Serving the communities of Valley Springs, Burson and Wallace
Josie Martinez Ornum, program director for the soon-to-open Mountain Oak Health Center in San Andreas, in front of the “giving tree” acknowledging those who have donated time or money to open the non-profit clinic.
Non-profit clinic preparing to serve region's uninsured
A vision by several concerned citizens to provide free or
low-cost health services to the growing number of people in today’s
tough economic times who are finding it difficult to obtain medical care
is about to become a reality.
Josie Martinez Ornum, the program director for the soon-to-open
Mountain Oak Health Center in San Andreas, said the idea to start a
non-profit clinic to serve the region began last December and the center
is expected to open the first week in October at 556 Mountain Ranch
Road, across the street from the CalWorks building.
“Our mission is to provide primary care to anyone with or
without medical insurance within the valley and Sierra foothills
communities,” she said.
Mountain Oak Health Center has passed the first step of licensing
through the California Department of Health Services to be a community
clinic and is waiting to be certified by the department, she said.
Staffing is in place and training will begin soon “so when we
get the green light from the state to open we’ll be all set, trained
and ready to go,” she added.
In addition to Ornum, who is a Family Nurse Practitioner, the
staff will include Dr. Edmund Yao as medical director, a Registered
Nurse, a Physician’s Assistant, Medical Assistant and receptionist.
There will also be many volunteers working behind the scene, some of who
are in the health field.
The center will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through
Friday and Ornum anticipates they can handle 25 to 30 appointments a
day. Dr. Yao will be at the center once a week to oversee the operation
of the clinic and also see patients.
Mountain Oak Health Center will accept all major health insurance
including Medi-Cal and Medicare.
Patients without insurance will be charged for services on a
sliding-fee schedule from $0 to $25 based upon their salary and ability
to pay, Ornum said. In addition, as a non-profit, they’ve been able to
negotiate for low-cost lab fees.
Obtaining the right location was a key to opening the clinic and
Jean Fox of Fox Realty and Management in Valley Springs “was very
instrumental in getting us this site,” she said.
She also praised the owners of the building, David and Sheila
Howard, “who have been very generous and understanding of our
The 1,700-square-foot center has five examination rooms. Much of
the equipment has been donated or purchased at reduced cost and
volunteers have spent many hours preparing the center for its opening.
The clinic has nearly 30 volunteers who “are working day and
night,” Ornum said. “It’s exciting and a lot of people understand
our cause. The people working and volunteering at the clinic feel
ownership. Without the volunteers, this place wouldn’t be where it’s
at and ready to open.”
A focal point in the center’s lobby is a “giving tree” that
acknowledges those who have made donations or volunteered toward the
opening of the clinic with a leaf placed on the tree containing their
Funding has been through private donations and several
fundraisers are scheduled. Ornum has a master’s degree in public
health administration, which has proven useful in the paperwork
necessary to open the clinic and with the help of several volunteers,
they are seeking grants.
However, it is difficult for a start-up to receive such funding
without a track record, she added.
“But that doesn’t stop us. Unless we ask, we’ll never get
an answer and we’re not shy at knocking on doors.”
One such donation has come from the Cache Creek Casino and the
Rumsey Band of Wintun Indians. Tribal Chief Marshall MacKay made a
three-hour drive to visit the center and quickly gave his blessing to
“He saw the need and took us at face value,” Ornum said.
“It was so wonderful.”
To help raise additional funds, the center will have an Oct. 9
tournament at La Contenta Golf Club. For more information, call Meryl
Parreira at (209) 869-2691, or Sheanna Castillas at (209) 304-7071.
Plans for a Halloween costume ball at the Preston Castle are also
in the works, along with a 2011 calendar featuring the area’s men and
women in public service. The calendar is being titled “Rescue Me”
and Ornum is looking for six more models. She can be reached at (415)
Gail Belmont, left, Willene Seavey and Jan Evans were among the nearly 50 people to participate last month in a Valley Springs Empty Bowls decorating class.
The upcoming Valley Springs Empty Bowls event benefiting the
community’s food banks is gaining momentum.
Recent Empty Bowls painting and decorating classes leading up to the Sept. 22 fundraiser for local food banks have attracted about 100 participants and nearly 200 bowls have been completed for the event with more due in.
