Monday, 27 June 2022


SACRAMENTO – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed Senate Bill 1431, legislation by Sen. Patricia Wiggins (D-Santa Rosa) enabling the state Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) to expand the use of conservation easements to protect state parklands.

A conservation easement is a voluntary transfer of usage rights creating a legally enforceable land preservation agreement between the landowner and the entity holding the easement. The purpose of a conservation easement is to protect land and resources by separating the right to subdivide and build on the property from other rights of ownership.

The easement might also limit commercial and industrial uses and certain other activities on a property to a mutually agreed upon level. The landowner voluntarily agrees to contribute to the public good by preserving the conservation values on the property, and the easement holder has responsibility for monitoring future uses of the land to ensure compliance with the terms of the easement.

“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 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. Further, it defends the land from incompatible use issues, and it relieves the department from incurring maintenance costs."

SB 1431 clarifies that DPR is allowed to acquire a conservation easement if the department 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 bill also enables 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.

Assemblymember Patty Berg (D-Eureka) is a co-author of the Wiggins bill.

Wiggins represents California’s Second Senate District, which includes parts or all of six counties: Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Solano and Sonoma. Visit her Web site at




LAKE COUNTY – The Ladies of the Lake Quilt Guild invites all Lake and Mendocino County quilters to enter quilts in its seventh annual Falling Leaves Quilt Show.

Donna James, chairman of the show committee, reminds quilters, “Remember, the item does not have to be finished already, just entered!”

The Ladies of the Lake Quilt Guild is inviting entries now to give quilters time to prepare for the show. The deadline to submit entry forms is Saturday, Aug. 2, and quilts must be ready for display Oct. 3.

Entry forms and details are available from the quilt guild’s Web site,, or contact Donna at 262-1201. Mail completed entry forms to Ladies of the Lake Quilt Guild, P.O. Box 875, Kelseyville, CA, 95451.

Quilters may choose to have their quilts judged for a small fee, or to enter quilts for free without judging. Many quilters find it beneficial to have their quilts judged, learning much from an impartial evaluation. The judge will award ribbons in several areas

Show organizers expect to display more than 200 quilts in this show, which will be held at the Lake County Fairgrounds Saturday, Oct. 4, and Sunday, Oct. 5.

Among the other attractions will be the works of featured quilter internationally-known Judy Mathieson, vendors, prize drawings, a silent auction and the Country Store boutique. Watch for more publicity as the time grows near.

LLQG welcomes all quilters, prospective quilters and quilt lovers to its meetings and events.

For more information about the quilt guild, contact Dottie at 462-7036, or visit the Ladies of the Lake Quilt Guild website at


Canaan Andrade and one of the market swine he's raising this year. Courtesy photo.


Hi, my name is Canaan Andrade. I am 14 and I am a member of the Citizen and Leadership 4-H Club. I have been in 4-H for seven years. This year for 4-H I am raising two market swine. I have been raising swine for four years. I also raised market lambs for two years.

In past project years I learned about pig diseases, how to cure them and what I will need to properly care for my animals. As junior teen leader, I now help teach the project and that teaches me leadership skills.

As a member of a 4-H market animal project I learn to be disciplined, organized and accomplish goals because I am required to do the following in order to sell my market animal at fair: I have to attend all my project meetings, at least 80 percent of my club meetings, give a presentation (a talk on a subject pertaining to 4-H in front of my club or county), keep accurate records pertaining to my project and invite buyers to the action.

The need to invite buyers teaches sales and marketing. I share information that helps the buyer understand what they are supporting and what they will receive, such as if you buy a 1,000-pound steer you will receive 440 pounds of meat, if you buy a 250-pound pig you will receive 180 pounds of meat and if you buy a 100-pound lamb you will receive 60 pounds of meat (all nicely packaged for your freezer). And you should know that if your freezer is full you do not have to keep the meat, it can be sold back for the current market value.

The Junior Livestock Auction Committee will also help by appointing a proxy if you are unable to attend the auction on Saturday, Aug. 30 at the Lake County Fair.

