Living on a Thin Line

I’m a little confused lately and I’m not the only one. Now that things have opened up again, and I did my civic duty and got the jab, what’s the plan? I find myself oscillating between going maskless and fancy-free until I read something about the Delta variant and go back to covering up for a hot minute. How about you, what do you think, dear reader? I see that the mask-optional rules in businesses are built entirely on a premise of the honor system, which is not a traditionally strong bulwark against bad behavior (in this country at least). And it isn’t like the pandemic has just gone away. People are still getting sick. I saw an advertisement for the coming summer Olympics this week and I’ll be honest, it felt like something from the first act of a horror film. I’ve been going to shows and events and afterward felt an uneasy, queasiness I can’t just chalk up to my alcohol intake. We are living in the hangover days of this pandemic and I can’t say for certain the troubles are receding. So…

Compleat Wrks Opens at NCRT

In 2020, Hell itself breathed out contagion to the world, thus shutting down North Coast Repertory Theatre’s Hamlet on the very eve of its opening night. Thankfully, cast, crew and theater persevered, and have set the stage for the return of their production July 31-Aug. 22. But before that, you have a chance to brush up on your Shakespeare with the Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged) (Revised), a 90-minute “madcap romp of every one of Shakespeare’s plays,” opening this weekend at NCRT. Catch performances Friday, July 23 and Saturday, July 24, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, July 25 at 2 p.m. ($18, $16). Tickets are limited to 50 percent capacity and available by reservation only — no sales at the door. Proof of vaccination or proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test is required at the door. Performances run Friday through Sunday, through Aug. 1. Tickets are available online at www.ncrt.net, or by calling 707 442-NCRT.…

‘These People Came Into His Residence’: Yolo County Homeowner Shoots Home Intruders, Killing 1

GUINDA (CBS13) – A burglary in Yolo County didn’t go as planned for intruders. Two people attempted to break into a house just north of Guinda when the armed homeowner shot them. One suspect died the other survived. The Yolo County Sheriff’s Office said the homeowner saw headlights in his driveway Tuesday night. “He did not go out to confront these people. He stayed in the house, and eventually, these people came into the residence,” said Lt. Gary Hallenbeck with the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office. The intruders didn’t see it coming. “The homeowner ended up firing his weapon at them,” Lt. Hallenbeck said. “On face value, it points to that self-defense side.” Hallenbeck said the homeowner was already on edge Tuesday night. “He had been gone a couple days and he realized there had been a break-in at his house, where a firearm had been stolen from his residence,” he said. Investigators say it’s unclear if the same suspects committed both burglaries. When first responders flooded this small town road, the homeowner was cooperating with deputies. “It does happen, but to the point of where…

Sisters Arrested After Dropping Off 2 Young Children At Placer County Fire Station, Then Leaving

ALTA (CBS13) — A pair of sisters from Reno were arrested after they reportedly left two young children at a fire station in Placer County, then kept on driving. The Placer County Sheriff’s Office says the sisters pulled up at the Cal Fire station in the community of Alta on Tuesday. Two children, age 2 and 4, were then dropped off and the pair left. One of the station’s employees was able to take a photo of the pair’s car as they drove away. Deputies located the sisters in Roseville later that afternoon. They had another child – an 8-year-old – with them at the time, the sheriff’s office says. The sisters were then arrested on child endangerment charges. They have been identified as 47-year-old Ananda Bowman and 45-year-old Chanda Cleveland. Deputies say Cleveland is the grandmother of the two children dropped off in Alta and the mother of the 8-year-old. She reportedly had custody of all three at the time the two children were left at the station. California has a safe surrender law that allows a parent or whoever holds custody of a…

Driver Killed In Fiery Crash Along I-80 In Placer County

APPLEGATE (CBS13) – Officers are investigating a deadly freeway crash that happened near the community of Applegate in Placer County, the California Highway Patrol said on Wednesday. (credit: California Highway Patrol Auburn) Auburn area CHP said the crash happened along eastbound I-80. The driver of a Mercedes sedan veered off the right shoulder and down an embankment where they hit a tree. The collision with the tree sparked a fire and the vehicle was fully engulfed in flames. The driver was the only person in the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene. Their identity has not yet been released. According to the CHP, the crash did not impact traffic on the freeway

Public Health Confirms 27 New COVID-19 Cases, Two New Hospitalizations

Humboldt County Public Health confirmed 27 new COVID-19 cases today — making 96 so far this week — as well as two new hospitalizations. Today’s cases — which come after the county confirmed 84 new cases last week amid a recent surge in virus activity — were confirmed after laboratories processed 106 samples with a test positivity rate of 25.4 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 14 percent over the same period. The county also confirmed yesterday 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. National, local and state officials maintain the vaccines are incredibly effective in preventing severe illness, hospitalizations and death. Nationally, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky said that more than 97 percent of the nearly 25,000 people currently hospitalized with the disease are unvaccinated, while U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy reported that 99.5 percent of recent COVID-19…

