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Dozens of area law enforcement officers have descended on Kelseyville to search for a man they say fired several shots at police and others this morning. Lake County Sheriff Brian Martin says it started around 930am when the CHP got a report of an armed, scantily clad man at a construction site on Highway 29 near Sand Hill. At least one CHP officer was helping with traffic when the man now ID’s as Joshua “Buck” Brown fired shots before going toward a home. Residents were sent phone and text messages to stay inside and CHP, Lake County deputies and SWAT, state parks officers, Mendocino SWAT and Sonoma SWAT all came in to help look for Brown who Sheriff Martin said is known to them from several dealings as being “anti‑law enforcement”. During the afternoon officials were having some indirect contact with Brown through family members. Lake County News reports Brown was angry over some road and property issues and shot at a group that included not just law enforcement officers but also Cal Trans workers and Lake County Supervisor Rob Brown. No one is reported to have been hurt.

The Mendocino County Coroner has released the name of a woman killed in a hit-and-run crash in Laytonville Sunday as police continue to look for the driver that fled the scene. Lorna Ballard of Concord was a passenger in a car heading south on Hwy 101 around 12:30 p.m. when a northbound SUV crossed into the southbound lanes and hit the car she was in. Ballard died in the crash. Her driver, whose name hasn’t been released, was taken to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital. The CHP says the suspect walked away from the crash before officers arrived. Witnesses describe him as a Latino man in his 30s, weighing 215 pounds and 5 feet 10 inches tall. He has short black hair, brown eyes and was wearing a dark colored T-shirt and camouflage shorts. He was driving a 2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac.

Cal Fire and Northshore fire have been on the scene of an afternoon wildland fire in Nice. The fire was reported early this afternoon in the area of Highway 20, Carson and Lakeshore. It was about one acre when fire fighters arrived and officials tells Lake County News they had forward progress stopped within about 30 minutes and mop-up anticipated to go into the evening.

The driver of a car the California Highway Patrol says was involved in a hit-and-run accident is on the run. The CHP reports the driver was headed north yesterday on the 101, in a 2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac and crossed the double yellow lines into the other lane, and crashed into a 1965 Ford Falcon in Laytonville. The driver of that car had to be airlifted out of the area and their passenger was killed. The driver of the Explorer apparently took off on foot before police arrived, but is described as a Hispanic man in his 30s, 215 pounds, 5 foot 10, with short black hair and brown eyes. Cops say he was wearing a dark T-shirt and camouflage shorts.

The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors is considering a new rule requiring providing insurance if someone wants to apply for encroachment permits. The board will discuss the revision to the county code at the meeting tomorrow. It would mean a minimum of $1,000,000 in insurance or the applicant would have to get a waiver to bring the amount down. The rule for construction near a county highway. That to include new roads or driveways, culvert or pipe installation or other construction in the right of way. Apparently the current policy is outdated so the Public Health, Safety and Resources Committee has been reviewing the county’s street closure policy after the Department of Transportation completely overhauled permit types. The Daily Journal reports Mendocino County has no written policy on encroachment permits except for street closures.

A man who fell into Clearlake and vanished last week has been found alive. The Lake County Sheriff says he was found Saturday morning in Lucerne. A search started for the guy who was on a jet ski, on Friday. A REACH 6 helicopter helped in the search, but by Friday night, he could not be found. The Sheriff was trying to get an infrared camera to search thru the night, but then on Saturday morning, he was found around 1 am. He had apparently swam to shore after going into the water. The sheriff says it was a good thing he had on a life jacket.

The Kelseyville Unified School District Board is considering donating the Kelsey Creek Schoolhouse to the Lake County Historical Society. The board to take up the discussion tomorrow night for the historic schoolhouse, also known as the Hells Bend Schoolhouse. It was built in 1871 then was moved to where it’s been in Finley, in the 3500 block of Finley Road East since 1882. Now the Lake County Historical Society wants to move it again, to the Ely Stage Stop and Country Museum on Soda Bay Road. One local archaeologist says moving it would destroy its history. The board will continue on the matter tomorrow and next month. The schoolhouse would first need an appraisal before anything is done.

The victim of a stabbing near Clearlake Oaks had to be airlifted from a home. Police say firefighters were sent to the call of an assault just before 2 a.m. in the Spring Valley subdivision Saturday. They say they found a man who had been stabbed multiple times who had been taken from the scene in a private car. An ambulance met that vehicle and then a REACH air ambulance took the victim to an out of county trauma center.

