Tuesday, 06 December 2022


SACRAMENTO – The Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water has voted 5-3 to approve Senate Bill 1431, legislation by Sen. Patricia Wiggins (D-Santa Rosa) to enable the state Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) to expand the use of conservation easements to protect state parklands.

SB 1431 seeks to clarify that DPR is allowed to acquire a conservation easement if DPR determines that it is necessary to protect a unit of the state park system from an incompatible use or to preserve and enhance the natural resource, cultural, or historic value of a state park unit.

The Wiggins bill would also enable DPR to make grants to a state or local government agency, or a nonprofit, to purchase and hold a conservation easement with funds that have been appropriated to the department for land acquisitions. Grant recipients would be required to monitor and enforce the easement and agree to restrict the use of the land in perpetuity.

“As the population of our state continues to grow, and urban growth expands into previously undeveloped areas, additional pressures are being placed on the resources of the State Parks and Recreation system,” Wiggins said.

“DPR is authorized to purchase land for the purpose of protecting parks from development and other impending threats, but this solution is not always economically feasible,” Wiggins added. “An easement is a good tool for the department to use to preserve the state park system; it costs less, and also allows the land to remain in the hands of the private land owner. It also defends the land from incompatible use issues, and it relieves the department from incurring maintenance costs."

SB 1431 will next be heard by the Senate Appropriations Committee.


SACRAMENTO – The State Assembly voted 59-11 on Monday to approve Senate Bill 562, legislation by North Coast State Senator Patricia Wiggins (D-Santa Rosa) to provide urgent funding for salmon restoration relief.

The bill now heads back to the Senate for concurrence on amendments.

Assemblywoman Patty Berg (D – Eureka), who presented the bill on the floor of the Assembly, said SB 562 was “about this legislature taking action to protect California’s $100 million dollar salmon industry.”

The Wiggins bill would allocate $5 million dollars from Proposition 84 bond funds to the Department of Fish and Game’s Fishery Grant Restoration Program, but perhaps more significantly, SB 562 will allow the state to leverage up to $20 million federal dollars for salmon this spring.

“This bill’s small investment has the potential to bring in $20 million in federal funds for salmon and steelhead restoration,” Wiggins said. “The salmon industry is likely to be shut down this year and I appreciate the fact that my colleagues have taken this step toward helping restore the salmon fishery.

“The salmon industry is more than just fishermen – it is tackle shops, processors, ice suppliers, restaurants, and tourism,” Wiggins added. “This is a small investment to help that industry.”


Mendocino College Foundation members (from left to right): Channing Cornell, Tommy Thornhill, Kathy Lehner, Wilda Shock, Leroy Chase, Tod Kong, Tom Herman, Rhonada Clausen and Gary Smith. Courtesy photo.


UKIAH – The Mendocino College Foundation board of directors recently announced its 2008 slate of elected officers and committee chairs.


Foundation officers include: Tom Herman (Willits), president; Channing Cornell (Redwood Valley), vice president; and Kathryn Lehner (Ukiah), secretary/treasurer and Mendocino College’s Superintendent/President.

Executive Committee members include: Rhonada Clausen (Ukiah), special events; Wilda Shock (Lakeport), marketing committee; Tom Herman, land committee; Kathryn Lehner, secretary; Gary Smith (Ukiah), finance; and Channing Cornell, scholarships.

Members of the Board of Directors include: Kristi Barrington, John Behnke, Donna Berry, Harry Bistrin, John Bogner, Neelam Salmen and Tommy Thornhill (Ukiah); Peggy Campbell-DeBolt (Lakeport); Leroy Chase (Redwood Valley); Tod Kong (Hopland); and newly elected members David Geck (Lakeport); Jerilyn Harris (Ukiah); and Christy Scollin (Redwood Valley).

Foundation board meetings are open to the public and begin at noon. Upcoming meeting dates and locations for 2008: Tuesday, June 3, Lake Center, 1005 Parallel Drive, Lakeport; Tuesday, Sept. 9, Ukiah Campus; and Tuesday, Dec. 2, Ukiah Campus.

The Mendocino College Foundation Inc. is a nonprofit, public benefit corporation comprised of a dedicated team of volunteer community, education and business leaders who live and work in the Mendocino-Lake Community College District. It channels private funds to provide student scholarships, enrich instruction and basic skills, enhance program and staff development, and strengthen student services.

The Foundation’s mission is to cultivate support and raise funds for the benefit of the students of Mendocino College. It seeks to promote and develop a mutually beneficial relationship between the college and the business community of the district.

Additional information about the Foundation is available online at www.mendocino.edu.




LAKE COUNTY – Recent changes to the Lake County Library's online catalog have made the catalog more user-friendly.

The catalog now displays icons that indicate what the format of each item is. The format icons make it easier for patrons to select the formats that they want, such as DVDs, CDs and large type books. For many items, the cover image will also display, much as it does in Amazon.com.

To view the new features, go to the library Web site www.co.lake.ca.us/Page386.aspx and click “Library Catalog.” Enter some search terms, such as a title, author or subject. When a list of results opens, the format icons and the cover images will be visible.

