News Briefs – Lake County Record-Bee

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PG&E meteorologists are monitoring a weather system that could bring northerly winds to portions of Northern and Central California beginning Saturday morning and lasting into Monday.
Due to this northerly wind event, combined with extreme to exceptional drought and extremely dry vegetation, PG&E is sending two-day-ahead advanced notifications to about 5,800 customers in targeted portions of 13 counties and two tribal communities where PG&E may need to implement a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) to reduce the risk of wildfire from energized powerlines. In several of these counties, fewer than 100 customers are expected to be impacted.  The latest PSPS forecast can be found here:
Despite the potential for rain in some areas this weekend, PG&E is notifying customers that a PSPS may be necessary if rain does not materialize or if forecasted wind speeds still pose a wildfire risk. The potential shutoffs could begin Saturday morning in portions of the North Sacramento Valley. Potential shutoffs for the San Joaquin Valley, other portions of the Sacramento Valley, North Bay as well as Kern County could begin Sunday, depending on the timing of the wind event.
PG&E activated its Emergency Operations Center on Oct. 19 to support this weather event.
Customer notifications via text, email and automated phone call began today, approximately two days prior to the potential shutoff. Customers can look up their address online to find out if their location is being monitored for the potential safety shutoff at
During a PSPS, PG&E offers support to customers by opening Community Resource Centers with snacks, water and other essential items, partnering with community-based organizations to assist customers with medical and independent living needs; and continuing to update our customers on power restoration status. Locations and operating hours of these centers will be shared closer to the PSPS event.
According to PG&E, 59 residents and three Medical Baseline customers in Lake County could potentially be affected.
If customers enrolled in the company’s Medical Baseline do not verify that they have received these important safety communications, PG&E employees will conduct individual, in-person visits when possible with a primary focus on customers who rely on electricity for critical life-sustaining equipment.
The Lakeport Police Department is participating in the United States Drug Enforcement Administration National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on October 29 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
The event will be held at the front lobby entrance of the police station at 2025 South Main Street, Lakeport.
Accepted:  All over-the-counter or prescription medication in pill, tablet, liquid, cream or capsule form including schedule II-V controlled and non-controlled substances.
Pills need to be emptied out of their containers and placed in a zip lock plastic bag (NOT paper, so the contents can be seen to verify they are eligible to be accepted).
Vape pens or other e-cigarette devices from individual consumers will be accepted only after the batteries are removed from the devices.
Not Accepted:  Illegal drugs, needles, inhalers, or aerosol cans.
The Lakeport Police Department has collected over 978 pounds of prescription drugs since it began participating in this program in January 2019.  Many of these drugs were dangerous narcotics, including opioids.
Removal of prescription drugs in this safe manner protects our community by keeping them from being diverted to illegal use and out of the environment and water sources.
More information is available from Chief of Police Brad Rasmussen, (707) 263-5491.
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