Tuesday, 23 July 2024


Ruby Glebe has been named grand marshal of the 2010 Lake County Fair. Lake County file photo.

LAKEPORT – Lake County historian Ruby Glebe has been named this 2010 Lake County Fair's grand marshal by the fair's board of directors.

Glebe will preside over the fair parade this Thursday and help officially open the event, which runs through Sunday.

“Ruby has seen so much Lake County history, and been so involved in it,” said Fair Board Member Janeane Bogner. “She's worked really hard to preserve it, and she's incredibly deserving of being named grand marshal. We're so glad she accepted the honor.”

Born in 1914 in the Vacaville area, Glebe visited the Kelseyville area in the late 1930s for a couple of months, and, for all practical purposes, has lived in Lake County ever since.

A Kelseyville fixture for more than 70 years, Glebe has been active in preserving memories of the Lake County for most of that time.

She has served Lake County in various capacities over the years, having been involved in the 1961 centennial celebration, the Lake County Museum advisory board (now known as the Heritage Commission), a president of the Lake County Historical Society and was active on the committee driving the development of the Courthouse Museum in Lakeport, which opened in 1978.


Along the way, Glebe also found time for farming a pear orchard outside Kelseyville, having a son with her first husband, George, farming a prune orchard in Finley, working for the California Fruit Exchange, working for the county of Lake's social services department, working for the soils conservation office, and mentoring numerous individuals who today are involved with many of these same organizations in the preservation of Lake County history.

She's been involved in the Clear Lake Grange, the Presbyterian Church, the Trowel and Trellis Club, the Kelseyville Lioness Club and various other service groups.

Glebe also made some history along the way, having survived the 1918 influenza epidemic at the age of 4, anti-German sentiment directed towards her immigrant family during World War I, and being the very last patient ever operated on in the county hospital on Armstrong Street in Lakeport in 1948. She has been honored by having a building named after her, Glebe Hall in Kelseyville, dedicated in 1989.

Each year the board of directors selects an individual or couple who have had a large and significant impact on Lake County and the Lake County Fair.

The grand marshal leads the parade up Main Street in Lakeport on Thursday at 5:30 p.m., and arriving at the main gate on Martin Street, cuts the ribbon and declares the Lake County Fair open for another year.


Regular admission for the 2010 Lake County Fair is $9, with $6 tickets for seniors 60 and over and $5 tickets for children ages 6 through 11. Children under 6 years old are admitted free everyday. Children through age 11 are admitted for $2 on Thursday, Sept. 2, only, for "Kid's Day."

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KELSEYVILLE, Calif. – Officials are still working to identify the man who died in a single-vehicle crash and fire in Kelseyville on Saturday night.

The fatal crash occurred at 11 p.m. Saturday, according to a Monday report from the California Highway Patrol.

A 2004 silver Dodge Stratus was traveling north on Highway 29, south of Highway 175 to Cobb, at an undetermined speed when the solo male occupant was unable to negotiate a left curve in the road, the CHP said.

The Stratus went left across the southbound lane where it hit a dirt embankment along the road's west edge. The CHP report said the vehicle spun in a counter-clockwise direction with the rear of the vehicle striking a tree, causing major inward intrusion on the rear of the car.

The vehicle continued to spin around before coming to rest facing north along Highway 29's west shoulder, the CHP said.

The report explained that a preliminary CHP investigation indicated that the rear inward intrusion caused the gas tank to ignite and start a fire.

The CHP said passing motorists stopped and attempted to help the driver while emergency personnel were en route. However, the fire burned the vehicle so quickly the driver couldn't escape.

The driver's death was attributed to the fire before it could be extinguished, the CHP said.

By the end of Monday the driver hadn't been identified. The CHP said no one else was injured due to the crash and fire.

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LAKEPORT, Calif. – After more than 30 years, the Miss Lake County Pageant will return to the Lake County Fair.

The pageant will take place on Friday, Sept. 3, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Museum Park area at the fairgrounds in Lakeport.

