Monday, 06 February 2023

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WASHINGTON, D.C. NASA invites people of all ages to join the lunar exploration journey with an opportunity to send their names to the moon aboard the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, spacecraft.


The Send Your Name to the Moon Web site enables everyone to participate in the lunar adventure and place their names in orbit around the moon for years to come. Participants can submit their information at http://lro.jhuapl.edu/NameToMoon/, print a certificate and have their name entered into a database. The database will be placed on a microchip that will be integrated onto the spacecraft. The deadline for submitting names is June 27.


"Everyone who sends their name to the moon, like I'm doing, becomes part of the next wave of lunar explorers," said Cathy Peddie, deputy project manager for LRO at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. "The LRO mission is the first step in NASA's plans to return humans to the moon by 2020, and your name can reach there first. How cool is that?"


The orbiter, comprised of six instruments and one technology demonstration, will provide the most comprehensive data set ever returned from the moon. The mission will focus on the selection of safe landing sites and identification of lunar resources. It also will study how the lunar radiation environment could affect humans.


LRO will also create a comprehensive atlas of the moon's features and resources that will be needed as NASA designs and builds a planned lunar outpost. The mission will support future human exploration while providing a foundation for upcoming science missions. LRO is scheduled for launch in late 2008.


The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is being built at Goddard. The mission also will be managed at the center for NASA's Explorations Systems Mission Directorate in Washington.


Send Your Name to the Moon is a collaborative effort among NASA, the Planetary Society in Pasadena, Calif., and the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md.


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SACRAMENTO – The State Senate voted 34-2 on Tuesday to approve a bill by Sen. Patricia Wiggins (D-Santa Rosa) encouraging the production of solar power and energy efficiency in multi-unit residential dwellings where solar power has thus far been unavailable.


Her measure, Senate Bill 1460, requires the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to create a program (by July 1, 2010) to address the barriers preventing apartment building owners and residents of multi-unit apartments from participating in the California Solar Initiative (CSI).


In her testimony Tuesday afternoon, Wiggins said her bill “requires the PUC to create a program to provide incentives and rebates to apartment building owners and their tenants to participate in energy efficiency improvements and solar energy projects.


“This bill encourages the use of solar power in apartment buildings where solar power has been excluded, in spite of the fact that all ratepayers – including landlords and tenants – pay to fund the California Solar Initiative program,” Wiggins added.


“The bill has no impact on the State’s General Fund given that the funding for the State’s solar program is paid for entirely by ratepayers on their monthly electric utility bills,” she said.


Currently, all customers and ratepayers of electrical services pay a fee on their monthly utility bill to provide funding to the state’s CSI program, which is funded entirely funded by ratepayers and provides up to $3.3 billion over 10 years to subsidize homeowners and businesses that install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems.


Among the barriers preventing owners and residents of multi-unit residential buildings from participating in the CSI program:


  • Solar PV installations for one apartment or multi-unit dwelling must be connected to one meter as a matter of state policy. This has created problems in multi-unit, multi-metered buildings. State Law requires individual meters, with inverters (which convert solar to electricity, or DC to AC) for all dwelling units constructed after 1982 in multi-unit buildings. As a result, the upfront cost to install solar, combined with the additional cost of the inverters, is a disincentive for a building owner even with a 40 percent state and federal rebate;

  • The landlord/owner has to pay for the solar system but benefits very little from the solar power because it largely serves his or her tenants, even if the landlord resides at the apartment complex and/or the solar power offsets the electrical costs in common areas;

  • The PUC requires “reasonable and cost-effective energy efficiency improvements” in existing buildings before an apartment building owner can apply for the CSI solar rebate program. The upfront costs of improvements – including installation of dual-paned windows, additional insulation, etc. – can serve as a disincentive for a building owner, who does not benefit from the efficiencies.


“These barriers hinder a major portion of the state’s ratepayers who contribute to the CSI Program from putting solar power on the power grid during peak energy demand days,” Wiggins said.


Tuesday’s approval by the Senate means that SB 1460 now moves to the Assembly for consideration.


For more information on SB 1460 or other bills authored by Wiggins, please visit her Web site, http://dist02.casen.govoffice.com/.


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LAKEPORT – This Friday, May 30, a free concert in Library Park is being presented by the Lakeport Regional Chamber of Commerce, featuring the Lake County Diamonds.


The Diamonds will be playing in the gazebo from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and TNT's On The Lake will serve dinner for $18/person, from 6 p.m. to 7:30pm.

 

Some of the early arrivals of classic cars participating in the 17th Annual Roundup Car Show will be parked at Library Park that evening as they check in for early registration. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy and evening of entertainment.

 

On Saturday, May 31, two huge events will take place at Library Park – Wood and Glory and the annual Car Roundup.

 

The 10th annual Wood and Glory Classic Boat Show will showcase beautifully restored wooden boats, on display from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The public will be invited to vote for their favorite wooden boat and by doing so will have an opportunity to win a framed copy of this years' Wood & Glory X poster.

 

A barbecue catered by Lakeview Market will be served at noon. The cost is $18/person, with only a limited number of barbecue meals available to the public.


Jim Williams and Ranch House will be playing in the gazebo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for everyone's listening pleasure.


The 17th annual Car Roundup car show will have 200 beautiful classic cars on display through 3 p.m.

