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Catherine Koehler pictured at the Land Trust's Rodman Slough Preserve near Upper Lake. Courtesy photo.



LAKE COUNTY – The Lake County Land Trust is pleased to welcome its new executive director, Catherine Koehler.


After Executive Director Susanne Scholz announced her retirement plans for this March, the trust set about searching for someone to fill her shoes. “Not an easy task!” noted one board member.


But, as it turned out, Koehler with a strong background in science, and most importantly, a love for Lake County, was among the many qualified applicants who applied for the position.


Koehler will take over full responsibilities on March 1.


“We are extremely pleased to welcome Cathy as our new executive director and look forward to her working with us on our many projects,” noted the trust’s president, Pete McGee.


She has a bachelor of science degree in zoology and an master's degree in behavioral ecology.


Koehler currently works as the resident co-director, along with her husband Paul Aigner, for the Donald and Sylvia McLaughlin Reserve in Eastern Lake County. She will continue in this position as both it and the land trust executive director jobs are half-time.


She has an impressive background in the biological sciences and a deep appreciation of the combinations of geology and ecology that comprise the often rare and unique ecosystems of Lake County.


She is proud of her ability to work with diverse groups of people, fostering positive outcomes for common goals.


Koehler currently is chair of the Blue Ridge Berryessa Natural Area Conservation Partnership and has a background in developing and conducting science and natural history based public outreach and education.


She has worked on projects ranging from restoration projects for Inland Coastal Sage Scrub, to bird inventories on U.S. Navy Lands in Southern California and Arizona. She also was involved with an endangered species recovery project for the San Clemente Island Loggerhead Shrike, and developed community outreach programs for Rancho Santa Ana botanic Garden.


Locally, in addition to managing research and land stewardship at the McLaughlin Reserve, Koehler has conducted many outreach programs at the reserve, worked with educators to develop and implement science workshops for grades fourth through sixth, and mentored teachers. She has also been successful in acquiring grants for public outreach and facilities at the reserve.


“Lake County is a wonderful place, with a great mix of cities and small communities, agriculture, natural lands, and intact historical and prehistoric sites. I look forward to playing a part in helping ensure that our county continues to be a great place to live for generations to come,” Koehler said.


The Lake County Land Trust is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of Lake County’s unique natural habitats and open spaces. The group owns and operates the Rodman Slough Preserve at 6350 Westlake Road, Upper Lake, as well as the Rabbit Hill park in Middletown.


For more information about the Lake County Land Trust, go to www.lakecountylandtrust.org .


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CLEARLAKE – Lake County health officials on Friday offered an update on efforts to monitor a natural release of geothermal gases discovered this week in Clearlake.


Reports of a noxious odor in a Clearlake neighborhood on Wednesday afternoon led to the discovery of a naturally occurring release of gases including hydrogen sulfide, as Lake County News has reported.


The Lake County Air Quality Management District (LCAQMD) conducted initial testing of air samples at a site located in a vacant lot where the gas was observed to be venting from a hole in the soil.


Calpine Corp. environmental staff provided additional laboratory testing of the vent gases, according to the report from Lake County's Environmental Health and Public Health departments.


Testing revealed the presence of hydrogen sulfide at levels capable of causing adverse health effects, officials said.


In addition to LCAQMD, Lake County Fire Protection District, city of Clearlake Police Department and Public Works Department, and Lake County Health Services all responded to the site.


Many residents of the neighborhood in Clearlake are familiar with the periodic venting of geothermal gases, the report stated.


The noticeable increase is the consequence of saturation of the soil by recent heavy rains, causing gases that are normally present in low concentrations in the soil to collect in pockets and release to the surface through any available channel. This concentration of the gases can be seen as a bubbling in the soil and can be detected as a rotten-egg or skunky odor.


The gases are comprised of a mixture that includes hydrogen sulfide, carbon dioxide and methane.


Hydrogen sulfide is known to produce a range of harmful health effects depending on its concentration and the duration of exposure. In addition, venting of the gases to an enclosed space can be dangerous by displacing oxygen necessary for breathing.