4-H is the greatest way to learn because while learning all of this I am with my friends and family having fun.

4-H Youth Development is a program of the University of California Cooperative Extension. For more information on the 4-H program contact U.C. Cooperative Extension, 883 Lakeport Blvd., Lakeport, telephone 263-6838.


Lodge members Joyce Vaughn, Thelma Dangel, Carl Ingvoldstad and Mary Beth Ingvoldstad attended the District 6 Convention where they picked up awards for the lodge. Courtesy photo.


LAKE COUNTY Vikings of Lake Lodge No. 6-166, Sons of Norway Members Joyce Vaughn, Thelma Dangel, Carl Ingvoldstad and Mary Beth Ingvoldstad attended the District 6 Convention for their organization in June at the Marriott Hotel in San Ramon.

This lodge, only three years old, received Silver Awards for 2006, Gold Awards for 2007, Founders Award with a $50 check for Membership Growth, Editorial First Place Award for their Lakeviews newsletter and Lodge of the Year for 2007. Quite an accomplishment!

The district encompasses California, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and Hawaii.

There are 7,500 members and 52 lodges in the district.


LAKE COUNTY – Now through Oct. 15 is the filing period for eligible California homeowners or renters to apply for a once-a-year payment from the state.

You may be eligible to file a 2008 claim if, on Dec. 31, 2007, you were age 62 or older, blind or disabled; had a total household income of $44,096 or less; and are a United States citizen, designated alien or qualified alien.

Homeowners must have been living in their California homes; renters must have lived in a qualified California rented residence and paid $50 or more in monthly rent.

Maximum payments this year may be as much as $472.60 for homeowners and $347.50 for renters, but may be decreased if the program is affected by California’s budget deficit and cuts. Information and forms FTB 9000H/9000R are available from the Franchise Tax Board at or by calling 800-868-4171.

Seniors may also receive assistance at the following locations:

  • Highlands Senior Service Center, telephone 994-3051; by appointment, Tuesday and Thursday, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Lakeport Senior Center, telephone 263-4218; on a walk-in basis, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Live Oak Seniors, telephone 998-1950; by appointment, Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to noon.

  • Middletown Senior Center, telephone 987-3113; on a walk-in basis, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.


This reminder is brought to you by Community Care’s Senior Information and Assistance Program, which helps Lake and Mendocino County seniors link to area services.

Visit or call 800-510-2020 for questions about other services for seniors in our community.


SPRING VALLEY – The Spring Valley Lakes Property Owners' Association will hold a general meeting beginning at 7 p.m. this Thursday, July 17.

The meeting will take place at the community center, 3000 Wolf Creek Road, Clearlake Oaks (Highway 20 west, left on New Long Valley Road, right on Spring Valley Road, right on Wolf Creek Road).

Officers are: President Gayle Christian, Vice President Mark Currier, Secretary Win Cary, Treasurer Sonja Jones and Building Coordinator Helen Mitcham.

The agenda is as follows.


1. Pledge of Allegiance

2. Welcome new members & visitors



1. Treasurer, Win Cary

2. Building Coordinator, Helen Mitcham


1. Campground, Helen Mitcham

2. 4th of July activities, Helen Mitcham

3. Sunshine Lady, Linda Mann

4. CSA2 (County Service Area District 2), Jim Hershey


1. Architectural Committee, Rob Christian

2. Bylaws Committee, Sonja Madden-Jones

3. CC & R Committee, Helen Mitcham


1. 2007 Star of the Valley volunteer awards

2. Christmas stocking raffle

There also will be an opportunity to present news business before the meeting is adjourned.


Upcoming Calendar

06.27.2022 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Scotts Valley Advisory Council
06.28.2022 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Farmers' Market at Library Park
06.28.2022 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Rotary Club of Clear Lake
06.30.2022 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Rotary Club of Middletown
07.02.2022 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Junior Ranger Program: Lake ecology
07.02.2022 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Farmers' Market at the Mercantile
07.02.2022 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Weekly writing workshop
07.02.2022 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
64th annual Redbud Parade and Festival
Independence Day

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