Monday, 25 October 2021

Community

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — The ladies of the (soon to be known as) Lake County Women's Civic Club, previously the Lakeport Women's Civic Club, caused an early morning traffic jam at Ripe Choice Farm on Saturday as they arrived from all over the county to kick off their 2021-22 fundraising season.

President Helen Finch and President-elect Kim Baldwin have an enthusiastic agenda for the Lake County Women’s Civic Club this year and will be actively recruiting civic-minded young professionals to help continue the group’s 100-year tradition of service to Lake County.

Meetings are held on the first Friday of each month, except for July and August.

The meeting place is undetermined at this time as a committee is researching possibilities around the lake.

Prior to COVID-19, the club hosted 50to 60 women for lunch each month. Where to have lunch is proving to be a challenge for many local service groups who are concerned about COVID safety.

As the Lake County Women’s Civic Club, the group is looking forward to creating more of a presence around the county and bringing a little business to different establishments around the lake may provide a win/win for all.

If you are interested in joining the Lake County Women's Civic Club in raising funds and serving your community, please call Helen Finch at 707-972-1807.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — With evidence of severe drought all around, Lake County residents are urged to report any household water shortage to the state.

As of early Saturday morning, Clear Lake sat at -1.65 Rumsey, the special measure for Clear Lake.

Many boat ramps have closed. Water availability has become a matter of significant statewide concern; all Californians have been encouraged to reduce water consumption by 15% from 2020 levels.

“For some property owners dependent on private wells, the drought emergency has meant waking up to find they don’t have water to take a shower and meet very basic needs,” said Supervisor Moke Simon. “If your well is dry, you are not alone. The state wants to know about it, to ensure state and local officials and representatives understand how the drought is affecting private wells and surface water sources.”

So far this year, 602 reports related to household water supply shortage have been filed with the state from across California — a 608% increase over last year — with 160 of those reported in the last 30 days.

To submit a report, and find resources for homeowners, such as lists of well service contractors, visit https://mydrywatersupply.water.ca.gov/report/.

With wildfires threatening new rounds of public safety power shutoffs across the state, the Legislature on Monday approved a bill from Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, that would help local governments fund emergency operations centers during the planned power outages.

Dodd said the vote is an important step toward ensuring our communities have adequate resources to respond during power shutoffs.

“Clearly, the wildfire threat is not going away. And as we’ve seen recently, utility companies continue to employ this preventative measure. I thank fellow legislators for seeing the value in this commonsense proposal,” Dodd said.

Senate Bill 52 follows a series of de-energizations from PG&E over the past two years that were intended to prevent fallen power lines and damaged equipment from sparking fires. It makes clear that such public safety power shutoffs are eligible for official emergency declarations, freeing financial assistance for local government under the Emergency Services Act.

SB 52 is supported by Napa County, California Fire Chiefs Association, Fire Districts Association of California, Regional Council of Rural Counties, Disability Rights California and the California Association of Public Authorities.

The bill passed the full Assembly today with overwhelming bipartisan support after previously being approved by the Senate. It heads to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office following Senate concurrence.

“While a power shutoff may be a necessary tool to prevent wildfires, the disruption to people's lives and costs to local government cannot be ignored,” said Supervisor Diane Dillon, who represents the majority of rural Napa County. “Napa County is honored to sponsor this bill, which will clarify a power shutoff constitutes a local emergency, and thanks Sen. Dodd for his leadership getting it to the governor's desk.”

Dodd represents the Third 3rd Senate District, which includes all or portions of Napa, Yolo, Sonoma, Solano, Sacramento and Contra Costa counties.



The California Department of Transportation, or Caltrans, is showing the progress of the newly established Clean California program in tackling California’s trash problem in its latest video.

Using before-and-after footage from Clean California events throughout the state, Caltrans highlights how picking up trash, removing graffiti and clearing overgrown vegetation is helping to beautify roadsides.

Part of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s California Comeback Plan, Clean California is a sweeping $1.1 billion, multiyear cleanup effort to remove trash, create thousands of jobs and engage communities to transform roadsides and restore pride in public spaces.

“Since Gov. Newsom announced this groundbreaking Clean California effort in May, Caltrans has cleared more than 2,700 tons of trash and made more than 450 conditional job offers,” said Caltrans Director Toks Omishakin. “Through long-term partnerships and ongoing education, Californians will see long-lasting benefits from this program.”

The Clean California Program:

— Aims to remove an additional 21,000 tons of trash per year from the state transportation system alone: That is the equivalent of 3,000 miles of trash bags — enough to cross the U.S. from coast to coast. Caltrans collected 270,000 cubic yards of trash in 2020 — enough to load 18,000 garbage trucks.

— Engages communities to create shared responsibility in beautification projects: litter prevention education campaigns will help pave the way for continued roadway cleanliness.

— Creates career opportunities: Caltrans estimates Clean California will generate 11,000 jobs over three years for veterans, students, people experiencing homelessness, and those reentering society from incarceration. Caltrans has held 10 hiring events with more scheduled. View Clean California job postings via the CalCareers website.

— Supports equity: roughly half of the nearly $300 million Local Grant Program will benefit, or be located in, underserved communities.

