Thursday, 01 December 2022


CLEARLAKE –With the upcoming 41st Annual International Worm Races quickly approaching on Saturday, July 5 following the parade, Police Chief Allan McClain conducted drug tests ordered by the International Olympic Council to drug test all worms participating in this year’s event.

There have been worms that have tested positive to steroid use. When Chief McClain was asked who tested positive, he said he could not comment at this time.

Amy Reyes from Cactus Grill has been a worm sponsor for the past six years. When asked for her thoughts on worms testing positive for the upcoming race, she replied, “There is no chance that our worm tested positive; he is on a strict diet and exercise program, he eats several fish tacos a day. Maybe he skinny dips in tequila once in a while – but that's it. I bet it is that worm sponsored by Food’s Etc. I have heard some fishy stuff has been going on over there in the past few weeks.”

Lamont Kucer, store manager at Foods Etc., jabbed his finger in the air for emphasis and raised his voice with all the indignation of a man falsely accused. "I have never sponsored a worm on steroids. Period," he told a news reporter on the steps of City Hall. “Our worms are fine men and women who have been training for this event. They would never take steroids intentionally. I insist on an immediate re-test, using the 'B' sample. I am prepared to testify that to the best of my knowledge, only the legal substance Miracle Grow was applied to the surface of the soil which contained the worms in question.”

The City Council announced Tuesday they were shocked and dismayed at the allegations of drug use by the worms. Mayor Curt Giambruno said, “What has the world come to, when we have to worry about our worms taking steroids?”

City Council member Judy Thein agreed. “There is a special place in our heart for these worms. Team DUI will work with Chief of Police Allan McClain to see that these worms get the help they need.”

Bob Rider, owner of Lakeshore Bait and Tackle responded on the scene to inspect boats and asked if anyone needed a quagga mussel boating sticker? One worm did take a boating sticker.

With the chief of police’s recommendation that all worms stay close to Clearlake, we are not sure what the need for a boating sticker was to the worm. The worm, whose name is being held at this time, only said that the boating stickers will cost $10 after July 1; all local boaters should get their boating stickers while they are still free.


LAKE COUNTY – All branches of the Lake County Library system will be closed Friday, July 4 to observe Independence Day.

Normal hours at all branches will resume on Saturday, July 5. Call your local branch if you have any questions.

Lakeport Library, located at 1425 N. High St., is open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Wednesday, noon to 8 p.m., telephone 263-8817.

Redbud Library, 14785 Burns Valley Road, Clearlake, is open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Wednesday, noon to 8 p.m., telephone 994-5115.

Middletown Library, 21267 Calistoga Road, is open Tuesday through Friday, 1 p.m to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., telephone 987-3674.

Upper Lake Library, 310 Second St., is open Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Wednesday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., telephone 275-2049.


American white pelicans. Courtesy photo.



CLEAR LAKE STATE PARK – “The Majestic American White Pelican,” an intriguing bird of Clear Lake, will be featured in a slide presentation at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 28 in the Clear Lake State Park Visitor Center auditorium.

Docent Leona Butts will provide some of the history of the pelican on Clear Lake. Have they always been here? Will they always return? What, no brood patch.

Also, take time to enjoy a stroll through the center’s natural history museum and inspect unique items in the gift shop.

The visitor center is open Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is no entrance fee to the park for participating in walks, programs or visiting the museum.

Saturday programs are planned through July, with July 12 set aside for “Introduction to Volunteer/Docent Training,” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Supervising Ranger Ryen Goering will introduce the program. Anyone interested in learning about the volunteer program in Lake County’s two states parks will be welcomed to the session. To indicate your interest, call 279-2276 to leave your name and a contact number.

Clear Lake State Park is located at 5300 Soda Bay Road, Kelseyville.


SPRING VALLEY – On Saturday, June 21 the residents of the Spring Valley area of Clearlake Oaks had a fun activity day including cleaning up their roads, having a rubber duck race in Cache Creek and an ice cream social.

The road clean up started at 9:30 a.m. with volunteers meeting at the Spring Valley Community Center, 3000 Wolf Creek Road, to organize and collect trash bags.

The five major roads in the subdivision were clean by 10:30 a.m. thanks to Bettie Conner, Mary Barnett, Crystal Kinder, Rob Christian, Jim Fluker, Jim Kinder, Flo Kinder, Linda Mann and her granddaughter Katarina, Sandra Bagdonov, Katie Johnson, Randy Vess and Paula Vess and their son-in-law Nate Barker and grandson Aidan Barker, Win Cary and Kyle Valenzuela who helped with the roadside cleanup. Also, thanks to ALL the valley residents who are helping to keep our roadways cleaner!

This cleanup collected about 100 pounds of litter and one tire. There were no “white metal” items (which means small appliances). This is a very large reduction in the amount of litter that has been collected in previous years. The Lake County Road Department will pick up the collection of litter.

During the month of June the Spring Valley Property Owners Association sold sponsorship tickets for rubber ducks to be released in Cache Creek. Three hundred sponsorships were sold, and the duck race began at noon in the Helen Mitcham Park campground on Wolf Creek Road. It was great fun as the ducks spread out in the current, and the group of “duck catchers” waited at the finish line. First place winner was Bucky Clark, second place went to Kathy Vogen and third place went to Gayle Christian.

While the duck race was happening, the Property Owners Association sold ice cream to the spectators and volunteers to help them cool off. It was a busy day of fun, and many of the residents of Spring Valley came out to enjoy themselves, as well as help.

Win Cary lives in Spring Valley.


CLEARLAKE – Redbud Community Hospital has some advice to help people avoid health problems from the poor air quality caused by wildfires in Lake County.

Air pollution, including smoke from the outdoor fires, can irritate the lungs and throat, especially in individuals with asthma, chronic obstructive lung disease (including chronic bronchitis and emphysema), and heart disease, said John Hodgkin, MD, a nationally known pulmonologist and medical director of Redbud Community Hospital’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program and its hospitalist program.

“Approximately 20 percent of people in the United States have super-sensitive airways in their lungs and can also develop problems with their breathing during periods of excessive air pollution,” said Dr.


Symptoms of lung irritation from smoke in the air includes: cough, shortness of breath, wheezing, and chest discomfort.

“You should contact your physician if you’re having increased problems with breathing, including worsening cough or shortness of breath. If you feel very short of breath, go to the emergency room for

evaluation to be safe,” said Dr. Hodgkin.

Dr. Hodgkin gives this advice for staying healthy until the air quality improves:

– Avoid going outdoors.

– Close the windows in your home or office.

– Avoid exercise or extra exertion outdoors.

– When indoors, use air conditioning in re-circulation mode or air filtering systems.


LAKE COUNTY – The Clear Lake Trowel and Trellis Garden Club is offering two scholarships, $1,000 each for college students who have completed at least one semester of college.

It is preferred that the students are majoring in some aspect in the field of agriculture. If students are majoring in another field they will also be considered.

Call Scholarship Chairman Pat Hopper, 263-9112, for further information and for applications for scholarships.



Upcoming Calendar

12.01.2022 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Rotary Club of Middletown
12.01.2022 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Clearlake City Council
12.02.2022 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Christmas in the Country
12.03.2022 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Farmers' Market at the Mercantile
12.03.2022 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Weekly writing workshop
12.06.2022 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Rotary Club of Clear Lake
12.08.2022 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Rotary Club of Middletown
12.08.2022 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Adult Literacy Program in-person tutor training
12.09.2022 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Hometown Christmas in Lower Lake
12.10.2022 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Farmers' Market at the Mercantile

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