Saturday, 24 July 2021

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A mining claim on public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management. Courtesy photo.

The Bureau of Land Management reminds claimants who wish to retain mining claims on public lands through the 2022 assessment year to pay a maintenance fee or file a Maintenance Fee Waiver Certification on or before Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021, to prevent the mining claim from being declared forfeit and void.

This will be the last year the BLM will mail Courtesy Mining Claims Packets to claimants. In future years, the packets will be available upon request through the Information Access Center and field offices.

The maintenance fee for a lode claim, tunnel site or mill site is $165 per claim or site. For placer mining claims only, the fees are $165 for every 20 acres or portion thereof.

Claimants who filed a Small Miner's Waiver in 2020 for the 2021 assessment year will be required to file an Affidavit of Annual Assessment Work form, including the required $15 processing fee per claim on or before Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021.

The BLM is following local, state, and federal guidelines on a phased approach to safely reopen in-person public access to visitor centers and public rooms in our California offices. As the agency continues to operate and serve the public during this time, safety of visitors and employees is the top priority.

The California State Office Public Room in Sacramento remains temporarily closed to in-person visits. Therefore, the BLM encourages submission of mining claims by mail or online.

Mail: Checks must be printed showing the address, with recommended Certified Mail being the preferred method of shipment, to Bureau of Land Management-CASO, ATTN: Accounts/Mining, 2800 Cottage Way, W-1623, Sacramento, CA 95825. Payments or filings by mail must be postmarked on or before Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021.

Online: Visit the BLM’s Mineral & Land Records System payment portal here to make a payment with a credit card.

In-Person: Claimants who wish to make filings and payments via mail or in person must make their filing to the proper BLM state office for the state where the claims or sites are located. An appointment must be made at this time for an in-person visit. Check the website for times and telephone numbers for BLM Public Room hours.

For information on the filing deadlines, maintenance fees, Maintenance Fee Waiver Certifications or Federal Land Policy and Management Act filings (Affidavit of Annual Assessment Work or Notice of Intent to Hold) please call the Information Access Center (Public Room) at 916-978-4400, or visit https://www.blm.gov/public-room/california.

To review mining claim fees online please visit https://www.blm.gov/programs/energy-and-minerals/mining-and-minerals/locatable-minerals/mining-claims/fees.

Dog owners in the Feather River drainage area are reminded to take precautions to protect their pets from salmon poisoning disease.

Salmon poisoning disease can be contracted by dogs that come into contact with fish from infested waters throughout the Pacific Northwest, including the southern Cascades and northern Sierras to the Feather River drainage.

The disease is caused by a bacteria-like organism, Neorickettsia helminthoeca, which is transmitted by the parasitic flatworm (or “fluke”) Nanophyetes salmincola.

The fluke affects both trout and salmon in an area roughly north of a diagonal line from Sausalito to Chico, and on the western slope of the Sierra/Cascade mountain range.

CDFW raises fish at three hatcheries where the fluke is present either intermittently or continuously: Darrah Springs, Crystal Lake and Mount Shasta.

However, CDFW only stocks fish from these hatcheries into waters where the parasites have been present for decades.

Throughout the Pacific Northwest thousands of dogs are infected every year with Salmon Poisoning Disease after eating raw or cold-smoked fish infected with the parasitic fluke.

All fish caught or originating from streams in northern California, Oregon and southern Washington could potentially be infected with disease-carrying flukes harmful to dogs.

If your dog has eaten or is suspected of eating raw fish, watch to see whether signs of the disease appear. If signs of the disease appear, promptly take your dog to a veterinarian.

Although this disease is relatively easy to cure if diagnosed in time, it will almost certainly kill a dog if left untreated.

Symptoms are similar to distemper and may include some or all of the following: a rise in body temperature, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, listlessness and/or rapid weight loss.

Dog owners are advised to be cautious and to keep salmon, steelhead, trout and other freshwater fish carcasses away from their dogs.

The parasite cannot survive in cooked fish, is not harmful to humans and does not affect pets other than canines.

Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) on Tuesday defended consumers and businesses victimized by scams and fraud by voting for H.R. 2668, the “Consumer Protection and Recovery Act.”

This legislation restores the authority of the Federal Trade Commission, or FTC, to take lawbreakers to court and recover stolen funds for victims of scam, fraud and other illegal activities.

The agency had exercised this power for more than forty years before the Supreme Court stripped this authority in April.

