AM News for Tuesday, 12.17.13
Lake County has received a state grant to pay for permanently relocating the sewer system at the Lakeside Heights subdivision to more stable ground.
Special Districts will receive $215,300 in grant funds from the State Water Resource Board.
Earlier this year, Special Districts received $30,356 in grant funds for geotechnical and engineering costs, bringing the total combined grant award to $245,656.
The total cost to permanently relocate Lakeside Heights' sewer line is $264,320.
That difference will be covered by a grant of $49,020 that the Board of Supervisors approved as a local project match.
A landslide that began in March damaged several homes in the 29-home subdivision, condemned several and led to several voluntary evacuations.
Nearly four dozen property owners in the subdivision filed a lawsuit against the county, alleging that the county owned and operated infrastructure was to blame for destabilizing the hillside and resulting in the slide.
Thanks to Elizabeth Larson @LakeCoNews.
A Willits man gone missing Saturday was found in Fort Bragg Monday morning, after apparently, having walked there from Willits.
Lawrence Whetman, 39, left his residence, around 7:30 AM, to explore a possible horse trail leading towards the coast. He was expected to return in several hours .
A hasty search was conducted by Sheriff's Deputies, Little Lake Fire Department, and Search and Rescue Volunteers during the afternoon/evening.
Sunday, Search and Rescue teams responded from Lake County, Humboldt, Sonoma and Mendocino as well as volunteers from the California Rescue Dog Association, Fish and Wildlife, and the CHP along with fixed wing aircraft, mounted posse, and all terrain vehicles.
Search and rescue was preparing to go out again when he was found. No reasons for his disappearance are available at this time.
Ending a 12-day strike, Northern California Dungeness crab fishermen from Crescent City to Fort Bragg started setting traps Thursday after the North Coast fleet and seafood buyers agreed on an opening price of $2.65 per pound.
The opening price is lower than the $3 per pound that the North Coast fleet had been asking for but higher than the $2.50 price that was originally offered.
The $2.65 price was reached Wednesday night through state-mediated negotiations between fishermen and buyers in Oregon. Seafood companies agreed to offer Northern California fishermen the same price to get the season started.
According to public radio KUOW Seattle, China has suspended imports of shellfish from the U.S. West Coast, cutting off one of the biggest export markets for Northwest companies and prompting fears of a months-long shutdown.The Chinese government imposed the ban after discovering that recent shipments of geoduck clams from Northwest waters had high levels of arsenic and a toxin that causes paralytic shellfish poisoning.
The ban will continue indefinitely. Clams, oysters and all other two-shelled bivalves harvested off Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Northern California are affected.
U.S. officials think the contaminated clams came from Washington or Alaska.
The U.S. exported $68 million worth of geoduck clams last year nearly 90 percent of which went to China where they sell for $100 to $150 per pound.
On Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 6 p.m. at Town Hall, the Fort Bragg Planning Commission will consider again an application to to convert 11,000 square feet of a building located at 825 S. Franklin into a Dollar Tree
As reported in the Advocate-News on Nov. 21, The hearing was rescheduled to allow commission staff time to recirculate the CEQA documents after the applicant submitted changes in his design.
The revised application would move the proposed loading zone from Franklin Street to adjacent property to the south that the applicant also owns. The number of parking spaces for the project would also change.
Thanks to the Advocate News