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Breaking News: Napa Earthquake; Lodge Lightning Complex Fire

Sunday morning earthquake (Updated at 7:20am Tuesday August 26): According to the USGS, an earthquake and several aftershocks were recorded this morning. The original quake at 3:20am Sunday morning was measured at 6.0 and was centered near American Canyon. Three aftershocks were recorded near Napa: at 5:01am (2.5), at 5:47am (3.6), and 7:22am (2.5); two more near American Canyon at 7:54am (2.8), and 10:38am (2.6).

KQED reports the following information:
A 6.0-magnitude earthquake epicentered at the southern edge of Napa struck at Sunday morning at 3:20 a.m.
• The quake is the strongest to strike the Bay Area since the 6.9 Loma Prieta quake of Oct. 17, 1989.
• Napa’s Queen of the Valley Hospital reports treating 208 people between the time the earthquake struck at 3:20 a.m. and 11 p.m. Sunday. The hospital says a total of 17 people were admitted, most in fair to serious condition. One person remains in critical condition. Vallejo is reporting 25 minor injuries.
• The city of Napa has reported 33 buildings have been deemed unsafe. Officials in Vallejo have closed a two-block stretch of one of the city’s principal streets because of concerns that a church bell tower could collapse, and Napa’s school district announced that schools will remain closed Tuesday and possibly beyond. KQED’s Craig Miller reports that Vallejo’s First Baptist Church, at the corner of Carolina Street and Sonoma Boulevard, has been red-tagged. Among the church’s structural concerns: that the bell tower has been weakened to the point where it might collapse. This fear has prompted officials to close Sonoma Boulevard, which is also Highway 29, for two blocks on either side of the church. The closure also affects Lincoln Elementary School, immediately across the street from First Baptist.
• Napa officials updated the number of buildings red-tagged there to 64. Among the buildings shut down is the city’s historic courthouse building, and county officials announced today that the building will be closed indefinitely as it undergoes structural analysis. Several other major public buildings, including the Napa County Administration Building, were closed Monday.
• The Napa Valley Unified School District announced schools across the city will remain closed Tuesday as staff cleans up after the quake. The district will make a decision Tuesday about whether the closure will be extended.
• The Napa Fire Department reported Monday it responded to 50 fires after the quake, including one in a mobile home park that destroyed four units and damaged several others. Fire officials said an initial lack of water due to water-main breaks led to some of the destruction.
• Napa’s water system is undergoing repairs after suffering 60 water-main breaks. Officials say that some residents will lose water service during repairs and are advising affected residents to use boiled or bottled water until further notice.

Additional detailed information can be found at KQED's website: KQED reports.

Lodge Fire: The fire status has not been updated by Cal Fire since Wednesday evening. It appears that there will be no additional updates until/unless there is a significant change in the status. KZYX will monitor Cal Fire and other fire, police, and safety sources and advise if needed. At last report the fire had consumed 12,535 acres and was 96% contained.

AM News for Monday, 11.11.13

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Friday, Congressman Huffman joined Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell for a tour of the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands . 

Later, Huffman and Jewell held a public meeting to discuss adding the public lands to the California Coastal National Monument, one of the last steps needed before the Obama Administration can use the authority under the Antiquities Act to add the public lands to the CCNM.  This designation would be the first land-based addition to the CCNM, currently made up of more than 20,000 small islands, rocks, and reefs along the California coast.

This designation would permanently protect more than 1,660 acres, add 10 miles to the California Coastal Trail and protect other natural jewels such as the Garcia Estuary and two miles of the Garcia River, critical habitat for salmon and steelhead. The land includes habitat for endangered species, including the Point Arena mountain beaver and the Behren’s silverspot butterfly.


After a family member offered a reward, the man suspected of growing marijuana in the Mendocino National Forest who allegedly fled from law enforcement officers has been found.

The family member confirmed that Chavez was OK, but did not provide any futher information about where Chavez had been or who had picked him up and provided shelter.




There may be a tiny bit of rain tonight and tomorrow, but don’t count on it coming anywhere close to solving the water supply questions on the North Coast .

For one thing, the parched earth is likely to soak up most of what falls as a storm system expected to hit Canada head-on skirts Mendocino county.

For another, the shifting forecast is less optimistic than it was even a few days ago, when it looked as if a whole inch of rainfall might be possible, meteorologists say.

The likelihood now is a fraction of an inch over a few hours late tonight and Tuesday.



The AVA reports that WILL PARRISH’S TRIAL has been put over until January 27th because Parrish’s attorney, Omar Figueroa, has not yet reviewed what he describes as “voluminous” CHP and Caltrans documents related to Parrish. The trial had been scheduled to start Tuesday November 12th. Other protesters Lucy Neely and Peggy Backup had a pre-trial hearing Friday (November 8th) and “Earthworm” and “Feather” have a hearing on Tuesday, November 12th at 8:30am in relation to their infraction charges for their first of two lock-downs


A Fort Bragg woman accused of striking and killing two road workers in an Interstate 80 construction zone in northern Nevada could face charges, pending the completion of the Nevada Highway Patrol's investigation of Tuesday's accident east of Battle Mountain.

69-year-old  Candace Gittins was approaching stopped traffic along Interstate 80 when she swerved into orange construction barrels to avoid other cars.

She struck four workers, two of whom died.



Mendocino County District Attorney David Eyster has not filed charges against a Fort Bragg man who was arrested nine days ago on shooting a man several times, sending him to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Joel Humecky, 41, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and domestic battery after he reportedly ran from the scene of the shooting. Humecky was held under $505,000 bail until Wednesday, when he was released because the DA's Office had decided not to file charges against him.

Eyster said after looking at the available facts, investigators don't have enough evidence to support an attempted murder case in court.

"There could be any number of reasons," Eyster said, giving as an example a scenario where the shots were fired in self-defense.

Thanks to Tiffany Revelle of the UDJ for that story.








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