High fire danger is returning, and so is the possibility of PG&E blackouts. PG&E sent warnings of the possibility to the about 21,000 customers who could be impacted.
If you live in the foothills of Butte, Plumas or Yuba counties, you face a possible Public Safety Power Shutoff beginning Saturday night, Sept. 26.
That's when high-fire risk weather conditions are expected. The possible outages would last through Monday morning.
(AP) — Sen. Dianne Feinstein's husband, University of California Regent Richard Blum, has been named by the state auditor's office as one of the regents involved in an admissions scandal where UC wrongly admitted dozens of students as favors to well-connected people. In one case, a regent unidentified in the report sent an inappropriate letter on behalf of a student with only a 26% chance of getting in. The applicant was admitted. Auditor's spokeswoman Margarita Fernandez confirmed to The Associated Press that Blum was the regent. Blum tells the San Francisco Chronicle that he has done nothing wrong and that he has used his clout to get friends and family into the elite public system for years.
California Realtors are reporting this week that California's housing market continued to improve in August 2020 as home sales climbed to their highest level in more than a decade and the median home price broke last month's record, hitting another high. California's median home price broke the $700,000 mark for the first time, reaching $706,900 in August, a 6.1 percent jump from July's $666,320 and 14.5 percent from $617,410 in August 2019
(AP) — A steady drop in coronavirus cases across California cleared the way in nine counties for the wider reopening of businesses, including most of the San Francisco Bay Area. The state's top health official said Tuesday nail salons could also reopen with restrictions. But Dr. Mark Ghaly cautioned that California's reopening must remain slow and stringent and residents cannot let their guard down as flu season arrives and cases rise in Europe and other parts of the U.S. Frustrated business owners, including operators of Disneyland, are pushing for a broader and swifter reopening plan. The state has had more than 15,000 deaths and 790,000 confirmed cases, the most cases in the country.
A local assistance center will be opening Tuesday at the Oroville Gymnastics Academy, 1875 Feather River Blvd in Oroville.
The center will provide those affected by the North Complex West Zone fires with assistance on how to replace important documents like drivers licenses, social security cards, deeds to homes and tax documents. Sifting kits will be available so when residents are permitted back to their property they can search through the rubble.
The center will remain open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for at least three weeks beginning Tuesday.
A representative from FEMA as well as other Butte County representatives encouraging fire victims to register for FEMA as the first step to help in recovery.
You can register by calling 800-621-3362, visit disaster assistance.gov or download the FEMA app.
(AP) — Officials say California will not accept new unemployment claims for the next two weeks as the state works to prevent fraud and reduce a backlog as more than 2 million people are out of work statewide during the coronavirus pandemic. The state announced the two-week pause on Saturday. Nearly 600,000 Californians are part of a backlog where their unemployment claims have not been processed by the state's Employment Development Department for more than 21 days. The department has been hampered throughout the pandemic by outdated technology at a time when California is seeing an unprecedented wave of unemployment claims.
PG&E Representatives at Paradise's Building Resiliency Center
Beginning September 29, 2020, representatives from Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) will be stationed at the Town of Paradise's Building Resilience Center (BRC) weekly to answer questions and provide information on reestablishing energy services for rebuilt homes and businesses.
Two PG&E representatives will be available each Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Town of Paradise BRC is located at 6295 Skyway. A blue PG&E van will be stationed in the parking lot.
PG&E representatives can walk customers through the rebuilding process and answer questions about PG&E's Vegetation Management Program and other resources.
In accordance with PG&E's guidelines to ensure customer and employee safety, PG&E employees will wear masks and follow social distancing guidelines. A plexiglass barrier will be in place for added protection. Visitors are asked to wear a mask and follow social distancing guidelines while in line and being served.
For more information about PG&E services for those impacted by the Camp Fire, visit www.pge.com/campfire , or email your questions to email@example.com .
PG&E strongly recommends customers apply to PG&E for electric and/or gas service when applying for a building permit from the town or county to avoid delays at www.pge.com/cco
Butte County Sheriff's officials confirmed seven more deaths from the North Complex West Zone, totaling now ten deaths due to the fire. 16 people remain missing, according to the Sheriff's Office.
Chico restaurants are now open for limited indoor dining as a result of the
North Complex West Zone or Bear Fire.
Chico city officials have told KPAY that restaurants can serve meals
at 25 percent of their capacity.
The hazardous air quality has made it unhealthy to dine outdoors.
All 23 California State University campuses will continue virtual instruction into the academic term beginning January 2021, the CSU Chancellor, Timothy White announced Thursday. White said the desire to give students and their families, faculty time to plan, the need to public and promote courses in campus academic plans, and requirements for courses delivered virtually were White's primary reasons for making the announcement early on.
Cal Fire crews were able to keep a fire to just over 17 acres that burmned along the skyway around 130 Sunday afternoon ...they were able to gain fullcontainment by late Sunday Afternoon. CAL FIRE investigators want to talk to anyone who was in the area of the Skyway and Rocky bluff Drive at or just before 1:25 p.m. on Sunday. They are hoping someone saw the fires when they were small and just starting. The vehicle is a light-colored Chevy truck traveling northbound on the Skyway (toward Paradise) towing a dump trailer that was carrying a Bobcat-type excavator.
