Intersection Work in Lakeport

Lake­port Depart­ment of Pub­lic Works has announced start­ing this morn­ing, AT&T will be work­ing in the inter­sec­tion of Lake­port Blvd and South Main Street with no com­ple­tion time avail­able. AT&T will have traf­fic con­trol in place, so expect delays. Motorists are asked to find alter­nate routes and use cau­tion in the area.

Tree Removal Today at Schoolhouse Museum

The School­house Museum in Lower Lake will be closed today, while a dying tree is removed. The long­stand­ing blue oak in front of the museum has been in a state of decline for many years and will be removed by North­coast Tree Care.The crew will use crew will use a crane to lift the tree up and over the iron fence to pre­vent dam­age to the fence and the nearby land­scap­ing. Traf­fic con­trol also will be in effect in the area of Mill and Main streets, where the tree is located.

Warrant Issued for HIt and Run DUI Driver

A jury returned from its delib­er­a­tions late yes­ter­day after­noon with guilty ver­dicts against Moi­ses Vil­le­gas, 28, of Ukiah. He was found guilty of two sep­a­rate counts of mis­de­meanor hit-and-run dri­ving, two sep­a­rate counts of dri­ving a motor vehi­cle while under the influ­ence of alco­hol, and a sin­gle count of dri­ving while unli­censed. Vil­le­gas failed to show up to court for the sec­ond two days of his four-day trial so a bench war­rant was issued for his arrest after the ver­dicts were returned and entered in the record. For­mal sen­tenc­ing will take place after Vil­le­gas is taken into custody.

Clearlake Bans All Marijuana Cultivation in the City

On a 3–1 vote the Clear­lake City Coun­cil approved the sec­ond read­ing of an ordi­nance to ban all mar­i­juana cul­ti­va­tion in the city. There were about 100 peo­ple in atten­dance for the meet­ing, which lasted close to four hours. The 2nd sec­ond and final read­ing of a new ordi­nance was the last action of the meet­ing. Lake County News reports that around 30 peo­ple remained in the audi­ence, some shout­ing “recall” and oth­ers “ref­er­en­dum.” Before the meet­ing, those in oppo­si­tion of the city council’s stance, stood at the entrance of the build­ing and gave out “Sick lives mat­ter” signs. A group is work­ing on recall efforts aimed at coun­cil mem­bers who voted for the ordiance, along with a ref­er­en­dum to over­turn the action.The ordi­nance will go into effect 30 days from its adop­tion, unless chal­lenged by legal action — which is expected as well. A woman who uses the plant to med­icate her young son’s health issues promised to sue. And a Lower Lake attor­ney who was in the audi­ence said the coun­cil was mak­ing a huge mis­take and will face seri­ous polit­i­cal and eco­nomic ramifications.

Purina Lawsuit

A North­ern Cal­i­for­nia man has filed a class-action law­suit against Purina, claim­ing that thou­sands of dogs have got­ten sick or died after eat­ing the company’s pre­mium Bene­ful dry dog food. The plain­tiff says, that both of his dogs got sick, and one ended up dying, after eat­ing the food.There have been over 3,000 sim­i­lar com­plaints filed online since 2011. The law­suit alleges that the food con­tains tox­ins that used in car antifreeze and is pro­duced by fun­gus that occurs in grain. Some Vets say tests on the food have failed to pro­duce evi­dence of the toxins.

Supervisor Jim Steele’s first town hall meeting

New Third Dis­trict Super­vi­sor Jim Steele will host his first com­mu­nity town hall in Upper Lake next week. Steele will dis­cuss sev­eral top­ics includ­ing the pro­posed April clos­ing of Wes­t­amer­ica Bank’s Upper Lake branch. He will also dis­cuss sev­eral county projects, includ­ing the cov­ered bike bridge project, Safe Route to Schools projects, side­ways, the repaving of High­way 20, trash in the creeks and vol­un­teer projects. The town hall is sched­uled for Wednes­day March 4th at 6pm at the Odd Fel­lows Hall in Upper Lake.

Sports Highlights

Sports High­lights:

Mid­dle­town lost to Marin Catholic 68–58 in the first round of the North Coast Sec­tion Divi­sion IV girls’ bas­ket­ball playoffs

Kelesyville lost to Justin-Siena 57–41.

The Lady Ukiah Wild­cats play their sec­ond game of the play­offs tomor­row in Concord.

In boys bas­ket­ball play­off action: both Clear Lake and Kelseyville lost.

The Willits Wolver­ines lost a play­off game to Saint Mary’s 79–44

In base­ball, The Ukiah Wild­cats lost yesterday’s away game against Analy 2–1.

Rain and Snow Coming

The National Weather Ser­vice has issued a spe­cial weather state­ment for parts of North­ern Cal­i­for­nia, includ­ing Lake and Men­do­cino Coun­ties. Rain is expected to being this after­noon through Sat­ur­day. Snow is expected in higher ele­va­tions. Snow lev­els will ini­tially be between 5000 and 6000 feet drop­ping to around 3500 to 4500 feet by tomor­row after­noon. If you are trav­el­ing over moun­tain passes or head­ing out for some recre­ational activ­i­ties check out the fore­cast before you go. Small hail and iso­lated light­ning are also pos­si­ble in heav­ier show­ers mainly on Sat­ur­day. You can check the lat­est road con­di­tions at 1–800-GAS-ROAD before travelling.

IRS Scam Hits Fort Bragg Area

The Fort Bragg Police Depart­ment say they recieveded about 20 calls yes­ter­day regard­ing a tele­phone scam. Scam­mers are claim­ing to be with the Inter­nal Rev­enue Ser­vice and have altered their caller ID to appear to be with the IRS. Fake names and bogus IRS iden­ti­fi­ca­tion num­bers are being used. Offi­cials remind you that the IRS will never call to demand imme­di­ate pay­ment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed with­out first hav­ing mailed you a bill. They will never require you to use a spe­cific method for pay­ment or request your debit card infor­ma­tion. And unlike the scam call, they will never threaten to involve local law enforce­ment or threaten that you will be arrested for non pay­ment. If you have any ques­tions regard­ing this scam feel free to con­tact the Fort Bragg Police Department.

Deadline extended for CA Insurance plan

The dead­line for enroll­ment in the cov­ered Cal­i­for­nia insur­ance plan has been extended for another month. Cal­i­for­nia will offer a spe­cial exten­sion to buy health insur­ance through the state exchange for peo­ple who say they weren’t aware they would face a penalty for being unin­sured. The cov­ered Cal­i­for­nia Exec­u­tive Direc­tor stated that as many as 600,000 res­i­dents may face a penalty under the afford­able care act. The exten­sion does not exempt peo­ple from pay­ing fro 2014 tax penalty, but would help them avoid big­ger penal­ties in 2015. The new dead­line is now April 30th.