“With our bill, millions of scam victims will once again have a champion in the FTC,” Garamendi said. “Right now, the FTC can’t use the strongest tool in its toolbox to fight in the courts on behalf of victimized consumers and small businesses — even as scams related to the pandemic are on the rise. That’s why I proudly voted to restore the power of the FTC to continue returning billions of stolen dollars to the American people.”

For four decades, the FTC fought in court to recover money stolen from consumers and businesses through scams, frauds and other illegal activities.

In just the last three years alone, the FTC has returned more than $11 billion to nearly 10 million consumers across the nation — many of whom are seniors, veterans and other members of vulnerable communities.

In April 2021, the Supreme Court held that the FTC cannot provide monetary relief to victims, ruling that the Federal Trade Commission Act, as written, did not grant this authority.

This legislation amends the Federal Trade Commission Act to provide the FTC the explicit authority to secure monetary relief for victims in court, as well as force bad actors to return their ill-gotten gains.

“Today’s vote represents an important step in the fight for justice for victims of scams and fraud,” Garamendi said Tuesday. “Now, the FTC will once again have the tools it needs to take on lawbreakers and stand up for consumers and small businesses for decades to come.”

The Consumer Protection and Recovery Act now heads to the Senate for consideration.

NORTH‌‌ ‌‌COAST, ‌‌ ‌‌Calif.‌‌ ‌‌ — ‌ ‌Caltrans‌‌ ‌‌reports‌‌ ‌‌that‌‌ ‌‌the‌‌ ‌‌following‌‌ ‌‌road‌‌ ‌‌projects‌‌ ‌‌will‌‌ ‌‌be‌‌ ‌‌taking‌‌ ‌‌place‌‌ ‌‌‌around‌‌ ‌‌the‌‌ ‌‌North‌‌ ‌‌Coast‌‌ ‌‌during‌‌ ‌‌the‌‌ ‌‌coming‌‌ ‌‌week. ‌‌ ‌‌‌ ‌
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Included‌‌ ‌‌are‌‌ ‌‌Mendocino‌‌ ‌‌County‌‌ ‌‌projects‌‌ ‌‌that‌‌ ‌‌may‌‌ ‌‌impact‌‌ ‌‌Lake‌‌ ‌‌County‌‌ ‌‌commuters. ‌‌ ‌‌‌ ‌
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Caltrans‌‌ ‌‌advises‌‌ ‌‌motorists‌‌ ‌‌to‌‌ ‌‌drive‌‌ ‌‌with‌‌ ‌‌caution‌‌ ‌‌when‌‌ ‌‌approaching‌‌ ‌‌work‌‌ ‌‌areas‌‌ ‌‌and‌‌ ‌‌to‌‌ ‌‌be‌‌ ‌‌‌prepared‌‌ ‌‌to‌‌ ‌‌stop‌‌ ‌‌at‌‌ ‌‌traffic‌‌ ‌‌control‌‌ ‌‌stations. ‌‌ ‌‌‌ ‌
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The‌‌ ‌‌Caltrans‌‌ ‌‌Traffic‌‌ ‌‌Operations‌‌ ‌‌Office‌‌ ‌‌has‌‌ ‌‌reviewed‌‌ ‌‌each‌‌ ‌‌project‌‌ ‌‌and‌‌ ‌‌determined‌‌ ‌‌that‌‌ ‌‌individual‌‌ ‌‌‌project‌‌ ‌‌delays‌‌ ‌‌are‌‌ ‌‌expected‌‌ ‌‌to‌‌ ‌‌be‌‌ ‌‌less‌‌ ‌‌than‌‌ ‌‌the‌‌ ‌‌statewide‌‌ ‌‌policy‌‌ ‌‌maximum‌‌ ‌‌of‌‌ ‌‌30‌‌ ‌‌minutes‌‌ ‌‌unless‌‌ ‌‌‌noted‌‌ ‌‌otherwise. ‌‌ ‌‌‌ ‌‌‌ ‌
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For‌‌ ‌‌updates‌‌ ‌‌to‌‌ ‌‌this‌‌ ‌‌list‌‌ ‌‌check‌‌ ‌‌QuickMap‌‌ ‌‌at‌‌ ‌‌‌www.dot.ca.gov‌‌‌ or‌‌ ‌‌1-800-GAS-ROAD‌‌ ‌‌‌ ‌(1-800-427-7623). ‌‌ ‌‌‌ ‌
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LAKE‌‌ ‌‌COUNTY‌‌ ‌‌‌ ‌
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Highway‌‌ ‌‌20

— Construction near Saratoga Spring Road will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays.