“We're really looking forward to hosting this event during the Lake County Fair,” said Fair Chief Executive Officer Richard Persons.

“The date worked well, and we had a stage available in the Museum Park, which is pretty quiet and well separate from the demolition derby in the grandstands and the other stages,” Persons said. “We worked with Konocti Christian Academy to provide a classroom to be used for a dressing room just adjacent to the stage, and it all seems to be working out. It should be a great night.”

In the 1960s and 1970s, the pageant was held in conjunction with the annual county fair, but in the late 1970s the pageant date was changed and the event has taken place several weeks prior to the Lake County Fair in most years since.

This year's pageant includes six contestants for the title of Miss Lake County, and three contestants for the title of Miss Teen Lake County.

The pageant is an official preliminary to the Miss California and Miss America pageants which are talent based scholarship programs, and is not associated with the Miss USA beauty contest system.

The Miss America scholarship system is the largest provider of scholarships for young women in the world.

In 2009, the Miss America Organization and its state and local affiliates provided more than $45 million in scholarships to young women.

The 2010 contestants for Miss Lake County include Lauren Berlin, Alissa Iaccino, Carly Davis, Jennifer Humble, Salsei Monthei and Michelle Wells. Contestants for Miss Teen Lake County include Sarah Christensen, Faith Hornby and Makayla Paulson.

Like in all Miss America preliminaries, the contestants are judged in five categories. The one with the highest overall score among the panel of judges is crowned Miss Lake County. The categories include a personal interview (25 percent of total score), talent (35 percent of total score), evening wear (20 percent of total score), swimwear (15 percent of total score), and the on-stage question (5 percent of total score).


In the personal interview, each contestant participates in a private interview with the panel of judges. Scoring is based on overall communication skills including personality and intelligence, overall first impression and personal appearance, and whether the contestant possesses quality that would make her a good Miss America. The audience doesn't get to see this interview, as it takes place earlier in the day.

For the talent portion, each contestant performs a 2 minute routine of their own choosing. Scoring is based on skill, personality, interpretive ability, technical skill level, stage presence and a totality of all elements. Talent performances can range from singing to dramatic monologues to playing a musical instrument.

During the evening wear portion, each contestant appears onstage in an outfit of her own choosing representative of something she would wear to a social event. Scoring is based on overall first impression, sense of confidence, personality and stage presence, walk and posture, appropriateness of attire and sense of attractiveness.


For swimwear, each contestant appears briefly on stage in a swimsuit of her own choosing. Scoring is based on overall first impression, statement of physical fitness and health, overall physique which is pleasing to her height, weight, and bone structure, walk, posture and grace, sense of confidence, and presence on stage.


The on-stage interview phase of competition is designed for the contestant to make an on-stage statement of her interests, opinions, and aspirations.

Overall "first impression," charisma, and stage presence to be a spokeswoman for the state/local organization will be evaluated. Judges will give special attention to whether or not the contestant answered the question she is asked and if she had the commanding presence to make the audience want to listen to her.

The pageant is a separately ticketed event from the Lake County Fair, with advanced sale tickets that include both fair admission and pageant admission on sale now for a reduced price of $15.

On the day of the event, attendees will need to purchase both a full price fair admission and a full price pageant admission for entrance into the pageant venue.

Sales outlets for the reduced price pageant tickets include CPS Country Air Properties, Your One Stop Party Shop, Skin Fitness, Healing Earth, Focused on Wine, Totorica Plumbing and Elegant Touch.


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LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – The Lake County Sheriff's Office has released the names of two men who died over the weekend in separate fire-related incidents.

A Saturday night crash and vehicle fire claimed the life of 21-year-old Geronimo Mateos-Hernandez of Stockton, and 83-year-old Eugene Milton Throop died when his home burned early Saturday morning, according to the report from Capt. James Bauman.

On Saturday at about 11:40 p.m. sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene of an auto accident on Highway 29, near Kelseyville Auto Salvage in Kelseyville, he said.

