charges for $650,000.00 bail. He will eventually be extradited back to Mendocino County and be prosecuted with the five others in custody. Just one suspect, Gary Blank III of Garberville, is still on the run.

The Lake County Registrar Of Voters Office is running tests on their voting and tabulating machines. They say they’ll be running a Logic and Accuracy Test as part of state law. The test to check the ballot tabulation computer and software which is going to be used next month for the Lake County Fire Protection District’s Special Election. The test is tomorrow at 3:00 pm in the Registrar of Voters office on the 2nd floor. The public is invited to observe.

A man arrested in Covelo after police find him with weapons. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office says patrol officers saw a man and woman walking on Highway 162 and found one of the two was on Post Release Community Supervision. They say Britton Azbill had two weapons on him which is a violation of his release. He was arrested and held due to his probation violation without bail.

A woman in Covelo’s been arrested after a routine traffic stop. The Sheriff’s Dept reports patrol officers stopped Janice HoaglenWright and found she was a convicted felon so they searched her and say she had ammunition. HoaglenWright was arrested for being in possession of the ammo and booked into Mendocino County Jail with bail set at $15,000.00.

Interested in being part of an emergency rescue team. Those living in Willits and Ukiah can train next month to be a part of the Certified Emergency Response Team, a group of volunteers who help neighbors during a disaster. The training is over three Saturdays in March at the Cal Fire Howard Forest Station between Ukiah and Willits. Those applying get to learn light search-and-rescue operations, advanced first aid, learn how to recognize a terrorist attack and how to use a fire extinguisher. Those who go thru the whole program work with the Office of Emergency Services and might respond to an emergency. The program is funded and organized by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The Federal government is signaling they may get tough on recreational marijuana. The White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer spoke about tougher enforcement of federal laws regarding the use of recreational marijuana. Spicer did say however that President Trump is supportive of a federal rule to give leeway to states allowing medical marijuana use saying there’s a major difference between medical and recreational marijuana. He says since there’s a opioid addiction crisis in so many states, the last thing they want to do is encourage people. Assemblyman Jim Wood of Healdsburg said the comments were disappointing and State Senator Mike McGuire says Calif. should not go backwards.

The Gov. Jerry Brown says he wants to spend nearly a half billion dollars to fix the state’s flood control emergencies, including the repair of the Lake Oroville Dam. Brown’s $437 million proposal for aging dams and infrastructure. He says it’s part of a bigger problem in Calif. and the U-S, too little spent to maintain infrastructure, roads, highways, rail systems and water projects. He says it’s time to start spending on aging infrastructure that is maxed out. He’s asking lawmakers to put $387 million from Proposition 1 water bonds to emergency and near-term flood control and $50 million more from the state general fund for the same. Brown also mentioned the Trump Administration approved the disaster declaration making California eligible for federal funds for the Oroville Dam and issues from ongoing storms.

The General Plan’s been approved in Clearlake which set’s projects and goals for 2 decades. The City Council voted yes on the first General Plan since 1983. As part of the plan, the city will amend the Zoning Code, approve new parks, development plans and agreements, find funding projects and develop resource management plans. That according to the City Manager. The Record Bee reports the General Plan is set to put forth a policy direction for future development and redevelopment.

A new bill could be helpful for those on Dialysis in Calif. State Sen. Ricardo Lara has put forward his Dialysis Patient Safety Act which he says will help fix the industry and improve patient care. Lara says there are more than 550 dialysis clinics in the state and 63,000 Californians relying on the life-saving treatment daily. The act would mean there had to be yearly inspections of dialysis clinics and it would make sure there was enough staff to cover the clinics. Right now Calif. follows the minimum federal standards. Lara says that has meant registered nurses are sometimes responsible for more than 16 patients at a time.

2 dozen science projects from Ukiah Unified School District’s schools are in the Mendocino County Science Fair. The announcement Friday at the first ever Ukiah Unified School District Science Fair. Judges, local teachers and other professionals volunteered to look at the 137 entries Thursday and judged the projects based on quality and originality. The top 24 projects received a “County Qualifier” ribbon besides their place in the fair itself. The Mendocino County Science Fair is at Mendocino Community College March 18th.

