AM News Thursday 8.15.13
After 4 months of not operating through Tunnel #1 and most of the busy
summer season gone, the Skunk Train is set to resume regular service from Fort Bragg through Tunnel #1 this Saturday, August 17th.
Thursday, April 11th track inspectors performing their twice weekly
inspection noticed a small bulge on two timbers inside Tunnel #1 (which is
located about 3.5 miles East of downtown Fort Bragg). Tunnel #1 is one of
two tunnels along the scenic Skunk Train route that was dug by hand and
completed in 1893 by Chinese laborers. To date they've removed 300 tons of material.
There will be an official re-grand opening event in September.
New employees will begin driving Lake County transit buses Friday
restoring about 60% of the routes. Currently, just four routes, manned by
managers and strikebreaking employees, are being minimally operated.
The strike began after the workers — who earn roughly $11.50 an hour —
voted to reject a 2.2 percent pay raise.. They are asking for a 2.4 percent increase, approximately $.28 an hour and restoration of a seniority-based step increase that was suspended in 2010 .
Nine members of the California Assembly and Senate, including Sen Noreen Evans, are calling on the California Department of Interior and EPA to
investigate reports of fracking beneath the seabed floor off the Coast.
The legislators are asking for possible new regulations of fracking in the
On August 3, the Associated Press reported that oil companies have used
hydraulic fracturing at least a dozen times to “force open cracks beneath the seabed” in the Santa Barbara Channel.
Oil and gas companies spend more than $100 million a year to buy access
to lawmakers in Washington and Sacramento, according to Stop Fooling
California an online public education and awareness campaign. The
Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA) alone has spent more than
$16 million lobbying in Sacramento since 2009.
Caltrans announced there will be additional day work on Route 101 and
extended work hours at a road closure for the Willits Bypass .
Additional work on Route 101 just south of the Haehl Overhead Bridge will
begin Wednesday, August 14 thru Sept. 6th from 6:30AM to 6PM, weekdays. Intermittent full road closures will
occur and motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays.
East Hill Road will be closed to through traffic through October 15
between Sanhedrin Circle and Cemetery Lane Monday through Friday,
7AM to 7PM and Saturday, 8AM to 5PM. Motorists are advised to seek an alternate route.
Any questions regarding Willits Bypass construction may be directed to Caltrans at 707-456-1900.
This Saturday, August 17th the Fort Bragg Police Department, along with
Neighborhood Watch and the Coalition for Gang Awareness and Prevention (CGAP) will be hosting a “Celebrate Safe Communities” event at Bainbridge Park from 12:00 until 4:00 p.m.
Several outstanding non-profit friends, local community groups and public safety agencies will offer
free games, activities or crafts for the children. Smokey the Bear will be at
the event with CalFire.
A free hamburger and hotdog lunch will be provided by the Fort Bragg PD staff and their families. There will also be raffle prizes, a police
K-9 demonstration, a drug/bomb robot demonstration and a bounce house for
Please come and join all of us for a fun filled event and learn more about
your community and how you can become an active member.
Next year's Mendocino budget will be presented to the public by the
Board of Supervisors in Laytonville, at 6 pm, tonight,Thursday, August 15th at Harwood Hall.