Monday, 06 February 2023


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.



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.


LAKE COUNTY – With the onset of summer and the lure of boating activities, all are reminded that the Lake County Invasive Species Inspection Program requires that all vessels have inspection stickers prior to launching on any Lake County water body.

Residents are encouraged to go through an inspection process to obtain their inspection stickers by June 30, 2008, when the initial no-cost phase of the program ends.

Residents with local vessels may obtain their inspection stickers at the following locations:

Department of Public Works

Walk-in hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday

Lake County Courthouse (third floor), 255 N. Forbes St., Lakeport; 707-263-2341

Lake County Visitor Center

Walk-in hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday – Thursday; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday

6110 E. Highway 20, Lucerne; (707) 274-5652; (800) LAKESIDE

Lakeport Regional Chamber of Commerce

Walk-in hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday

875 Lakeport Blvd., Lakeport; (707) 263-5092

“Local vessels” include those vessels that are registered in Lake County and non-registered vessels that are owned by residents of Lake County. Proof of a “local vessel” must be provided; this may include a valid driver’s license with a Lake County address; the vessel registration certificate showing a Lake County address; or alternately, a utility bill showing a Lake County residence and/or a boat-slip lease agreement with a local marina.

As part of the inspection process, an inspection application form, which includes an affidavit, must be completed, signed, and submitted. In addition, for registered vessels, owners/operators also must have the registration number (CF#) of the vessel.

For those from out of the area, several local bait shops and marine-related businesses offer this vessel inspection service to visitors, and many resort owners and marina operators offer this service to their guests and customers.

For information about this program, call the Lake County Mussel Hotline at 707-263-2556, or for information and to download the application form and instructions, go online to the Lake County Mussel Web Site at


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Board of Supervisors
02.07.2023 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Area Agency on Aging
02.07.2023 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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02.08.2023 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
100+ Women Strong in Lake County
02.09.2023 7:30 am - 8:30 am
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02.11.2023 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Ladies of the Lake Quilt Guild
02.12.2023 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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02.16.2023 7:30 am - 8:30 am
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