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Cal/OSHA Emergency Regulations to Protect Workers from COVID-19 in Effect

Sacramento December 1, 2020 – Cal/OSHA’s emergency regulations requiring employers to protect workers from hazards related to COVID-19 are now in effect, following their approval yesterday by the Office of Administrative Law. “These are strong but achievable standards to protect workers. They also clarify what employers have to do to prevent workplace exposure to COVID-19 […]

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The year the West was burning: How the 2020 wildfire season got so extreme

The 2020 wildfire season has been shattering records across the West. Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images Mojtaba Sadegh, Boise State University; Ata Akbari Asanjan, NASA, and Mohammad Reza Alizadeh, McGill University December 1, 2020 – More than 4 million acres of California went up in flames in 2020 – about 4% of the state’s land […]

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Democratic Health Leaders Blast Trump Administration for Latest Attempted Sabotage of the Affordable Care Act

December 1, 2020 – Today, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-MA), House Education and Labor Committee Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-VA), Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA), and Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron […]

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Wilderness Permit Reservations for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Moving to

SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. December 1, 2020 — Beginning in 2021, overnight visitors to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks wilderness areas will be able to make their quota season wilderness permit reservations using the website This will replace the old system, by which reservations were submitted by email and processed manually. provides trip planning and reservation services for public lands nationwide, and using it for wilderness […]

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The Humane Society urges Interior Secretary to abandon wild horse surgical sterilization plan

Dec. 1, 2020 – In an unprecedented move over the weekend, the Bureau of Land Management began gathering and removing wild horses from land in Utah with the intent to use an invasive surgical procedure to remove the ovaries of select mares. The Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society Legislative Fund […]

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Chairman Schiff Statement on Bill Barr’s Appointment of a Special Counsel

Washington, DC, December 1, 2020 – Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement: More than eighteen months after Bill Barr first appointed John Durham to ‘investigate the investigators’ as part of an effort to distract from the President’s Russia and Ukraine related misconduct, […]

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The National Endowment For The Arts Big Read In Nevada County Presents Nevada County Reads and Writes

Nevada City, Calif. December 1, 2020 – The Nevada County Community Library will present Nevada County Reads & Writes in celebration of The Round House by Louise Erdrich from February 8th through March 27th, 2021. Copies of The Round House are available now at all library branches for curbside or front door pickup, and local […]

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Nevada County Office of Emergency Services Advocates for Rural Counties at Legislative Hearing

Nevada City, CA December 1, 2020 – While there has been some rain recently, much of the State, including Nevada County, is in a drought and the threat of Wildfire still exists. On Monday the 30th of November, California’s Joint Legislative Committee on Emergency Management, comprised of twelve Assembly Members and Senators from across the […]

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Missing lynx: Advocates challenge Feds’ refusal to prepare recovery plan

December 1, 2020 – Today, a coalition of conservation organizations filed a complaint in federal court challenging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (the Service’s) decision to forgo recovery planning for threatened Canada lynx.   Recovery plans are important tools required by the Endangered Species Act, often referred to as the “roadmap” for conservation because […]

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Persistent dry weather with patchy morning frost

December 1, 2020 – Persistent dry weather will continue with mostly clear skies and above average high temperatures. Breezy north to east winds are expected into Wednesday. Discussion Clear skies cover the region early this morning. North and east surface pressure gradients have been tightening since Monday evening, and the MFR-SAC gradient is up to […]

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Happening Now – December 2020

Happening Now brings community news, updates and announcements throughout the day. See a road closure? A smoke plume? Weather-related mishap? Email us at or call 530-478-9600. Or text 530-409-9888, but please don’t text or call while driving. December 2, 2020 at 7:44 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada and Sierra counties. […]

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More than 12,200 chemicals can be used in materials and articles coming in contact with food worldwide

Brussels, November 30, 2020 – The first publicly available database providing an overview of the chemicals that can be used in the processing of food contact materials and articles was released today [1], accompanied by a peer-reviewed scientific article [2]. The database has been compiled by a group of eminent scientists in the field, based […]

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Report: Global Military Leaders Urge Brazil to Make Climate Change and Counter-Deforestation a “Security Priority”

Washington, DC, November, 30 2020 –  The Expert Group of the International Military Council on Climate and Security (IMCCS) released a new report today urging Brazilian leaders to make climate change and counter-deforestation a “security priority,” and to “climate-proof” the nation’s security. The IMCCS is a group of senior military leaders, security experts, and security institutions across the globe – currently […]

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Mt. Howell Vegetation Management Project

Auburn November 30, 2020 – Smoke may be visible in Colfax and surrounding communities beginning Monday, November 30th, 2020 and may be visible through this week. CAL FIRE/Placer County Fire Department is implementing a live fire operation on the Mt. Howell Fire Lookout State property in Placer County near Colfax. Weather conditions permitting, the burn […]