The food banks at Good Samaritan and Community United Methodist Church are the beneficiaries.
West Calaveras County residents can participate from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22, by purchasing a decorated bowl for $15 and enjoying a simple lunch of soup and bread donated by area restaurants, community and church members.
The meal will be served at the Methodist Church, located at 135 Laurel St., Valley Springs. Drive through will also be available and there will be a raffle. The number of raffle tickets a person receives will be based on how many cans of food they donate. Bring five cans, get five raffle tickets, 10 cans, 10 tickets, etc.
When finished, those who bought the lunch take their beautifully
handcrafted bowls home as a reminder they helped ease someone else’s
One hundred percent of each meal’s proceeds will be donated to the food banks of the two participating churches.
Valley Springs Empty Bowls event organizers have a goal of 200 decorated bowls being made before the Sept. 22 event. They have 140 so far.
Empty Bowls is a program initiated in 1990-91 by art teacher John
Hartom. His idea was to organize a charitable event to give artists and
arts students a way to make a personal difference. Empty Bowls allows
participating artists and groups to create and donate bowls to be served
with the simple meal.
The merchants of the Valley Oaks Center and The Valley Springs
News are hosting the Valley Springs Empty Bowls event.
Advance tickets are available at the churches; The Valley Springs
News, 1906 Vista Del Lago, Ste. L; Showtime Video, 200 E. Highway 12 in
the Valley Oaks Shopping Center, and Gallery Calaveras, 22 Main St., San
The public is encouraged to help with the event by donating
raffle items, gift certificates, their time as volunteers, or donating
soups and breads for the meal.
In addition, local artists are encouraged to participate by
creating decorated bowls. The bowls can be food safe or simply for
decoration. In some communities, ceramic artists are joined by wood
turners, glass blowers, fiber artists, metal smiths, painters,
sculptures and craftspeople.
To participate, call The Valley Springs News at (209) 772-2234.
Bowls, donations and gift items can be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 4:30
p.m. at the office, 1906 Vista Del Lago, Ste. L. In addition, donations
can be sent to the Bank of Rio Vista, Valley Spring, CA 95252, made out
to “Valley Springs Empty Bowls.”
For more information, or to charge tickets or donations, contact
Vip Hale at 772-2234.
Valley Springs artist Marchand Heimann poses with her colorful wild women.
biggest visual arts event approaching
Over the past four years, the Calaveras Artists Studio Tour has worked its way into the heart of the community and is now one of the county's biggest annual celebrations of the visual arts.
The fifth annual Artists Studio Tour coming up on Sept. 25 and 26
brings artists and art lovers together in relaxed and friendly studio
environments where the various elements of art are shared and enjoyed.
More than 30 artists will be on hand from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on
both days for questions and discussion as they “show their process”
and reveal how, why and where they create their artwork. Purchase
original art or prints or unique gift items directly from the artist.
The tour is self-guiding through the purchase of a $10 per person
“Passport.” Pocket or purse-size, use it as a road map and a
collectible. Artists are represented with a color photograph of their
work and studio address with directions. Select those you would like to
visit, then locate the studio numbers on the map. Spread your trip over
both Saturday and Sunday. Travel the backroads and enjoy the early fall
landscapes. Simply pack up family and friends and discover that
Calaveras County’s art is as delectable as its wine and gold rush
To help sort through all the different styles and types of art
available, Gallery Calaveras in San Andreas starting Sept. 10 has a
preview show of participating Studio Tour artists. Plan your
personalized trip of which of 35 artists you’d like to visit. From the
sun-washed Tuscany-style studio of Sarah Switek or the woodsy cozy
studio of Ruth Morrow, or the eight artists clustered together in
Glencoe, the tour provides a once a year treat to the general public to
enter the intimate setting of where artists create.
There’s art for all tastes, including photography to jewelry,
pottery to painting, fine woodworking and iron work and garden gates,
even rug hooking. Invite
family and friends and have fun for two days winding your way through
backroads to reach Arnold, Murphys, Angels Camp, Copperopolis, Valley
Springs, Mokelumne Hill, Glencoe and Mountain Ranch.