The California Highway Patrol had determined the driver of the single vehicle involved in the accident was deceased and requested a deputy coroner to investigate the death, according to Bauman.

While the driver's exact cause of death and positive identification are both pending the outcome of an autopsy, Bauman said officials believe the man to be Mateos-Hernandez of Stockton.

On Sunday at about 8 a.m. sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene of a residential structure fire on Old Long Valley Road in Clearlake Oaks, Bauman said.

Subsequent to containing the fire, Northshore Fire Protection District personnel had located a body

inside the home and requested a deputy coroner respond to investigate the death, he said.

Bauman said Throop's exact cause of death and final positive identification also are pending an autopsy.

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LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Caltrans reported Monday that two rubberized chip sealing projects on Highway 29 and Highway 175 in Lake County are almost complete.

The chip seal is intended to extend the life of the pavement, delaying major rehabilitation which will eventually cost tens of millions of dollars, the agency reported.

The new high-traction surface will increase wet weather safety and the rubberized binder is helping to recycle more than 34,000 passenger car tires. Over the next several months the aggregate, or chips, will settle and the surface will become more smooth, Caltrans reported.

These projects, with a combined cost of about $2.1 million, are complete except for construction of the center line rumble strip and final striping, which is anticipated to be completed within three weeks, according to the report.

The striping, the agency said, is being delayed due to a nationwide shortage of reflective highway paint, caused by the combination of a chemical plant breakdown earlier this year and an increased number of highway projects funded by President Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

For the most current road information on all state highways, call 1-800-427-7623 (1-800-GAS-ROAD) or visit www.dot.ca.gov.

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NEEDLES, Calif. – Thirteen wild burros stranded in a remote area of San Bernardino county are the focus of an unusual rescue mission coordinated by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

The burros are the last of a herd of 69 wild burros found stranded without water and outside their normal herd management area.

BLM Needles Field Office Manager Rusty Lee said BLM was notified by a local rancher on Aug. 20 that he had come across a number of burros that apparently had died of dehydration, but there were also others that were still alive at Fenner Spring, in the Piute Mountain Wilderness Area, about 35 miles west of Needles, Calif.

The herd was about 40 miles from the Chemehuevi Herd Management Area, the nearest BLM herd management area.

The rancher, who grazes livestock in an allotment covering the area, said the dead animals had clogged the spring in the pursuit of water in the 110-degree heat, preventing other burros from getting to the spring. He attempted to pull out as many as he could with his horse, but wasn’t able to reopen access to the spring.

The nearest alternative source of water is 12 miles away; Fenner Spring, an abandoned mine adit, is the only reliable source of water in the Piute Mountains.

Lee said BLM immediately mobilized a helicopter, a county water tender, folding water tanks, and other equipment needed to rescue the remaining burros. Although the site is in a federal wilderness area, BLM has authority to use “minimum tool” equipment in the case of emergencies, he said.

A BLM fire crew was dispatched to the area and deployed portable water troughs. Corral staff from the BLM Ridgecrest Wild Horse and Burro Facility were also dispatched.

A contract fire helicopter reached the scene later that afternoon and began moving water from large portable troughs by the highway to a smaller water "pumpkin" near the spring.

Thirteen live burros watched a helicopter deliver 750 gallons of water. BLM personnel then backed off at sunset to allow the burros to approach the water.

Upon returning in the morning, 13 live burros were seen in the area and the water trough was empty.

Corral staff then ordered another 1,000 gallons delivery by helicopter and also set up secondary troughs for more water. The county water tender delivered another 3,000 gallons to the helicopter drop point to be readily available as needed.

Corral crews have been on-site to stabilize the surviving burros for further recovery and later transport to the Ridgecrest Corrals.

Lee said the rancher’s discovery and rapid reporting of the situation “saved the lives of the remaining burros.” He said range specialists were unsure how the animals wandered into this area although burros are adept at finding water sources in the desert.

Lee said the agency took special precautions to minimize impacts to the wilderness and to rehabilitate the area, which was already disturbed due to the previous mining operation.

