Angelo Addresses Grand Jury Claims

The Men­do­cino County Board of Super­vi­sors on Tues­day agreed with county CEO Carmel Angelo’s responses regard­ing a grand jury’s claims of mis­han­dling of the County Library. The county says the report con­tains mostly untrue find­ings. Among the alle­ga­tions Angelo addressed are that the county has neglected to hire a per­ma­nent librar­ian, the librarian’s salary hasn’t been paid out of the cor­rect fund and that Angelo has been incor­rectly run­ning the library. The super­vi­sors and CEO did agree with one of the rec­om­men­da­tions by the grand jury that the Board of Super­vi­sors sched­ule semi-annual work­shops with the Library Advi­sory Board. Angelo said it would be help­ful to all par­ties involved to clearly delin­eate the roles and respon­si­bil­i­ties of the Board of Super­vi­sors, Library Advi­sory Board, CEO and County Librar­ian as it relates to library services.

Drought Task Force Discusses Conservation Measures

At the first Lake County Drought Task Force meet­ing, rep­re­sen­ta­tives county depart­ments, dis­tricts and agen­cies, dis­cussed mea­sures they’re tak­ing to con­serve water. Accord­ing to Kelseyville Fire Pro­tec­tion Dis­trict is lim­it­ing their use of water around the sta­tions. Fire trucks aren’t being washed as fre­quently, water­ing of veg­e­ta­tion around sta­tions has been cut down, and they are no longer using water in train­ing exer­cises. Lake County Pub­lic Ser­vices has reduced water usage by 44 per­cent in county parks by lim­it­ing land­scap­ing to keep veg­e­ta­tion alive, but not green. Spe­cial Dis­tricts ordered locks to place on fire hydrants last week, after inci­dents of water theft occurred. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is crack­ing down on with ille­gal mar­i­juana grow­ers using their own water sys­tems and tap­ping into neigh­bor­ing water sys­tems or pub­lic water sys­tems. Scott De Leon, Lake County Pub­lic Works and Water Resources direc­tor, said Clear Lake is expected to reach 0 on the Rum­sey Gauge by Labor Day and –1 by Octo­ber. Cur­rently, the lake is at a level of 0.80 on the Rum­sey Gauge.

Middletown Poole Re-Opens Today

The Mid­dle­town Pool, which has been closed for main­te­nance, will open today at noon. Pub­lic Ser­vices staff worked to regain water clar­ity stan­dards and ensure that the chlo­rine lev­els are back at a safe level for swim­ming. High lev­els of chlo­rine were tem­porar­ily being used to treat an algae prob­lem which closed down the pool last week. Nor­mal pool hours are noon to 5 p.m., Wednes­day through Sun­day. The pool sea­son runs through Aug. 10.

Traffic Advisories for Lake and Mendocino Counties

Some traf­fic advi­sories for today:

On Route 101 in Men­do­cino County, PG&E of Eureka has been issued a Cal­trans Encroach­ment per­mit for util­ity work at Mon­roe Street in Willits from 9AM to 3PM. Traf­fic will be restricted to one lane in each direc­tion of travel. Motorists may expe­ri­ence minor traf­fic slowdowns.

In Lake­port, Pub­lic Works crews will be doing street main­te­nance work on Par­al­lel Drive. The micro-chip seal work will take place today through 5 p.m. on Par­al­lel Drive between Lake­port Boule­vard and High­way 175. Lane clo­sures and traf­fic con­trols will be in place while this work is being com­pleted. Your’re advised to expect delays and to use cau­tion when trav­el­ing in the area or use alter­nate routes if possible.

Woman Hit by Car Saving Child

A woman is recov­er­ing from her injuries after being hit by a car in Ukiah Fri­day when she ran into the street after a tod­dler. Accord­ing Ukiah Police Chief Chris Dewey, a 2-year-old boy ran into the street in the 500 block of Empire drive and the woman — a fam­ily mem­ber– ran out after him. She was able to push the child out of the way of the oncom­ing car, but she was then hit. The child suf­fered a minor head injury from falling, and both the child and the woman were trans­ported to Ukiah Val­ley Med­ical Center.