Not much movement in the ruins of the Clayton Fire. The Press Democrat reports several people are still without homes after last summer’s fire. The fire moved quickly thru Lower Lake and surrounding areas, charring almost 4,000 acres and burning 300 structures, which includes 188 homes and 10 commercial buildings. The fire cleanup and damage is expected to add up to more than $26 million. The man accused of starting the fire is in Lake County Jail on $5 million bond. Police say he set more than a dozen fires. Many of the homes that burned are still on their land. There have only been 40 permits for dwellings issued and just 13 new homes are cleared for people to move back in.

Another hot summer, another fire. This time at Lake Sonoma, where as many as 900 campers had to quickly get out this weekend. The U-S Army Corp of Engineers park ranger at the Lake says they had to evacuate the Lake Sonoma campground early yesterday after the fire ignited around 1 a.m. It was at 3 acres before it was contained. The park ranger says there were 886 people booked into the campground Saturday night. No injuries were reported. Fire crews from Cal Fire, Cloverdale, Healdsburg and Geyserville were on the scene for about three hours.

A wildfire outside of Yosemite National Park closes a popular trail. The area of Wawona is threatened by the new fire at the southern end of the park. So far it’s burned 400 acres but there’s been no injuries or damage reports. There are also no evacuations yet, but fire officials have warned the residents of the small town to be ready. As of last night the fire was just over a mile from the community on the boundary of the park. The Chilnualna Falls Trail was closed yesterday as a large plume of smoke could be seen rising from the mountainous area. There were many lightning started fires over the weekend, but the cause of this fire has not yet been determined.

The Veterans Affairs Office is reportedly going to gather more signatures from local veterans to give to their Congressman covering Lake County. This petition, according to the Record Bee, is to bring awareness to how hard it is to travel from rural areas to a hospital, especially if they have a disability, which means they have to go get an medical exam to prove it. The exams are contracted out to private firms and they may cover a large swatch of land. So a vet in Lake County might have to go all the way to Los Angeles for the exam. The local veterans office says the travel should be provided. Apparently it used to be covered, but over the last few years, that stopped.

A woman in China has been arrested for supposedly trying to mail her newborn to an orphanage. CNN reports the woman told a courier they shouldn’t look inside her package when they picked it up, but the courier apparently saw inside the bag… finding a tiny, newborn, baby girl—only a few days old—wrapped in plastic bags. It was 100 degrees outside so those who were nearby attempted to cool the baby until cops got there. The baby was reported in stable condition at a hospital and the mom faces up to five years if she’s convicted of abandoning the baby.

A Mendocino County doctor has been indicted for the murder of his wife seven years ago. Dr. Peter Keegan was arraigned this morning for second-degree murder in the death of his wife, Susan Keegan, after a specially-called criminal grand jury handed down an indictment this week. Susan Keegan was found dead in the couple’s home in Ukiah on November 10, 2010. Peter Keegan told police she fell in the bathroom and hit her head after drinking and taking prescription drugs. Her death was initially ruled accidental but her family remained suspicious and kept pressure on investigators. After DA David Eyster was elected he ordered the case re-investigated and about a year later it was reclassified as a homicide. Following his arraignment today Keegan was released on $300,000 bail. He is scheduled to enter a plea October 20.

The CHP accident report on Tuesday’s grape truck crash that blocked past of Highway 101 for nearly three hours indicates the big rig driver veered into oncoming traffic to avoid hitting stopped vehicles. The CHP says the rig full of pressed grapes still hit the back end of one stopped vehicle before it collided head-on a with a pickup truck towing a camp trailer. The pickup driver, a 73-year-old man from of Concord, was taken by ambulance to Ukiah Valley Medical Center with major injuries. His 70-year-old-wife had to be flown to Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa. The driver of the grape truck refused medical treatment, as did the driver of the stopped vehicle he hit.

Speed restrictions have been approved for Clear Lake in advance of the next time the water runs high. The Lake County Board of Supervisors has voted make permanent a set of rules that were created when the lake flooded earlier this year that will be triggered whenever there is a high water event. Last winter county officials had to keep asking for urgency ordinances to control wakes and high water issues. Lake County News reports this week the supervisors approved an ordinance that establishes a “no wake zone” of a quarter-mile from shore where boats must operate at idle speed whenever the lake passes 8 feet Rumsey. The final reading is set for the Aug. 15 board meeting.

