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Pilot Confirmed Dead After Navy Jet Crashes in Death Valley

The U.S. Navy confirmed Thursday that the pilot of the F/A-18E Super Hornet that crashed Wednesday in Death Valley National Park died as a result of the crash. “The Navy has confirmed that the pilot of the F/A-18E died in the crash,” U.S. Naval Air Forces said in a statement. Officials investigate the area in Death Valley National Park known as Star Wars Canyon on Aug. 1, 2019, a day after a military plane crashed there. (Credit: High Desert News) “The Navy mourns the loss of one of our own and our thoughts go out to the family and friends affected by this tragedy,” the statement continued. In accordance with Department of Defense policy the name of the pilot is being withheld for 24 hours to allow for family notification. The crash took place in Death Valley National Park at a spot known to aviation enthusiasts as Star Wars Canyon, according to park spokesman Patrick Taylor, who told CNN that seven visitors had suffered minor injuries as a result. As a general rule, military jets are not allowed to fly over national parks, but an…

Robert F. Kennedy’s Granddaughter, Saoirse Hill, Dies At 22

HYANNIS PORT, Mass. (AP) — Robert F. Kennedy’s granddaughter, Saoirse Kennedy Hill, has died, the family announced Thursday night. The Kennedy family’s statement followed reports of a death at the storied Kennedy Compound in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts. The statement was issued by Brian Wright O’Connor, a spokesman for Saoirse Hill’s uncle, former congressman Joseph P. Kennedy II. Hill was the daughter of Robert and Ethel Kennedy’s fifth child, Courtney, and Paul Michael Hill, who was one of four falsely convicted in the 1974 Irish Republican Army bombings of two pubs. “She lit up our lives with her love, her peals of laughter and her generous spirit,” the statement said, adding that she was passionate about human rights and women’s empowerment and worked with indigenous communities to build schools in Mexico. She attended Boston College, where she was a member of the class of 2020, the university confirmed to The Boston Globe. The family statement did not include a cause of death. The Cape & Islands district attorney’s office said Barnstable police responded to a home “for a reported unattended death” Thursday afternoon, according to a…

Julie Sisneros recognized for 29 years of service, retirement

RED BLUFF — Several Tehama County employees were in the audience Tuesday to bid farewell to Administrative Services Director Julie Sisneros, who was recognized by the Board of Supervisors for her 29 years of service and pending retirement. Her last day is Friday. Sisneros began her career as a seasonal firefighter for Cal Fire for four years where she met her husband Jesse. They married after she left firefighting and started her career with the county as an on-call typist in the Elections Department in August 1988. “(Firefighting) paid my way through Chico State,” Sisneros said. Sisneros was hired full-time in July 1990. From there, she moved to secretary for the Clerk-Recorder’s office in 1991 and was re-classified as Administrative Secretary in 1998. Sisneros continued her internal promotions, becoming a Staff Analyst in 1999 followed by Administrative Analyst in 2004. She promoted to Administrative Services Director in 2012. “I’ve worked with Julie for 14 years and she’s one of the first I met,” said Chief Administrator Bill Goodwin. “She has always treated all fairly and is a strong person. She is great with people and…

Demolition of former library to begin in the fall, paving way for jail expansion

RED BLUFF — A contract for the demolition of the former Tehama County Library site at 645 Madison St. in Red Bluff has been approved and work to make way for the proposed jail expansion is expected to begin within the next two months. A $115,000 contract with Resource Environmental was approved at the July 23 Tehama County Board of Supervisors meeting and any and all change orders will be brought back to the supervisors. Pictured is the former Tehama County Library at 645 Madison St. in Red Bluff.(Julie Zeeb — Daily News) “We have not worked with this company before, but I have heard good things about them and we’d like to get the job underway,” said Administrative Services Director Julie Sisneros. The company is based in Fresno, but is staged out of an office in Woodland, said Staff Analyst Tom Provine. “There is no start date yet, but it will be at least two to three weeks after approval to get the documents in place and another two weeks to get them on-site,” Provine said. “From there, they have 30 days for the…

Don’t let waste-reduction drop off during summer

During summertime it is easy to let your waste-reduction practices fall by the wayside as you enjoy your family gatherings and outings to the lakes and rivers. The Tehama County Solid Waste Management Agency is here to help reduce what you send to the landfill and to help enhance your recycling and reuse habits. Here are a few tips to get you started: Choose to reuse. Pack food in reusable containers and bags. Encourage Recycling by placing designated bins marked “cans and bottles” at your gathering. If you are having a large gathering, the agency loans out recycling bins at no cost to help collect as much recyclable material as possible. Cut down on food waste by saving your tasty food for workweek lunches or giving some to your guests to take home. Reduce waste by providing markers for guests to label their cups. Nix disposable tableware and opt for cloth napkins and reusable dishes. Not only will it cut down on waste and save you money, but it will surely give your outdoor spread something extra. Don’t want to buy reusable dinnerware for large…

