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KPAY News Archives for 2020-09

BCSO Issues Evac Orders Warnings

The Butte County Sheriff's Department has issued an Immediate Evacuation Order due to a flare up of the North Complex Fire Sunday Night The Evacuation Order is for Pulga, Concow, Big Bend and Yankee Hill. an Evacuation Order in Place for Stirling City, Magalia and the Town of Paradise Cal Fire's Rick Carhart says that at last report the fire is burning in Plumas County and is a flare up from the North Complex Fire. He says it is not burning in the West Zone and the Cal Fire Twitter page says that the West Zone fire lines are holding. Again the fire lines in the West Zone of the North Complex Fire are holding BUT, the gusting winds are a concern and that has prompted the evacuation orders and warnings


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.

Median Home Prices Set New Record

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

Calif Says Ok to Nail Salons Reopen

(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.

Bear Fire Assistance Center to Open in Oroville

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 or download the FEMA app.

State Puts Hold on New EDD Claims

(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 at Paradise BRC to Answer Questions

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 , or email your questions to . 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

BCSO Reports More Deaths Bear Fire

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 Open Indoor Dining

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.

Chico St Stays Virtual

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.


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