Caltrans news: litter pickup and workers’ memorial

caltranslogoCaltrans Annual Litter Pickup Day

Inyo & Mono Counties – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has scheduled a statewide effort to raise the public’s awareness and prevent littering.  Caltrans District 9 maintenance crews will be picking up trash along the district’s roadways on Thursday, April 25, 2013.

Last year, the California Department of Transportation spent $43 million to pick up and dispose of trash that was tossed or dumped onto California’s roadways.  Crews picked up 2,469 cubic yards of litter which equals enough trash statewide to fill more than 158 garbage trucks.  Cigarette butts are the number one item discarded on the state’s highways.  They cause roadside fires, clog storm drains and threaten water quality.

In addition to not throwing trash out on our roadways the public can help by participating in the Caltrans Adopt-A-Highway Program.   The Adopt-A-Highway Program allows the public to adopt sections of highway for beautification projects, such as litter removal, vegetation control, graffiti removal, and tree and shrub planting.  The AAH Program participants picked up nearly 104,000 bags of trash from California’s roadsides – enough to fill nearly 1,000 garbage trucks.  Due to the efforts of the volunteers of this program California’s taxpayers saved an estimated $11.5 million value in litter removal costs last fiscal year.

To become a volunteer or sponsor, call Barbara Cote, Caltrans District 9 Adopt A Highway coordinator at 760-872-0622.



Caltrans’ 23rd  annual ceremony honors employees who have died in the line of duty

Bishop – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will hold its annual Workers’ Memorial Ceremony on Tuesday, April 30th  at 11:00 a.m. at the Caltrans District 9 Office.  This ceremony will be held in coordination with Caltrans Safety Awareness Week.  Caltrans would like to invite the public to attend.

The Highway Workers Memorial is a time to remember employees who have lost their lives building, maintaining, and operating California’s world-class transportation system.  Since 1924, a total of 178 Caltrans workers have died in the line of duty. The ceremony will be held in front of the Caltrans District Office located at 500 S. Main Street, Bishop.

This ceremony will feature a temporary memorial of 19 orange safety cones, 7 to honor each of District 9’s fallen Caltrans maintenance workers and 12 representing the Districts around the state to honor the Caltrans maintenance workers who have lost their lives.

Speakers will include Tom Hallenbeck, Caltrans District 9 Director and Captain Andria Witmer, California Highway Patrol.  Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8988 representative Bob Waggoner along with the VFW Color Guard will be in attendance, and Caltrans employee Barbara Cote will perform a violin solo.

While Caltrans maintenance workers place memorial ribbons on each of the cones to memorialize the fallen employees who made the ultimate sacrifice, Rick Mitchell will perform a special bagpipe tribute.  For more on honoring fallen workers –






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34 Responses to Caltrans news: litter pickup and workers’ memorial

  1. Ken Warner April 22, 2013 at 11:21 am #

    “Cigarette butts are the number one item discarded on the state’s highways. They cause roadside fires, clog storm drains and threaten water quality.”

    And also SoCal beaches. They’ve become giant ashtrays. They have turned nicotine brown. You get a contact high from laying on the sand. One of the reasons I moved away from the beach.

    • Desert Tortoise April 22, 2013 at 1:00 pm #

      No one moves from a beach community for that reason. At least be honest.

      • Ken Warner April 22, 2013 at 4:15 pm #

        You are right. That was only one of the reasons. And primarily, all the reasons were generated by too many people. That’s why I like Mammoth. It may seem crowded at times but compared to SoCal it’s nothing.

    • The Age of Overbreed April 22, 2013 at 2:25 pm #

      You moved away from the beach for the same reason everybody else moves away …
      too many effing people.

      • Desert Tortoise April 23, 2013 at 10:04 am #

        Nah. What really happens is you find ways to block beach access including fencing off public access routes owned by the state, put up no trespassing signs everywhere, hire private security to harass beach users, pay off the local sheriffs so they challenge legitimate beach users and threaten them with arrest for “trespassing” rather than scofflaw property owners, then you hire the most aggressive possible attornies to go to war with the California Coastal Commission, while lobbying local legislators to gut the commission and toss it’s members out for any of a variety of perceived misdeeds.

        That is how crowding is dealth with. No one leave, unless they can no longer afford to live there.

        • Let them eat cake April 23, 2013 at 11:51 am #

          Yep, it’s the “Members Only” thing that’s catching on. Beaches included.
          And as the economy worsens, and entire political groups continue to support the rich with “Don’t tax the rich” and “Leave the rich alone or they’ll be no trickle-down effect for we Riff-Raff ” you are going to see more an more of the Members Only BS with the little people on the outside – looking in.

    • Trouble April 23, 2013 at 5:47 am #

      Ken- they all ready made it illegal to smoke cigs on the beach. I thought I left my mother at home.

