BOARD OF SUPES AFFIRMS STATE OF EMERGENCY
After a special meeting, the Lake County Board of Supervisors confirmed a local emergency declaration because of last week's windstorm. The County Administrative Officer had already declared a local emergency last weekend in his capacity as the Director of Emergency Services. But yesterday the County Board made it official after seeing pictures of downed trees, cars and houses hit by trees and damaged. So far the property damage is estimated at up to 2 million dollars. The board had to make the declaration within seven days of the initial declaration. Upper Lake, Nice and Lucerne said to be hardest hit. There will also be low interest disaster loans available for those without insurance, made available from the Small Business Administration.
COUNTY CONTINUES TO ASSESS DAMAGE FROM WINDS
The Lake County Board still combing thru damage estimates after last week's powerful wind event. The storm started Thursday night and blew into Friday morning, hitting the Northshore and Clearlake hard with extensive property damage. It took a while to come up with damage assessments because of the widespread power outages and downed power lines. Lake County building inspectors are going door-to-door to assess safety in homes. They should be done with that next week. The County is providing waste disposal dumpsters at three sites and green waste at another site. For more info visit www.caloes.ca.gov and click on the “Recovery”.
FIRES STOMPED IN UKIAH AREA
Several small fires spontaneously explode in the Ukiah area and are all stomped out. One broke out behind Hillside Community Health Center and was quickly put out. It was reported before 3 yesterday bringing out the combined Ukiah Valley Fire District and Ukiah Fire Department and Cal Fire. The fire less than an acre and didn't threaten any structures or cause injuries. The fire is under investigation. A couple of other fires also reported yesterday, earlier in the day. One a debris fire at the Cow Mountain rifle range mid morning and some vegetation fires were reported south of Ukiah which were quickly controlled.
NEW LIBRARY HOURS
The Lake County Librarian has announced all county library branches will have new hours in a couple weeks. The librarian says they'll all be more consistent and will meet the patterns and usage of their visitors. The Board of Supervisors had approved the new hours last month after the librarian said they'd need more staff for a new Middletown but there's less money. So the Lakeport Library will be open Tues, Thurs, Fri and Saturday 10 to 5 and Wednesday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Redbud library all the same except on Wdnesday noon to 5 and the new Middletown and the Upper Lake Libraries will will be open from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 10-3 Saturday.
HAPPY T-DAY FOR SOME LESS FORTUNATE
Several local grocers and utilities teaming up with nonprofits and local officials to bring turkeys to some who would not otherwise be able to have a bird this holiday. The Grocery Outlet, Golden State Water Company, Lake County Hunger Task Force and North Coast Opportunities (NCO) along with Senator Noreen Evans and Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada providing more than 200 turkeys to more than 20 groups and organizations. It's all part of Operation Gobble. Some of the organizations benefiting include the Highlands, Lakeport, Live Oak, Middletown and Lucerne senior centers and Lake Family Resources, the Rotary Food Project and Redwood Children's Services.
UKIAH SCHOOLS ASK FOR A REVERSAL OF JUDGMENT ON DEVELOPER FEES
Officials with the Ukiah Unified School District file a motion to get a judgment reversed on developer fees. The school superintendent says the original decision will cost the district unjustified costs. It all comes after a lawsuit filed by a local builder who argued he shouldn't have been assessed more than $13,500 in fees for building five homes after tearing down six. The Developer fee supposed to go to schools, but the developer's lawyer says the school district shouldn't demand the money since school attendance has been declining in recent years and that actually discourages construction. The court ordered a refund to the developer.
FULL CONTAINMENT ON LAKE COUNTY FIRE EXPECTED
A fire that broke out in the Upper Lake Ranger District is almost totally contained. The Mendocino National Forest is reporting firefighters near full containment of the High Glade Fire which burned more than 300 acres. The fire burning since Saturday was at 70 percent containment yesterday afternoon. The fire had been estimated at 350 acres but that's been changed. Fire officials say they expect to have the fire totally surrounded by the end of this week. They are asking visitors to avoid the area because of fire traffic. Several roads still closed too. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
LAKE COUNTY ARTS COUNCIL AMONG SEVERAL AWARDED GRANTS
More than 50 art groups across the state have been awarded local partnership grants, the Lake County Arts Council is one of them. The State-Local Partnership Program supporting arts and cultural development with the California Arts Council and participating county's designated local arts agency. The grants are between about 98-hundred to $13,000. The total allocation approved by the Calif. Art Council at just over 590-thousand. The Lake County Arts Council received a $10,000 grant. The Executive Director of the council says they'll use the cash mostly for operational and fundraising events.
RECALL FOR RUSSIAN RIVER FIRE BOARD MEMBERS MOVES AHEAD
A recall in the offing for a couple of Russian River Fire Protection District board members. Organizers have turned in the recall petitions to the Sonoma County Registrar of Voters to recall board members Kevin O'Shea and Linda Payne. The signatures need to be verified and that could take a couple of weeks. The recall effort after much public criticism about the board's abrupt firing of the chief it shares with the Forestville Fire Protection District. He's been rehired and the recall launched. Recall supporters say O'Shea, the current board president, and Payne are unfit for duty for a number of reasons including the micro-management of firehouse staff, violating public-meeting laws and taking a confrontational stance toward staff and district residents.
MAN'S BODY FOUND IN OCEAN NEAR GUALALA
Police investigating the death of a man's body found floating over the weekend in the ocean near Gualala. An autopsy was set for yesterday and a forensic odontologist was supposed to examine the teeth and dental records of two missing men today. One of those a restaurant owner from the Sacramento-area last seen checking out of a motel in Fort Bragg earlier this month. The other a man from the Los Angeles area, last seen in Laytonville in May. The body said to have been in the water a week or less, it only had one shoe on and one sock. Recreational divers found the body Sunday.