Thursday, 11 August 2022

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Grantee Jeannie Elizabeth Kelly of Coming Home to Country Farm in Clearlake, California, will use the grant to replace fencing destroyed during the Sulphur Bank Fire and remove burned trees that are falling on existing fencing. Photo Credit: Good Farm Fund.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Good Farm Fund, a fiscally sponsored project of North Coast Opportunities, awarded eight grants to Mendocino and Lake County farms for fire readiness and resilience.

With generous funding from Redwood Credit Union’s Community Fund and California Fire Foundation, the fire-safe grants will provide critical equipment and infrastructure supplies to small farms.

The grants illustrate that a relatively small amount of financial support can go a long way in assisting small farmers to find success in fire-prone areas.

Averaging under $5,000 each, the grants will be used to purchase items such as water storage tanks, generators, chain saws, solar chargers, and portable fencing.

“With hotter, drier, and longer fire seasons, small farms in Northern California must undertake measures to improve wildfire readiness,” said Caroline Radice, Good Farm Fund Project coordinator. “These grants will help local farms stay viable as weather patterns shift, and will also improve overall farm efficiency.”

Farms receiving grants are Cerro Negro Farm, Coming Home to Country Farm, Folk Life Farm, Headwaters Grazing, Inland Ranch Organics, Irene’s Garden, Rancho Mariposa & Cinnamon Bear Farm and Wavelength Farm.

The grants were evaluated in coordination with the Mendocino County Fire Safe Council.

“We are very fortunate to have the support of Redwood Credit Union and California Fire Foundation,” added Radice. “Both organizations have demonstrated an ongoing commitment to local agriculture.”

“The focus of Redwood Credit Union and the RCU Community Fund has long included the provision of meaningful support and immediate relief for our communities after natural disasters,” said Matt Martin, senior vice president of community and government relations at RCU. “The funding we’re supplying here helps proactively take that commitment to the next level — planning ahead to help prepare for these types of challenging times. And we’re honored to be able to help in this way.”

Jeannie Elizabeth Kelly of Coming Home to Country Farm in Clearlake will use the grant to replace fencing destroyed during the Sulphur Bank Fire in 2017 and remove burned trees that are falling on existing fencing.

“Two years after the Sulphur Bank Fire burned through my property, I was still struggling to get my head above water when the COVID-19 pandemic hit,” shared Kelly. “Had it not been for the Good Farm Fund grant to provide the big boost I needed, I don't know how my farm would have survived.”

Good Farm Fund is a fiscally sponsored project of North Coast Opportunities that aims to provide direct support to small farmers and increase local food security for underserved members of our community.

To find out more or sign up for alerts about upcoming farm-to-table events or farm grants visit the website at www.goodfarmfund.org.

NCO is the Community Action Agency that serves Lake and Mendocino counties, as well as parts of Humboldt, Sonoma, Del Norte and Solano counties. NCO reacts and adjusts to community needs, including disaster response and recovery.

For more information visit www.ncoinc.org or call 707-467-3200.

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.

— Bridge work at Cache Creek is scheduled to conclude on Friday, April 15. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 5 p.m. to 6 a.m. Motorists should anticipate five-minute delays.

Highway 29

— Bridge work at Putah Creek will conclude on Friday, April 15. 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 will conclude on Friday, April 15. 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 continue near Red Hills Road. One-way traffic control will be in effect. Motorists should anticipate 15-minute delays.

MENDOCINO COUNTY

Highway 1

— Utility work from Sedalia Drive to Elk Creek is scheduled for Tuesday, April 19. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Motorists should expect five-minute delays.

— 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.

— Bridge work in Ukiah at Route 222 will conclude on Friday, April 15. 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 conclude on Friday, April 15. Lane closures will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Motorists should expect minor slowdowns through the area.

— Bridge work from Forestry Entrance Road to the 101/20 Separation will occur on Wednesday, April 20. Lane closures will be in effect from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. Motorists should expect minor slowdowns through the area.

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

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

Highway 128

— Tree work will occur from Ornbaun Creek to Shearing Creek on Thursday, April 21. 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 south of Dos Rios near the Rodeo Creek Bridge will conclude on Friday, April 15. 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

— Bridge work in Hopland will occur on Tuesday, April 19. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Motorists should expect five-minute delays.

Highway 271

— Tree work from Route 101 Cummings to Cedar Creek Bridge is scheduled to begin Monday, April 18. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 9 a.m. to 5 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.

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.

— AT&T has been granted a Caltrans Encroachment Permit for utility work east of Carlotta on Thursday, April 21, and Friday, April 22, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. One-way traffic control will be in effect. 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.

— PG&E has been granted a Caltrans Encroachment Permit for utility work near the Triumphant Life Camp about 12 miles east of Bridgeville on Wednesday, April 20, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 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.

— 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 continue. Lane closures will be in effect in both directions from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Motorists should expect slowdowns.

— ADA construction from the Herrick Avenue Overcrossing to Grant Street in Eureka will begin on Monday, April 18. Lane closures will be in effect in both directions from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. weeknights. Motorists should anticipate minor traffic slowdowns.

Highway 254

— AT&T has been granted a Caltrans Encroachment Permit for utility work south of Miranda on Wednesday, April 20, and Thursday, April 21, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. One-way traffic control will be in effect. Motorists should anticipate five-minute delays.

Highway 255

— 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.

— 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.

Highway 299

— Construction near Route 200 will continue. Lane closures will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. 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.

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.

CLEARLAKE, Calif. — The Clearlake Senior Center has fully reopened for business and cordially invites the public back to its facility for lunch and activities.