Artists on the tour this year
include James Aarons, Mary Anderson, Sharon Baker, Roxi Berlin, Frank
Bianchi, Kevin Brady, Judie Cain, Kathleen Canning, Randy Carlins, Cate
Culver, Melinda Englebrecht, Bonnie Gill, Carol Goff,
Marchand Heimann, Susie Hoffman of Galerie Copper, Susan King,
Debra Lawlor, Ann Nancy Macomber, Larry Mersek, Ruth Morrow, Cathi
Newlin, Bambi Papais, Robin Price, Pamela Quyle and Quyle Kilns Studio,
Marilyn Richards, Margaret Roberts, Emily Ryslinge, Edie Schembri,
Claudio Schwalm, Sarah Switek, Joani Taylor, Andy Trinkle, Janet Trinkle,
Martha Wallace and Carrie Zaro.
Some artists will be sharing their studios for the ones who are
too remote. Artists will be able to accept cash, check or credit cards
for art purchases.
The map and brochures called Passports can be purchased during the tour at the studios or in advance starting Sept. 1 at Gallery Calaveras at 22 Main St., San Andreas, or at several outlets that will be listed on www.calaverasarts.org. For more information, or to reserve Tour Passports, call (209) 754-1774.
Dan Klement, the new principal at Valley Springs Elementary School.
New VSE leader plans to become a familiar face
Valley Springs Elementary School has a new principal and one of
his goals is to become a familiar face at the campus for many years to
Dan Klement, formerly the assistant principal at Jenny Lind
Elementary School, has been promoted to the principalship at Valley
He replaces Tim Garrison, who was the VSE principal for two
years, and due to retirements and promotions, the school has had four
principals in the past half-dozen years.
“I keep hearing the question ‘how long are you going to be
around’ and it’s one of my goals to provide stable leadership,”
Klement said. “I don’t see this as a stepping stone.”
Klement has been in the education field for 10 years and was a
vice principal for two years at a middle school in Sacramento before he
and his wife decided to move to the foothills to raise their family. His
wife Sinead is from Amador County and that is where they now reside with
their daughter Maeve.
Upon making the move, Klement taught fourth grade for a year at
Jenny Lind and was the assistant principal the past two years.
To help familiarize himself with the parents and the community,
Klement has started a monthly “Coffee with the Principal” meeting
where he receives feedback and input.
The first coffee meeting attracted 25 parents and one of the
first questions was how long did he plan to stay at VSE.
“It’s nice to feel connected to the community,” he said.
“I love living up here and being a part of the community and I plan to
stay a long time.”
Reflecting on the opening weeks of the school year, Klement said,
“I’m absolutely loving it. We have a wonderful, caring staff. We
have a strong PTO, great parent involvement and we hope to continue the
great work done in the past.”
One of the challenges facing him and the staff in the opening
days of school has been a new drop off and pick up arrangement since the
lot previously used for that purpose is the site for the new veterans
and community hall and construction plans are moving ahead.
“It was pretty incredible,” Klement said. “Everything
shifted to the front of the school and the whole staff got out there
with orange vests and made the transition as smooth as possible. We
still have some things to address, but it’s a big challenge with 500
Another challenge is budget reductions. Klement said he has been
impressed with the number of people, organizations and churches stepping
forward and asking how they can help to soften the blow of budget cuts,
which include the elimination of sports programs at the elementary
“One of my goals is to connect with the community and reach out
and see how we can strengthen these partnerships and serve the
children,” he added.
The elementary band program is being looked at as an area for
future cuts and Klement said that would be a shame as the program is
seeing a record number of students signing up.
“We have 75-plus kids signed up – so many that we don’t
have enough room for them. This is going to be a tremendous program and
I hope there is an opportunity to keep the elementary band program
The school also has a vibrant after-school program, Klement said,
that supports homework and provides enrichment programs. Applications
are available in the office and there are scholarships and fee-based
Klement graduated from the University of California, Berkeley
with a bachelor’s degree in history and a minor in business. He spent
a year in private business before switching to the public sector.
He is finishing his master’s thesis at California State
University, Sacramento in educational leadership.
Klement said he has obtained a board perspective on different
educational systems as a child being a student in another county –
England – and attending a variety of schools during his childhood,
along with teaching and being an administrator at the elementary and
middle school levels.
“It’s all been very useful to me,” he added.
Tim Brown, formerly the postmaster at Copperopolis, has taken over the helm as the new postmaster at the Valley Springs office.
postmaster for Valley Springs
Tim Brown is Valley Springs’ new postmaster.
