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Lanes have reopened on Hwy 101 in Hopland where a truck hauling pressed grapes collided with a pickup towing a camp trailer. The CHP says two people in the pickup were hurt in the crash that happened at 10:20 a.m. on 101 southbound near Center Street. The road was closed for a few hours as firefighters from Hopland and Ukiah Valley Fire worked to cut the driver and passenger out the pickup; a medical helicopter had to land on the highway to transport one of them and the other was taken by ambulance. The big rig driver was not hurt but a load of grape pomace spilled to the side of the highway. We don’t know yet what caused the crash but the initial report indicates the grape truck was changing lanes when it collided with the pickup.

The City of Ukiah’s building official has resigned. City Planning Director Craig Schlatter has confirmed to the Ukiah Daily Journal that David Willoughby has left. Schlatter says his department recently hired two consultants and other staff members have been filling in to help as well, so he doesn’t foresee any slow down in service even though it is a busy time for them. He also says they are actively looking for a new building official and more consultants, but it could be a challenge as there is currently a statewide shortage of such consultants.

It’s Time to Vote in the Lake County Chamber’s 2nd Annual “Kiss My Clear Lake Bass” competition, which will be held Sunday September 3rd at the Chamber Booth at the Lake County Fair. Candidates have chosen a Lake County non-profit to receive a percentage of the total amount raised if they win the competition. To vote, go to www.lakecochamber.com and under ‘Events’ click on Kiss My Clear Lake Bass. The candidates are:

  •  Brock Falkenberg, Lake Co Office of Education, non-profit: Lake County Special Olympics
  •  Clearlake City Manager Greg Folsom, non-profit: Clear Lake Chamber of Commerce
  •  Lakeport City Manager Margaret Silveira, non-profit: Hospice Services of Lake County
  •  District 4 Supervisor Tina Scott, non-profit: Lake County Arts Council
  •  District 3 Supervisor Jim Steele, non-profit: Lake County Silver Foundation
  •  US Congressman Mike Thompson, non-profit: Lake County Toy Run For Kids
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