Wednesday, 12 June 2024

Regional

POINT ARENA, Calif. — The Bureau of Land Management invites the public to participate in “Celebrate the Coast,” from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, May 6, at Point Arena.

The event is free to the public and activities will be happening along the coastal trail between City Hall and the Lighthouse.

Mendocino College Field Station, found along the trail, will be offering an open house.

The BLM Ukiah Field Office is hosting the event in partnership with the Friends of Point Arena-Stornetta Lands, Point Arena Lighthouse, city of Point Arena and Mendocino College.

"Our coastal partners are vital in managing Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands,” said Ukiah Field Manager Nicholas Lavrov. “Their dedicated stewardship is an inspiration to visitors in caring for the Monument for future generations."

Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands was the first shoreline unit of the California Coastal National Monument. In 2014, the California Coastal National Monument Gateway Partners successfully advocated for these public lands to be added to the Monument.

This is a celebration of grassroots efforts to expand the Monument to include these coastal bluffs, tide pools, dunes, coastal prairies, riverbanks, and the mouth and estuary of the Garcia River.

The public can begin at either Point Arena Lighthouse, 45500 Lighthouse Road (just north of Point Arena), or the Point Arena City Hall, 451 School St.

More details about “Celebrate the Coast” can be found online here.

Situated along the rugged Mendocino County coastline adjacent to the town of Point Arena, the Point Arena-Stornetta unit offers spectacular views of coastal bluffs, sea arches, the estuary of the Garcia River and sandy beaches and dunes with eight miles of marked paths.

For more information about the California Coastal National Monument, please visit online at https://www.blm.gov/programs/national-conservation-lands/california/california-coastal.

NORTH COAST, Calif. — The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office said human remains found nearly two years ago near Willits have been identified as belonging to a Texas man.

The remains are those of Thaddeus Keegan Bradley, 27, of San Antonio, according to a report from Capt. Greg Van Patten.

On Sept. 20, 2021, the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office was notified of the presence of human remains underneath Underpass Road at the intersection of North Highway 101 in Willits, California, Van Patten said.

He said a motorist who was traveling through Mendocino County had stopped at the location and located the human remains while walking their dog.

Sheriff's detectives were summoned to the scene and a coroner's investigation was initiated to determine the identity of the human remains and the cause/manner of death, according to the report.

Van Patten said sheriff's detectives collected a DNA sample from the human remains and submitted the sample to the California Department of Justice Jan Bashinski Laboratory in Richmond, California.

On April 11, the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office was notified by the California Department of Justice that a DNA match had been made on the human remains submission, Van Patten said.

He said the DNA analysis identified the human remains as being those of Bradley, who had been living a transient lifestyle prior to death.

His mother reported Bradley missing to the Arcata Police Department in July 2022, Van Patten said.

Van Patten said familial DNA samples were obtained during that time and entered into the National Combined Missing and Unidentified System by the Arcata Police Department.

On April 11, after official identification of Bradley's remains, the coroner's investigation was concluded with his death being classified as an accidental death due to acute methamphetamine toxicity, Van Patten said.

ARCATA, Calif. — In an effort to reduce the number of motorcycle crashes, Humboldt Area will deploy additional officers, on various roads throughout the area, on May 17.

Officers will look for violations by both motorcycle riders and drivers that make roads dangerous for other traffic, including unsafe speed, following too closely, unsafe lane changes and improper turning.

Motorcycle-involved crashes in California continue to be a major concern for the California Highway Patrol.

From January 2021 through December 2021, provisional statistical data revealed there were 19 injury crashes involving motorcycles and 3 fatal crashes involving motorcycles in the CHP Humboldt jurisdiction.

Funding for these operations is provided by a grant from the Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Titled “Get Educated and Ride Safe (GEARS) V, the grant funding assists the CHP in reducing deadly and serious injury crashes involving motorcycles,

The Humboldt Area will continue to deploy additional enforcement efforts through Sept. 30.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the Humboldt Area office at 707-822-5981.

Rachelle Resendez. Courtesy photo.

WILLIAMS, Calif. — On Tuesday, April 25, Rachelle Resendez will follow a proud tradition dating back to 1874 when William H. Williams became the first Postmaster of what was then known as the Central Post Office.

