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KPAY News Archives for 2022-01

Train Thefts include Firearms

Authorities say dozens of handguns and shotguns were among items stolen by thieves who raided cargo containers aboard trains near downtown Los Angeles for months. The Los Angeles Times reports police arrested three people last summer carrying new .22-caliber handguns. A trace of the weapons revealed they came from a batch of 36 handguns reported missing as they were being shipped by train to Tennessee. Police say shotguns were also stolen, but it's unclear how many. The cargo thefts gained national attention earlier this month after local TV stations showed images of thousands of discarded boxes from stolen packages blanketing the tracks.

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Butte County sees Covid Spike

291 new cases of the Coronavirus were reported on Friday. The surge has not stopped and it has resulted in 91 local hospitalizations and more than 17-hundred people isolated and quarantined. Health officials say even though the Omicron variant is less severe than Delta, the immunocompromised and those with underlying conditions are still at risk. Butte County's skepticism when it comes to the vaccine continues to show in their infection rate and increasing hospitalizations. Only 53 percent of county residents are vaccinated with more than 5 percent receiving at least one shot. 41 percent of residents are not vaccinated. 23 percent of county residents have been vaccinated and boosted. Lisa Almaguer with Butte County Public Health told the ChicoER that the county's 25 percent positivity rate is very high. She says Butte County usually trails the trends seen around the state and those trends are showing Omicron slowing down.....although in many of those locations people are getting vaccinated and boosted at a much higher rate than here locally

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Chico Pallet Shelter Update

The homeless pallet shelters are being built at a record pace in Chico. The expedited process is important since the city can not enforce their no camping ordinance until the shelters are completed Chico Public Works officials told the Chico ER that electricity is being added to the units while toilets, showers and hospitality tents are being constructed. The city is searching for a site operator and hope to begin operations by late February or early March.

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Chico PD Arrests Sunglass Hut Theft Suspect

Chico police made multiple arrests on Friday and identified a suspect involved in multiple robberies where thousands of dollars of merchandise was stolen from The Sunglass Hut in the Chico Mall. On Friday, at around 3:53 p.m., Chico police said they received a call from The Sunglass Hut saying the suspects from the prior thefts have returned to the store. Investigators were able to identify one of the suspects, Ryan Frank Arnold, 23, of Sacramento, and his involvement in the previous grand theft incident. Arnold was arrested and booked into the Butte County Jail for burglary and grand theft

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Judge Signs Settlement Agreement Warren v Chico

The settlement agreement for Warren v. Chico, the homeless lawsuit, has been signed by the judge, according to Legal Services of Northern California Attorney Cory Turner. The judge's signature finalizes the terms outlined in the settlement agreement released Thursday evening. The non-congregate shelter site will be built at the former BMX location at 2352 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Pkwy. There will be 177 individual Pallet Shelters built. Each Pallet Shelter will include a locking door, electricity, heat, and air conditioning. Meals, showers, laundry, and other services will be provided by the City. The City may enforce its sleeping and camping ordinances when the shelter opens, but only when there is sufficient shelter for everyone on the public property where it plans to enforce the ordinances.

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Governor Gas Tax Relief in the Works

Governor Gavin Newsom wants to save California motorists money on fuel costs. Newsom is proposing a suspension or delay of taxes on gasoline and diesel this year, and even over the next two years if "economic conditions warrant it." Motorists in The Golden State already pay the most per gallon than any other part of the U.S. Many state Republicans are supportive of the delay. However, Russell Snyder of the California Asphalt Pavement Association says Newsom is proposing a "budget stunt" that will only worsen conditions on state roads and freeways.

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Newsome proposes Universal Health Care for All

California Democrats have taken their first step toward creating a universal health care system. A legislative committee in the state Assembly advanced a bill on Tuesday that would replace California's private insurance market with a plan paid for by the government. But the proposal is still a long way from becoming law. It faces strong opposition from the state's powerful business interests. And even if it becomes law, voters will have to approve a massive income tax increase to pay for it. Still, Democrats hailed the vote for jumpstarting one of their long-stalled policy goals.

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Hwy 70 Reopens thru Feather River Canyon

Highway 70 has reopened from Jarbo Gap to the Greenville Wye, according to Caltrans District 2. This portion of the highway has been mostly closed since October 2021. It briefly reopened in early December but closed again following more rockslide activity. Traffic will be controlled 24 hours a day from Monday through Saturday due to emergency maintenance. Motorists can expect delays up to two hours between 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Gov Newsome Pitches 2022 Budget

Governor Gavin Newsom's budget proposal goes heavy on COVID-19 protection and mitigation. The governor announced his spending priorities for the next fiscal year Monday in Sacramento. Part of the plan includes a two-point-seven-billion-dollar package for COVID-19 response. Of this proposal, one-point-two billion would go toward the state's testing programs. The budget also addresses climate concerns including wildfires and drought, homelessness, and crime. And there is a first-in-the-nation proposal to offer universal access to healthcare coverage for all state residents, regardless of immigration status. The 286-billion dollar spending plan builds on a state surplus of nearly 46-billion dollars.

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Chico Unified sees Covid 19 Cases Spike

Chico schools seeing a huge increase in Coronavirus cases..... 74 new students cases were reported with 15 school staff in Chico Unified contracting the virus. Chico High School reported 22 cases among students....Pleasant Valley had 12 students with the virus. Bidwell Junior and Chico Junior High reported 7 cases each. Marigold Kingergarten thru 5th grade reported 8 new cases. Over the past two weeks 259 students in the Chico Unified School District have contracted the virus. The numbers are courtesy of the Butte County COVID-19 Schools Dashboard

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Enloe sees Covid Cases Rise

COVID-19 hospitalizations are on the rise across the country and here in the community. Enloe Medical Center currently has 40 COVID-19 hospitalizations with two of these in the ICU Hospital officials say theyve seen the biggest spike in cases since October ..but withi in the Covid wing they still have plenty of empty beds.

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