Tuesday, 06 December 2022

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VALLEJO, Calif. — The USDA Forest Service is accepting applications for the new Community Wildfire Defense Grant, or CWDG, program until Oct. 7, 2022.

While there are many initiatives on reducing wildfire risk to federal lands, the CWDG program is focused on non-federal lands and will provide funding to communities, Indian tribes, state forestry agencies, and nonprofit organizations that will be critical partners in helping communities reduce their wildfire risk and become more fire adapted.  

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law authorized the CWDG program with an investment of $1 billion over five years, starting in Fiscal Year 2022, with about $160 million allotted for its first year.

The program's primary purpose is to develop and revise Community Wildfire Protection Plans and implement projects described in those plans.

The Act prioritizes at-risk communities in an area identified as having high or very high wildfire hazard potential, are low-income, and/or have been impacted by a severe disaster.

The CWDG helps communities in the wildland urban interface implement the three goals of the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy:

Restore and maintain Landscapes: Landscapes across all jurisdictions are resilient to fire-related disturbances, in accordance with management objectives.
Create fire adapted communities: Human populations and infrastructure can better withstand a wildfire without loss of life and property.
Improve wildfire response: All jurisdictions participate in making and implementing safe, effective, efficient risk-based wildfire management decisions.

More information and applications are available at the Community Wildfire Defense Grants webpage, and questions can be referred to Barb Geringer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 202-577-4827.

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, Sept. 2, through Monday, Sept. 5, in observance of Labor Day weekend. 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 20

— Road work near Saratoga Spring Road will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 6. 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 29

— Road work at Route 281 will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. 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 175

— 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

— Utility work east of Fort Bragg will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 6. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Motorists should expect up to five-minute delays.

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

— Construction near the North Calpella Overcrossing continues. One-way traffic control will run from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. weeknights. Motorists should expect 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 will begin on Thursday, Sept. 1. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Motorists should expect up to five-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 6 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 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Motorists should expect minor slowdowns through the area.

— Road work in Calpella at Route 20 continues. A full closure of the northbound offramp will be in effect from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. weeknights. Motorists should expect up to 10-minute delays.

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

— Culvert work near Ryan Creek Road continues. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays. Motorists should expect up to five-minute delays.

— Culvert work near Sherwood Road will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 6. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. 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. weekdays. Motorists should expect up to five-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 in Leggett south of Drive Thru Tree Road continues. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Motorists should expect up to 10-minute delays.

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

DEL NORTE COUNTY

Highway 101

— Bridge work on the Hunter and Panther bridges will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 10 a.m. to 5 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 25-minute delays at all hours.

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

— Roadway excavation from Parkway Drive to Wilson & Burtchell will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 6. Lane closures will be in effect weekdays from 7 a.m.to 7 p.m. Motorists should anticipate minor traffic slowdowns.

— Utility work near Dr. Fine Bridge will begin on Wednesday, Sept. 7. One-way traffic control will be in effect weekdays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays.

Highway 199

— Construction work near Kings Valley Road will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays.

— Guardrail work from National Forest Monument to USFS Road will begin on Tuesday, September 6. One-way traffic control will be in effect at rotating locations from 7 a.m.to 7 p.m. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays.

— Paving work near Hardscrabble Creek Bridge will occur on Wednesday, September 7 and Thursday. September 8. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays.

— Culvert work between Monkey Creek Road and Oregon Mountain Road will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect weekdays from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Motorists should anticipate 10-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 up to 10-minute delays.

— Utility work from Alderpoint Road to Cottrell Ranch Road will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 6. One-way traffic control will be in effect weekdays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Motorists should anticipate up to 10-minute delays.

— Utility work from Larabee Valley Road to South Fork Van Duzen River will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 6. One-way traffic control will be in effect weekdays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Motorists should anticipate up to 10-minute delays.

Highway 96

— Guardrail work north of Orleans from the Pearch Creek Bridge to south of the Siskiyou County Line will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect weekdays from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. 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 on ramp closure will be in effect. Motorists should anticipate minor traffic slowdowns.

— Bridge work near Pepperwood will continue. Lane closures will be in effect weekdays between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Motorists should anticipate minor traffic slowdowns.

— Drainage cleaning between southbound Route 221 and the Seventh Street Overcrossing will continue. Lane closures will be in effect weekdays between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. A full southbound off ramp closure at Route 255 will also be in effect nightly from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. through the morning of Thursday, Sept. 1. Motorists should anticipate minor traffic slowdowns.