A politician in northern Sweden has a novel way for city workers to spend their lunch break. Per-Erik Muskos of the Overtornea on the Arctic Circle City Council says he’s seriously proposed civil servants add sex to their list of lunchtime activities. He wants it on a list of acceptable activities, which also includes a gym workout, a massage, or just eating. He says sex could do wonders to improve employee morale and increase the population of the town of about 4,500. Apparently the 550 employees of the municipality are reviewing the proposal before it’s discussed again in a few months.

A Jeep that had been buried in sand in Massachusetts 4 decades ago has been unearthed. Work crews got the old beach buggy out last Friday. John Munsnuff says his family used to have the “beach buggy” at a cottage they’ve had near Ballston Beach in Cape Cod for years. The jeep was stored in a garage but it was buried too by shifting sand dunes. The garage collapsed under the dunes which apparently also buried part of a town and a beach parking lot.

CHAINSMOKERS (THE)-PARIS

ED SHEERAN-SHAPE OF YOU

RIHANNA-LOVE ON THE BRAIN

SHAWN MENDES-MERCY

WEEKND W/DAFT PUNK-I FEEL IT COMING

ZAYN W/TAYLOR SWIFT-I DON’T WANNA LIVE FOREVER

ARIANA GRANDE W/FUTURE-EVERYDAY

BEBE REXHA-I GOT YOU

BRUNO MARS-THAT’S WHAT I LIKE

CLEAN BANDIT W/SEAN PAUL & ANNE-MARIE-ROCKABYE

DRAKE-FAKE LOVE

JON BELLION-ALL TIME LOW

JULIA MICHAELS-ISSUES

KATY PERRY W/SKIP MARLEY-CHAINED TO THE RHYTHM

MARIAN HILL-DOWN

MAROON 5 W/FUTURE-COLD

NOAH CYRUS W/LABRINTH-MAKE ME (CRY)

BIG SEAN-BOUNCE BACK

CALUM SCOTT-DANCING ON MY OWN

JAMES ARTHUR-SAY YOU WON’T LET GO

KYGO W/SELENA GOMEZ-IT AIN’T ME

LADY GAGA-MILLION REASONS

SABRINA CARPENTER-THUMBS

STARLEY-CALL ON ME

CHARLI XCX W/LIL’ YACHTY-AFTER THE AFTERPARTY

G-EAZY W/MARC E. BASSY-SOME KIND OF DRUG

MARTIN GARRIX W/DUA LIPA-SCARED TO BE LONELY

PARTYNEXTDOOR-NOT NICE

STEVE AOKI W/LOUIS TOMLINSON-JUST HOLD ON

TRAIN-PLAY THAT SONG

ZARA LARSSON W/TY DOLLA $IGN-SO GOOD

ED SHEERAN-SHAPE OF YOU

MACHINE GUN KELLY W/CAMILA CABELLO-BAD THINGS

RIHANNA-LOVE ON THE BRAIN

SHAWN MENDES-MERCY

WEEKND W/DAFT PUNK-I FEEL IT COMING

ZAYN W/TAYLOR SWIFT-I DON’T WANNA LIVE FOREVER

ADELE-WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE

BEBE REXHA-I GOT YOU

BRUNO MARS-THAT’S WHAT I LIKE

CHAINSMOKERS (THE)-PARIS

CLEAN BANDIT W/SEAN PAUL & ANNE-MARIE-ROCKABYE

DRAKE-FAKE LOVE

HEY VIOLET-GUYS MY AGE

JON BELLION-ALL TIME LOW

JULIA MICHAELS-ISSUES

LUKAS GRAHAM-YOU’RE NOT THERE

MARIAN HILL-DOWN

NOAH CYRUS W/LABRINTH-MAKE ME (CRY)

