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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 Friday 7.26.13

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Federal wildlife officials plan to send hunters into forests of the Pacific Northwest, beginning with the Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation in Humbolt county this fall, to shoot one species of owl to protect another facing extinction.


The Fish and Wildlife Service Tuesday released a final environmental 

review to see if killing barred owls will allow northern spotted owls to reclaim territory they've been driven out of over the past half-century.


”If we don't manage barred owls, the probability of recovering the spotted 

owl goes down significantly,” said Paul Henson, Oregon state supervisor.


The agency's action calls for killing 3,603 barred owls in four areas in 

Oregon, Washington and Northern California -- including Humboldt County -- over the next four years.


”Shooting a few isolated areas of barred owl isn't going to help us as forest managers, nor is it going to help the forest be protected from wildfires, and 

catastrophic wildfire is one of the big impediments to spotted owl recovery,” said Tom Partin, of the American Forest Resource Council.


Bob Sallinger, conservation director for the Audubon Society of Portland, said saving the spotted owl is of paramount importance, but the focus must remain on protecting habitat.


”To move forward with killing barred owls without addressing the fundamental cause of spotted owl declines, from our perspective, is not acceptable,” he said.



 

 

The news about the CHP arresting a reporter is making waves elsewhere in California. In a San Jose Mercury News editorial, the  piece says "On 

Tuesday, the protesters snuck onto the construction site once again -- but the only person arrested was the photographer for The Willits News, 

who was there to document the latest protest.


This is clearly a tactic to discourage protesters by keeping them out of the 

news. It's actually an acknowledgment of Caltrans' and California Highway 

Patrol incompetence at controlling what happens at the site. It's wrong and 

it's got to stop.


The CHP has spent at least $1 million trying to keep protesters off the 

construction site. It has failed miserably, so it has apparently decided to try arresting or harassing members of the media who show up to cover the 

protests.


The CHP has told protesters that when a journalist shows up, the first arrest will be the media, presumably so that the protests will go undocumented. 

The CHP has harassed journalists even when they have a Caltrans escort 

and even when they're in in a public right of way near the site.


 The trespass law exempts people who "are engaging in activities protected by the California or United States Constitution," which Eberhard clearly was as a journalist covering a protest.


The protests are going to continue. Trying to keep the media away is 

pointless and self-defeating. 


Let's try ending the incompetence, and the news won't look so bad.



The Willits City Council met Wednesday night with the following actions and refused 3-2 a motion to allow CalTrans an extra 30 days to settle the terms under 

which the Bypass contractor could use city Streets. 


In 2010 the Willits Council negotiated an agreement with Cal Trans  stating 

that the Bypass Contractor can not use City Streets without prior written 

approval of the City.   90 days had been allotted as a window of "conditional use" and, although an Ad Hoc Committee has been working since March to negotiate the terms of this approval,the principals from the Contractor and 

Cal Trans have only recently become  active in the negotiations. 


The Ad 

Hoc Comittee recommended an extension to the 90 days of an additional 

month to reach an agreement.  After significant citizen input and discussion the council voted 3-2 ( Burton and Orenstein dissenting) not to extend the 90 day deadline for

 conditional use of city streets which ends Friday.


City Manager Adrienne Moore said " We expect CalTrans to enforce the agreement with their contractors." 


The City counsel is exploring legal avenues if they do not.


Stay Tuned for All About Money@ 9:00 AM

Pulitzer Prize winning author, Hedrick Smith, will be John Sakowicz''s guest

 

to discuss his new book, "What Happened to the American Dream?"

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