Wednesday, 30 November 2022

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Vampire appliances have a voracious appetite for sucking energy out of electrical outlets and money out of your wallet, even when they are turned off.

These appliances and devices still use energy while powered down and they are potentially all over your home.

While these devices may have sleep or standby modes, they can still continuously use electricity to perform updates, connect to remote servers and record data.

The connectivity of modern devices is one reason why wasted energy and money from idle gadgets has increased in recent years. The associated energy draw may account for more than 10% of home energy use. Home electronics like televisions, cable boxes, modems, video game consoles, and even DVD players are typically the largest energy vampires.

Other common vampires include any device that’s programmable or has a remote control, light, or clock.

Ways to stop vampire appliances

Use Energy Star certified appliances. Energy Star appliances are more efficient than their counterparts. While you may pay more up-front, the savings in energy costs over the life of the product often makes up the difference.

Plug into power strips. It’s unrealistic to unplug each device after use. Power strips are easily accessible and can shut off power to a variety of devices at the same time.

Unplug when charged. When devices like cell phones and tablets are charged, unplug the chargers.

Let the computer sleep. Adjust your computer setting to go to sleep after 30 minutes or less. Disable screensavers and set the monitor to turn off after 10 to 15 minutes.

Utilize PG&E’s Home Energy Checkup. This online tool allows you to share basic data then provides customized energy savings recommendations tailored to your specific household.
Tap into the Halloween spirit by spooking energy vampires into giving your utility bill a treat! For even more ways to reduce energy use, check out our energy-saving tips.

CLEARLAKE, Calif. — Pacific Gas and Electric Co. is providing 1,500 free trees for eligible customers across its service territory, including Lake County, through the Energy-Saving Trees program.

The trees will be delivered directly to the customer’s address.

Arbor Day Foundation and PG&E are partnering to locate and provide available native California trees and distribute them, as well as offering knowledge of where best to plant them.

Customers in eligible areas can sign up and reserve a tree at www.arborday.org/pge. There, you can insert your address to learn about the most beneficial location to plant the tree.

PG&E’s “Right Tree, Right Place” resources provide guidelines to anyone planting any tree to ensure they do not interfere with overhead or underground electric or gas lines.

“There are many long-term benefits to planting trees in our communities, where we all live and work; including reducing your electric bill, sustaining our planet by providing cleaner air, reducing carbon emissions, and improving mental health,” said Michael Seitz, vice president of PG&E Vegetation Management. “An online mapping tool calculates and shares the tree’s contributions to those annual energy savings, reduced carbon emissions and cleaner air, based on the most strategic location.”

Each household can reserve up to one tree through the website until all 1,500 trees are reserved. Customers can select one type of trees out of the below choices, and it will be delivered directly to the customer’s address via mail at an ideal time for planting.

Available trees are Japanese lilac, kousa dogwood, little leaf linden and service berry.

“This program enables utility providers, like PG&E, an opportunity to become directly involved with their communities,” said Kristen Bousquet, program manager at the Arbor Day Foundation. “This unique program benefits utility providers, their customers, and the communities they serve by finding natural ways to conserve energy. The right trees in the right place provide shade to communities, reducing the urban heat island effect which could lead to a household’s reduction in energy use by up to 30%.”

To see how the program works, watch this 2-minute video here. For more information on the online mapping tool’s environmental calculations, visit https://energysavingtrees.arborday.org/#About.

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. ‌‌ ‌‌‌ ‌‌‌ ‌

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.

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

Highway 53

— Tree work in Clear Lake at Ogulin Canyon Road will begin on Friday, Oct. 21. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Motorists should expect up to five-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 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.

— Road work will occur in Willits from the Broaddus Railroad Crossing to Cropley Lane on Friday, Oct. 21. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Motorists should anticipate up to 15-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 p.m. to 7 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 6:30 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 6:30 a.m. to 2 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 p.m. to 7 a.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.

— Southbound work along the Willits Bypass will occur. A lane closure will be in effect. Expect minor slowdowns.

— Utility work will occur in Laytonville from Ten Mile Creek to Steele and Davidson Lane on Sunday, Oct. 23. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Motorists should expect up to five-minute delays through 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.

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

— Culvert work near Piercy south of Bear Pen Road to north of Exit 627 continues. Lane closures will be in effect from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. Motorists should expect up to five-minute delays.

DEL NORTE COUNTY

Highway 101

— Road work from the Route 101/169 Junction to Klamath Yard will occur on Monday, Oct. 24. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. 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 10-minute delays at all hours.

— Emergency work just south of Crescent City will continue. Lane closures will be in effect weeknights from 6 a.m.to 5 p.m. Motorists should anticipate minor traffic slowdowns.

— 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 Blvd. 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

— Culvert work between Dorris Slide and Oregon Mountain Road will continue. Lane closures will be in effect from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays.

— 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 36

— Slide removal from Bar W Road to Bridgeville Road will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect weekdays from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Motorists should anticipate up to 10-minute delays.

— Utility work from Butte Creek Access Road to Van Duzen River will begin on Monday, Oct. 24. One-way traffic control will be in effect weekdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Motorists should anticipate up to 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. Motorists should anticipate minor traffic slowdowns.

— Excavation and concrete work from Murray 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. All southbound on and off ramps 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 anticipate 10-minute delays.

Highway 254

— Utility work will occur from Franklin Lane Grove to the Miranda Bridge on Tuesday, Oct. 25. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Motorists should expect 5-minute delays.

Highway 255

— Permitted utility work between Jackson Ranch Road and “V” Street will continue. One-way traffic control and lane closures will be in effect from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. weekdays. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays.