— Construction and paving 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. Full on and off ramp closures will be in effect weekdays from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the following locations: Route 299/101 Interchange, all southbound ramps, Crannel Road Overcrossing, all on and off ramps, Westhaven Drive Undercrossing, both northbound ramps and the southbound on ramp, Sixth Street Overcrossing, all on and off ramps. Motorists should follow signage and use an alternate route when necessary.

Highway 255

— Permitted utility work between Peninsula Drive and Jackson Ranch Road will continue. One-way traffic control and lane closures 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 work from Redwood Creek Bridge to Vista Point will continue. Lane closures will be in effect weekdays from 7 a.m.to 7 p.m. Motorists should anticipate up to 15-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.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — North Coast Opportunities is recruiting highly motivated individuals ready to start their career in construction to apply for their paid training program, BUILD — Building Up Individuals and Local Development.

Apply online by Sept. 15.

Formerly Building Homes, Building Lives, BUILD is a three-month course providing work experience and job readiness in this growing industry.

In this “earn and learn” format, participants receive hands on-education and mentorship directly from professionals in the field.

Participants are expected to commit to 30 hours a week of training at various locations across Lake County and are compensated at $16 an hour.

At the end of the program, each graduating participant receives a letter of recommendation, a certificate of completion, job placement opportunities and on-the-job equipment.

Of the participants that have graduated from BUILD, 87% have secured stable employment.

“BUILD is designed to take on basic training on behalf of employers so they will have an incoming workforce that is skilled and ready,” said Lead Project Coordinator Derek Fiedler-Riddle. “In turn, local residents have a stepping stone into their careers and will show up on the job equipped with the experience and confidence to be successful.”

Labor challenges are pervasive across many industries in Lake County. While unemployment on a national scale has returned to pre-pandemic levels, the need for skilled and dependable workers remains a local challenge.

For the last three years, Building Homes, Building Lives has been providing paid foundational training in the construction and building trades for low-income community members to promote economic security and help fill local workforce gaps in the industry. Under its new branding and program design, BUILD will be able to expand its scope to provide job training in a variety of fields beyond building and construction.

“We realize there is a need to fill experience and hiring gaps in many sectors,” said Fiedler-Riddle. “The new name and design will allow us to develop projects to respond to various workforce needs in the community.”

This program is possible due to collaborations with several local organizations including Bridges Construction, NCO New Digs, Woodland Community College, Mendocino College, CareerPoint Lake, and many others devoted to housing support and workforce development in Lake County.

NCO BUILD will be launching a new website in the coming weeks.

To apply for the upcoming BUILD class, visit bit.ly/BUILD-apply or call 707-998-8650 for more information.

Applications close Sept. 15 and spaces are limited. Participants accepted to the program will receive a tool belt sign-on bonus valued at $200.

NCO is the Community Action Agency that serves Lake and Mendocino counties, as well as parts of Humboldt, Sonoma, Del Norte and Solano counties.

NCO reacts and adjusts to community needs, including disaster response and recovery.

For more information visit www.ncoinc.org or call 707-467-3200.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Hospice Services of Lake County is beginning another series of meetings to help adults who have experienced the death of a significant person, either recently or in the past.

Recognizing there is not just a single way through grief, Hospice Services’ bereavement program will present “The Journey of Grief,” a free, educational series.

The grief and loss group will meet once a week for eight weeks starting Sept. 8.

Hospice Services invites interested individuals to attend in person from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursdays at the Redbud Public Library in Clearlake located at 14785 Burns Valley Road.

To register for the group meetings or obtain additional information, call Jennifer Nystrom at 707-263-6222, Extension 130, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Group sessions are structured with combined instruction and discussion in a safe environment, facilitated by Bereavement Services Manager Kathleen Bradley and Bereavement Counselor Jennifer Nystrom.

“In our world today, we are being challenged by losses of all kinds. Many of us are trying to also navigate grief due to the death of a loved one. In our groups, we companion and support each other as we attempt to find our footing and a new normal,” said Bradley. “During the weekly group sessions, education will be provided about grief, mourning, and what is ‘normal’ as well as support toward healing.”

Weekly topics are presented in a meaningful sequence, so attendance at all sessions is encouraged.

Examples of topics covered in groups include setting intention to heal, dispelling misconceptions about grief, exploring personal feelings of loss, seeking resolution, and self-care.

Hospice Services reminds individuals they do not have to navigate grief and loss alone.

