Thursday, 21 September 2023


NORTH COAST – Caltrans reports that the following road projects will be taking place around Lake County during the coming week.

Included are Mendocino County projects that may impact Lake County commuters.

In observance of the New Years Day holiday, Caltrans crews and contractors will not be performing any activity on state highways that would include lane closures on Thursday, Jan. 1. However, Caltrans will respond to emergency situations with traffic control as required. Have a happy, healthy, and safe holiday season.


Highway 20

– A roadway realignment project from 1.4 miles east of the North Fork Cache Creek Bridge to 1.6 miles west of Walker Ridge Road will continue. Work hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekdays. One-way traffic control will be in effect. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays. Contractor – Argonaut Constructors of Santa Rosa.

Highway 29

– A slide repair project from the Lupiyoma Creek Bridge to Bar X Ranch will continue. Work hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekdays. One-way traffic control will be in effect. Motorists should anticipate ive-minute delays. Contractor – Argonaut Constructors of Santa Rosa.


Highway 1

– City of Fort Bragg has been granted a Caltrans Encroachment Permit for a sobriety checkpoint at Cypress Street on Saturday, Dec. 27, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Southbound traffic will be stopped and checked. Motorists should anticipate five-minute delays.

Highway 101

– A pavement repair project from 0.1 miles north to 1.5 miles north of Comminsky Station Road will continue. Northbound traffic will be restricted to one lane 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Motorists may experience minor traffic slowdowns.

– Roadway repair due to pavement deterioration from 3.6 miles south of Ridgewood Ranch Road to 1.9 miles south of Ridgewood Ranch Road will continue. Traffic will be restricted to one lane in each direction of travel 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Motorists may experience minor traffic slowdowns.

Highway 162

– A bridge widening project at Outlet Creek Bridge will continue. One-way traffic control with a temporary signal is in effect 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays. Contractor – Viking Construction Co. Inc. of Rancho Cordova.

Highway 253

– A bridge widening project at Anderson Creek Bridge will continue. One-way traffic control with a temporary signal is in effect 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays. Contractor – Viking Construction Co. Inc. of Rancho Cordova.

– A bridge widening project at Soda Creek Bridge will continue. One-way traffic control with a temporary signal is in effect 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays. Contractor – Viking Construction Co. Inc. of Rancho Cordova.

For information pertaining to emergency roadwork or for updates to scheduled roadwork, please contact the California Highway Information Network (CHIN) at 1-800-GAS-ROAD (1-800-427-7623).


LAKE COUNTY – All motorcyclists are invited to join ABATE Local 28 Lake County when the group resumes its monthly meetings on Jan. 8, 2009.

Beginning on Thursday, Jan. 8, Local 28 monthly meetings will be held at Benjamina's Pizza, 5440 Live Oak Drive in Kelseyville, across from Kelseyville High School.

The meetings begin at 7 p.m. and all motorcycle enthusiasts/riders are invited to join in.

Election of 2009 officers for ABATE Local 28 Lake County were held at the home of members Ron and Cheryn Chips on Thursday, Dec. 4. In addition to election of officers, some members decorated their bikes for the Kelseyville Lighted Parade held on the following evening. After the parade

Local 28 members held their Christmas dinner at the Saw Shop.

Local 28 is proud to announce our Past President Lori Adams has been elected to the State Board of Directors for ABATE of California. Adams has been extremely active at the State level for the past year, attending many of the board meetings across the State and the runs of other Locals. She reminds

everyone the next state board meeting is in Hesperia on Jan. 10 and invites members to join her.

2009 Local 28 officers are: President Melissa Fulton, Vice President John Fulton, Run Coordinator Chris Taylow, Media Chair Lori Adams, Safety Officer Steve Bellah and Treasurer Melissa Fulton.

The meetings normally last one hour. The group will discuss plans for rides during the year.

Coming up in July will be the second annual ABATE Northern California Rally to be held at Kelly's Kamp in Upper Lake. This will be a weekend campout with bike games, barbecue, vendors and music.

Local 28 also participates in the Lake County Toy Run for Kids, spearheaded by the Clear Lake Road Riders each year.

Plans to be discussed are what out-of-county runs ABATE will be going on to support other motorcycle locals and clubs.

If you ride a motorcycle and want to have someone to ride with, come to the meeting and meet others with the same goal. For more information about Local 28, call John or Melissa Fulton at 263-1845.