If you can help with this investigation please contact CAL FIRE at their Butte Unit Prevention Bureau Office at (530) 538-7888.
An explosion of Coronavirus cases is shutting in-person classes after only one
week of instruction at Chico State
The school will now hold a virtual fall semester after nearly 30 reported cases
have been traced to the campus community. University President Gayle
Hutchinson says since almost all of the campus dorms have been impacted with
cases they will be requiring the 700 students to move out by next weekend.
University officials were
concerned when 15 COVID cases hit an off-campus apartment complex last weekend.
Over the last two weeks 18-to-24 year olds in Butte County have accounted
for nearly 200 new COVID cases
Chico's City Council voted 6-1 Tuesday night to retract April's emergency directive that allowed homeless camps in its greenways and waterways.
Councilman Scott Huber was the lone dissenting vote, but some people in Chico agree with him.
Orme says all parks are now off limits to camp in. He says the city is working on short and long term plans to help both causes that will include county and state partnerships.
He says the city has and is still working on partnering with shelters and services to get homeless out of encampments.
THE COUNCIL ALSO VOTED 5-2 TO PASS AN ORDINANCE TO ALLOW CANNABIS SHOPS TO BE ALLOWED TO OPERATE WITHIN CITY LIMITS ...The city will allow four permits to be issued for retail cannabis businesses, with some parts of the city exempt from these businesses including downtown and buffer zones around schools.
Regional air quality for Butte, Glenn and Tehama Counties is forecast to have reached unhealthy levels, according to the agencies. Smoke impacts are expected to vary over the next several days depending on wind direction and the intensity of the fire activity. The agencies say that people experiencing questionable or severe symptoms should seek professional medical advice and treatment.
For current air quailty measurements, visit the California Air Resource Board website, and choose the location from the top menu:
The North Valley Community Foundation released its 2019-20 annual report earlier this month, outlining the tens of millions of dollars that have been granted over the last fiscal year.
As far as disaster relief goes, the foundation has granted OVER $35 MILLION in disaster relief since Nov. 8, 2018.
The foundation distributed funds throughout the community after the Oroville spillway evacuation and the Camp Fire, and is now doing the same during the pandemic.
Walmart and Instacart have joined forces to offer same-day delivery in four U.S. markets, the latest play by a major grocery chain to partner with the delivery service.
Walmart will be available through Instacart in Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego as well as Tulsa, Oklahoma as part of its initial launch, which begins on Tuesday, a spokesperson for Instacart . Instacart says the partnership will give customers access to items ranging from groceries, alcohol, pantry staples, and home decor "in as fast as an hour."
State officials across the U.S. say Senate Republicans' proposed slashing of a federally funded boost in unemployment benefits could delay payments for weeks or even months. Democrats are pushing back, arguing that cutting the extra payments to $200 from $600 is bad policy — and that it's hard to implement. It took some states a month earlier this year to program aging computer systems to handle the initial increase. Under the GOP plan, there would be a second and maybe more challenging step of boosting benefits _ so they equal no more than 70% of a person's previous income.
A transient was found sleeping and armed with a machete in the residence halls stairwell at California State University, Chico on Tuesday.
According to the University Police Department, their sergeant found 59-year-old Joseph Willman sleeping in the stairwell of one of the campus residence halls. Next to Willman, the sergeant noticed a large machete. Willman was arrested for possession of a fixed blade knife with a blade longer than 2.5 in. on a college campus. Willman was booked into the Butte County Jail.
Cal Fire investigators shared Tuesday afternoon that the Feather Fire in Thermalito was caused by a vehicle.
Investigators said the vehicle had left the scene prior to fire crews arriving at the scene. However, with the help of Butte County Sheriff's deputies, the vehicle was located and the driver was contacted. The driver was given a citation for recklessly causing a fire and later released at his residence, according to Cal Fire officials. The Feather Fire burned 30 acres of grassland July 20 off Feather Ave. and 18th Street, and destroyed three structures
From the Calif Nut Festival Board... In light of increasing numbers of cases of COVID-19 and in an effort to keep farmers, vendors, partners, guests and the community safe, the decision has been made to cancel the 2020 California Nut Festival. The event normally takes place in April and was previously rescheduled for this fall; however, the next California Nut Festival will now take place on Saturday, April 17, 2021. All event tickets already purchased will be honored at the festival in 2021. Organizers hope everyone stays safe, healthy and look forward to welcoming the community back to the amazing festival once this challenging period of uncertainty is behind us.
The City of Chico announced it's working on a plan to temporarily expand outdoor dining due to the closure of indoor dining statewide.
Mark Orme, City of Chico City Manager. "We hope to give them the tools they need to continue to serve their customers, pay employees, and keep their business operating despite these difficult times." This order will permit restaurants, wineries, bars, pubs, breweries, and tasting rooms to apply for a temporary use for COVID-19 which will allow these establishments to use areas like sidewalks, recreation spaces, and parking lots.
CHICO, Calif. Chicio's School board approved a reopening plan that is in accordance with the state's restrictions and stages.
Option three was approved for all schools. They will split the school body into two groups, one that goes in the morning and one that goes but will allow for a Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedule one week, and a Tuesday, Thursday the next week, to limit the student's time on campus.
The School Board did purchase over 1,000 face shields to be passed out to students and staff, as well as thermometers to record temperature before allowing anyone on campus.