Warming Rivers In US West Killing Fish, Imperiling Industry

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Baby salmon are dying by the thousands in one California river, and an entire run of endangered salmon could be wiped out in another. Fishermen who make their living off adult salmon, once they enter the Pacific Ocean, are sounding the alarm as blistering heat waves and extended drought in the U.S. West raise water temperatures and imperil fish from Idaho to California. Hundreds of thousands of young salmon are dying in Northern California’s Klamath River as low water levels brought about by drought allow a parasite to thrive, devastating a Native American tribe whose diet and traditions are tied to the fish. And wildlife officials said the Sacramento River is facing a “near-complete loss” of young Chinook salmon due to abnormally warm water. A crash in one year’s class of young salmon can have lasting effects on the total population and shorten or stop the fishing season, a growing concern as climate change continues to make the West hotter and drier. That could be devastating to the commercial salmon fishing industry, which in California alone is worth $1.4 billion. The…

Homicide Detectives Investigate After Man Found Dead At Stockton Intersection

STOCKTON (CBS13) – Officers are searching for a suspect after a man was found dead at a Stockton intersection late Saturday night. The Stockton Police Department on Sunday said officers received reports at around 11:13 p.m. of a person down in the roadway near El Dorado and Church streets in the Seaport District. The victim, 33, was unresponsive and pronounced dead at the scene. Their identity remains unknown at this time. Details regarding what killed the man were not released, but Stockton police have ruled it a homicide. There was no information on a suspect. Anyone who may have been a witness or has information is asked to contact the Stockton Police Department.

California’s Largest Fire Torches Homes As Blazes Lash West

INDIAN FALLS, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire raging in rugged terrain in Northern California has destroyed multiple homes as the state’s largest fire intensifies and numerous other blazes batter the U.S. West. The Dixie fire had already destroyed over a dozen homes and other structures when it tore through the tiny community of Indian Falls, in Plumas County, on Saturday night. An updated damage estimate wasn’t immediately available. But fire officials say the blaze has charred more than 181,000 acres and is 20 percent contained. It’s burning in a rocky, remote area, hampering firefighters’ efforts as it expands eastward. Meanwhile, more than 2,200 crew members are working to corral the nation’s largest wildfire, Oregon’s Bootleg fire. It’s over 40% contained. (© Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Man Convicted Of 21 Counts Of Child Sex Abuse In Sacramento County

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – A jury convicted a man of possession of child pornography and 21 counts of committing lewd acts on a minor, the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office announced. Ismael Gonzalez-Rivas is scheduled to be sentenced on the morning of September 10 and faces multiple life sentences. Prosecutors said Gonzalez-Rivas had multiple victims. Eighteen of the lewd acts counts were with children under 14, while the remaining three involved a child aged 14 or 15. Gonzalez-Rivas began sexually assaulting one of the victims in 1999 when the child was only 6, the district attorney said Friday. That continued until 2002 when the child was 9. In 2005, Gonzalez-Rivas began sexually assaulting a second victim when they were 7 years old. That abuse went on for eight years. The district attorney said Gonzalez-Rivas often showed the second victim child pornography while abusing the child. In 2018, when they were adults, both of the victims reported the abuse. A search warrant of Gonzalez-Rivas’ home uncovered the child porn.

California Republicans Approve Recall Endorsement Process

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Republican Party cleared the way Saturday to potentially endorse a candidate among the 24 Republicans seeking the governorship in the upcoming recall election. The endorsement vote will take place virtually Aug. 7 and does not guarantee a candidate will win the nod, which would come with campaign cash and other party resources in the final weeks of the race. The party’s executive committee approved the process Saturday, despite objections from some delegates and candidates who argued it will divide the party and distract from the main goal of convincing enough voters to recall Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom. Ballots for the Sept. 14 election will start hitting mailboxes in mid-August. Voters will be asked two questions: Should Newsom be recalled and who should replace him? If half of voters want to recall him, the replacement candidate with the most votes becomes governor. Forty-six candidates are running to replace him. Top Republicans including former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, businessman John Cox, nationally syndicated radio host Larry Elder, celebrity Caitlyn Jenner, former Congressman Doug Ose and Assemblyman Kevin Kiley. To win…

