Thursday, 28 September 2023


LAKEPORT The ballots are in and the votes have been counted in the "People's Choice Awards" for the best displays at the first annual holiday avenue of lights at Lake County Fairgrounds.


A grand total of exactly 500 car loads of people drove through the holiday extravaganza at Lake County Fairgrounds during December, according to Fair Chief Executive Officer Richard Persons.

Each car load of patrons which entered the “Avenue of Lights" received a ballot with which to vote on the "People's Choice" for favorite displays. The top three displays have each earned an extra financial prize for the organization that built them.

The competitive nature of the People's Choice awards provided the nonprofit organizations with incentive to be as creative as possible with their displays, and gave them incentive to market the fundraiser to as many of their supporters as possible.


Maintaining their lead throughout the 10 nights of the Avenue of Lights, the Kelseyville Future Farmers of America topped the voting with 45 percent of the total votes.

The FFA's barnyard holiday scene included a large menagerie of lighted farm animal cutouts, a babbling brook, and a farmer on his tractor in front of his barn.

The first place award has netted an additional $250 to the FFA.


Second place in the balloting went to Hospice Services of Lake County, with 12 percent of the total votes.

The Hospice display, featuring a giant holiday tree ornament, gradually gained ground in the voting throughout the 10-day run.

The second place award has a value of $150 to Hospice Services of Lake County.


The third place award of $100 will go to the Scott's Valley 4-H Club, with the Holiday Carousel display.

The 4-H display narrowly edged out the patriotic "Home for the Holidays" scene from the Lakeport Women's Civic Club as well as the display from Konocti Christian Academy, which featured a church, a group of carolers, the Bethlehem star and a large arch which read "Peace on Earth." Both were close contenders in the balloting up until the final votes were counted.

Other displays included a pastoral display of a shepherd and his flock from the Clearlake Church of the Nazarene, and a nativity scene from the Knights of Columbus. Two more displays, an animated light train featuring Santa and several boxcar loads of gifts,and a Victorian skating scene, were put together by the Lakeport Women's Civic Club.


The Avenue of Lights opened Dec. 13 and ran through Dec. 22 at the Lake County Fairgrounds.

The lighting displays were provided by a grant for new activity programs at county fairgrounds in California, and will remain for use in future years.

The activity was a fundraiser for seven Lake County nonprofit organizations, and is expected to involve more groups providing additional displays in future years.

Organizations interested in producing a display should contact the Lake County Fair before April 1.


SACRAMENTO – The public is invited to submit comments on a proposed health care bill for the State Senate Health Committee's consideration.

The Senate Health Committee, chaired by Sen. Sheila Kuehl (Democrat-Santa Monica), is conducting an analysis of AB 1X when the Legislature reconvenes this month.

Kuehl asks people who have comments on the health care reform bill to send letters in by Jan. 10 in order to be included in the committee analysis of the bill.

Letters can be sent to: Senate Health Committee, State Capitol – Room 2191, Sacramento, CA 95814.

The letters should be sure to reference AB 1X.


The new traffic signal at the junction of Routes 29 and 281 (Kit's Corner) in Lake County. Courtesy of the Department of Transportation.

NORTH COAST – Caltrans reports that it was hard at work throughout 2007 improving and maintaining State Highways.

Caltrans District 1 includes all state highways in Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake and Mendocino counties. Many projects were completed in 2007. Here are some highlights:


Caltrans completed a signalization project at the intersection of Routes 29 and 281 (Kit’s Corner) in Lake County. The traffic signal was activated on Thursday, Nov. 1, well ahead of schedule.

This project improves the movement of traffic through the intersection of Route 29, Route 281 (Soda Bay Road), and Red Hills Road. Fewer collisions involving turning vehicles are expected in the future due to this project.



Crews installing median barrier on Route 101 near Cushing Creek in Del Norte County. Courtesy of the Department of Transportation.



A safety project on Route 101 near Cushing Creek in Del Norte County near Crescent City from 0.3 miles north of Mill Creek Access Road to 0.7 miles south of Hamilton Road was completed in July.

The project included a concrete median barrier (designed to prevent cross-median collisions), a speed detection and display sign for northbound motorists, and a new friction riding course to improve pavement traction.



The newly completed fishway at Chadd Creek near Route 101 in Humboldt County. Courtesy of the Department of Transportation.




Caltrans, working with the California Department of Fish and Game and other partners, completed a project to improve fish passage at Chadd Creek on Route 101 near Redcrest.

