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KPAY News Archives for 2023-02

CHP Reports Body in Vehicle at I5 Rest Area

The California Highway Patrol is investigating the death of a man whose body was found at the rest area on Interstate 5 north of Corning Tuesday. An attendant Rest Area on southbound Interstate 5 found the man dead inside of a vehicle in the parking lot. Authorities say that the man was in his 40s and was discovered inside a silver Kia sedan. The Rest Area remains closed as the investigation in ongoing

Butte County Applies for Drought Funding

The Butte County Office of Emergency Management applied for a $17 million grant from the state to help fund projects and mitigate the impact of the drought in Northern California. The money will go towards long-term projects to help the community be more drought resistant. Officials say these projects could continue from 3 to 5 years

Newsome and Dem Governors Protect Abortion Access

Democratic governors in 20 states are launching a network intended to strengthen abortion access in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court decision nixing a woman's constitutional right to end a pregnancy and instead shifting regulatory powers over the procedure to state governments. Organizers, led by California Gov. Gavin Newsom, described the Reproductive Freedom Alliance as a way for governors and their staffs to share best practices and affirm abortion rights for the approximately 170 million Americans who live in the consortium's footprint — and even ensuring services for the remainder of U.S. residents who live in states with more restrictive laws.

North State Counties receive FEMA Funding

More Californians are now eligible for storm recovery help from the federal government. Several more counties are being added to those eligible to apply for funding from FEMA's Public Assistance program. In Northern California, they include Amador, El Dorado, Nevada, Mariposa, Sutter, Tehama [[ teh-HAY-muh ]], Stanislaus and Tuolumne [[ too-WALL-oh-mee ]]. In the Bay Area, San Francisco, Contra Costa, San Mateo, Napa and Solano counties are on the list. Others include Del Norte [[ NORT ]], Madera, San Diego and Inyo. The program provides reimbursement to local and state government agencies for the costs of emergency response, debris removal and restoration of public facilities. Houses of worship and certain nonprofits may also be eligible. Sacramento, San Joaquin, Merced and Calaveras counties were already designated in the disaster declaration.

Chico Neighborhood Antisemite Flyers

Chico Police are investigating after reports of Antisemetic flyers were distributed to various homes in the Avenues Neighborhoods. Officers were able to locate and collected several flyers but do not have a person of interest at this time. the Department sass it appears it is a general distribution of hate material and not directed at a specific person. Chico Police ask for any video of the area that may show potential suspects to be sent to investigators.

Butte Co Sups Considering Loan in Rebuild Honey Run Bridge Effort

Butte County supervisors are considering a $2.5 million loan for the Honey Run Covered Bridge Association. The association is seeking a loan of $2.5 million from the county's PG&E settlement money. This would help cover phases 2 and 3 of the bridge reconstruction. The group hopes to continue construction over the summer and complete the new bridge before the 5th anniversary of the Camp Fire on Nov. 8.

$2B Powerball Winner Comes Forward

The winner of November's record-high $2.04 billion Powerball jackpot has been revealed in California. State lottery officials in Sacramento on Tuesday announced that a man named Edwin Castro is the winner. Castro declined to appear but sent a statement saying he is shocked and ecstatic, and glad that the lottery helps fund education. No information about Castro has been released. The winning ticket was sold at Joe's Service Center in Altadena, an unincorporated foothill community northeast of Los Angeles.

Lawmaker Push for $25/Hr Min Wage for Health Care Workers

There's a new push to give all California health workers a raise. A state senator plans to reveal a bill today calling for the minimum wage to be 25-dollars. She says too many workers are on the verge of becoming homeless even after their crucial role in the COVID pandemic. The legislation would also extend to support employees of home health agencies. If it becomes law, nearly two-million workers could see an increase in January.

Sen Feinstein Not Running For Re Election

California Sen. Dianne Feinstein announced she will not run for reelection in 2024 and will continue to serve out her current term in office. Feinstein, who turns 90 in June, is the oldest member of Congress. She was first elected to the Senate in 1992 and became the first woman to become the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee. She was also the first woman to chair the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence in 2009. Several Democrats have already started Campaigning..

Newsome Signs Exec Order to Protect Water Runoff

Governor Gavin Newsom is taking action to protect California's water supply from extreme weather. He signed an executive order yesterday to help capture storm runoff. He warns there will continue to be risks of severe flooding and drought in the same year. In fact, the state is already experiencing an unseasonably dry February after recent storms caused the wettest three weeks on record.

