Monday, 27 June 2022

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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 ‌‌‌ ‌
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Highway‌‌ ‌‌20

— Drainage work continues in Lucerne near Oak Crest Avenue. One-way traffic control will be in place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Motorists should expect 10-minute delays.

— Road work in Glenhaven near Oak Grove Avenue began on Friday, April 8. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays. Motorists should anticipate 15-minute delays.

— Bridge work at Cache Creek is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, April 12. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 5 p.m. to 6 a.m. weeknights. Motorists should anticipate 5-minute delays.

Highway 29

— Bridge work continues at Putah Creek. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. weeknights. Motorists should anticipate five-minute delays.

— Bridge work at Siegler Creek continues. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. weeknights. Motorists should anticipate five-minute delays.

— Road work will occur in Lower Lake at Point Lakeview Road on Tuesday, April 12. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Motorists should anticipate five-minute delays.

— Road work is scheduled to begin near Red Hills Road on Monday, April 11. One-way traffic control will be in effect. Motorists should anticipate 15-minute delays.

MENDOCINO COUNTY

Highway 1

— Utility work is scheduled for Friday, April 15, north of Elk. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Motorists should expect five-minute delays.

Highway 101

— Slide removal at Pieta Creek Bridge will continue. Northbound Lane closures will be in effect. Motorists should anticipate five-minute delays.

— Tree work will occur in Hopland near Road 112 on Tuesday, April 12. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Motorists should expect five-minute delays.

— Bridge work in Ukiah at Route 222 will begin on Monday, April 11. Lane closures will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Motorists should expect minor slowdowns through the area.

— Road work at the East Perkins Street Overcrossing in Ukiah will begin on Monday, April 11. Lane closures will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Motorists should expect minor slowdowns through the area.

— Moss Cove Safety Rest Area will be closed through July 2022.

— Empire Camp Safety Rest Area will be closed through July 2022.

Highway 128

— Tree work will occur in Boonville near Hutsell Road on Tuesday, April 12. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Motorists should expect five-minute delays.

Highway 162

— Electrical work continues south of Dos Rios near the Rodeo Creek Bridge. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays. Motorists should expect up to 10-minute delays.

Highway 175

— Tree work in Hopland near Old Toll Road will occur on Wednesday, April 13. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Motorists should expect five-minute delays.

Highway 253

— Tree work is scheduled for Tuesday, April 12, in Boonville near Route 128. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Motorists should expect five-minute delays.

DEL NORTE COUNTY

Highway 101

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

— Emergency work and construction in the Last Chance Grade area will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect. Motorists should anticipate 15-minute delays at all hours.

— Shoulder work near Ocean World in Crescent City will continue. Lane closures will be in effect from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Motorists should expect minor slowdowns through the area.

Highway 199

— Bridge work at Hiouchi Bridge will occur starting Tuesday, April 12. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Motorists should expect minor slowdowns through the area.

— Bridge work at Mary Adam Peacock Bridge will occur starting Tuesday, April 12. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Motorists should expect minor slowdowns through the area.

HUMBOLDT COUNTY

Highway 36

— Construction near the 101 junction will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays. Motorists should anticipate five-minute delays.

— Electrical work from Abe Wouk Memorial Grove Road to Van Duzen River Bridge will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays. Motorists should expect 10-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.

— Bridge work at South Fork Eel River Bridge will continue. Lane closures will be in effect weekdays from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Motorists should anticipate minor traffic slowdowns.

— Electrical work from Shively Road to Eel River Bridge Overhead will occur starting Monday, April 11. Northbound and southbound lane closures will be in effect from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Motorists should expect 10-minute delays.

— Tree work at the Route 101 School Road Overcrossing will occur Friday, April 8. Lane closures will be in effect from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Motorists should expect 10-minute delays. A northbound offramp closure will be in effect. Motorists should use an alternate route.

— Bridge work from McDonald Creek Bridge to Old Stage Road will continue. One-way traffic will be in effect weekdays from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Motorists should expect five-minute delays.

— Emergency work will occur on Wednesday, April 13. One-way traffic will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Motorists should expect five-minute delays.

Highway 255

— Construction near Manila will continue. A southbound shoulder closure will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Motorists should expect minor traffic slowdowns.

— Permitted utility work from Samoa to Arcata will continue. One-way traffic will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. Motorists should expect 10-minute delays.

