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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 for Thursday 11.14.13

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U.S. attorneys are being advised to no longer base their prosecutions solely on the size of the marijuana operation, according to "Guidance Regarding Marijuana Enforcement" sent to federal prosecutors this summer.

The new aspects covered by the policy include the acknowledgement that two states have legalized the use of marijuana for recreational purposes. Holder is expecting these states to establish a comprehensive regulatory and enforcement framework to keep the pot within the state borders, away from gangs or cartels and children.The presidents of the National Sheriffs' Association, the Major County Sheriff's Association, Major Cities Chiefs Police Association and National Narcotic Officers Associations' Coalition immediately protested the changes in a letter to Holder.

"The decision by the Department ignores the connections between marijuana use and violent crime.... The failure of the federal government to act in this matter is an open invitation to other states to legalize marijuana in defiance of federal law."Dale Gieringer of Cal National Organization for Marijuana Legalization says they "welcome the attorney general's announcement that the Department of Justice will not seek to overturn state marijuana laws. "

Gieringer has requested in a letter to Senator Dianne Feinstein for the attorney general to address whether "the DOJ (will) rescind its threats to prosecute local officials who try to regulate marijuana, as happened in Mendocino County" great reporting by Linda Williams in the Willits News.


A Sacramento area restauranteur who has been missing for over a week, was last seen in the Fort Bragg Area Nov 2nd. Stephen Pease, 57, spent the night at the Surf and Sand Lodge and checked out Nov. 3rd.  The case is considered suspicious, because Pease walked away from an active business and has not been contacted since. He was last seen driving a rented silver Chevy SUV, with Oregon plates, 500GKN, which was due to be returned Nov. 5 but was not .

Pease is 5' 10" tall, 220 pounds, with gray hair and hazel eyes.

A long-time friend said that the electronic trail of credit card transactions stops in Fort Bragg. While his rental car was equipped with an OnStar emergency system, when they tried to contact the vehicle, a signal could not be found. It could be in a parking garage or, more likely, in a remote area without service.

Pease is the developer behind Roseville's Sammy Hagar-themed restaurant. In his absence, Sammy’s Rockin’ Island Bar & Grill closed its doors Sunday – temporarily, according to a note left on its door.

Pease spoke to his ex-wife by phone from Las Vegas on Oct. 28, mentioning that he needed to “clear his head,” . 

Anyone with information is urged to call FBPD at (707) 961-2800, or the tip line at (707) 961-3049 .


A Town Hall meeting next Sunday, November 17, will be addressing the future of Willits Traffic : Getting Around in Willits.” Are there other options to cars?  

Bill Barksdale, Richard Jergensen and Larry Desmond will jumpstart the conversation with short presentations. Then, everyone there will have a chance to speak. Sunday the 17th from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at the City Council Chambers. For more info  call: Carlin,  at 459-4850.


The Mendocino National Forest has entered the prescribed burning season.

Forest visitors, including hunters, are asked to watch for prescribed burning operations .  Areas where burns are taking place will be well signed.  If visitors are uncertain, they can call the Forest at 530-934-3316 before their visit.


Stay Tuned for Give & Take;  @ 9:00 AM

Join host, Michael Kisslinger, in a conversation with Paul Tichinin, Mendocino Superintendent of Schools, and Katie Sommers and Nancy Rogers-Zegarra, Curriculum Specialists, about the new Common Core State Standards.  


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