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CLEARLAKE – A local man on trial this month in a domestic violence case was acquitted Thursday.

Jubal Ray Massie, 39, a caregiver from Clearlake, went on trial May 11, charged with felony domestic violence and felony assault by force likely to produce great bodily injury, according to his attorney, Stephen Carter of the Law Offices of Carter & Carter in Lower Lake.

Massie was arrested by Clearlake Police on June 26, 2008, according to sheriff's records.

At the conclusion of prosecutor Susan Krones' evidence, Judge Stephen Hedstrom granted Carter’s motion to dismiss the assault charge.

Massie was facing eight years in state prison if convicted, Carter reported.

Carter said that on Thursday, following an hour of deliberation, the jury returned the not guilty verdict.

“This is a fantastic result for Mr. Massie and we are thrilled that the jury saw through the prosecution’s weak evidence,” said Carter.

Krones said she didn't speak with the jurors afterward but noted that the alleged victim in the case – who originally told police that Massie had kicked her in the head repeatedly – had stated in the preliminary hearing last year that she couldn't remember what happened, testimony she gave again in the trial.

Judge Hedstrom had allowed in the previous statements about the assault in the case the woman was purposefully changing her testimony, said Krones.

The alleged victim also testified that she was under the influence of various substances, including alcohol, Krones said.

“It's difficult to establish to a jury what happened when the victim is there saying, 'I don't remember,'” Krones said.

Carter called witnesses including an individual who testified that the alleged victim was the one attacking Massie, and that the alleged victim yelled at Massie that she was going to make sure he went to jail before she reportedly threw herself on the ground.

The defense argued that the alleged victim caused injuries to herself, and that Massie was defending himself against an extremely intoxicated and enraged woman.

However, Krones said the alleged victim in the case had significant facial injuries – including a black eye and abrasions. “That was not something she would have received unless she was hit in some way,” Krones said.

Carter said the officer who arrested Massie and investigated the case – who was with the agency for seven months before the incident –is no longer employed by Clearlake Police Department, having left for reasons unrelated to this case.

Krones said she believed that, in the end, the jurors just couldn't get enough detail from the victim to make a conviction, and they couldn't base a verdict on her past statements.

In the domestic violence cases she handles, Krones said she sees a lot of victims who recant or say they can't remember.

“Depending on the situation, I cannot just drop a case like that because it's going to continue,” she said of the abuse.

If she drops a case and someone ends up getting hurt, the blame would likely come back on the District Attorney's Office, Krones said.

Krones added that the District Attorney's Office has to pursue cases that are best for the victims and society. But one of the goals, she added, is to get help for alleged offenders, including counseling.

“I take it to trial, I present what evidence I have to the jury and they decide, that's all I can do,” he said.

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LAKE COUNTY – Residents of Lake County wished for the end of the three-year drought, hoping winter and then spring rains would fill Clear Lake once again – and it filled, then filled again.

Now residents are wondering when spring will arrive for longer than a few days as the “summer season” – Memorial Day weekend – arrives Saturday.

Clear Lake was officially full on April 12 as reported by Lake County News. As of Thursday evening, Clear Lake was hovering around 7.13 Rumsey.

A full lake is 7.56 feet Rumsey, according to Lake County's Water Resources Division.

Lake County, and all of Northern California, has been experiencing the coldest spring on record according to several news reports, with daytime highs and overnight lows 10 to 20 degrees or more cooler than the normal average of 80-degree highs and lows in the mid-40s, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac.

The pattern of unsettled weather continued Thursday, with heavy rains locally and episodes of hail reported around the county and much of Northern California.

Winter weather advisories were issued for the Sierra Nevada mountain range on Thursday, where enough snow fell with lower-than-average temperatures that several resorts, including Squaw Valley and Sierra-At-Tahoe, will reopen for skiing this Memorial Day weekend.

Here in Lake County, the National Weather Service in Sacramento predicted that the weather Friday will remain slightly unsettled with a 30-percent chance of rain before 11 a.m., with clearing throughout the day and daytime highs in the 60s.