Highway 299

— Tree work will occur on Monday, April 11. Lane closures will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Motorists should expect minor traffic slowdowns.

— Emergency work west of the Burney Vista Point will continue. One-way traffic control in effect 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Motorists should expect 15-minute delays.

— Drainage work near Willow Creek will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays. Motorists should expect 10-minute delays.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — The Lake County Air Quality Management District is seeking applicants to fill the public member position on the district’s hearing board.

The hearing board meets infrequently and sits to consider permit condition variances, abatement orders, and permit appeals.

Hearings are formal and judicial in nature.

Applications may be obtained from the Lake County Air Quality Management District Hearing Board Clerk at 2617 S. Main Street, Lakeport, or call 707-263-7000 for more information.

Resume submittals are encouraged. Submittals must be received by Friday, May 6, for consideration.

State legislation to incentivize the creation of upland nesting habitat for ducks and other ground-nesting game birds in California will result in a $10 surcharge on the price of both the California Duck Validation and the Upland Game Bird Validation next hunting season.

For the 2022-23 hunting license year, the cost of the California Duck Validation will increase to $34.56 ($23.25 in 2021-22). The Upland Game Bird Validation will cost $21.60 ($10.54 in 2021-22).

The bird hunting validations, along with 2022-23 hunting licenses, tags and related items, will be available for purchase beginning April 15. The $10 surcharge is added to the annual price increase mandated by state law.

The legislation requiring the $10 surcharge for each validation does not apply to validations included with the Lifetime Bird Hunting Privilege Package purchased by Lifetime Hunting License holders.

AB 614 by Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry (D-Winters) was sponsored by the California Waterfowl Association (CWA) and signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom last October.

The resulting $10 surcharge is expected to generate more than $2 million annually to fund the Nesting Bird Habitat Incentive Program, which will be administered by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, or CDFW, to benefit nesting mallards and other puddle ducks, wild ring-necked pheasants, pollinators and other grassland-dependent species.

All revenue generated from the validation surcharge must be dedicated to the program by law and cannot be diverted to other uses.

“I am proud that CWA sponsored this important legislation, and I am excited to see it implemented on the ground,” said CWA President John Carlson Jr. “Once again, hunters are taking the financial lead to ensure that our nesting bird populations have the habitat necessary to be successful.”

The Nesting Bird Habitat Incentive Program is designed to provide financial incentives to California landowners to cultivate or retain upland cover and other vegetation to benefit nesting wildlife. The funding can also be used to support habitat work on state wildlife areas and national wildlife refuges open to public hunting.

As a result of drought and water shortages, thousands of acres rice fields and other farmland throughout the state were fallowed last year. The Nesting Bird Habitat Incentive Program will soon be able to offer those farmers financial payments to plant their fallowed fields in cover crops and other beneficial vegetation to provide productive nesting habitat for ducks, pheasants and other wildlife.

The Nesting Bird Habitat Incentive Program was originally created by California Waterfowl-sponsored legislation signed by then-Gov. Jerry Brown in 2018. The program’s funding was tied to Proposition 3, a water infrastructure and conservation bond measure ultimately rejected by voters. The program has been unfunded until the passage of AB 614 last year, which provides the funding mechanism.

California’s breeding population of ducks has experienced declines commensurate with the loss of breeding habitat. Habitat loss and changing agricultural crops and practices have eliminated upland habitat near water that mallards and other species need to nest successfully.

Upland bird hunters have been front-row witnesses to the wild pheasant decline in California. Once the source of opening-day festivities and traditions of all kinds across California’s rural farm communities, wild ring-necked pheasants are an important indicator species in addition to being a popular game bird.

Wild pheasants require the same sort of contiguous, healthy upland and grassland habitat needed by pollinators, native songbirds and nesting waterfowl. Habitat restoration to benefit wild pheasants and nesting ducks is also expected to have positive ramifications for other native species.

The California Duck Validation is required of adults hunting waterfowl in California. The Upland Game Bird Validation is required of adults hunting resident and migratory upland game birds in California. All proceeds from the validations go directly to waterfowl and upland game bird conservation, to support hunting opportunities and for education and outreach.

During the current 2021-22 hunting license year, which ends June 30, 2022, CDFW has sold 66,644 California Duck Validations and 147,574 Upland Game Bird Validations, not including validations issued to lifetime license holders.

