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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.

Morning News for Friday, June 7th

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A bill aimed at consolidating efforts by state agencies to recover nearly $8.5 billion in lost state taxes involving the underground economy passed the California Assembly by a vote of 75 to three. Assemblyman Wesley Chesbro voted to support his bill. The bill now moves to the California Senate for consideration.


Assembly Bill 576 will create a pilot Revenue Recovery and Collaborative Enforcement Team to promote data sharing and communications between nine state agencies to prosecute "criminals who underpay or do not pay state sales, use and income taxes."


It is estimated the state loses up to $8 billion a year in tax revenue due to the underground economy, currently valued at between $60 and $140 billion. " 

In 2012, the Mendocino underground economy in 2010 was estimated at $675 million while marijuana income contributed about $415 million to the Humboldt County.


These figures are considered to understate the scope of the full underground economy.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A judge has ruled that California authorities properly considered the environmental effects of a landmark 2003 agreement over how to divide the state's share of water from the Colorado River.


Sacramento Judge Lloyd Connelly's 54-page ruling on Tuesday ends a dispute over rights to the 1,450-mile waterway that flows from the Rocky Mountains and serves as a major source of drinking water and farming in California, six other Western states and much of northwest Mexico.


A lower court had found California violated its constitution by essentially writing a blank check to restore the rapidly shrinking Salton Sea. California's Appellate Court sent the case to the Superior Court to weigh the narrower question - whether the agreement was properly reviewed under the CEQA. 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lake County seems to have gone recall happy as an effort to remove  Supervisor Rob Brown got officially underway Tuesday afternoon.


Brown, who easily won a fourth consecutive term last June by 68.3 percent, indicated he planned to answer the recall proponents' notice of intent in writing.

The supervisor's response, which is due next week, would be included as part of a potential recall petition.


A successful recall petition would require signatures from 1,833 District 5 voters -- representing 25 percent of that electorate.


Also, Organizers of an effort to oust first-term Lake County Sheriff Frank Rivero said they were more than two-thirds of the way to their signature goal, as of last week.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The State Assembly has approved AB 881, a bill by Assemblyman Wesley Chesbro to save California's Oiled Wildlife Care Network and the state's Oil Spill Prevention and Preparedness Program.“The Oiled Wildlife Care Network is the state-funded program that responds to oil spills to protect and save wildlife. 

“The Oil Spill Prevention and Preparedness Program has several important duties, including reviewing and approving oil spill contingency plans, conducting unannounced oil spill drills, developing plans to improve vessel traffic safety, monitoring billions of gallons of fuel transfers each year and developing safety and engineering standards.”

AB 881 saves these programs by extending a small per-barrel fee on oil imported to marine oil terminals or piped in from state oil platforms.

The bill received wide support from the shipping industry, environmentalists, state agencies and zoos and aquariums.

AB 881 now goes to the Senate for its consideration.


 

 

 


KZYX Evening News will be expanding to 5 minutes starting Monday June 10th as a full hour of The World produced by PRI & The BBC takes over Al Jazeera's 6- 7 pm slot. The weather follows at 6:19.


Al Jazeera AM continues on KZYX until August 1st when they end distribution to US stations.

 

 

 

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