Caltrans is putting Clean California funds to work, which thus far total more than $1.45 million.

Visit the program website to learn more about how Clean California is transforming communities.

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). ‌‌ ‌‌‌ ‌

Caltrans will suspend most work on Northern California highways from Friday, Sept. 3, through Monday, Sept. 6, in observance of Labor Day.

However, in the case of unforeseen circumstances, it may be necessary for Caltrans crews to respond to emergency situations.
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LAKE‌‌ ‌‌COUNTY‌‌ ‌‌‌ ‌
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Highway‌‌ ‌‌20

— Highway construction from East of Saratoga Spring Road to West of Private Road will begin Tuesday, Sept. 7. One-way traffic control will be in effect overnight from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays.

— Survey work from Road 305D to Route 29 South began Thursday, Sept. 2. Moving traffic controls will be in effect overnight from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Motorists should anticipate five-minute delays.

— AT&T has been granted a Caltrans Encroachment Permit for utility work at Le Trianon Resort on Thursday, Sept. 9. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Motorists should anticipate five-minute delays.

— PG&E has been granted a Caltrans Encroachment permit for utility work at Mid Lake Road will occur on Wednesday, Sept. 8. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Motorists should anticipate five-minute delays.

— Highway construction near Saratoga Spring Road will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays.

— Grinding operation from Bachelor Valley to Route 29 South will begin Tuesday, Sept. 7. One-way traffic control will be in effect overnight from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays.

— Drainage work from Red Hill Lane to Foothill Drive will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect overnight weekdays 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 begin Wednesday, Sept. 8. One-way traffic control will be in effect overnight from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. Motorists should anticipate five-minute delays.

— PG&E has been granted a Caltrans Encroachment permit for PG&E Pole Replacement at Country Club Drive beginning Tuesday, Sept. 7. 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 overnight from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. Motorists should anticipate 15-minute delays.

— Bridge work at the Hill Road East Overcrossing will begin Wednesday, Sept. 8. 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 North Limits Elk will begin Tuesday, Sept. 7. 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 Thursday, Sept. 9. 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.

— PG&E has been granted a Caltrans Encroachment Permit for utility work from Willits Cemetery Road to Fort Bragg/Main Street/Redwood 101 Undercrossing on Thursday, Sept. 9. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Motorists should anticipate five-minute delays.

Highway 101

— Maintenance operation from the Mendocino County Line to Geysers Road will continue. Lane closures will be in effect from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Motorists should anticipate minor delays.

— Slide removal from Comminsky Station Road to Pieta Creek Bridge will continue. Lane closures will be in effect from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Motorists should anticipate five-minute delays.

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

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

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

— Bridge work at the Long Valley Creek Bridge will continue. Lane closures will be in effect overnight from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. 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 minimal delays.

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

Highway 271

— Bridge work at Scandia will begin Tuesday, September 7. 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 9th Street will continue. Lane restrictions will be in effect. Motorists should anticipate minor traffic slowdowns.

— Construction near Ocean View Drive in Smith River will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays.

— 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.

Highway 199

— Work at the Hiouchi Bridge will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 7. One-way traffic control will be in effect. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays weekdays.

— Work at the Mary Adam Peacock Bridge near Gasquet will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 7. One-way traffic control will be in effect. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays weekdays.

— Work at Middle Fork Smith River Bridge 1 16 east of Idlewild will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 7. 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 occur on 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.

— Work at Van Duzen River Bridge 4 293 in Bridgeville will occur on Friday, Sept. 10. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 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.

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 6:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. weekdays. Motorists should use an alternate route.

— 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 the nights beginning Sept. 8 and 9. 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.

— PG&E has been granted a Caltrans Encroachment Permit for utility work north of Berry Glenn on Tuesday, September 7 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Motorists should anticipate five-minute delays.

Highway 200

— PG&E has been granted a Caltrans Encroachment Permit for utility work at the 101 junction south of McKinleyville on Friday, Sept. 3, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Motorists should anticipate five-minute delays.

Highway 211

— Work at the Salt River Bridge between Fernbridge and Ferndale will occur on Friday, Sept. 10, 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 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.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Savings Bank and Integrity Shred have teamed up to help prevent identity theft by offering the public an opportunity to shred outdated confidential documents.

Bring up to three 35-pound boxes of documents for safe, secure on-site shredding.

Additionally, to help shred hunger, nonperishable food will be accepted at the events for local food banks.

The shred event will take place in Lakeport from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, at the Savings Bank branch, 290 S. Main St.

Hours and number of customers accommodated may be limited to truck capacity.

Identity theft is a serious crime that can wreak havoc with your finances, credit history, reputation, and can take time, money and patience to resolve.

Shredding confidential financial documents and paperwork is one way to deter criminals from stealing personal information.

Savings Bank also encourages customers to protect their identity by switching from paper account statements to eStatements.

With eStatements, customers reduce the risk of confidential account information getting into the wrong hands through tampering of mail or paper records that are stored at home.

Savings Bank representatives will be available at the shred events to supply information about preventing identity theft and what to do if your identity is stolen.

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