Due to the different weather we've had over the last several months, we are now facing two very important threats to our safety and well-being in our valley. Please don't discount them:
1. Fire danger. With the lack of moisture, this year will have a very strong possibility for wildfire activity like we haven't seen in several years. Since human-caused fires are more common than thought, please make sure that you and your family are very careful to avoid accidentally causing a fire. Be careful when disposing of your barbecue remains, cigarettes in the outdoors, putting out campfires, and any other potential fire-causers. Don't put yourself or your neighbors at risk.
2. Rattlesnake danger. This year the rattlers seem to be extremely large and active in the dry valley. Our friend recently found a huge snake with 13 rattles right outside her door, which a neighbor had to come and shoot. Also remember the snakes' danger to your pets, as they won't hesitate to go after them. They're awfully aggressive when they feel confronted.
The latest Caltrans bulletin says that there will be no more night closures, but there will be one-way traffic at High Point 24 hours a day until June 10, with the delay being for up to 20 minutes. Take it slow and easy going through the work zone.
Post office news
We have recently learned that neither the Coleville nor Topaz post offices are on a closure list. The Postal Service has announced that the hours inside at the window will be reduced to 4 hours per day in Topaz and 6 hours per day in Coleville. Access to the lobby and post office boxes won't be changed. The time frame for this is a while down the road, and we'll let you know when it is announced.
Art, book and bake sales
The Antelope Valley Friends of the Library will hold a book and bake sale at the Walker Mini Mall on Saturday, starting at 9 a.m. All proceeds will benefit the Coleville Library. In addition, the Antelope Valley Artists will have a tent with local artists' work for sale. This includes original paintings, photographs, cards, pottery and jewelry. We have so many talented artistic people here, and you'll be amazed at how much there is to see and appreciate, as well as possibly own.
Have a super Memorial Day weekend.
Lynne Katusich can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (530) 495-2552.