NL playoffs: Washington Nationals to play in first World Series

By HOWARD FENDRICH / AP Sports Writer WASHINGTON — It was merely the first inning, yet the home fans kept rising out of their seats to applaud or yell or twirl their red towels, to chant “Let’s go, Nats!” and “M-V-P!” and various players’ names, enjoying every moment of a seven-run outburst that would, eventually, propel their city to its first World Series appearance in 86 years. And then, a couple of hours and several innings later, as the Washington Nationals were protecting a shrinking lead, those same spectators, 43,976 strong, stood and shouted and reveled some more Tuesday night, giddily counting down the outs needed to finish off an NL Championship Series sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals. From 19-31 during a mediocre May to the Fall Classic in an outstanding October. Extending their stunning turnaround, the wild-card Nationals got RBIs from middle-of-the-order stars Anthony Rendon and Juan Soto in that breakout first inning, and Patrick Corbin’s 12-strikeout performance and a trio of relievers helped hold on to beat St. Louis 7-4 in Game 4 of a lopsided best-of-seven NLCS. “Often, bumpy roads lead…

Former library demolition begins in preparation for jail expansion

RED BLUFF — Demolition of the former Tehama County Library on Madison Street, which has been vacant since the library moved to Diamond Avenue in August 2017, was well underway Tuesday, nearly the entire middle section torn out by about 1 p.m. Demolition of the building in preparation for the jail expansion began about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday and the contractor plans to have the site cleared and the job finished by Monday or Tuesday, said Tehama County Staff Analyst Brant Mesker. The $115,000 contract with Resource Environmental for the demolition of the building was approved at the July 23 Board of Supervisors meeting. The company is based in Fresno, but is staged out of an office in Woodland. The company had 30 days to get the demolition completed once on site. The removal of the old building is being paid for from the county’s general fund and was budgeted as part of the accumulated capital outlay budget. It is not anticipated to be reimbursable through a state grant, according to county staff. The jail expansion project, estimated to be $23 million as of a February…

Corning council moves to limit problems in city parks

CORNING — The council Aug. 8 heard the first reading of an ordinance that would limit activities in city parks and voted unanimously in favor of it. Police Chief Jeremiah Fears proposed the ordinance, which would ban park activities from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., prohibit smoking or vaping in the parks, limit alcohol consumption or possession where signs are posted, disallow firecrackers and fireworks and forbid the possession and discharge of dangerous weapons like firearms, air guns, bows and arrows and slingshots. The ordinance came about due to ongoing issues in the parks and the city revisiting the municipal code for potential updates, said Angel Garman, Public Works sectary. “I think it has been reported on numerous occasions the types of vandalism that we are experiencing and the illicit activities making it uncomfortable for users, all types of users, to utilize our parks,” said Kristina Miller, city manager. Miller presented the ordinance to the council because Fears was away on other business. Councilman Robert Snow said he would like to see something added to the ordinance about special occasions, like permitted sporting events at…

Red Bluff tennis beats Chico in final regular season match

CHICO — The Red Bluff Spartans girls tennis team took a 5-4 victory Monday over Chico on the road to wrap up the regular season. In singles play, Red Bluff’s top four each won their match, meaning the Spartans only needed one doubles win to take the day. Audra Brown beat Camille Cross, 6-2, 6-3; Alanna Geraty beat Amanda Bestor, 7-5, 6-3; Taylor Deveraux beat Ally Richelieu, 6-3, 6-1; Abby Shoop beat Bailey Barber, 6-1, 4-6, 6-2. Jocelyn Wigno lost to Skyler Granlund, 2-6, 2-6 and Alyssa Harrison lost to Summer Sun, 0-6, 1-6. Brown and Geraty won their doubles match 10-2 to seal the win for Red Bluff. Deveraux and Shoop lost 2-8 and Wigno and Harrison lost 1-10. In exhibition play, Gracie Holland and Kaylee Humphrey lost, 3-8, 2-6; Sam Paul and Danielle Foley lost 2-10, 3-10 and Casey Deveraux and Jacey Dodson lost 2-8. The team returns to the courts Saturday and Monday, Oct. 26 and 28, for the league championship at Foothill High School in Palo Cedro.