Students interested in medical careers got to do an intensive healthcare internship in Ukiah. Two high school teachers spent two weeks with 10 local high schoolers at Adventist Health Ukiah Valley. They took part in three-hour clinical rotations in 10 different departments, including Surgery, ICU, Emergency, Labor and Delivery and X-Ray. 3 of the days they were at their high school doing work experience projects. Besides their rotations they had homework. Students from all Mendocino County high schools were invited to apply with a letter of recommendation and other requirements. 6 students from Ukiah High School, 3 from Anderson Valley High and 1 from Developing Virtue Secondary School attended.

A big shindig’s happening this weekend in Ukiah. The Mendocino College Foundation Gala is tomorrow afternoon at 4 PM at the college stadium field under a big tent. There will be wine, champagne and beer samplings and items from local restaurants and caterers to support students who attend Mendocino College. Student success is the theme and the special events chair adds, it’s the school’s mission. The money raised goes to scholarships. More than $200,000 is being given out this fall. There’s also a silent auction and other festivities including Sen. Mike McGuire as the auctioneer extraordinaire. Tickets can be purchased at

Another appeal to the proposed Costco in Ukiah. As we reported yesterday, just as the project gets a green light, Ukiah City Council member Steve Scalmanini is appealing it because he thinks it should have solar panels. He says the lack of solar energy is not consistent with several goals and policies of the current City Council. This in a letter he wrote to the City Manager last week. Scalmanini’s appeal goes before the City Council at a special hearing on Aug. 24th. The mayor says he’s disappointed in the councilman’s actions saying the project could bring a million dollars a year in tax revenue to the city, not to mention, dozens of good-paying jobs. Council member Maureen Mulheren took to Facebook to say Scalmanini should withdraw his appeal, saying it’s important for the community to speak up too. The city clerk has received more than 130 letters regarding the appeal…

The state and Mendocino County have different cannabis track-and-trace vendors, creating some red tape. The Daily Journal reports Mendocino County chose SICPA which is doing the same in Yolo and Humboldt counties, plus some Northern Calif. cities. Apparently the state’s vendor can work with third party systems, but it’s not known if a software that could link the two would be available in Calif. The track and trace program would start after all permits are issued. SICPA is great for branding purposes with detailed descriptions, Franwell, the company the state will use, is not.

Competition is heating up for an open seat on the Ukiah Valley Sanitation District’s board of directors. The seat will become vacant at the end of the year. Two incumbents, Robert Page and Jim Ronco have filed nomination papers, along with Ernie Wipf. The deadline is today at 5 PM unless the other incumbent board member John Sakowicz does not file. Then there would be an extension until Aug. 16th. If you’re interested in running, you must be a registered voter, live in the jurisdiction and gather 20 signatures of support from other registered voters. The Mayor says the district has a new general manager, but there’s still hostility between the city and the district.

Concerns raised about the way the Oroville Dam main spillway reconstruction is going. Part of the emergency spillway that failed in February is just getting a temporary fix with a concrete experts say isn’t as strong as the concrete that will eventually be used for the spillway chute. The last couple of memos from the Board of Consultants posted on the Department of Water Resources’ website shows concern the temporary fix may not hold up. The weaker concrete to be used to prevent erosion in areas of the spillway. Also the same concrete to be used for a vertical drop on the dam, which some say could potentially crater in areas, with tiny air bubbles. There’s also some concern about the way part of the chute is being built. All of the temporary fixes to be fixed further and made permanent next year.

The former bookkeeper of a winery in Graton accused of stealing is going to prison for almost 4 years. Sandra Turner of Cloverdale pleaded no contest to embezzling $194,000 from the Paul Hobbs Winery between 2010 and 2016. Prosecutors say the woman also changed business accounts to make the 120 checks she wrote look like they were just vendor payments. But the company found there were unpaid vendor invoices and investigated further. Her lawyer says she did it because she was a gambling addict and she’s since paid the winery back. She got 3 years and 8 months behind bars.

After severe damage from February rain and flooding Clear Lake State park in Lake County has reopened. The Kelsey Creek Campground, the biggest of the four inside the park on the southern shore of the lake, opened last weekend. The campground is first come, first served until they get their park reservation system up and running. There are 65 camp sites there. It was hammered by rain this winter as Clearlake’s level rose a foot and a half over flood stage. It took about a month for the lake to get back under flood stage, but in the meantime, there was standing water at the park. Some areas sat in four to five feet of water with workers hopping on row boats to get to certain areas. High winds complicated things further, leaving a bunch of damage and taking equipment which floated away.