CalTrans to Hold Free Dump Day in Chico

Caltrans to Hold Free Dump Day for Butte County on Saturday, February 18 in Chico from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Chico Maintenance Station 2535 Notre Dame Blvd . - Caltrans will have maintenance staff on site to accept non-hazardous household waste and other approved debris at no charge. Other acceptable items include household appliances and mattresses.

Shooter Kills 3 at Michigan St University

The suspect responsible for the mass shooting at Michigan State University on Monday night is dead. Officials say the black 43-year-old male with no affiliation to the university killed three people and critically wounded five more. MSU police interim deputy chief Chris Rossman spoke after shelter-in-place orders were lifted. He says the man took his own life as he was approached by police not far from where Monday's shootings occurred. There is no longer any active threats on campus, but Michigan State is canceling all of its activities on campus for the next 48 hours. No further information has been given about the suspect's identify or a possible motive.

Valley's Edge Opponents turn in Signatures

Opponents of Chico's Valley's Edge development say they've collected enough signatures to launch a referendum against the project. Members of Smart Growth Advocates and Save Our Hometown gathered at Chico City Hall this afternoon to turn in about 8,500 signatures, well over the nearly 5,800 required by the city clerk. The Group have raised a number of concerns, saying the project would only result in negative environmental impacts to the area. They also say it doesn't properly address Chico's affordable housing needs. The county will have 30 days to verify the signatures before the issue is sent to the City Council.

Driver killed in Early AM Accident Hwy 70

One person is dead after a crash on Highway 70 early Wednesday morning. The crash happened around 1 a.m. on Highway 70 near Sparrow Lane. This is just south of Lower Honcut Road near the Butte-Yuba County line.The CHP said a pickup truck overturned and a person inside was killed. The name of the person has not been released.

Americans to Spend Big for Valentines Day

The National Retail Federation expects consumers to shell out nearly 26-billion dollars on the holiday this year. That works out to an average of about 193-dollars per person for flowers, cards, candy and other gifts for friends, loved ones and even coworkers. It's also about 20-bucks more than last year's average. A separate report by WalletHub finds almost one-in-five Americans think it's okay to use a credit card to pay for that special Valentine's Day gift.

Butte Co Public Health Closure of Covid Test Site

Butte Co Public Health reports In conjunction with the closure of all state funded COVID-19 Optum Serve testing sites throughout California, the Chico Optum Serve site, located on the Chico State campus, will permanently close at 12 p.m. on February 24, 2023. As COVID-19 activity is decreasing across the state, the phase out comes after the State recently announced a plan to end the COVID-19 public health emergency declaration on February 28, 2023.

CPUC to look at Soaring Natural Gas Prices

The soaring cost of natural gas across California is front and center today. The Public Utilities Commission and Energy Commission will hold a joint meeting to discuss the cause and how to protect customers going forward. Governor Gavin Newsom says everyone agrees the cold weather has played a role but stresses that doesn't explain it all. He sent a letter to D.C. asking for a federal investigation. As for those high gas and electric bills, the state is offering bill credits earlier this year, with 90-to-120-dollars starting next month

Man Arrested for Killing 10 yr old Boy in Yuba County

An Olivehurst man is behind bars - facing himicde charges in the shooting death of a 10-year-old boy. The Yuba County Sheriffs Office said the boy was shot Sunday evening at a home in the 57-hundred block of Alicia Avenue. Investigators said it happened during a "dispute among familie." They didn't say what led up to the shooting. 31-year-old Juan Ortiz was arrested for homicide, felon in possession of a firearm and felon in possession of ammunition.

BCSO search for Shooting Suspects

The Butte County Sheriffs office is searching for an alleged shooter after one person was hospitalized Saturday night. Officials say deputies responded At about 10:40 p.m to the 5300 block of Margo Lane after reports of shots fired.One person was shot and taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.It happened a mile away from where a man was shot and killed late last week. Investigators haven't released much information about that case - but said there's no evidence they're tied together.

PG&E to Do Climate Credits Earlier than Normal

Residential customers will automatically receive the California Climate Credit earlier than usual this year. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved distributing the credit as soon as possible, instead of the annual April timeframe. For natural gas residential customers, the credit will be $52.78, and for electric residential customers, the credit will be $38.39. Customers who receive both services will receive a total credit of $91.17.

Chico Police Investigate Possible Arson Fires

Chico Police are Investigating several Fires that have occured in recent days..The Fires happened early Thursday and Friday mornings, beginning with a small blaze in the center median of Highway 99 south of the 20th street overpass. Another fire was spotted by the former Krispy Kreme on Business Lane. Then early FRiday morning police say several others in the same area were extinguished - including dumpster fires behind Red Lobster and Olive Garden and a second fire near Krispy Kreme. A person of interest was detained and released. Anyone with information is asked to call Chico Police.

