Saturday, 18 May 2024

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From left to right, Kitty Loberg, Nora Gerrard and Suzanne Russell. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — At a recent Clear Lake Trowel and Trellis Garden Club meeting, Kitty Loberg and Suzanne Russell were awarded a Penny Pine Certificate for their special contributions to the garden club by Nora Gerrard, Penny Pines chair.

Anyone may donate to Penny Pines in memory, or in honor, of a person.

So far, the club has contributed 80 acres to the Penny Pines reforestation program.

If you wish to donate, please contact Penny Pines Chair Nora at 707-272-6885.

Under a conservation agreement, an individual or organization can contribute $68 toward the cost of planting seedlings on about one acre of National Forest land in California and receive a Penny Pines certificate.

Using the donation, together with federal funds, the Forest Service will do the planting on the National Forest of your choice.

The Penny Pines plantings are made as part of the regular National Forest reforestation program on burned-over and brush-covered areas which are potentially productive timberland.

Using these donations, combined with regular forest planting funds, millions of pine, fir, redwood and giant sequoia seedlings have been planted on acres of National Forest land in California.

The Clear Lake Trowel and Trellis Garden Club is a member of the Mendo Lake District of the California Garden Club Inc. Pacific Region and National Garden Clubs, Inc.

The club welcomes new members and information can be found by visiting www.clttgc.org or call Ginny at 707-489-3511.



In April, more than five million Pacific Gas and Electric Co. customers will automatically receive the California Climate Credit on their energy bill.

Residential households with an active electric account will automatically receive an electric credit of $55.17, an increase from last year’s credit of $38.39.

Residential households with an active gas account will automatically receive a credit of $85.46, an increase from the $52.78 credit in 2023.

That is a total credit of $140.63 for customers receiving both gas and electric service from PG&E.

“This credit highlights our partnership with the state to champion environmental responsibility,” said Vincent Davis, senior vice president, customer experience. “It encourages sustainable practices, moving our communities toward a brighter, greener future.”

The California Climate Credit is part of the state’s efforts to fight climate change and is distributed by PG&E to customers as directed by the California Public Utilities Commission, or CPUC.

This credit is from the California Cap-and-Trade Program, which requires power plants, fuel providers, and large industrial facilities that emit greenhouse gases to buy carbon pollution allowances.

The bill credit is designed to help utility customers during the transition to a low-carbon future.

Residential customers receive biannual electric credits during April and October, while natural gas customers receive an annual credit in April. Eligible small business customers receive identical electric credits, distributed twice a year.

Both sets of customers will receive the second electric credit in October. PG&E will also distribute over $36 million to eligible industrial customers on behalf of the CPUC. Eligibility requirements and other details are online here.

In addition to the California Climate Credit, customers are encouraged to explore other ways to save energy, reduce costs on monthly bills, and contribute to building a sustainable future.

For more ways to manage your monthly bills, visit Save Energy & Money.

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, as well as work in Del Norte and Humboldt counties.
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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. ‌‌ ‌‌‌ ‌‌‌ ‌

For‌‌ ‌‌updates‌‌ ‌‌to‌‌ ‌‌this‌‌ ‌‌list‌‌ ‌‌check‌‌ ‌‌QuickMap‌‌ ‌‌at‌‌ ‌‌‌www.dot.ca.gov‌‌‌ or‌‌ ‌‌1-800-GAS-ROAD‌‌ ‌‌‌(1-800-427-7623). ‌‌ ‌‌‌ ‌

LAKE COUNTY

Highway 29

Route 29 (27.8/28.3) – Tree work at Jct Route 281 will occur on Monday, March 25. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Motorists should expect up to 5-minute delays. LC#P29CA

Highway 175

Route 175 (13.6/16.2) – Tree work from Salmina Road to Loch Lomond Road will conclude on Friday, March 22. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Motorists should expect up to 5-minute delays. LC#P175DA