It’s clean of blue green algae, but the Sonoma County Dept. of Health Services is warning folks to be cautious in the Russian River between Cloverdale and the river mouth. Signs will stay up as a precaution due to possible exposure to the neurotoxin anatoxin-a. It’s been several weeks since any was detected, but the state requires two weeks of clean testing for blue-green algae, or cyanobacteria, before the signs can come down. County environmental health staffers continue to monitor the River saying the bacteria could move with the current. The signs went up July 27th after routine testing found low levels of anatoxin-a. If you get infected or come into contact, you could experience a reaction in your nervous system like staggering, fatigue, convulsions, paralysis or even death.

Folks in Colorado get a surprise when a bear breaks into their SUV, and takes it for a joyride, crashing it, and, well, leaving something of a mess. The bear got inside a Subaru, which a local newspaper reports, then probably released the parking brake and rolled. The bear then crashed into a utility box and a mailbox, pooped inside the SUV and hopped out. The owners ran outside when they heard the crash finding the Subaru without a steering wheel or radio and the back window broken.

A Lower Lake man wanted for allegedly trying to lure some girls into his car two years ago has been arrested in New York State. U.S. Marshals captured Koyi Daron Gillis in White Plains August 3. Lakeport Police suspected him of attempting to lure two girls, ages 8 and 11, in two incidents in October 2015. Police served a warrant at Gillis’ home that month and took his computer on which they allegedly found child pornography. The Lake County DA finished their investigation this summer and filed a complaint against Gillis in July for two felony counts of attempting to kidnap a child under age 14 and one count of possession of obscene matter depicting a person under age 18. Lakeport Police then asked the Marshals to help find him. Gillis was in jail in Westchester County, New York, awaiting extradition to Lake County.

Ukiah City Councilman Steve Scalmanini has filed an appeal of the site development permit for the much-delayed Airport Park Blvd Costco saying he thinks it should have solar panels. The Ukiah Daily Journal sites Scalmanini’s official appeal letter saying the lack of solar energy production for the project is “inconsistent with several goals and policies of the current City Council” and he says the omission of on-site energy production would “cause avoidable harm to the air quality of the state of California.” The appeal is scheduled for a special City Council hearing August 24.

“Wanton disregard for public safety” is how Ukiah Police have described the high-speed driving of a Ukiah man arrested Wednesday night. Just before midnight an officer saw three vehicles going north in the 700 block of South State Street, each doing about 80mph. The officer keyed in on the lead car and caught up to it on West Perkins Street. Driver Ryan Lopez of Ukiah was arrested for reckless driving but a records check revealed didn’t have a driver’s license and was on summary probation. A search turned up a meth pipe. Ukiah Police have not specified whether they were able to identify the drivers of the other two speeding cars.

A man from Willits is arrested after police find computers with child pornography on them. The Ukiah Police Department reports getting info six months ago about possible porno being uploaded at an address in Willits so they got a search warrant and several law enforcement agencies went to the man’s house finding several computers with kiddy porn on them. The man, identified as 58-year-old Stephen Vincent Hoag was then arrested on suspicion of child pornography possession and production, and distribution or exhibition of obscene matter. He was held on $50,000 bail.

The Board of Supervisors revisits the Cannabis Cultivation Ordinance for an entire day. The board getting loads of complaints by growers about permit fees and other issues. The Daily Journal reports there were also complaints about how long it was taking and that the Planning and Building and Agriculture departments were not in sync. The Mendo County CEO Carmel Angelo reported only two permits issued so far, and almost 700 applications backlogged. There are changes coming apparently though, like extending the permit application deadline, how applications are processed by which department and where trimming can take place. Smaller gardens get relaxed regulations and no more 3rd party inspections. Other requirements have also been tossed. The revisions will be taken up again at the next Board of Supervisors meeting, Tuesday.

