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Some of the pools at Harbin Hot Springs are reopening. The decades old resort in Middletown burned in the Valley Fire in September 2015. More than 600 people had to be evacuated when the fire happened. Up to 90 percent of the resort was charred. The Managing Director of Harbin says they’ve re-hired a couple dozen of the 200 or so they had to let go after the fire, so they can rebuild, which he says could take up to five years. They currently have about six pools running, including a more than 100 year old pool and the famous heart-shaped pool that survived the fire. If you’re interested in following the progress of the rebuild, visit

Holiday Harbor is for sale again in Nice. The county’s put the harbor on the market at $800-thousand dollars with a minimum bid of $650-thousand. They’ve also listed the old Visitor Information Center in Lucerne at $365,000 with a minimum of $260,000. The County Administrative Officer Carol Huchingson says they started with a market value, but the properties have to be appraised, then staff should have an exact estimate later this month. The Visitor Center has sat empty since 2014 and the county had previously considered selling Holiday Harbor last year.

Ukiah city engineers said speed bumps weren’t needed on Marshall Street but now are working on other ways to get cars to slow down. The street is a short one, sometimes used as a shortcut to get around traffic at East Gobbi and South Main streets. The Public Works Director and City Engineer said the speed bumps might make the speeding worse, because cars could lose control faster, plus the bumps could be a problem for bicyclists and pedestrians. But some residents were at the Traffic Engineering Committee meeting asking for a fix. A workshop is planned on using Measure Y dollars and Marshall Street concerns are reportedly on the agenda.

No injuries after three cars crash on Highway 20 and hold up traffic near Willits. The crash yesterday morning at milepost 23. The CHP reports an eastbound 2017 Jeep Patriot crossed the double yellow lines around a curve and hit Brinks Armored truck which spun around and went into a Toyota Scion. A woman from Fort Bragg riding in the Scion and a passenger in the Jeep went to the hospital after complaining of pain.

Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry of Winters bill to help keep Clearlake clean has passed another hurdle. Assembly Bill 707 has now made it thru the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee unanimously, getting bipartisan support. Aguiar-Curry says she’s thrilled her Senate colleagues supported smart policy to give a leg up to a well deserving community. The bill, if it passes, would start a Blue Ribbon Committee for the Rehabilitation of Clear Lake to protect the environment and spur economic growth in the region. There would be representatives from Lake County tribes, the County Board of Supervisors, University of California, the Natural Resources Agency, the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board, and an expert in economic development, agriculture, environment, and from a public water supplier.

The CHP’s free “Start Smart” traffic safety class is about to begin. Lessons for those about to get their driver’s license, those newly licensed and teenage drivers and their parents or guardians. The CHP’s program to provide comprehensive traffic safety education for teens and their parents. Statistics show a teenager is killed in a traffic crash every four hours across the country. The CHP says that could be substantially reduced or totally prevented by eliminating high-risk driving behaviors through education. The class next Wednesday, July 19th from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Clear Lake Area CHP office in Kelseyville. Call Officer Kory Reynolds at the CHP office if you’re interested soon, as space is limited. That number:


A man from Clearlake has gone to jail in connection to a burglary after tips from community members. The Lake County Sheriff’s office reports arresting Leonard Franklin Jr. yesterday after they reached out to the public to identify the man for a burglary last month. Cops say he went into a home took several items and left. His image was caught on surveillance video in the home and cops released that and got several tips. He was booked into the Lake County Jail on $50,000 bail.

Wildlife officers are wanted by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Law Enforcement Division. The agency is looking for those who have a love for the outdoors and a passion for fish and wildlife conservation. There’s a deadline at the end of the month for those interested. If you’re chosen, you become a fully sworn California peace officer. Their primary mission to enforce wildlife resource laws; protect California waterways and habitat from destruction, pollution and litter; provide the public with hunting and fishing information; and promote and coordinate hunter education, and safe weapons handling. They go on patrol thruout the state, in the mountains, valleys, deserts, creeks, streams, rivers and ocean in trucks, ATVs, personal watercraft, boats, snowmobiles and airplanes.

Construction begins on the central part of the Coastal Trail. The one million dollar project is set to be done by the middle of November. Akeff Construction will do the work for Phase 2 of the project after a half dozen contractors put in a bid. The design and engineering portion of the work was done in the spring. It connects the north and south Coastal Trail segments.

Attendance is off for California’s University system. The amount of in-state freshmen admitted to the University of California for the fall was down 1.7 percent from last year. New info shows about 70,000 freshmen and 21,000 transfer students from California have been offered to attend one of the systems nine campuses. The report also shows UC should meet its goal of 10,000 more Californians to the rolls by the 2018-19 school year. The admission rate at about 62.6 percent for Calif. residents and around 54 percent for out-of-staters. The report says almost 40 percent of California freshmen who’ve been admitted are from low-income families, and 43 percent are the first in their families to attend college.

A 2-year-old boy from Ukiah has died in an out of state swimming accident. The tot, Christopher Hamilton drowned last weekend in a pond behind a home in Bluffton, South Carolina. Police say the boy’s grandparent called 911 saying the boy was missing for ten minutes and might have been walking the family dog. When cops got there they say the child was in a pond and those who found him performed CPR. Then when first responders continued CPR, but the toddler was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Firefighters in Southern Calif. get a surprise after a day long fight against the La Cadena fire in La Loma Hills, their meal was comped at a Denny’s. An anonymous woman paid their $400 bill last weekend. The City of Colton posted the good deed on their Facebook page, with the crew thanking the woman for her generosity. The Colton Fire Department Chief told CNN he “felt bad that he couldn’t say thank you” but says he hopes the woman will see the news coverage so she knows how grateful the crew is.

A woman in New Hampshire busted on drug charges goes back to cops, demanding they return her drugs, and gets arrested again. Police say 26-year-old Emily Morin, of Concord, was upset she couldn’t get her Suboxone back. The drug is highly addictive and can treat heroin addiction. It was taken as evidence when she was arrested for shoplifting Tuesday. Cops say the woman was seen getting into her car to drive away, but they found her license and registration were suspended. She was charged with driving after suspension, breach of bail and resisting arrest, and other drug and willful concealment charges.


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