Wednesday, 30 November 2022

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Permits to cut Christmas trees in the Mendocino National Forest are now available. Mendocino National Forest photo.

MENDOCINO NATIONAL FOREST, Calif. — The Mendocino National Forest has begun selling Christmas tree permits for the season online at Recreation.gov.

“Cutting your own Christmas tree on a national forest is a special experience for several reasons,” said Joseph Rechsteiner, acting forest supervisor for the Mendocino National Forest. “The Christmas Tree Program helps people connect to our public lands and helps families create treasured memories together. It also benefits forest health by removing the small-diameter, over-crowded trees and opening more areas for wildlife foraging for food.”

To purchase a Christmas tree permit, visit Recreation.gov and search by forest name or use the interactive map to explore locations.

Be sure to carefully read the overview, need-to-know information and other guidelines prior to purchasing the permit. Visitors will need to create or log in to a Recreation.gov account to complete the transaction.

A permit must be purchased, limited to one per household.

On Recreation.gov, visitors have the option to purchase up to three trees. The cost for 2022 is $10 per tree, and with a $2.50 transaction fee. The number of permits is limited and will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis.

Permits are good through Dec. 31, 2022.

Persons must be at least 18 years old to purchase the permit. All Christmas tree permit sales are final; no refunds will be made. Christmas tree cutting will be allowed only in specific areas in the Mendocino National Forest.

When heading out to the forest to cut a Christmas tree, officials remind visitors to follow these important tips for a safe and enjoyable experience:

• Plan your trip and check the weather forecast.
• Bring plenty of warm clothes, water, food, tire chains, shovel, a saw or axe to cut your tree and a tarp and rope to bring it home.
• Keep vehicles on designated roads and be prepared for changing weather and road conditions. Be aware of safety hazards when traveling through a burned area.
• Remember cell phone service may be unavailable, so carry emergency equipment in vehicles.
• Cut the tree early in the season before favorite cutting areas can’t be reached because of snow.
• Make sure you are cutting a tree on the Mendocino National Forest within the designated Christmas tree cutting area and not on other federal, state or private lands.
• Cut the tree as close as possible to the ground and leave as short a stump as possible.
• Print your permit and make sure it is visible on your vehicle dashboard. If you purchase a permit in-person at one of our offices or vendors, you will receive a tag that needs to be tied to your tree when you transport it home.

Permits can be also purchased by mail or in person at the Willows or Upper Lake Ranger Stations. If purchasing in person, individuals can purchase one permit per household and one tree per permit. Several local vendors will also be selling Christmas tree permits.

Officials recommend that visitors call ahead to check hours and availability at the following offices and vendors:

 Mendocino National Forest Supervisor’s Office
825 N. Humboldt Ave.
Willows, CA 95988
Telephone: 530-934-3316

Upper Lake Ranger Station
10025 Elk Mountain Road
Upper Lake, CA 95485
Telephone: 707-275-2361

Covelo Ranger Station
78150 Covelo Road
Covelo, CA 95428
Telephone: 707-983-6118

Sacramento River Discovery Center
1000 Sale Lane
Red Bluff, CA 96080
Telephone: 530-527-1196

Upper Lake Grocery
160 E. Highway 20
Upper Lake, CA 95485
Telephone: 707-275-2380

M&M Feed
74540 Hill Road
Covelo, CA 95428
Telephone: 707-983-6273

Keith’s Family Foods
76201 Covelo Road
Covelo, CA 95428
Telephone: 707-983-6633

Covelo Volunteer Fire Department
75900 Covelo Road
Covelo, CA 95428
Telephone: 707-983-6719

More information about Christmas tree permits is available online.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — The Lake County Library is happy to announce the immediate availability of its new digital newspaper collection.

Titled “America’s News,” this collection is available to all library patrons and is updated daily.

America’s News provides online access to current and archived issues of over 3,000 full-text newspapers, including the Lake County Record-Bee, Santa Rosa Press Democrat, San Francisco Chronicle, Sacramento Bee and USA Today.

America’s News enables library patrons to easily search and browse current and archived news articles, editorials, reviews, birth and marriage announcements, obituaries and a variety of special sections.

Patrons can use this resource for general reference or to research local and national issues, events, people, government, education, arts, business, sports, real estate and much more.

In addition to using America’s News at the library, patrons can access the collection from home at the library’s website under Resources.

America’s News complements other newspaper resources offered by the Lake County Library.

The Lakeport Library has an extensive microfilm collection of local historical newspapers that dates back to 1865.

Online access to the New York Times is also provided on the Lake County Library website thanks to the California State Library.

America’s News is a resource offered by NewsBank, the world’s premier provider of newspapers and other news sources online.

Serving public libraries for more than 45 years, NewsBank offers online access to more than 12,000 titles from the U.S. and other countries around the globe.

For more information, contact the Lake County Library by calling the main branch in Lakeport at 707-263-8817, emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit http://library.lakecountyca.gov.