The Mendocino County Sheriff says there’s too much time devoted to marijuana. Sheriff Allman in front of the Board of Supervisors yesterday as they took up the county’s Cannabis Cultivation Program. The Sheriff says yes, the county needs to pay attention to marijuana, but says they also need to talk about other issues, like mental health. The sheriff spoke to the Daily Journal about his second attempt at getting a mental health sales tax passed. The sheriff working to get a new mental health facility but also told those in attendance, there were many other issues to be concerned with too, with trash bags in hand, he mentioned picking up litter…

A man climbing a P,G&E transmission tower got a massive shock, then fell off, causing a power outage and brush fire. The tower in Santa Rosa along the Prince Memorial Greenway path. Police say the guy went about 80 feet up the 100‑foot‑tall-tower and hit a 115‑kilovolt line. An electrician happened to be nearby. He heard a loud noise and thought it might be a power surge so he and others ran outdoors and saw smoke up by the tower. The witnesses say the man was screaming and his hair and clothes were on fire. The electrician says he saw the man jolted about 3 times. He was on fire when he fell on dry grass which ignited. He and others got fire extinguishers and put out the flames. The climber had burns over 75 percent of his body, massive trauma from the fall and possibly more serious injuries from the electrical shock. He had no I-D on him, cops say he was in his early to late twenties..

Major road work in Lake County after the heavy rains this past winter. The Bailey bridge access to Spring Valley on New Long Valley Road is being taken down after it was partially destroyed in heavy rains this winter. It’s the only way to get into Spring Valley from Highway 20 so residents had to use a temporary bridge to get home or leave. Apparently it’s taken longer than expected to get the federal dollars to pay for the needed fixes. Property owners have to allow access near the bridge so work can be done to create a lane around the bridge. That will allow residents to get in and out of the area as the bridge work is done. A landslide had partially blocked the area this winter. They’re also trying to widen lanes so residents can get around the work. A lot of other county road work is on hold while representatives wait to hear back from the Fed.

A barrier’s being put up on Highway 1 near Jenner after the car crash that killed two young girls on the road. 6 year old Kaitlyn and 4 year old Hailey Markus died after their mother lost control of her pickup on slippery, wet pavement last year. The truck went down a steep embankment into the Russian River trapping the two girls. Neighbors are working to get a 600-foot guardrail put up on the curve where the girl’s died before the end of the year. Caltrans approved the work. There will also be four, flashing, solar-powered speed feedback signs. Sen. Mike McGuire is also working with Caltrans to get the work done.

A fire near Yosemite National Park apparently started by gunshots. The fire’s already destroyed several homes, now Cal Fire says it was started by gunshots, but they didn’t say much more. 63 homes burned in the mid July fire and thousands of people were evacuated. Shooting is allowed on public lands near Yosemite, but they’re offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to a conviction.

Calfire working to fully surround a fire that started near Kelseyville which has charred 62 acres. The Bottle Fire started Tuesday near Bottle Rock Road and Highway 29 was pegged at 75 acres, but better mapping downsized it last night. It’s 90% contained. There’s been no homes or other structures damaged or destroyed. There was one injury to a firefighter, but it’s not been publicized if it was related to the fire or not.

More fish have died in Clearlake, this time off Lakeport. The Record Bee reports Lake County’s Department of Water Resources says the fish have died probably because of algae and warm water. The paper reports warm water fish like the ones living in Clear Lake need 5 parts per million (ppm) dissolved oxygen to thrive, but this summer there have been massive blue-green algae blooms, blocking access to oxygen at night. Right now the water temperature is around 80 to 84 degrees, plus the oxygen during night time hours is basically suffocating the fish already stressed from the warm water. As we reported yesterday, the Water Dept. is warning to keep children and pets out of algal scrums. And they say before eating fish out of the lake, to toss their guts and thoroughly rinse the filets.

An update on Hoberg’s delivered to the Lake County Board of Supervisors. The county Environmental Health Director and a Cobb Area Council member were at the meeting to give an update on the Valley Fire cleanup at the old mountain resort. The property was basically flattened by the fire then used to store and process logs from trees that had to be felled after the fire. The county ordered a cleanup of the property in the spring of 2016 after storm water overflowed the resort’s wrecked septic system which was then running into a creek. The report to the supervisors said the structural debris cleanup was done at a cost of nearly one million dollars. Now they’re looking towards a final certification of soil cleanup. That should be done in the next couple weeks. A bunch of timber is being taken out as well and some will be burned on site. They’re also coming up with a storm water and erosion plan by the middle of Sept.

Police in San Bernardino arrest a man who was tooling around a movie theater parking lot in a stolen go-kart. The go-kart ripped off from an amusement park in Redlands. Police say it was taken Sunday night from Splash Kingdom then found with the man inside 6 miles away in downtown San Bernardino. Jeremiah Gerky is also accused of harassing and ignoring security officers at the movie theater. He was arrested on suspicion of grand theft with bail set at $50,000.

