Tuesday, 03 October 2023


LAKEPORT – The Lake County Department of Public Works reported Monday that effective immediately, and until further notice, Mathews Road at Manning Creek is closed to all traffic due to a bridge failure.

Mathews Road is located 0.15 miles from Highway 175.

Signs and barricades are in place to alert the traveling public and emergency services of the need to use alternate routes.

The Department of Public Works urged anyone driving in the area to use caution.

The department also thanked the public for its patience and understanding while repairs are under way.


LAKE COUNTY – Lake County's air quality is expected to remain in the “good” range through Sunday, according to Air Pollution Control Officer Bob Reynolds.

The county’s air has improved and remained in the good classification this week. The air quality is expected to be in the good range for the weekend, with slight possibility of smoke intrusions, Reynolds reported.

No exceed of a health-based State or Federal Air Quality Standard is expected through Sunday, he said. Using the Federal Air Quality Index (AQI) for particulate matter, Lake County’s air quality is expected to be in the good to moderate range. The AQI for particulate is expected to remain well below 101 where an unhealthy alert is given.

Recent smoke intrusions into the Lake County Air Basin during last week resulted primarily from the Yolla Bolly complex and remainder of the Lime complex, Reynolds reported. Some uncontained wildfires continue to burn in Northern California resulting in occasional smoke, haze and degraded air quality.

Though progress has been made on wildfires remaining on federal land, much of the Lime and Yolla Bolly complexes are in rugged and remote areas and are unlikely to be extinguished soon. The Soda Butte Complex wildfires are contained. Yolla Bolly is only 40 percent contained. No uncontained fires remain in Lake County.

Reynolds said winds are expected to be southwest to northwest and should continue through Sunday. This should keep most smoke from these ongoing wildfires to the north and east of the Lake County Air Basin. There is a slight chance of northerly winds developing over the weekend.

Residual smoke can be expected to remain throughout all areas of Northern California, including Lake County, though at a reduced level, until all the numerous lightning caused wildfires are out.


The Cub Scouts and friend prepare to take a turn on their bikes at the annual bike rodeo on Saturday, July 19, 2008. Courtesy photo.




LAKEPORT – July 19 was bicycle rodeo time for Cub Scouts in Pack 142 of Lakeport.

Cubmaster Diane Allen said the boys had fun and enjoyed learning the rules of safe bicycling.

The event was made possible by several individuals and organizations, which the group thanked for their efforts.

The pack thanked Cliff and Nancy Ruzicka for use of their property, and Lakeport Police Officer Destry Henderson and volunteer Patricia McFarland for teaching bicycle safety and rules along with registering and licensing the bicycles.

In addition, they offered thanks to Lakeport Fire Protection District, which made sure the boys had refreshing, ice cold water to keep hydrated while biking. Cub Scout Pack 142 parent volunteers Paul McGuire, Bob Allen and Peggy Alexander also received recognition for their participation.

Allen said Pack 142 also was scheduled to visit the USS Pampanito, a World War II-era submarine in San Francisco, this past weekend.



Cubmaster Diane Allen and her Cub Scouts, along with Lakeport Police volunteer Patricia McFarland, at the Cub Scout Pack 142 Bike Rodeo on Saturday, July 19, 2008. Courtesy photo.



Lake County Wine Studio owner Susan Feiler welcomed Adventure guests with tastings of Zoom and Bell Hill Wines. Photo courtesy Lake County Winery Association.


LAKE COUNTY – Wine Adventurer’s from nearby San Francisco and as far away as Ohio and Florida converged on Lake County this past weekend, July 26 and 27, to enjoy Lake County Winery Association’s fourth annual Wine Adventure.

Approximately 1,200 people participated in the event.

“That’s a 14-percent increase over last year, and it doesn’t include an estimated 300 to 350 designated drivers,” said Matt Hughes, chairman, Lake County Winery Association (LCWA) and winemaker, Zoom Wines.

A total of 24 member wineries and tasting rooms of the LCWA opened their doors to guests at venues scattered around the county, giving visitors a chance to experience the breadth of the wines offered from Lake County’s five distinct viticultural areas.

“The event is about our wines, which we’re very proud of, but it’s also about pairing wine with food,” explained Gregory Graham, owner of Gregory Graham Winery in Lower Lake. “Each Adventure venue offered an array of foods, carefully selected to complement its wines. For example, we served a chilled gazpacho with our Sauvignon Blanc, and with our Syrah we paired lamb lollipops grilled with a Moroccan spice rub. Not only do the pairings enhance the tasting experience, but they also give our guests ideas for food and wine pairings once they get back home.”



Langty Estate Tasting Room Staff Created a Western Theme for the Lake County Wine Adventure. Photo Courtesy Langtry Estate and Vineyards.


Online ticket sales were a new feature of this year’s adventure. Guests had the option of purchasing their tickets in advance through the association’s Web site (www.lakecountywineries.org) or day of event at any participating winery.

“We received very positive feedback from adventurers who purchased their tickets on-line,” said Nicole Johnson of Cougar’s Leap Winery in Kelseyville. “Each year we look for ways to make the event more efficient and enjoyable for our guests. This year we found the online ticket sales really saved time when guests checked-in at their first winery.”

