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Quagga Mussel Alert!

By action of the Board of Supervisors, all vessels launching into any Lake County waters must participate in the county's mandatory screening and sticker program, with inspection and decontamination if necessary. Local residents must renew their stickers annually, visitors monthly. More info

Or call the Mussel Hotline,
263 2556

To report possible violators or suspected contamination call the Sheriff at
263 8656 or 911

 

 

 

Say NO! to the "State of Jefferson"

Some Siskiyou County right-wing extremists want Lake County to support the formation of a "State of Jefferson." This new state would instantly become the most impoverished in the United States, bankrupt at birth. Geographically isolated, sparsely populated, and economically disadvantaged, it would be unable to fund public education, highways, parks, or law enforcement to anything remotely approaching an acceptable standard. This silly idea offers no advantages to the residents of Lake County. So it was appalling when on February 17 the Lake BOS appeared to have voted to support the county's secession from California to jump onto this sinking ship. Fortunately this ambiguous action was unambiguously reversed at the March 3 meeting, when the Board decided to put an advisory vote on the November 2016 ballot.

A Lake County Keep It California campaign is in the early organizational stages. In the meantime, you can

By the way, be sure to check out the appalling racist remarks made by chief spokesperson Mark Baird


UPCOMING EVENTS

APRIL 16 -- Sierra Club hike to the Payne Ranch Ponds. We will do a tour of the ranch ponds of the old Payne Ranch, now a part of the BLM's Bear Creek Unit of the Cache Creek Natural Area. After generous rains, the ponds should be close to full. This 9 mile hike will be in rolling oak and pine covered terrain, and wildflowers should be excellent. Bring water, lunch and hiking boots. Class: M-9- A. Meet 8:30AM at Lower Lake Coffee Company, Lower Lake. By reservation only. Rain cancels. Leader Tom McFarling (707) 994-5490. tom.mcfarling@gmail.com

APRIL 16, 9AM-12PM -- Wildflower Walk and Land Protection Celebration at the McLaughlin Reserve. With help from Tuleyome and the Lake County Land Trust, the Reserve has acquired 22 acres of beautiful serpentine meadow, seeps, and rugged chaparral. Enjoy the dazzling spring wildflower display and panoramic vistas in a leisurely walk. FREE, public invited, but registration REQUIRED by April 14: Cathy Koehler, koehler@ucdavis.edu

APRIL 17 -- California Native Plant Society tour of Big Canyon Creek to observe plant response following the Valley Fire. From Middletown, we’ll drive up Big Canyon Road about 8 miles to explore areas of chaparral, grassland, riparian, maybe serpentine, oak woodlands, mixed coniferous forest, and adjacent ecotones (which all burned). Rendezvous at Hardesters Market at 21088 Calistoga Rd in Middletown at 10AM. Trip leaders: Kerry Heise (707-462-4533) and John Nickerson.

APRIL 21, 11AM-1PM -- EARTH DAY celebration at Yuba College: food, music, speakers, informational tabling by a wide variety of community organizations. Free, everyone invited.

APRIL 21, 6PM -- District 1 Supervisorial candidate forum at Calpine Geothermal Visitors Center, 15500 Central Park Rd in Middletown.

APRIL 21, 7PM -- Redbud Audubon meeting at the Lower Lake Methodist Social Hall, 16255 Second St. Gordon Beebe, president of the Madrone Audubon Society (Sonoma County) will talk about "Exploring the Colombian southwest Andes and intermountain valleys."

APRIL 23 -- Sierra Club hike on the Redbud Trail to Cache Creek. Start in a meadow, wind up a ridge, enjoy oak woodlands and blooming wildflowers as we reach Cache Creek, then we’ll double back the same route.  Bring snack, water & hiking boots.  M-5-A.  Meet: 8:30 am Lower Lake Coffee Company, Lower Lake. By reservation only. Leader Julie Kreis (707) 671-5947. tikaljak@yahoo.com rain cancels

APRIL 23, 8AM-1PM -- 12th Annual Clearlake Cleanup Day. Volunteers should gather at Austin Park to register and pick up trash bags; wear work gloves and shoes and use sunscreen. AMIA is also sponsoring a water-based cleanup of the Anderson Marsh shoreline: launch your canoe or kayak from Shady Acres Campground, 7805 Cache Creek Way. Limited number of canoes and kayaks also available to rent.

APRIL 23-24 -- in partnership with the Land Trust of Napa County, the McLaughlin Reserve again offers the Grateful Dead Peak (April 23) and Three Counties (April 24) hikes. Most of the landscape around each of these hike routes burned in the Rocky and Jerusalem fires, respectively, which adds a bit of a thrilling new angle to the hikes, and promises to result in amazing post-fire wildflower displays. Optional vernight camping available. Registration (REQUIRED) handled by LTNP: for more info and to sign up, visit LTNC's field trip web page. Space is limited.

APRIL 28, 10AM -- Planning Commission hearing on the proposed Middletown Dollar General store.

APRIL 28, 5:30-7PM -- open house on the Berryessa Snow Mountain national monument, hosted jointly by the Mendocino National Forest and BLM Ukiah Field Office. This is an opportunity to learn about the monument’s resources and recreation opportunities and agency plans for the future. Clear Lake High School gymnasium, 350 Lange St in Lakeport.