A hot mess on I-70 as a semi truck crashes and catches fire, defrosting the cargo onboard. Police say both directions of the highway had to be closed down while the mess was cleaned up, 22,000 pounds of frozen jalapenos and ravioli that was headed to Ohio from Missouri. The driver got out and unhooked the trailer which he says he thinks caught fire due to an electrical issue.

After an investigation that began more than seven months ago, a Willits man has been arrested on child pornography charges. Ukiah Police started looking into Stephen Vincent Hoag in January after getting information that images had been uploaded to the Internet from a specific address in Willits. UPD detectives got a search warrant for Hoag’s home on Coast Street and working with Willits Police, Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office and the Sacramento Valley Hi-Tech Task Force, took several computers that were later forensically analyzed and found to have pornographic images. The DA issued an arrest warrant for Hoag in May. Willits Police arrested him Tuesday.

Another fish kill has hit Clear Lake by Lakeport. Water Resources Director Philip Moy says it’s the combination of nutrients, cyanobacteria and warm water all affecting how much oxygen is dissolved for the fish to consume. He says like many other lakes in California Clear Lake has this summer been host to a large, dense, persistent bloom of blue-green algae which itself consumes oxygen, meaning less for the fish. And the warm water both reduces the amount of oxygen in the water and increases the fish’s metabolic rate so they actually need more oxygen at a time when there is less to go around. Moy calls it the perfect storm for Clear Lake fish and says there is little that can be done other than let nature take its course. He reminds you the blue-green algae can produce toxins that can make people and pets sick so avoid areas with a lot of it. And before eating fish from the lake, throw away the guts and thoroughly rinse the filets with tap or bottled water.

The CHP has released details on the car accident that started a brush fire Tuesday afternoon off Highway 29 north of Hwy 175. Investigators say 17-year-old Wyatt Gaskell of Kelseyville was headed south on Highway 29 and didn’t realize traffic in front of him had slowed. He swerved to avoid rear-ending a car and veered into the northbound lane where he crashed into a pickup truck driven by Susan Suenram of Kelseyville. Gaskell’s car flipped before landing in the field, touching off the fire. Gaskell had minor injuries. Suenram and her passenger were not hurt.

Ukiah Speedway the scene of a very special moment in a local family’s life. Bella Denoeu was tapped to flag a race at the Speedway last Sunday in on honor of her 14th birthday. What she didn’t know was that the winning car had a very special passenger. When it came time to present the trophy, she learned that the passenger in the winning car was her Dad, Air Force Tech Sgt Charlie Denoeu who had just returned from a 6-month deployment.

Another workshop’s planned in Ukiah regarding downtown parking. At another workshop a year ago, the deputy city manager was on hand taking suggestions, and hearing complaints about the issue. The city was apparently considering changing things up. At the same meeting, it was noted merchants had been asking for free parking on School Street to encourage more shopping downtown. But apparently that hasn’t done the job, instead business owners and employees are using the free spots, while others are paying $20 to $25 a month to park in the permit lot, but park instead on School Street anyway. The next workshop is tomorrow night at 6:15 p.m. at the Ukiah Valley Conference Center at 200 S. School St.

An empty kayak has been found near Noyo Bay and a man who was thought to be in it, missing. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office is looking for 64-year-old James Begley of Fort Bragg who they say hasn’t been seen since Sunday. A group of kayakers came upon the empty kayak just outside Noyo Bay, the Old Georgia Pacific Mill site and called the Coast Guard. The Guard in turn let the sheriff’s office know. The Guard and Fort Bragg Fire Department went out looking on boats with the help of a Coast Guard chopper. They didn’t see anyone. Witnesses say Begley went out late Saturday night, early Sunday morning because he couldn’t sleep. He was wearing a tan Carhartt jacket when he was last seen, but apparently he did not have on a wetsuit or life vest.

A crash on the 101 backed up traffic for miles. A big truck that had crushed grapes on board and a pickup with a camper attached crashed. The CHP reports the truck with the grapes was headed north near Hopland was stopped in traffic behind a car trying to turn left, so he turned into a southbound lane and hit the back of a car stopped on the northbound side, then crashed head on with the pick-up. The driver of the pickup had major injuries and his passenger had to be airlifted out. The driver of the truck with the grape mash got out and refused medical care. There was a third vehicle involved with the driver saying no to medical help. The CHP says they don’t think alcohol was a factor.

