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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, January 18th

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This morning at 10 am,  James Gore, assistant chief of The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in California and the Gold Ridge and Sotoyome Resource Conservation Districts along with a number of local agencies, nonprofit groups, agribusinesses and landowners will make an announcement to improve fish and salmon habitat in five northern California watersheds.

Actions are being announced that will empower government and private partners to increase salmonid populations while also sustaining productive agricultural operations.  California is one of three western states included in the announcement.




At a sparsely attended meeting at its headquarters, Mendocino Redwood Company's President and chief Forester, Mike Jani, announced that the public comment period on their 80 year Habitat Plan has been extended 60 days to April 1st.





The Clearlake Oaks man who escaped from a minimum security jail Sunday is back in custody.

David Brown was arrested about 11:10 p.m. Wednesday .

On Wednesday night, Lake Sheriff’s Deputies provided information as to where David Brown might be hiding to  Officers with the Clearlake PD.

At approximately 11:00 pm, deputies and three Clearlake Police Department Officers responded to a residence in the 4000 block of West 40th in the city of Clearlake where Brown was arrested without incident.

Prior to his escape, Brown was slated for release this December.


According to the Willits News, the legal wrangling between Brooktrails and Willits has cost local taxpayers more than $651,000. Since the trial in Sonoma County has yet to be scheduled, the costs to taxpayers will continue to mount.

To date the lawsuit has cost Willits taxpayers $373,041, of which Attorney's fees comprise $327,386 .

In Brooktrails the cost to date is $278,388. Attorney's fees comprise $165,463 plus $43,934 in accounting costs and $32,187 in engineering costs.

Brooktrails filed its lawsuit against Willits over Willits sewer plant in 2010. Brooktrails and Willits have had a contractual relationship for sewage handling since 1967. 

Since 1975 the agreement has provided Brooktrails with the "right to review, make suggestions and approve for their adequacy, plans, specifications and cost estimates prior to their approval by the city council."

Brooktrails contends, that during the design and construction of the $25 million sewer plant, the city failed to comply with this and other provisions of the contract.

These actions, according to Brooktrails, will result in unnecessarily high sewage rates for its customers.Willits contends that it followed the terms of the contract.









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