Monday, 25 October 2021

Community

UPPER LAKE, Calif. — The Western Region Town Hall will meet on Wednesday, Sept. 15.

The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Habematolel community center, 9460 Main St. in Upper Lake.

The agenda includes information on fire zones from the Office of Emergency Services and Northshore Fire Fund.

There also will be discussion of the Northshore Fall Festival, Coastal Clean Up and drought.

All are welcome to attend and share their concerns.

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. ‌‌ ‌‌‌ ‌‌‌ ‌
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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). ‌‌ ‌‌‌ ‌

LAKE‌‌ ‌‌COUNTY‌‌ ‌‌‌ ‌
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Highway‌‌ ‌‌20

— Grinding Operation from Road 305D to Route 29 South begins Thursday, Sept. 9. Moving traffic controls will be in effect overnight from 8 p.m. to 11 a.m. Motorists should anticipate five-minute delays.

— Highway construction near Saratoga Springs Road will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays.

— Grinding operation from Bachelor Valley to Route 29 South will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect overnight from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays.

— Rokstad Power has been granted a Caltrans Encroachment permit for utility work at Grove Street will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect overnight from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. Motorists should anticipate five-minute delays.

— Rokstad Power has been granted a Caltrans Encroachment Permit for utility work from Fourth Street to Country Club Drive beginning Friday, Sept. 10. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Motorists should anticipate five-minute delays.

— Rokstad Power has been granted a Caltrans Encroachment permit for utility work at Country Club Drive beginning Friday, Sept. 10. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Motorists should anticipate five-minute delays.

— Striping operation from North Fork Cache Creek to Walker Ridge Road will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect weekdays from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Motorists should anticipate 20-minute delays.

— Highway construction from North Fork Cache Creek to Colusa County Line will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect overnight weekdays from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays.

Highway 29

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

— Bridge work at the Hill Road East Overcrossing will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays.

Highway 175

— Construction from Mendocino County Line to 0.5 miles east of Mendocino County Line will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Motorists should anticipate five-minute delays.

MENDOCINO COUNTY

Highway 1

— PG&E has been granted a Caltrans Encroachment permit for tree work from Private Road to the north limits of Elk will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Motorists should anticipate five-minute delays.

— PG&E has been granted a Caltrans Encroachment permit for utility work from Little River to Road 500A will begin Friday, Sept. 10. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Motorists should anticipate five-minute delays.

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.

— Highway construction east of Three Chop Road will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Motorists should anticipate 15-minute delays.

— Electrical work will occur at Blosser Road beginning Monday, Sept. 13. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Motorists should anticipate five-minute delays.

— Guardrail repair at the Junction 20/101 East Fork Russian River Bridge on Sunday, Sept. 12. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays.

— Highway construction from East of North Fork Cache Creek to the Colusa County Line will begin Sunday, Sept. 12. One-way traffic control will be in effect. Motorists should anticipate intermittent delays.

Highway 101

— Slide removal from Comminsky Station Road to Pieta Creek Bridge will continue. Northbound Lane closures will be in effect. Motorists should anticipate five-minute delays.

— PG&E has been granted a Caltrans Encroachment Permit for utility work from Rosetti Creek to Mountain House Road on Monday, Sept. 13. Southbound lane closures will be in effect from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Motorists should anticipate five-minute delays.

— Bridge work from the Presswood Overhead Bridge to the Hensley Creek Undercrossing will continue. Northbound and Southbound lane closures will be in effect overnight from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Motorists should anticipate minimal delays.

— Emergency bridge repairs at the North State Undercrossing Bridge will begin Sunday, Sept. 12. There will be a full closure of the Northbound onramp overnight from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Motorists are advised to take alternative routes.

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

— Grinding and paving operation at the Truck Scales on Friday, Sept. 10. Lane closures will be in effect from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Motorists should anticipate minor delays.

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

— Emergency bridge repairs at the Irvine Lodge Rest Area Northbound beginning Sunday, Sept. 12. One-way traffic will be in effect. Motorists should anticipate minimal delays.

— Bridge work at the Long Valley Creek Bridge will continue. Lane closures will be in effect. Motorists should anticipate minimal delays.

— Paving work from Spyrock Road to the Empire Camp Rest Area - Northbound will continue. Lane closures will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays.

