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The yearly Lower Lake Daze Parade is back. The Lower Lake Community Action Group’s event is this Sunday. There will be a parade and street fair in downtown Lower Lake from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with the parade at 11. They will have a load of activities happening that day with live entertainment, arts & crafts, food and dozens of vendors along Main St.

After Governor Newsom signed an executive order a couple of months back to conserve water, the State Water Resources Control Board is moving on it. Earlier this week the agency adopted an emergency water conservation regulation to make sure local water agencies statewide get more aggressive with conservation measures. The Governor says the state is in a drought crisis and hopes the new measures will mean a reduction in water usage. He said it was especially important now as we head into summer months. The new rule bans watering turf at businesses, but not watering it in recreation settings or for community reasons like at homes or to maintain trees. There are limits to the amount of irrigation though, on certain days, and during certain hours. There will also be patrols to make sure folks abide and don’t waste water, and enforcement thereof.

Commercial fishermen and local tribes are demanding action to reverse a Trump administration rule putting endangered fish in further danger in the Trinity River. The Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations and partner organization, the Institute for Fisheries Research have sent a 60-day notice letter to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation about its intent to sue for violations of the Endangered Species Act. They claim the water that’s being diverted from the Trinity River to the Central Valley Project has practically destroyed the river’s salmon populations. So those threatening the suit want a new biological opinion on the conservation methods and measures to be required to protect them. Last year up to 75% of coho salmon eggs died due to the diversions.

PG&E has put out a reminder for outdoor recreationalists during hot weather, to be wary of dangerously cold, swiftly moving water. Even though the snowpack was well below normal this year in Calif., the energy company is reminding folks that snow is melting and filling streams and rivers and to be especially careful by hydroelectric facilities and dams. They add flow conditions can quickly change and as trout season has mostly opened, they’re also encouraging anglers to take precaution. PG&E reminds to plan ahead and while at your favorite recreation spot, looking for ways to quickly and safely escape if water flows and temperatures change. They say to know your limits, bring a life jacket and don’t go in the water at all if it seems unsafe.

Police in Ukiah continue investigating reports of shots fired in the area of 200 Ford St. Police say they had several calls about gunshots going off Tuesday and when they got to the scene they saw a car in the area of N. Orchard Ave. That matched the description of one of the cars possibly involved. They detained two people and say pickup truck passed the area and those inside had some sort of interaction with a pedestrian who the pickup truck occupants reportedly shot near. Nobody was injured, but that person was a target police say, and it was not a random shooting. The shots hit buildings and trees, as we reported. The two detained were released and police continue looking into the event. There had been rumors the Ford St. Project may have been the target.

A Clear Lake High student has been chosen for a $1,000 scholarship from Mediacom Communications. Senior Bailey Rodriguez won the company’s World Class Scholarship which recognizes a student for excellence in leadership and academics. The company congratulated the entire class of 22 with their announcement and singled Bailey out for her outstanding accomplishments. The scholarship is for students who live in areas where Mediacom delivers high-speed internet and digital video service. They typically choose 60 students for the honor.

To prepare for the fireworks show, the City of Fort Bragg is offering community members free driftwood from Noyo Beach. Before now the driftwood had been removed by the city by either the City Public Works Dept., doing controlled burns or distributing permits for individuals to remove wood debris from the beach. The removal is from Friday July 1st during daylight hours. The wood needs to be taken out with hand tools only. They also ask those removing wood to do a site cleanup of any litter or debris nearby. No driving of cars onto the beach.

A man reported missing from Hidden Valley has been found. Yesterday afternoon, 68-year-old John Daniel Bachelder disappeared on foot. It was reported nobody knew what he was wearing or where he went, but that he was walking in the area of the Conestoga Trail in Hidden Valley to look for gems. Police said at the time the man was considered at risk due to possible medical conditions and because of the outside temperature. Lake County Search and Rescue and the Sheriff’s Dept. was searching and found him within a couple hours.

Fort Bragg has a new City Manager. The city announced John Ford of McKinleyville has accepted the job and starts July 5th. The last manager resigned in December and the city hired a headhunter to find her replacement. They apparently looked far and wide, receiving about 15 applications. The recruiter screened them all and narrowed it down to 4 people. Then the City Council and selected members of the city management team interviewed that group and Ford became the obvious choice. They all voted unanimously to bring him on. Ford has experience working in city management in Thousand Oaks, Roseville, the County of Monterey and most recently was the Director of Planning and Building for Humboldt County.

Calif. lawmakers jumped into action after the latest school shooting massacre in Texas. They had previously followed the lead of Governor Newsom who signaled he wanted residents to have the ability to sue illegal firearms dealers. It was intended to mimic the Texas law where people could sue if they knew someone else was providing an abortion. Democratic lawmakers looking to use the abortion law as a way to keep people safe, not a way to punish women or those helping them abort a fetus. The law would let residents file a lawsuit against anyone dealing illegal assault weapons, parts used to build weapons, guns without serial numbers, or .50 caliber rifles and they could win $10,000 in civil damages for each weapon, plus attorneys fees. A package of other gun reform bills passed the Assembly without any Republican support.

An artist in Lakeport is putting the finishing touches on a mural downtown in honor of essential workers. Emma Wakefield’s piece is on the side of the Meals on Wheels Thrift Store on N. Main St. at First Street. The mural shows a child sleeping with a stuffed animal, with a quilt over them that has blocks on it featuring farmworkers, teachers, police officers, construction workers, cooks, firefighters, postal workers, store clerks, doctors and other health workers, and utility workers. The Lake County Arts Council had announced plans for a new mural in partnership with the city of Lakeport, Lake County Rural Arts Initiative and the Lake Family Resource Center last December and the artist was chosen this spring during a competition.

You can add another mile to your hike in Low Gap Park now that the Upper City View Trail has officially opened in Ukiah. Adding on to the trail built over a decade ago, you’ll be able to take in wildflowers in bloom. There’s one entrance to the new loop on the right of the City View overlook, where a sign was put up to show adventurers which way to go. There’s a warning though that the new trail is narrower than the City View Trail with some twists and turns. The Daily Journal reports it’s a bit bumpy for running, but if you slow down, there are signs pointing out what birds you might see and how the trail came to be. The signs are temporary.

They’re looking for people to serve on the next Mendocino County Civil Grand Jury. The deadline to apply is tomorrow at Superior Court for the 2022/2023 Grand Jury to be sworn in at the end of June. The Superior Court says it’s a great way to learn about the inner workings of government while providing a service to your community. There are 19 people chosen for the Jury who serve for a year, providing civil oversight of local government and agencies; and respond to citizen complaints. They set their own agenda and meeting schedule. You get $25 per full panel meeting, $10 per committee meeting and committee attendance at public meetings. Mileage is also reimbursed at the current County of Mendocino rate. And there’s free onsite parking.

Applications and related information are available on the Internet at: Grand Jury ( The application may also be obtained in person at the Superior Court, 100 North State Street, Rm. 303, Ukiah or by calling the Grand Jury at (707) 463-4320.

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