This project was a double success, according to Caltrans. Not only was 1.5 miles of quality fish habitat restored, this project was also a great example of state and federal agencies working together for a common goal. Juvenile fish have already been seen using the new fish ladder.



A dozer working on the Calpella Rehabilitation Project on Route 20 in Mendocino County. Courtesy of the Department of Transportation.



Caltrans rehabilitated a five-mile segment of Route 20 in Mendocino County. The contractor repaired 47 drainage systems, including culverts, and a minor slip-out. This project was largely complete in December 2007, though crews will be working alongside the highway until late January to finish project details.

Projects like this help keep highways safe and open, especially in the rainy season, Caltrans reported.

In addition, this area was repaved using rubberized asphalt concrete (RAC). RAC uses scrap tires which would otherwise go to a landfill, requires less aggregate (material such as gravel), and reduces traffic noise. Using RAC is one of the many ways that Caltrans works to help minimize impacts to the environment.

The past year has been a busy one for Caltrans, and 2008 promises to be just as busy. The Loleta Median Barrier Project on Route 101 in Humboldt County is expected to be complete in January. The Confusion Hill Realignment Project on Route 101 in Mendocino County is on schedule to be completed in 2009.

In addition, Caltrans maintenance crews will be patrolling highways all winter to meet the challenge of keeping vital roads open to the traveling public. Caltrans is ready to use its workforce when and where they are needed most.

Motorists can get the latest information on road conditions and chain controls by calling the Caltrans statewide toll-free number, 1-800-427-ROAD (7623), or by logging on to the Caltrans Web site at


LAKEPORT Lake County Building and Safety will offer free to the public informational presentations new building and fire codes this month.

The presentations will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, and Wednesday, Jan. 30, in the Board of Supervisors Chambers at the Lake County Courthouse, 255 N. Forbes St., Lakeport.

For more information call 263-2382.


Ingrid Tisell (center) was this year's Santa Lucia; to her far right are Star Boys, Lars Tisell and Sebastian Sharpe. Lucia maidens are Morgan Heffley, Madison Heffley and to Lucia' s far left, Sarah Christensen. The elf in front is Aurora Sharpe. Photo courtesy of Thelma Dangel.

KELSEYVILLE – On Sunday, Dec. 16, Vikings of Lake Lodge, Sons of Norway, held their fourth annual Scandinavian Christmas Open House.

Events included in the festivities of the day were not only eating lots of good food and dancing around the Christmas tree, but the first Swedish Santa Lucia Pageant locally.

The lodge selected Ingrid Tisell as this year's Santa Lucia. Also in the pageant were “Star Boys” Lars Tisell and Sebastian Sharpe; Lucia maidens Morgan Heffley, Madison Heffley and Sarah Christensen; and Aurora Sharpe as the elf.

These young people are all "Heritage Members" of Sons of Norway Lodge and as descendants of adult members, they pay no dues but receive a free quarterly magazine called "Vikings for Kids.”

Call Joyce, cultural director and membership secretary, for further information, 998-3583.



KELSEYVILLE, Calif. – The SPCA of Clear Lake will host an open house on Sunday, July 20, to celebrate its new management and renewed efforts to help Lake County's animals.

The open house will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. at the facility, located at 8025 Highway 29 in Kelseyville, just past Kit’s Corner by Soda Bay Road.

Members of the public will be able to participate in guided tours of the facility and ask any questions they may have at that time, such as: What is the Adopt a Brick program? How much does it cost? How can I become a SPCA Member? What is the cost of membership and what are the benefits?

Meet the new board of directors, whose members will be on hand to answer many of these questions, as well as the organization's friendly staff and volunteers.

And don’t forget to say hello to the adoptable cats and dogs who will be more than happy spend some quality time with you.

Light snacks, as well as liquid refreshments, will be available.

Come see all of the positive things going on at your local SPCA, or better yet, volunteer today and be a part of that change.

Upcoming Calendar

09.28.2023 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Rotary Club of Middletown
Middletown Art Center
09.30.2023 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Kelseyville Pear Festival
09.30.2023 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Farmers' Market at the Mercantile
10.01.2023 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Ron Green Memorial Benefit Concert
10.05.2023 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Rotary Club of Middletown
Middletown Art Center
10.06.2023 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
David Arkenstone & Friends in concert
10.07.2023 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Sponsoring Survivorship Breast Cancer Run & Walk
10.07.2023 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Farmers' Market at the Mercantile
Columbus Day

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