LAKE COUNTY – California Democrats who were involved in the 2008 campaign are invited to help select delegates at two sites on Jan. 10, 2009, in the First Assembly District for the California Democratic Party’s State Convention, which will be held April 24-April 26, 2009, in Sacramento.

They will meet on Jan. 10, 2009 from noon to 3 p.m. at Plowshares Peace and Justice Center, 1346 S. State St. in Ukiah, and in the northern part of the district at the Democratic Headquarters, 129 Fifth St. in Eureka, also from noon to 3 p.m.

The California Democratic Party is convening delegate selection committees in each of the state’s 80 Assembly Districts on Jan. 10 or 11, 2009.

“To keep the California Democratic Party strong, we need active participation of everyone who cares about keeping this state Democratic,” said California Democratic Party Chairman Senator Art Torres. “The California Democratic Party encourages local committees to open their doors as widely as possible so that the volunteers of 2008 can play a role in their party.”

The Assembly District Committees will elect 12 people (six women and six men) to be members of the Democratic State Central Committee.

These 12 people will represent their Assembly District for both the 2009 and the 2010 State Conventions.

People wishing to be delegates must file on the California Democratic Party Web site ( or call the California Democratic party Headquarters at 916-442-5707 by noon on Dec. 31.

For more information, call Val Muchowski, 707-895-3543.


LUCERNE – CastlePoint Ministries will hold a Christmas dinner and services at the Lucerne Castle at 13th and Hotel Road on Christmas day in Lucerne.

Ray Tate of CastlePoint Ministries said they will hold the free dinner for the elderly and low-income area residents from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

There also will be two Christmas services, said Tate. The 1 p.m. service will be led by Rich Roberts of Nice Community Baptist Church, and the second, at 4 p.m., will be led by Dan Pelletier of CastlePoint Ministries.

Tate said they are expecting 500 to 600 people on Christmas day.

They're still looking for volunteers and donations to support the dinner.

For more information, call CastlePoint Ministries, 274-1164.


Lt. Matt Hardgrove swears in Harry De Lope, center, as commander and Dane Hayward, left, as Vice Commander for Flotilla 8-8 for 2009. Courtesy photo.



COBB – On Dec. 7, 2008, the official change of watch for the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 8-8 of Lake County was held at Rob Roy’s Restaurant in Cobb.

This official ceremony is performed annually to transfer the chain of responsibility to the new commander, vice commander and flotilla staff officers.

Representing the U.S. Coast Guard from Group Humboldt Coast Guard Station was Lt. J.G. Matt Hardgrove and BMC Stacy Brown.

A special table was set aside with a white tablecloth, black napkin, a burning candle, white gloves and a hat honoring FSO Allan F. Bride which signifies a missing man who has “passed over the bar.”

Following lunch, outgoing Commander Betty Strach presented numerous awards for the auxiliary members including Auxiliarist of the Year award which went to Harry De Lope.

Members were pleased to hear that Flotilla 8-8 won the prestigious award of Division Flotilla of the Year. To add humor to the otherwise official ceremony, outgoing Commander Betty was “roasted” by Elvis himself.

Lt. Hardgrove was the installing officer for the change of watch and prior to beginning the swearing in of new officers, he thanked the auxiliarists for contributing hundreds of volunteer hours in assisting and educating the boating public, and the numerous Search and Rescue missions.

Harry De Lope was sworn in as flotilla commander for 2009 and Dane Hayward took office as vice commander. The 2009 Flotilla staff officers were then sworn in by Lt. Hardgrove.

The hundreds of Flotillas nationwide which make up the auxiliaries serve under the auspices of the U.S. Coast Guard. Both function under the direction of the Homeland Security Department. The value of the auxiliary to the U.S. Coast Guard is $200 million annually. This reflects an 11-1 return of investment.

The Lake County Flotilla has 49 members who have contributed 9,898 volunteer hours for 2008 as of Dec. 1.

Your Flotilla will be ready when the boating season arrives to once again assist in search and rescue, educate the boating public, and work to insure Safe Boating on Clear Lake for the coming year.




WASHINGTON, DC — Individuals and businesses making contributions to charity should keep in mind several important tax law provisions that have taken effect in recent years.

One provision offers older owners of individual retirement arrangements (IRAs) a different way to give to charity. There are also rules designed to provide both taxpayers and the government greater certainty in determining what may be deducted as a charitable contribution.

Some of these changes include the following.