Blue Green algae is starting to appear in some water bodies of Mendocino, Humboldt and Lake counties. So state and local public health and environmental health officials say those who want to get into the water should avoid all contact with the algae which is usually seen in late summer/early August when the weather is warmer and there’s a slower flow of water. Health officials say most green algae is harmless, but they say to try to avoid contact because certain types of algae can produce toxins that are harmful to animals and humans. They say dogs and kids are more affected because they usually stay in the water longer, and their body size is of course smaller.

The old Redwood Empire Cleaners property is being cleaned up thanks to a state grant that pays to clean up areas with contaminated groundwater. The North Coast Regional Water Control Board says the grant program will be tapped to help with the old REMCO location at 69 West Mendocino Avenue. The grant program apparently gets as much as $19.5 million a year to remove human made contaminants. That includes soil and groundwater sampling, soil vapor and groundwater monitoring. The REMCO project has been allotted nearly $506,000. A copy of the cleanup plan is available at the Willits Public Library and a link has been placed on this radio station’s website and out Facebook page…

A brush fire’s started off Highway 29 in Lake County after a car crash. The fire yesterday blew up to 75 acres quickly with firefighters in the air and on the ground. More than 100 firefighters descended on the scene at Highway 29 and Bottle Rock Road. The fire, dubbed the Bottle Fire started after two cars in opposite directions crashed four miles south of Kelseyville. One of those cars was in a field after the crash and ignited grass. The highway was closed temporarily and a voluntary evacuation was announced, but has since been lifted along the Highway, Bottle Rock, and Soda Bay Road. One firefighter was injured, but no structures were reported damaged or destroyed as of late last night.

Translators across Northern Calif. are protesting after negotiations fell apart for a new contract, and in Sonoma County they’ve walked off the job. As we reported last week, the only foreign language interpreter in Mendocino County walked off the job for the same reasons, pay and benefits. In Sonoma County they’re looking for outside help now to fill the translation service needs. Some cases had to be postponed because of a strike with about six Spanish interpreters. The disagreement with as many as 15 coastal Northern California counties who are trying to negotiate new deals. Their contracts expired nearly a year ago. The state’s offering a 21 percent pay hike over three years, but workers say it’s not enough and doesn’t match up to others in their field. Some even say they’re being discriminated against by court officials who they say think they’re a low priority because they’re mostly females or minorities trying to help immigrants.

Looking for a new job? Caltrans has put out the word, they need to fill more than 1,100 openings this summer. The agency says they’re constantly hiring and right now there’s many different opportunities. They’re holding job fairs at universities and military bases to get the word out. Apparently the reason for all the openings is there’s an older crowd working there, over many other state departments, so loads of people are retiring. Plus they’ve got a lot of work right now with funding coming from the new state transportation tax, a 12 percent gasoline tax that’s supposed to bring in as much as $52 billion for projects over the next decade.

A murderer from Mendocino County asks for parole at San Quentin and gets it. The Mendocino County DA’s office reports Manuel Ceja Granados, went to prison in 1992 for the murder of Jose Enriquez, a caterer in Ukiah on Christmas, 1990. The two men apparently had an argument that night at the Vineyard Bar and Granados shot Enriquez in the face. At the time, Granados apologized in court, but got the stiffest sentence for the shooting death, 28 years to life. He was found guilty of the murder and for assaulting the bar owner after the shooting. He waived his right to a jury trial at the time. The D-A says if there’s anyone who wants to protest the parole, they can call, send a letter, or send an email to the Governor’s Office in Sacramento. They’re reviewing the case before Granados can be set free.

A van that looked like it was driving itself in Arlington, Virginia, was not driverless after all. A local TV reporter chased the van down after reports there was no driver and it turns out, indeed there was, it was a man wearing a costume made to look like a car seat. So creative… When folks passed it, it looked as though the front seat was empty, but closer up, the driver was in a beige and black costume covering his torso. Social media was all over it, commenting on the get up, like "this is a first". The whole thing a stunt by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute for a study on driverless cars.

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 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

A man from Navarro is dead after a possible property dispute. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office reports getting a call Sunday to the 2700 block of Sea Biscuit Drive before 7 pm for reports a man had been shot. They got there to find a 55 year old man dead with witnesses saying Michael Saner was responsible. They got word his car may have been seen near Flynn Creek Road toward Comptche, so they went after him, finding the car with the man inside near the Redwood Church. He was arrested and taken to jail, booked on suspicion of murder.

In a unanimous vote, the Healdsburg City Council approved lowering the number of wine tasting rooms in the downtown core. The new ordinance approved so there’s more of a mix of retail and other uses besides tasting rooms, bars and cocktail lounges. There are already side by side tasting rooms in the area but apparently some had worried the town had way too many. Some from the public at the meeting did speak out against the idea, saying people travel from across the world to come to Healdsburg for wine tasting alone.

