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Here are the answers to the latest questions from RS readers, which have been edited for clarity, length and precision.
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What to do with gift cards at Clearie’s restaurant closed at the moment
Q. I have two $ 50 gift cards from Clearie’s restaurant, which closed. Do you know if they reopen or am I out of luck?
A. Clearie’s Restaurant & Lounge closed in March 2020, after pandemic statewide restrictions ended dining inside the restaurant, formerly located at Eureka Way and Market Street.
In August 2020, restaurant owner Robbie Clearie announced on Facebook that the popular, upscale restaurant will be relocating to a new development on Hartnell Avenue behind the Veterans Administration Health Clinic.
This new resort has yet to be built, said Amanda Hindes, who was Clearie’s bar and beverage manager.
Regarding gift cards, Hindes said Costco reimburses people who present them, “no questions asked, no receipts.” The majority of Clearie’s gift cards were sold at Costco, Hindes said.
Robbie Clearie told Record Searchlight in August 2020 that the new 5,000 square foot ground floor restaurant location will include an outdoor patio.
Now for local history buffs: Robbie Clearie is the granddaughter of former Doc’s Skyroom owner Harry “Doc” Clearie. Opened in September 2011, Clearie’s restaurant was a tribute to Clearie’s late grandfather.
Why did the work stop at the intersection of Autoroute 273-chemin Girvan?
Question: It appears that there has been no further construction for weeks on 273-Girvan Road, but there are still cones and gates and the northbound right lane is still closed.
A: The supply chain crisis temporarily halted construction on the $ 5.7 million project.
Josh Anthony, the city’s construction manager, said the traffic lights and new railway guardrails have yet to be installed and the necessary parts and pieces are not expected to arrive until early January.
At the end of October, the City of Redding announced that the project had been suspended and that “the current traffic control measures and configuration will be in place until early next year.”
Out-of-stock materials are the cause of the delay and once the materials arrive to complete the project, work will resume, which will include a change in traffic control patterns, Anthony said.
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It will take about two months to complete the work once the materials arrive, meaning the intersection between Highway 273 and Girvan Road is expected to be completed by mid-March, Anthony said.
During this time, the following traffic control measures will remain in place:
- Reduced speed zones on Highway 273 and one northbound lane will remain in place
- The Girvan Road crossing will be open with right-hand access only from and north 273. Semi-trucks are prohibited from using the crossing.
- Westside Road traffic will be open with right-hand access only from and on Highway 273.
- No left turns onto Westside Road and / or Girvan Road from Highway 273 will remain.
- Intermittent lane closures on Highway 273 overnight only.
Tullis Inc. is the general contractor for the project, which includes a pedestrian path on the west side of Highway 273 from Clear Creek Market to just before the Win-River Resort and Casino.
“This part of the project was completed excluding the lighting,” said Anthony. “We need to put some lighting along the trail. We should get these lights in mid-December and complete the course just before the end of the year.
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The Savvy Consumer’s Guide to Rental Cars at Redding Municipal Airport
Q. Please help me understand the length of time rental cars are available at Redding Airport. What is the point of having car rentals at the airport if they are not open when flights arrive?
A. Much of this has to do with the “COVID effect,” according to Jim Wadleigh, director of Redding airports.
Air travel is picking up cautiously. Many flights to and from Redding were not booked. Not all travelers arriving in Redding have looked to hire cars at the airport either.
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Three car rental companies operate counters inside the airport: Avis, Budget and Hertz. While the airport might make them stay open longer, with the lack of demand, “we have to find a balance between losing them completely or having some form of service here,” he said.
Savvy consumers should therefore check out car rental programs that allow travelers to Redding to collect rental car keys from airline officials if their flight arrives after the official rental counter has closed. “It’s possible. It’s just not a well-known fact,” Wadleigh said.
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Some car rental companies allow airline staff to hand over rental car keys to passengers arriving in Redding who show proper identification and meet other requirements, he said. These could include setting up specific payment methods, Wadleigh said, or loyalty memberships with an airline or car rental.
Enterprise-Rent-a-Car does not operate a kiosk inside Redding Airport. However, some of their vehicles are kept on airport property. Enterprise can make arrangements to meet incoming passengers at Redding Airport and provide keys, Wadleigh said.
After hearing the reader’s question, Wadleigh said the airport’s website will be updated with suggestions for out-of-hours rental cars on weekdays, just in time for Thanksgiving travelers.
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