 

There will be vendors with a variety of art, crafts, women's unique clothing, jewelry, free tokens for ice cream, auto- and motorcycle-related items, and the Plein Air Artists will have a display in the park.

 

For further information, contact the Lakeport Regional Chamber of Commerce at 263-5092.


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California law enforcement and the cellular phone industry have announced the next step in the expansion of the state’s highly successful AMBER Alert system.


In 2002, the AMBER Alert Network was created to aid law enforcement in the safe return of child abduction victims. Currently the system includes messages that interrupt broadcast programs, roadside signs by major highways and streamlined notification of law enforcement agencies to be on the lookout.


Last week, through a partnership with the wireless telephone industry, the California Highway Patrol announced that cell phone users can “opt in” to receive AMBER notifications via text message on their cell phones. The service is free and available to nearly all cell phone users in California. The instructions are now also available on-line in Spanish for the first time.


“California’s AMBER Alert Program is the role model for successful partnerships between government, law enforcement, the media and the general public,” said Business, Transportation and Housing Agency Secretary Dale Bonner.


“This will add thousands of eyes to look for victims and suspects in AMBER Alert cases during those first critical hours of an abduction,” said CHP Deputy Commissioner Skip Carter.


Most wireless subscribers can enroll by sending the word “AMBER” followed by a space and their 5-digit ZIP code in a text message to 26237. More than 30 wireless carriers, which serve 96 percent of all U.S. subscribers, offer the Wireless AMBER Alerts program. Cell phone users can also register on-line.


“We believe this is a compelling way to raise awareness about a vitally important child safety tool,” said David S. Diggs, Executive Director of The Wireless Foundation, a nonprofit organization formed by members of the cellular telephone industry. “We hope everyone signs up for this free service and helps play a crucial role in the safe recovery of an abducted child.”


Since it was formed nearly six years ago, the AMBER Alert program in California is credited with the safe recovery of 148 children.


“It is critical to get the word out within the first three hours of an abduction to have a successful outcome,” said Pasadena Police Chief Bernard Melekian, representing the California Police Chief’s Association.


“Sending AMBER Alerts to people’s cell phones is another valuable tool in law enforcement’s arsenal to save abducted children,” stated Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Commander Rick Adams, representing the California State Sheriff’s Association.


The free service is the result of a partnership between the Wireless Foundation, CHP, The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, The U.S. Department of Justice and the Advertising Council.


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LAKE COUNTY – In preparation for the coming election on June 3, Voices of Lake County, a KPFZ community call-in show, will be presenting a special two-part program on Friday featuring local candidates debates.


The show can be found on 88.1 FM.


From 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Voices of Lake County will replay the District 1 candidates debate recently aired on KPFZ on The Law Show with host Herb Gura.


From 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., the show will replace the recent District 5 candidates debate conducted in the Board of Supervisors Chambers on May 7 and moderated by Elizabeth Larson of Lake County News.


Due to the length of the programs, there will be no call-ins to discuss the debates.


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CLEARLAKE Somewhere around l968, Charles Schoenberger, then owner of Ford’s Department store at Austin Beach in Clearlake, decided that if Mark Twain could get frogs to jump in competition in Calaveras County, we could get worms to race here in Lake County.


The first International Worm Races were held that year. Charles was right. Not only did worms race, but the first year’s event held over three days generated more than 1,000 entries.


Now held on the Saturday of the Lyon’s Club Fourth of July Parade and the Clearlake Chamber of Commerce Firework’s display, the races continue.


Through the years, some winning competitors were dug up in distant back yards and vegetable gardens, others were flown in from far away places, but local night crawlers have proven to be the most dependable.


Past winners who inched their way across the finish line ahead of their competitors included such greats as Lightning Harry, Fred, Heliatrophy, Master Gee and Slimey. One year, 8-year-old Eddy Sears not only won first prize with his worm Buddy, but claimed third and fourth place as well. The most recent finalists were simply named Wormie and Squirmie.


People have come from around the world to compete, and from many walks of life, including senators and congressmen.


In l980, NBC had television cameras from the show “Real People” to film the races. The Santa Rosa Press Democrat newspaper and a crew from “Animal Planet” were on hand when Eddy Sears set his record. More recently CBS and “Bay Area Back Roads” joined in the fun. One of their reporters got so caught up in the competition that he made it to the finals, placing second.


Eddy Sears and Buddy have since gone into retirement, leaving the field wide open for anyone to claim the prize. All ages are welcome to try. It’s easy to win. In fact, it’s so easy that last year’s winner was 2-year-old, Anthony Bradley. This year, who knows? Perhaps it’s time for an adult to claim top honors.


Last year's event held a special surprise for the competitors. Perrie Bassham, our first ever International Worms race winner, came back to pay us a visit. She and her dad, Paul Bassham, had spent a Father/daughter day on Clearlake. When they docked their boat, empty-handed, they saw all the excitement around the Worm Races. With a night crawler taken from the same can of worms they had been using to fish with, Perrie Bassham went all the way and won top prize – a brand new fishing pole and reel.


This year's winners in the four age categories – 0 to 5 years; 6 to 10 years; 11 to 17 years, and 18 years and over – will vie for cash prizes and trophies.


So what are you waiting for? If Anthony Bradley, Perrie Bassham and Eddy Sears can win it all, so can you. Worm-master Bill Edmunds and other Clearlake Chamber of Commerce members will be there to cheer you on to victory. You might even see yourself on TV.


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