Morning News for MONDAY,June 17TH!
CalFire Mendocino Chief Christopher P. Rowney announced that beginning 12:01 a.m. Today June 17, all residential and open outdoor burning within Mendocino County is suspended. The suspension will remain in effect until formally cancelled.
Only in instances where it can be shown that the continuation of burning is essential can a "Restricted Temporary Burning Permit" be issued.
California campfire permits are required in wilderness areas.
Chief Rowney explained, "Mendocino County fire history shows that suspending debris burning is an effective way of preventing wildfires especially as California enters the hottest and driest period of summer weather. "
The Mendocino NF assumed command of the Daves fire at 6:00am this morning.
The lightening fire was detected Wednesday in an area of Logging slash, thick knobcone pine with heavy dead and downed debris; it grew to 226 acres before it was 100% Contained.
The fire is located on the Mendocino National Forest approximately 45 miles west of Chico and 15 miles northwest of Elk Creek along County Road 306.
Crews are continuing mop up and suppression repair.
On Saturday, the Legislature passed a major piece of the federal Affordable Care Act, opting to expand Medicaid to 1.4 million low-income Californians.
The action came a day after lawmakers passed the main budget bill outlining a $96.3 billion spending plan for the fiscal year that starts in July.
Other bills would provide college scholarships for middle class families, increase grants for those in the welfare-to-work program, restore dental care for low-income adults, distribute money for school energy projects and strengthen oversight of the California Public Utilities Commission.
The centerpiece legislation was the expansion of Medicaid, which is called Medi-Cal in California. The federal government will pay the full cost of expanding the low-income health program for the first three years. It will gradually reduce payments to 90 percent starting in 2020.
Democrats said the expansion would help save lives, & keep workers healthy . Senate President Darrell Steinberg noted that the Medicaid expansion will cover many of those who now receive uncompensated care.
Because of higher-than-anticipated tax revenue, Democratic lawmakers have been able to restore some of the money that was slashed for mental health treatment, health care for the poor and higher education.
Congressman Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) will take the SNAP Challenge next week, limiting himself to $4.50 per day for food, the average daily benefit for a recipient of the SNAP program, formerly known as “food stamps.”
This coincides with the House considering the Farm Bill, which cuts $20 billion from SNAP which will eliminate food assistance to nearly two million low-income Americans, and shuts 210,000 children out of free or reduced-cost school meals.
47 million, or one in seven Americans, receive SNAP benefits. Nearly 75% are families with children, and more than a quarter are households with seniors or people with disabilities. Under the Farm Bill, 850,000 households would lose nearly a full week’s worth of groceries—per month.
A provision in the bill would cause many working households to lose all their SNAP benefits merely because they own a car., regardless of where they live. Nearly 95 percent of federal SNAP spending goes directly to families to buy food.
Monday, June 17, 2013 from 7-9 p.m. At the Caspar Community Center, you can meet Your local Audubon Project Leaders.
Discussions will be heard on the state of cormorants, black oystercatchers, Save our Shorebirds, Education & family walks, Field Trips and Botanical Garden Bird Walks as well as Big River, Point Cabrillo Surveys.