Prime Cinemas to reopen for indoor screenings Friday

RED BLUFF— Moviegoers this Friday will have the option to watch films inside Prime Cinemas again. Tehama County advancing to the red, substantial, tier in the state’s system for COVID-19 pandemic restrictions will allow the movie theater to reopen for indoor screenings at 25 percent capacity. Co-owner and CEO Brian Young said the theater will be open Friday through Sunday with two sets of shows daily. One set of screenings will start around 2 p.m. and another after 6 p.m. All surfaces will need to be cleaned constantly. “Our goal is for people to see us cleaning, whether it is counter tops, door handles or, of course, cleaning all the seats once they have been used in a previous show,” Young said. Masks will be required the entire time patrons are in the building. Young said, similar to the policy restaurant are following, the only exception will be when a person is seated and they are eating or drinking. Social distancing is going to be followed, with every other row being blocked off in the auditorium. Young said the 25 percent capacity limit will help…

More Americans equals less wilderness

For decades, federal immigration laws have been a hot-button issue. Nearly 55 years ago, on October 3, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965. Although few could have imagined it at the time, the ensuing decades would be rife with contentious debates about immigration and its impact on U.S. society. Both expansionists and those who favor less immigration make compelling arguments. But, because the agenda-less U.S. Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey provides irrefutable data, few dispute immigration’s effect on population growth. Expansionists prefer not to talk about the link between immigration and population growth, but they dare not challenge it. In February, the Census Bureau projected that within the next four decades, about 75 million more people will live in the U.S., a total population of more than 400 million, up from the nation’s current 330 million. The Bureau attributes more than 85 percent of the 75 million increase to immigration, and births to immigrants. Yet expansionists keep proposing illogical arguments for more people. In California, the Victorville Daily Press published an op-ed written by Mario Lopez that advocated for more…

Autumn beauty can restore the better angels of our nature

Autumn has arrived – and it couldn’t come soon enough. I love this time of year – the brilliant colors, the chilly air, the sweet yet tart taste of apple cider, and the smell of oak burning in a firepit. I love childhood memories of Devil’s Night mischief and walking for miles on Halloween night to collect every last piece of free candy I could. Autumn brings calm, a sweet surrender to the inevitable turning of our seasonal cycle, when leaves fall and nature prepares for bitter cold just ahead. Whereas spring is about new life and fresh starts – and summer is about being youthful, playful, carefree, even reckless – autumn is about harvesting the hard-earned fruits of our labors and embracing the reality that all good things must come to an end. Autumn is a time of wisdom and reflection – a reminder from nature to stop taking ourselves so seriously. As the world around us explodes into brilliant colors, it’s impossible not to be affected. Autumn’s beauty is magnificent and moving. That beauty reminds us how small we are in the broader…

Corning High School to resume in-person classes Thursday

CORNING — Corning Union High School will resume in-person instruction Thursday after shifting to distance learning Monday because two students tested positive for the coronavirus. Superintendent Jared Caylor announced the return Tuesday afternoon through social media. Caylor said after being notified a student had tested positive for COVID-19, the school worked on a plan to remain open. The school was then informed another student had tested positive for the virus in a separate cohort group. One of the positive cases is old enough that the quarantine period ends after Wednesday, which allows a group of staff who were quarantined to return to campus. Caylor said an all call was issued to inform the students quarantined because of this case they can return to school. The second group of quarantined received an all call informing them they could return to school Sept. 29 if they were symptom-free, unless they have a negative test. Caylor said there is no evidence the cases were contracted on campus and the school has not seen campus spread. The school is doing testing to whether there has been any spread on…

Inside the Raiders: Why Jon Gruden waited so long to say he had coronavirus

Finally, it just spilled out. Jon Gruden is not a man who puts perceived slights in the rear-view mirror. So when the topic of mask-wearing came up Monday night, Gruden went ahead and told everyone what he thought they should know. “I had the virus, OK?” It was the last question Gruden took during a nine-minute post-game press conference after a 34-24 win over the New Orleans Saints. There were no followups. Just a lot of people who were reporting on a big Raiders win who suddenly had a surprise story dropped in their lap. When Gruden met the media on Zoom Tuesday, he wasn’t of a mind to be expansive about his experience with COVID-19. And if Gruden had heard the NFL would fine him $100,000 for not properly wearing a mask in violation of an NFL mandate, he didn’t volunteer the information. “I don’t want to get into it really,” Gruden said. “It wasn’t pleasant. It was reported that I made up that I had the virus and it really ticked me off, because I would never do something like that. But it’s…

Investigation Underway on Death of Firefighter Killed on El Dorado Fire as Community Mourns

