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Tribal Volunteers Can Earn up to $250 for 7-Month Pilot

SACRAMENTO — The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is recruiting volunteers who reside and travel in rural and tribal communities to participate in the latest testing phase of a “road charge” pilot. Up to 500 volunteers will participate in a seven-month simulated road charge system, which charges drivers based on the number of miles they travel rather than the amount ...

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California State Fire Marshal Announces Retirement

SACRAMENTO — State Fire Marshal Michael J. Richwine announced his retirement from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) Office of the State Fire Marshal, after a 42-year career, including 36 years with the Department. Chief Richwine was appointed State Fire Marshal by Governor Gavin Newsom on May 15, 2020, after serving as the Assistant State Fire ...

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CAL FIRE: Updated Fire Hazard Map For Public Comment

SACRAMENTO—CAL FIRE – Office of the State Fire Marshal this week will begin a public comment period for the regulatory adoption process to update the existing map that captures Fire Hazard Severity Zones (FHSZ), which is a comprehensive map that ranks California’s State Responsibility Area (SRA)—or rural, unincorporated areas—based on the likelihood different areas will experience wildfire. After years of ...

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Cal Fire Awards $14 Million In Grants

SACRAMENTO–The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) Wood Products and Bioenergy Team awarded $14 million in new grant agreements this week. These projects will increase California’s capacity to establish healthy, resilient forests through workforce and business development. The 10 new awards (link to awards list) will go to non-profits, family businesses, wood products manufacturing facilities, and county ...

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Changes For New Solar Customers to Affect Our Communities

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California State Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) Proposed Statewide Policy Changes for new Solar Customers to Affect Small Mountain Communities NORTH FORK — Most local residents either know someone who has solar or has already made the switch themselves. The benefits of turning sunshine into electricity have intrigued anyone who enjoys physics and chemistry, or more broadly, anyone who pays a ...

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Cal Fire Adds New Demonstration State Forest

SACRAMENTO–The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) announced today the addition of a new demonstration state forest and more than 1,200 acres to its demonstration state forest system. Acquisition of these areas continue to increase opportunities for forest restoration, critical research, and public recreation, and build upon the valuable role of California’s demonstration state forest system to ...

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PG&E Notifies Customers of Potential PSPS

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PG&E Notifies Nearly 6000 Customers of Potential Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) FRESNO — PG&E meteorologists are monitoring a weather system that could bring northerly winds to portions of Northern and Central California beginning Saturday morning (Oct. 22) and lasting into Monday. Due to this northerly wind event, combined with extreme to exceptional drought and extremely dry vegetation, PG&E sent ...

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CAL FIRE Partners with United States Army Reserve P3O

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SACRAMENTO — The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) and the U.S. Army Reserve Private Public Partnership Office (P3O) signed a proclamation earlier this year, to partner in an effort that supports Soldiers and families in overcoming barriers to obtain meaningful employment and education opportunities. P3O is leveraging technology, management tools, social networking platforms and hiring events ...

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Cash for Candy Pays for Treats While Supporting Troops

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MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES — According to some 2022 reports, obesity remains an ominous health threat across America as the avoidable condition plagues more than a third (36.2%) of the U.S. population. This scary statistic is that much more frightful as the Halloween holiday looms large. However, this year there’s no need to fret as one weight-wise wellness company will pay you ...

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All Aboard: Caltrans Has New Passenger Trains

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SACRAMENTO — Rail passengers in Northern California and the Central Valley will start enjoying a more comfortable and modern ride after Caltrans accepted into its fleet the first of seven Siemens Mobility single-level intercity trainsets at the San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission facility in Stockton.   “With train ridership recovering from the pandemic drop, these new trainsets will provide Californians with ...

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