On Saturday, the warming trend ramps up, with highs reaching in to the 70s – still 10 degrees below average – but a welcome change from the damp, gray days earlier in the week, with mostly clear skies forecast, according to the National Weather Service.

Sunday will approach average temperatures near 80 with sunny skies, forecasters predicted, with overnight lows near 50.

A cooling trend returns on Memorial Day when high temperatures are forecast to be in the low 70s, which the National Weather Services said will continue through early next week.

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On Wednesday, May 26, 2010, Lake County Sheriff's Office investigators arrested 39-year-old Lonnie Ray Scott of Kelseyville, who they found sleeping in this airline cargo container. Scott was allegedly cooking methamphetamine in the container. Photo by Elizabeth Larson.


KELSEYVILLE – A SWAT team and state officials were called in Wednesday morning to assist sheriff's investigators with shutting down a methamphetamine lab capable of producing tens of thousands of dollars worth of the drug each week.

Just after 7 a.m. Wednesday the Lake County Narcotic Task Force served a warrant on a property in the 4700 block of Cole Creek Road in Kelseyville, where they suspected a methamphetamine lab was located, said sheriff's Sgt. Andy Davidson. The warrant had been signed on Tuesday by Judge Richard Martin.

Amidst a field scattered with children's toys, deputies found several airline cargo containers. Inside one of them was sleeping 39-year-old Lonnie Ray Scott, with a large one- to one-and-a-half gallon bottle of methamphetamine cooking nearby, said Davidson.

When the SWAT team arrived Scott knocked over the capped bottle of methamphetamine and got up to fight but he was taken by gunpoint out of the container, Davidson said.

Davidson, who oversees methamphetamine-related investigations for the Lake County Sheriff's Major Crimes Unit and also is one of the two leaders for the sheriff's SWAT team, said the SWAT team was called in because Scott has had gun-related issues in the past.

Assisting with the search warrant service was the Major Crimes Unit and the Mendocino County Narcotics Task Force, according to Capt. James Bauman of the Lake County Sheriff's Office.

While no processed methamphetamine was found, chemicals, equipment and other evidence of a clandestine lab were seized, Bauman said. Also found was a hypodermic needle filled with what appeared to be blood, Davidson said.

Scott is wanted on a methamphetamine-related warrant in Oklahoma where he has had pursuits with law enforcement. Davidson said Scott also is wanted in Los Angeles on a warrant.

Once the lab was uprighted after being knocked over, the occupants of the home on the property – including three children and Scott's girlfriend and sister – were evacuated, Davidson said.

Bauman said that in addition to Scott his sister, 31-year-old Misty Rose Scott, and his girlfriend, 44-year-old Michelle Lynn Havens, were arrested. All three arrestees were residing at the home.

In addition, three children – two boys, ages 5 and 12, who reportedly belonged to Lonnie Scott and Havens, as well as a 9-year-old girl belonging to Misty Scott – all were taken into protective custody and turned over to Child Protective Services, said Bauman. Davidson said that the children were taken to Sutter Lakeside Hospital for evaluation.

Lonnie Scott was booked at the Lake County Jail on felony charges of manufacturing a controlled substance, child endangerment and two outstanding warrants. He is being held on an enhanced bail of $500,000, Bauman said.

Bauman said Misty Scott was booked on felony charges of manufacturing a controlled substance, child endangerment, and misdemeanor possession of narcotics paraphernalia. She is being held on a $40,000 bail.

Havens was booked on a felony charge of child endangerment and misdemeanor charges of possessing narcotics paraphernalia, possession of a hypodermic syringe, being under the influence of a controlled substance and an out-of-county warrant, Bauman said. Havens is held on a $25,000 bail.

Bauman said detectives began investigating the case in April after following up on a lead that Lonnie Scott might be in possession of a large amount of methamphetamine.