Photos: Baduwa’t Festival Gathers the People

Last Wednesday through Sunday, a memorable Baduwa’t Festival: A Gathering of the People (formerly known as the Mad River Festival) took place in Dadiqhoughuk (Blue Lake) at Dell’Arte’s outdoor performance spaces. To the chagrin of a few turned away at the door, a well-publicized policy required a vaccination card or proof of a recent negative COVID-19. See highlights of the events in the slideshow below. While I didn’t get to all the daily programs, I was interested in learning what the Dell’Arte International team would feature, in addition to using Wiyot names for the river and location, as it moves forward. The Opening Celebration highlighted its partnership with members of the Wiyot Tribe and Two Feathers Native American Family Services, along with acknowledgement of “the ancestral lands of the Wiyot Tribe and the interconnected relationship of community, land and the time we have together.” It was followed by a moving remembrance of Awok Gene Brundine, long-time DAI videographer, a silent candle-lit walk to the Baduwa’t (Mad River) and a virtual screening of director Michelle Hernandez’ film Douk. The film is a historical fiction drama based in the 1900s…

Baby Hippo Born At Cheyenne Mountain Zoo In Colorado Springs

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4) — The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is celebrating the birth of a baby hippopotamus! It’s the first hippo born at the zoo in Colorado Springs in 32 years — and officials say mom and baby appear to be healthy and bonding well. “With a final push, a little splash and some adorable baby hippo ear wiggles, 28-year-old Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Nile hippopotamus, Zambezi, welcomed her first calf,” zoo officials wrote on Facebook. (credit: Cheyenne Mountain Zoo) The calf was born at 1:57 p.m. on Tuesday. Zoo officials say the baby hippo popped up from underwater, bobbed up and down, and swam right over to meet its mom. (credit: Cheyenne Mountain Zoo) “It was an incredible moment to see this beautiful baby join our family,” said Philip Waugh, lead keeper at Water’s Edge: Africa. “Zambezi’s a first-time mom, but she knew just what to do. As soon as she delivered the calf, she turned around to greet it and started helping it to shallow water,” Waugh stated. “I’m so proud of her.” (credit: Cheyenne Mountain Zoo) Staff will continue monitoring the two hippos…

The Megadrought is Just One Factor Driving Up the Price of Your Bread

A perfect storm of trouble—extreme dry conditions, a volatile commodity market, and climbing expenses—have millers and bakers passing on rising costs to customers. Last spring, pandemic-related supply chain issues led to too little flour on supermarket shelves, just as cooped-up consumers turned to home baking for comfort. The problem was never a shortage of flour or wheat. Rather, the challenge involved a slow pivot to retail packaging, transportation and logistics delays, grocery store labor shortages, and panicked pandemic buying. This year, there’s new trouble. Historic drought conditions have already destroyed or damaged crops in the West, Northern Plains, and Southwest, key U.S. growing regions for certain types of wheat. According to a July 6 report from the USDA, approximately 98 percent of the country’s spring wheat production is in an area experiencing drought conditions.  Thanks to carryover inventory from 2020, there’s still plenty of wheat to go around. But the drought is just one of many factors playing havoc with the prices mills pay for wheat: Rising costs across supply chains, as well as volatile commodity grain markets exacerbated by drought conditions elsewhere in the…

2 Suspected Intruders Shot At Yolo County Home, 1 Dies

GUINDA (CBS13) — Deputies are investigating after two apparent intruders were shot, one of them fatally, at a property in Yolo County Tuesday night. The Yolo County Sheriff’s Office says, just after 9 p.m., deputies responded to a home along County Road 45 in the Guinda area for a reported shooting. At the scene, deputies found two people were hurt. One of those shooting victims was pronounced dead at the scene, deputies say; the other person was taken to the hospital with a serious injury. Deputies say the property owner shot the two people, who are believed to have been intruders. The name of the person killed has not been released at this point in the investigation.

Two Sacramento Women Killed in Two Weeks: What’s Behind Apparent Increase In Domestic Abuse?

