I received a project update from Caltrans regarding the High Point Curve Realignment at Topaz Lake which gave estimated dates for work to be done. The one that will most strongly affect all of our valley residents is the night closure of Highway 395 near High Point. Their update says they plan on the night road closures from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. running from May 2 through May 15. During the night closures, even emergency vehicles will only be allowed if construction allows. Hopefully, this will be the right timeframe and will be over by May 15. During the day, there will be delays of up to 20 minutes.
Medical air transport
We just learned about the availability of medical air transport from CalStar, which is available to individuals for $40 per year and a family for $45 per year. They will work with your insurance company if you have coverage, but the good news is that, according to their website, you wouldn't have to pay anything for emergency medical air transport. Check out their website at www.calstar.org/membership. It could really be a big help when needed.
IMACA will be accepting applications for low-income energy assistance on May 9 at the Antelope Valley Senior Center in Walker. Mono County health nurse Carolyn will be at the Senior Center on May 8 from noon to 1 p.m. to help people complete the necessary application form.
Since we are aware that the Antelope Valley can have its share of emergencies or disasters, our local fire & paramedic personnel are working to establish a CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) here. Anyone can belong to the team if over 18 years old, since there are many ways for people of different ages to participate and help, including evacuations, emergency shelters, etc. There will be a meeting 6 p.m. May 24 at the Walker Fire Station, 1166 Larson Lane, and there will be a lot of information given on how you could help your community during a disaster.
Whooping Cough here
There have already been many cases of this illness reported. It is especially predominant in small children or those who are parents or working in health or child care. It is very serious, with symptoms that can also seem like allergies. If you get a respiratory illness, talk with your doctor right away to be sure you haven't contracted the virus.