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Lakeport Police are looking for leads in a burglary at the Meals on Wheels Thrift Shop storage warehouse. They say sometime late last night or early this morning, suspects burglarized the warehouse and took more than a $1000 worth of tools including a red Craftsman generator, a red Craftsman air compressor, a red Craftsman chop saw and an Ace sump pump. They are asking anyone with information on possible suspects to call Lakeport Police, send them a private Facebook message, or send an anonymous message by texting the words TIP LAKEPORT to 888777.

More water would be stored in Lake Mendocino in the future if Rep. Jared Huffman passes through a bill to get the US Army Corps of Engineers to change how they determine the lake level. The Corps has been using the same method since 1959 to determine when to release water from the Lake at the Coyote Valley Dam and how much to keep in the reservoir, which is owned by the Sonoma County Water Agency. Huffman says rather than managing the reservoir on a storm by storm basis, the Corps should consider using current satellite technology that can view atmospheric rivers in real time. Huffman has introduced the Reservoir Operations Improvement Act which would require the Corps to update their forecasting methods.

A Silver Award of Excellence has been given to Lake County’s Child Support Services. The Lake County Department of Child Support Services was been honored by California DCSS for what the state called outstanding effort to support families by increasing the reliability of child support payments. Lake County DCSS Director Gail Woodworth accepted the award that took into account the increases in the total collections, percentages of current support due that’s actually paid, and percentage of cases that are paid in full every month. Lake County DCSS earned the Silver level by averaging a 3.65 percent increase across the award criteria.

The Lake County Special Olympics Polar Plunge set for this Saturday has been moved from Lakeside County Park over to Kelseyville County Park due to conditions at Clear Lake. The Polar Plunge is Lake County Special Olympics’ major annual fundraiser to provide services to local athletes. Last year’s event raised about $22,000. Organizers tell Lake County News the actual “plunge” is a bit up the air without a lake and they are looking at different ways to get the participants wet, but it will happen. Registration is still open online at www.ipolarplunge.com

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