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Last modified on: Saturday, 18-Apr-2015 15:18:39 EDT
Trinity Lake Report
4/18/15 - The Bureau is holding the lake at 2,276', down 94' from the spillway. With so little precipitation in the forecast,
the lake may not rise much more this year, and it is currently only 5' higher than last year's low water in February 2014.
In other words, the lake is pretty far down to be nearing its high water mark for this year.
And yet, once again, the Trinity River Restoration Program is out of control. This project really needs to be shut down.
It has not produced any meaninful results, and its management is abysmal. In the midst of a severe drought,
they have stated this is a "dry" year.
Last year was "critically dry" and this year is worse. The lake is lower than last year,
but they will take at least 84,000 more acre-feet than last year, and they have not ruled out the
"fall release" at the end of summer to "avoid a fish kill." What utter nonsense.
Here is the updated graph
of historic lake elevations The lake is up about 83' since this year's low water mark on Nov 21, 2014. The Nov low water mark is
the third lowest ever, the prior two being 1977 and 1992. (The gaps in the line on the
graph are due to missing or bad data in the state's database.)
MiniKat Opening May 1
Trailhead Pizza Is Open
Another season of milkshakes, burgers, and good fun begins at the MiniKat at KOA on May 1!
Trailhead Pizza is open for the 2015 season. Spring hours are Fridays from 5p to 8p
and Saturdays & Sundays from 11a to 8p.
TCVFD Chief Ken Rieke Steps Down
After 4 1/2 years as fire chief of the Trinity Center VFD, Ken Rieke has stepped down. His work schedule
makes it impractical to continue as chief, but Ken says he will continue to respond as a firefighter
and EMT when he is town.
We are certain that all of us in the North Lake would like to express our gratitude to Ken for outstanding leadership of
the department. On his watch, the department added members, replaced aging equipment, upgraded skills,
and restarted the fire hall upgrade program. Ken will be missed as chief.
Assistant Chief Steve Renten will be acting chief until the TC CSD board takes action to replace Ken.
Anyone interested in the position should submit a letter of interest and qualifications to Jan Bellinger,
EMS Transport Meeting
The North Lake would like to thank Kathy Ratliff and Rob Barcelona from TCLS, Troy Jones and Matt Nehls from PHI, and Suzie Smith and Jennifer Hart from REACH for driving all the way to Trinity Center to meet with us. These top notch EMS providers joined our own Bob Bryant, Medical Director for TCVFD and CCVFD, to present the process used to determine how and where to transport patients in our area. And a special Thank You to the TCVFD Auxiliary for providing refreshments and beverages for the meeting Monday evening.
Whether to transport a patient by ground or air, and where to take the patient, is a determination made by the first responders, and it is clear that these volunteers and professionals do their utmost best to provide the best appropriate care to the patient.
We are lucky to have so many highly qualified resources available to us here in our remote North Lake area. While not doing a "hard sell" for their respective membership programs, TCLS, PHI and REACH made it abundandly clear that it is in everyone's best interest to join all three membership programs. Like most insurance, we hope we never need it and wish we had the premiums back. But if we do need it, these programs can avoid a financial catastrophe, on top of whatever medical problem one might be dealing with.
You can obtain membership in all three programs for just $150 per year. Contact your local fire department for more information.
Bowerman Barn and Ranch Work Day
The Bowerman Gang held a productive work day on Saturday, Feb 21. The many fruit trees near the barn and the old Bowerman
homestead site were pruned. They were long overdue. Also, the barbed wire fence across the road was taken down, leaving just
the pasture northeast of the barn fenced for the mules.
If you're interested in helping with some of the projects, contact Carol Fall at 286-2855, firstname.lastname@example.org
Trinity County Code Enforcement
Here are a few quick links to documents on the Trinity County website:
Bay Delta Conservation Plan and Delta Tunnels
as more people become aware of the Governor's proposal to divert Northern Calif water south through
two 32-foot diameter tunnels under the Delta. You can read much about this plan on our Stop
the Tunnels page. Below are some recent articles and news: