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A stable real estate market in Lake County, according to the Lake County Association of Realtors. October numbers show a slight drop in both sales and prices compared to September., with sales also off by around 3 percent from last October. The median home price in the county is $269,000, up about $10,000 from last October. Association President Mary Benson tells the Lake County News that would be home buyers are finding it hard to get affordable insurance, so she says anyone looking at homes should factor that in as they peruse the market. Statewide figures show the median price for a new home in California is just over $600,000.

Lakeport police will be investigating how an empty abandoned vehicle ended up submerged in Clear Lake. A Facebook post from the Department of Public Works shows the vehicle being fished out of the water near the Third Street boat ramp in Library Park this morning, with an assist by a public works crew. So far, no word on who owns the SUV, or the circumstances surrounding its trip into the water.

Governor Gavin Newsom is off to Iowa to try to boost Senator Kamala Harris’ lagging presidential campaign. He has his work cut out for him though. Polls show the Senator well behind in the crowded Democratic field, with just over two months until the first caucuses and primaries.

Lots of communities are getting into the holiday spirit, with Christmas just over three weeks away. Among them, Kelseyville, where Main Street will come to light Friday evening starting at 5:30 with the 29th annual Christmas in the Country, featuring an 80 foot Christmas tree, wagon rides from a team of Belgian draft horses and the Christmas parade which steps off at 6:30. Santa will even find time in his packed schedule to be there too at 7:00.

The recent rain has been good for the dry ground, and good for spawning salmon in the Eel River too, Kym Kemp.com reports observers are finding more fish making it upstream, with their trip made easier by the rising water levels. Still, the odds are against the salmon making it to their spawning grounds or for any of their spawn surviving to adulthood to complete the cycle.

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