Butte County Regional Stay-at-Home order has been lifted effective immediately.
According to the Butte County Health Department the four-week projection for ICU bed
capacity exceeds 15 percent ending the Order.
The Blueprint for a Safer Economy tier based system is still in effect and Butte
County is still in Tier 1 or purple tier which is the most restrictive. It requires businesses
to modify operations until positivity rates are lower.
Two men being held on more than one million dollars bail in the
shooting death of a Chico man Tuesday night. Police say 20 year-old Max Escobar and 21 year-old Diontae Tillman were arrested shortly after the incident. The shooting happened early Tuesday at the corner of West Third and Walnut Streets.
Tillman faces murder and robbery charges while Escobar is suspected of being an accessory to the murder
Northstate Congressman Doug LaMalfa was one of 121 House members who voted to not certify election results in two different states....citing election integrity issues. Even without LaMalfa's stamp of approval both house of Congress overwhelmingly certified Joe Biden's Presidential victory late Wednesday night.
The Richvale farmer told the ChicoER he has no interest in overturning an election based solely on allegations. He says that is why he feels the certification should wait until claims of election fraud are investigated.
Several lawmakers and members of the Senate who were sympathetic to the certification plight, backed off in the wake of the terrorist attack on the US Capitol on Wednesday
Chico Police continue to investigate the death of a man who was discovered in Bidwell Park in a camp near Sycamore Pool..The Body was discovered on Saturday Afternoon...the 58 yr old man has not been identified ..Chico POlice report it does not seem any foul play was involved in the death..the investigation continues...
A Local Law Firm has sent the Chico CIty Council a Cease and Desist letter over the councils recent vote to move the homeless out of City Parks...the COuncil voted 5-2 to begin teh process of clearing out homeless campsites within a 48 hour deadline ...but now will put that order on hold ...the letter sent by the Legal Services of Northern California quoted the Ninth Circuit rulling that law enforcement could not move those sleeping outside without providing other places to go as cruel and unusal punishment ...
The the U.S. Geological Survey reports that a magnitude 3.9 earthquake rattled parts of Northern California. The earthquake was reported Sunday at 6:44 a.m. about 14 miles from Chico. The quake was felt 25 miles away in Paradise, , as well as in the state capital Sacramento. No earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater have been centered nearby in the last 10 days. About 234 earthquakes with magnitudes between 3.0 and 4.0 occur each year in California and Nevada
AP) — State officials are expected to extend the strictest stay-at-home orders in central and Southern California as hospitals there are quickly running out of intensive care unit beds for coronavirus patients ahead of the presumed post-holiday surge. The situation is already dire, and the worst is expected to come in the next few weeks after Christmas and New Year's travelers return home. California hit 2 million confirmed coronavirus cases on Christmas Eve. State stay-at-home orders for the San Joaquin Valley and Southern California are set to expire Monday. State officials say the orders are likely to be extended but did not make a definitive ruling Sunday afternoon.
The official numbers are in.....and they are impressive
Butte County Clerk-Recorder Candace Grubbs has certified
the election results and says there was an 83.2 percent
voter turnout for the November election.
Grubbs says its the highest voter turnout ever
in the county. 104-thousand-one-hundred-and-fifty-one
votes were counted
Butte County getting their first doses of COVID-19 vaccine
Enloe Medical Center received their first shipment
Thursday morning. Front line hospital workers and those living in assisted care facilities will be the first to get the vaccine.
Butte County Health Director Danette York says the state hasn't determined the different phases of distribution for the rest of the public yet...
The Chico City Council passed a motion to allow the local police department to hire more staff.
The Council passed a motion that lifts that hiring freeze and allows for more than 11 positions to be filled.
"In order to meet the needs of the community provide that public safety service, we need those positions filled," said Chico Police Chief Matt Madden. "I'm exciting, it'll get us back on the hiring and recruiting front. In several areas of the department, not just the police officers but our communication center, dispatchers."
Lifting the hiring freeze also adds positions to other departments like animal control and park rangers.
The surviving family members of a mass shooting in Tehama County are taking legal action against the "ghost gun" industry. Complaints filed in Superior Court of Orange and San Bernardino County by the Brady Legal Alliance center on 13 suppliers of mail-order gun parts. Two of these ghost gun kits were used in a 2017 massacre in Rancho Tehama that killed six and wounded many more. Ghost guns get their name because the parts lack serial numbers or paperwork, which can evade Brady Background Check laws.
AP) — Attorney General William Barr, one of President Donald Trump's staunchest allies, is departing amid lingering tension over the president's baseless claims of election fraud and the investigation into President-elect Joe Biden's son. Barr went Monday to the White House, where Trump said the attorney general submitted his letter of resignation. Trump has publicly expressed his anger about Barr's statement to The Associated Press earlier this month that the Justice Department had found no widespread fraud that would change the outcome of the election. Trump says Deputy Attorney General Jeff Rosen will become Acting Attorney General.
BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. – The State has allocated nearly 10,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to Butte County, which includes approximately 3,000 doses from Pfizer and 7,000 doses from Moderna. Of these doses, Butte County Public Health (BCPH) has allocated almost 5,000 to Enloe Medical Center, with an anticipated delivery date of late next week.
These early doses of both vaccines will be prioritized to healthcare workers who are most at risk of exposure to COVID-19. The vaccine is not available to other healthcare workers or the general public at this time.
This is the first vaccine allocation for Phase 1 – additional doses will be allocated as:
• Supply increases
• Additional local healthcare providers are identified and invited by BCPH to register with the State as an approved COVID-19 vaccine provider
• New Phases of distribution are activated
BCPH anticipates that additional acute care hospitals in Butte County will complete the registration process in time to receive allocations for the next order. Orders will be placed weekly, every Thursday.