Man Arrested In Galt For Alleged Homicide

GALT (CBS13) — A Galt man has been arrested after he reportedly shot and killed his wife following an argument late Friday. Just after 11 p.m., officers responded to a report of a shooting in the 10000 block of Walnut Avenue, according to the Galt Police Department. When officers arrived, they say they found a 65-year-old woman with a gunshot wound inside a residence. She was pronounced dead on scene. During the preliminary investigation, officers determined that the woman and her husband, later identified as 56-year-old Agustin Granados Camacho, were in a verbal argument. After the argument, Camacho reportedly followed his wife into another room and shot her. He then fled into a nearby orchard and fired one shot from a shotgun, police said. Following a search that included assistance from the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office, Elk Grove Police Department and CHP Air Operations, Camacho surrendered to SWAT officers. A loaded shotgun later found to be reported stolen was recovered where he was taken into custody, according to police. Camacho was taken into custody and booked into the Sacramento County Jail on charges of murder,…

Firefighters Contain Two Barn Fires In Galt

GALT (CBS13) — Two barns were destroyed in a Saturday morning fire along Orr Road in Galt. An additional quarter acres of dry grass also caught fire and was extinguished, according to firefighters from the Cosumnes Fire Department. The fire was reported around 11:15 a.m. No residences were damaged, and there were no injuries to civilians or firefighters. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

NCJ Preview: Vax Efforts as COVID-19 Spreads and Restaurant Transformations

Humboldt’s COVID-19 numbers are climbing. We’re talking about how vaccination, the Delta variant are impacting people in our county. On a hopeful note, we’ve got a cover story on vaccination fairs and True North’s efforts to reach out to the local Latinx community, sometimes one person at a time. And we’ve got the story of how a pair of restaurants with long histories and strong followings — Gallagher’s Irish Pub and Mazzotti’s on the Plaza — are reinventing themselves in a new spot and the old one, respectively. Hit subscribe for weekly updates on Humboldt stories.  …

County Recommends Masking in All Indoor Public Spaces

Humboldt County Public Health is recommending that everyone once again mask in public, indoor spaces amid a rise in spread of the Delta variant. Humboldt now joins 25 other California counties in making the recommendation, while Los Angeles County has gone a step further and re-imposed its mask mandate as it faces renewed concerns about hospital capacity. Locally, Humboldt County is coming off one of its worst weeks of virus spread since the post-holiday surge in January, having confirmed 169 cases with a test-positivity rate of 11.9 percent. The press release announcing the masking recommendation describes it as “an extra precautionary measure” for those who are fully vaccinated, one that also “ensures easy verification that all unvaccinated people are masked in those settings,” as is still required by the state. “We still have many unvaccinated people in our community who are vulnerable to serious illness from this virus,” Health Director Sofia Pereira said in a press release, referring to the 45 percent of local residents who remain unvaccinated. “Masking is a reasonable precaution we can all take in light of our recent case rate increase…

SMUD Restores Power After Major Outage In Rio Linda and Natomas

SACRAMENTO COUNTY (CBS13)  – Power has been restored to several thousand SMUD customers in Northern Sacramento County on Friday night. On its website, SMUD.org, the utility reported that an unplanned outage left at least 24,000 customers in Rio Linda and North Natomas without electricity. Early Monday morning, SMUD reported that power had been restored. The cause of the outage has not been made known.  

Heart-Stopping Video Shows Crews Inside Tamarack Fire Lines, Escaping An Intense Spot Fire

ALPINE COUNTY (CBS13) – Heart-stopping video from inside the fire lines. A close call for a crew who nearly gets trapped—while fighting the Tamarack Fire. A Truckee Meadows Fire and Rescue crew had to get out fast. Flames raged on both sides of the road as the engine continued its escape route. (credit: Truckee Meadows Fire Protection Dist.) In the video, you can see a mixture of smoke and embers glowing across the windshield. Adam Mayberry with the department says this video illustrates the most dangerous ingredients for a perfect storm, wild winds, heavy fuels, and difficult terrain. Still, the crew stayed focused. “There was a calm sense of urgency they knew what they had to do,” he said. “In this case, their training paid off.”

Public Health Confirms 44 New COVID-19 Cases, Capping County’s Worst Week Since January

Humboldt County Public Health confirmed 44 new COVID-19 cases today — making 169 for the week, the highest weekly tally since late January and a more than doubling of last week’s total of 84. It’s the highest single-day total since mid-May. One new hospitalization was also reported today and, according to a state database, 13 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 locally, including two under intensive care. Today’s cases were confirmed after laboratories processed 393 samples with a test positivity rate of 11.2 percent. Statewide, the test-positivity rate over the past seven days sits at 4.1 percent — the highest since February — which is dwarfed by the local rate of 11.9 percent over the same period, which is the highest Humboldt County has seen at any point in the last year. The county also confirmed Wednesday that two of the county’s then 222 hospitalizations and none of its 53 COVID-related deaths recorded to date were so-called “breakthrough cases” confirmed in fully vaccinated individuals. In today’s press release, the county reminded that the data is incredibly clear that the vaccines are effective in preventing serious…