Westside Grange presents awards to members

Westside Grange 473 recently presented to its members Certificates of Excellence for years of service. Two members, Jeri Vela and Rita Hooferd-Gaches, received their Certificates of Excellence and their 5-year Westside Grange pins. Kip Noyles, Jennie Leach, Doug Johnson, Sally Hallsmen, Leonard Cooper, June Cooper and Ruth Phillips received their Certificates of Excellence and their 10-year Westside Grange pins. Irma Richert and Sharlet Graham each received their Certificates of Excellence and their 50-year Westside Grange pin. Joe Gomez, Master Westside Grange 473, thank all members for their dedication and membership. Without them this Grange would not exist They are the grease that keeps the organization moving. The Grange supports Tehama County Sheriff’s K-9 unit, sponsors a dance with live music 7-10 p.m. each Wednesday and sponsors a yearly flea market. Twice each year the Grange holds a spaghetti dinner.

Raiders camp Day 5: Hunter Renfrow-Lamarcus Joyner a game within a game

NAPA — Jon Gruden told slot cornerback Lamarcus Joyner during offseason workouts that his pet project was rookie receiver Hunter Renfrow. And while the 5-foot-8, 185-pound Joyner and the 5-10, 185-pound Renfrow isn’t a training camp matchup to move mountains on the order of 730 pounds worth of Trent Brown (380) vs. Justin Ellis (350), the daily battles could go a long way toward bringing out the best in both men and benefit both sides of the ball. Renfrow, a fifth-round draft pick from Clemson, has enjoyed a productive five practices and early indications are he has a legitimate shot to be the third receiver along with new acquisitions Antonio Brown and Tyrell Williams. “I’m in a lucky position because I get to go against one of the best nickel corners in the game, and being able to get against him every day I feel will make me better,” Renfrow said Thursday as the Raiders resumed practice after a day off. “If I can get open against him, I feel like I can get open against most anybody.” And Renfrow is getting open. More often…

Big Pictures: Photos from the Eureka Street Art Festival

Don’t forget to look up while you’re roaming the streets of Old Town this week. The Eureka Street Art Festival is in full swing, with artists working at lofty heights on their large-to-massive outdoor images. Some 20 artists, 11 of them county locals and another 9 from around the world, are working on some 19 murals around town, as well as the installation of six sculptures.   There are tours and events throughout the week, and a cityscape that’s gradually getting more colorful every day. Take a tour, take a stroll and take in some art. As a preview, enjoy Zach Lathouris’ shots of some of the works in progress below. …

Away Games, Burgers and Cider

Eighteen down, one to go. The Humboldt Crabs swept the B52s in their penultimate series and it was one for the books. Tuesday evening, for the first time in history, the Crabs ventured south of the Samoa exit and met the B52s at Bomber Field. And boy, was it bumping. The place was packed to capacity and then some by 6:30 p.m., the beer line longer than the wait at Space Mountain. We probably ate three full cows worth of Bomber Burgers — the most American dish ever created, a cheeseburger with grilled cheese sandwiches for buns (see “The Bomber” for a more in-depth review). It is the truest expression of gluttony and ingenuity I’ve ever put in my mouth. You have to try it. It was so weird to see the Crabs bat first, like oversleeping a nap and waking up in the dark, unsure what time it is or what planet you’re on. But the Crabs weren’t groggy in the least and forced a rocky start for B52 pitcher Keegan Beebe. They took him deep into the count at every opportunity and were…

Record heat waves might have made July the hottest month ever recorded

There has never been a hotter month recorded on Earth than this July, with meteorologists warning that temperatures could even exceed the record set in July 2016. Global average temperatures for July are on par with and possibly higher than those in July 2016, when the planet experienced extreme warming, according to preliminary data for July 1-29 released by the Copernicus Climate Change Programme, known as C3S, which analyzes temperature data from around the planet. The final data will be released Monday. Freja Vamborg, senior scientist at Copernicus, which is a part of the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, said the global average temperature for July 1-29 is estimated at 16.6 degrees Celsius (61.88 degrees Fahrenheit), rivaling the July 2016 record of 16.67 degrees Celsius (62 Fahrenheit). According to Vamborg, temperatures over the past 12 months are “very similar” to those recorded between July 2015 and June 2016, when the world was in the throes of one of the strongest El Niño events on record. El Niño events are characterized by warming of the ocean waters in the Pacific Ocean and have a pronounced warming effect on the…

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