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Small Business Mask & Sanitizer Distribution Succeeds Thanks to Generous Nevada County Spirit

July 31, 2020 – In just 6 days, approximately 1,300 gallons of hand sanitizer and 314,000 surgical masks were given to more than 1,000 small businesses from Truckee to Penn Valley. The Nevada County spirit was on full display as volunteers from civic organizations, athletic clubs, service groups, chambers of commerce, special districts and local […]

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The coronavirus shock was historically large—and the bounceback has already likely stalled

Commerce department data released today confirmed what everybody already knew: gross domestic product collapsed faster in the second quarter of 2020 than it has in any other recorded quarter of U.S. history. (This data has been tracked quarterly since 1947.) The U.S. GDP, the widest measure of economic activity, contracted at a 32.9% annualized rate […]

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Iran: Leaked official letters reveal state denial of COVID-19 crisis in prisons

July 31, 2020 – Leaked official documents newly obtained by Amnesty International reveal that the Iranian government has ignored repeated pleas by senior officials responsible for managing Iran’s prisons for additional resources to control the spread of COVID-19 and treat infected prisoners. The organization reviewed copies of four letters signed by officials at Iran’s Prisons […]

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Mid-air collision claims lives of two air tanker pilots

July 30, 2020 – A mid-air collision involving two U.S. Department of the Interior-contracted Single Engine Air Tankers, or SEATs, occurred on the Bishop Fire, approximately 17 miles SW of Caliente, NV. The incident occurred at approximately 12:55 p.m. today, July 30. Both pilots were killed in the crash. Recovery operations are currently underway and initial notifications […]

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Red Salmon Complex

Red Salmon Complex (2 fires), Six Rivers NF, USFS. IMT2 (CA Team 14). Fourteen miles northeast of Willow Creek, CA. Timber, chaparral and short grass. Active fire behavior with uphill runs, group torching and flanking. Area closures in effect. August 2, 2020 at 8:15 PM The Red Salmon Complex burning in the Six Rivers and […]

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Tahoe’s State of the Lake Report for 2019

July 30, 2020 – Turning out-of-control shrimp into dog treats, learning the lake physics of safe paddleboarding and maintaining a long-term data set during a pandemic are just some of the activities that have made for a unique year at Lake Tahoe. Today, the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center released its annual Tahoe: State of […]

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Bald, Penn Valley

Bald, Bald Ridge Drive in Penn Valley. July 29, 2020 at 7:54 PM Bald IC reports the fire has a handline around it and the final acreage is .37 acres. Penn Valley units are being released. July 29, 2020 at 7:30 PM Power outage due to the fire is affecting 4,297 customers. Preliminary time fo […]

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Health Care Champions in House Announce Legislation To Repeal Harmful Helms Amendment

WASHINGTON, July 29, 2020 — Today, Reps. Schakowsky (D-IL), Lowey (D-NY), Lee (D-CA), DeGette (D-CO), Speier (D-CA), Torres (D-CA), and Pressley (D-MA), introduced the Abortion is Health Care Everywhere Act, legislation that would recognize abortion as essential health care and stop the egregious U.S. policy of creating barriers for those who need abortion access across […]

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U.S. Should Join Allies in Banning Cluster Munitions, Says Human Rights Watch

Washington, DC, July 29, 2020 – The United States should reverse its ill-considered 2017 policy to continue to use, acquire, and stockpile unreliable cluster munitions and join the treaty banning these indiscriminate weapons, Human Rights Watch said today. August 1, 2020 will mark 10 years since the treaty took effect and became binding international law. […]

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Rob Boston: Trump Adviser Unleashes Error-Filled Attack On Separation Of Church And State

July 29, 2020 – During a recent campaign event, Jenna Ellis, an adviser to President Donald Trump, cut loose with the old Religious Right chestnut that separation of church and state isn’t part of the Constitution. “The left is going to tell you there’s this separation of church and state, and that’s just nowhere in […]

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Assembly Labor Committee Passes Comprehensive PPE Legislation as COVID-19 Cases Resurge

Sacramento, CA, July 29, 2020 – As hospitals are again facing a crippling shortage of capacity to care for a resurgence in COVID-19 cases, and health officials have pinpointed workplace transmission as a primary source of coronavirus transmission, the Assembly Labor Committee voted 5 to 1 in support of SB 275 by Senator Richard Pan […]