Monday, 27 June 2022

Community

Lakeport Fire Chief Jeff Thomas and the Easter Bunny. Courtesy photo.

LAKEPORT, Calif. — The Rotary Club of Lakeport is pleased to announce the return of its annual Easter Egg Hunt, a historic event offered to the community for free since 1926.

Even during the last two years, the Rotary Club of Lakeport has provided free Easter events for the community with a drive-through Easter Bunny visit in Library Park in 2020 and an Easter basket giveaway at the Lake County Fairgrounds in 2021.

“We are thrilled to continue a fine Rotary tradition for the benefit of our community,” says Laura McAndrews Sammel, the club’s current president. “After two years of not being able to allow the children and their families out of their cars, it is going to be so fun watching the kids find the eggs!”

This year’s event will take place at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Lakeport. The gates will open at 1 p.m.

There will be three fields ready with hidden eggs for the three different age categories: up to 3 years old, 4 to 8 years old, and 9 to 12 years old.

Traditional, dyed eggs and plastic eggs with goodies inside will be available for the kids to find.

Some lucky egg-hunters will also win cash prizes as each field will include one golden egg and two silver eggs.

Also making an appearance this year is the Easter Bunny.

The Bunny will be there to visit with and provide photo opportunities for the children.

The Rotary Club of Lakeport was founded by a group of community-minded people in 1925. The club holds several events each year, such as the drive-through crab feed, to raise funds to invest back into our local and global community.

In recent years, the Rotary Club of Lakeport has built the Community Garden at Hospice Services of Lake County, renovated the showers at the Lake County Fairgrounds and landscaped the new Alternative Education Center at the Lakeport Unified School District.

Starting Tuesday, April 12, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. will begin conducting practice patrol flights in the North Coast, as part of its efforts to reduce the impact of Public Safety Power Shutoff, or PSPS, events on customers.

High winds can cause tree branches and debris to contact energized electric lines, damage equipment and cause a wildfire.

As a result, the company may need to turn off power during severe weather to help prevent wildfires.

PG&E does not anticipate initiating a PSPS this week.

During an actual PSPS, power cannot be restored until the severe weather passes and the lines are free of tree branches and other debris. Crews will inspect de-energized lines utilizing aircraft, vehicles, and foot patrols to identify and repair damage before restoring power.

“These practice patrols are designed to gather information that helps PG&E understand the amount of time it takes to safely complete the patrol,” said Ron Richardson, vice president of PG&E’s North Coast Region. “The pre-patrols improve safety, help us execute the patrol more efficiently and provide key information to determine service restoration timing – all to reduce the impact on our customers during an actual PSPS.”

PG&E will be flying different helicopters at different times Monday through Friday, but not necessarily every day, between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. through the month of April.

Helicopters will fly low, roughly 100 feet, along electric distribution lines within Lake, Mendocino, and Humboldt counties.

Patrol areas include:

• Annapolis, Bridgeville, Carlotta, Clearlake, Clearlake Oaks, Eel River, Elk, Fort Bragg, Fort Seward, Fruitland, Garberville, Gualala, Harris, Hoopa, Low Gap, Maple Creek, Middletown, Mount Konocti, Point Arena, Rio Dell and Willow Creek.

If hazards or damage is identified during the patrols, they will be reported immediately.

Power will not be interrupted during patrols.

MENDOCINO NATIONAL FOREST, Calif. — Personal-use firewood permits are available for free from the Mendocino National Forest for the 2022 season.

Visitors can request a permit in person at the Upper Lake Ranger District station and at the forest headquarters office in Willows.

The Upper Lake and Willows offices have limited hours. Visitors should check the schedule before planning a trip to the office. The front office schedule is posted to the website at https://go.usa.gov/xzXkc.

Permits are also available by mail. Download a firewood permit request form at http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/mendocino/firewood and follow the mail-in instructions. Please allow three weeks to receive the permit tags and a map of cutting areas on the forest.

