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The Ukiah Valley Sanitation District board of directors says they want to move beyond the legal situation with the city and open lines of communication. The Daily Journal reports director Kenneth Marshall said he thinks they can have a new start. But the two sides still have some issues to work thru including capital improvements and upgrades to the Wastewater Treatment Plant. The city’s director of water and sewer utilities says he was emailing the board about expenditures and going to meetings to get approval for nearly $3 million in work. The city manager had also been discussing the problems with the district with the city council in open meetings. The newspaper reports the city manager was becoming more concerned and frustrated with the lack of communication with the district.

Two people from Ukiah have been killed in a crash on Highway 20 near Redwood Valley. The California Highway Patrol reports the accident last Friday morning after a 70-year-old woman in a red, 2015 Nissan Altima going south merged onto Hwy. 20 into the path of a white Nissan pickup headed east. Officers say the pickup driver, a man from Lakeport, tried to avoid the crash, but he hit the Altima and the Altima lost control and got hit by a semi-truck with a trailer. It was hit again then went down an embankment and the passenger, an elderly man from Ukiah died. The driver of the Altima had to be removed by multiple firefighters with the Jaws of Life. She was airlifted to a hospital but died. The pickup driver had moderate injuries.

The Board of Supervisors take up algae blooms at their next meeting. There’s an update tomorrow morning at the regular meeting on this year’s cyanobacteria blooms in Lake County waters. The item says the board will get a multi agency perspective on blooms. The board is also honoring a couple of local Firefighters, who recently retired as the Lake and Mendocino County director and advisor for forests and wildland ecology for the local University of California Cooperative Extension. The board is also considering an agreement with the Yolo County Flood Control and Water Conservation District for a power purchase agreement.

A special meeting’s set by the Lakeport City Council to talk about a traffic mitigation plan and upgrades for the Carnegie Library. The Traffic Mitigation Plan is for 20th St. which will include re-striping part of the street. The city also wants to upgrade the Carnegie Library so it can be reopened to the public. Plus the council is also having a closed door session regarding the labor negotiations with the Lakeport Employee Association and the Unrepresented Employee Group. The meeting this afternoon to also approve spending $500 a month for an executive manager who will have the Assistant City Manager title. The meeting starts at 5:15 at City Hall.

It’s not a presidential election, but there will be more than a dozen seats for boards of directors for more than a dozen local fire, water and community districts to be on the ballot in November. The Lake County Registrar of Voters Office reports the general district election will be Nov. 7th for several offices of director seats which will all be vacant the first Friday in December or until they find a successor who’s elected and qualifies for office. The filing period ends is over Friday, Aug. 11th at 5 p.m.

A firefight over the weekend near Upper Lake for two fires. State, local and federal fire fighters on the two small fires named the Bear and the Lake fires Saturday. The Bear Fire started in the morning and the Lake, in the afternoon. The Bear Fire was near Bear Creek Road north of Upper Lake in the Mendocino National Forest. The fire burned about 3 acres. The Lake Fire was in the 6800 block of W. Highway 20, but so far there’s no public report by Cal Fire on the size of that fire but it didn’t burn for that long.

Fire victims looking for something to do with the kids… Middletown Community United Methodist Church has their “Camp Noah” coming up for 1st through sixth graders. Camp is from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. from July 31 to Aug. 4th, and it’s free. The church is partnering with Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota and various local agencies for kids who survived the Clayton and Valley fires. The camp is to help kids who may have been traumatized by the life changing events. They will help children process disaster and/or trauma related experiences and teach them to build resiliency skills. There will be breakfast, lunch, and snacks, and there’s transportation available for those who need it. For more info, visit

Construction work and road repairs have begun across Calif. The California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) and the Department of Transportation is moving the projects thru quickly after the legislature passed the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 which Governor Brown signed. So this means construction starts this summer on more than a dozen pavement projects across Calif and there will be expedited design work for 50 more projects that start construction this fiscal year. Caltrans is working fast on more than $285 million worth of road repairs across the state to include repairing and resurfacing hundreds of miles of highways and improve lane-line visibility. There will be new striping they say is highly reflective with durable beads. In Mendocino County, there will be $3 million spent to resurface four miles of State Route 162 near Covelo.

A nod of approval for Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed $16 billion water tunnels by the Department of Water Resources. Brown trying to overhaul California’s water system with two 35-mile tunnels, each about four-stories tall. They will move to the Sacramento River and will supplement aging pumps to the south. Those who support the project say there would be a more reliable water supply for cities and farms along the San Francisco Bay as well as Central and Southern California. Those against including conservationists and some Northern California water agencies say it would wreck the West Coast’s largest estuary and native species, already struggling, who need that water.

A kitten with a silly name gets lucky. The 2 month old somehow gets onto a delivery truck that travels the Burlingame area. The kitty got onto the Peninsula Humane Society animal shelter’s delivery truck. They say while unloading deliveries they saw the tiny, light colored kitty darting back and forth amongst pallets. They say it took about 20 minutes to finally capture the kitten. The driver says they had no idea how the kitten climbed aboard. They say it was probably only there one day. The staff at the Humane Society named it Pallet because it was stuck behind one when they finally nabbed him. He was adopted right away and his new owner changed it to Buttons.

A woman in Philadelphia in trouble with the law after police say she stole a taxi and picked up a fare. Cops say the 65 year old caught a cab last Thursday night and asked to go to a casino, but on the way asked to stop at a gas station, where she hopped in the driver’s seat and took off. Police say they stopped the woman about a half hour later where they found her with another woman and an infant in the backseat. The mother says she hailed a cab, not knowing it was stolen.


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