MENDOCINO COUNTY

Highway 1

Route 1 (.01/.15) – Bridge work will begin at the Gualala River Bridge on Monday, March 25. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Motorists should anticipate up to 10-minute delays. LC#C1ZA

Route 1 (3.2/4.4) – Road work will occur north of Gualala from Pirates Drive to Ocean View Avenue will conclude on Friday March 25. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Motorists should expect up to 5-minute delays. LC#C1YA

Route 1 (9/9.7) – Tree work at Iversen Road will occur on Monday, March 25. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Motorists should expect up to 5-minute delays. LC#P1FA

Route 1 (31.1/31.6) – Bridge work at the Elk Creek Bridge will occur on Friday, March 22. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Motorists should anticipate up to 10-minute delays. LC#C1WA

Route 1 (75.4/76.1) – Emergency work south of Westport from the Blues Beach Trailhead to the Overlook will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Motorists should anticipate up to 30-minute delays. LC#C1TA

Route 1 (104.9/105.5) – Emergency work in Leggett from Jct Route 271 to the South Fork Eel River Bridge continues. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Motorists should anticipate up to 10-minute delays. LC#C1UA

Highway 20

Route 20 (34.8/38.5) – Utility work east of Calpella from Road A to Elledge Ranch Road will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Motorists should expect up to 5-minute delays. LC#C20OA

Route 20 (39.6/44.1) – Utility work from the Cold Creek Bridge to the Lake County Line continues. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Motorists should expect up to 5-minute delays. LC#C20OA

Highway 101

U.S. 101 (8/9.8) – Bridge work at the Pieta Creek Bridge will occur on Tuesday, March 26. Lane closures will be in effect from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Motorists should expect up to 5-minute delays. LC#M101GA

U.S. 101 (33.7/43.2) – Road work south of Willits from Route 20 to Uva Drive in Redwood Valley will continue. Lane closures will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and motorists should expect minor slowdowns. LC#M101QD

U.S. 101 (63.4/64.6) – Emergency work from the Long Valley Creek Bridge to Sloan Road will occur on Sunday, March 24. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and motorists should expect up to 5-minute delays. LC#M101FA

U.S. 101 (85.5/88.6) – Emergency work south of Leggett near Wilson Creek continues. Lane closures will be in effect and motorists should expect minor delays. LC#T101GA

Highway 128

Route 128 (4.3/5) – Emergency work at Barton Gulch continues. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Motorists should anticipate up to 10-minute delays. LC#P128EA

Highway 162

Route 162 (11/12.6) – Road work south of Dos Rios near the Rodeo Creek Bridge continues. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 3 p.m. to 7 a.m. weeknights. Motorists should expect up to 10-minute delays. LC#C162IA

Highway 253

Route 253 (1.7/2.5) – Road work near Boonville at Bald Hills Ranch will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect and motorists should anticipate up to 10-minute delays. LC#C253DA

Route 253 (15.3/15.5) – Tree work at Shepherd Lane will occur on Tuesday, March 26. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Motorists should expect up to 5-minute delays. LC#C253AA

Highway 271

Route 271 (2) – Emergency work south of Leggett near Big Bend Lodge Road will continue. A full closure will be in effect. Motorists should use an alternate route. LC#T271BA

DEL NORTE COUNTY

Highway 101

U.S. 101 (8.3/8.6) – Bridge work near Hunter Creek Road will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect. Motorists should anticipate up to 10-minute delays. LC#C101KB

U.S. 101 (12.5/13.4) – Construction near Wilson Creek Road in the Last Chance Grade area will continue. A southbound lane closure will be in effect from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Motorists should anticipate 5-minute delays. LC#C101OB

U.S. 101 (16.1/17.5) – Culvert work near the Damnation Creek trailhead will begin. One-way traffic is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, March 22. Motorists should expect 10-minute delays. LC#C101OB