Healthcare providers who have not been contacted directly by BCPH to register with CDPH as a vaccine provider are not currently identified to receive the vaccine in the first phase of distribution. These providers should wait to be contacted by BCPH.
BCPH continues to receive information from the federal and state government about vaccine prioritization, allocation, requirements, and timelines, and will continue to share that information with stakeholders and the public as it is received.
View more information about the COVID-19 vaccine in Butte County: www.buttecounty.net/ph/COVID19/vaccine
(AP) — Thirteen counties , including Butte, in the Greater Sacramento region of California are falling under the strictest coronavirus restrictions as the pandemic brings a surge in deaths and hospitalizations. The region will fall under the state's stay-at-home curbs on businesses and restaurant dining just before midnight Thursday. More than half of the state's population already is under those restrictions as they quickly run out of intensive care beds because of COVID-19
AP) — California is rolling out a voluntary smartphone tool to alert people if they spent time near someone who tests positive for the coronavirus as cases and hospitalizations soar throughout the state. People can opt into the new tool that Gov. Gavin announced starting Thursday. Officials say the tool doesn't track people's identities or locations. It uses Bluetooth wireless signals to detect when two phones are within 6 feet of each other for at least 15 minutes. At least 16 other states are using the system co-created by Apple and Google. Most residents of those places aren't using it.
PG& E reports that Much of Oroville plus areas of Palermo and Berry Creek will be without power starting late Sat Night thru early Sunday Morning so crews can safely remove a transmission line near a substation in South Oroville. The utlity says that they have reached out to customers to inform them of the outage
and allow them to be prepared for teh Outage including Business and Oroville Hospital.
The Transmission Lines are located near the Wyandotte Substaton on Faunce Way in South Oroville
Butte County was finally able to certify their election results
after record-setting turnout by voters.
Sean Morgan, Kami Denlay were victorious in Districts
1 & 3 in the Chico City Council races. Andrew Coolidge
beat Lauren Kohler in District 5 and Deepika Tandon beat
Rich Ober in District 7.
Oroville three council seats were decided with
Scott Thompson and Janet Goodson garnering the
top two spots. Krysi Riggs edged out Bryan Flicker
by 53 votes for the third and final spot on the council.
For Paradise Town Council Greg Bolin
Rose Tryon and Stevel Culleton were the top-three
vote getters......WHILE Michael Farr, Catalina
Sanchez, and J. Angel Calderon won seats in Gridley
Caitlin Dalby and Matt Tennis were elected
to the Chico Unified School Board while Jessica
Anthony, K Sandra Barnes and Sharon Nilsson
were elected to the Oroville city Elementary
Michael Worley and Tom Lando were
elected to the CARD board.
An estimated dozen staff members at Butte County's Childrens Services Department (CSD) in Chico on East Ave. are in quarantine due to a COVID-19 exposure, The quarantine stems from one positive case involving a social worker. CDS worked in coordination with the Butte County Public Health Department, which has notified anyone who may have come in contact with the virus. According to offcials , no children have tested positive for COVID-19.
PG&E Corp. has lured away the top executive at Michigan's largest power provider.
Patricia Poppe will leave her job as CEO of CMS Energy Corp. to take the same position at PG&E effective Jan. 4.
Her hiring, announced Wednesday, comes nearly five months after the San Francisco company emerged from one of the most complex bankruptcy cases in U.S. history.
She will replace interim CEO Bill Smith, who filled the void after Bill Johnson stepped down from the job after just 14 months.
The coronavirus has hit the Chico Fire Department with six firefighters testing positive.
City Manager Mark Orme says the city's human resources team is working closely with the fire department and public health to ensure the safety of employees and the community.
A contingency plan was already in place and Orme says the fire department is fully operational.
Orme says even if matters became worse, the city would call upon the California Mutual Aid System to keep staffing levels where they need to be to provide fire protection.
Prior to this outbreak, the City of Chico had seen only four positive cases among all 400 or more employees.
A federal grand jury indicted two women from Butte County for FEMA fraud after the Camp Fire.
The Department of Justice said Cynthia Seeley 66, of Magalia, and Kristen Canapary, 53, of Butte County, both made false claims that they lived in affected areas for FEMA benefits in connection with the Camp Fire, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.
According to court documents, Seeley and Canapary each filed a fraudulent claim with FEMA seeking disaster assistance.
They falsely claimed a primary residence that was not their true residence at the time of the fire, according to U.S. Attorney Scott. Both women recieved FEMA funding....
If convicted, Seeley and Canapary, each face a maximum statutory penalty of 30 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Gridley City Administrator and Finance Director, Paul Eckert, officially resigned from his office effective Nov. 30, 2020, after a closed session was held with members of the City Council at a special meeting concerning his performance. According to the report from Action News A statement was posted on the Gridley City website on Thursday that stated the vote to accept Eckert's resignation was unanimous (4-0).
Eckert will be on paid administrative leave, working remotely, until the formal separation date of November 30, 2020. Eckert will "continue to focus on administration of critical city service,s while laying the groundwork for a smoother transition to a successor," according to the City's statement.
A Chico teacher charged with sexually abusing a student is headed for trial. Butte County Superior Court Judge Michael Deems ruled Thursday that there is enough evidence for the case involving Jennifer Lynn Smith to proceed. Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey said Smith was a Spanish Teacher at Bidwell Junior High School.
She was arrested in August when a former student claimed she was a victim of ongoing sexual abuse while at school.
Smith is charged with eight felonies, and will return to court in November.