He said the month-long investigation included an extensive review by detectives, of logs kept by local pharmacies on the sales of ephedrine based medications, which further implicated Scott as an alleged methamphetamine manufacturer.

At the scene Wednesday were members of a California Department of Justice Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement lab team out of San Francisco, which Bauman said was called in to the site by mid-morning to dismantle the lab and mitigate its related hazardous materials.

A San Jose disposal team was due to destroy the lab, Davidson said, and Lake County Environmental Health also was called out to make sure the lab hadn't contaminated the soils.

Because of the chemicals and metals used to make methamphetamine, it's a very toxic and explosive compound, Davidson said. It's believed one of the other storage containers had burned because of a lab-related fire.

Davidson said investigators concluded the Kelseyville lab was capable of producing as much as a half-pound of methamphetamine at a time, over the course of about a day. Half a pound of methamphetamine has a street value of $8,000 he said.

Methamphetamine commonly is purchased in quarter-gram amounts, Davidson said.

“This is a very odd lab for Lake County,” said Davidson, where what's referred to as the “red-P ephedrine reduction method” is more commonly found.

He called the Kelseyville lab a “one pot cooking method.” It's also known as the “Nazi method,” which uses chemicals including anhydrous ammonia.

The “Nazi method” is so-named because the German government reportedly used it to make methamphetamine during World War II, dispensing it to soldiers, sailors and pilots to fuel the war across Europe.

It's been three to four years since the sheriff's office busted a methamphetamine lab, said Davidson.

Methamphetamine production once was extremely prevalent in the county. In 2002, the year Davidson joined the Lake County Narcotic Task Force, he said they busted 13 labs. By 2007, that number had dropped to two.

Law enforcement officials across the country have reported in recent years that methamphetamine production has largely gone south of the Mexican border, where it's controlled by drug cartels that use illegally grown marijuana to purchase the needed chemicals.

Davidson said another factor in forcing production south is that ephedrine and pseudoephedrine, among the main ingredients for methamphetamine manufacture, are increasingly harder to get in the United States.

Several years ago, Lake County put into effect its own limits on pseudoephedrine and its purchase in the form of cold medicines, which now are carefully monitored at the time of sale.

However, with the increasing controls put on the border with Mexico, methamphetamine isn't getting over the border as easily. With the demand not going down, one of the unintended consequences of border control is that methamphetamine labs are starting to pop up again, Davidson said.

He estimated that 99 percent of the methamphetamine used in Lake County comes from outside of its borders.

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NORTH COAST – Dozens of North Coast residents reported feeling an earthquake that occurred near Talmage in Mendocino County on Friday morning.

The 3.2-magnitude quake occurred at 8:22 a.m. seven miles northeast of Talmage, eight miles northeast of Ukiah and 11 miles west northwest of Upper Lake, according to the US Geological Survey.

It occurred at a depth of 4.8 miles, the agency reported.

The US Geological Survey received 39 shake reports from eight zip codes, including Witter Springs, Upper Lake, Lucerne, Lakeport, Ukiah, Redwood Valley and Pottery Valley.

One shake report came from nearly 900 miles away, from Sunburst, Montana, according to the survey data.

At 11:41 a.m. Friday, a 2.1-magnitude quake took place in about the same location near Talmage as the larger quake, only at a depth of 4.3 miles, the US Geological Survey reported. Two shake reports – one from Redwood Valley, one from Ukiah – were made on that second quake.

A 3.3-magnitude quake last September, which had its epicenter 2.8 miles deep and eight miles south southeast of Talmage, also was felt locally, as Lake County News has reported.

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LAKEPORT – Wild horses and burros from the ranges of Northern California and Nevada will be offered to the public for adoption when the Bureau of Land Management brings them to the Lake County Fairgrounds in Lakeport on Saturday, June 5.

“We will offer 30 mustangs ranging in age from yearlings to 5-year-olds, and 10 burros of all ages,” said Pardee Bardwell of the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Program. “They have been dewormed and vaccinated against diseases including West Nile virus. They are ready to train.”