With the 2022 primary election season gearing up, political candidates and campaign workers for either an office or ballot measure are reminded of a state law governing the placement of “Temporary Political Signs” within view of a state highway.

Section 5405.3 of the State Outdoor Advertising Act permits the placement of Temporary Political Signs along state highways with restrictions.

However, these signs are not to be placed within the state right of way. In addition, signs cannot be visible within 660 feet from the edge of the right of way of a classified “landscaped freeway.”

In Caltrans District 3, there are more than 60 miles of roadway in the 11-county Sacramento Valley and Sierra Region that fall under the “landscaped freeway” classification.

State highways in this classification have at least 1,000 feet of continuous ornamental plant covering along the state right of way.

If campaign signs are located on private property, but within view of a state highway, candidates must file a statement of responsibility form with Caltrans’ Outdoor Advertising Program in Sacramento.

A temporary political sign meets the following criteria:

• Encourages a vote in a scheduled election.
• Is placed no sooner than 90 days prior to the scheduled election and is removed within 10 days after that election.
• Is no larger than 32 square feet.
• Has a statement of responsibility form filed with Caltrans certifying a person who will be responsible for removing the signs.

State law directs Caltrans to remove unauthorized temporary political signs and bill the responsible party for their removal.

For more information or to download the “Statement of Responsibility” for temporary political signs, please visit: https://dot.ca.gov/programs/traffic-operations/oda/political-signs .

A completed Statement of Responsibility must be submitted to: Caltrans Division of Traffic Operations, Outdoor Advertising Program, P.O. Box 942874, MS-36
Sacramento, CA 94274-0001.

Caltrans District 3 maintains more than 4,385 lanes miles of state highway in 11 Sacramento Valley and Northern Sierra counties. The department issues updates about road conditions on Twitter and on Facebook.

For real-time traffic information, go to http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov/ or download the free Caltrans QuickMap app from the App Store or Google Play.

LAKEPORT, Calif. — Planning is now underway for the 20th annual Home Wine & Beer Makers’ Festival taking place on Saturday, June 11, at Library Park in Lakeport.

Home brewers and garage wine makers throughout Northern California are invited to participate and will have a chance to win a coveted “Peoples’ Choice” award for their homemade beverages from event attendees.

There is no booth fee for these amateur participants, who have until June 4 to sign up for this year’s festival.

Amateur winemakers may also enter their creations in separate categories for professional judging and the chance to win one of the wide assortments of ribbons offered.

Several Lake County commercial wineries will be represented at the Winefest to show support for the LCSA, but prizes are restricted to amateurs.

The Lake County Symphony Wine Club sponsors this event yearly and it is the major fundraiser for the Lake County Symphony Association.

The Lake County Symphony and the LCSA Youth & Community Orchestra receive much-needed funds for operating expenses and youth music scholarships and lessons.

Interested home wine and beer makers can go online to the Lake County Home Wine and Beer Makers Festival website to make music for more details and to download an application.

Questions? Send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call WineFest Chairperson Deborah Welch at 818-481-2068.

A grebe at Anderson Marsh State Historic Park in Lower Lake, California. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — The Lake County Historical Society and Ely Stage Stop Museum will present “Anderson Marsh: The Back Story” on Saturday, April 9.

The event, for Historical Society members only, will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Ely Stage Stop Museum at 9921 Soda Bay Road, just north of Kit's Corner off Highway 29 between Lower Lake and Kelseyville.

Next year is the 40th anniversary of the acquisition of Anderson Marsh and Ranch as a new State Historic Park.

Dr. John Parker will give a talk about the six years of behind-the-scenes work it took to secure the funds to acquire the park, including nominating the area to the National Register of Historic Places, public awareness work, people getting fired, recall campaigns, fines, fraud, arrests and divine intervention.

Dr. Parker will also show the Emmy award winning documentary "A Walk Through Time" that presents the history of the Anderson Marsh State Historic Park and the people who used it.

To join the Historical Society ahead of the program, go to http://elystagestop.com/support/ and download, fill out and return the membership form and dues to the address on the form. Or come to the event and join at the door.

Petroglyphs at Anderson Marsh State Historic Park in Lower Lake, California. Courtesy photo.

Upcoming Calendar

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
4Jul
07.04.2022
Independence Day

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