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12A Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014 Feather River Bulletin rly color Fall is just around the corner and the colors of autumn are already beginning to show in Plumas County. This tree on Bucks Lake Road in Quincy is already in full fall form. Photo by Sherri McConnell The upcoming Eastern Plumas garden tour stops in Mohawk Vista in Sept. 20 for a visit to Chris Skow's railroad garden and greenhouse filled with orchids, ferns and other exotic plants. Photo submitted Eastern Plumas garden tour vi it community and 'railroad' garden Participants are invited to assistance they received from tour is free, but tax-deductible meet the Plumas-Sierra local businesses, donations to the University of Master Gardeners at the Pizza The garden provides California Coot)erative Factory on Commercial Street vegetables for the community. Extension Master Gardener in Portola at 11 a.m. for the From Portola the tour Program are appreciated. group's Sept. 20 garden tour travels along Highway 70 to The UCCE Master of the local area. The tour Mohawk Vista Road to visitGardener Program provides finishes about 2:30 p.m. Chris Skow's decorative and the public with UC The first stop is Portola's whimsical landscaped research-based information Giving Garden, where two garden. With a multilevel about home horticulture, local women have greenhouse filled with sustainable landscape and pest transformed a vacant city lot orchids, ferns and other management practices. It is into a productive vegetable exotic plants, the garden's administered by local UCCE garden, railroad theme ties in county offices, which are the Master gardener Carole resources from the principal outi:each and public Scott will answer questions surrounding 40 acres, service arms of the university's about LouRene Fitzsimmons To reserve a place on the division of agriculture and and Sandi Trenner's garden tour, call 283-6572 and leave a natural resources. of row plantings and raised message by Sept. 18. Space is For more information or beds and will explain the limited. Tour organizers help with gardening pair's hydroponic encourage carpooling. Water questions, call 283-6572 and experiment, as well as the will be provided on site. The leave a message. Caltran presented with national award Caltrans is proud to announce the Web application "One-Stop-Shop" was recognized by Intelligent Transport Systems America with a national award. On Sept. 9 the interactive traveler-based website received the award for the Best New Innovative Practice: Research Design and Innovation at the 21st ITS World Congress in Detroit, Michigan. "This national honor is a case in point of Caltrans already putting its new vision and goals into practice," said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. "Through teamwork and strategic partnerships, we are finding innovative ways, such as with OSS, to better serve the modern-day user of our transportation system." The development of OSS came about after a great deal of extensive research and is a collaborative effort led by District 2's Office of ITS Engineering and Support Chief Ian Turnbull; Sean Campbell at Caltrans Division of Research, Innovation and System Information in Sacramento; Doug Galarus and David Veneziano at the Western Transportation Institute; and the member states of the Western States Rural Transportation Consortium. "The California Department of Transportation has implemented multiple reforms to improve its operation and more effectively deliver a safe, sustainable, integrated and efficient transportation system for all Californians," said California State Transportation Agency Secretary Brian Kelly. "This award honors the California Department of Transportation for taking an innovative approach to strengthening California's existing transportation system and improving trade and goods movement along key freight corridors." OSS is designed to protect : and enhance traveler safety, giving visitors crucial information before getting on the road. It offers real-time data that can be used for planning virtually every aspect of a road trip through four western states (California, Oregon, Washington and Nevada). Not only is current weather information available with the click of a mouse, but visitors can also access traffic cameras, obtain road information, find rest stops along the route and look up points of interest. To access OSS visit The team members mentioned above were also finalists in the category of Best New Innovative Practice: Rural ITS Project for their work on the automated safety warning system controller. FOR 6 MONTHS!* 1