We often hear about the brotherhood in the fire service, on Tuesday morning  it was on full display for Charles Morton, a 14 year veteran of the U.S. Forest service and leader of the elite firefighting crew, the Big Bear Hotshots. Morton was killed fighting the El Dorado Fire in Yucaipa. The procession of first responders made its way from San Bernardino to a mortuary in Orange County. As they mourn the loss of one of their own, an investigation into his death is underway.  Jodi Miller, the public information officer with the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department confirms their special investigations unit is looking into the death, “When the firefighter sadly lost his life fighting the fire, my department now became involved. It’s a multi pronged investigation, Cal Fire is looking into the cause and the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department is focusing on the tragedy.  “Detectives responded to the scene and are now conducting a death investigation,” says Miller.   The fire is still burning out of control, so far it’s burned over 22,500 acres, 16 homes and structures  have been damaged or destroyed and 13…

Local businesses excited to move into next reopening phase

The inside of Piero’s Pizzavino has been quiet for months, until today. Riverside County Health officials announced Tuesday afternoon that certain businesses can move into the next reopening phase. “We just got the news probably 15 minutes ago that we could open up. We’re scrambling to make sense of the inside of our restaurant and plan on being extremely busy today,” said Sheri Pierattoni, manager at Piero’s Pizzavino.  The jump comes as Riverside County data shows the COIVD positivity and case rate are trending in the right direction. “We continue to see numbers go down for hospitalizations. As of yesterday we had 131 COVID positive hospitalized, 47 in the ICU. That is down from the mid-July peak of 550 COVID positive hospitalized and 167 in the ICU,” said Bruce Barton, Emergency Management Department for Riverside County.  In the red tier, more indoor services are allowed to reopen. That includes: retail and malls at 50 percent capacity, personal care with specific modifications, museums and zoos at 25 percent capacity and gyms at 10 percent. “It allows us to bring back our personal training, and that, in…

Cindy McCain endorses Biden for president in rebuke of Trump

Cindy McCain endorsed Democrat Joe Biden for president Tuesday in a rebuke of President Donald Trump by the widow of the GOP’s 2008 nominee. Trump has had a fraught relationship with members of John McCain’s family since he disparaged the Arizona senator during his 2016 campaign. But the McCains have until now stopped short of endorsing Trump’s rivals. Cindy McCain cited the decadeslong friendship between her family and Biden’s and their bond as the parents of children serving in the military. “He supports the troops and knows what it means for someone who has served,” McCain said in a phone interview. “Not only to love someone who has served, but understands what it means to send a child into combat. We’ve been great friends for many years, but we have a common thread in that we are Blue Star families.” My husband John lived by a code: country first. We are Republicans, yes, but Americans foremost. There’s only one candidate in this race who stands up for our values as a nation, and that is @JoeBiden.— Cindy McCain (@cindymccain) September 22, 2020 McCain’s backing could…

Attorneys: Deputies shot Dijon Kizzee 15 times, including from behind and after he was down

Attorneys for the family of Dijon Kizzee say deputies did not try to deescalate or warn they would open fire before fatally shooting the 29-year-old Black man after chasing him down over a bicycle violation last month. Of the 19 shots the Los Angeles County deputies fired, 15 struck Kizzee, including seven when his back was toward the deputies, said attorney Carl Douglas in sharing results of an independent autopsy. “He was writhing on the ground in pain when officers opened up on him,” Douglas said at a news briefing Tuesday afternoon. “You can tell by the audio of the shooting that there were three or four shots and then a pause, and 15 additional shots followed after that.” Douglas says witnesses and the autopsy confirmed Kizzee was not holding a gun in his hand when the bullets struck him. Deputies have alleged he picked up a pistol before being shot. Several of the wounds could have been fatal but the 10th was the one that killed Kizzee, striking his left lung and causing it to fill with blood, Douglas said. Kizzee died at the…

UPS to hire 1,000 seasonal workers for Ontario facility, 100,000 temporary positions nationwide

UPS is looking to hire 100,000 seasonal employees for the holidays, including 1,000 temporary positions in the Ontario area, the shipping company announced Tuesday. The increase in the number of workers comes ahead of an anticipated spike in package volume that will begin next month and continue through January, according to a UPS news release. “We’re preparing for a record peak holiday season. The COVID-19 pandemic has made our services more important than ever,” Charlene Thomas, the chief human resources officer, said in a statement. The Ontario facility, located at 3480 Jurupa St., is looking to hire tractor-trailer and package car drivers, as well as package handlers for the seasonal work. The pay for drivers starts at $21 per hour, while package handlers will make at least $14.50 per hour, the release stated. While the jobs are temporary, UPS noted that 35% of package handlers were hired by the company for permanent jobs after the holidays. Nearly a third of the UPS workforce — about 123,000 employees — began as seasonal employees, according to the company. “At a time when millions of Americans are looking…

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