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – A deadly shooting in Sacramento County may be another sign of an increase in domestic violence as we come out of the pandemic. A woman was shot and killed inside an apartment in the Arden area Tuesday Morning. Neighbors say she was the victim of domestic violence. It’s believed to be the second deadly domestic violence case in Sacramento County in as many weeks—an apparent trend we’ve been seeing for months. Last week, a 19-year-old was found dead inside an apartment near Sac State. Homicide investigators haven’t released details – but her family posted resources for domestic abuse victims in their tributes to her online. A string of officer-involved shootings in May were also linked to domestic disputes. According to the experts, there has been an increase in domestic violence cases as we start to come out of the pandemic. One significant contributor, they say, is the increased freedom as we emerge from the pandemic. Studies show domestic violence calls for help increased substantially during the pandemic, but now that we’re coming out of it, experts say abuse increasing even more. “So…

Newsom Administration Appoints Special Counsel For California Unemployment Fraud

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration on Tuesday tapped a former federal prosecutor to help investigate billions of dollars in fraudulent unemployment benefits paid by the state. The Employment Development Department and the governor’s Office of Emergency Services Fraud Task Force have named McGregor W. Scott as “fraud special counsel.” The agencies said Scott will work with law enforcement to combat fraud and prosecute people accused of bilking the government. Scott was the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of California under former Republican presidents George W. Bush and Donald Trump. The district covers 34 counties from the Oregon border to Bakersfield in the Central Valley. While U.S. attorney, Scott and several county prosecutors revealed the state had approved hundreds of millions of dollars in unemployment benefits in the names of prison inmates, including some convicted murderers on death row. “State unemployment systems last year were under attack by sophisticated international and domestic organized fraud schemes,” Scott said. “We look forward to working with EDD, Cal OES, and local, state, and federal prosecutors to identify, investigate and prosecute those who stole benefits that rightly…

Public Health Confirms 23 New COVID-19 Cases, Three New Hospitalizations

Humboldt County Public Health confirmed 23 new COVID-19 cases today — making 69 already this week — as well as three new hospitalizations, including one of a resident in their 40s. Today’s cases — which come after the county confirmed 84 new cases last week amid a recent surge in virus activity — were confirmed after laboratories processed 171 samples with a test positivity rate of 13.5 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 10.5 percent over the same period. The county also confirmed today that two of its 222 hospitalizations and none of its 53 COVID-related deaths recorded to date were so-called “breakthrough cases” confirmed in fully vaccinated individuals. National, local and state officials maintain the vaccines are incredibly effective in preventing severe illness, hospitalizations and death. Nationally, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky said that more than 97 percent of the nearly 25,000 people currently hospitalized with the disease are unvaccinated, while U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy reported that…

San Joaquin County Latest To Issue Mask Recommendation To All As Delta Variant Spreads

STANISLAUS COUNTY (CBS13) – San Joaquin County is the latest in Northern California to recommend all residents, even if fully vaccinated, wear masks indoors in public settings amid an increase in coronavirus Delta variant cases. County health officials said the Delta variant was first detected in the county in May, and current cases have more than doubled since just last week. On July 1, 25 people were hospitalized with COVID in the county. As of July 20, the county said that number grew to 56. During that same timeframe, the positive case rate grew from 4.9 to 8 per 100,000 residents. Everyone in the county is advised to mask up indoors in public spaces like grocery stores, theaters and retails shops. “The best protection we have against COVID-19 is vaccination. Masking provides an additional layer of protection for both the wearer and those around them,” said San Joaquin County Public Health Officer Dr. Maggie Park. “We know fully vaccinated people are well protected even from the Delta variant and are unlikely to experience severe disease, but they can still get and transmit COVID.” San Joaquin…

Former State Employee Sues California Treasurer Fiona Ma For Sexual Harassment

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – A former state employee is suing California Treasurer Fiona Ma for sexual harassment, wrongful termination and racial discrimination. The lawsuit claims Ma exposed her backside to Judith Blackwell—a former California tax official—while they shared a hotel room. It also says Ma gave Blackwell gifts including jewelry and edible marijuana. The suit also claims Blackwell—who is Black—was fired in January after having a stroke and was replaced by a “less-qualified caucasian female.” Ma is denying the allegations.

Oakland Approves Terms For New $12B Ballpark But A’s Aren’t Happy

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP/CBS13) — The Oakland City Council on Tuesday approved preliminary terms for a new $12 billion waterfront ballpark project for the Oakland Athletics, but it’s unclear if the vote will be enough to keep the baseball team at the negotiating table instead of leaving the San Francisco Bay Area city. The 6-1 vote backed the proposal that requires the development to include affordable housing, tenant protections and environmental measures, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. Mayor Libby Schaaf and council leaders said the vote marks a milestone in negotiations, despite city officials being able to reach a deal with the team in last-minute negotiations. “This is the path to keeping the A’s rooted in Oakland in a way that protects our port and taxpayers and will produce the benefits our community demands and deserves,” the city leaders said in a statement. But A’s President Dave Kaval said the financial terms do not work for the team. “To vote on something we have not been privy to and not had time to digest is a difficult thing for us. It’s hard to understand how that is…

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