Responders to the Clearlake incident near Robinson Avenue and Division Street conducted air sampling at the site of the initially discovered vent. Hydrogen sulfide levels were found to be significantly elevated at the source, with levels that would be expected to cause eye and respiratory tract irritation and potentially more serious effects with prolonged exposure over hours.


Temporary measures were taken to reduce the release by covering the site with plastic sheeting, which reduced the hydrogen sulfide levels in the immediate area to less than half of the initial measurements. Levels taken at the closest home, approximately 60 feet from the site were only 1 percent to 2 percent of the original level at the source.


Residents in the immediate vicinity of the gas release were notified and advised to consider precautionary evacuation on a voluntary basis.


With assistance from the American Red Cross, one family was housed in a local hotel, officials reported.


Additional air sampling over a wider area, including Burns Elementary School, was conducted early Thursday morning. There were no detectable levels of hydrogen sulfide at the school.


A Public Health advisory also was distributed to residents in the areas impacted by the geothermal gas release.


Since hydrogen sulfide gas can produce symptoms, the health advisory encouraged residents of the affected neighborhood with recent, unexplained onset of irritation of the eyes, nose or throat, difficulty breathing or worsened asthma, headaches, poor attention span or poor memory to see their doctor for evaluation.


Young children and people with existing medical conditions are generally considered more susceptible to the adverse effects of this type of exposure. Staying away from the source of exposure is the recommended prevention and treatment.


As of mid-day Thursday, air samples from approximately 50 feet away from the geothermal vent showed essentially little to no detectable levels of hydrogen sulfide. Although levels may fluctuate slightly, these findings provide reassurance that significant exposure can be avoided by simply staying at least 50 feet away from the vent site, reducing the level of concern for households in the area.


Later in the day, with the assistance of Calpine engineers, a filtering device was installed to filter the escaping gas.


Following installation of the device, the filtered air showed no detectable hydrogen sulfide. This device will remain in place as long as necessary and will continue to be monitored by appropriate agencies.


With the filtering device in place, concerns about exposure of neighborhood residents largely subsided, but responders remain at the scene and are currently reassessing some leakage of gas that has been detected adjacent to the filtering device, officials reported.


Multiple agencies continue to monitor the area and, though the initial vent area has been capped, additional vents may be present.


Additional measures may be necessary if significant vents or large areas of gas release occur.


This seasonal release of naturally occurring gases is a temporary situation that is expected to resolve once the soil is no longer saturated with water, according to the report.


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LAKE COUNTY – What is your vision of Lake County’s future? Did you know that our population is projected to grow by over 50 percent by 2030?


You have the opportunity now to help plan for this growth so that we preserve the character of our communities, provide for needed services, and protect our natural resources.


Lake County 2030, the Region Blueprint Planning Program, asks the question “Where will we live, work, shop and play in 2030?”


The blueprint process uses an extensive community involvement process to develop a set of shared core values and a vision for Lake County’s future growth. The process involves “scenario planning,” where a computerized land-use model is used to show participants the impacts of growth under alternative scenarios. The impacts may involve measures such as how much land is consumed by urban growth, water usage, energy usage, air quality, and impacts to transportation.


Through input received during seven highly interactive community workshops held in early 2009 as apart of Phase 2, the Draft Lake County 2030 Blueprint Vision and Principles were developed that reflect the values of Lake County residents.


In Phase 3 of this process, the vision and principles are used to develop alternative Blueprint Scenario maps. These maps will be commented upon by the public in a series of workshops starting later this month.


The meeting schedule is as follows:


  • Lakeport: Wednesday, Feb. 24, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Lakeport Senior Center, 527 Konocti Ave.

  • Lucerne: Thursday, Feb. 25, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Lucerne Alpine Senior Center, 3985 Country Club Drive.

  • Middletown: Saturday, Feb. 27, 10 a.m. to noon, Calpine Visitors Center, 15500 Central Park Road.

