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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 Tuesday, 12.03.13

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Tuesday. the Lake County Board of Supervisors will get an update on the local emergency declared after last month's windstorm, discuss reports on a senior mobile home park rent control initiative and consider the final reading on a proposed lake sales tax proposal.

The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, in  Lakeport. It will be broadcast live on TV8.

The board will get an update on the windstorm that hit  Nov. 21 and 22, and consider terminating the local emergency declared in a special meeting last week.

At 9:15 a.m., the board will consider departmental reports regarding the senior mobile home park rent control initiative that has received enough signatures to go on the June 2014 ballot. The iniative called for rent raises to be based on the percentage of social security increases for mobile home parks where 80% of tenant units contained at lease one person over 65.

At 11 a.m., the board will consider  the “Lake County Clear Lake Use Tax Ordinance” – that would place a half-percent sales tax on next June's ballot.

The tax would collect an estimated $2.4 million annually, for water quality programs, including efforts to improve Clear Lake.

Ukiah Schools will be serving an evening meal to many students beginning January in a program recently approved by the district's board of trustees.

Food Services Director Les Ridgway said the after-school supper program will be funded by the Child and Adult Care Food Program, which he notes is intended to "provide increased food security to children in at-risk schools."

Ridgway noted that implementing the program in the UUSD would not only benefit its students, but provide additional revenue for the district because it will be reimbursed for every meal.

The new program "could generate as much as $475,000 with a food cost of around 35 percent,".

"It will be a win-win," he said. "It will provide more food security for the students, and give staff members who may not qualify for benefits more hours."

He said the meals will be provided to the students at no cost to them.



During a recent presentation at Humboldt State University, a medicinal marijuana researcher, Jeffrey Raber said in a recent study he found that up to 70 percent of the pesticides found on a marijuana bud can transfer to the smoke being inhaled. 

Raber -- who holds a PhD in chemistry from USC and runs The Werc Shop, a medical cannabis testing laboratory in LA -- was the latest speaker in the Humboldt Institute for Interdisciplinary Marijuana Research's lecture series.

Raber said it's important to remember that there are no controls over what's sprayed on marijuana crops. And, people can't wash a bud before putting it in their pipe. The body also has filters in place for things that are ingested, he said, but not for what's inhaled.

Raber said about 10 percent of the marijuana that comes through his laboratory for testing registers positive for pesticides. Those samples are only from medical marijuana dispensaries , he said. 

”I think all that says is we really, really need some serious regulations within California, especially in the medical patient context,” Raber said. “

Humboldt Sheriff Mike Downey said his deputies have been finding massive amounts of high-powered pesticides at marijuana gardens , many of which could be heading for collectives and, ultimately, to patients.

Roots of Motive Power will hold its annual Holiday Express on Saturday, December 7, from 12 noon to 5 pm at 420 East Commercial Street in Willits. Santa will arrive in style on a restored locomotive and free rides are available to all.

Next door, The Mendocino County Museum will welcome all with an Open House: free admission all day and free family activities from 12 noon on.



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