Highway‌‌ ‌‌29

— PG&E has been granted a Caltrans Encroachment Permit for utility work at Bar X Ranch on Thursday, July 29. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays.

— Construction from Spruce Grove Road to Hofacker Lane will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays.

— Construction from Route 281 to Private Road will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect overnight from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. Motorists should anticipate 15-minute delays.

Highway‌‌ ‌‌175

— Highway construction near the Mendocino County line will begin Monday, July 26. One-way traffic control will be in effect weekdays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Motorists should anticipate five-minute delays.

MENDOCINO COUNTY

Highway 20

— Slide removal two miles west of Three Chop Road will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays.

— PG&E has been granted a Caltrans Encroachment Permit for utility work near Two Rock Lookout on Friday, July 23. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Motorists should anticipate five-minute delays.

Highway 101

— Pavement repair from Comminsky Station Road to Pieta Creek Bridge will continue. Lane closures will be in effect weekdays from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Motorists should anticipate minor traffic slowdowns.

— Work south of Ridgewood Ranch Road will continue. Lane closures will be in effect in both directions. Motorists should anticipate minor traffic slowdowns.

— Moss Cove Safety Rest Area will be closed through fall 2021.

— Empire Camp Safety Rest Area will be closed through fall 2021.

— PG&E has been granted a Caltrans Encroachment Permit for utility work from Cedar Creek Culvert Bridge to Route 1 on Monday, July 26. A traffic break will be in effect from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Motorists should anticipate five-minute delays.

— Drainage work from Piercy to the Humboldt County Line will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect weekdays. Motorists can anticipate minor traffic slowdowns.

Highway 128

— PG&E has been granted a Caltrans Encroachment Permit for utility work from Mountain View Road to Hutsell Road on Friday, July 23. One-way traffic control will be in effect. Motorists should anticipate five-minute delays.

— PG&E has been granted a Caltrans Encroachment Permit for utility work near Robinson Creek on Friday, July 30. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Highway 175

— Pavement work near Buckman Drive will begin on Wednesday, July 28. One-way traffic control will be in effect on Wednesday, July 28, and Thursday, July 29, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Motorists should anticipate five-minute delays.

— Shoulder work near Buckman Drive will begin Sunday, July 25. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays.

Highway 271

— PG&E has been granted a Caltrans Encroachment Permit for utility work on Monday, July 26. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Motorists should anticipate five-minute delays.

— Drainage work from Old Route 101 to South Fork Eel River will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect weekdays from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Motorists should anticipate 5-minute delays.

LAKEPORT, Calif. — The Westside Community Park is asking for input from the community on the horse park under development.

The committee offered its thanks to Lucchetti Excavating, RB Peters, Granite Construction and Lakeport Public Works for their contributions in completing the horse park easement.

The final $15,000 came from Westside Community Park funds, raised at the committee’s annual Grillin’ on the Green event.

The committee is now applying for California Proposition 68 funds to complete the park and it needs the horse community to come together to help design the perfect horse park for Lake County.

They have launched an online survey that they ask every equestrian, and everyone who loves to look at the beautiful horses in Lake County, to complete and share.

Take this survey online here.

For the grant application, it’s essential for the committee to provide evidence that this project is desired and needed in the community.

The committee will hold several events where they hope community members will join them to design the park features. The first will be at the horse park site and they encourage everyone to come, check out the site, give input and enjoy some refreshments.

Join the Westside Community Horse Park Facebook page to get all the current information.

LAKEPORT, Calif. – The Measure Z Advisory Committee will resume in-person meetings this week.

The committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 21, in the council chambers at Lakeport City Hall, 225 Park St.

In accordance with updated guidelines from the State of California and revised Cal OSHA Emergency Temporary Standards, persons that are not fully vaccinated for COVID-19 are required to wear a face covering at this meeting.

On the agenda is the approval of the April meeting minutes and review of the 2021-22 budget adopted by the Lakeport City Council on June 15.

Citizen members are Meg Harper, Zach Jordan, Susan King, Dennis Rollins and Verna Schaffer. City Manager Kevin Ingram, Finance Director Nick Walker and City Clerk/Secretary Kelly Buendia also are part of the committee.

For more information contact Buendia at 707-263-5615, Extension 101.

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