This thing put the “bridge” in “Bridgeville.” Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Fear not the helicopter, Mad-Van Duzeners! That’s just your friendly PG&E man, checking the lines.

Let’s use this space to invent a term for residents of the Highway 36 corridor. People in the Mateel-South Fork watersheds get to be called “Mateelians.” Why is there not a similar name for the Upper Mad/Van Duzenite? There should be.

OK, enjoy this pretty day!

Press release from PG&E:

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) will be conducting helicopter field studies near power lines for upcoming tower, pole maintenance and replacement projects in remote areas of Humboldt County on Thursday, April 7, 2016.

Residents are advised that helicopters will fly low – about 200 to 300 feet above ground– along transmission and distribution power lines. Up to three helicopters may be in operation during these field studies. The flights will occur along the power lines adjacent to Hwy 36 near the Platina, Mad River, Dinsmore and Bridgeville areas. Flights also will occur along Kneeland Road, eastern Eureka, and southern Eureka.

After the flights, PG&E and its authorized contractors will inform property owners of any planned work and schedule.

Weather permitting, all flights will occur between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.