U.S. 101 (35.8/36.5) – Construction at the Dr. Fine Bridge near Smith River will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Motorists should anticipate up to 10-minute delays. LC#C101WA

Highway 199

U.S. 199 (20/31.1) – Emergency work from the Gasquet area to the Collier Tunnel Rest Area will continue. One-way traffic is scheduled weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Motorists should expect up to one-hour delays. LC#C199HA

U.S. 199 (33.4) – The Collier Tunnel Rest Area is closed for repairs. Please use an alternate rest area. LC#T199CA

HUMBOLDT COUNTY

Highway 36

Route 36 (11/11.5) – Bridge work from Pamplin Grove to Redwood House Road will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays. LC#C36UA

Route 36 (25.3/25.4) – Bridge work at Little Larabee Creek will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays. LC#C36UA

Route 36 (37.2/37.4) – Slipout repair near Burr Valley Road will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect. Motorists should anticipate 5-minute delays. LC#C36DA

Highway 96

Route 96 (27/27.6) – Construction work near Bluff Creek Road will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays. LC#C96LA

Route 96 (29.9) – Bridge work at Slate Creek Bridge will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Motorists should anticipate 5-minute delays. LC#C96KA

Route 96 (40.6/41.5) – Electrical work near Eyesee Road is scheduled on Friday, March 22. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays. LC#C96FA

Highway 101

U.S. 101 (78.3/78.7) – Road work in Eureka from G Street to R Street will continue. Lane closures will be in effect and motorists should anticipate minor traffic slowdowns. LC#C101HD

U.S. 101 (88.3) – Work at the 299 interchange in Arcata will continue. The northbound onramp to Route 299 will be fully closed. Motorists should use an alternative route. LC#C101KD

Highway 169

Route 169 (15/23.6) – Permit work near Myers Lane and Kep’el will continue. Motorists should expect 5-minute delays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays. LC#P169AA

Highway 254

Route 254 (3.2/4.3) – Bridge construction near Fish Creek Road will continue. A full closure will be in effect. Motorists should use an alternate route. LC#C254CA

Route 254 (4.3/4.8) – Road work north of Fish Creek Road will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect. Motorists should expect 5-minute delays. LC#C254DA

Route 254 (6/6.2) – Permit work near Madrona Road is scheduled on Thursday, March 28. Motorists should anticipate 5-minute delays. LC#P254CA

Route 254 (18.4/18.6) – Emergency work in Weott has begun. A full closure is in effect. Motorists should use an alternate route. LC#T254AA

Highway 299

Route 299 (0/5.7) – Work from Arcata to Blue Lake will continue. Lane closures will be in effect. Motorists should anticipate minor traffic slowdowns. Off the highway on the Guintoli Lane Overcrossing, expect 5-minute nighttime delays from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. through Friday, March 22. LC#C299HA

Route 299 (11/11.4) – Construction east of Blue Lake near North Fork Mad River Bridge 4-194 will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Motorists should expect 10-minute delays. LC#C299FA

Route 299 (32.1/32.5) - Construction work near East Fork Campground will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect. Motorists should anticipate 5-minute delays. LC#C299LA

LAKEPORT, Calif. — The Lakeport Police Department reported that it will stop using the Nixle platform on April 1.

The agency is changing the way it communicates emergency alerts, advisory information and community messages.

It is moving from Nixle to its parent company, Everbridge, which it says has enhanced features that will allow police to send more focused messages and for users to prioritize their contact methods.

Legacy Nixle followers won’t be left out, but they will only be able to get emergency alerts, not advisory and community information.

The Lakeport Police Department encourages community members to register for Everbridge here. Go to the bottom of the page to register and install the Everbridge app from an app store.

For more information, visit this FAQ page, drop by or call the department, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

LAKEPORT, Calif. — What began as a gesture to show support to a few friends deployed to Afghanistan in 2003, has become a 21 year community effort and has supported thousands of military personnel, Operation Tango Mike.