Brown, formerly the postmaster at Copperopolis, replaces Dann Myers who moved to his hometown post office at Bethel Island in mid-February.
Brown has been with the U.S. Postal Service for 16 years. He started as a clerk in the Salida Post Office and was the postmaster in Copperopolis for 12 years. In addition, he has been the officer-in-charge at Atwater and Turlock and a customer service manager in Manteca.
“This is a good opportunity for me – it’s one level higher than Copperopolis,” Brown said about his move and promotion.
Brown is familiar with the Valley Springs community through his years working within Calaveras County at the nearby Copperopolis office and frequently boating at New Hogan.
“It’s a good office, with good employees and a nice community,” he said.
He does not see any changes at the Valley Springs office in the foreseeable future.
Brown, who began his duties as postmaster at the Valley Springs office at the beginning of August, said he is a stickler for customer service, right after employee safety.
He lives in Escalon with his wife Gina and their daughter Megan, who is a college student. Gina is a Registered Nurse in Modesto.
Brown’s official swearing in ceremony as Valley Springs’ postmaster is scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24.
The former Schwoerer residence at 169 Daphne St., the second oldest residence in the Valley Springs townsite, is on the market.
of town's oldest homes on the market
One of the oldest homes in Valley Springs is on the market.
The former residence of George "Dutch" and Lucy
Schwoerer at 169 Daphne St. is listed by Debbie Shaw at Realty World
Classic Foothills Properties in a short sale for $119,000.
According to local historian and author Sal Manna, the house is
the second oldest residence in the Valley Springs townsite. It was built
in 1889 by the Methodist Episcopal Church as the parsonage and served as
the home for Methodist preachers until a new parsonage was built in
The building was subsequently used for Sunday school, group
meetings, as a social hall and as housing for non-resident ministers.
The property in the late 1950s was sold to the Schwoerers, who
owned it until Dutch's death in 2006.
The house is 992 square feet with two bedrooms and a bathroom, while the lot is 5,663 square feet and also has an oversized detached garage.
A short sale is a sale of real
estate in which the sale proceeds fall short of the balance
owed on the property's loan. It often occurs when
cannot pay the mortgage loan on their property, but the lender decides
that selling the property at a moderate loss is better than pressing the
If there is no buyer, the property could go into foreclosure and
be auctioned off.
Motorists traveling along
State Route 26 near South Burson Road were subjected to some
inconveniences for approximately an hour Wednesday morning after a solo
big-rig accident. No injuries were reported. Photos by Steven Judson.
Big rig spill spells trouble on State Route 26
Sukha Singh of Hayward escaped injury last Wednesday morning
after he lost control of the big rig he was driving on State Route 26
near South Burson Road.
According to Rebecca Myers of the CHP, Singh was westbound on
State Route 26 transporting a load of riprap from Valley Springs to the
Bay Area at about 8:10 a.m. He was traveling at approximately 40 mph
when he entered a curve near South Burson Road and due to his unsafe
speed, the trailer flipped on its right side. The entire rig came to
rest on the right side of the road and blocked both lanes of travel.
Traffic flow was disrupted for nearly an hour as the accident
scene was cleared.
District 5 Supervisor Russ Thomas points toward Hogan Dam Road and down the project route for a new local road he envisions to relieve rush hour traffic woes in downtown Valley Springs.
offers inexpensive option to intersection work
Motorists’ workday morning and late afternoon frustrations
navigating the State Route 12/26 intersection through Valley Springs
could be alleviated at no cost to the taxpayers, in a relatively short
time and without spending $2.5 million to $4 million on a project with
the potential to ruin the downtown.
District 5 Supervisor Russ Thomas would like to see the county
pursue a local connector road linking Hogan Dam Road with Lime Creek
The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday was scheduled to discuss the
SR12/26 Intersection Improvement Project and Thomas expected some of the
talk to focus on the local bypass he favors.
It’s clear from the engineering firm working on the
intersection improvement project that neither a signal nor a roundabout
will solve the morning and late afternoon traffic woes at the
intersection, Thomas said.
“The signal (or roundabout) in and off itself will not be
enough of a solution to alleviate the traffic congestion problem,”
Thomas said. “Add to that the fact it will change the flavor of that
area of Valley Springs forever. It will severely compromise people’s
ability to conduct business at that intersection.”
