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As an investigation continues into the cause of the Camp Fire in Butte County, rules could be drafted by the State Public Utilities Commission over what conditions should warrant the shutdown of down power to lines in high wind situations, after a vote yesterday. Technology upgrades along with brush and vegetation management around power lines are also being considered to help prevent future wildfires.

PG&E has asked regulators for an increase in monthly electric and gas bills, which could cost customers an $12.00 a month. The request is not related to recent wildfire liabilities, rather costs over shutting down the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant, and the utility company’s general rate case. PG&E says the company is planning an investment of about $5 billion dollars through 2022, and needs the extra money to help pay for it. The filing did leave open the possibility of future rate increases due to recent wildfires.

A state prison inmate has been acquitted by a Mendocino County Superior Court Jury. 31 year old David Alexander was found not guilty in connection to charges of battery against a correctional officer at the Parlin Forks Conservation Camp after the jury returned from it’s coastal deliberations this week.

Law enforcement in Northern California were kept busy yesterday with bomb threats that were sent to businesses and schools all across the country yesterday. The emails demand bitcoin or a mercenary will be sent to bomb the building under threat. The FBI along with state and local officials were investigating the threats which turned out to be part of a nationwide hoax. Although the threats were not credible, authorities are advising everyone to be extra vigilant, and to report any suspicious activity.

A case of Chickenpox has been diagnosed in an Upper Lake Middle School student, and one more potential case is pending diagnosis. Two students were sent home with symptoms this week, and now Lake County residents are being warned to watch for symptoms in their children. Parents of students at the school are being urged to vaccinate their children if they have not already done so, or if there is an objection to vaccination, children should be kept home for 21 days after the onset of the last identified case. Symptoms include a blistery rash that first shows on the stomach and back before spreading to the face, arms and legs. Children may have a fever or stomach ache in the days before the rash appears. Any questions should be directed to the Public Health Department at 707-263-1090.

Riverside Park Closed yesterday afternoon for construction of the recycled water project. The work will continue until December 21st, and there will be no access to the park during work hours, 7am to 5pm, Monday through Friday. The project will deliver water from the wastewater treatment plant to over 600 acres of agriculture, pasture and turf at three parks and a school. More information about the project can be found at

If your earnings are below 400 percent of the federal poverty level, it’s not too late to get federally subsidized health insurance on the exchanges, but time is running out. The deadline to sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act is tomorrow. Even if you don’t qualify for a subsidy, you can still purchase insurance on the exchanges if you cant get it through an employer. You can shop for plans, and even find free help at

In a press conference this week, Butte County D.A. Mike Ramsey and the US attorney for the Eastern District of California promised to investigate price gouging, false home listings and to root out theft and other schemes. They warned survivors of the Camp Fire to watch for criminals trying to take advantage of them. Possible cases of fraud can be reported to the DA’s office or the National Center for Disaster fraud hotline. According to the California Insurance Commissioner, losses from the Camp, Woolse and Hill fires total $9 billion dollars so far, but will likely be increase as more claims are made in the coming weeks and months.

A Southwest airlines flight from Seattle to Dallas had to be turned around when someone realized they had left a human heart on the plane. The heart was headed for a hospital in Seattle from an earlier flight that left Sacramento. When it was discovered the heart had been forgotten, officials said it was absolutely necessary to get the cargo back ASAP. Once the plane landed with the heart, passengers were told to deplane due to a mechanical issue. Five hours later, the passengers were back on their way to Dallas.

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