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Rodeo Parade theme entries open
The Scott Valley Pleasure Park (SVPP) is preparing for the May Rodeo to be held on Sunday, May 6. SVPP is offering a $25 prize for a winning parade theme. Parade theme entries can be mailed to Drew Travis at PO Box 671, Fort Jones, CA 96032. Parade theme entries will be accepted until Thursday, March 1. Call 598-9802 for more information. www.etnarodeo.com
Emergency firewood program
The Fort Jones Lions Club is continuing its program of providing one load of firewood during the winter to senior citizens and disabled residents of Scott Valley who are unable to obtain their own supply. The program is intended only as an emergency measure for those in dire need of wood to tide them over until they can procure a long-term solution. To apply, contact Fred Williams at 468-2907 or Don Hugo at 468-2197.
A Girls and Women Event
Sat, March 17, 10am – 2pm, Scott Valley Berean Church
Featuring author and speaker, Kim Meeder, from Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch in Bend Oregon. Cost $10 per person includes lunch/dessert. To register send check or money order payable to Scott Valley Berean Church c/o Lori March, PO Box 918, Fort Jones, CA 96032
The Scott Valley Quilt Guild created this beautiful, Monet-inspired, floral “Opportunity Quilt” which is currently on display at the Scott Valley Bank in Fort Jones. Tickets cost $1 for one ticket or $5 for ten tickets. The drawing will be held on May 19, 2012 at the Quilt Show in Fort Jones. Proceeds go for local scholarships. The winner is not required to be present to win.
Sober Grad Night Raffle
Deer Detection System Survey
SURVEY: experiences with and opinions on the animal detection system along Hwy 3 near FT Jones, CA
An animal detection system with associated warning signs was installed along Hwy 3 near Fort Jones, California in September 2009. The system was put into full operation on October 17th 2011. UC Berkeley (California PATH Program) and the Western Transportation Institute at Montana State University are investigating the reliability and effectiveness of the system. The researchers have now launched a survey to document the opinions on and experiences with the animal detection system near Ft Jones. The survey is targeted at people who travel the road section with the animal detection system along Hwy 3 near Ft Jones. If you have driven on the road section with the animal detection system since the day it was put into full operation, the researchers are interested in hearing from you through filling out the survey at www.detectionsystemsurvey.org. The results will help decide what the minimum standards for system reliability and effectiveness should be and whether the system meets the expectations of the people who travel Hwy 3 near Ft Jones.
Background information, quotes and contacts
Animal detection systems detect large animals, for example deer and elk, as they approach the road. When an animal is detected, signs are activated that warn drivers that large animals may be on or near the road at that time. The warning signs urge the driver to pay more attention, reduce vehicle speed, or both. This should then lead to fewer or less severe collisions, reduced property damage and improved safety for humans, and fewer dead or injured animals. While animal detection systems have reduced collisions with large mammals with 58-99% elsewhere, they should still be considered experimental.
As part of a research project, the California Department of Transportation (CALTRANS) with some supporting funds from US Department of Transportation installed an animal detection system with associated warning signs along a 0.6 mile section of Hwy 3 near Fort Jones, California in September 2009. The system was put into full operation on October 17th 2011. Ian Turnbull, Chief of the Office of ITS Engineering and Support, with CALTRANS District 2, said “This road section has a history of collisions with black-tailed deer. We want to reduce these types of crashes and we also want to investigate an alternative to wildlife fences and wildlife underpasses and overpasses that have relatively high construction costs”. Ashkan Sharafsaleh, a senior Research & Development Engineer at UC Berkeley with the California PATH Program stated that in addition to the actual animal detection system, equipment has been installed to investigate the reliability of the system in detecting black-tailed deer and the effect of the warning system on vehicle speed and other aspects of driver behaviour. This research is conducted by California PATH program of the University of California, Berkeley, and the Western Transportation Institute at Montana State University. Marcel Huijser, a Research Ecologist at the Western Transportation Institute stated that it is not sufficient to only measure the reliability and effectiveness of animal detection systems. We have to have norms that we can compare the performance of the systems to. That is why we have the survey. The results of the survey will help transportation agencies and manufacturers of animal detection systems make sure that the reliability and effectiveness of the systems meets the expectations of people that travel the road sections where animal detection systems have been installed.
For more information, contact Ashkan Sharafsaleh, senior Research & Development Engineer at UC Berkeley with the California PATH Program 510-665-6716 RFS Office (or 510-642-5665 Bancroft Office or 510-206-9621 Cell), firstname.lastname@example.org or Marcel Huijser, Research Ecologist, Western Transportation Institute-Montana State University (406)543-2377, email@example.com