  2. Mark April 22, 2013 at 1:00 pm #

    and you can thank the fishermen for polluting our lakes and streams with empty bait containers and fishing line.

    yes, that zoo is about to start all over again come the end of the month.

    People pick up your own damn trash!

    • Littering our lakes and streams April 22, 2013 at 2:23 pm #

      You bring up an interesting albeit sadly true fact of life about fishermen Mark.

      After the onslaught of fisherman from the south, the cigarette butts, fishing line, beer cans, plastic wrappers and bags, … you name it, remain for the wildlife to choke on and for we locals to get sick to our stomachs viewing the unbelieveable amount of litter that remains.

      • J. Counts April 22, 2013 at 4:02 pm #

        OK. I might have an easy solution to the serious issue. Honestly, there needs to be better management! Something NEEDS to be done here!

        We can have the Forest Service and the DFG supply Friends of the Inyo with a huge grant (we’ll raise the price of fishing licenses to cover this). Then, the Friends of the Inyo can close some of these lake access points – with barricades and berms and large rocks… but only if the FOI approve of said closure, and if it’s been identified as a trouble spot (by Friends of the Inyo of course). Then, The FS can “oversee” the whole program, just so everything is done responsibly.

        Fishermen might complain and whine about not being able to access their favorite spot, but that’s ok. This NEEDS to be done – it’s getting out of control! They’ll eventually understand. We’ll hold meetings to get their input and “stuff.” But in the end, we’ll solve the problem by eliminating access! EASY right!??

        Heck, even the MLTPA could get involved (make a fancy website or something).

        • Wayne Deja April 22, 2013 at 6:21 pm #

          J Counts…Your scenario doesn’t hold much water…..No one is trying to “eliminate access ” to anything….anywhere….In your sarcastic vision of closing fishermans favorite spots,that is exactally what us fishermen want….We like to WALK to our favorite spots….not be sitting there and have a group of drunk,rowdy off-roaders come roaring up in ATV’s or motorcycles,with their 12-pacs, wanting to fight if you take exception to the noise and the nuisance they bring with them and force on others.

          • J. Counts April 23, 2013 at 10:36 am #

            Your right Wayne… I… was… just… trying… to come up with a viable solution… It seemed to work GREAT for OHV, I thought we could…. run with it for this issue as well….!
            I enjoyed… your creative imagination about the violent drunk OHV guys fighting fisherman! Great…. STuff…

      • Only source of economic growth April 23, 2013 at 5:27 am #

        The phenomenon of non-locals trashing our pristine environment will always be with us as long as tourism is the only source of economic growth.

  3. Wayne Deja April 22, 2013 at 3:48 pm #

    You can take the word “fishermen and fishing line” out of the sentence,and you get the same thing …year around…yet so many are open to the idea of opening up more of the land to the public for ATV’s,motorcycles,off road vehicles,etc.THOSE types are much worse than fishermen as far as littering of the land goes….not only do they litter,but they also tear up the land too…

    • What fishermen do April 23, 2013 at 8:22 am #

      They take the fish and leave everything else behind.

      • Wayne Deja April 23, 2013 at 12:57 pm #

        What many off-roaders do…They destroy the land…..and leave everything else behind.

        • Wayne are you off your meds? April 24, 2013 at 1:54 pm #

          you sure it wasn’t the space aliens?

  4. salblaster April 22, 2013 at 8:45 pm #

    so wayne, you don’t like skiers, or off roaders, or fishermen, or the old guys gettin free coffee and shootin the breeze in front of the liquer store. is there anybody you would be ok with enjoying the sierra’s and owens valley or should everybody just stay home so you can have it all to yourself. I’m also not buying the offroaders are just drunken, litering, brawling thugs. I recall you saying you have an atv yourself in a previous post, are you including yourself as THOSE TYPES. what’s wrong with sharing, there’s plenty to go around. If it’s solitude your after I heard there’s land available in western canada for homesteaders, you just have to live on the land for 10 years, then it’s yours. were talking no roads, no electricity nothing but what you haul in and build, maybe that’s what your looking for. of course you’ll have to learn the canadian anthem and salute the mighty maple leaf. ehhh hosers.

    • Tree-huggers and enviro-wackos April 23, 2013 at 8:38 am #

      re: salblaster

      This sounds vaguely like something from the mouths of those “If ya don’t love everything about the good ol’ US of A, – why don’t ya just pack up and leave?”

      Today’s talk-radio pundits are making fortunes with that sort of uber-nationalism aimed at target audiences of their caliber. “Tree-huggers.” “Enviro-wackos” and “liberal ecology freaks” are commonly heard slams day in and day out on talk-radio.

      Wayne is taking the blinders off and simply reporting the downside of an economy that is soley based on tourism. Trashing the environment is nothing new. There is just more people to do the trashing today – and even more next year.