BLM California Deputy Director Tom Pogacnik said BLM will conduct an inquiry into the incident and credits Lee and all others involved with “a fast response and plan that undoubtedly saved the lives of the remaining animals.”

The preliminary findings from the veterinarian brought to the site to check both living and dead burros were that the animals died from dehydration. The remaining animals are in fair condition and with an adequate supply of water on hand are expected to survive.

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OAKLAND – State officials on Tuesday announced a major takedown of key members of the Nuestra Familia gang who allegedly commit murders and other violent crimes “orchestrated in prison” by gang leaders using cell phones.

As part of an operation code-named "Street Sweeper," a joint task force of 250 state and local law enforcement agents led by Attorney General Jerry Brown's Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement concluded a year-long series of arrests attacking the hierarchy of prison gangs.

On Tuesday in Visalia and surrounding areas, agents arrested 34 gang members, including four local gang leaders. Five other Nuestra Familia leaders were incarcerated in earlier operations.

“Operation Street Sweeper represents a big step forward in reducing vicious street crimes orchestrated in prison by the Nuestra Familia hierarchy,” Brown said.

He said Tuesday's operation “has stripped the dangerous Nuestra Familia gang of key managers who carry out orders from its imprisoned leaders.”

Launched in Folsom Prison in 1968, Nuestra Familia is one of seven prison gangs in the state. Through top-down leadership, Nuestra Familia controls illegal activities inside several prisons, as well as most of the Nortenos gangs who operate in central California from Yuba City to Bakersfield and from Salinas to the Sierra foothills.

With a sombrero resting on a dagger as its symbol, Nuestra Familia is believed to have hundreds of members inside state prisons, tens of thousands in communities and many more associates, according to gang investigators.

Three gang leaders serving life sentences direct Nuestra Familia activities from inside Pelican Bay's Secure Housing Unit, also known as the "Shu," which isolates prisoners 24 hours a day. While such confinement places some limits on the gang's ability to communicate, gang leaders are still able to direct gang members on the streets through cell phones smuggled into the prison.

"In addition to arresting street gang leaders through efforts like Operation Street Sweeper," Brown said, "we must cut imprisoned gang leaders' ability to communicate with cell phones by blocking that communication through an electronic net over Pelican Bay."

Sophisticated technology exists to jam cell phones, even selectively, within prisons, but federal law must be changed to allow that to happen. The "Safe Prisons Communications Act" has passed the Senate, and a companion bill by Rep. Kevin Brady of Texas is in committee in the House. Brown called on members of the House to approve this legislation, which is essential to cracking down on one of California's most feared prison gangs.

Gang violence has recently spiked in Central Valley communities, officials reported. So far this year, Visalia's serious gang-related murders, assaults and drive-by shootings have doubled compared to the same period last year.

"History was made today in Visalia," said Colleen Mestas, chief of the Visalia Police Department. She thanked the 300 officers from 20 law enforcement agencies that took part in the operation. "With their help, our police department has been able to make an impact on our local gang crime."

Other law enforcement agencies that assisted with Tuesday's operation are the Central Valley Regional SWAT team, Delano Police Department, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of California, federal Drug Enforcement Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Fresno Methamphetamine Task Force, High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas - Central Valley and Southern Tri County, Kings County Sheriff's Department, Madera County Gang Enforcement Task Force, Madera County Narcotic Enforcement Team, Porterville Police Department, Salinas Police Department, Tulare Police Department, Tulare County Sheriff's Department and Visalia Police Department.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers are preparing for the final maximum enforcement period (MEP) of the summer driving season.

Beginning Friday, Sept. 3, at 6:01 p.m., officers will join motorists on California’s roads for the Labor Day MEP.

The holiday enforcement initiative continues through 11:59 p.m., Monday, Sept. 6.

“I hope everyone enjoys the Labor Day weekend by keeping safety in mind,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. “With many families headed for fun, the highways will be crowded and congested with traffic. Mixing these factors with alcohol, speed and not wearing a safety belt can lead to a deadly consequence.”

