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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.

 

 

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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 IRS.gov 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 www.irs.gov, 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 IRS.gov 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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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 Christmas holiday, Caltrans crews and contractors will not be performing any activity on state highways that would include lane closures on Thursday, Dec. 25. However, Caltrans will respond to emergency situations with traffic control as required. Have a happy, healthy, and safe holiday season.


LAKE COUNTY


Highway 20


– Mohammed Hussain of Nice has been granted a Caltrans Encroachment Permit for paving near the Middle Creek Bridge through Friday, Dec. 19. Work hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., weekdays. One-way traffic control will be in effect. Motorists should anticipate five-minute delays.


– AT&T of Ukiah has been granted a Caltrans Encroachment Permit for utility work between Main Street to Nice-Lucerne Cutoff Road. Work hours are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., weekdays. One-way traffic control will be in effect. Motorists should anticipate five-minute delays.


– 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 five-minute delays. Contractor – Argonaut Constructors of Santa Rosa.


– Mohammed Hussain of Nice has been granted a Caltrans Encroachment Permit for paving at the junction of Route 20/29 through Friday, Dec. 19. Work hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., weekdays. One-way traffic control will be in effect. Motorists should anticipate five-minute delays.


Highway 281


– Caltrans will continue routine maintenance from Tenaya Way to the junction of Route 29/281 through Friday, Dec. 19. Work hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., weekdays. One-way traffic control will be in effect. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays.


MENDOCINO COUNTY


Highway 1


– AT&T of Fort Bragg has been granted a Caltrans Encroachment Permit for utility installations between Philo Greenwood Road and Navarro Bluff Road. Work hours are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., weekdays. One-way traffic control will be in effect. Motorists should anticipate five-minute delays.


– PG&E of Eureka has been granted a Caltrans Encroachment Permit for utility maintenance at Gordon Lane on Tuesday, Dec. 23, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. One-way traffic control will be in effect. 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.


– Majajo, LLC of Willits has been granted a Caltrans Encroachment Permit for utility installation between Oak Avenue and San Francisco Avenue. Work hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., weekdays. Traffic will be restricted to one lane in each direction of travel. 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).


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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 (www.cadem.org) 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.


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Lake County Democratic Club Chair Sunol Westergren and Lucerne Senior Center Executive Director Lee Tyree. Photo by Carol Bettencourt.




LAKE COUNTY – On Dec. 13, the Lake County Democratic club members and their guests met for the annual holiday party.


Attendees generously donated more than $400 to benefit the Lucerne Alpine Senior Center and the Clearlake Hot Spot Youth Center.


 

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Lake County Democratic Club Chair Sunol Westergren and Clearlake City Council member Joyce Overton, representing the Hot Spot Youth Center. Photo by Carol Bettencourt.

 

 

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ROBINSON RANCHERIA – Robinson Rancheria Resort and Casino has launched an effort to help needy local children.


The casino is collecting new jackets and shoes for more than 1,000 area children.


A tree in the casino lobby has cards on it representing the children; the casino will give out a $10 match play for each card brought back with a pair of shoes or a jacket for a child.


Robinson Rancheria Resort and Casino is located at 1545 E. Highway 20, Nice.


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