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Storm preparation tips from Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Storm preparation tips from Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Weather forecasts are calling for rain and strong winds in our area over the next few days.

To prepare for storms and minimize outages, PG&E has an extensive preventive maintenance and tree trimming program. Each year, the utility inspects every mile of line in its service area – more than 130,000 miles total – and spends more than $180 million to reduce the hazards of trees and bushes.

When outages do occur, PG&E employees remain focused on ensuring public safety, determining the extent of the damage, providing customers with all available information, and restoring service as quickly as possible.

PG&E offers the following suggestions to help customers prepare for the upcoming storm:

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Preparing for Power Outages

Yolo County Helps with Hazardous Waste During the Holidays

Yolo County Helps with Hazardous Waste During the Holidays

(Woodland, CA) – The Yolo County Planning & Public Works, Division of Integrated Waste Management will continue to hold weekly collection of household hazardous waste at the Yolo County Central Landfill, located at 44090 County Road 28H in Woodland, every Friday and Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. through the winter holiday season, with the exception of Friday, November 23.  The landfill, however, will be open for non-hazardous waste on November 23, but closed December 25 and January 1.

Butterfly expert from Harvard to speak at UC Davis

Butterfly expert from Harvard to speak at UC Davis

DAVIS--Brightly colored Heliconius butterflies, known for their mimicry, are involved in triggering the evolution of new species, says James Mallet, a distinguished lecturer at Harvard University, who will speak at at a lecture at the University of California, Davis on Wednesday, Nov. 28.

Mallet will discuss “Hybridization, Mimicry and the Origin of Species in Heliconius Butterflies” from 12:10 to 1 p.m. in Room 1022 of the Life Sciences Addition (LSA). The talk, open to all interested persons, is part of the UC Davis Department of Entomology’s fall seminar series.

The adults’ brightly colored wing patterns signal their distastefulness to potential predators.

UC Davis bee scientists to address state beekeepers

UC Davis bee scientists to address state beekeepers

DAVIS--Assistant professor Brian Johnson and Extension apiculturist Eric Mussen of the UC Davis Department of Entomology will speak at the 2012 California State Beekeepers Association's annual convention, set Nov. 12 through Nov. 15 in Cabazon. The meeting will take place in the Morongo Casino Resort and Spa.

Johnson will discuss “Completed and Ongoing Research at the Laidlaw Bee Research Facility” during the Nov. 15th session. He will be presenting information on two sets of experiments he and his associates conducted at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility, headquartered on Bee Biology Road.

Yolo County Paint Retailers Take Part in Statewide Paint Stewardship Program

Yolo County Paint Retailers Take Part in Statewide Paint Stewardship Program

Recycling leftover paint in California just got more convenient with the kick-off of California’s Paint Stewardship Program and participation of 350 retail collection locations throughout the state.  Yolo County paint retail stores participating in the program and now taking back paint for recycling include: Kelly Moore Paints, located at 831 Harbor Boulevard in West Sacramento and 538 N. East Street #A in Woodland; and Sherwin-Williams, located 1392 E Main Street #A, in Woodland.

Woodland Tree Foundation awarded $8,900 ReLeaf grant

California ReLeaf announced today Woodland Tree Foundation has been awarded ..... Read More

Yolo County Participates in CaliforniaFIRST Energy Efficiency Program

Yolo County Participates in CaliforniaFIRST Energy Efficiency Program

Under the auspices of California’s largest statewide joint powers authority, 14 California counties and 126 cities are today launching the nation’s largest PACE program, an innovative financing tool to help commercial property owners reduce their buildings’ energy and water use.  Yolo County and the cities of Davis, West Sacramento, Winters and Woodland are participants in this program.

The CaliforniaFIRST program, which is a program of the California Statewide Communities Development Authority, allows commercial property owners to use municipal bonds to finance energy efficiency, water efficiency and renewable energy upgrades – which the owners repay through a special assessment on their annual property tax bill.  Through a public-private partnership, private capital will be used to supply the upfront funding for the work, so that local government budgets will not be burdened.