Community Briefs: Dec. 22, 2012
Voter deadline is Monday
The last day to register to vote for the special state Senate District 4 election is Monday.
Registered voters who have moved within the county, changed their name or changed a mailing address must complete a new voter registration card. Election material will not be forwarded in the mail.
The Jan. 8 special election runoff is between Republican Jim Nielsen and Democrat Michael "Mickey" Harrington.
The winner replaces Congressman-elect Doug LaMalfa, R-Richvale.
Candidates for the office were on the Nov. 6 ballot, but none earned the 50.1 percent of the vote required to win outright.
CHP applications available
The California Highway Patrol will begin accepting applications for new officers in January, the first time in three years the agency has looked to hire.
Online applications will be accepted from Jan 3-5.
Candidates must be 20-35 years old, a US citizen, have no felony convictions and be a high school graduate.
There are a variety of tests, including medical, and interviews that will follow.
For information and application, visit www.chpcareers.com.
Bald eagle hikes upcoming
The Bureau of Land Management is hosting free guided tours that Cache Creek Natural Area in Lake County that will include views of wintering bald eagles, as well as tule elk, golden eagles, osprey, herons, red-tailed hawks and egrets.
The hikes are scheduled for Jan. 12, 19 and 26 and Feb. 2, 9, 16 and 23, but early reservations are recommended.
The four-mile hikes last three to four hours. The trail includes a steep 600-foot climb in the first mile, so hikers should be in good physical condition.
Hikers should wear sturdy hiking boots suitable for wet conditions and dress for cold weather.
Carry water, a lunch and binoculars, as most eagle sightings are from a distance.
Participants will meet at 10 a.m. in the Redbud Trailhead parking area, eight miles east of Clearlake Oaks on Highway 20.
For more information or to reserve a spot, call the BLM Ukiah Field Office at 707-468-4000.