KELSEYVILLE, Calif. — Come and join the Square Dance in the Barn at Ely Stage Stop on Sunday, Nov. 6, at 3 p.m.

They welcome first-time square dancers into this friendly fun activity. And if there are dancers who have moved here and missed the activity from their previous clubs — come and join them.

Lawrence Johnstone will be calling this dance.

Ely Stage Stop will be a fun and busy place this Sunday afternoon. The Fiddlers Jam is from noon to 2 p.m. and the Ely folks will have the barbecue going to serve hamburgers — and usually there are huge pieces of pie to enjoy.

The Ely Stage Stop is located on Soda Bay Road about a mile off Highway 29 between Kelseyville and Lower Lake.

For more information call Dee at 707-900-8089, Cynthia at 707-485-2768 or Belle at 707-279-2057.

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. ‌‌ ‌‌‌ ‌‌‌ ‌

Caltrans will suspend most work on Northern California highways on Thursday, Nov. 10, and Friday, Nov. 11, in observance of Veterans Day. However, in the case of unforeseen circumstances, it may be necessary for Caltrans crews to respond to emergency situations.

For‌‌ ‌‌updates‌‌ ‌‌to‌‌ ‌‌this‌‌ ‌‌list‌‌ ‌‌check‌‌ ‌‌QuickMap‌‌ ‌‌at‌‌ ‌‌‌www.dot.ca.gov‌‌‌ or‌‌ ‌‌1-800-GAS-ROAD‌‌ ‌‌‌(1-800-427-7623). ‌‌ ‌‌‌ ‌

LAKE‌‌ ‌‌COUNTY‌‌ ‌‌‌ ‌

Highway 29

— Road work at Route 281 will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 5 p.m. to 7 a.m. weeknights. Motorists should anticipate up to 15-minute delays.

— Road work will occur in Kelseyville at the Kelsey Creek Bridge from Bello Hill Road to Stahli Road on Thursday, Nov. 4. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Motorists should expect up to 10-minute delays.

— Bridge work at Robinson Rancheria Road continues. One-way traffic control will be in effect. Motorists should anticipate up to 10-minute delays.

Highway 175

— Bridge work in Cobb from Humboldt Drive to Bottle Rock Road continues. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Motorists should expect up to five-minute delays.

— Bridge work in Cobb at Estates Drive will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Motorists should expect up to 10-minute delays.

MENDOCINO COUNTY

Highway 1

— Utility work will occur at Iverson Road on Friday, Nov. 4. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Motorists should expect up to five-minute delays.

Highway 20

— Road work near Road 10 continues. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. Motorists should anticipate up to 10-minute delays.

Highway 101

— Slide removal at Pieta Creek Bridge continues. Northbound lane closures will be in effect. Motorists should anticipate up to five-minute delays.

— Bridge work at the Crawford Creek Bridge continues. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. weeknights. Motorists should expect up to five-minute delays.

— Bridge work near Henry Station Road continues. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. Motorists should expect up to 10-minute delays.

— Road work continues in Ukiah at Route 222. Lane closures will be in effect from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. weekdays. Motorists should expect minor slowdowns through the area.

— Fence work in Ukiah at the East Perkins Street Overcrossing continues. Lane closures will be in effect from 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. weekdays. Motorists should expect minor slowdowns through the area.

— Bridge work in Ukiah from the Presswood Overhead Bridge to the Hensley Creek Undercrossing continues. Lane Closures will be in effect from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Motorists should expect minor slowdowns through the area.

— Road work south of Willits continues. A lane closure will be in effect from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. Motorists should expect minor slowdowns in the area.

— Culvert work at Road 307 continues. One-way traffic control will be in effect and motorists should anticipate up to 15-minute delays.

— Tree work will occur in Leggett near the Route 1 Jct on Friday, Nov. 4. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Motorists should expect up to 10-minute delays.

Highway 128

— Paving work in Boonville from Mountain View Road to Hutsell Road will occur on Friday, Nov. 4. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Motorists should expect up to five-minute delays.

Highway 162

— Bridge work at Crawford Creek continues. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Motorists should expect up to 10-minute delays.

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

Highway 271

— Road work in Leggett at the Caltrans maintenance facility will conclude on Friday, Nov. 4. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. Motorists should expect up to 10-minute delays.

DEL NORTE

Highway 101

— Roadway excavation from Parkway Drive to Wilson & Burtchell will continue. Lane closures will be in effect weekdays from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Motorists should anticipate minor traffic slowdowns. In addition, a full southbound onramp closure at the Washington Boulevard Overcrossing will be in effect weekdays from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

— Utility work near Dr. Fine Bridge will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays.

Highway 199

— Electrical work near the Collier Tunnel Rest Area will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays.

HUMBOLDT COUNTY

Highway 96

— Guardrail work from Pearch Creek Bridge to the Siskiyou County line will begin on Monday, Nov. 7. One-way traffic control will be in effect weekdays from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Motorists should anticipate up to 15-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 near Myers Flat will continue. Lane closures will be in effect weekdays from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. A full southbound on ramp closure will be in effect. Motorists should anticipate minor traffic slowdowns.