Draft plans for the four-way signal solution call for the
acquisition of 5,891.7 square feet and elimination of 11 of 31 on-street
parking spaces, while the roundabout would require 7,939.9 square feet
and eliminate 17 of 31 on-street parking spots.
It will take a series of improvements to accommodate existing and
future traffic demands in the Valley Springs area, he said, and
construction of the local connector road will go a long way to
alleviating the existing rush-hour congestion.
In addition, the connector road would remove the pressure to make
the irreversible decision to tear up much of the downtown to accommodate
a signal or roundabout, he said.
He has been in discussions with the Ponte family and the
Calaveras County Water District to place the proposed connector on a
strip of land that previously – many decades ago - served as a road.
Much of the old roadbed is still visible.
The proposed new roadway in between Hogan Dam and Lime Creek
roads is approximately 4,800 feet long and Thomas estimates it would
cost approximately $1 million to $1.5 million to pave it 20 feet wide.
It follows a small ridge and is above the sensitive wetland area
along Springs Valley Creek.
The county has $7.5 million in its Road Impact Mitigation fee
account, and while those funds would be tapped for the initial work,
Thomas envisions the county entering into a development agreement with
the Pontes and the up-front, public funding eventually being reimbursed
as building occurs in the area.
Such an agreement would call for the dedication of a 100-foot
right-of-way so it does not foreclose future transportation options in
the area, he said.
The timeline for completion of the connector project could be
within 18 months, he added.
The intersection improvement project projects a 24- to 30-month
Thomas and District 1 Supervisor Gary Tofanelli are holding a
public meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 11, at the Veterans Memorial
Hall, 189 Pine St., Valley Springs.
Topics include Cosgrove Creek flood mitigation and creek
maintenance, the Valley Springs Community Plan update and comments will
also be accepted on the intersection improvement project.
Former Jenny Lind Fire Chief Brian Chavez-Ochoa.
Bogus letter used to fan flames in Jenny Lind Fire feud
Personnel matters plaguing the Jenny Lind Fire Protection
District the past month could be heading toward litigation and at the
root of the potential legal action is what is now being called a bogus
letter from a former firefighter alerting the public to command staff
In the wake of the letter, Fire Chief Brian Chavez-Ochoa resigned
and the district’s Board of Directors last week indicated they
intended to place Division Chief Scott Mullin on paid administrative
Chavez-Ochoa this week issued a statement saying “the letter was a hoax and the inspiration of a conspiracy hatched by both present and former Jenny Lind firefighters as well as others in the community.”
The letter, which first appeared July 14, 2010, on
thepinetree.net was attributed to a Josh Coscellar, a “former Jenny
Lind Fire Probationary Firefighter.”
Chavez-Ochoa said he was skeptical of the letter since Joshua
Castellar’s name was misspelled. That prompted Chavez-Ochoa to contact
Castellar who has written the former chief saying he did not write the
letter in question.
The letter accused the command staff of physical harassment,
misappropriating public funds, dereliction of duty and inept leadership.
Chavez-Ochoa said thepinetree.net provided him with the original
e-mail containing the bogus letter and subsequent postings in response
to the original e-mail.
“Each post contained the IP addresses of the senders thereby
allowing identification of the individuals posting the blogs,”
The former fire chief said the original letter, several of the
subsequent blogs and faxes of the letter have been tracked down to a
computer and fax number at the Mokelumne Hill Fire Protection District.
In addition, five blogs in response to the letter e-mailed to
thepinetree.net were sent from the computer and/or router of the Central
Calaveras Fire and Rescue Protection District.
One firefighter, in particular, works for both districts and was
on duty each day the e-mails and faxes were sent, Chavez-Ochoa said.
“It is also equally clear that more than one individual engaged
in the scheme to libel the chief officers of the Jenny Lind Fire
Protection District,” Chavez-Ochoa said in his statement. “We are
making every effort to hold all of the individuals responsible for these
fraudulent and libelous act(s) accountable to not only the community but
also having to answer for their fraudulent behavior in the Superior
The former fire chief, who also practices law in Valley Springs,
said he has spoken with the Calaveras County District Attorney’s
Office and is asking for “a criminal investigation to determine
whether or not any criminal culpability is inherent in this noted
In the meantime, Chavez-Ochoa said he is pursuing civil action
against those behind the letter and blogs.
