Sunday, 07 August 2022

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LAKEPORT, Calif. — As the Fourth of July approaches, the Lakeport Police Department would like to provide citizens with important information for those who wish to attend the event.

As in the previous years, the city of Lakeport is allowing the sale and use of safe and sane fireworks within the incorporated area of Lakeport.

Any person who wishes to purchase and use safe and sane fireworks are required to adhere to the following dates, times and locations for discharge of safe and sane fireworks.

Dates and hours of discharge are 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 1 to 3, and 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 4.

All safe and sane fireworks are permitted on any street within the incorporated area of Lakeport from July 1 through the 4, which does not violate section 5.30.180B, which states: “It is unlawful for any person to ignite, discharge, project or otherwise fire or use any safe and sane firework, or permit the ignition, discharge or projection upon or over or onto another’s property without his/her permission or within 10 feet of any residence, dwelling or other structure used as a place of habitation by human beings.”

Discharge of safe and sane fireworks will be permitted on Fourth Street during the July 4 event. The location will be cordoned off by barrier tape and will be in the 50 block of Fourth Street. Safe and sane fireworks are not allowed along the lakefront or parklands between 9th Street and First Street.

Citizens should use extreme caution when discharging safe and sane fireworks as the city is experiencing high temperatures and fire danger is a concern.

Alcohol will be permitted by persons in the parklands during the July 4 event between the hours of 11 a.m. and 10 p.m.

The event has been issued a “special permit” for alcohol consumption with certain restrictions which are listed below.

These restrictions are in place as a precautionary measure to protect public safety, damage to city property or private property and to protect any and all persons in attendance.

Failure to abide by these conditions may result in criminal actions, the immediate suspension of the alcohol permit and possible forfeiture of future permits.

Alcohol restrictions:

• No kegs or other large alcohol storage/dispensing containers.
• No glass containers.
• No sales of alcohol will be allowed (except for the Main St. Association Beer Booth on Park Street).
• Public Intoxication is prohibited.

Noise restrictions:

No amplified music outside of the facility or event location.

Park rules:

Park lands will be closed between midnight and 6 a.m. Obey all posted rules and regulations.

Annually, the July 4 event draws a large crowd of people to the parklands thus, causing safety concerns.

The Lakeport Police Department has set up a public information cellular telephone text alert function through NIXLE to provide public safety alerts, other important information, such as lost children, safety concerns, street closures or location information for the safe and sane discharge area to members of the public who are attending the activities during the event.

In order to receive these important public information text messages, members of the public can opt-in by texting the word fireworks to 888777.

Reminder: Law enforcement does not have the authority to permit the use of fireworks on any private property such as, Safeway parking lot, old Kmart parking lot, Nylander Center parking lot, Shoreline Center parking lot and Vista Point parking lot.

The use and possession of safe and sane fireworks is only permitted within the incorporated city limits of Lakeport.

Illegal fireworks of any kind will not be tolerated and persons will be subject for citation and arrest.

The Lakeport Police Department and city of Lakeport will also have a command post set up at City Hall Chambers during the event for those who wish to stop by or have questions.

Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, announced Friday the Legislature has approved his proposal to help ensure the conservation of big game habitats in California through public-private partnerships with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

“Maintaining sustainable hunting lands in California requires considerable collaboration and resources,” said Sen. Dodd, who co-chairs the Legislature’s Outdoor Sporting Caucus. “Many in the outdoor sporting community are the most conservation-minded because they want to leave future generations the same opportunities they’ve had. My bill will help ensure the continued conservation of these wild habitats.”

In 2010, the Legislature established the Big Game Management Account, funded by hunting license fees, to pay for research and habitat restoration to benefit big-game species.

Senate Bill 370 clarifies the law to allow public and private entities, including nonprofit organizations and federally recognized tribes, to continue their valuable habitat work.

Doing so is critical to achieving program objectives including contracting for aerial surveys and captures of wild sheep, as well as important research at institutions like UC Davis and Humboldt State University.

SB 370 is sponsored by the California Deer Association and the California chapter of the Wild Sheep Foundation and is supported by more than a dozen outdoor sporting organizations. It was approved this week with overwhelming support of the Assembly after previously passing out of the Senate.

KELSEYVILLE, Calif. — The Clear Lake Trowel & Trellis Garden Club hosted the Mendo-Lake District meeting at Hans and Carol Dobusch's property in Kelseyville.

As the attendees entered the property, they were greeted by Phoenix, a Macaw parrot, and two friendly dogs.

The event began with a garden tour of Carol and Han's gardens and a tasty brunch. To the delight of the attendees, all events were held outside under the shade trees in the Dobuschs’ park like landscaping.

Assistant District Director Rhea Pitchard, welcomed the clubs from Ukiah, Willits, Potter Valley and Clear Lake Trowel & Trellis.

Each club shared what they had accomplished during the Spring and Penny Pines Certificates were awarded to Diane Cerutti and Sandy Spencer.

Following the reports from the garden clubs the meeting was adjourned for a barbecue and social time.

Following the barbecue, Terry Knight, local outdoorsman and columnist for the Record-Bee and Ukiah Daily Journal, gave a presentation of the history and lore of Mt. Konocti and Clear Lake. Phoenix the Macaw also enjoyed Knight's presentation with shrieks and jabbering.

Kitty Loberg, vice president of the Trowel & Trellis Garden Club, installed the new officers for the 2022-2023 year.

They are: Carol Dobusch, president; Kitty Loberg, vice president; Linda Pyers, treasurer; Kathleen Steinberg, secretary; and Hans Dobusch, parliamentarian.