“Often, when we lose a loved one, we don’t know where to turn for emotional support,” said Bradley. “Additionally, during these uncertain times, Lake County residents are coping with multiple losses and stress related to natural disasters and COVID-19. The ‘Journey of Grief’ sessions are designed to help individuals through the loss.”

Hospice Services of Lake County provides high quality medical, emotional and spiritual care to help patients and their families navigate their end-of-life journeys. For more information, call Hospice Services of Lake County, 707-263-6222. Visit the organization’s website at www.lakecountyhospice.org.

Janine Smith-Citron is director of development for Hospice Services of Lake County.

Retiring Executive Director Cindy Sobel enjoys a moment with Hospice nurses Victoria Callahan and Deby Kubas during Hike for Hospice. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Hospice Services of Lake County has announced the retirement of Executive Director Cindy Sobel after seven years of dedicated service to the agency and community.

“Since she joined Hospice Services in 2015, Sobel has demonstrated strong, genuine leadership,” said Don Hubbard, president of the Hospice Services of Lake County Board of Directors. “Under her leadership, Hospice Services has made tremendous strides in building a talented clinical team serving patients and families with skill and compassion. Cindy’s leadership maintained our role as an anchor health care provider in the community; and successfully navigated the remarkable challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“It’s been my personal mission to care for people who are transitioning into the next phase of their life,” said Sobel. “I feel so fortunate to have been part of the hospice industry which provides medical, emotional, and spiritual support to those facing the challenges associated with a serious health condition. I am leaving an extraordinary team of professionals to carry on this sacred calling.”

Hubbard added, “On behalf of the entire board of directors, we are incredibly grateful for the time Cindy has devoted to Hospice Services, and we wish her the very best in retirement. The board is deeply committed to conducting a thoughtful, extensive search and selecting an executive director that will continue to position Hospice Services as a regionally recognized, community-oriented health organization providing quality care for Lake County residents.”

As the board conducts the search process for the next executive director, Hospice Services, under a competent leadership team, will continue to deliver on its mission to provide high quality, patient-centered care to its diverse community members.

Hospice Services is a nonprofit health care organization serving Lake County residents for over 44 years.

The core of hospice service is to provide patient-and family-centered symptom management ensuring the highest level of comfort.

Services are available for individuals with an anticipated life expectancy of 6 months or less and their caregivers wherever they call home.

Services are paid for 100% by Medicare, Medi-Cal and the Veterans Administration. Many private health insurances also cover hospice care.

Community members are encouraged to learn how our compassionate team can assist you and your loved ones … sooner is better.

Call 707-263-6222 or visit Hospice Services at 1862 Parallel Drive, Lakeport.



Additional information is also available on Hospice Services of Lake County’s website, www.lakecountyhospice.org.


Janine Smith-Citron is director of development for 
Hospice Services of Lake County

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Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday signed legislation from Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, that will encourage creation of defensible space, protecting life and property from future wildfires.

“We know that clearing combustible vegetation around our homes minimizes potential damage and the chances for wildfire to spread,” Sen. Dodd said. “We must take steps to protect ourselves as we’re seeing multiple infernos threaten communities across our state. I thank the governor for signing this bill, which will help measure how well we’re creating defensible space and decide on potential life-saving investments to keep our families safe.”

In a report last fall, the state Legislative Analyst’s Office cited the creation of defensible space around homes and other structures as among the most valuable steps that can be taken to reduce the destructiveness of wildfires.

Under existing law, homeowners in certain areas are required to create these fire-safe spaces. However, because of a number of factors, compliance and inspections are inconsistent from region to region, the LAO found.

Senate Bill 896 responds to the agency’s recommendations for increasing compliance and reducing future losses. It includes provisions to gather more information on defensible space inspections through improved data collection and to take initial steps to address other barriers to state and local defensible space efforts.

It also supports additional research to identify effective strategies to improve defensible space compliance and to conduct oversight activities to learn from and inform future policy decisions.

SB 896 was signed by the governor today after receiving overwhelming support in the Legislature.

“I very much appreciate the governor’s recognition of this important issue,” said Yana Valachovic, forest advisor and county director for the University of California Cooperative Extension-Humboldt and Del Norte counties. “It will contribute to helping communities track progress toward adoption of this important practice.”

Defensible space — and wildfire protection in general — has been a top priority for Sen. Dodd for several years, beginning in 2019 with his authorship of SB 190 which directed the state fire marshal to develop model defensive space standards that local governments could voluntarily use as part of their zoning codes.

Dodd represents the Third Senate District, which includes all or portions of Napa, Solano, Yolo, Sonoma, Contra Costa and Sacramento counties.

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