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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 from Friday, July 1, through Monday, July 4, in observance of Independence 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 ‌‌‌ ‌
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Highway‌‌ ‌‌20

— Utility work will occur in Lucerne at Rosemont Drive on Wednesday, July 6. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Motorists should expect five-minute delays.

— Guardrail work will occur from Walker Ridge Road to North Fork Cache Creek on Wednesday, July 6. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Motorists should expect five-minute delays.

Highway‌‌ ‌‌29

— Road work in Lakeport near Robinson Rancheria Road will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Motorists should expect up to 10-minute delays.

Highway‌‌ ‌‌53

— Electrical work will occur in Clear Lake at Dam Road on Friday, July 8. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Motorists should expect minor slowdowns through the area.

Highway 175

— Utility work at McDowell Creek will occur on Thursday, July 7. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 6:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Motorists should expect 10-minute delays.

— Road work will occur in Kelseyville near Route 29 on Tuesday, July 5. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Motorists should expect up to 15-minute delays.

— Road 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 20

— Road work will begin from Road 200 to James Creek on Tuesday, July 5. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Motorists should anticipate up to 15-minute delays.

— Road work from James Creek to Three Chop Road will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. Motorists should anticipate up to 15-minute delays.

— Tree work in Willits at the North Capella Overcrossing continues. One-way traffic control will be in place from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays. Motorists should expect five-minute delays.

— Emergency work south of Willits at the Jct 20/101 Bridge continues. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays. Motorists should anticipate up to 15-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.

— Bridge work continues in Ukiah at Route 222. Lane closures will be in effect from 6 a.m. to 6 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 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. Motorists should expect minor slowdowns through the area.

— Bridge work near the Irvine Lodge Rest Area continues. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. Motorists should expect minor slowdowns through the area.

— Bridge work south of Laytonville at Long Valley Creek continues. Lane closures will be in effect from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. Motorists should expect minor slowdowns through the area.

— Drainage work north of Spyrock Road will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. Motorists should expect up to 10-minute delays.

— Empire Camp Safety Rest Area will be closed through July 2022.

Highway 162

— 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

— Bridge work south of Leggett continues. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. Motorists should expect five-minute delays.

— Slide removal continues south of Piercy near Reynolds State Park Road. A lane closure is in effect and motorists should use an alternate route.

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.

— Construction in the Last Chance Grade area will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect. Motorists should anticipate 25-minute delays at all hours.

— Construction work near Rowdy Creek to the Oregon State Line will continue on Wednesday, July 6. One-way traffic control will be in effect weekdays. Motorists should anticipate 20-minute delays between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.

— Construction work near Kings Valley Road will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays.

Highway 199

— Permitted cleanup and repair work between Hiouchi and Gasquet will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Motorists should anticipate five-minute delays.

HUMBOLDT COUNTY

Highway 36

— Construction work from Johnson Lane to Hely Creek Bridge will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect weekdays from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays.

Highway 96

— Crack sealing operations south of Weitchpec will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect weekdays from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays.

— Construction work south of Orleans will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect weekdays from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Motorists should anticipate 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 near Myers Flat will continue. Lane closures will be in effect weekdays from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. A full on ramp closure will be in effect beginning Wednesday, June 29. Motorists should anticipate minor traffic slowdowns.

— Bridge work at the Route 101 South Fork Road Undercrossing continues. A full off ramp closure will be in effect from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays.

— Construction from the St Louis Road Overcrossing to Mad River Bridge will continue. Lane closures will be in effect from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays.

— Utility work in Arcata at Route 299 will continue. The on and off ramps will be closed from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. weeknights. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays.

— Construction work from Murray Road Overcrossing to Georgia Pacific Road will continue. One-way traffic control and lane closures will be in effect weekdays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays. Motorists should follow signage and use an alternate route when necessary.

Highway 169

— Permitted utility work north of Martins Ferry will occur on Tuesday, July 5. One-way traffic will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays.

Highway 255

— Permitted utility work between Lupin Avenue and Peninsula Drive will continue. One-way traffic will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays.

Highway 299

— Construction near Route 200 will continue. Lane closures will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Motorists should expect minor traffic slowdowns.

— Emergency tree work at Chezem Road will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Motorists should expect up to 15-minute delays.

— Construction east of the Burney Vista Point will continue. Motorists should anticipate five-minute delays.

— Permitted utility work east of Cedar Creek will occur on Wednesday, July 6. One-way traffic will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 6 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 weekdays. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays.

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.

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.

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