Some Junction City residents saw a smattering of snow as low as 1,900 feet last Sunday, well below predicted 4,500-foot level, making for a cozy morning before the rain melted away the pretty sight. A new week has dawned, and with it comes a forecast of more rain. While this may leave those of us who suffer from winter blues reaching for our vitamin D, the thirsty trees could not be happier. According to the National Weather Service in Eureka, rain will fall through the weekend. If you’re planning to go west and enjoy the windswept coastlines of Humboldt and Del Norte counties, be on the lookout for rockslides along Highway 299.

Weather permitting, The North Fork Grange will be hosting a cleanup event at Junction City Park on Saturday, Feb. 27. Volunteers are needed to help remove hazard branches and trees and remove invasive Scotch Broom. If you are handy with a chainsaw or enjoy good company while digging around in the dirt, call Grange Master Duncan at 707-599-0002 for information on how you can participate. Social distancing and COVID-19 protocols will be encouraged at this event.

Junction City Volunteer Fire Department relies almost entirely on a combination of grant funding and community support. If fire/medical first response is not your thing, consider volunteering with JCVFD as a grant writer, or providing clerical assistance for the department. Call 227-7065 or 739-9900 for more information on how you can help. Also, your donations help keep the doors open, maintain equipment and ensure our volunteer firefighters have the proper gear to keep them safe on fire and medical calls. Please consider donating today. Mail to Junction City VFD, P.O. Box 418, Junction City, CA 96048

Special thanks go out to our volunteer fire/medical first responders from Junction City Fire and Hawkins Bar Fire, Weaverville Fire, Lewiston Fire, Douglas City Fire, Trinity County Search and Rescue and Trinity County Life Support for helping staff the mass vaccination events last week.  Your selfless acts help keep our most vulnerable community members safe, and we cannot thank you enough.

Trinity County Health and Human Services, Public Health Branch has scheduled COVID-19 Mass Vaccination Point of Distribution (POD) events on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 19-20 at Weaverville Elementary School gym.

COVID-19 vaccine clinics will be occurring weekly as weather and vaccine supplies allow. If you have severe allergic reaction such as anaphylaxis, swelling or rash to any of the vaccine components, medications, food or other substances, take medications such as blood thinners or have special health conditions that may require additional post vaccine monitoring, you may need to obtain the vaccination through your health care provider or one of our local health clinics.

If you are over age 65 or are eligible to receive vaccine under Phase 1A or 1B, you can register at www.trinitycounty.org/COVID-19/Vaccine-Registration.

If you do not have access to a computer, you can call 623-8235 for assistance.

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