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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 Tuesday, March 12th

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The California Coastal Commission Friday unanimously rejected a Navy explosives and sonar training program off the Southern California coast that critics said could harm endangered blue whales.

Commissioners said that the Navy lacked enough information to back up its argument that the threat to marine mammals would be negligible.

Commissioners said they are concerned the increased activity could be detrimental for endangered mammals such as the blue, fin and beaked whales.

Alex Stone, who directs the Navy's environmental team, told commissioners that additional marine safeguards being sought by the panel would limit the training program's scope and make it less realistic.

The panel and the Navy could now seek mediation to iron out their differences - or the Navy could simply choose to proceed with the training scheduled to begin in January, as it did after the commission requested additional protections in 2007 and 2009.

If talks fail, the commission could sue to try to force the Navy to adopt the measures, as it has done in the past but unsuccessfully.

After the vote, Stone said the Navy wants to reach an agreement with the state agency but stood by its arguments .

 

 

 

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife has halted construction along the Willits bypass corridor while reviewing Caltrans survey protocols regarding the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

The department hopes to finish the review by the end of this week, Fish and Wildlife environmental scientist JoAnn Dunn said.

”It's important prior to disturbing any vegetation during the breeding bird nesting season that we make sure no birds are nesting in that area,” Dunn said. “The fish and game code protects birds in their nest, so it's important to make sure surveys are done to make sure no birds or nests are taken.”

Fish and Wildlife shut down the construction at the end of February after a bird's nest was found knocked out of a tree, and another was discovered on the ground.

Environmental Protection Information Center Director Gary Hughes said ”We are challenging this project because we believe it does not meet the transportation needs of either the local community in Willits or the regional community that depends on Highway 101,” this project requires the largest wetlands fill permit to be issued in Northern California in 50 years.”

Caltrans hopes to resume work next week.


 

 

 

 

 

Fourteen more positions are being eliminated as the Willits Unified School District attemts to return to financial solvency. The layoffs will take place at the end of this school year.

The WUSD budget still projects a shortfall of at least $600,000 for the next school year. Declining student enrollment hit the district hard during this reporting session. A loss of 26 students from the average daily attendance dropped district revenue from the state by $137,551.

The next meeting of the Willits Unified School District Board of Trustees will be held March 26.


 

 

 

 

 

 

Impoverished Californians, including those who are homeless, soon will be able to get free cellphones and service thanks to the recent expansion of a statewide program.

Two wireless carriers are now offering free phones and monthly plans for 250 minutes and 250 text messages to all those who can prove that they make less than $14,702 a year.

Reach Out Wireless and Assurance Wireless, an arm of Sprint, will provide the phones free of charge, and will be reimbursed $9.25 by the FCC's federal Lifeline program to cover the cost of services, FCC spokesman Mark Wigfield said.

The program does not do a background check on applicants' criminal or health histories, nor does it set guidelines restricting the type of calls that can be made, he added.

 

 

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