      • Where they get it from April 23, 2013 at 2:18 pm #

        “Do you know who the most militant extremist groups in America are today, folks? Do you know who it is? Environmental wacko groups are the number one group. They are leftists, and the environmentalist wackos are the number one (or close to it, anyway) terror group.” -Rush Limbaugh April 16

        In one single day, Rush Limbaugh exploited a terrorist attack, accused the left of trying to politicize the attack, attempted to resurrect a dead horse controversy, and declared the #1 extremist group in the country a group whose worst offenses in the last decade were duct taping themselves to trees, streaking at fashion shows, and driving clown cars.

        • More from Limbaugh April 23, 2013 at 5:15 pm #

          “The real enemies of the radical environmental leadership are capitalism & the American way of life.”
          – Conservative leader, Rush Limbaugh

          These so-called conservatives have clearly gone insane.
          Just what is it they claim they are conserving?

          • Tony Cumia April 23, 2013 at 7:32 pm #

            Funny, your acting like Mr Limbaugh’s rants are new.Like he is some kind of new phenom. Your not building your case quoting someone who peaked 20 yrs ago.With satellite radio, perhaps you should update your quotations. Satellite radio…..ever heard of it?

      • Tony Cumia April 23, 2013 at 4:44 pm #

        you forgot ‘teabaggers,rightwingers,neocon” shall I go on? There is plenty of name calling going on from both sides.

        • Where did it all come from? April 23, 2013 at 8:46 pm #

          @Tony Cumia,

          Glad to see you TOO are sick to death of the main cause of unnecessary division in the country.
          It goes way beyond name-calling. It’s become an entire cultural thing.
          Ask yourself, “Where did it all start?”
          And be brutally honest, please.

          • Tony Cumia April 24, 2013 at 7:46 am #

            I remember Sam Donaldson rolling his eyes as he’ interviewed”President Reagan, I remember Katie Couric Rolling her eyes and shaking her head as she ‘interviewed’ Casper Wienberger. Hell, Mr Cronkite was famous for backhanded remarks after he ‘interviewed’ someone he didnt agree with decades before Rush ever touched touched a microphone. Nice try.You asked for honesty, you got it.

        • How wacky can things get? April 23, 2013 at 8:51 pm #

          Since when is being environmentally conscious a “left wing” thing?
          I don’t think it’s a left wing thing. I don’t think it’s a right wing thing.

          Just had to share this with y’all.

          One of the guys at work is a freeper. We got a newsletter from a food services consultant we use, and there was a column in there about conserving water. Good idea for everyone, right, left or otherwise, correct? The newsletter was to be routed to him before me, but somehow, that didn’t happen and it came to me first.

          So, I gave it to him and he says, “Oh, this is that ‘left wing’ newsletter.” I said, “They talk about conserving water…that’s a good idea for everyone.”

          I guess if they were writing about wasting resources, it WOULD be a partisan thing…a right-wing thing, huh? Sheesh!

          • More lunacy April 24, 2013 at 5:22 am #

            And now we have yet another wack-job extremist, Glenn Beck, trying to get his legions fired up with the claim the Boston bombings are part of a government conspiracy coverup.
            All the far-right wants to do is overthrow the government and at a time when Americans should be coming together.
            Is it any wonder that the GOP is desperately trying to distance itself from this lunatic fringe?

    • Wayne Deja April 23, 2013 at 1:00 pm #

      salblaster…..I never said I don’t like fishermen…..I fish a LOT….I don’t own an ATV…..used to,and when I did,I was a responsible ATV’er…..

  5. Desco April 23, 2013 at 6:44 am #

    Nothing like a bunch of loud, foul mouthed, drunken, cigar smoking”sportsmen” shouting at each how “beautiful it is up here” then leaving a mountain of trash on the shore when they depart. I used to take a trash bag fishing with me to try to keep ahead of them but finally gave up. There are a lot of slobs out there.
    I used to call them pigs but that was an insult to the pig.

  6. Desco April 23, 2013 at 7:56 am #

    Not all the slobs are out of towners.

    • Cool, clear, water April 23, 2013 at 11:53 am #

      @ “Not all the slobs are out of towners.”
      But the most alarming thing is:
      Man is the only animal that knowingly poisons its own drinking water.

  7. BobK April 23, 2013 at 4:26 pm #

    If you could make money Whining, some of you would be rich! Day in, day out, whine, whine, whine.

    • the pot calling the kettle black April 23, 2013 at 8:48 pm #

      What are you whining about BobK?

    • Tourbillon April 24, 2013 at 6:20 am #

      Limbaugh made them do it. He drives them nuts. I never listen to the guy but I owe him a debt of thanks for being the cause of so many hilariously overwrought and frequently irrelevant bleats, which are fun diversions from serious adult things.


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