Lunch is served Monday through Friday from 11:30 to 12:30 p.m., except holidays.

Other activities are as follows.

Low impact aerobics: Mondays, 4 to 5 p.m.

Low impact exercise: Thursdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. with lunch available after. Exercises are mostly done in a chair and are great for any disabilities.

Tai Chi: In the Auxiliary Room by Zoom on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 1 p.m. with Paul Samberg; Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. with Linda Schoeller-Boyle.

Zumba classes are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Classes take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Ten classes cost $35 or $5 for drop in.

Art group meets every Friday from 10 to 11 a.m. Stay for lunch afterwards.

The center is looking for participants to sign up so it can start other activities such as a chess club, dominos or card games.

It has all kinds of board games available if you just want to get a group together for a day of fun.

Center staff also is in the process of setting up an indoor exercise space and will be open to all seniors during normal business hours.

Community members are invited to join the friendly faces, meet new friends and enjoy great food.

They also are seeking volunteers to help run the front desk and serve and to deliver meals on wheels.

For more information please call the Clearlake Senior Center at 707-994-3051.

California Attorney General Rob Bonta has issued an alert highlighting the California Mortgage Relief Program, a relief program that uses $1 billion in federal Homeowner Assistance Funds to provide financial assistance to low to moderate income homeowners who are behind on their housing payments due to the impact of COVID-19.

The program will cover past due mortgage payments or reverse mortgage arrearages in full as a one-time grant, which will be submitted as a direct payment to the homeowners’ lender or mortgage servicer.

The program is free, and the funds received by approved applicants do not need to be repaid. In an alert issued Wednesday, Attorney General Bonta urges struggling homeowners to check if they are eligible for the program and apply.

“What makes the California Mortgage Relief Program so unique, is that the financial assistance provided through this program is completely free and does not need to be paid back. This is an important opportunity for struggling homeowners to receive federal grants of up to $80,000 per household that will help them get caught up on their housing payments,” said Attorney General Bonta. “It is crucial that homeowners check to see if they qualify for this free financial assistance, and apply as soon as possible so that they can get the help that they need to keep their home.”

“The California Mortgage Relief Program gives qualified homeowners who were most impacted by the pandemic a chance to regain their footing financially," said Rebecca Franklin, president of CalHFA Homeowner Relief Corporation. "The program is open to homeowners, even if they have already received government COVID-19 assistance.”

Eligibility requirements

The program is open to all eligible Californians who have experienced pandemic-related hardships and have fallen behind on their housing payments.

To be eligible, applicants must meet the following criteria:

• Have a household income at or below 100% of their county’s Area Median Income;
• Missed at least two mortgage payments prior to Dec. 27, 2021;
• Own a single-family home, condo or permanently affixed manufactured home;
• Faced a pandemic-related financial hardship after January 21, 2020; and

Meet one of the following:

• Receiving public assistance;
• Severely housing burdened (costs for your mortgage, property taxes and other housing expenses are more than 40% of your income); or
• Have no alternative mortgage workout options (loan modifications) through your mortgage servicer.
• You can find more information regarding eligibility at camortgagerelief.org/who-is-eligible.

How to apply

The California Mortgage Relief Program is now accepting applications through its online portal at CaMortgageRelief.org. The application is available in six languages.

While there is no strict application deadline, homeowners are encouraged to apply for funding as soon as possible.

The sooner you submit an application, the sooner it can be reviewed, and – if your application is approved – the sooner you will likely receive funds.

The California Mortgage Relief Program will remain open until all funds have been allocated, with an end date projected in 2025. The funds provided by this program will be available on a first come first serve basis.

Additional information

The California Mortgage Relief Program is a government-run program that is completely free to homeowners. Homeowners do not need to pay any fee to apply for available funding, and any funds received by approved applicants do not need to be repaid.

Homeowners who receive funds from this program should talk with a tax professional about any impact funds may have on their income taxes. Be suspicious of any third party that is offering to submit an application on your behalf, especially for a fee.

For Californians to be eligible for this relief, their mortgage servicer must be participating in the program.

In February, Attorney General Bonta sent a letter to key mortgage servicers urging the companies' immediate and full participation in the California Mortgage Relief Program. For a list of servicers participating in the program, go to camortgagerelief.org/mortgage-servicers/.

If you believe you have been the victim of fraud related to the California Mortgage Relief Program, please report it to the Attorney General’s Office by submitting a complaint online at oag.ca.gov/report or by phone at 800-952-5225 (TTY (800) 735-2922).

You may also report identified or suspected fraud to the Treasury Office of the Inspector General’s Investigation Services at oig.treasury.gov/report-fraud-waste-and-abuse.

For free assistance with housing and foreclosure avoidance issues, you can call a housing counselor approved by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD.

To find a HUD-approved housing counseling agency near you, access HUD's database for Foreclosure Avoidance Counseling or call 888-995-HOPETM (4673).

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.

Upcoming Calendar

13Aug
08.13.2022 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Old Time Machines
13Aug
13Aug
13Aug
08.13.2022 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Farmers' Market at the Mercantile
13Aug
08.13.2022 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Ladies of the Lake Quilt Guild
13Aug
08.13.2022 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Weekly writing workshop
13Aug
08.13.2022 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Movies in the Park: ‘Sing 2’
15Aug
08.15.2022 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Community Visioning Forum Planning Committee
16Aug
08.16.2022 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Farmers' Market at Library Park
16Aug
08.16.2022 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Rotary Club of Clear Lake

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