Public Health Warns of Toxic Blue-Green Algae in Local Rivers

Humboldt County Public Health officials are reminding local residents to be on the lookout for harmful algal blooms after a person fell ill after spending time in the South Fork Eel River north of Weott and a dog reportedly died after algae exposure on the Trinity River east of Willow Creek. The state is currently taking water samples on the South Fork Eel River and will post warning signs on the shore, while Trinity County health officials and the state Water Resources Control Board warned that samples from the Trinity River tested positive for cyanobacteria, commonly referred to as blue-green algae. “Cyanobacteria can be present in any fresh water body and looks like green, blue-green, white or brown scum, foam or mats floating on the water,” a press release states. “Warm water and abundant nutrients can cause algae to grow more rapidly than usual and these floating algal masses or ‘blooms’ can produce natural toxins that are potent and dangerous. Dogs and children are most likely to be affected because of their smaller body size and tendency to stay in the water for longer periods.…

Matthew Evan Yadley: 1967-2021

Experimental chef and co-owner of Hurricane Kate’s restaurant in Old Town Eureka (he once created a satiric menu for an imaginary restaurant called Pilfer’s); X-ray technician in Eugene, Oregon; self-proclaimed gonzo philosopher — in the tradition of Hunter S. Thompson — and social critic; artist; fire juggler and knife thrower; practitioner of yoga. All these designations help us remember Matt Yadley. Matt was raised in southern California, and as he began to explore spirituality he lived with like-minded companions in Topanga Canyon. Continuing to pursue higher consciousness, he studied at University of California at Santa Cruz before heading farther north to Arcata. His closest circle of friends were associated with Tin Can Mailman and other bookstores. He was most often at home in nature, particularly at the Trinidad beaches and along the Trinity River, and the McKenzie River in Oregon. Matt is survived by his father Richard; sisters Jessica, Kady and Gwynne, and twin brother Jason; stepmothers Joy Yadley and Jayn Hunter; and brother-in-law Bill Raggio. The public is invited to attend a potluck memorial on Moonstone Beach, Tuesday, August 10 at 4 p.m. Please…

Drive-in Movie Fun at Redwood Acres

Big Picture Movies presents The Majestic (2001) on Saturday, July 24 at 9 p.m. (gates at 7:45 p.m.) in the big lot across from Redwood Acres Fairgrounds. Filmed in Ferndale and other local spots, the Jim Carey/Martin Landau historical drama/romance is a sweet story about mistaken identity in a small town in 1951. There are plenty of local landmarks to captivate you but the film itself does a pretty good job of that on its own. The show starts at sundown with audio on FM radio. Please note all screenings are weather dependent and could be postponed due to rain or high winds. Get tickets online at www.bigpicturemovies.com.…

Major Injury Crash Closes Part Of Mack Road In Sacramento

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A major injury crash has a major south Sacramento road closed early Friday morning. Sacramento police say Mack Road remains closed between Franklin Boulevard and Brookfield Drive. Officers are investigating the crash, but no other details about what happened have been released. Drivers are being asked to find alternate routes. Traffic Advisory: Mack Rd is closed between Franklin Blvd and Brookfield Dr as units investigate a serious injury collision. Please plan for alternate routes. This thread will be updated when the roadway reopens. pic.twitter.com/lDkabMiw9T — Sacramento Police (@SacPolice) July 23, 2021 No estimated time of reopening for Mack Road has been given at this point. Updates to follow.

‘What’s Changed Is The Delta Variant’: Parents Sue State Over School Mask Mandates As Infectious Disease Experts Ask For Data-Based Mask Metric

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Two groups of parents from across the state filed a lawsuit on Thursday, suing the governor and the California Department of Public Health over school mask mandates and other COVID protocols. In light of the growing Delta variant, even some who once supported their fight are now recommending masks in schools to start the year. However, a growing number of infectious disease experts from across the county are urging health officials to set a data-based threshold for school masking, with a clear endpoint based on low community transmission. ALSO READ: Parents Plan To Sue California Over School COVID Mandates: The Science Behind Their Fight Northern California parents from the Re-open California Schools Facebook group filed a joint lawsuit with the Southern California-based Let Them Breathe group that successfully sued the state to reopen schools. In addition to challenging the state’s quarantines and asymptomatic testing guidance, the complaint calls on the state to end school mask mandates. It asks the court to find the state’s current school mask guidance, “invalid and unlawful to the extent (the state) treat(s) it as mandatory for all…

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