The adoption gates open at 9 a.m., for an hour of silent bidding. Animals not taken during bidding will be available for a $125 adoption fee through the rest of the day.

Interested adopters can preview the animals when they arrive at the fairgrounds at about 2 p.m. Friday, June 4.

To qualify, adopters must be at least 18 years old and residents of the United States. Adopted animals must be kept in corrals that offer at least 400 square feet per animal and are surrounded by 6-foot pipe or board fences (5 and a half-foot fences are allowed for horses under 2 years old; 4-foot fences are allowed for burros). Two-sided roofed shelters are required.

Title to adopted animals initially remains with the U. S. government, but after providing a year of good care, adopters can receive title.

Horses and burros coming to Lakeport were captured from wild herds whose populations exceeded the carrying capacity of their ranges.

Wild horses and burros are protected by a federal law, the Wild and Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act.

The law requires the BLM to maintain wild populations in balance with other range users, including wildlife and domestic livestock, so that food and water sources are sustained.

More information on wild horse management can be found online at

Adoption information is available by calling 866-4MUSTANGS.

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SPRING VALLEY – A Wednesday afternoon fire destroyed a family's home, their possessions and resulted in the death of their many pets.

The fire was dispatched at 1:20 p.m., with Northshore Fire Battalion Chief Pat Brown first to arrive on the scene 14 minutes later.

He said the home, a single-family dwelling located at 3495 Spring Valley Road, was being rented by its owner Marty Hudson to Robin Nunnemaker and her family. Nunnemaker's daughter, Mattie, drove up to find the home on fire.

Brown said the home was fully involved by the time firefighters got on scene.

When Brown arrived he said an oxygen tank that had been inside the house exploded and flew past him.

In addition to the Nunnemakers' home, the fire threatened another home as well, Brown said.

In addition to Brown, Northshore Fire Battalion Chief Jamie Crabtree also responded, along with 13 other firefighting personnel from Northshore Fire, Lake County Fire Protection District, Cal Fire and South Lake County Fire.

He said Northshore Fire sent three engines, a water tender and a medic, Lake County fire sent an engine and water tender, Cal Fire sent one engine and an Office of Emergency Services engine based at South Lake County Fire responded.

Inside the house at the time of the fire were four dogs, four cats and seven birds, all of which perished, Brown said.

Brown said fire officials are ruling the incident to have been caused by an accidental electrical issue.

The house, which was a total loss, is estimated to have had a value of $100,000, Brown said, with the home's contents additionally valued at $50,000.

Brown said Robin Nunnemaker had a suitcase packed for a trip, which was all she was left with in the wake of the fire. Friends are giving the family a place to stay in the short-term.

The recent rains offered an important benefit. “If this fire was a year ago at this time, we'd be up there for days because that whole valley would have gone,” Brown said.

Even with the wetter spring, Brown said firefighters are concerned about the summer.

“We've had so much rain that the fuel load has gotten huge,” he said.

Cal Fire remains on minimum staffing right now, and Brown said that agency won't be up to full staffing until July 1.

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LAKE COUNTY – On Memorial Day – Monday, May 31 – the flags of our fallen veterans will fly in display at cemeteries throughout Lake County.

Vietnam Veterans of America-Chapter 951, with the help of local volunteers, will install the flag poles and mount the large flags along the avenues of Hartley Cemetery in Lakeport.

These flags once draped the casket of a fallen veteran. Once the veteran is laid to rest, the family has the option of donating the veterans’ burial flag to the Lake County Veterans Memorial Avenue of Flags Association.

On Memorial Day and Veterans Day the flags are flown to commemorate the memory of veterans who defended our country.

Hartley Cemetery is located north of Lakeport, off the Hill Road exit from Highway 29. At the intersection of Hill Road East and Park Way, turn right. Follow Hill Road East as it parallels Highway 29. Just before Hill Road East crosses over Highway 29 turn left on Shady Lane. Hartley Cemetery is located at the end of Shady Lane.