As in past years, the participating wineries and tasting rooms endeavored to make the event a total experience, with some wineries offering barrel tastings, winery tours and entertainment.

“We had 595 guests over the two days,” said Kaj Ahlmann, owner of Six Sigma Ranch and Winery in Lower Lake. “Since our winery is in a ranch setting, a friend brought over his border collies, and while our guests were tasting wines and enjoying hors d’oeuvres, the collies herded sheep, all day, in plain view of the event site – it was quite a conversation piece.”



Six Sigma Ranch Sheep Herding Show. Photo courtesy of Tanya Don.


“This is the premiere event for wine lovers looking to find undiscovered gems,” said Hughes. “In one weekend 20-plus wineries pop onto the radar screen and Lake County stands side by side with the best regions of California. It is the support of our family and friends, with whom we share our passion, that makes the adventure possible, so we raise our glasses in their honor and toast to the success of future events.”



Konocti Catering paired Six Sigma Pinot Noir with Caponata on crackers. Photo courtesy Tanya Don.




Stephen Dilley, Tulip Hill Winery, offers guests barrel tastings. Photo courtesy Lake County Winery Association.



Wade Koeninger, longest-serving member of the Mendocino College Board of Trustees, and his wife Mary Lou enjoy the festive setting at Fetzer Vineyards Valley Oaks in Hopland, site of the Mendocino College Foundation's Gala on the Green held June 21, 2008. Photo by Zohar Zaied.



HOPLAND – The Mendocino College Foundation's annual “Gala on the Green,” held this year on June 21, once again raised thousands of dollars to benefit both students and program.

This year's gala raised an estimated $30,000, the foundation reported.

Three prominent Lakeport residents – Peggy Campbell, Wilda Shock and David Geck – serve on the Mendocino College Foundation, and all three worked diligently to make this fundraising event happen.

Proceeds from the gala and other fundraising activities during the past 24 years have allowed the foundation to provide more than $675,000 in student scholarships and more than $500,000 in support for educational programs and districtwide projects.

Call the foundation office at 467-1018 for more information about becoming a Friend of Mendocino College.


Ashley Johnson (left) was crowned Miss Lake County Rodeo Princess 2008 and Stormie Shores (right) was crowned Miss Lake County Rodeo Queen 2008. Courtesy photo.


LAKEPORT – Stormie Shores was crowned the 2008 Miss Lake County Rodeo Queen on Friday night, July 11, at the Lake County Rodeo.

Stormie is a freshmen at Kelseyville High School, is the vice president in the Clear Lake Junior Horsemen and raises market lambs in 4-H for the Lake County Fair. In her spare time, she enjoys trail riding, barrel racing and raises Tennessee Faining Goats.

Stormie was accompanied by the 2008 Miss Lake County Rodeo Princess, Ashley Johnson who is a sophomore at Kelseyville High School and is also a member of the Clear Lake Junior Horsemen, rides on the Junior Drill Team and also raises market lambs for fair.

Shea Odom was crowned Miss Congeniality and is a resident of Lakeport. Shea enjoys trail riding and raises turkeys and market goats for the Lake County Fair.

Two weeks before the rodeo, these three girls competed in a competition, which included a written test, speech, modeling, interview and completed a riding pattern. The competition was judged by Elise Thomas from Mendocino, Maureene Moore from Willits and Suzie Wiloth from Lower Lake.

Miss Lake County Rodeo Queen Stormie Shores was awarded an engraved saddle, breast collar, saddle blanket, an embroidered jacket, an engraved tiara and belt buckle, flowers, leather sash, teeth whitening gift certificate from Dr. Keith Long, DDS, a lifetime Lake County Rodeo access pass, and also received a stamped halter for winning the horsemanship portion of the competition in addition to her other high scores.

Miss Lake County Rodeo Princess Ashley Johnson was awarded an engraved breast collar, saddle blanket, an embroidered jacket, a tiara, sash, and was also awarded a $50 gift certificate to CJS ranch supply for selling the most raffle tickets during the competition.

To make the competition a fun and equal-opportunity event, the girls running for rodeo queen and princess are given the option of attending "rodeo queen clinic classes" which include meetings on makeup, hairstyles and clothing, as well as classes to practice their speeches and riding patterns together.

The 2009 Lake County Rodeo Queen and Princess competition opens April 1. The Lake County Rodeo Association is looking for "horsey" girls between the ages of 12 and 14 and 14 and 21 within Lake and the surrounding counties who are interested in promoting the Lake County Rodeo as its queen or princess.

If you are interested in running, please contact Melissa Fulton at 263-1845 or Sierra Shores at 245-7005.


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10.03.2023 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Board of Supervisors
10.03.2023 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
National Night Out
10.05.2023 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Rotary Club of Middletown
Middletown Art Center
10.06.2023 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
David Arkenstone & Friends in concert
10.07.2023 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Sponsoring Survivorship Breast Cancer Run & Walk
10.07.2023 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Farmers' Market at the Mercantile
Columbus Day
10.12.2023 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Rotary Club of Middletown
Middletown Art Center
10.14.2023 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Soap Box Derby

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