ARIANA GRANDE W/FUTURE-EVERYDAY

DAYA-WORDS

FITZ & THE TANTRUMS-HANDCLAP

FLUME W/TOVE LO-SAY IT

JAMES ARTHUR-SAY YOU WON’T LET GO

STARLEY-CALL ON ME

CALUM SCOTT-DANCING ON MY OWN

CHARLI XCX W/LIL’ YACHTY-AFTER THE AFTERPARTY

G-EAZY W/MARC E. BASSY-SOME KIND OF DRUG

PARTYNEXTDOOR-NOT NICE

SABRINA CARPENTER-THUMBS

STEVE AOKI W/LOUIS TOMLINSON-JUST HOLD ON

ED SHEERAN-SHAPE OF YOU

MACHINE GUN KELLY W/CAMILA CABELLO-BAD THINGS

RIHANNA-LOVE ON THE BRAIN

SHAWN MENDES-MERCY

WEEKND W/DAFT PUNK-I FEEL IT COMING

ZAYN W/TAYLOR SWIFT-I DON’T WANNA LIVE FOREVER

ADELE-WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE

BEBE REXHA-I GOT YOU

BRUNO MARS-THAT’S WHAT I LIKE

CHAINSMOKERS (THE)-PARIS

CLEAN BANDIT W/SEAN PAUL & ANNE-MARIE-ROCKABYE

DRAKE-FAKE LOVE

HEY VIOLET-GUYS MY AGE

JON BELLION-ALL TIME LOW

JULIA MICHAELS-ISSUES

LUKAS GRAHAM-YOU’RE NOT THERE

MARIAN HILL-DOWN

NOAH CYRUS W/LABRINTH-MAKE ME (CRY)

ARIANA GRANDE W/FUTURE-EVERYDAY

DAYA-WORDS

FITZ & THE TANTRUMS-HANDCLAP

FLUME W/TOVE LO-SAY IT

JAMES ARTHUR-SAY YOU WON’T LET GO

STARLEY-CALL ON ME

CALUM SCOTT-DANCING ON MY OWN

CHARLI XCX W/LIL’ YACHTY-AFTER THE AFTERPARTY

G-EAZY W/MARC E. BASSY-SOME KIND OF DRUG

PARTYNEXTDOOR-NOT NICE

SABRINA CARPENTER-THUMBS

STEVE AOKI W/LOUIS TOMLINSON-JUST HOLD ON

The Red Cross has opened a second shelter at the California National Guard Armory in Lakeport. Flood evacuees are welcome. The address is 1431 Hoyt Avenue. Be advised that Hill Road East is closed between Lakeshore Blvd and the hospital entrance so access to the armory is limited to the Park Way area. If you are coming from Highway 29 you are advised to use the Hill Road/Park Way exit.

Several communities along Clear Lake remain under evacuation as the Lake is still hovering around 10.5 feet Rumsey. In their latest warning the National Weather Service says it is forecast to recede to near 10 feet Sunday morning then fluctuate there thru Sunday afternoon. Police are patrolling the evacuated areas by boat.

Mendocino County’s sheriff says his department will not conduct federal sweeps for undocumented immigrants. The Ukiah Daily journal reports Sheriff Tom Allman saying today that the sheriff’s department does not conduct front-line immigration enforcement and doesn’t want residents to ever be afraid to ask for help when they need it. He said he does want his deputies to accompany any ICE agents that come so the deputy can be a witness to what they do, but his department will not put someone on an immigration hold without a written order signed by a magistrate. And Sheriff Allman points out these are not new policies, and he would rather quietly remind the community about it rather than politicize it. He tells the paper “all we have to do is respect the laws that are already on the books.”

Broadband carriers are asking for a six month delay before they implement requirements of the state public utility commission. But Mendocino Broadband sent the commission a letter against the delay saying other carriers exceeded the delay request, but the commission said okay anyway. The other carriers apparently requesting a stay so they can get a rehearing on the entire matter. Some lawmakers are also supporting gut and amend bills to re-authorize the state broadband infrastructure program. The next Broadband Alliance meeting is next Friday at the Community Foundation in Ukiah.