  • Kelseyville: Thursday, March 4, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Kelseyville Senior Center, 5245 Third St.

  • Clearlake: Saturday, March 6, 10 a.m. to noon, Best Western El Grande Hotel, 15135 Lakeshore Drive.


The Lake County 2030 Blueprint is coordinated by the Lake County/City Area Planning Council (APC) and participation by a broad range of individuals, agencies and organizations is critical to its success.


The program provides a means for the citizens of Lake County to understand how housing, jobs, transportation and land use combine to impact the quality of life in the region, and how to improve the quality of life through an integrated planning approach.


The values, priorities and needs of the county’s citizens will provide the foundation for the Lake County 2030 Blueprint.


For more information regarding the timeline for the Lake County 2030 Blueprint please view the Blueprint Phase 3 Work Plan and schedule at www.lakeapc.org (and click on “Lake 2030” on the page's righthand side) or call Terri Persons at the Lake APC at 707-263-7799.


For Spanish speakers, please call Jesse Froelich of MIG Inc. at 626-744-9872, for more information and opportunities for input.


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That quintessential romantic holiday is here and you know your significant other wants a romantic meal with you. But you’ve put off making reservations, can’t cook and are thinking “I don’t know how to do any of that stuff!” Well, guess what? It’s not that difficult. I have a plan for you.


I am by far not the most romantic man around (and my wife agrees since she let that through the editing process) but I have a book on hold right now all about making romantic meals.


How does a guy like me who isn’t the most romantic man in the world write a book about making

romantic meals? Because I know the secret.


It’s not a matter of knowing how to make rose petal crepes with crème fraise (pronounced krem fresh) that you think your significant other is hoping you make, but a matter of you showing that you were thinking about them.


In some relationships that may be as simple as making a bowl of corn flakes and serving it in bed. That’s it, sometimes. It isn’t that your significant other wants you to make something extravagant, but rather that you make it yourself with them in mind; truly, THAT is the most romantic meal.


Every relationship is different. My wife actually has become accustomed to my odd way of looking at the world and now feels all warm and fuzzy when she is called “scary,” or told that she has “minnow eyes,” “kelp hair,” or “dolphin lips.” Really! Those are compliments! Oh, and I call her “Moose.” OK, actually I call her “Mousse” because she's sweet and fluffy and light ... Get it?


My world is a far more interesting place (“Babylon 5” reference for the nerds) than most people may be used to, but my wife has adapted to it. That’s one of the reasons people may not completely understand the nature of some of my columns, because I see things differently than most people and need some getting used to.


Today I’m not going to give you the history of St. Valentine’s Day since you aren’t going to be making any points by gazing across the table at each other and saying, “It is believed that Valentine’s Day

was created by early Christians as a way to supersede the pagan holiday of Lupercalia, just like they did with Christmas and Saturnalia ...”


The idea that you should keep in your mind is that today is the day that your significant other wants you to be thinking about them first, not the trivia of an early Christian saint. That is, unless you’re my niece Elizabeth, but she’s freakishly smart.


If you remember the classic American movie “Dr. Detroit,” starring Dan Aykroyd, there’s a scene that illustrates my tip for the day.


In a pinch for a dinner party, they took fast food fried chicken, coated it in an Indian curry sauce and pretended that the meal was catered. This type of deception – no, we’ll call it resourceful meal creation – isn’t something you can really pull off with well known fast food unless you are really good at it.


That’s not to say you can’t work around the basic idea. Try this: get a roasted whole chicken from the deli center at the grocery store (plain, lemon garlic, rosemary, it doesn’t matter), some pistachios, raspberry jam, a basting brush, steam-in-the-bag frozen vegetables, and a freshly baked loaf of French

bread.


When you get home, shell about twenty pistachios and chop or smash the nuts into small pieces, mix them with about half a cup of the raspberry jam, then mix in a little water or even soda so it has a

paint-like consistency.


Throw the vegetables in the microwave according to the instructions.


