$18 Million NOAA Grant to Address Pacific Coast Ocean Restoration Through Pacific Ocean Coalition of Public and Private Partners

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced the awards that are recommended for funding under the Transformational Habitat Restoration & Coastal Resilience grant program. The Nature Conservancy (TNC) California has been recommended to receive $18 million over three years to launch the Pacific Coast Ocean Restoration Initiative (PCOR), a comprehensive, collaborative statewide effort aimed at restoring and recovering degraded marine ecosystems across California.

Guidance for Residents Using Private Intakes Drawing Water Directly from Clear Lake Amid High Cyanotoxin Levels

Clear Lake is an international treasure, and one of the oldest natural lakes in North America.  As a natural body of water, Clear Lake’s water quality can vary, and County of Lake Water Resources Department and Environmental Health staff partner with Big Valley Rancheria and others to closely monitor water quality conditions and provide information needed for visitors and residents to safely enjoy water-based recreation.

City of Clearlake City Council Member Nomination Period Opens July 15th, 2024

On Monday, July 15th, 2024, the Candidate Filing Period for the November 5th General Election began, and nomination papers are available for City Council Member of the City of Clearlake. The nomination period runs through 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 9, 2024. A list of offices currently up for election can be found on the City’s website at https://www.clearlake.ca.us/230/Elections.

Art in Action: Fire Resilience and Artmaking at Middletown Art Center

This weekend the Middletown Art Center (MAC) is offering multiple activities around fire resilience and artmaking. It begins on Friday from 6:30-7:30pm with Good Fire Good Earth, a conversation with Scott Parady of Cobb Mountain Art and Ecology Project followed by a short talk with the Regenerative Farming Guild’s founder Kristen Callahan on land restoration post fire. Activities continue on Saturday with a series of community artmaking workshops with RECIPROCITY and Raices Hermosas artists from 3-7:30pm.

Redbud Audubon Society Receives Audubon Action Grant of 13,000

The Redbud Audubon Society is pleased to announce that it has received a $13,000 grant from the National Audubon Society’s “Audubon in Action” program. The grant will be used to purchase drone equipment, pay for permitting and license fees for the drone, and fund participation from local high schools (Upper Lake and Lower Lake) and the Robinson Rancheria. Funds from the grant will also pay for manuscript preparation and other equipment.

Lake County Economic Development Corporation Seeking Input on Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy

Lake County Economic Development Corporation is seeking input from the community in preparation for the submission of a five-year Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) to the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA). The main objective of the Lake County CEDS is to foster an environment that promotes a sustainable economic future for both the businesses and residents in the County and Cities of Lakeport and Clearlake. This strategy will play a pivotal role in directing investment decisions relating to infrastructure, public works, enhanced safety and resiliency measures, workforce training, and initiatives aimed at generating employment opportunities.

Help Improve Lake County’s Response to Heat Waves and Cyanobacterial Blooms – Survey Participants Eligible for Weekly $100 Gift Card Drawings

Lake County residents are invited to participate in a community survey to share their experiences on heat waves and cyanobacterial blooms, with opportunities to win a $100 gift card. Lake County has experienced an increasing number of high-heat days in recent years, and cyanobacterial blooms are impacting Clear Lake regularly; this effort aims to understand the community’s needs during these events.

Adventist Health Clear Lake and Community Partners Invite Public to Participate in Community Health Survey

Adventist Health Clear Lake and a group of nonprofit organization partners are working together to conduct a survey of community health and well-being. Part of Adventist Health Clear Lake’s Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA), the short, anonymous survey gives local residents the opportunity to weigh in on the quality of life in our community.

Final “Senior Days” Events at Anderson Marsh State Historic Park to Feature Tours of the Park and the History of the Anderson Ranch

On Saturday, July 13, the last in the series of “Senior Days” events at Anderson Marsh State Historic Park will feature tours of the park and the history of the Anderson Ranch as told by a descendant of the Anderson family.  The events are sponsored by Anderson Marsh Interpretive Association (AMIA).

Learn Ways to Save on Irrigation Costs at this In-Field Event – 7.9.24

Join us for an Irrigation Automation in-field event on July 9th at 7am and discover effective strategies to reduce irrigation expenses. The event will take place among the vines at Mauritson’s Nova Vineyard, offering valuable insights into optimizing water management for the Lake County agricultural community.

250 Years of Quilts: The History and the Women that Made Them

The Ladies of the Lake Quilt Guild invites you to attend this month’s guild meeting.  Our speaker is Arlene Arnold who specializes in vintage quilts. The meeting will be at 10:00 on Saturday, July 13, 2024, at the Lakeport Senior Center at 527 Konocti Ave., Lakeport, CA, United States, California.