An official from the Jenny Lind Firefighters Association credited
the letter for an increase in public participation at last month’s
regular meeting of the Jenny Lind board.
“I wonder what the people will think that have attended the
last two board meetings of the Jenny Lind Fire Protection District when
they learn that their anger is precipitated by a lie and the lie was
promulgated by individual(s) with present and former ties to the Jenny
Lind Fire Protection District based upon selfish and fraudulent
motivations,” Chavez-Ochoa added.
The former chief is also representing Mullin and has placed the
district on notice that it has violated the division chief’s
employment rights and expectation to privacy regarding personnel
The board at a July 30 special meeting reached a consensus to
place Mullin on paid administrative leave after receiving a letter of no
confidence from some of the volunteers and a harassment complaint for
The matter was not on the agenda and Mullin never received notice
of the pending action against him, Chavez-Ochoa said.
Mullin has received a “Right to Sue” notice under the
provisions of the California Fair Employment and Housing Act.
In a complaint of discrimination, Mullin said he is being
harassed because he took “good faith discipline actions against an
employee for significant safety and health violations.”
Chavez-Ochoa said Mullin is seeking an order to restrain the
district from further discriminatory actions and monetary damages.
Reviewing an aerial view of possible improvements, including a four-way traffic signal at the State Route 12/26 intersection, at Monday’s public workshop are, from left, Don Powlesland, Andy Ballantyne and Gene Quarton.
Intersection work draws skepticism
Details concerning two new intersection plans for Valley Springs
were revealed at a Monday evening workshop that raised concerns whether
there would be much of a downtown left once one of the projects were
“Your project will be a nightmare,” said Andy Ballantyne of
He said the proposed intersection improvements would ruin the
downtown’s character, disrupt too many businesses, substantially
reduce the number of downtown parking spaces and most of all harm
He called for a feasibility study before any one of the projects
A recent survey of Valley Springs’ residents indicated they
were in favor of a bypass to solve the downtown’s traffic woes, said
Pat Perreira of Campo Seco. No project was the public’s second choice,
she added, and there was no support for a roundabout at the
Matt Boyer of Dokken Engineering outlined his firm’s findings
Right-of-way acquisition and construction of a traffic signal at
the intersection will cost $3 million to $4 million, while a roundabout
will be $2.5 million to $3 million, a local bypass will cost between $5
million and $7 million, and a state highway bypass will be from $40
million to $50 million-plus.
The county’s share for construction would be between zero and
12 percent, except for the local bypass, which would have to be 100
percent funded by the county.
The four-way signal solution would require the acquisition of
5,891.7 square feet and eliminate 11 of 31 on-street parking spaces,
while the roundabout would require 7,939.9 square feet and eliminate 17
of the 31 on-street parking spots. Both proposals cut into the Tri-Dam
Realty office on the southeast corner of the intersection.
Both of those projects could be completed within 24 to 30 month
time spans, while it could take 30 to 42 months for a local
bypass/connector and 76 months to 10 years for a state highway bypass.
Seanna Hogan of Valley Springs questioned whether now was the
time to spend any money on highway improvements given the state of the
economy and the debt being piled up by the state and federal
Valley Springs developer Guy Myers said the money has already
been collected through gas taxes and development fees and it is Caltrans’
responsibility to fix the intersection, something it should have done 20
Valley Springs developer Jeff Davidson said a number of traffic
improvement projects could be done in phases, with the bypass being the
“We need to keep doing something,” he said, and not stand
Work could begin with improvements in the downtown and private
proposals, such as his Mission Ranch subdivision, could work with the
county to have new roads alleviate some of the existing traffic
problems, he said.
Davidson said he was concerned with the loss of parking in the
downtown and suggested that the final intersection plan should address
how those spaces will be replaced.
District 5 Supervisor Russ Thomas said he agreed with
Davidson’s idea about phased solutions and working with landowners to
provide new routes, such as the one through the Ponte Ranch and
identified in Dokken’s study as a bypass alternative alignment.
A study session on 12/26 intersection improvements is scheduled
for next Tuesday at the Board of Supervisors meeting, Boyer said.