Special charitable contributions for certain IRA owners

An IRA owner, age 70 ½ or over, can directly transfer tax-free up to $100,000 per year to an eligible charitable organization. This option, created in 2006 and recently extended through 2009, is available to eligible IRA owners, regardless of whether they itemize their deductions. Distributions from employer-sponsored retirement plans, including SIMPLE IRAs and simplified employee pension (SEP) plans, are not eligible.

To qualify, the funds must be contributed directly by the IRA trustee to the eligible charity. Amounts so transferred are not taxable and no deduction is available for the amount given to the charity.

Not all charities are eligible. For example, donor-advised funds and supporting organizations are not eligible recipients.

Transferred amounts are counted in determining whether the owner has met the IRA’s required minimum distribution rules. Where individuals have made nondeductible contributions to their traditional IRAs, a special rule treats transferred amounts as coming first from taxable funds, instead of proportionately from taxable and nontaxable funds, as would be the case with regular distributions. See Publication 590, Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRAs), for more information on qualified charitable distributions.

Rules for clothing and household items

To be deductible, clothing and household items donated to charity must be in good used condition or better.

A clothing or household item for which a taxpayer claims a deduction of over $500 does not have to be in good used condition or better if the taxpayer includes a qualified appraisal of the item with the return.

Household items include furniture, furnishings, electronics, appliances, and linens.

Guidelines for monetary donations

To deduct any charitable donation of money, regardless of amount, a taxpayer must have a bank record or a written communication from the charity showing the name of the charity and the date and amount of the contribution.

Bank records include canceled checks, bank or credit union statements, and credit card statements. Bank or credit union statements should show the name of the charity, the date, and the amount paid. Credit card statements should show the name of the charity, the date, and the transaction posting date.

Donations of money include those made in cash or by check, electronic funds transfer, credit card, and payroll deduction. For payroll deductions, the taxpayer should retain a pay stub, a Form W-2 wage statement or other document furnished by the employer showing the total amount withheld for charity, along with the pledge card showing the name of the charity.

These requirements for monetary donations do not change or alter the long-standing requirement that a taxpayer obtain an acknowledgment from a charity for each deductible donation (either money or property) of $250 or more. However, one statement containing all of the required information may meet the requirements of both provisions.

To help taxpayers plan their holiday-season and year-end giving, the IRS offers the following additional reminders:

  • Contributions are deductible in the year made. Thus, donations charged to a credit card before the end of the year count for 2008. This is true even if the credit card bill isn’t paid until next year. Also, checks count for 2008 as long as they are mailed this year.

  • Check that the organization is qualified. Only donations to qualified organizations are tax-deductible. IRS Publication 78, available online and at many public libraries, lists most organizations that are qualified to receive deductible contributions. The searchable online version can be found at under “ Search for Charities.” In addition, churches, synagogues, temples, mosques and government agencies are eligible to receive deductible donations, even though they often are not listed in Publication 78.

  • For individuals, only taxpayers who itemize their deductions on Form 1040 Schedule A can claim deductions for charitable contributions. This deduction is not available to people who choose the standard deduction, including anyone who files a short form (Form 1040A or 1040EZ). A taxpayer will have a tax savings only if the total itemized deductions (mortgage interest, charitable contributions, state and local taxes, etc.) exceeds the standard deduction. Use the 2008 Form 1040 Schedule A, available now on, to determine whether itemizing is better than claiming the standard deduction.

  • For all donations of property, including clothing and household items, get from the charity, if possible, a receipt that includes the name of the charity, date of the contribution, and a reasonably-detailed description of the donated property. If a donation is left at a charity’s unattended drop site, keep a written record of the donation that includes this information, as well as the fair market value of the property at the time of the donation and the method used to determine that value. Additional rules apply for a contribution of $250 or more.

  • The deduction for a motor vehicle, boat or airplane donated to charity is usually limited to the gross proceeds from its sale. This rule applies if the claimed value of the vehicle is more than $500. Form 1098-C, or a similar statement, must be provided to the donor by the organization and attached to the donor’s tax return.

  • If the amount of a taxpayer’s deduction for all noncash contributions is over $500, a properly-completed Form 8283 must be submitted with the tax return.

For additional information on charitable giving:

  • Visit and click on "Charities and Non-Profits."

  • See IRS Publication 526, Charitable Contributions.

  • Review the on-line mini-course, Can I Deduct My Charitable Contributions?


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09.21.2023 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Rotary Club of Middletown
Middletown Art Center
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Clearlake City Council special meeting
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California Coastal Cleanup Day
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Lakeport Splash-In at Clear Lake
09.23.2023 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Farmers' Market at the Mercantile
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Passion Play fundraiser
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