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As the Delta variant of COVID-19 continues to spread rapidly, causing case rates to increase dramatically, Sacramento community leaders and county officials have one message: For your community’s health and your own, get vaccinated.

In California, about 60% of all residents are at least partially vaccinated. Sacramento County falls short of that, with 55% of people receiving at least one dose of the vaccine.

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California health officials are recommending all residents wear masks in indoor public spaces regardless of vaccination status as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to rise.

The announcement comes after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidance asking people to wear masks indoors in regions with “high or substantial” transmission rates. More than 90% of Californians live in counties meeting that threshold.

New CDC Advice: Most Vaccinated Californians Should Wear Masks Indoors

Jul 27, 2021
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Nearly all vaccinated Californians should return to wearing masks indoors under new federal guidelines issued today for areas where COVID-19 is surging. 

The new guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control apply to regions with “high or substantial” transmission rates, which includes 45 of California’s 58 counties and about 96% of its nearly 40 million people.

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California took a major step today towards regulating dangerous “forever chemicals” in drinking water by proposing new health limits for two of the most pervasive contaminants. 

State environmental health officials recommended goals of one part per trillion and less — a minuscule amount 70 times smaller than the federal government’s non-binding guideline for drinking water nationwide.

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If your time is short:

  • A 2015 California law eliminated personal belief exemptions for vaccinations required of children attending schools. Currently, flu, HPV and COVID-19 vaccinations are not on that list.
  • COVID-19 vaccinations have yet to be approved for children under the age of 12.

Outgunned: Why California’s Groundbreaking Firearms Law Is Failing

Jul 25, 2021

Two decades ago, California legislators added a new weapon to the state’s growing arsenal of gun-control measures, already among the toughest in the nation. Their motivation came from 2,000 miles away in a shaken Chicago suburb.

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Kelli Dillon still remembers all of the emotions she felt when she realized she had been forcibly sterilized by the state of California. 

“I was angry, I was hurt, I was scared, I was sad, I felt despaired,” Dillon said. “Basically you drugged me, and you performed this heinous act against me. It’s like a form of rape.” 

Two years ago the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power shut off electricity at Will Hollman’s home in the San Fernando Valley, forcing the family to rely on a gasoline generator. In late June of this year, the department disconnected the water, too — despite a statewide moratorium on water shutoffs that Gov. Gavin Newsom recently extended through Sept. 30.

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Guaranteed income is expanding state-wide in California after lawmakers on Thursday passed the nation’s first state-funded guaranteed income program. 

The $35 million program will go toward monthly payments to pregnant women and foster youth phasing out of the system, and it will be distributed to local organizations in cities that have committed to guaranteed income programs. The pilot, which is backed by Gov. Gavin Newsom, passed with bipartisan support in the state legislature. There won’t be any restrictions on how recipients spend the money.

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The Gavin Newsom recall may have picked up steam as a referendum on the governor’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, but now homelessness is also taking center stage.

Businessman John Cox — perhaps best known as the guy with the bear — has been hauling an eight-foot ball of garbage around California to symbolize “the trash that’s left behind” by people experiencing homelessness and the state’s response to them.

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Updated July 18

California voters will decide Gov. Gavin Newsom’s fate September 14.

Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis set the date for the recall election after the Department of Finance completed a cost estimate July 1 — notifying state lawmakers that the recall would cost state and county election officials $276 million to administer —  and the Secretary of State certified the recall petition. 

Newsom Urges All Californians To Cut Water Use By 15%

Jul 12, 2021
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As extreme drought claims most of the state, California Gov. Gavin Newsom today asked Californians to voluntarily cut their water use by 15%.

The request, Newsom said, applies to businesses and agriculture as well as residents. Meeting the target could save enough water to supply 1.7 million average households for one year, according to state officials.

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Gov. Gavin Newsom will not be listed as a Democrat on the ballot when California voters decide whether to recall him.

Newsom missed the deadline by more than a year to state his party preference on the ballot. His elections lawyer noticed the mistake last month and asked the Secretary of State Shirley Weber to allow a fix, but she declined.

The governor took the issue to court; his team argued it was an honest mistake and that voters would be served by having more information available on the ballot.

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released new guidelines for COVID-19 safety in schools as states continue to reopen — either because of increasing vaccination rates or because of mounting pressure from those who disregard the virus’s danger.

Can Californians Charge Electric Cars During Summer Heat?

Jul 6, 2021
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As Californians grapple with the increasing impacts of climate change, few things have come to be dreaded more than summer heat waves.

This year, the scorching temperatures arrived early, prompting the first power conservation advisory of the summer on June 17 and setting off speculation on social media about how the heat could impact electric car owners.

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Advocates for college athlete compensation in California are on a hot streak. First the state passed a first-in-the-nation law allowing players to sign paid endorsement deals, and 20 states followed its example. Now, with both a recent U.S.

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California health officials are warning the public about the delta variant of the coronavirus which is more contagious than the SARS CoV-2 virus that’s been dominant for much of the pandemic.

The delta variant accounts for about 36% of cases sampled in California, the health department announced Friday. As of Friday, Sacramento County had identified 67 cases of this strain, Yolo County had 41 cases, Placer County had six cases and El Dorado County had one case. 


President Lisa Rossbacher discusses Humboldt State's place in the California State University system and efforts to improve HSU's service to students.

Follow live coverage of the 2018 midterm elections, including results and analysis. Get caught up on the latest news. 


Thursday Night Talk: California Wildfires, is this the "New Normal?"

Aug 30, 2018

On this week's Thursday Night Talk, Yana Valachovic spoke with three regional scientists to help us understand what is really going on with wildfire in California. The Carr, Mendocino Complex, Wine Country, Ferguson and Thomas Fires have burned homes in unexpected places, taken many lives, filled our skies with smoke, and for many leads to the question of what can be done?  Together they explored whether or not this is the “new normal” and what we can do to become better fire adapted.

Looking Back: Grizzly Bears

Aug 27, 2018
US Fish and Wildlife Service

On this segment of Looking Back, Tom Cairns discusses some regional California history with grizzly bears. 

Like many of us, Cassandra Hesseltine was bewitched as a child by the magic she saw on the silver screen. Like fewer of us, Hesseltine has been spending her adult years working numerous jobs within the film industry. She currently heads the nonprofit Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission, serving as a sherpa and concierge to producers and directors who need a little North Coast magic to tell their stories.

In this Through The Eyes of Women episode, Hesseltine talks about the realities of her fantastical job, and what a film commission does for a community.

On this episode of Charlando, Brenda welcomes her phone guests for discussion on soccer, immigration and a sanctuary law for Humboldt County.

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If you've been convicted of marijuana-related crimes in California, you might be able to have your record wiped clean or the charges greatly reduced under a provision in the state's new marijuana law, Prop 64. More than 4,000 people have already petitioned the courts about their records and sentencing.

Live Your Language: 'Ayekwee'

Oct 26, 2017
Live Your Language Alliance

In many ways, language expresses worldview.

Leo Canez introduces us to the meaning and useage of 'Ayekwee' (Oyekwee) in the Yurok language.

Naturalist Michael Kauffman celebrates the great variety and unique ecological adaptations of manzanitas in California.