Resendez will raise her right hand to take the official Oath of Office as the Postmaster of the Williams Post Office at a 1 p.m. ceremony at the Williams Post Office, 801 E St. in Williams.

Post Office Operations Manager Paul Heroux will administer the oath.

Resendez, a proud six-year postal service employee, began her postal career in 2017 in Marysville as an Assistant Rural Carrier.

She went on to serve as a carrier in Colusa before stepping into management in the fall of 2019 as a supervisor.

In 2022, Resendez took on her most recent role as the acting Postmaster of Arbuckle before her promotion to the Williams Post Office.

As outlined in the USPS Delivering for America plan, the Postal Service is committed to modernizing and continually adapting to the evolving needs of all customers.

As the Postmaster of the Williams Post Office Resendez is prepared to serve her community with that development in mind.

“To me, a Postmaster is a leader. They are first in line for the hard work, first to seek out solutions to a problem, first to accept accountability for a mistake, and first to seek out new knowledge and ideas,” said Resendez.

“My goal as the Postmaster of Williams is to bring about positive growth. I would like the Williams Post Office to grow as both a business and as part of the community. I would like to see my employees grow both at home and in their careers. And I am committed to growing as a leader and as an asset to the Postal Service.”

Resendez resides in Colusa, where she enjoys spending time with her friends and family including husband, Roberto 40, and children Joseph 22, William 20, Peter 18, Roberto 16 and James 10.

In her free time Resendez enjoys reading, baking and crafting (wreaths, stickers, sewing, beadwork). She also enjoys volunteering in the local community and participating in charitable events.

As the Postmaster of Williams, Resendez supervises six employees and oversees the retail services and the daily distribution of mail and packages to 1,032 delivery stops, 1,302 PO Boxes, two rural delivery routes and one highway contract to a community of over 5,500 residents.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Jared Huffman (CA-02) announced $65.9 million has been awarded to modernize and repair the Trinity River Hatchery in the northern part of his district.

This project is one of 83 projects in 11 states that was selected as part of a nearly $585 million investment from President Joe Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to improve water conveyance and storage, increase safety, improve hydropower generation and provide water treatment.

The Trinity River Hatchery project will install a supervisory control and data acquisition, or SCADA, system; replace corroded and leaking piping; install new filtration system and incubator jars; abate hazardous noise from hatchery operations; and replace deteriorated iron supports for 150 shallow troughs and 26 deep tanks.

“Fully operational fish hatcheries are a vital part of the local economy and ecosystems on the North Coast. The recovery of threatened Coho and Chinook salmon depends on the work the Trinity River Hatchery is doing, and it’s important the facility can run at top notch,” said Rep. Huffman. “After 60 years of use, most of the systems in this building have outlived their usefulness and are in disrepair. I know just how important this hatchery is to Trinity, and I’m incredibly glad I could help get the hatchery this funding to make long-overdue upgrades so it can keep supporting our region.”

“Modernization of Trinity River Hatchery is a huge boon for the steelhead, coho and Chinook raised there and will dramatically improve our operations at the facility,” said Director of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Charlton H. Bonham. “We deeply appreciate the investment from President Biden as well as Congressman Huffman for championing this effort.”

“President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is making an historic investment to provide clean, reliable water to families, farmers and Tribes,” said Deputy Secretary of the Interior Tommy Beaudreau. “As we work to address record drought and changing climate conditions throughout the West, these investments in our aging water infrastructure will conserve community water supplies and revitalize water delivery systems.”

“President Biden is investing in America, and today’s announcement delivering much needed repairs to aging dams and other water infrastructure is part of our whole-of-government approach to making communities more resilient to drought,” said Senior Advisor to the President and White House Infrastructure Implementation Coordinator Mitch Landrieu on Wednesday.

“These projects have been identified through a rigorous process and is a testament to the Bureau of Reclamation’s commitment to deliver water to future generations,” said Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Camille Calimlim Touton. “As we manage through changing climate, we must look to the safety of our projects to ensure that we can continue to provide clean, reliable water to communities, irrigators, and ecosystems across the west.”

President Biden’s Investing in America agenda is delivering historic resources to communities to help advance drought resilience and strengthen local economies.