Now using the basting brush, lightly paint the jelly/nut mixture all over the chicken (raspberries and pistachios are both rumored to be aphrodisiacs). Serve the vegetables in a bowl, carve the chicken and

cut the bread at the table. Voila! A beautiful unique meal, just for your sweetie. Candles lit on the table will put you over the top.


Whether you are a guy or a girl preparing for a guy or a girl, this simple little throw-together is just impressive enough and has a unique enough of a flavor to impress. Tah dah!


If you aren’t able to have dinner with them, you can surprise them sometime with bringing a picnic lunch to their workplace. Tell your significant other the day before that you want to have lunch with them and make an appointment for when you will show up.


The day of your lunch simply go to the deli and pack up on sandwiches, potato salad, salads, bottled soda or water, and be sure to ask the deli person for some plastic utensils and plates (they usually have some, get extras for serving). Throw in a blanket to set up on, and you’re set to go.


You don’t even need to have a special picnic basket. Don’t bring any alcohol; you don’t want to cause any trouble with the boss.


Show up about 15 minutes early and set it up where coworkers can see but you won’t be in the way. Keep anything like napkins or paper plates weighted down or kept in the bag so they don’t accidentally

blow away with the next breeze. I did this for my wife once and her coworkers talked about it enviously for weeks.


It’s that easy. So go out an impress your significant other and have a Happy Valentine’s Day.


Ross A. Christensen is an award-winning gardener and gourmet cook. He is the author of "Sushi A to Z, The Ultimate Guide" and is currently working on a new book. He has been a public speaker for many years and enjoys being involved in the community. Follow him on Twitter, http://twitter.com/Foodiefreak .


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Work continued late Thursday, February 11, 2010, to install a scrubber system off of Division Avenue in Clearlake, Calif., where a natural hydrogen sulfide leak was discovered the previous day. Photo by Elizabeth Larson.
 



CLEARLAKE – For the last day and a half local health and public safety officials have been working to put safety measures in place in response to a natural hydrogen sulfide leak discovered in a Clearlake neighborhood.


The leak was found in an empty lot off of Division Avenue between Pearl and Uhl avenues late Wednesday, according to Doug Gearhart, Lake County's air pollution control officer.


Work continued throughout the day on Thursday to put equipment in place that would help diminish the problem, Gearhart said.


On Thursday evening, Gearhart and crews were finishing up operations to mitigate the leak, which was giving off a very strong sulfur smell reminiscent of a truckload of rotten eggs.


In addition to Gearhart from Lake County Air Quality Management, officials working to install the equipment and manage the scene included Lake County Fire Protection Battalion Chief Willie Sapeta, Clearlake Police Chief Allan McClain and some of his officers, Environmental Health Director Ray Ruminski, Clearlake Public Works Director Doug Herren, as well as Office of Emergency Services and Lake County Public Health staff.


Ruminski estimated there were eight homes within 200 feet of the leak.


“Nobody's in acute danger at this point,” he said.


Hydrogen sulfide is a colorless but highly flammable gas that is emitted by volcanoes and hots springs. An Occupational Health and Safety Administration fact sheet on the gas explains that it is heavier than air and collects in low-lying, poorly ventilated areas, and is both an irritant and an asphyxiant.


Such leaks aren't uncommon in Lake County, which owes its geothermal resources to the volcanic forces underneath the ground that emit such gases. Ruminski said it's part of the landscape, and it's one of the reasons why Lake County and surrounding areas have mineral springs.


Ruminski said that in an industrial setting like the geothermal operations at The Geysers, there are occupational health and safety staff who manage gases like hydrogen sulfide on a routine basis.


In certain concentrations, hydrogen sulfide can be poisonous, and when strong enough “it's very, very dangerous,” said Ruminski.


Ruminski said there was a similar incident of a natural hydrogen sulfide leak in the Clearlake area several years ago.


In that instance, a family with small children found the gas entering their home, he said.


He added, “They never did go back in that particular case.”


Gearhart said there are many such vents around Clear Lake giving off hydrogen sulfide, carbon dioxide and methane.


“This is the first one strong enough to be considered a health hazard,” Gearhart said.