Highway 299

— Falsework installation from Route 200 to Route 101 will continue overnight. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays.

— Full nighttime closures north of Arcata will be in effect from 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, to 6 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, or from 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, to 6 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 23. Travelers will use Route 200 as a detour during the closure.

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

— Shoulder work from Old Three Creek Road to Vista point will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect 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.

KELSEYVILLE, Calif. — Lady Luck Garage is inviting the community to join them in supporting Lady Luck Ladies & Friends, an “all wheels welcome” car club launching a new charitable program: “Proud to be in the Trades.”

“Our mission is to support and educate students in learning a trade. To create a strong foundation for their futures and their community,” said Lynn Corey, founder of Lady Luck Ladies & Friends. “Through our work, we aim to raise funds and gather donated supplies to benefit the students of today and the tradespeople of tomorrow.”

Lady Luck Ladies & Friends is partnering with local nonprofit Lake Family Resource Center, whose mission is to strengthen our community one family at a time.

Their first project is to benefit the Kelseyville Ag Mechanics Program, which offers an outstanding agricultural mechanics pathway where students gain wide-ranging skills.

“We are excited to be partnering with Lady Luck Ladies & Friends in support of the ‘Proud to be in the Trades’ program as it builds on foundational skills that are not only important for later education or employment goals, but also provides valuable life skills that students can take with them after graduation,” said Lisa Morrow, executive director of Lake Family Resource Center.

The first official event, Kelseyville's 2022 Halloween Trunk or Treat Event on Sunday, Oct. 30, at Lady Luck Garage, located at 4010 Main Street, Kelseyville, from noon to 4 p.m

Cars wishing to participate in the Trunk or Treat, must register in advance for access and prizes and be in position by 11:30 a.m. There is no fee to register.

They will be collecting donations in support of and to benefit KHS and the “Proud to be in the Trades” program.

Lady Luck Garage is a 6,000 square foot dealership for classic car sales and consignment, operated by Chuck Sutfin and Lynn Corey. It is also offered as an event venue and can accommodate groups up to 333 guests.

Lady Luck Ladies and Friends was launched as a community car club in support of students learning a trade, and is the charitable arm of Lady Luck Garage.

The Bureau of Land Management Central California Resource Advisory Council, or RAC, will meet virtually on Wednesday, Nov. 2, from 1 to 4 p.m.

The public must register in advance to participate.

The virtual meeting will be an informational format and a copy of the agenda is available by visiting the Central California Resource Advisory Council webpage.

The council will be informed about the management plan for the Alabama Hills National Scenic Area, designated by Congress in 2021 as the only National Scenic Area managed by the BLM.

The RAC will also hear updates from the district and field offices, which will include the Casa Diablo IV Geothermal Development Project, and a wildland fire post-season overview.

“We look forward to discussing specific activities occurring in the Bishop Field Office as well as projects throughout the district,” said Central California District Manager Chris Heppe. “By getting involved in these efforts, we all can help shape the future management of our public lands.”

The public can register in advance at https://tinyurl.com/y7tnd8kc.

Registrants will receive a link and phone number to join the meeting. The public will be given an opportunity to address the RAC during the meeting at noon.

Time for individual public comments may be limited due to the number of persons wishing to speak.

Written statements to address the council may also be sent prior to the meeting to the BLM Central California District Office, Attention: RAC meeting comments, 5152 Hillsdale Circle, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762.

The 12-member council advises the secretary of the Interior, through the BLM, on a variety of planning and management issues associated with BLM public lands in central California.

The BLM maintains 38 chartered advisory committees throughout the West. Each citizen-based council consists of members from diverse interests in local communities, who assist in the development of committee recommendations by sharing their unique perspectives.

To learn more about the Central California RAC and see the final agenda, visit https://go.usa.gov/xHrUx. Please contact us for reasonable accommodations to participate. For specific questions, please contact BLM Central California District Public Affairs Officer Philip Oviatt at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 661-391-6117.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of subsurface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

Wildland firefighters watch an airtanker drop retardant on the Horse Park Fire in Colorado in 2018. Photo by Jerrod Fast/BLM.
The Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are hosting two hiring events to quickly fill 200 wildland firefighter and support positions in California and parts of Nevada, for the 2023 wildland fire year.

The first of two hiring events will be held on Sat., Nov. 5 and Sun., Nov. 6., from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Red Lion Hotel, 1830 Hilltop Dr., Redding, CA 96002. A second hiring event will be held on Sat., Nov. 19 and Sun., Nov. 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at California State University, Northridge – University Student Union, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge, CA 91330.

Hiring officials will be on site at these events to answer questions, review resumes and help those interested in fire positions to navigate the application process. Some job offers may be made on-the-spot.

"Our need to build a year-round, firefighting and fuels management workforce has increased tremendously in tandem with the historic fire activity of the last decade," said Peter Kelly, Deputy Regional Fire Management Coordinator, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “To meet that demand, we encourage enthusiastic, energetic individuals who are looking for a rewarding career in wildland fire management to apply and visit with us during these hiring events.”

Federal agencies will be hiring for wildland firefighters, engine captains, forestry aids, forestry technicians, firefighter apprentices, dispatchers and a helicopter crew supervisor.

A summary of position types is available on the National Interagency Fire Center's wildland fire job page.

Detailed position and wildland fire qualification information is available in the National Wildland Fire Coordinating Group's position catalog.

Job announcements, including qualifications, salaries, application instructions and application deadlines, are available at USAJOBS.

Applicants can visit https://www.doi.gov/wildlandfire/hiring-event for more information about the two hiring events.

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