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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, November 29th

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"There's an atmospheric river coming directly toward the coast," National Weather Service meteorologist Charles Bell told the San Francisco Chronicle. The second storm coming Thursday is expected to bring PROLONGED HIGH RAINFALL, greater than Wednesday.


With large waves expected to be generated by the storms, the U.S. Coast Guard is warning people to stay away from jetties and rocky areas along the coast.

The Coast Guard is also urging boat owners to avoid taking to the water during the next few days, and to make sure their boats are properly secured during the storms.



Humboldt State University has formed an academic institute devoted to marijuana.

The Institute for Interdisciplinary Marijuana Research plans to sponsor scholarly lectures and coordinate research among 11 faculty members from fields such as economics, geography, politics, psychology and sociology.

The Times-Standard of Eureka reports that one professor is studying recent campaigns to legalize marijuana, while another is investigating the environmental effects of pot cultivation.

The institute is probably the first dedicated to examining marijuana through the lens of multiple disciplines. 

Now that voters in Colorado and Washington have passed marijuana legalization measures this month, the institute has even more reason to exist. Politics professor Jason Plume is giving a lecture on the marijuana reform movement on Tuesday night, one of seven public talks the institute plans to host this year.




Following a dispute between the Lake Co news and Sheriff Frank Rivero, the Lake Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved a new policy for releasing information to the media.

Chair Rob Brown said the policy was enacted because of "Rivero's disregard of the Lake County News ."

Interim County Administrative Officer Matt Perry prepared a policy that would be followed during a county emergency.

Deputy Administrative Officer Debra Sommerfield is the county's public information officer during emergency situations. She will distribute news releases to any news organizations that did not receive them.

John Jensen, co-founder of Lake County News (LCN), requested a policy because he alleged Rivero "exclusively blacklisted" LCN from receiving media releases and other information from the Lake County Sheriff's Office (LCSO).

He said LCN must file a public records request "for any information at all" now. He alleged this was the result of a "personal vendetta" by Rivero.

In a phone interview, Rivero said, "LCN is not blacklisted." He alleged LCN published articles that were "absolutely false."



On Monday, December 3,  CAL FIRE Mendocino Unit firefighters will be out on the streets of Ukiah to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association to help Jerry’s Kids.

The “Fill-the-Boot” fundraiser will be at the intersection of Airport Park Boulevard and Hastings Avenue (by Applebee’s Restaurant). 

The “Fill-the-Boot” fundraiser will be from 9:00am to 3:00pm. 

When you drop dollars into the firefighter’s boot, you are supporting local MDA services, research for neuromuscular diseases, a clinic at UC Davis, summer camps and community education programs. 

The MDA does not receive funding from state, federal or local governments, nor does it seek or receive fees for services it provides. 







the Annual KZYX Holiday Gift Auction will return to the airwaves for four evenings, Monday, Dec. 3, through Thursday, Dec. 6.

From 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. regular evening programming will be preempted in favor of this fast-paced and entertaining fundraiser for KZYX.

They will be auctioning, live on the air to the highest bidders, a wide array of gift items – from arts and crafts, to goods and services- all donated by local businesses, artists and craftspeople.

Many items are available for viewing on the station’s Web site, www.kzyx.org .

Tune in and catch the action.




Talking About California; Thursday @ 9:00 AM

In the final program of the series, Cal Winslow talks with Nelson Lichtenstein, the  Professor in History at the UC Santa Barbara, where he directs the Center for Work, Labor and Democracy. He will talk about the future of labor in California.



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