Ground saturation had sealed the natural fissures through which the gas normally escapes, Gearhart said. So the gas ended up moving laterally until it could find a spot to get out, doing so in a concentrated fashion.


He said they made a gravel cone – which they later covered with soil – to help direct the gas through the vent, which was a large white pipe with a charcoal filter on the top. Ruminski called it a “scrubber system.”


A small, battery-operated fan that can run for weeks at a time exerts a slight negative pressure that is helping draw out the gas, Gearhart explained. A venting hose was placed so that it ran up a nearby power pole.


“We're creating an easy spot for the gas to come out,” he said.


By late Thursday the rotten egg smell was still extremely strong, but Gearhart said, “This is really good for what it was.”


The equipment setup at the Division Avenue site is considered a short-term measure, Gearhart said.


“The is a temporary thing but we don't know how long it will be needed,” he added.


By summer he said the ground will be dry and the gas will start moving out of natural fissures again.


The readings were zero after the equipment was in place, Gearhart said.


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The white pipe, part of the scrubber system, includes a charcoal filter which helps disperse the hydrogen sulfide found leaking out of the ground off of Division Avenue in Clearlake, Calif., on Wednesday, February 10, 2010. Photo by Elizabeth Larson.
 

LAKE COUNTY, CA – In an effort to ease the burden of high utility costs and to help the environment, North Coast Energy Services (NCES) will be offering free solar electric systems – including installation and home weatherization – to qualifying homeowners in Lake and Mendocino counties.


This pilot program, funded by the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), is offered at no cost to qualifying homeowners.


Qualification is based on the number of people in the home and current (within the previous six weeks at time of application) income.


Number of people    Monthly

in the home              income

1                              $2,482

2                              $3,246

3                              $4,010

4                              $4,774


In addition to income, the roof of the home must be in good shape and not be flat. Mobile homes are not eligible in this pilot program.


Between Lake and Mendocino counties, 50 homes can be retrofitted with solar electric systems on a first-come, first-served basis.


NCES is a nonprofit organization that provides utility bill assistance and weatherization programs in seven Northern California counties, including Lake and Mendocino.


NCES will utilize two licensed contractors based in Mendocino County for this program, Real Goods and Gaia Energy Systems, to install the solar electric systems and provide home weatherization.


For more information on this program and to request an application, contact Linda McQueen or Glenna Gaches at 707-463-0303, or 966 Mazzoni St., Ukiah.


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KELSEYVILLE – A crash Friday evening in the Kelseyville area resulted in major injuries and trips to area hospitals for some of those involved.


The crash occurred at around 5:30 p.m. on Highway 29 near the S-Bar-S Ranch, according to the California Highway Patrol.


Full details about the number of vehicles involved and the number of injured parties were not immediately available, however a Chevrolet Suburban and a Ford Crown Victoria were reportedly involved, based on the CHP reports from the scene.


The CHP reported that some subjects – including a small child – were trapped inside one of the vehicles involved.


Highway 29's northbound lane was diverted at Red Hills Road from Kit's Corner, the CHP report said.


A helicopter was requested to come to the scene, and the CHP said there were children involved in the crash transported to Sutter Lakeside Hospital and a driver was transported to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital.


Tow trucks were called to help remove the vehicles from the scene, the CHP reported.


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Sgt. 1st Class David J. Hartman, 27, and two fellow soldiers died on Wednesday, February 5, 2010, in Timagura, Pakistan after their unit was hit by an improvised explosive device planted by insurgents. Photo courtesy of the US Army Special Operations Command.

 

 


LAKE COUNTY – An effort is under way to raise funds to assist a local family that lost a son last week in a bombing in Pakistan.


Sgt. 1st Class David J. Hartman, 27, died in Pakistan Feb. 3 after he and members of his unit were hit by a roadside bomb planted by insurgents, as Lake County News has reported (see the full story here: elseyville family mourns son killed in roadside bombing in Pakistan ).


Hartman, a member of the Army's special forces, was on his way to the opening ceremonies for a girls' school when the bombing occurred.