Massive Saddle Ridge Fire Started Under High-Voltage Transmission Tower

Investigators now know where the mammoth Saddle Ridge fire started. They just don’t know how. The blaze, which has torched more than 8,300 acres, started in a 50 feet by 70 feet area under a high-voltage transmission tower, the Los Angeles Fire Department said. But the cause of the fire remains undetermined, LAFD said Tuesday. The inferno is still raging, with only 45% containment as of Tuesday morning. “Investigators continue to work around the clock in steep terrain, thoroughly examining all aspects of the scene in an attempt to determine a cause,” LAFD spokesman Nicholas Prange said. About 100,000 people were forced to evacuate, but all evacuation orders have been lifted. The wildfire has destroyed at least 17 structures and damaged 77 others, LAFD said. Three firefighters suffered minor injuries battling the blaze, and one civilian died after suffering cardiac arrest, the fire department said. Electricity company Southern California Edison’s system was “impacted” near the time and place where the fire first broke out, utility spokeswoman Susan Cox said. The fire started around 9 p.m. Thursday near Yarnell Street and Saddle Ridge Road in Sylmar, “which quickly spread westward…

Debris Fire Burns in Thermal; Students Complain of Health Concerns

A debris fire burned 20 acres in Thermal and was 0% contained Tuesday, while students in the area reach out to NBC Palm Springs regarding health concerns. The pile caught fire and was reported at approximately 4:32 p.m. Monday near 66th Avenue and Martinez Road, according to Cal Fire Riverside. No structures are threatened, but residents with a sensitivity to drift smoke were advised to stay indoors. Following the start of the fire, the NBC Palm Springs newsroom has been hit with a barrage of emails from students concerned about their health. In the span of 30 minutes, NBC Palm Springs has received 38 emails which include the health safety of three Thermal schools: Las Palmitas Elementary, Toro Canyon Middle School, and Desert Mirage High School. The students at those schools ages range anywhere from 4-years-old to 17-years-old. Each email starts the same way: Dear Board Members. All of the subjects read something similar: “TOXIC FUMES! I CANNOT BREATHE!” or “TAKE ACTION.” Below are all of the emails from the students, but due to the unknown nature of their ages, we will not be showing…

Meth use among female arrestees at 19-year high

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Methamphetamine is making a huge comeback in San Diego. A recent study by SANDAG shows that meth use among female arrestees is at a 19-year high. The reasons according to the DEA are three-fold resulting in ‘The Perfect Storm”: Meth coming into San Diego has never been cheaper, has never been so potent and has never been more available. In years past when San Diego County was known as the meth Capital of the U.S., the toxic drug was cooked up here in labs. Now it’s made in Mexico and smuggled across the border, which is why the cost is so low in San Diego. A pound of meth in San Diego goes for about $1,000 compared to $7,000 in Tennessee. According to DEA Special Agent in Charge Karen Flowers, the meth problem in San Diego County is way worse than the opioid epidemic. So how does a meth addict get clean? Former meth addict Lisa Richards, who injected meth while pregnant, told KUSI her recovery was based not on rehab, but faith in a higher power. Categories: Health, Local San…

Local GOP decides not to endorse candidate for 50th District race

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The Republican Party of San Diego County held a forum Monday night with the four GOP candidates running for the 50th Congressional District. The party chose not to endorse one of the candidates in a race that will be one of the most competitive in the 2020 elections. KUSI Contributor and AM 760 Radio Host Mark Larson was in studio to discuss the local GOP’s decision. Categories: In Studio Guests, Local San Diego News, Politics

Pelosi and Schiff announce House Dems won’t have vote on formal impeachment for now

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and the House impeachment inquiry (all times local): 8 p.m. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says “all roads seem to lead to Putin” when it comes to President Donald Trump. The California Democrat told reporters Tuesday that nevertheless, she’s not going to call for a formal House vote on impeachment. Trump has said that without a vote, the ongoing impeachment inquiry is “illegitimate.” But Pelosi says “we’re not here to call bluffs” and “this is not a game to us.” She adds that when it comes to Trump, “all roads seem to lead to” Russian President Vladimir Putin. The House’s lead investigator, Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, says the White House has ordered the Defense Department to not comply with a subpoena for documents. He says such moves mean “the case for obstruction of Congress continues to build.” __ 7:05 p.m. House Democrats won’t be voting soon to formalize the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. That’s according to people familiar with Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s message behind closed doors to her colleagues Tuesday. Pelosi had gathered lawmakers for a…

Border-area stretches of I-5 and I-805 to be closed overnight for port-of-entry project

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Southbound stretches of Interstates 5 and 805 will be closed overnight near the U.S.-Mexico border next week as part of an expansion and modernization project at San Ysidro Port of Entry, federal officials advised Tuesday. From 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. Monday and Tuesday, I-5 will be shut down between state Route 905 and the port of entry, and the comparable section of I- 805 will be closed over the same hours next Tuesday and Wednesday, according to the U.S. General Services Administration. The Camino de la Plaza southbound I-5 freeway onramp also will be shut down on the four nights. Over the period, traffic will be detoured away from the interstate undergoing improvements — including lane striping and installation of roadway signage — onto the other one, the federal agency reported. The GSA advised travelers heading to the border during the project hours to plan ahead for potential delays, monitor traffic reports and watch for signs announcing changes to freeway patterns on the affected roadways. The border port will remain open to vehicular and pedestrian traffic entering Mexico during the…

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