Hartley Cemetery can be accessed from Scott’s Valley Road by turning onto Hill Road and crossing over Highway 29 and turning right onto Shady Lane at the end of the overpass.

Installation of flagpoles and flags will begin at 7 a.m., weather permitting. Takedown of flagpoles and flags will occur at 4 p.m. Refreshments will be available.

Avenue of Flags will, also, be presented at the following cemeteries in Lake County: Upper Lake, Lower Lake and Kelseyville.

Volunteers would be appreciated at all locations. Further information is available from the following representatives: Upper Lake, Joel Moore, 707-272-1136; Lower Lake, Dave Shober, 707-671-3509; Kelseyville, Paul Harris, 707-279-1115 or Mike Powers, 707-279-2709; and Hartley Cemetery-Lakeport (Dean Gotham, 707-350-1159.

Express your respect for our fallen veterans and experience the pride of the magnificence display of our veterans flags.

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LAKEPORT – The Lake County Respect For All Task Force will meet Wednesday, June 2, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the Lake County Office of Education, 1152 S. Main St., Lakeport.

The meeting will focus on work of the group’s subcommittees.

The Lake County Respect For All Task Force, a group of local individuals, is striving to increase awareness about safe and inclusive learning environments.

The group is working to identify possible actions to help the Lake County community.

Subcommittees are working on outreach projects, gathering information for a list of community resources, providing training and awareness for school personnel and administrators, strengthening policies and procedures for use in the schools, and helping campuses with their efforts for student activities.

The task force welcomes participation by new members. Individuals interested in helping the task force in its efforts to assist youth and their families in assuring safe and inclusive learning environments are invited to attend the meetings.

More information about the Respect For All Task Force is available on the GroundSpark Web site,

The Respect For All Project, a program of GroundSpark (, in cooperation with Lake County Healthy Start and Lake County Family Resource Center, is collaborating with local educators, high school students, community leaders, and representatives from a variety of organizations.

Lake County was chosen as one of three California counties for the pilot project. The task force has been meeting periodically over the last 15 months.

Respect For All Project coordinators Chung and Barry Chersky have traveled from the Bay Area on several occasions to facilitate meetings of the group. However, cuts in funding have now prohibited the two from continuing their visits to Lake County. The group of local volunteers has pledged to continue the work started by the committee.

A proposal for the Lake County project explains that GroundSpark, The Respect for All Project (RFAP) “is a nonprofit organization that seeks to create safe, hate-free schools and communities by providing youth and the adults who guide their development the tools they need to talk openly about diversity in all of its forms.”

As part of its work toward safe and inclusive learning environments, task force members identified a list of goals and split up responsibilities.

The goals include identifying community resources, networking and expanding the task force, pursuing support for gay/straight alliances, developing and fundraising for Challenge Day events at schools, and reviewing policies and implementation strategies.

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LOWER LAKE – A celebration of 160 years will take place at Lower Lake Cemetery on Memorial Day, Monday, May 31.

The celebration will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the cemetery located on Lake Street in Lower Lake.

Guests will have an opportunity to explore the 25-acre grounds, learn more about its history and obtain information on burials.

Sexton/Manager Eric Pearson said that Lower Lake Cemetery is one of the oldest in California. Reports of its first-known use date back to 1850 while unconfirmed records indicate that the earliest burial occurred in 1824.

He said the first confirmed burial was in 1857.

“Lower Lake Cemetery has been the final resting place for many generations,” Pearson said. “Keeping this cemetery tranquil and serene is the best way to honor the people of our community.”

Pearson said that throughout history, the cemetery has been referred to by many names.

“At one point it was called the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) Cemetery, Lake View Cemetery and the Catholic Cemetery,” he said. “In 1939, a petition of J.W. Constable was approved and granted by the county of Lake establishing and organizing what is now known as the Lower Lake Cemetery District.”