He left behind a wife, a young son and a baby on the way. His father, Greg, and stepmother, Kate, live in Kelseyville, as do other family members.


A memorial service for Hartman is planned for this weekend in Los Banos in Merced County, where he was raised, according to Ginny Craven, founder of Operation Tango Mike, who has been working to assist the family.


Hartman is to be interred at Arlington National Cemetery in a ceremony in the near future, Craven said. While the military will cover some expenses, that does not include air travel, lodging, food, ground transportation and incidentals for extended family members.


Donations are being accepted to assist the Hartman family during their time of need.


Craven said donations may be made care of Operation Tango Mike at Umpqua Bank, 805 11th St., Lakeport, or by mail to 5216 Piner Court, Kelseyville, CA 95451.


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NICE – A town hall meeting for the Nice community will take place Wednesday, Feb. 24.


District 3 Supervisor Denise Rushing invites the public to attend the meeting, which will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Sons of Italy Hall, 2817 Highway 20.


County staff will provide updates on the redevelopment process, local projects and other issues.


The agenda includes an open forum to discuss issues of interest to the community. Sheriff’s office representatives will be in attendance.


For more information contact Rushing at telephone 707-263-2368 or via e-mail, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


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THE GEYSERS – A 3.0-magnitude earthquake was reported near The Geysers geothermal steamfield Friday morning.


The quake occurred at 9:50 a.m., according to the US Geological Survey. Its epicenter was located one mile east northeast of The Geysers, four miles west southwest of Cobb and six miles west northwest of Anderson Springs at a depth of 1.2 miles.


US Geological Survey records showed that the quake was followed by five smaller aftershocks – ranging in size from 0.6 to 2.1 in magnitude – within about seven minutes, and all located within a mile of The Geysers.


The last earthquake measuring 3.0 in magnitude or above in Lake County was reported Jan. 30 two miles north of The Geysers, and measured 3.6 in magnitude, as Lake County News has reported.


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LAKE COUNTY – It's time once again for local nonprofits to apply for funds made available through Lake County's premier fundraising organization.


The Lake County Wine Alliance Board of Directors this week announced that nonprofit organizations, agencies and programs in Lake County may now apply for a share of the proceeds from the 2010 Lake County Wine Auction.


The 11th annual benefit will be held on Saturday, Oct. 16, at the National Guard Armory in Lakeport.


The Wine Alliance has contributed $770,202 in proceeds to Lake County groups since the inception of the annual charity event in 2000.


This past year, 18 nonprofit organizations – including agencies, programs and high schools – received $57,200 from the proceeds of the 2009 wine auction held last September.


Awards are made in the fields of the arts, health services and the community.


Proceeds include ticket sales, donations from sponsorships, live and silent auction income, and sales of special edition, fine art posters by Lake County artist John R. Clarke.


Local wineries, winegrape growers, restaurants and other businesses are generous supporters through their donations to the live and silent auctions and to the food and beverages served at the gala affair. Other Lake County and regional businesses provide support through sponsorships.

 

Applications need to be postmarked by March 5, 2010. Application forms may be obtained online from the Wine Alliance Web site, www.winealliance.org , or by contacting Judy Luchsinger, chair of the Beneficiaries committee, at 707-263-3280, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


The charter of the Wine Alliance directs its efforts to foster the arts, benefit health services, and support the community, while promoting Lake County as a premier grape growing and fine wine region.


The Wine Alliance is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization of Lake County wineries, winegrape growers, and business and community supporters that annually presents the wine auction as a fundraising charity benefit.


Members of the Wine Alliance board are Margaret Walker-Stimmel, president; Marie Beery, vice president; Pamela Shine-Duncan, secretary; Rob Roumiguiere, treasurer; and Kaj Ahlmann, Judy Luchsinger, Wilda Shock, and Janet Thompson, directors.


The Lake County Wine Alliance may be contacted by phone, 866-279-9463, or by mail to P.O. Box 530, Kelseyville, CA 95451.


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