Thursday, 26 January 2023


Ted Cabral. Courtesy photo.

COTTONWOOD, Calif. — The board of the Post Wildfire OHV Recovery Alliance, or PWORA, elected Ted Cabral as the organization’s new president and chief executive officer.

The vote was taken at the 2022 Board meeting held on Nov. 10 in Cottonwood.

Ted Cabral will succeed Don Amador who served from 2018 to 2022 as the organization’s first president.

Amador stepped down from his current position but will remain on the board.

“I am proud of what PWORA has accomplished over the last four years where it collaborated with a diverse array of multi-interest strategic partners to mobilize volunteers and deploy resources on projects to mitigate post-disaster impacts to recreation areas on public lands managed by the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management in California,” said Amador.

“PWORA’s significant achievements since the organization’s founding include signing a master participation agreement with the USDA, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region (R5) located in Vallejo, California, completion of numerous volunteer and contract post fire recovery projects, and successful fundraising efforts,” Amador continued.

“I know the organization under Ted’s leadership will continue to build capacity to help our agency partners plan for and implement important post wildfire recovery projects,” Amador concluded.

Cabral, former three term commissioner for the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division of California State Parks, has a long track record of collaboration with the government agencies that manage OHV recreation on public lands in California.

“I am looking forward to building on the incredible foundation that Don and the PWORA board of directors have built,” Cabral stated. “My vision is to build our alliance by developing deep ties with local clubs and volunteer organizations. Those organizations would be able to leverage our relationship to streamline their volunteer efforts by taking advantage of PWORA’s master participation agreement to better support the Forest Service and other agencies during recovery operations.”

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — The Lake County Library’s Adult Literacy Program has scheduled an in-person Tutor Training for December.

The free training will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at the Lakeport Library.

Hosted by Literacy Program Coordinator Georgina Marie Guardado and facilitated by Lake County Literacy Coalition Board Member Pam Klier, participants will learn useful techniques for teaching adults to read.

No experience is needed and ongoing support and workshops are provided for tutors. Upon completion of the training, tutors will be matched with adult learners in a variety of settings around the county. Those who would like to help adults improve their literacy skills are encouraged to attend.

Becoming a tutor can help someone to a better future. In addition to teaching literacy, the program offers services for GED and High School Equivalency test preparation, digital literacy, citizenship application assistance, written driving tests, and more.

For more information or to register for tutor training, please call 707-263-7633 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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UPPER LAKE, Calif. — The Western Region Town Hall will meet on Wednesday, Nov. 16.

The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Habematolel community center, 9460 Main St. in Upper Lake.

The agenda includes the following Upper Lake levees, feral cats, fire preparedness,drought and much more.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

KELSEYVILLE, Calif. — The Brick Tavern in downtown Kelseyville is planning an anniversary celebration this weekend.

The tavern, built 150 years ago, will host a daylong celebration on Saturday, Nov. 19, beginning at 10 a.m. and continuing until after dark.

The street party will include live bands on a stage outside of the brick, food and craft vendors, face painting, dancing and more. A DJ will take over after dark and continue from 7 p.m. until 2 a.m.

The day also will remember Patti Lyndall’s birthday. Lyndall, who died in 2019, owned and operated the tavern from 1972 until her death.

All are invited to attend.

The inaugural Farm Bureau Punkin Chunkin Champions, Kelseyville High School FFA. Courtesy photo.

LAKEPORT, Calif. — On the first Saturday in November, Lake County Farm Bureau launched a new event to raise funds for Lake County Farm Bureau’s scholarship program.

The inaugural Punkin Chunkin Festival at Wildhurst Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze offered an afternoon of family fun with the first official Punkin Chunkin, vendors, and the last opportunity to enjoy the 2022 Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze.

The event raised $4,475 for the scholarship fund.

Students from Kelseyville FFA designed and built a trebuchet to launch the pumpkins. After some on the spot repairs and practice launches, the team was rewarded with a pumpkin that flew more than 300 feet across the pumpkin field.

Kelseyville FFA will have their name etched on the FFA Division Punkin Chunkin Championship trophy that will be displayed in the LCFB office.

Daniel Suenram, vice president on the Lake County Farm Bureau Board, was the idea person for this event.

He and LCFB Executive Director Rebecca Harper led the planning team for the Punkin Chunkin. They were both still glowing from the success more than a week later.

“I would like to thank all from the community who came out to see and support the inaugural event. I would especially like to thank the Hats for so graciously welcoming this event to their wonderful facility,” Suenram said.

Vendors at the event added to the fun. The Noodle Bowl and Zero Dark Thirty Espresso were on hand to offer food options. The Scotts Valley 4H sold Loaded Baked Potatoes. LCFB offered homemade pumpkin pies for sale and Countywide C&L 4H hosted a petting zoo.

After the success with the first one, Harper said, “Next year we plan to have multiple divisions and expand this event drastically. Be on the lookout for more details to come! We hope to see more FFA chapters compete as well as other businesses and independent groups from around the lake. Agricultural mechanics is an integral component to the success of the agriculture industry. LCFB continues a long standing tradition of bringing visibility and providing scholarships to young people pursuing careers in agriculture.”

The event would not have been possible with the generous support of Michael and Tanya Hat, That Ranch at Wildhurst Vineyards. Other sponsors that supported the event included Calpine at the Geysers with a donation of hard hats and $1,500 and Rainbow Ag donating $25 gift cards for individual awards to members of the winning team and a $100 gift card for the winning team.

Lake County Farm Bureau represents nearly 500 farmers, ranchers, and ag-based companies in Lake County. Working to protect and promote agriculture, LCFB advocates on issues relating to farming, ranching, and the rural lifestyle, and collaborates closely with elected officials, government agencies, and other organizations to solve problems facing the agriculture industry.

For more information, contact Farm Bureau at 707 263-0911. Follow Lake County Farm Bureau on Facebook or visit our website at

Kelseyville FFA's trebuchet. This trebuchet launched the winning distance of 282 feet. Courtesy photo.

CLEARLAKE, Calif. — The U.S. flag at Austin Park will come down for the winter season this week.

A flag lowering ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, at the park, located at 14077 Lakeshore Drive.

The guest speaker will be veteran Mike Huffman.

Community members are invited to take part in the event.

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