With a valid barcoded library card from any public library in Lake, Sonoma or Mendocino County, a patron can request items online and have them sent to any branch library in the system for pickup. There is no charge to request items from the catalog. Contact your local branch if you have questions about using the online catalog.

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 6p.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 pm, and Wednesday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; telephone 275-2049.


UKIAH – The Mendocino College Foundation board of directors announces the election of three active community members to its board: David Geck, Jerilyn Harris and Christy Scollin.

Mark DeMeulenaere, foundation director of development, welcomed the new members and noted that each brings a proven commitment and range of experience that will assist the Foundation in achieving its mission of cultivating support and raising funds to benefit the students of Mendocino-Lake Community College District.

David Geck, superintendent of Schools for Lake County, joins the board committed to seeing that funding targets in priority areas such as career and technical programs are achieved. Geck’s 26 years of professional experience includes holding posts as assistant superintendent/student programs and services for the Lake County Office of Education, high school principal in Konocti Unified School District and high school counselor in several local school districts.

Jerilyn Harris is an award-winning science teacher with over 27 years of public school teaching experience while serving on numerous boards at the local, state and national level, including appointments from three California governors. Harris currently serves as a consultant to the Ukiah Unified School District, where she administers the SERA program, an initiative she created to prepare students for the work world.

Christy Scollin has been part of Mendocino College for the past 25 years. A former student at the college and part-time instructor in the college’s Chemistry Lab, Scollin recognizes the important role the Foundation plays in creating opportunities for student success. Her commitment to community service in education has covered a range of volunteer work from teaching field science labs to training the Eagle Peak Academic Pentathalon Team in chemistry.

The Mendocino College Foundation Inc. is a nonprofit, public benefit corporation comprised of a dedicated team of volunteer community, education and business leaders who live and work in the Mendocino-Lake Community College District. Its mission is to cultivate support and raise funds for the benefit of the students of Mendocino College. These funds are used to support the college’s vision of delivering innovative educational programs, focusing on student success and contributing to the vitality of the Lake-Mendocino College communities.

The Foundation was formed in 1984 with $5,000 in seed funds. Today, the foundation serves the Mendocino-Lake Community College District with assets of more than $6.8 million. Over $550,000 in scholarships have been distributed to students, and other educational programs and district-wide projects have been supported by the Foundation.

Additional information about the Foundation is available online at www.mendocino.edu.


MIDDLETOWN – Back in February at the scheduled Middletown Area Town Hall (MATH) meeting a presentation was made where "Tools and Strategies to Move MATH Forward" were presented.

Three CDs were handed out to help better educate the audience. The idea was that those three CDs would be viewed, the information learned and each one of those CDs would be physically shared with three other people in the same manner. That means nine people would have more knowledge at the end of the month than they did at the beginning. Then, at the March meeting, those three people would return with the CDs and the process would be begin all over again with three new people. And, on and on.

This is the "pay it forward" approach for spreading knowledge. The process does not require a lot of people to work. It does, however, require passionate people. In the business world, this process is often referred to as "netweaving."

The content of that CD has recently been transformed into an online lens to speed up the learning process and make the information more accessible to more of the community online 24/7. You can view this information yourself at www.squidoo.com/TMMF. However, it should be pointed out that this information is not simply good for Middletown. It can benefit any community that truly desires to move itself forward.

Three things are crucial to get the process rolling effectively:

1) Care. If people do not "care" about the process, it is futile to try to implement it. Just look at how long it has taken to get a viable town hall going in Middletown. Caring matters.

2) Connect. No one can throw a ball to himself. A caring person needs to connect with another caring person in order for his caring to be beneficial. Local high school students had to reach out to the Interent in 2006 to entice the Fox News Channel to come for "Middletown Days." There simply was not adequate interest expressed by the local adult community to bring this history-making event to fruition.

3) Design. Throwing a ball to the wrong person is a waste of time. It is important to know who can help you get where you want to go.

One of the people who can get Middletown where it needs to go is Kevin Comora, president of Vizicast Multimedia. Comora introduced Middletown to the wonders of digital signage back in September of last year at a Middletown Merchants mixer, held in the Multi-Use Room of the Middletown High School.

Did anyone "care" about what Comora had to offer? Did Comora "connect" with any important decision-makers regarding the implementation of digital signage in the area? Is there now a "design" to bring digital signage to Middletown? According to Lake County Chief Administrator Officer Kelly Cox, he and Comora are now discussing the benefits of digital signage. This is a major breakthrough when you consider Lake County has a moratorium on billboard signage and has never even had as much as an opinion regarding digital signage on its books.

Amazingly, digital signage can actually further reduce the total number of billboards in Lake County and at the same time increase the number of advertising messages being spread.

The times demand change ... and change may be coming even to Middletown.


Upcoming Calendar

12.06.2022 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Board of Supervisors
12.06.2022 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Rotary Club of Clear Lake
12.06.2022 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Lakeport City Council
12.08.2022 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Rotary Club of Middletown
12.08.2022 9:30 am - 2:15 pm
Bucket Brigade Blood Drive Challenge
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
12.10.2022 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Ladies of the Lake Quilt Guild
12.10.2022 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Weekly writing workshop

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