Although fatalities caused by collisions were far lower than previous Labor Day weekends, last year 12 people were killed in crashes on California roadways.

In addition, 75 percent of all vehicle occupants killed in CHP jurisdiction were not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

In addition to the Labor Day MEP, the CHP is in the midst of an aggressive crackdown on impaired driving which began on Aug. 20.

The national campaign, “Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest,” is a coordinated effort of law enforcement agencies throughout the country and continues through the holiday weekend.

Last year during the Labor Day weekend, CHP officers throughout the state made 1,417 arrests for driving under the influence.

“If we find you driving impaired we will arrest you, no exceptions,” added Commissioner Farrow. “DUI is a careless disregard for human life.”

Motorists are encouraged to call 911 if they encounter a suspected drunk driver. To help law enforcement intervene, callers should be prepared to provide dispatchers a description of the vehicle, its location and direction of travel.

“Take care of yourself and your loved ones. Designate a driver in advance, always wear your seat belt, don’t speed and be sure to pay attention to the road,” added Farrow.

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KELSEYVILLE, Calif. – A vehicle crash and fire late Saturday night near Kelseyville resulted in a fatality.

The incident was reported just after 11 p.m. on Highway 29 near Kelseyville Auto Salvage, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Several CHP officers along with firefighters and sheriff's deputies responded to the scene, where a single vehicle was reported to be on fire and completely blocking the roadway.

Witnesses reported the vehicle had been involved in a traffic collision prior to the fire, according to the initial reports.

The fire also got into nearby vegetation but was reportedly quickly stopped by the first firefighters who arrived on scene.

Traffic was diverted while authorities handled the scene. A person was said to have been trapped in the vehicle, and a coroner later was summoned to handle a reported fatality.

Caltrans later reportedly responded to the scene, where CHP had opened one-way traffic just before midnight.

Other specifics about the incident were not immediately available early Sunday morning.

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CLEARLAKE OAKS, Calif. – A man who had spent much of his life trying to protect people from fires lost his life when his own home burned early Sunday morning.

Firefighters were dispatched to the deadly blaze off of Old Long Valley Road shortly before 6:30 a.m. Sunday, according to Northshore Fire Battalion Chief Pat Brown.

Local officials did not release the name of the victim on Monday, but Brown said the man was a retired Cal Fire dozer operator and a lifelong Lake County resident.

Brown said the single family dwelling was fully involved by the time Northshore Fire personnel arrived on the scene.

He said the burning home caused some nearby oak trees to catch on fire, but firefighters were able to quickly contain the fire before it got into the wildland.

The couple had escaped but the husband returned to try to find his dog, and perished in the fire, Brown said.

Northshore Fire sent two battalion chiefs, two engines and a water tender out of the Clearlake Oaks station, with one engine and a medic unit out of the Lucerne Station, Brown said. Lake County Fire responded with a water tender under automatic aid, and Cal Fire sent two engines and two battalion chiefs.

Brown said the fire, which started inside the home, has been ruled accidental.

Investigators from both Northshore Fire and Cal Fire are documenting the blaze, he said.

When the man's body was removed from the home, Brown said firefighters draped his body in the American flag.

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LAKE PILLSBURY, Calif. – The 3.6-magnitude earthquake occurred Saturday several miles southeast of Lake Pillsbury.

The quake, which occurred at 4:49 a.m., was centered 11 miles southeast of Lake Pillsbury, 25 miles east northeast of Ukiah and 25 miles north northwest of Clearlake, according to the US Geological Survey.

Survey records showed the quake occurred at a depth of 9.1 miles.

As of Saturday night, no shake reports for the quake had been submitted to the US Geological Survey.

A 3.0-magnitude earthquake occurred 10 miles southeast of Lake Pillsbury on July 30, and a 3.4-magnitude quake took place 11 miles northwest of the lake on July 27, as Lake County News has reported.

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