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Firefighters Conduct Live-Fire Drill Off Elkhorn Boulevard

With the new wildfire in SoCal, it’s proof California fire season is extending into the holiday season. And that’s why firefighters are constantly training to be on the ready this morning they had a unique opportunity. Dozens of firefighters were part of a live-fire training drill this morning off at a home along Elkhorn Boulevard. The house was donated for the exercise. Officials say an actual structure is better than a shipping container—typically used at their practice facility because they can train on ventilating the roof to let out gases and smoke and they can conduct a simulated search for a victim going room to room. And this year—they need to be ready. Due to dry conditions, they are still seeing wildfires. Capt. Frank Villalpando with Sacramento Fire said “There’s always a possibility to have a fire in December. The fire conditions in California this time of year are such that you can’t let your guard down. Our crews are always ready, but we can always learn a little bit. We have a saying. We’re never too old on the job to learn something new…

NCJ Preview: Frankovich’s Farewell and Farm to School Nutrition

This week we’re talking about Teresa Frankovich’s last day as public health officer for Humboldt County and where our COVID-19 numbers are headed. We’ll look at how Humboldt ramped up its testing capacity and plans for expanding. And find out how Humboldt County Office of Education is getting locally farmed product into schools. Hit subscribe for weekly updates on stories from the North Coast Journal. …

Large COVID-19 Outbreak at Granada Rehab and Wellness Facility

Humboldt County Public Health has confirmed a COVID-19 outbreak of 30 people at the Granada Rehab and Wellness skilled nursing facility in Eureka. One employee and 29 residents have tested positive for the novel coronavirus at the 87-bed facility. The outbreak was detected by a recent routine state-required COVID-19 testing after a staff member tested positive public health then expanded the test to every person in the facility, which has turned up 29 positive cases so far. “Experts in infection control from Public Health and CDPH are assisting the facility in containing the outbreak, including on-site support. Public Health will provide ongoing testing of all staff and residents and additional expertise as needed,” the release states. Humboldt County Deputy Health Officer Dr. Josh Ennis said this outbreak shows how difficult it is to keep the vulnerable safe from COVID-19 infections once community transmission becomes widespread. “We have a level of disease circulating right now that compromises our ability to conserve our hospital beds and ultimately protect the vulnerable,” he said in the release. Toward the end of May, Alder Bay Assisted Living Facility in Eureka…

In praise of Stansberry

Editor: It was very fulfilling to see an article again by Linda Stansberry, “Changing Territory.” Linda has been on this subject of homelessness in Humboldt County for years and she does her homework as displayed in her article. This is a very important subject and one that must be addressed as it is not getting better and with the COVID-19 pandemic it is going to get much worse. We need articles by Linda Stansberry to keep us awake and up to date on this very important subject. Dave Rosso, Eureka…

2020 Holiday light displays across San Diego County

Every year homes are adorned with lights but some residents in San Diego County go above and beyond with their holiday decorations. Below is a list of those homes: BANKERS HILL- The Founders House (1st& Ivy) OCEANSIDE- coming soon..   This list is not complete, it is being updated daily. So tune in for more holiday homes. Categories: Local San Diego News

State Sen. Andres Borgeas demands transparency after Newsom orders more shutdowns

SACRAMENTO (KUSI) – Senate Sen. Andres Borgeas (R-CA 8th State Sen. District) recently delivered two letters to Governor Newsom requesting he make fundamental adjustments to the existing Blueprint for a Safer Economy and provide imperative data relating to mental health statistics, the achievement gap, domestic violence, and child abuse since the governor’s shutdown order in March. After Governor Newsom announced plans for a “regional stay-at-home order” that will be implemented in areas running low on intensive-care unit beds. Newsom’s order would be triggered when ICU bed availability in a select region falls below 15%. Although no region met that criteria as of Thursday, Newsom said the Southern California region could meet it in a matter of days. Unlike the state’s four-tiered coronavirus monitoring system, which grades every county individually, the new stay-at-home order will apply more broadly to five “regions” in the state: Southern California, the Bay Area, the greater Sacramento area, Northern California and the San Joaquin Valley. Senate Sen. Andres Borgeas (R-CA 8th State Sen. District) is demanding transparency after Governor Newsom’s most recent announcement. Borgeas joined KUSI’s Good Evening San Diego to react…

Pasadena church to seek court order allowing indoor worship after high court orders reexamination of restrictions

Lawyers for a church with more than 160 congregations across California said they would seek an immediate court order Thursday allowing indoor worship after the Supreme Court told a lower federal court to reexamine state coronavirus restrictions on church services. The apparent victory for Pasadena-based Harvest Rock Church and Harvest International Ministry follows a recent high court ruling in favor of churches and synagogues in New York. Attorney Mathew Staver, who represents the church, said he expected a swift order from a Los Angeles federal judge blocking Gov. Gavin Newsom’s order to close most indoor worship in most counties. He said the high court’s actions would also lead other churches to challenge COVID-19 health orders. “The bottom line result is that where the court needs to go is inevitable,” Staver said. “What the court did last week and what they did today, it’s a whole new landscape and I think they’ve telegraphed quite clearly the direction they’re going.” Last week, the Supreme Court split 5-4 in holding that New York could not enforce certain limits on attendance at churches and synagogues. Eugene Volokh, a law professor…

Australian family returns home to find koala in their Christmas tree

An Australian family found an unusual addition to their Christmas tree decorations Wednesday – nestled among the lights and ornaments was a live koala. The misguided marsupial apparently slipped into the McCormicks’ Aidelaide home while the doors were open and scaled the tree after they left that afternoon, shutting the doors with the animal inside, according to The Guardian. When they got back around 6 p.m., the dog started sniffing near the tree and they noticed ornaments scattered on the floor – then they looked up and saw the koala. “It was pretty tangled up in the lights. It was a fake tree and very old but she still tried eating the leaves off it … I saw her munch down on some but she stopped when she realized it was plastic,” 16-year-old Taylah told The Guardian. Taylah named the unexpected Christmas tree resident Daphne. Mother Amanda McCormick said she initially thought it was a joke, or possibly one of her children’s stuffed animals. They called the Adelaide and Hills Koala Rescue, but even the operator didn’t take them seriously at first. “This evening our…

Ex-Newsom aide arrested after allegedly trying to suffocate 4-year-old with pillow in Napa

A former political advisor to Gov. Gavin Newsom and well-known Democratic strategist was arrested in October on charges of domestic violence and child abuse, including an alleged attempt to “suffocate” a 4-year-old child with a pillow, according to the Napa County Sheriff’s Office. Napa County Assistant Dist. Atty. Paul Gero said his office filed a two-count felony complaint Thursday against Nathan Ballard, 51, alleging domestic violence and child abuse following his Oct. 18 arrest. Ballard, who worked as Newsom’s communications director when Newsom was mayor of San Francisco, said in a recent Marin Magazine profile on Newsom and his wife, documentary filmmaker Jennifer Siebel Newsom, that he was a “longtime friend and advisor” to the governor. According to the Napa County sheriff, an unnamed woman alleged that Ballard, who she said had been under the influence of alcohol and marijuana, pushed her against a glass door Oct. 17, causing her head to strike the glass. Sheriff’s Office spokesman Henry Wofford said the woman told authorities that Ballard fell to the floor, bloodying his nose and forehead, then grabbed a pillow and “attempted to suffocate the child with…

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