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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 Monday, December 21st

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Frank Hartzell of the Fort Bragg Advocate has written a lengthy and authoritative analysis of the Medocino Redwood companies 80 year Timber plan and why it baffles local officials. I'll quote from it.


 

In 2000, the Mendocino Redwood Company (MRC) asked a half-dozen government agencies to create the regulatory framework for its 80-year plan and simplify existing regulatory processes with a single document and integrated plan.


After a full decade of work, documents totaling more than 3,000 pages were presented to the public late last month for an 88-day comment period. To put it in perspective, the Bible is less than 2000 pages.


 

Most of the 20-some people on hand last week for a public meeting in Fort Bragg about the plan were too bemused by the gargantuan result of the state and federal "streamlining effort" to be much for or against it. 


"Based on what I've heard tonight, and the 2,600 pages back on the counter, I want to formally request an extension of at least 60 days, to April 21, 2013 for the community to have adequate time to review all this," said David Gurney, who writes a local news blog. "Giving the public a few short months more doesn't seem too much for a document that will cover 80 years into the future and has taken a dozen years for all these people here to create."


 

The plan is available online; the address will be on KZYX's news blog later this am.


http://www.fire.ca.gov/resource_mgt/resource_mgt_EPRP_PTEIR.php.



 

 

The end of year reports from County staff had both good and bad aspects.


The county budget has a reserve of $4.5 million, according to Chief Deputy CEO Kyle Knopp, about half of what is recommended for the county's size and resources, and its debt rating with Standard & Poors is BBB-, junk bonds.


The county also appropriated $1 million more  to the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office, some of it attributable to the loss of income from the 9.31 program which was discontinued in March.


"Structural problems" were also identified in the county's Teeter program, prompting a discussion about removing the Brooktrails subdivision from its rolls.


General Services Agency Director Kristen McMenomey said the agency had saved the county more than $600,000 by consolidating 13 county facilities, including the elimination of five leased buildings.


Almost every county department is participating in the county's wellness plan, according to Human Resources Director Pat Meek.


"The numbers are down in Juvenile Hall," said Chief Probation Officer Jim Brown. "We're also seeing kids with mental health issues on the rise."



 

 

The Ukiah City Council voted (5-0) for staff to proceed with drafting a program for downtown Ukiah for Outdoor Dining, after comments from the owners of Schat's, Patrona and Saucy. The Design Review Board would oversee the actual materials and design of future outdoor dining. 


 

Willits Economic LocaLization (WELL) is launching a "Pay It Forward" fund as one strategy for investing in the local economy.

"Pay It Forward seeks donations from the community for a revolving fund earmarked exclusively for the purpose of assisting local enterprises that meet the triple bottom line: good for the planet, people, and profit," says WELL's Madge Strong.

Donations to the fund are tax-deductible . "There will not be any "profit". However, if the fund's investment in a enterprise is re-paid, the fund will 'pay it forward' to other recipients."

WELL encourages new or expanding businesses to apply for funding.  "Proposals will be reviewed by the WELL Coordinating Committee," 

To donate, or apply for a loan, contact WELL at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or mail P.O. Box 42, Willits 95490.

 

 

 

 

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