Museums of Lake County Oral History Program takes to a New Level

The history and people of Lake County is truly amazing. Have you ever wondered what Seigler Springs Resort was like years ago? Darlene Hecomovich can tell you that her parents owned the resort. How about hearing from the man behind the company, Jonas Oil? Or the history of our former television station, LCTV in Lakeport? Yes, Lake County had its own TV station. Listen to our Oral History interviews, and you will learn more.

Middletown Pool Summer Schedule

The Lake County Public Services Department is excited to announce that the Middletown Pool at 20962 Big Canyon Rd. will open on June 8, 2024. The hours of operation will be noon to 5:00 pm, Wednesday through Sunday. The pool fees are as follows:

Start as Visitors, Leave as Friends: The Big Valley, Small Farms Tour

There’s nowhere like Big Valley and no farms like these. Mark Lipps says the tour is simple; just bring yourself, a positive attitude, and a smile. And if you didn’t come with a smile, you’re sure to leave with one. “We would love all visitors of Lake County to experience the different priorities a Lake County Big Valley small farm can embrace,” Mark says. “Come explore all of our farms for a great drive around the area. Start out as visitors, leave as friends.”

The Neighbor You Never Knew: Meet Jeff Warrenburg

Even though you may never have met him in person, if you’ve ever visited The Bloom, you’ve either seen Jeff Warrenburg or read about something he’s done for Lake County. He’s been a Rotary member for twenty-two years. He’s on the board for the Chamber of Commerce, is president of the Fair Foundation, and is on the City of Lakeport Planning Commission. He shows up in photos about once a quarter in The Bloom, most recently helping out the Community Kitchen Project. There he stands, second from the left, holding a check. That’s how you’ll usually bump into Jeff in Lake County. He’s always looking for a way to help: It’s part of his philosophy. “The biggest thing for me,” he says, “Is I feel a need to give back to the community. They give to me and help my business, so I want to help them out.” Without people like Jeff, the county would fall apart.

Celebriducks Owner Craig Wolfe Takes in the View, Launches New Product

Picture this: It’s early evening, late spring. Between the emerald blue sky, popcorn clouds puff into the distance, building in thicker clumps as they bump into the Mayacamas Mountains. Below them sits Clear Lake, flecked with the smallest specks of whitecaps. The mountains rise from the lake in a motley assortment of greens and tans that blend into grey-violet as they back into the distance.

“I’ve got a friend who has a place in Lake Geneva,” Craig says, “and she sent me some photos of the view. I said, ‘That’s a great view. Now look at ours.’ And I sent her photos of the view from my deck. ‘Wow,’ was all she said. I mean, the view here is drop-dead gorgeous. All those places have got nothing on Lake County.
I feel like we’re on vacation 24/7,” he says, a smile in his voice. “It doesn’t seem like I’m working with a view like this one.”

But that’s not entirely true. In fact, Craig has been hard at work, developing a new line of ducks called Good Ducks, which are in fact the only rubber ducks that are 100% made in the USA. “You know, the funny thing is that I own this business one hundred percent,” Craig says. “I never took an investor. I don’t like being told what to do. I knew who I was and what I could do, and it’s a fortuitous thing that it’s turned out this way. Because if I had to report to a board, they probably wouldn’t have let me do this. They would think it was too much risk, too much of an expense. We had to find a whole new way of molding the ducks using food and medical grade materials to make the safest rubber ducks in the world for teething babies. But we’re going to end up selling tens of thousands of them.” He pauses. “And we’ll sell millions of them if we do it right. It’s a better mousetrap, and definitely a safer one from what’s currenty out there.”

The Neighbor You Never Knew: Meet Rev. Priya Friday-Pabros

September 29, 2018: the first day of The Bloom’s existence. David and I stood in front of our booth at the Pear Festival, handing out business cards and sharing our idea with the thousands of people passing by. During a lull in the crowd, a woman with short hair, coffee-with-cream eyes, and a compelling presence walked up to me.

“It’s all good news, nothing bad,” I heard myself say for the hundredth time. “It’s all about the best part of living in Lake County.” My memorized speech rolled off my tongue.

“I’m Reverend Priya,” she replied, holding out her hand for me to shake. I smiled and continued my spiel.

But this time was different. I felt a real connection with this woman, like she truly cared not only about what I said, but also about me and who I was as a person. Before I knew it, we were no longer talking about the paper, but about humanity and the fact that we have more in common than not. We chatted about how faith, love and community not only bind us together, but also bring out the best in who we are.

“Now I know why I came today,” Rev. Priya said as our conversation wound down. “I was destined to meet you.”

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