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

Highway 271

— Bridge work at Scandia will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect overnight from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Motorists can expect minor delays.

DEL NORTE COUNTY

Highway 101

— Bridge work near Old Hunter Creek Road will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays.

— Emergency work at Last Chance Grade will continue. Motorists should anticipate 30-minute delays at all hours.

— Shoulder improvements in Crescent City from Front Street to Ninth Street will continue. Lane restrictions will be in effect. Motorists should anticipate minor traffic slowdowns.

— Pavement work south of the Oregon state line will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. weeknights. Motorists should anticipate 20-minute delays.

— Work at the Hiouchi Bridge will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays weekdays.

Highway 199

— Work at the Mary Adam Peacock Bridge near Gasquet will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays weekdays.

— Work at Middle Fork Smith River Bridge 116 east of Idlewild will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays weekdays.

HUMBOLDT COUNTY

Highway 36

— Work at Van Duzen River Bridge 4 284 near Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. weeknights. Motorists should anticipate five-minute delays.

— Work at Van Duzen River Bridge 4 293 in Bridgeville will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. weeknights. Motorists should anticipate five-minute delays.

— Wall work near the McClellan Mountain Summit will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays.

— Pavement work in the Weitchpec area will begin on Monday, Sept. 13. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays.

Highway 96

— Bridge work east of Orleans will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect. Motorists should anticipate five-minute delays.

Highway 101

— Bridge work south of Phillipsville will continue. Lane closures will be in effect weekdays. Motorists should anticipate minor traffic slowdowns. A northbound onramp closure will also be in effect. Motorists should use an alternate route.

— Maintenance at the South Fork Road Undercrossing southbound offramp will continue. A full closure will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. weekdays. Motorists should use an alternate route when necessary.

— Pavement work from north of the Safford Road Undercrossing to the 36 interchange will continue. Lane closures will be in effect in both directions. Motorists should anticipate minor traffic slowdowns. Ramps will be intermittently closed. Motorists should use an alternate route when necessary.

— PG&E has been granted a Caltrans Encroachment Permit for utility work near the Fortuna Overhead Bridge from 9 p.m. to noon through Friday, Sept. 10. A southbound offramp closure will be in effect. Motorists should use an alternate ramp when necessary.

— Construction from the Hookton Road Overcrossing to 14th Street in Eureka will continue. Lane and ramp closures will be in effect. Motorists should anticipate minor traffic slowdowns and use alternate ramps when necessary.

— Pavement and utility work from Myrtle Avenue to Cole and Jacobs Avenue in Eureka will continue. A southbound lane restriction will be in effect. Motorists should anticipate minor traffic slowdowns.

— Pavement and barrier work from the Arcata Overhead Bridge to the 200 junction south of McKinleyville will continue. Lane and ramp closures will be in effect in both directions from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. weeknights. Motorists should anticipate minor traffic slowdowns.

Highway 211

— Work at the Salt River Bridge between Fernbridge and Ferndale will occur on Friday, Sept. 10, and Monday, Sept. 13, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Motorists should anticipate five-minute delays.

Highway 255

— Utility work near north of Manila will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. Motorists should anticipate five-minute delays.

Highway 299

— Bridge work at the 200 or North Bank Road junction will continue. Lane closures will be in effect. Motorists should anticipate minor traffic slowdowns.

— Construction near Chezem Road will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 14. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. Motorists should anticipate five-minute delays.

— Pavement work east of Willow Creek will occur on Friday, Sept. 10, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Motorists should anticipate 15-minute delays.

— Construction and fire response from the Willow Creek area to east of the Trinity County line will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect. Motorists should anticipate 20-minute delays.

2021 Alexander Memorial Scholarship Recipient Sophia Guzman. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Two Middletown FFA members were recognized with Paul and Otha Alexander Memorial Scholarship awards at the 2021 Lake County Fair.

The $550 winner, Sophia Guzman, has over the course of her six years with 4-H and FFA raised a variety of market animals — rabbits, turkeys and beef.

She served as the associated student body treasurer and a member of the cheer team at Middletown High School.

During her senior year, she also found her calling to be a teacher, particularly a teacher of ag and veterinary science.

She is enrolled at Santa Rosa Junior College at the start of pursuing that path.

