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The water in Clear Lake is getting lower and lower. The US Geological Survey says the level has fallen well below daily mean values recorded from 1913 to this year, below levels from 2014, during the last major drought. Some experts predict an all-time low unless conditions change. Several boat ramps around the lake are now closed. That means the Marine Patrol is facing challenges getting its boats in the water. The head of the Marine Patrol, Sgt. Andy Davidson, tells Lake Co News his craft will stay on the lake, no matter what. As the water drops, county officials are counting on boaters to provide information on lake hazards. There have also been more reports of boats tearing up their props on rocks that were well underwater until this year.

The Mendocino Health Department has confirmed a positive Covid-19 case at the Home Depot on Orchard Avenue in Ukiah. Officials are urging anyone who was at the store and exposed between Tuesday, August 17th and Friday, August 20th to get a test if not vaccinated—or get a test if vaccinated and showing symptoms. The department says it is only naming the business because it can not identify everyone who might have been exposed.

The Lake Area Planning Council wants to hear from residents about transportation priorities for the county.. The council is working on its Regional Transportation Plan, which covers topics such as future needs, current deficiencies, and barriers. It is a 20-year plan promoting safe and efficient transportation in line with other regional goals. The LPC plans to adopt it in December. If you would like to weigh in, there is an interactive survey you can fill out. You can find it at lakeapc.mysocialpinpoint.com

Vice President Kamala Harris has called off a planned campaign stop in the state on behalf of Governor Gavin Newsom as the recall campaign enters its final days. The Vice-President’s office says it is due to the situation in Afghanistan. President Biden is NOT likely to visit on the governor’s behalf either. Political experts think a presidential trip could do more harm than good for Newsom, given the volatile situation overseas.

For the fifth day in a row, someone in Mendo County who was not vaccinated against the coronavirus has died. The Public Health Dept says a 43 year old Ukiah man was confirmed as the county’s 61st death. Every day this week we’ve reported the public health department was informed of another death. The agency keeps saying to avoid situations that may expose you to COVID-19, especially now with the highly infectious Delta variant.  

A fire reported off the 101 at the Mendocino/Sonoma county line has been controlled. Mendo Fever reports hearing on the scanner traffic that a fire was burning in the area and had so far blackened three acres with the potential to spread to 10 acres. Soon after the news site reported the fire was named, the Clover Fire and the highway was closed on the southbound side. The fire ended up burning three to five acres in the area of Geysers Rd and the 101 in Hopland. Both fire and police personnel were on the scene. No word how it started or if there were any injuries.

A high speed chase ends up in detaining a teenager and their teen passenger. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office reports trying to stop the 17 year old driver Tuesday night in a black Dodge ram which sped up to as fast as 100 miles per hour at times. The CHP Garberville Office reports trying to stop the truck for its “oversized tires” which is a safety concern. They took over the chase from deputies, who continued to help. At some point Round Valley Tribal Police also jumped into the chase and the driver was finally detained. The 17-year-old from Round Valley was arrested for felony evading, violation of probation terms, and delaying/obstructing/resisting a police officer. The passenger, 19 year old Bryan Sanchez-Montiel was also arrested for delaying/obstructing/resisting a police officer and violation of probation, but was released at the scene. Both had records including drug possession and burglary.

One person has died after a head-on crash near Kelseyville. The CHP reported it happened yesterday morning on Highway 29, about 3 miles northwest of Kelseyville. The female driver went into the wrong lane and was hit by another vehicle driven by a 66 year old woman from Kelseyville. That driver had broken ribs and a broken foot. The woman who died had her name withheld while her family was being notified.

A German Shepherd named Chloe is being hailed a hero for rescuing a lamb that almost drowned in a creek bed in Lake County. The Press Democrat reports Luke Melo of Hidden Valley Lake took his three dogs to Putah Creek Tuesday and lost sight of Chloe. He found her in the creek bed with the lamb in her mouth. The lamb had stopped breathing. He says the dog was locking her and the lamb, coughed up water and started to breathe. The man took the lamb home and others in the community helped bring supplies over and took custody of the animal. They found out it escaped a nearby property, but since so many humans handled it. It was best not to take it back to its mom.

The Mendocino County Registrar of Voters reports about 10% of ballots sent out for the recall election have been returned. 2,400 ballots returned on Wednesday, plus several in a Drop Box in front of the county administration building. The county mailed over 55,000 ballots out for the Sept. 14th election. The Registrar says they’re coming back as fast as they did for the November 2020 Presidential Election. She says even if you vote no on the Recall question, you can still vote for a replacement candidate, as they are two separate questions. If you don’t get your ballot by Monday, you should call the elections dept.

The amount of people filing for unemployment is back up again. 67,200 initial claims were filed last week, which ended Saturday, the 21st. It was up 2,500 claims from the week before. It’s also the most filings for a single week in over two months. Across the country, there were 353,000 initial claims for the same week, up 4,000 from the week before. California is reportedly lagging behind much of the country. The state’s recovered only about 58% of the jobs lost during business shutdowns. But apparently, nationwide, 75% of lost jobs have been recovered.

The Coastal Cleanup Day is coming, and residents and visitors are encouraged to join Mendocino Land Trust and other organizations for the cleanup Saturday, September 18th. Those joining can pick one of over a dozen sites where organizers will give you the required supplies and directions about what to do. It’s a cleanup across the state which is organized by the California Coastal Commission and was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the “largest garbage collection” ever organized.

Visit mendocinolandtrust.org for details about each of the Mendocino County sites or visit coastalcleanupday.org to view an interactive map of sites all over California.

A man accused of burglarizing a home in Lakeport had his case continued. Michael Anthony Dore is not in custody at this time, but did appear in court for a settlement or readiness conference. His lawyer, a public defender requested the continuance to review a plea deal offer and the court okay’d it. The case has been continued before due to the pandemic. He was arraigned last year and pleaded not guilty. He was charged with carrying a loaded firearm in a public place, carrying a firearm that is capable of being concealed, permitting other person to carry a firearm in vehicle and assault with firearm on person after a September 2020 incident where deputies say he was blamed for a burglary of several firearms and for a shooting at the Highland Springs Reservoir.

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