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Cal Fire Offers Grants For Forest Health, Urban Forestry & Fire Prevention

SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) has announced that information regarding the 2017-2018 California Climate Investments (CCI) grant funds is now available. Cal Fire is administering CCI grant funds to partners through grant awards aimed at helping the State reduce greenhouse gas emissions and sequester carbon. Up to $200 million is available through Cal ...

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Comment Period Open For SNF Off-Highway Vehicle Program

CLOVIS — The Sierra National Forest (SNF) is requesting public input for the California 2019 Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Grants and Cooperative Agreements Program application cycle. Part of the grant process is gathering input or project ideas that individuals and organizations would like to have included in the 2018 submission. This feedback will be considered in development of the preliminary grant ...

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New Laws Affect California Employers In 2018

Written by Denise Davis, CalChamber SACRAMENTO — The California Chamber of Commerce has released the list of new employment laws scheduled to take effect in 2018 or beyond that will have an impact on businesses in California. Employers must be aware of significant changes in key areas, such as a small business parental leave law and new hiring restrictions. Other ...

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Historic Tree Mortality Reaches 129 Million On 9 Million Acres

VALLEJO – The U.S. Forest Service has announced that an additional 27 million trees, mostly conifers, died throughout California since November 2016, bringing the total number of trees that have died due to drought and bark beetles to an historic 129 million on 8.9 million acres. These dead trees continue to pose a hazard to people and critical infrastructure, mostly ...

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CHP Conducts Distracted Driving Enforcement Operations

FRESNO — Driver distractions have always presented challenges to roadway safety. Over the years, it has increasingly become a more serious problem as in-vehicle technology has expanded. To discourage this dangerous habit, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is launching the statewide Adult Distracted Drivers campaign in partnership with the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS). The year-long campaign, funded by ...

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Body Of Missing Man Located In Yosemite

YOSEMITE — Yosemite National Park Rangers have positively identified the remains of Gerardo Cruz Hernandez, from Santa Barbara, Calif., who has been missing since last seen at Glacier Point on Nov. 17. When Hernandez was reported missing, Park Rangers, with the aid of search dogs and a CHP helicopter, launched an extensive search looking for him. The search has been ...

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Young Man Reported Missing From Glacier Point In Yosemite

YOSEMITE — Park officials are seeking the public’s help in locating a young man reported missing in Yosemite National Park. Gerardo Cruz Hernandez has not been seen for two days, and officials are requesting that if you were in the Glacier Point area on Wednesday, Nov. 22, or have any information about Gerardo, to please call 209-379-1992. Gerardo is a ...

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Highway 140 Inside Yosemite Has Been Reopened

YOSEMITE — El Portal Road (Highway 140) inside Yosemite National Park has reopened after being closed overnight due to what was described as a “small debris flow.” Motorists are warned to watch for debris on all park roads as the first significant rains of the season pass through. Check road conditions by calling 209-372-0200 (press 1, then 1 again).

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Highway 140 Closed Inside Yosemite Due To Debris

YOSEMITE — El Portal Road (Highway 140) inside Yosemite National Park is closed from the park boundary to its junction with Big Oak Flat Road due to small debris flows. No estimated time has been given for reopening. More details will follow as we have more information. UPDATE: El Portal Road has reopened as of 7:30 am on Friday, November ...

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Apply Now To Become A Seasonal Cal Fire Firefighter

CALIFORNIA — Cal Fire is now accepting applications for the position of Fire Fighter I – a seasonal, temporary classification used by Cal Fire. Applications are accepted each year during a one-month filing period from Nov. 1 – 30. As a member of a fire crew, a Fire Fighter I fights wildland, rural, and structural fires and responds to various ...

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