A couple from Clearlake in jail on a half million dollars bail each on drug and weapons charges. Police arrested Thomas Nordahl and Candace Conzet after searching their home Monday finding about a ¼ pound of methamphetamine, ½ ounce of heroin, 4 ½ pounds of processed marijuana, ¼ pound of marijuana concentrate, two loaded handguns and body armor. They weren’t there when police got there, but they were arrested in front of another home later in the day. Nordahl is also charged with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

New water quality criteria has been approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency which affects California. The rules the State Water Resources Control Board came up with are for mercury limits in fish so human health and aquatic-dependent wildlife are protected. The protections also cover tribal cultural use and subsistence fishing. Millions of pounds of mercury that’s naturally occuring have been released in post Gold Rush era California. The new criteria set the max mercury limits for multiple fish species which are caught professionally or for sport. The EPA commending the State Water Resources Control Board for its work with tribes and others in the protection of human health and wildlife from the harmful effects of mercury. We have a link on our website and facebook page with the new guidelines.


Lakeport police are beefing up patrols and reminding drivers school is starting. They warn to use extreme caution around schools in the city as there’s more traffic then summer travel in the mornings and afternoons the first few days as kids get settled into their new routines. There’s also road construction on Giselman Street between Lakeshore Blvd and Lange Streets. It’s open to traffic but between 7 and 9 a.m. crews will be working on the shoulders of the road and between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. there’s work planned in travel lanes which they warn could cause minor delays. Tickets will be given out to drivers for moving and parking violations.

The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors once again taking up the cannabis cultivation ordinance. This after their meeting two weeks ago where several people spoke out about the resolution. Today they’ll address the complaints from last month’s meeting, looking for a resolution. Many spoke out about regulations that won’t bode well for them as farmers and looking for an easier permitting process. There were others on hand though who were more worried about how the newly legalized drug would impact their farms and neighborhoods. The ordinance was passed this spring but has been tweaked ever since. The board asked staffers to come up with changes which will be discussed at the meeting this morning.

BART’s twitter account was all rhymey. Last Friday, the twitter account for BART was about fun after a customer complained someone had been shaving on board. The commuter even posted photos of someone’s "watery oatmeal" next to them on their seat as they shaved. This sent the social media platform on fire with some media outlets reporting on the complaint which BART decided to make light of with limericks like:

Shaving on BART is disgusting
Your social skills beg for adjusting
As food makes a mess
& causes distress
The people around you are judging

A murder charge has been filed against a Navarro man for a shooting death Sunday night. Deputies went to a home on Sea Biscuit Drive Sunday where a 55-year-old man was found dead of a gunshot wound. Witnesses at the scene ID’d Michael Saner as the alleged shooter and the Sheriff’s Office put out a BOLO. After getting several tips, including one from the emergency medical personnel who’d responded to the victim, they tracked his car and found him at the Redwood Church in Comptche. Mendocino Detectives say the victim and Saner knew each other and may have had a property dispute.

A drug bust in Clearlake has landed two people in jail. On Friday Lake County Narcotics detectives and Clearlake Police served a warrant at a home on Old Highway 53. They found meth, heroin, and pot, with evidence it was all for sale, as well as two loaded handguns and some body armor. A short time later they arrested Thomas Mark Nordahl and Candace Marie Conzet at a home on Fresno Street. Both are being held on $500,000 bail each. They each face multiple drug and weapons charges but Nordahl also has charges related to being convicted felon and possessing the guns, ammo and body armor.

Ukiah Police say it was a drunk driver who hit a bunch of parked cars Saturday night on West Mill Street. When police went to a call about crash at 1130pm they found three damaged parked cars and a pickup truck on its side in the road. The driver of the pickup, Cody Cuthbert of Willits, was found in a nearby home and did not appear to have been hurt in the accident. Officers suspected Cuthbert was intoxicated and began a DUI investigation, and then booked him into the jail a short time later. No one was hurt. The damage to the parked cars ranged from minor to major.

Clear Lake State Park is back open. The California Department Of Parks And Recreation say all areas have been reopened since the massive flooding earlier this year closed or damaged the main park roads, campgrounds, cabins, launch facilities, day use, and restroom facilities. Parks and Rec says not only have the floodwaters receded but the campground rehabilitation is also complete.