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KPAY News Archives for 2021-12

Calif leads Nation in new Covid Cases

California became the first state to record more than 5 million known coronavirus infections. The state dashboard reported the numbers Tuesday, which were delayed because of the holiday weekend. The grim milestone, as reported by the California Department of Public Health, wasn't entirely unexpected in a state with 40 million residents poised for a surge in new infections amid holiday parties and family gatherings forced indoors by a series of winter storms. California's caseload is ahead of other large states. Texas had more than 4.4 million and Florida topped 3.9 million as of Sunday. The state has recorded more than 75,500 deaths related to COVID-19.

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Chico Police investigate 7th Downtown Chico Robbery

Chico Police responded to the 5th & Ivy Liquor store around 10:23 a.m. Tuesday for reports of a suspect brandishing a weapon at the clerk. Police say the suspect demanded money from the register, getting away with an unknown amount. Officers were on the scene within minutes and were unable to locate a Suspect ..this is the 7th robbery in the last 2 weeks in the Greater Downtown Chico Area

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2 Men Arrested for Trespassing / Attempted Burglary

Sunday , an early morning business burglary was foiled by the Chico Police Department, who arrested two people after responding to a security company report about some suspicious activity at the Pick N Pull Auto Dismantlers on the 300 block of E. Park Avenue. Police said the security company told them they could see people on their video surveillance "going through vehicles inside the locked gates of the closed business." Officers responded to the location at approximately 5 a.m. and went inside the business office. A perimeter was established and two men were eventually located and arrested. Both were taken into custody without incident and were taken to the Butte County Jail.

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2 Chico Gas Stations Robbed Xmas Day

Two gas stations near downtown Chico were robbed on Christmas morning, December 25th. Shortly before 9:00 a.m. on Saturday morning dispatchers received a call about an armed robbery at one of the gas stations. Chico police said they were able to determine that "an unknown white male brandished a firearm at the clerk and demanded cash." Police are not saying how much money was stolen from the register. Close to 20 minutes later another downtown area gas station robbery was reported. Police described a similar scenario, where "an unknown white male brandished a firearm at the clerk and demanded cash." This suspect left on foot, police said, with an unknown amount of cash taken from the register.

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NWS Says Snowpack looking Good in December

Meteorologists with the National Weather Service said over seven days the snowpack jumped from 19% to 98%. Scientists say snow in the central Sierra is 102% of normal for this date as of December 17. It was 22% as of December 10. The next round of storms is forecasted for Tuesday and Wednesday with impacts thru the Christmas weekend ..

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2 BC Supervisors Challenge New District Map

Butte County Supervisors Debra Lucero and Tami Ritter have begun the referendum process to overturn the map with newly drawn district lines chosen last week. The map, recently submitted to the state, has redrawn county district lines for the next 10 years following the release of new census data. Lucero and Ritter, along with other community leaders , believe the conservative board majority gerrymandered it to the final decision as it favors specific communities of interest over thousands of community of interest testimonies from those living in Chico where nearly half of the county's population resides. they need 8,900 signatures in just 28 days but are aiming for 14,000 to ensure enough valid signatures are submitted. the same woman behind the recall efforts of Chico Mayor Andrew Coolidge and Councilman Sean Morgan has been hired to lead the effort..

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Recall intent for Chico Councilman Morgan fails for 3rd time

The recall effort for Chico city council member Sean Morgan has hit another speed bump, as the letter of intent was rejected for the third time.Slowing down the progress of their recall effort, the group Chico Voters had to revise their official letter of intent, again. In a letter shared with Action News Now, City Clerk Debbie Presson outlines the two mistakes the group made in their letter. Spelling "changers" instead of "chambers", twice. Because of this, Thursday, December 8th, Presson said the letter of intent does not meet the requirements despite it having enough signatures.

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Oroville Woman Sentenced for Arson

An Oroville woman was sentenced on a charge of arson for burning down an Oroville apartment complex that was under construction. The fire caused over a million dollars in damage, according to the Butte County District Attorney's Office. Jamie Gorman, 40, of Oroville, has been in custody since the Sept. 9, 2021 fire. She was given an additional 120 days in Butte County Jail as part of a two-year probationary time ordered by the Judge

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Northstate receives Parks Grants from State

California State Parks will be providing $548.3 million in grant funding to more than 100 communities to deliver new parks and advance the Newsom Administration's "California Outdoors for All" initiative to enable all Californians to access parks and open space. Chico Area R.P.D. Chapman Park Renovation $2,952,954 (ALMOST 3 MILL) Paradise R.P.D. New Lakeridge Park $5,225,277 (5.2 MILLION) City of Corning New Downtown Center and Plaza Park $8,500,000 (8.5 MILLION) City of Redding New Panorama Park Project $8,500,000 (8.5 MILLION) Awarded through State Parks' Statewide Park Development and Community Revitalization Program, the competitive grant program creates new parks and new recreation opportunities in underserved communities across California. The latest set of awards were funded by $153 million approved by the California Legislature in the 2021-'22 state budget and $395.3 from the California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access for All Act of 2018 (Proposition 68)

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