Cheerleaders all you can eat fundraiser

The Lower Lake High School Cheer­lead­ers are hav­ing an all you can eat fund raiser at DJ’s pizza in Lower Lake. All you can eat pizza for only $8 dol­lars! Come out July 30th from 5–8. You can buy your tick­ets from any of the girls on the team or you can pay at the door.

Lakeport swears in two new reserve officers

The Lake­port Police Depart­ment has wel­comed to its ranks two new reserve offi­cers.
Dustin Rod­er­ick and Tyler Trou­ette joined the force and were sworn in by City Clerk Janel Chap­man at the Lake­port City Council’s meet­ing last week.
Lake­port Police Chief Brad Ras­mussen pinned the badges on both of the young men.
Ras­mussen said of the badges, “I want you to remem­ber what these things stand for,” explain­ing that the badges belong to the peo­ple of Lake­port, who the offi­cers will serve.

Work maintenance in Lakeport

Pub­lic Works crews will do street main­te­nance work (micro-chip seal work) on Par­al­lel Drive between Lake­port Boule­vard and High­way 175 start­ing tomor­row.
Work will be done from 7am to 5pm. Lake clo­sures and traf­fic con­trols will be in place until the work is com­pleted. Motorists are advised to expect delays and should use cau­tion when trav­el­ing in the area or when­ever pos­si­ble to use alter­nate routes.

$5 million bail set in murder case

A $5 mil­lion bail was granted for a man who has been behind bars on a no bail hold for nearly three years. 52 year old Daniel Ray Loyd is accused of the mur­der of Cindy Qui­ett in Sep­tem­ber of 2011.
“I’m not sure that this rep­re­sents progress — but from a strictly legal per­spec­tive it is a sig­nif­i­cant dis­tinc­tion,” Loyd’s attor­ney Mitchell Haupt­man stated in an email Fri­day.
“Obvi­ously, Loyd can’t afford any large bail amounts — nor can any­body that I know come up with a $500,000 pre­mium for bail.“
Loyd is charged with six felony counts, includ­ing mur­der, and sev­eral spe­cial alle­ga­tions. He has pleaded not guilty to his charges.
His charges date back to Sept. 13, 2011 when he allegedly shot Qui­ett in the abdomen and caused her death in Lucerne. He was report­edly try­ing to rob Patrick Ryden of drugs and money who was with Qui­ett at the time of the inci­dent. Loyd allegedly pointed a revolver at Ryden’s face, who smacked the gun away and the gun was fired, killing Qui­ett.
Loyd awaits trial in cus­tody at the Lake County Hill Road Cor­rec­tional Facil­ity, now with a $5 mil­lion bail set.

Agenda Mendocino County Board of Supervisors

The Men­do­cino County Board of Super­vi­sors will meet today at the County Admin­is­tra­tion Build­ing. Top­ics on the agenda for today include:

• The Men­do­cino County Drought Ad Hoc Com­mit­tee will give an update from a recent com­mit­tee meet­ing. The com­mit­tee wants to approve send­ing let­ters to the State Water Resources Con­trol Board and Sonoma Water Agency to min­i­mize water releases from drought stricken Lake Mendocino.

• The Men­do­cino County Fair and Apple Show is seek­ing per­mis­sion from the board to hold a parade in Boonville on Sept. 14. In order for the parade to be held, the fair must receive approval from the super­vi­sors. The parade will take place on High­way 128 lead­ing to the fairgrounds.

• Jor­dan Lewis Car­roll, 18, of Ukiah, will be hon­ored by a procla­ma­tion after he achieved the rank­ing of Eagle Scout — the high­est rank­ing among all Boy Scouts. Only 5 per­cent of scouts nation­ally earn the title once a year. Car­roll is a mem­ber of the Boy Scouts of America/Redwood Empire Coun­cil, Troop 49 in Ukiah.