Operation Tango Mike translates from military jargon to Operation Thanks Much. Monthly, 90-100, and sometimes more, care packages are sent to troops in Iraq, Yemen, Jordan, Romania, aboard ships and in many other countries. On average, troops in at least 12 countries are among the recipients.

Military families are supported as well. Many volunteers that support Operation Tango Mike have volunteered their assistance with small home repairs, transportation and more.

With no base or military installation in the local area, folks who wish to support troops and their families gather via Operation Tango Mike. Military families are welcomed and are provided with emotional support, knowing that they and their loved ones are appreciated.

On the third Thursday of every month, volunteers gather at 6 p.m. at Umpqua Bank, 805 11th Street, Lakeport, to prepare care packages for deployed military personnel.

The annual exception comes every March, when Operation Tango Mike hosts an open house at 5 p.m. The community is invited to visit and become acquainted with what the group does, and longtime supporters are encouraged to join in the festivities.

Monthly shipping fees of more than $2000, and items for care packages, totaling an average of $3000, for a monthly expense of $5000, are all covered through donations and fundraising. No government funding is provided for shipping or goods.

“Forget politics, support our troops,” is the mantra that has helped ensure that all are welcomed and appreciated at Operation Tango Mike functions. The effort does not involve politics and exists to support our troops and their families.

Packing parties are family friendly and children are encouraged to participate. Every care package is decorated with stickers and artwork by “the world’s greatest decorating crew” of children.

Troops express appreciation in thank you messages that are sent to Operation Tango Mike.

G. Darby wrote, “Thank you so much for the care packages! My guys and I really enjoyed them. It's nice to know that what we do is still appreciated.”

The public is invited and encouraged to help celebrate and commemorate twenty years of community effort. To date, more than 26,000 care packages have been shipped.

On March 21, at 5 p.m., there will be an open house at Umpqua Bank, 805 11th Street, Lakeport. It will be an opportunity to pay a visit and learn more about Operation Tango Mike, read letters from troops, browse photos and get acquainted.

Delicious food will be served. Catering is generously being donated by Rosemary Martin of Rosey Cooks, LLC.

The regular monthly packing party will take place following the open house. You are invited to bring along any special treats, candies, correspondence or items you would like to include in care packages.

For further information or to add someone to the care package recipient list, please call 707-349-2838 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

LOCH LOMOND, Calif. — A collaborative of fire practitioners is working together to conduct multiple cultural burns in the Loch Lomond area this week.

The burns, which began on Wednesday, are expected to continue for two to three days.

These burns are taking place as part of the Lake County Cal-TREX, a prescribed and cultural fire training exchange led by the Tribal EcoRestoration Alliance, or TERA in partnership with agencies, tribes and community organizations including Cal Fire, the US Forest Service and the Watershed Research and Training Center.

The goals of the burns are to reduce fuel loading, support capacity building and training around beneficial burning, improve the health of oak woodlands and grasslands, help native plants thrive, and enhance wildlife habitat.

These fully permitted burns will be conducted depending on weather conditions and be led by a coalition of TERA and other Lake County Cal-TREX partners.

Ignitions may begin as early as 10 a.m. each day with firing operations concluding by late afternoon.

There is potential for some residual smoke overnight and into the following days. Local residents are advised to close windows and doors to prevent smoke from entering their homes. Please do not call 911.

Upcoming Calendar

18May
05.18.2024 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Land Trust benefit
21May
05.21.2024 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Farmers' Market at Library Park
22May
05.22.2024 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Lake Leadership Forum
25May
05.25.2024 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Farmers' Market at the Mercantile
27May
05.27.2024
Memorial Day
28May
05.28.2024 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Farmers' Market at Library Park
1Jun
06.01.2024 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Farmers' Market at the Mercantile
4Jun
06.04.2024 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Farmers' Market at Library Park

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