The Lower Lake Cemetery Districts serves the communities of Lower Lake, the City of Clearlake, Clearlake Park, Clearlake Oaks and Glenhaven.

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LAKE COUNTY – This Memorial Day weekend, Californians everywhere will be recreating in the majestic outdoor areas of the Golden State.

In anticipation of the increased outdoor activities, Cal Fire officials are urging everyone to exercise caution and emphasize safety this holiday weekend.

“The heavy rainfall this past winter and spring has led to abundant growth of grass and brush,” said Chief Del Walters, director of Cal Fire. “Despite the recent wet weather, this weekend’s warmer temperatures will dry out the vegetation, contributing to California's elevated risk of wildfires."

Thousands of acres of wildland have already burned this year in California, and the potential for even large, more destructive fires will increase as the state enters the summer and fall months.

Wildfires are not the only danger posed by the outdoors; drownings also dramatically increase during the Memorial Day weekend.

In California, drowning is the leading cause of deaths among children under 14, and every year Cal Fire responds to water rescues all across the state, many of which tragically claim the lives of both adults and children.

“Memorial Day is a great time to get together with friends and family to enjoy the outdoors,” said Chief Walters. “But it is important that everyone understands the dangers that the outdoors pose, and take steps to stay safe and prevent tragedy.”

CAL FIRE would like everyone to remember these important steps this holiday:


  • Obtain necessary permits needed for campfires.

  • Clear away grass, leaves and other debris within a 10-foot perimeter of any campfire.

  • Have a responsible person in attendance at all times.

  • Ensure all campfires are completely extinguished before leaving.

  • When barbecuing, never leave the grill unattended.

In the water:

  • Always wear a life jacket!

  • Children should always be supervised by a responsible adult.

  • Never swim alone.

  • Swimming and alcohol don't mix. Alcohol can impair your ability to under estimate the water and overestimate your abilities.

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The new 1 megawatt solar array at the Middletown Treatment Plant in Middletown, Calif., will provide power to pump treated wastewater to The Geysers geothermal steamfield, where two Northern California Power Agency geothermal plants operate. Photo by Elizabeth Larson.


MIDDLETOWN – At the site of its newest solar array, the Northern California Power Agency celebrated its renewable energy efforts as well as The Geysers' 50 years of producing clean energy for California.

About 50 people – including NCPA representatives, and local and state officials – gathered at the site of a new 1-megawatt solar array at the Lake County Sanitation District's Middletown Treatment Plant on Highway 175.

The array's dedication – delayed from last fall due to weather – coincided with the 50th anniversary of geothermal production at The Geysers steamfield.

NCPA is a nonprofit joint powers agency, established in 1968 to generate, transmit and distribute electric power.

Its members agencies include the cities of Alameda, Biggs, Gridley, Healdsburg, Lodi, Lompoc, Palo Alto, Redding, Roseville, Santa Clara and Ukiah; the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), the Port of Oakland, the Truckee Donner Public Utility District, and TID; and two associate members, Placer County Water Agency, and the Plumas-Sierra Rural Electric Cooperative serving more than 700,000 electric consumers in Central and Northern California.

In 1983, NCPA got into the geothermal business, and since then have been operating two geothermal power plants at The Geysers, each with a rated capacity of 110 megawatts.

Participants in NCPA's geothermal project include Alameda Municipal Power, the cities of Biggs, Gridley, Healdsburg, Lodi, Lompoc and Ukiah, Plumas-Sierra Rural Electric Cooperative, Roseville Electric, Silicon Valley Power and TID.

Larry Hansen, NCPA's chair and a Lodi City Council member, said that 10 percent of Lodi's energy portfolio comes from The Geysers, which is one of the reasons that Lodi currently exceeds the state's Renewables Portfolio Standards requirements.

Statewide, 600,000 residents receive “green energy they can depend on” from The Geysers.

The Geysers is the largest geothermal field in the world, covering 30 square miles in the northern mountains of Sonoma and Lake counties, NCPA reported.