A third-party authorization form to allow another person to cut wood for the permit holder is also available upon request.

It is illegal to remove firewood from the forest without a valid permit.

All firewood removed from the forest must be dead and already on the ground. The maximum length for a piece of wood to be removed is 6 feet.

A cord of wood is a well-stacked pile measuring 4 feet by 4 feet by 8 feet. A chart with truck bed sizes and approximate cord capacity is available online at https://go.usa.gov/xH38E.

Firewood collected within Lake and Mendocino counties is subject to state and federal quarantines to limit the spread of the sudden oak death pathogen.

Firewood taken from these counties can only be transported into other sudden oak death quarantined counties, including Alameda, Contra Costa, Humboldt, Marin, Monterrey, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma and Trinity.

CLEARLAKE, Calif. — The Judge’s Breakfast Group will host Lake County Fire Protection District’s fire marshal when it meets this week.

The group will meet at 7 a.m. Thursday, April 14, at the Clearlake Community Senior Center, 3245 Bowers Ave.

Fire Marshal Cory Smith will discuss cannabis regulations related to businesses within the city of Clearlake and the fire district jurisdiction.

The community is invited to attend.

OAKLAND — California Attorney General Rob Bonta and the Federal Communications Commission have announced a new partnership on robocall investigations.

This memorandum of understanding, or MOU, between California and federal robocall investigators establishes critical information sharing and cooperation structures to investigate spoofing and robocalls scam campaigns.

California joins more than 20 states in establishing a formal working relationship with the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau to support robocall investigations and protect American consumers and businesses.

“Robocalls aren't just frustrating, they can lead to serious financial harm, and too often, it's our most vulnerable who pay the price,” said Attorney General Bonta. “With this new partnership with the FCC, we’ll be able to strengthen our enforcement in this space and better protect Californians from robocall scams.”

“The FCC and state leaders share a common enemy: robocall scammers targeting consumers and businesses around the country,” said FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel. “My team’s commitment to protecting consumers fits hand-in-glove with state attorneys general’s ongoing efforts to combat these scams. We share a goal — to protect consumers — and with agreements like this, we can also share the tools needed to achieve it. I thank state leaders for their cooperation and their dedication to enforcing strong consumer protection laws.”

During investigations, both the California Attorney General’s Office and the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau seek records, talk to witnesses, interview targets, examine consumer complaints and take other critical steps to build a record against possible bad actors.

This partnership will provide critical resources for building cases and preventing duplicative efforts in protecting consumers and businesses nationwide.

The FCC offers partner states not only the expertise of its enforcement staff but also important resources to support state investigations.

For example, the MOU may facilitate relationships with other actors in this space including other federal agencies and robocall blocking companies, and support for and expertise with critical investigative tools including subpoenas and confidential response letters from suspected robocallers.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — The Lake County Symphony Association is looking for food and craft vendors for the 2022 Home Wine and Beer Makers’ Festival.

The annual Winefest is a fundraiser for the Lake County Symphony and will take place from noon to 5 p.m. on June 11 at Library Park in Lakeport.

Booth fees are $35. Food and craft vendors may bring their own canopies or rent one for $25.

The deadline for signups is June 4.

For more specifics and to download an application visit the event’s website.

Questions? Send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 707-364-6165.

Upcoming Calendar

27Jun
06.27.2022 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Scotts Valley Advisory Council
28Jun
06.28.2022 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Board of Supervisors
28Jun
06.28.2022 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Farmers' Market at Library Park
28Jun
06.28.2022 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Rotary Club of Clear Lake
30Jun
06.30.2022 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Rotary Club of Middletown
2Jul
2Jul
07.02.2022 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Junior Ranger Program: Lake ecology
2Jul
07.02.2022 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Farmers' Market at the Mercantile
2Jul
07.02.2022 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Weekly writing workshop
2Jul
07.02.2022 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
64th annual Redbud Parade and Festival

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