A woman in Ukiah appealing her DUI drive thru a neighbors fence had the conviction affirmed. Joan Rainville appealed her conviction for her May 2013 incident of two felonies for the drive thru the fence nearly hitting two people. At the time Rainville was found to have a blood alcohol content of more than .26, more than 3 times the legal limit. She was found guilty by a jury of two felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon. She also had three prior alcohol-related driving convictions before the incident, so she was on probation.

Some reminders from the Lake County Sheriff’s office if your home or business has been flooded. They remind to wear protective clothing like rubber gloves and boots because of possible water contamination, try not to put your hands near your face or mouth when working, turn all power sources off, look for any foundation shifting or cracks, open the doors and windows so the building or property can dry out, remove standing water, hose down walls ASAP and dilute some w/bleach to disinfect walls and other surfaces. Any items that have been soaked should be cleaned and some should be professionally cleaned. Food items that got wet should be tossed unless they’re in cans or commercially sealed glass jars that were undamaged. Finally, sanitize pots, pans, utensils, dishes, glassware and other items you intend to keep.

The Fort Bragg Unified School District has been burglarized. The district office lost several laptops, monitors and keys last Friday. Staff coming to work found the office was broken into. The superintendent says all of the info contained on the computers was password protected and no vital student records were on the computers. Fort Bragg Police say there were no surveillance cameras at the office or any witnesses to the crime, but they say there was some evidence left behind.

Ukiah High students have won two awards at the state Robotics competition. The kids from the Ukiah High School Science Club members got first- and second-place at the SeaPerch competition. SeaPerch is under water robotics that’s sponsored by the Office of Naval Research. The students were at West Valley College in San Jose where more than 300 students from 13 schools and 18 teams competed. 3 teams from Ukiah were at the competition where they needed to create underwater remotely-operated vehicles out of a basic kit.

The city of Lakeport says it could take weeks before residents told to leave their homes because of rising water, can go home again. A local emergency was declared earlier this week due to flooding and on Monday several mandatory evacuations were announced. The next day more advisory evacuations were also announced. Yesterday in Clearlake, the city had local advisory evacuations too. Several homes on the Lake were first flooded out then others in surrounding areas started to take on water, several roads were also blocked and down to one lane. They warn about contaminated water as sewage drains and manholes were also overwhelmed. Yesterday Clear Lake hit 10.6 feet Rumsey, 9 is flood stage. It’s supposed to recede down to 10.5 feet today.

At a meeting of the Clearlake City Council the G.M. of the Yolo County Flood Control and Water Conservation District gave an update. The district controls the water rights to Clear Lake and operates the Cache Creek Dam. He says the dam’s going to be temporarily taken offline today so they can take out debris. He says everything you can imagine, from trees to refrigerators is stuck there. The GM says they’ll just close it for a few hours.

Lakeport city representatives say they don’t anticipate any more evacuations but they’re keeping an eye on an apartment complex on Royale Avenue and a condo complex at Royale Shores. They’re also asking residents not to drive on Royale Avenue which is flooded because flood water enters apartments. So far 225 people have been evacuated in Lakeport. Lakeport Police are also asking people to stay away from evacuated areas. They’re patrolling some areas by boat. The city is also trying to get a high clearance vehicle so Public Works staff can maintain utilities. They’re also working on damage estimates to turn into the California Office of Emergency Services and the Lake County Office of Emergency Services.

State Sen. Mike McGuire says he’s trying to protect the state against the Trump administration so he’s introduced a package of bills to shield California Wildlands. McGuire says California has the most to lose under the dangerous policies of President Trump, noting nearly 46 million acres or nearly half of Calif. is federal land. His new legislation to make current federal clean air, climate, clean water, worker safety, and endangered species standards enforceable by the state even if the Fed looks to roll back or weaken the current law. It would direct the state to use its authority to make sure current standards are enforced and make sure the state doesn’t suffer if the federal government does rollback protections. Another part of the package makes sure developers cannot get a hold of federal land. And federal workers who report cover ups, destruction of information, or other wrongdoing are protected under Calif law.