The agency said that the steamfield currently supplies more than 5 percent of the state’s electricity needs, and generates an amount of electricity equivalent to more than 60 percent of the electrical needs of the entire northern coastal region, stretching from San Francisco to Oregon.

Hansen said NCPA has at its disposal something that is unique not just to California but the nation, a “trifecta” of green energy, including reused wastewater – pumped to The Geysers for injection in the geothermal steamfields, which is a way of extending the life of the resources – along with the solar array and The Geysers itself.

Jim Pope, NCPA's general manager, said NCPA partnered with the Lake County Sanitation District in 1997 to begin the world's first wastewater geothermal injection project.

He said 6,000 gallons a minute is pumped 26 miles to The Geysers, where it's used to create renewable energy.

“Pumping all that water up the hill takes a lot of energy,” he said, and that's where the solar array comes in.

Pope said that NCPA has pioneered a novel down-hole turbine technology in partnership with the State of California and the California Energy Commission. The turbine is essentially a small hydroelectric generator. As the wastewater is injected back into the steam field, it generates additional electricity to power the plant’s operations.

Pope noted, “We were green before it was cool.”

District 1 Supervisor Jim Comstock said the public-private marriage between Lake County and NCPA is “a wonderful marriage.”

He said the geothermal industry provides tremendous jobs and economic support for Lake County.

“I can't thank you enough for your commitment to the renewable energy sources,” he said.

Comstock recognized Lake County Sanitation District Administrator Mark Dellinger for his work on the renewables projects.

“I want us to be an energy independent nation, and this is a big part of that,” Comstock said.

Dan Pellissier, deputy cabinet secretary for resources in Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's office, also spoke, noting that, “The Geysers is one of California's energy crown jewels.”

He said he spoke to Schwarzenegger about NCPA and its recent projects, and said the governor was “amazed and impressed” by what has been accomplished.

Pellissier said the push for renewable energy has been very effective, and many small solar installations are going in around the state.

He said that photovoltaics are dropping to the point that they will be cost effective on their own within five to 10 years.

“Eventually our push for renewable energy has to pencil out on its own, without subsidies,” he said.

Brian Bottari of Congressman Mike Thompson's office noted that renewable energy is particularly important now, as the world wrestles with climate change.

He said the need to break the nation's dependency on fossil fuels is not only a national security issue but an environmental concern, citing the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Representatives of state Sen. Patricia Wiggins and Assembly member Noreen Evans' offices also presented a resolution congratulating NCPA on its efforts.

Hansen told the group in closing, “What we do matters.”

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The Northern California Power Agency hosted a dedication ceremony for its new solar array on Wednesday, May 26, 2010. Photo by Elizabeth Larson.

POTTER VALLEY – A Potter Valley woman was arrested Monday for killing her puppy.

Deborah Lawrence, 44, was arrested for animal cruelty, according to Capt. Kurt Smallcomb of the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office.

On Monday afternoon Mendocino County Sheriff's Animal Control officers were dispatched to 10160 Main St. in Potter Valley regarding a possible animal cruelty investigation, Smallcomb said.

When the animal control officers arrived Smallcomb said they contacted witnesses who stated that they observed Lawrence yelling and stepping on a small Chihuahua puppy. They then observed the suspect open her car door and slammed the puppy inside the door jam causing the door to strike the puppy.

Smallcomb said other witnesses advised the officers that Lawrence had been seen holding the puppy by its neck, as well as kicking the puppy.

When the officers contacted Lawrence, she spontaneously stated, “I just accidentally killed my puppy.”

The officers then requested to view the puppy, who according to witnesses had viewed the suspect place the puppy into a blanket and then placed it into her car, Smallcomb said. The suspect gave the officers permission to enter the car and view the puppy.

The officers located a deceased, approximately 3-month-old Chihuahua wrapped in a blanket, Smallcomb said.

Lawrence subsequently was placed under arrest and booked into the Mendocino County Jail. Her bail is set at $15,000.

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