Wednesday, 08 February 2023


KELSEYVILLE – The next meeting of the Sierra Club Lake Group will feature a presentation by county Public Services Director Kim Clymire about the county's proposed acquisition of 1,500 acres of magnificent open space on the heights of Mt. Konocti.

The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, at the Kelseyville High School Library, 5480 Main St.

This very special land, which includes all the major peaks, some remarkable biological resources, and views to die for, has been offered to the County of Lake for the comparatively meager sum of $2.6 million, and the Board of Supervisors has indicated their strong support for moving ahead with the purchase, which must be completed by the end of September, 2009.

Clymire will discuss the nuts and bolts of the purchase (options, escrows, federal, state, and local funding sources), describe plans for developing the land for recreational use by hikers, bikers, and equestrians, and – best of all – show photographs of the property and the breathtaking views from the heights.

Although the bulk of the purchase price is expected to come from state and federal grants, local participation by individuals and organizations will also play an essential part in bringing this endeavor – a pivotal accomplishment for our community – to a successful conclusion.

The meeting is free and open to the public: please join us to learn more about this momentous opportunity, including the ways that we can all work together to make it a reality.

For more information, call Victoria Brandon at 994-1931.


LUCERNE – The Lucerne Community Water Organization is continuing to collect signatures to submit to the California Public Utilities Commission in protest of a new water rate hike and in an effort to bring the commission to Lucerne for a hearing.

California Water Service Co., which owns Lucerne's water system, is proposing a rate increase that would take effect later this year after the town's water plant upgrades are completed.

The California Public Utilities Commission is scheduled to hold a hearing at 7 p.m. May 7 at the Lucerne Senior Center, 10th and Country Club, according to Lucerne Community Water Organization President Craig Bach.

To sign a petition contact Bach, 274-3346. Visit the group's Web site at



LUCERNE – Lucerne Friends for Locally Owned Water (FLOW) will hold a meeting the first week of April.


FLOW will be meeting April 3 at 7 p.m. at the Lucerne Senior Center. The public is welcome.

The group advocates on water issues on behalf of local residents.


SACRAMENTO – The State Senate gave final approval on Tuesday to Senate Bill 562, legislation by North Coast Sen. Patricia Wiggins (D-Santa Rosa) to designate nearly $5.3 million in urgent funding for coastal salmon and steelhead fisheries restoration projects.

The Assembly approved SB 562 on March 24, so Tuesday's 27-10 Senate vote means the bill will soon be on the desk of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger for his consideration. SB 562 is an urgency measure, meaning the bill will take effect immediately upon signing by the governor.

If signed into law, the Wiggins bill would allocate $5.293 million in Proposition 84 funds to the state Department of Fish and Game, which would use the funding for its coastal salmon and steelhead fishery restoration efforts. Voters approved Prop. 84 - the Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control, River and Coastal Protection Bond Act in 2006.

In addition, Wiggins said that enactment of SB 562 will allow the state to leverage up to $20 million federal dollars for salmon this spring.

"Every week adds a new development to our burgeoning salmon crisis," Wiggins noted after today's Senate floor vote.

In presenting SB 562 before her colleagues, she said that "we have all seen the recent headlines regarding salmon in California: 'Fishermen fear lost salmon season'; 'Officials warn of salmon population collapse'; 'Regulators Could Close West Coast Salmon Fishing This Year.'

"This is bill is about this legislature taking action to protect California's $100 million dollar salmon industry," Wiggins added. She later stressed that the industry extends beyond fishermen to include tackle shops, processors, ice suppliers, restaurants and tourism.

SB 562 is supported by a diverse group, including the California Farm Bureau Federation, Association of California Water Agencies, Pacific Coast Federation of Fishmen, the Karuk Tribe, CalTrout, the Sonoma County Water Agency and the Sierra Club.


LAKE COUNTY – April is National Poetry Month and the Lake County Library is celebrating with a display of books of and about poetry for all ages.

National Poetry Month was established by the Academy of American Poets as a month-long celebration of poetry with the goal of raising awareness about poetry.

Since 1996 the celebration of National Poetry Month has grown into one of the largest literary celebrations in the world.

To celebrate National Poetry Month consider listening to live Webcasts of poetry on the Web, joining a Poetry Book club, or attending local poetry events here in Lake County.

Heading down to the Lakeport Library and checking out the poetry materials they have on display is also a simple way to celebrate poetry.

For more information about National Poetry Month visit, the Web site of the Academy of American Poets.

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


Linda Waterstraat chaired the effort to put the Daffodil Tea together. Courtesy photo.



LAKE COUNTY – Clear Lake Trowel and Trellis Garden Club, members of the Mendo-Lake District and California Garden Clubs Inc. and invited guests from other clubs celebrated the coming of spring and friendship with their Annual "Daffodil Tea," which was held on March 18 at the Bachelor Valley Grange in Upper Lake.

Mistress of Ceremonies Joanne Jameson welcomed guests who enjoyed a wonderful luncheon served by 17 hostesses. Beautiful daffodils were displayed in both small arrangements on the tables and larger arrangements around the room by each hostess.

A wall was decorated with daffodil paintings created by the students in a second grade class at Lakeport Elementary School. Member Pat Hopper, serves as a volunteer art instructor in that classroom.

An educational display of more than 35 identified daffodil species was provided by members Sharon Thorne, June Beto, Heide Thomason and Ann Blue. Daffodils were from Sharon Thorne's garden where more than 1,500 bulbs grow on her property.

Many other daffodils for arrangements were provided by Renker Farms in Kelseyville.

Shirley Estrem was recognized for her 4-foot-tall basket arrangements of daffodils, forsythia, and pussy willows. In addition, the Ka-ba-tin Redbud Arrangers provided more beauty with their outstanding floral arranging talents.

Chairperson for the event, Linda Waterstraat, wishes to thank the table hostesses and club members who helped in so many ways to make this event a success.


Upcoming Calendar

02.09.2023 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Rotary Club of Middletown
02.09.2023 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Middletown Area Town Hall
02.11.2023 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Ladies of the Lake Quilt Guild
02.12.2023 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Ladies of the Lake Quilt Guild
Valentine's Day
02.16.2023 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Rotary Club of Middletown
Presidents' Day

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