Wildfires: Utility blocked from charging ratepayers for wildfire costs

Bay Area News GroupIn a closely watched decision that could impact whether ratepayers are on the hook for billions in costs related to the Napa-Sonoma fires if PG&E is found at fault, the California Public Utilities Commission on Thursday denied a request from San Diego Gas & Electric to charge…
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North Bay fire victims search for what's lost, have gratitude for what was found

SANTA ROSA >> Millie Pletkin had been a widow less than a year when October’s epic fire destroyed her Fountaingrove neighborhood.In the ruins of her home in the Sunset Vista subdivision, she asked her son to search for just one thing: the brass urn filled with the cremated remains of…
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UPDATE: California's stance on one-acre grow limit unclear Thursday

UPDATE Nov. 16: California has scrapped a cap on cannabis cultivation that would have limited a person to growing a maximum of one acre of marijuana until 2023. The one-acre grow size cap was included in the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s environmental review of its proposed cannabis cultivation…
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California to limit cannabis farms to one acre per person until 2023

Until 2023, California cannabis farmers will not be allowed to grow more than 1 acre of marijuana, regardless of whether they are allowed to do so at the local level, according to an environmental review of proposed state regulations released this week.Some in the industry are lauding this restriction as…
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Death toll in Rancho Tehama shootings rises to 6

Rancho Tehama >> The wife of the Rancho Tehama man who went on a shooting rampage in the community west of Corning was found dead in their home, according to Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston.Johnston made the announcement at a press update in Rancho Tehama on Wednesday morning.
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Rancho Tehama gunman killed wife, neighbor before rampage

Rancho Tehama >> The wife of the Rancho Tehama man who went on a shooting rampage in the community west of Corning was found dead in their home, according to Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston.Johnston made the announcement at a press update in Rancho Tehama on Wednesday morning.
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Rancho Tehama shooter faced charges of shooting at, stabbing neighbors

Rancho Tehama >> The man who went on a shooting spree Tuesday morning in Rancho Tehama, killing five and wounding 10, was being prosecuted for assault stemming from an attack on neighbors in January and possession of an assault weapon.Kevin Janson Neal, 43, of Rancho Tehama was arrested Jan.
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UPDATE: Five dead, 10 injured in Rancho Tehama shootings

Rancho Tehama >> Five people have reportedly been killed and 10 injured in a string of shootings that began around 8 a.m. Tuesday at Rancho Tehama Reserve, southwest of Red Bluff.Law enforcement told reporters at the scene there were shots fired in seven locations, including Rancho Tehama School, and scanner…
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Chico-based rancher loses cow to wolf attack in Lassen County

Chico >> A north Chico-based rancher has lost at least one cow to wolves on grazing land in western Lassen County, the first kill since wolves returned to the state in 2011.Wally Roney of the Roney Land and Cattle Co., believes he’s lost at five cows to the wolves, but…
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National Parks fee-hike proposal would raise cost of Yosemite visit to $70 a car

In a move condemned by park lovers and the tourist industry, the Trump administration on Tuesday proposed a huge jump in the entrance fees of many of America’s most popular national parks – to $70 per car for Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and 14 other parks, up from $25 to…
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Bear Fire: Residents return to homes surrounded by ash as last evacuations lifted

BOULDER CREEK >> Debbie Donner and husband Marvin Hinshaw returned to their home near the heart of the Bear Fire for the first time in a week as the last evacuation orders were lifted early Monday morning.The blaze had climbed to the top of the ridge below the couple’s Dons…
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Two dead after shooting spree, chase in Lake County

CLEARLAKE OAKS >> Law enforcement confirmed two dead after a gunman rampaged through a residential area in Clearlake Oaks during the later morning hours on Monday.The suspect, identified as 61-year-old Alan Ashmore, was taken into custody in a rural area on High Valley Road.Lake County Sheriff Brian Martin confirmed that,…
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Scientists say few spring-run salmon in Feather River likely due to heat, drought