A good time was had by all.

The Mendo-Lake District is a member of the California Garden Club Inc.-Pacific Region and National Garden Clubs Inc.

Kathleen Steinberg is secretary of the Clear Lake Trowel & Trellis Garden Club.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Lake Links, the nonprofit community transportation provider serving Lake County, has been awarded a $15,000 Community Challenge Grant from AARP to start a new volunteer driver program “Ride Links.”

Ride Links will use volunteers driving their own cars to provide escorted rides for seniors who have few other transportation options.

The mission of the AARP Community Challenge grant program is to “make communities
more liveable for people of all ages with tangible improvements that jump-start longterm change.”

In 2022, AARP is investing $3.4 million among 260 grantees across all 50 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S Virgin Islands.

Lake Links is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that currently operates two transportation programs for seniors and persons with disabilities in Lake County: The Pay-Your-Pal program which allows eligible riders to find their own drivers to necessary destinations (medical, shopping, etc.) who are then paid a mileage reimbursement; and Medi-Links, operated in partnership with Lake Transit, which provides low-cost trips to out-of-county medical appointments.

Ride Links will feature a pool of screened and trained volunteer drivers in their own cars who will be matched with eligible riders.

Lake Links is currently recruiting for a program manager to lead the Ride Links launch, and Ride Links will launch in the next several months.

Interested volunteer drivers may contact Lake Links at 707-995-3330 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be put on a waiting list to drive.

Mileage reimbursements will be available for those drivers who request it.

MENDOCINO NATIONAL FOREST, Calif. — Acting Forest Supervisor Kristen Sexton has signed a decision on the Plaskett-Keller August Complex project.

Forest land managers can now begin removing fire-killed and fire-injured trees near roads and campgrounds on just over 1,500 acres located on the Covelo and Grindstone Ranger Districts.

The project area is near Plaskett Meadows Campground, which experienced high levels of tree mortality during the 2020 August Complex and has not reopened due to the safety hazards.

“This decision strikes a responsible balance between the need for post-fire management activities in the aftermath of the August Complex and the public’s concerns of adverse effects for wildlife habitat,” said Sexton. “Focusing on roadside and campground hazard trees addresses the highest priority actions and the critical need to mitigate risk to human health and safety.”

Forest environmental planners initiated the analysis for the project in February 2021. Over the course of 12 months, the interdisciplinary team consulted with tribes and other state and federal agencies.

The team also incorporated feedback from the public, which was collected during comment periods, at virtual public meetings and during a field trip to the project area.

The final decision letter and the environmental analysis can be found online on the project website at https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=59444.


Plaskett Keller August Complex Project Map. Treatment areas will occur in Unit 310 and 311 near Plaskett Meads Campground are and along roadsides 200 feet. Courtesy of the Mendocino National Forest.




MENDOCINO NATIONAL FOREST, Calif. — With the anticipated increase in visitors that summer brings, forest officials share a few reminders on wildfire awareness and safety ahead of the July 4 weekend.

More than 90% of all wildland fires are human caused. This, coupled with drier than normal conditions, increases the odds of forest fires igniting. Together, Californians can prepare and prevent wildfires with just a bit of planning.

Campfire permits are required for the use of campfires, charcoal fires or portable gas stoves. Permits are available online at https://www.readyforwildfire.org/permits/campfire-permit.

Visitors can follow these steps to prevent wildfires:

• Campfires: Clear all flammable material away from the fire for a minimum of five feet in all directions. Make sure you have a shovel and sufficient water to put out the campfire. Attend the fire at all times and never build a campfire on a windy day. Ensure your fire is completely extinguished: drown with water, stir with your shovel, drown again, and feel for any heat using the back of your hand.

• Camp stoves: If using a portable stove, make sure the area is clear of grasses and other debris that may catch fire. Prevent stoves from tipping.

• Vehicles: Stick to designated trails and be careful of parking or driving your car or ATV in tall, dry, vegetation, including grass. When towing, ensure your safety chains are properly connected with any type of trailer. The hot underside of the vehicle and dragging chains can start a fire.

• Flammable items: The use of any fireworks, explosives or internal or external combustion engine without a spark arrester is prohibited on the forest. Always use caution with smoking. Extinguish all smoking materials dead out on bare soil. Pack out all cigarette butts and filters.

Several campgrounds and trailheads remain closed due to ongoing safety hazards.

Forest officials remind visitors to check the website for recreation areas that are open: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/mendocino/recreation.

The popular Letts Lake Campground remains closed for maintenance; however, visitors can park at Big Springs Picnic for day use access to the lake. Big Springs Picnic is located on the west side of Letts Lake, accessed by a road 1/4 mile beyond the Letts Lake turnoff.

Although crews have cleared several forest roads, hazards remain in many areas, including falling trees and snags, rolling rocks and debris. Roads could become impassable at any time. Forest officials recommend driving high-clearance vehicles on dirt roads and carrying a chain saw.

Forest officials remind visitors to be cautious when recreating in the forest and to be aware at all times of potential hazards in a burned area, which includes dead standing trees, downed trees, dropped limbs, stump holes or unstable terrain. More information about hazards associated with a burned area is available at http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/mendocino/hazards.

Bears are active in the forest this time of year. Forest visitors can avoid problems with bears by maintaining a safe distance. Visitors must be vigilant with food storage and trash. Never feed bears and report any encounters with a bear to forest staff. Additional information about avoiding bear encounters is available at www.fs.usda.gov/goto/mendocino/bears.

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