Ca Health Officials stop Covid Vax Mandate for Schools

One of the last remaining questions was what would happen to the state's vaccine mandate for school children, after Feb. 28, when the state's coronavirus emergency declaration officially ends. The policy came from the California Department of Public Health and was not impacted by the declaration, but on Friday the Department of Public Health confirmed it was backing off its original plan. It ends one of the last major restrictions of the pandemic in the nation's most populous state. Gov. Gavin Newsom first announced the policy in 2021, saying it would eventually apply to all of California's 6.7 million public and private schoolchildren.

Magalia Man Arrested faces Child Abuse charges

A Magalia man suspected of several years of sexual child abuse has been arrested following an investigation conducted by multiple Butte County agencies. After a weeks long inviestigation of the alleged abuse , Officials went to the reisidnce of teh suspect Robert Chavez and found him hiding in the garage attic. After a "prolonged standoff", Chavez was eventually taken into custody with the help of CAL FIRE and the Butte County Sheriff's Office. 2 women living at the home with their children were also arrested and face child abuse charges..

PG&E Employee Arrested for Theft

Paradise police said their department received a report of a theft from a PG&E yard off of Clark Rd. on Friday night, Jan. 20. The Suspect was a PG&E employee David Elkinton. He was currently on leave from the Utility facing felony charges of theft from an earlier incident. Officials estimate Elkinton stole $60,000 worth of tools and equipment. After searching his home..they also deiscovered firearms ammunition and narcotics...Elinton is being held without bail

DWR Snowpack Shows Record Amount for Feb

Water content in the state's mountain snow is 205% of normal to date and 128% of the April 1 average, when the snow is at its historical peak, according to measurements taken by the California Department of Water Resources. Historically one-third of California's water supply has come from melting snow. DWR Director Karla Nemeth pointed out that February "is a traditional wet month that is actually starting off pretty dry" and the forecast is for dryness to continue.

Shasta Co Judge rules PG&E to stand Trial in ZOGG Fire

A judge says Pacific Gas & Electric must face trial for involuntary manslaughter over its role in a 2020 wildfire in Northern California that killed four people. The judge ruled Wednesday that the nation's largest utility must be tried on 11 felony and misdemeanor charges. The company has pleaded not guilty. The Zogg Fire destroyed more than 200 homes. State fire officials say it began when a pine tree fell into a power line and the California Public Utilities Commission has proposed fining PG&E more than $155 million for negligence. In a statement, PG&E says it didn't commit any crime

Gov set to End Covid Emergency

California is preparing to end the COVID emergency later this month. Health officials say progress continues to be made despite many workers still calling out sick. The number of hospital patients is under 25-hundred for the first time this year. Governor Gavin Newsom stopped the monkeypox emergency yesterday, which was declared last summer. He also signed a proclamation to end 25 other states of emergency dating back to 2017.

Gov Newsome New Gun Laws Coming

California is taking another step today in preventing crime. Governor Gavin Newsom will reveal new gun control measures in the wake of at least six mass shootings so far this year. He'll be joined by the attorney general, a senator and gun safety advocates. They'll try to advance what Newsom calls critical legislation, which could include tightening concealed carry laws. The state already has more than 100 gun laws on the books.

PG&E Adresses High Natural Gas Prices Spike in Utility Bills

- Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) customers are seeing much higher energy bills this winter. PG&E knows that's a challenge for many customers and is sharing why bills are higher and how the company is supporting its customers. As of January 25, PG&E projects that residential combined-use gas and electricity bills will be about 32% higher from November to March, compared to the same months last winter. Gas price increases this winter have been driven by higher demand and tighter supplies in California, Oregon and Washington, as customers use more natural gas for heating during colder temperatures. Power plants are also using more natural gas to meet electricity demand. PG&E expects prices to ease as we move towards warmer weather this Spring

Cal Trans Hwy 70 remains Closed TFN

Caltrans District 2 says that Highway 70 remains closed to through traffic between Jarbo Gap in Butte County and the Greenville Wye junction with Highway 89 in Plumas County due to continuing slide activity. Due to the condition of the 2 slide areas ..Cal Trans cant even have crews workly safely to clear the debris. there is no current estimated time of reopening Highway 70 to one-way traffic control for through traffic. Motorists are advised to continue to choose alternative routes.


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