Oroville >> Scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration think two main factors caused low numbers of <a href="http://www.westcoast.fisheries.noaa.gov/protected_species/salmon_steelhead/salmon_and_steelhead_listings/chinook/central_valley_spring_run/central_valley_spring_run_chinook.
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Oroville Dam: Independent Institute report calls for DWR to transfer dam ownership

Oakland >> The state Department of Water Resources has received a satirical award for its management of the Oroville Dam crisis from the Independent Institute, which also recommends the department transfer dam ownership to private entities.The Oakland-based institute gives the California Golden Fleece Award quarterly to state government agencies that…
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Elderly woman and caregiver among dead in Mendocino Lake Complex Fire

The remaining five names of those who died in the Mendocino Lake Complex (Redwood) Fire and where they were found have been released by the Sheriff’s Office.Three names were released last week: Kai Logan Shepherd, 14, (<a href="https://www.
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Santa Rosa couple claims PG&amp;E negligence led to wildfire

A Santa Rosa couple who lost their home in the deadly fires that tore through Sonoma County last week filed a lawsuit Tuesday blaming PG&E for the blaze.The lawsuit is the first against the utility company for its possible involvement in the North Bay fires and comes even before investigators…
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Cannabis growers face tall task in rebuilding after wildfires

As wildfires have raged across Northern California, claiming lives and scorching more than 200,000 acres, they are also taking a toll on cannabis farmers who have lost both homes and valuable crops – and have little hope of getting help from insurance or banks in an industry that remains legally…
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Warnings issued on rental price hikes after fires

Consumer groups and government officials are issuing warnings amid scattered reports of North Bay rental price hikes and allegations of gouging in the aftermath of last week’s devastating wildfires.Tenants Together, a renters’ rights group in San Francisco, warned Wednesday that landlords cannot raise rents by more than 10 percent under…
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2:10 p.m. Bear Fire update: Air crews resume operations after drone slows progress

BOULDER CREEK >> A dozen helicopters have resumed operations Wednesday afternoon, after being grounded for about an hour after a drone was spotted above the Bear Fire.The air support team is now back to its mission: drawing water from the Lexington Reservoir and smaller reservoirs in Santa Clara County, and…
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Boulder Creek families weather Bear Fire, gather family and pets close

BOULDER CREEK >> The sound from Philip DeGreen and Jane Wohlhueter’s front door at 4:30 a.m. Tuesday went something like this: “Thump thump thump. Phil and Jane, wake up!”The Boulder Creek family was one of about 200 households receiving reverse 911 calls alerting them to a <a href="http://www.
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Firefighter killed in crash in Napa area ID'd as Missouri volunteer

The fire fighter killed in a traffic accident in Napa County on Monday, was identified as 38-year-old Garrett Paiz, a volunteer firefighter from Missouri, Napa County Sheriff’s Office officials announced.Paiz was involved in a fatal crash on Oakville Grade while driving a privately owned Water Tender.
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Redwood Valley residents after the fire: "We need prayers. And Dumpsters."

Redwood Valley >> There was at least one good thing about the winds whipping up the fires a week ago.”Our daughter couldn’t sleep because of the wind, so she was up around midnight and saw the flames coming over the hill,” said Leslie Ford, whose ranch in Redwood Valley borders…
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North Bay firefighters report drone interference

Firefighting teams trying to tamp down the still-active fires in the California Wine County have a message for any would-be drone operators hoping to capture video of the disaster from the air:Don’t even think about it.As fire crews continue their battle to contain the blazes, the California Highway Patrol has…
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York Fire sparked by cigarette butt, official says

Monterey >> A lit cigarette butt sparked the blaze along South Boundary Road near Ryan Ranch that led to residents near York School being evacuated Sunday.”Careless smoking, it happens a lot,” said Kim Bernheisel, a Cal Fire spokesman, about the cause of the fire. “There’s a large number of fires…
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Cannabis farmers face doubly uncertain future after California wildfires

Redwood Valley >> “This time of year, everyone’s harvesting. And now, the annual paycheck that we’ve been working all year to earn may have been burnt to a crisp or will soon dry out due to lack of water.”The stresses felt by cannabis farmer Ahren Osterbrink, a Redwood Valley resident…
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