San Jose Unified extends distance learning through December

SAN JOSE – The San Jose Unified School District on Wednesday announced it is extending distance learning through the end of the year, a decision officials say was influenced in part by COVID-19 case counts and inadequate testing and contact tracing. “This has been one of the most difficult decisions we have ever had to […]

Death toll in North Complex West Zone Fire climbs to 15

BUTTE COUNTY – Authorities on Monday night announced the recovery of additional human remains in the North Complex West Zone Fire and identified four of the victims. The death toll in the wildfire now stands at 15, said Butte County Sheriff-Coroner Kory Honea at a news conference. Honea identified two of the victims as John […]

Death toll in North Complex West Zone Fire falls to 9

BUTTE COUNTY – The death toll in the North Complex West Zone Fire fell from 10 to nine on Friday after authorities revealed an anatomical skeleton model was mistaken for a set of human remains. At a news conference, Butte County Sheriff-Coroner Kory Honea also formally identified two of the victims – Millicent Catarancuic, 77, […]

Newsom signs bill paving way for inmate fire crews to become professional firefighters

OROVILLE – At an ash-covered picnic table in the North Complex Fire zone, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday signed a bill that breaks down barriers preventing former inmate fire crew members from pursuing careers as firefighters after they have served their time. “This legislation rights a historic wrong and recognizes the sacrifice of thousands of […]