— Excavation and concrete work from St. Louis Road Overcrossing to Georgia Pacific Road will continue. One-way traffic control and lane closures will be in effect weekdays from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays. A full closure of the southbound on ramp at the Route 299/101 Interchange will occur weekdays from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Motorists should follow signage and use an alternate route when necessary. Lane closures from the St. Louis Road Overcrossing to Mad River Bridge will be in effect from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Motorists should anticipate10-minute delays.

Highway 255

— Utility work will occur from Pacific Avenue to Dean Avenue on Tuesday, Nov. 8. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Motorists should expect 10-minute delays.

— Utility work from Jackson Ranch Road to Pacheco Road will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Motorists should expect 10-minute delays.

— Utility work from ‘V’ Street to ‘K’ Street will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Motorists should anticipate minor traffic slowdowns.

Highway 299

— Falsework installation from Route 200 to Route 101 will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect overnight from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Motorists should anticipate minor traffic slowdowns.

— Landscape work from Chezem Road to east of Circle Point will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect weekdays from 7 a.m.to 5 p.m. Motorists should anticipate five-minute delays.

— Construction from Willow Creek to Old Three Creek Road will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays.

Community First Credit Union taking part in the Redwood Empire Food Bank’s first-ever “Food BANKing” campaign in October 2022. Courtesy photo.

NORTH COAST, Calif. — Community First Credit Union took part in the Redwood Empire Food Bank’s first-ever “Food BANKing” campaign in October.

Local credit unions, banks and other financial institutions are participating in a friendly competition to see who can raise the most funds, collect the most food, and volunteer the most hours for Redwood Empire Food Bank.

On Monday, Oct. 10, the entire Community First team spent the morning volunteering with the Redwood Empire Food Bank.

As a team they helped pack 3,168 pounds of bread, 3,190 pounds of apples, 4,320 pounds of donated items, and 7,550 pounds of sweet potatoes, squash, and cucumbers. The group packed 18,138 pounds which is equivalent to 15,189 total meals for neighbors in need.

As a not-for-profit financial institution, Community First Credit Union not only reinvests their profits to their members through high deposit rates, low loan rates, and supporting local community events and organizations, but they also like to roll their sleeves up and give back to the communities they serve.

“Our motto is ‘Here for Good’ and events like this help us live out that message alongside great partners like the Redwood Empire Food Bank. We had a great time for a great cause,” said Scott Johnson, CEO of Community First.

Community First encourages their team to volunteer throughout the year with company-wide events and local community events. In 2022, Community First volunteered over 1,000 hours.

If you’d like to learn more about the Redwood Empire Food Bank’s “Food BANKing” campaign or to donate directly visit: refb.org.

Community First Credit Union volunteers at the Redwood Empire Food Bank. Courtesy photo.

State Controller Betty T. Yee reminded Californians you do not need to go door to door in search of treats. Your surprise may be just a few clicks away.

No trick: California has more than 70.4 million unclaimed properties worth a total of $11.9 billion waiting to be claimed this Halloween.

“Nearly one in three visitors to our website finds property in their name, the average payout was $433 last year,” said Controller Yee, California’s chief fiscal officer. “It is well worth the few minutes it takes to check if we are safeguarding any property for you.”

California’s Unclaimed Property Program is a consumer protection program in existence since 1959.

Designed to keep businesses and other entities from keeping properties belonging to a customer with whom they have lost contact.

Common types of unclaimed property include bank accounts, wages, stocks, bonds, uncashed checks, insurance benefits and safe deposit box contents.

People who find property at www.claimit.ca.gov can submit claims for their long-lost money or valuables online at any time, or call 800-992-4647 for assistance Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. through 5 p.m. PT, excluding holidays.

In September, the State Controller’s Office reunited approximately 22,000 people with about $41 million.

Here is a snapshot of claims paid last month:

• 2,424 properties valued at $2.7 million in Los Angeles;

• 471 properties valued at $368,656 in Fresno;

• 2,647 properties valued at $956,379 in Sacramento;

• 728 properties valued at $170,996 in Bakersfield;

• 129 properties valued at $75,218 in Chico;

• 122 properties valued at $183,986 in Redding;

• 49 properties valued at $60,648 in Monterey; and

• 12 properties valued at $3,777 in Barstow.

Anyone can download the unclaimed property database for free and see if people in their community or organization have items being safeguarded by the State Controller’s Office.

If your business or organization needs help ensuring you understand and meet reporting obligations under California’s unclaimed property law, please take advantage of the reporting resources available to you through the State Controller’s Office.

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Rotary Club of Middletown
1Dec
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Clearlake City Council
3Dec
12.03.2022 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Farmers' Market at the Mercantile
3Dec
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Weekly writing workshop
6Dec
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Rotary Club of Clear Lake
8Dec
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Rotary Club of Middletown
8Dec
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Adult Literacy Program in-person tutor training
9Dec
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Hometown Christmas in Lower Lake
10Dec
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10Dec
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