Thursday, 11 August 2022

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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.

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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— 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.

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.

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.

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Movies in the Park: ‘Sing 2’
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Community Visioning Forum Planning Committee
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