APRIL 28, 6PM -- District 5 Supervisorial candidate forum at the Blackrock Golf Course, 16451 Golf Rd, Cobb

APRIL 30, 9AM-12PM -- annual “Wildflower Brunch” at Clear Lake State Park. Price $20: contact CLSPIA at 279-4395 for more info and to reserve, or RSVP online at clearlakestatepark.org

APRIL 30 -- Redbud Audubon Heron Days, featuring 90-minute boat tours to view a large variety of bird life on Clear Lake. Boats will leave throughout the from 8AM to 1:15PM from Lakeside County Park near Clear Lake State Park. Tickets $25; registration at redbudaudubon.org starting March 10. Early registration is encouraged.

APRIL 30 -- Sierra Club Yolano Group Cache Creek Firescape hike. The Cache Creek/Lake County region was devastated by three major fires in summer 2015.  The Valley fire destroyed large parts of Cobb and Middletown, while the Rocky and Jerusalem fires swept through the ridges and hiking trails around Cache Creek.  This hike will explore one corner of the devastated hiking area.  We did this hike in the fall, giving us a vivid image of what fire can do to the landscape.  Now we will repeat the hike to witness habitat recovery.  The hike will climb the Judge Davis trail to ridgetop, follow ridges, and return on the Cache Creek Ridge trail.  The hike is approximately 5+ miles with 800’ cumulative elevation gain.  Bring lunch, water, and essentials. No dogs.  Rain cancels. Group size may be limited.  Contact leader for meeting information and reservation.  Leader: Jim Cramer, (530) 756-3973 or cramerjc@gmail.com.

APRIL 30 -- Sacramento Valley Chapter of the California Native Plant Society field trip to the McLaughlin Reserve. For details, and to register (REQUIRED) contact coordinator Shellie Sullo, shellie_sullo@yahoo.com.

MAY 5, 6PM -- District 4 Supervisorial candidate forum at the Lake County Courthouse, 255 N Forbes in Lakeport.

MAY 7 -- Redbud Audubon Heron Days, featuring 90-minute boat tours to view a large variety of bird life on Clear Lake. Boats will leave throughout the from 8AM to 1:15PM from Redbud Park in Clearlake. Tickets $25; registration at redbudaudubon.org starting March 10. Early registration is encouraged.

MAY 8, 10-AM-2PM -- Mothers' Day Walk at the McLaughlin Reserve, sponsored by the California Native Plant Society and led by Reserve co-director Cathy Koehler. The Reserve protects and manages serpentine ecosystems, including serpentine "grasslands" and "barrens" dominated by native forbs. Fine wildflower displays are common, and this year are anticipated to be stunning in the aftermath of the Rocky and Jerusalem fires followed by a wet winter. Bring water, sunhat, lunch, and walking shoes. Advance registration REQUIRED: To register, contact Gail at 707-462-2018 or sanhedrincnps@gmail.com.

MAY 11, 6PM -- annual general membership meeting of the Anderson Marsh Interpretive Association, at the historic ranch house at anderson Marsh State Historic Park. Enjoy music and refreshments, mingle with other AMIA supporters, and get an update on the state of the Park and current projects.

MAY 14 -- Sierra Club Konocti hike. We will hike to the top of Wright peak on Mt. Konocti, then ascend the fire lookout tower at the top for stunning views of Clear Lake and surrounding mountains. The hike is only 6 miles round-trip, but gains 1600 feet in just half that distance. The other half is back down, of course. M-6-B. Meet 8:30 AM at Studebakers Coffee Shop in Kelseyville, right on Main Street, or trailhead on Konocti Road by 9:00. Reservations only. Leader Tom McFarling (707) 994-5490 tom.mcfarling@gmail.com rain cancels.

MAY 14, 8:30AM -- AMIA nature walk at Anderson Marsh State Historic Park. The easy walk should last about 2 hours; no Ranch House tour following. Free parking for participants. More info: info@andersonmarsh.org or (707) 995-2658.

JUNE 4-5 -- Sierra Club Yolano Group Snow Mountain hike/car camp. Snow Mountain is the northern anchor of the newly created Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument.  As one book describes it, “The trip to the twin summits of Snow Mountain offers scenery that includes serene forests of pine and fir, a psychedelic assortment of multihued rocks, and sweeping vistas of mountains and valleys stretching to the far horizons.”  The 8+ mile roundtrip hike climbing 2200’ to the twin peaks above 7000’ certainly provides breathtaking views.  Due to the long drive to trailhead, we will drive to Letts Lake Campground on Saturday, car camp overnight, and climb the mountain from the Summit Springs trailhead and drive home Sunday.  No dogs, rain or snow cancels.  Trip limited to 12 hikers.  For logistical details (food etc.) contact the leader, 530-756-3973 or cramerjc@gmail.com.

JUNE 11, 8:30AM -- AMIA nature walk at Anderson Marsh State Historic Park. The easy walk should last about 2 hours; Ranch House tour following. Free parking for participants. More info: info@andersonmarsh.org or (707) 995-2658.

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