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law includes $8.3 billion over five years for Reclamation water infrastructure projects to advance drought resilience and expand access to clean water for families, farmers and wildlife. The investment will repair aging water delivery systems, secure dams, complete rural water projects, and protect aquatic ecosystems.

The Inflation Reduction Act is investing another $4.6 billion to address the worsening crisis. Combined, these two initiatives represent the largest investments in climate resilience in the nation’s history and provide a once-in-a-generation opportunity for the work of the Interior Department.

Wednesday’s announcement builds on $240 million allocated through the Law in fiscal year 2022. The next application period for extraordinary maintenance funds is expected in October 2023.

A black bear with an ear tag climbs a tree in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Photo courtesy of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The snow will be melting soon in the Lake Tahoe region and a heavy winter will give way to a busy spring for wildlife in the area. Bears that have been in winter dens will be emerging soon and they will be hungry!

In the fall, black bears went through hyperphagia (pronounced hi·per·fay·jee·uh), which is an increase in feeding activity (consuming about 25,000 calories a day) driven by their need to fatten up before winter.

Over the course of the winter, bear bodies utilize those fat stores during hibernation when food is scarce. Come spring, their body mass will have naturally decreased and as a result, bears will be on the lookout for easy food sources to help rebuild those fat reserves.

Heavy snow brings challenges for bears

Bears in the Tahoe Basin will be in a difficult position this year as they come out of their dens and are met with historic snow loads across their habitat. The grasses and other sprouts that would usually be greening up with the melting of snow won’t be available until much later in the spring.

Bears will instinctively move to lower elevations to find those fresh greens, but the snow will make them search for easier routes like roads and trails. This is going to bring bears down into urban areas as they move through the mountains.

As bears make their way through the area, please be vigilant about cleaning up bear attractants. We know a lot of people felt it important to feed the birds this winter, but please do not let your bird feeders feed the bears. Now is the time to take them down completely.

Bears can and will be active day and night, so we recommend taking feeders down and keeping them down. We also know proper disposal of garbage can be difficult with snow piling up on the roads, but please take a few minutes to dig out your bear boxes so garbage can easily be secured inside.

Clean out your vehicles, especially if you have food stored in your vehicle for winter travel safety. In addition, remember to keep doors and windows locked on buildings so bears cannot break into structures.

Your actions can impact an entire ecosystem

Bears play an important role in Lake Tahoe’s ecosystem and allowing them access to human food and garbage is detrimental to natural processes in the region.

Bears help spread berry seeds through their scat, transport pollen, clean up animals that died during the winter, eat insects, and provide other essential functions of nature.

As a result, if they find and access human food and garbage, bird seed, pet food, coolers, and other sources of human food, the Tahoe Basin loses the benefits bears offer to these natural processes. Bears need to be wild animals rather than garbage disposals, especially since unnatural food sources can impact their overall health by damaging and/or rotting their teeth.

In fact, bears will unknowingly eat undigestible items from human trash like foil, paper products, plastics, and metal that can damage their internal systems and even lead to death. If these items do make it through their digestive system, they leave it behind in their scat rather than the native seeds and healthy fertilizer needed to grow the next generation of plant life.

Call the experts

Spring is also the time of year that residents or visitors may see a bear they feel looks unhealthy, sick, or orphaned. If anyone has concerns about a bear’s health, never hesitate to call official wildlife experts.

If the bear needs help, state agency wildlife experts have the training and expertise to assess the bear’s condition and transport it to a wildlife veterinarian. Healthy bears mean healthy ecosystems, and we can all do our part to set both up for success!

For great tips about living responsibly with bears, visit tahoebears.org and bearwise.org.

The bottom line is that Lake Tahoe is bear country. It’s up to each one of us, including those living in, visiting, or recreating in the Tahoe Basin to practice good stewardship habits by always securing food, trash, and other scented items. Good habits will help ensure we keep Tahoe bears wild.

To report human-bear conflicts:

In California, contact the California Department of Fish and Wildlife at 916-358-2917 or report online using the Wildlife Incident Reporting (WIR) system at apps.wildlife.ca.gov/wir.

Non-emergency wildlife interactions in California State Parks can be reported to their public dispatch at 916-358-1300.

In Nevada, contact the Nevada Department of Wildlife at 775-688-BEAR (2327).

If the issue is an immediate threat, call the local sheriff’s department or 911.

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