Holiday Travel Weekend

We are now in the last major hol­i­day travel week­end of the sum­mer.
If you’re one of the peo­ple dri­ving some­where this week­end, make sure you’re sober — a lot of extra law enforce­ment will be out on patrol to catch drunk dri­vers with sobri­ety check­points planned in many areas all week­end. If you’re head­ing out of state, remem­ber that law enforce­ment across the coun­try also will be look­ing for peo­ple speed­ing, or dri­ving aggres­sively, or break­ing seat belt laws. Nation­ally, Triple-A projects more than 34 point 7 mil­lion peo­ple will be head­ing out this week­end, which is up by 1 point 3 per­cent over last year.
Gas Buddy.com reports gas in Ukiah is at $3.77 a gal­lon today and Lake­port is at $3.71.

Juveniles get second chance thanks to CA Governor

Gov­er­nor Jerry Brown signed leg­is­la­tion today that will help non-violent, young offend­ers get their lives back on track to become pro­duc­tive mem­bers of soci­ety. The bill ensures that juve­niles have a path­way to auto­mat­i­cally seal­ing their non-violent records if they suc­cess­fully com­plete the terms of their court-imposed pro­ba­tion. The bill does not apply to seri­ous, vio­lent crimes, which remain un-sealable under all circumstances.

Man dies from injuries suffered in bike accident

A young Hid­den Val­ley Lake man who offi­cials said was injured in a bicy­cle crash last week­end has died.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office con­firmed that 21-year-old Daniel Ren­ninger died ear­lier this week.
Lake County News says,
The Cal­i­for­nia High­way Patrol said Ren­ninger is believed to have been injured in a bicy­cle crash that occurred on Deer Hill Road in Hid­den Val­ley Lake at around 1:45 a.m. last Sat­ur­day.
He was flown to the hos­pi­tal for treat­ment of major head trauma, which had caused him to become unre­spon­sive and go into con­vul­sions, the CHP said. The inci­dent is still under inves­ti­ga­tion.
The CHP asks that any wit­nesses to the inci­dent call the Clear Lake Area CHP.

Caltrans Adopts Walking and Biking Projects

The Cal­i­for­nia Trans­porta­tion Com­mis­sion adopted 148 bik­ing and walk­ing projects last week, val­ued at more than $430 mil­lion, and Cal­trans says Men­do­cino County is slated for three projects val­ued around $22 mil­lion to reha­bil­i­tate 83 lane miles of road­way at three loca­tions near Ukiah and Laytonville.

CHP Labor Day Maximum Enforcement Period

CHP is kick­ing off its annual Labor Day Max­i­mum Enforce­ment Period which begins at 6 this evening and con­tin­ues through 11:59 pm on Mon­day, Sept. 2. The Labor Day MEP also coin­cides with the ongo­ing national drunk dri­ving enforce­ment crack­down, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.” If your Labor Day cel­e­bra­tion in Lake or Men­do­cino Coun­ties involves alco­hol, ensure those plans also include a des­ig­nated driver.

Lake County Fair Weekend

The Lake County Fair is off to a good start. In the grand­stand tonight is the WGAS Cal State Tuff Truck Finals. The annual Junior Live­stock Auc­tion is tomor­row, and Sun­day there’s a food drive to ben­e­fit local food pantries. See the full list of fun at http://lakecountyfair.com

Mendocino County BOS at Odds with Grand Jury Findings

The Men­do­cino County Board of Super­vi­sors have reviewed and approved responses to the 2013–14 Grand Jury Report. Accord­ing to the Ukiah Daily Jour­nal, the grand jury requested eight responses from the super­vi­sors on dif­fer­ent reports. The super­vi­sors have deter­mined that most of the find­ings and rec­om­men­da­tions of the grand jury are unwar­ranted and in some cases too gen­eral. County offi­cials also ques­tioned accu­racy of the reports.

Portion of HW 29 to Become Business Route

The Lake­port City Coun­cil is back­ing a res­o­lu­tion to des­ig­nate a por­tion of High­way 29 as a busi­ness route. The pro­posal came from the Lake­port Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment Advi­sory Com­mit­tee. Their goal is to its get more peo­ple to pull off the main high­way and drive into town. Three routes were pro­posed to the city coun­cil for the pro­posed busi­ness route, and the win­ning one was the Nice-Lucerne Cut­off to High­way 175.

Ranger Placed on Leave and Charged with DWI

A Cal­i­for­nia State Parks ranger has been placed on admin­is­tra­tive leave after he was arrested for allegedly dri­ving his state-issued vehi­cle under the influ­ence of alco­hol in Hum­bolt County. A photo that was taken by some­one who dis­coverd him has been mak­ing its rounds on social media. It shows the ranger, Tyson Young, asleep in his vehi­cle with a beer can rest­ing between his legs. Young is fac­ing an inves­ti­ga­tion from Cal­i­for­nia State Parks.

Sports Highlights

Sports High­lights from the Record Bee:

The Mid­dle­town High School girls soc­cer team got a 3–2 win for their sea­son opener against El Molino.

Ukiah JVs beat Clear Lake JVs 1–0 in girls’ soc­cer action at Lakeport.

It was a good night for the Knights, as they rolled to an easy win in their sea­son opener last night 42–14.

Tonight, the Clear Lake Car­di­nals are home to take on a South Fork team that beat them 28–24 a year ago in Miranda. Tomor­row, the Upper Lake Cougars open things up at home against Cal­i­for­nia School for the Deaf

Foot­ball action opens this week­end in the North Coast League III, includ­ing Mendocino’s opener against Round Val­ley, and Point Arena vs Ander­son Valley.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Lake County moun­tain bike rider, and Clear Lake High School senior Nathan Bar­net. He fin­ished first in one race and third in another to claim All-Mountain Cham­pion hon­ors ear­lier this month at the 19th annual Down­ieville Classic.