First runner up, Tanner Pachie, was awarded $350. He also is a 2021 graduate of Middletown High School, a 4-H alumni, an FFA and associated student body officer.

He is a seven-year veteran of the California High School Rodeo Association and a four-sport scholar athlete.

Pachie is presently in Bozeman pursuing a degree in kinesiology at Montana State University.

“Both these recipients possess the kind of character, leadership, and community involvement this scholarship is meant to recognize,” said Peggy Alexander, coordinator of the Paul and Otha Alexander Memorial Scholarship.

This year marks the 21st year of scholarship awards to local graduates.

Dr. Harry Lyons. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — The Redbud Audubon Society is pleased to host Dr. Harry Lyons at its first program meeting of the season on Thursday, Sept. 16, starting at 7 p.m. on Zoom.

Although Dr. Lyons is best known for his talks on Clear Lake, his interests extend to other topics, including the fascinating geology of the Clear Lake basin, which will be his topic for the September meeting.

“A few folks travel to Lake County to take in the geology, to marvel at the variety of young igneous rocks, to crumble soil derived from Jurassic muddy sandstones, and to scramble up slopes of serpentine. What's the big draw for this small group?” Lyons asks.

His answer is that the terrain around Clear Lake reflects the history of California and the world.

Lyons condenses lessons from local experts and informed visitors in tying the region's geological history to actions that occurred below the Pacific Ocean, the area of his study as an oceanographer.

Dr. Lyons has lived in Lake County for over 40 years, for much of that time conveying scientific information on Clear Lake to two generations of college students.

The emeritus professor of biology/ecology from Yuba College grew up in Brooklyn, attended Rutgers College and Stanford University, and was awarded his PhD in oceanography as a National Science Fellow from the Scripps Institution of the University of California.

He currently is serving as the president of the Lake County Resource Conservation District and as a founding member of the Middle Creek Restoration Coalition.

He has been appointed by the Lake County Board of Supervisors to the Blue-Ribbon Committee for the Restoration of Clear Lake. He often speaks, and sings, about the natural history of Clear Lake and efforts to restore and preserve its watershed.

To register for the Zoom program, go to the Redbud Audubon website at www.redbudaudubon.org and click on the Registration link. The Zoom link will be sent to you the day before the program. Redbud Audubon Society is the oldest conservation organization in Lake County.

Founded in 1974, Redbud is affiliated with the National Audubon Society. The organization holds monthly program meetings from September through April and presents the annual Heron Days event to view birdlife on Clear Lake.

The California Independent System Operator, or ISO has issued a statewide Flex Alert calling for voluntary electricity conservation Wednesday, Sept. 8, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., due to predicted high energy demand and tight supplies on the power grid.

With above-normal temperatures in the forecast for much of California and the West, the power grid operator is predicting an increase in electricity demand, primarily from air conditioning use.

The increased demand can make electricity supplies tight and strain the power grid, making conservation essential.

During the Flex Alert time period, consumers are asked to lower their thermostats to 78 degrees or higher, if health permits, and take other voluntary measures that include avoiding the use of major appliances and unnecessary lights.

To take full advantage of all available supply, the ISO has also issued a restricted maintenance operation for Thursday from noon to 9 p.m., notifying ISO participants to avoid taking grid assets offline for routine maintenance until the restricted maintenance operation is lifted.

Conserving electricity during the late afternoon and early evening is crucial because that is when the grid is most stressed due to higher demand and declining solar energy Production.

In the past, reducing energy use during a Flex Alert has helped operators keep the power grid stable during tight supply conditions and prevented further emergency measures, including rotating power outages.

For information on Flex Alerts, and to get more electricity conservation tips, visit www.FlexAlert.org.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — The Lake County Registrar of Voters Office reported on the process to conduct a manual tally for the Sept. 14 California Gubernatorial Recall Election.

The elections office said it will conduct a public manual tally of a minimum of 1% of randomly selected precincts which will include each contest voted on at the recall election, commencing on Tuesday, Sept. 28, beginning at 9 a.m.

The selection of the precinct, or precincts, to be included in the manual tally will be randomly chosen on the same date prior to the manual tally.

Observers are invited to view the manual tally of the ballots, but shall not interfere with the election process.

For additional information call the Registrar of Voters Office at 707-263-2372.

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