Ukiah Unified School District says it will be a sanctuary for undocumented students against the federal government. The school district board of trustees has passed a resolution to declare all schools in the district are a “Safe Haven.” Apparently some concerned citizens came forward regarding possible immigration roundups. The California State School Superintendent also looking for all school districts to pass the same kinds of resolutions. The local Safe Haven resolution follows part of the ACLU’s Model Campus Safe Zones Resolution. The Daily Journal reports the California Department of Education saying about 1.5 million of 6.2 million students in Calif. schools are covered by school districts which have put similar Safe Haven declarations in place.

Mendocino Land Trust has received national recognition, becoming an accredited land trust. The Land Trust announced its now one of 372 accredited land trusts in the U-S showing their commitment to professional excellence and for maintaining the public’s trust. The Exec. Director of the Land Trust says it’s an honor for the Mendocino County community. She says it makes sure donors, their partners and the public know they’re committed to their work.

A self-driving car company that’s part of Google is suing Uber saying a former engineer stole important technology. A lawsuit’s been filed by Waymo who says they started working on technology for self-driving cars eight years ago, which was a secret Google project. Waymo now part of Google’s parent company Alphabet Inc. The lawsuit says Anthony Levandowski, an ex manager for Google’s self-driving car project took thousands of private files from a laptop before he left to start his own company, later bought by Uber for $680 million.

The rain’s done one good thing, brought amazing snow to mountain resorts, with one saying they plan to stay open until July 4th. Representatives at Squaw Valley say they’re staying open until Independence Day after getting almost 38 feet of snow far this year already. Some of the other local resorts have also extended their seasons, but not thru July, Heavenly and Northstar stay open to at least mid April and maybe beyond.

A 91 year old woman who died in Ohio had a unique wish in her Obituary, she asked people to wait an appropriate amount of time before taking her stuff. Jean Oddi’s obit read, “I was born. I lived. I died.” She went on to say some of her favorite activities were playing cards and teaching her granddaughter “dirty songs.” Her daughter says mom was a blunt woman who lived unapologetically. She also called for a party after her funeral and told sick people not to come, saying “I might be dead, but I still don’t want your germs”.

Dancing’s legal again in Henryetta, Oklahoma. City representatives have voted out an old ordinance saying you could be fined $25 for dancing. There were no dance halls allowed within 500 feet of a church or public school until this week. Someone wanting to host a dance event earlier this month had it canceled which led the town mayor to look over the years old ordinance. The city’s first female mayor said before the cancelled event, she had never heard of the ordinance preventing dancing because before that they always had dances at city’s churches and schools without repercussions.

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Lake County remains under a flood warning with Clear Lake hovering around 10.6 feet Rumsey and more rain expected Saturday and Sunday. Despite the colder temperatures that actually brought some snow locally this morning, the National Weather Service says the rain remains a threat through at least Saturday.

As for some of the main roads: The Nice-Lucerne Cutoff remains closed to all traffic due to flooding and in Lakeport a big stretch of Lakeshore Boulevard is closed after showing signs of erosion. In Mendocino County Orr Springs Rd is still closed 5 mile wets if Ukiah where a huge chunk of the pavement gave way.

The City of Lakeport says their municipal water is safe to drink. The water is currently being supplied solely from groundwater wells in Scotts Valley. They say if there were a problem with the municipal water system, staff would provide physical notifications to affected properties. They are however struggling with keeping the waste water from overflowing and are asking resident to cut down in water use while they City works to pump out the excess water.

The Ukiah Unified School Board has passed a resolution declaring UUSD schools a “Safe Haven”
 from federal agents looking to deport undocumented immigrants. The resolution passed last week and now posted on the District Website. It cites a US Supreme Court ruling that public schools cannot deny students access to elementary and secondary public education based on their immigration status and it points out that state and federal laws prohibit schools from disclosing student information to law enforcement without parental consent or a court order. The resolution says if ICE agents come to a school for a student they need a written warrant signed by a federal or state judge and it instructs staff to direct ICE agents to the superintendent.