Del Norte Water Fines Forgiven

Apr 7, 2015

The Crescent City Harbor District has been forgiven of $123,000 of unpaid fines for dumping contaminated water into the ocean.

The district owed the penalties to the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board. Between 2004 and 2011, the district’s wastewater treatment plant dumped filtered water in the ocean with illegally high levels of a number of contaminants, including chlorine, copper, oil and zinc.  


The start of the workweek was delayed in parts of Butte County after electricity service was interrupted for most of Monday morning. 

About 79,000 households, mainly in Butte County, lost electrical power Monday morning after a major transformer failed at Pacific Gas & Electric Company’s Table Mountain substation near Oroville. 

The malfunction knocked out power to Chico, Paradise and Magalia at about 8:15 on Monday. Parts of Oroville and Durham also went dark, disrupting routines and causing traffic delays.

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A firm preparing an environmental study about a proposed elephant sanctuary in Tehama County has now been tasked with creating a “Specific Plan.”

According to the Red Bluff Daily News, the amended agreement was approved yesterday at the Tehama County Board of Supervisors meeting. 

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For the first time in the state's history, a governor of California is imposing mandatory water restrictions.

Gov. Jerry Brown issued an Executive Order Wednesday that mandates a 25 percent cut in urban, potable water use in cities and towns from now through next February.


He announced the action near Lake Tahoe, after watching the state Department of Water Resources conduct a survey that showed the Sierra snowpack at a record-low 5 percent of normal for April 1.


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A woman who was hit in the head by a fallen tree limb last year at a famers market in Red Bluff has filed a lawsuit against the city for $25,000.

According to the Red Bluff Daily News, Betty Stohler was 77 years old when a tree branch hit her in the head and knocked her unconscious while she was at the Wednesday Farmers Market last August. The incident reportedly happened at a booth set up in front of the historic Tehama County Courthouse. 

Chico State President Paul Zingg is recovering from a successful heart bypass operation performed at Enloe Medical Center Sunday. An official university announcement said Zingg is expected to fully recover, though it is uncertain how long he will be on medical leave.

It is unclear if the surgery was routine and scheduled or conducted in an emergency.

University officials declined to elaborate on the circumstances leading up to the surgery, Zingg’s current condition or whether he has been discharged from the hospital, citing privacy concerns.

Siskiyou County Visitors Bureau


Visitors to Lake Britton or the Pit River downstream of the Lake Britton dam, can expect hazardous conditions as Pacific Gas and Electric Company tests new equipment. The testing, and elevated danger, is scheduled to start Saturday and continue for 10 days.

California Geological Survey


The chances of a very strong earthquake rattling California is higher than previously thought, and more comprehensive studies suggest inland Northern California is hardly immune from sudden seismic disturbances.

The number of identified faults in California has risen from 15 in 1988 to 350 today. The chance of a quake 6.7 or greater — the strength of the destructive 1994 Northridge quake — was cut to once every 6.3 years. Meanwhile, the chance of a potentially cataclysmic magnitude 8 or greater within 30 years was revised upward to 7 percent. 

California Franchise Tax Board

California businesses have a new requirement and a new perk when filing state taxes this year. 


The requirement: Businesses that use tax preparation software must file their returns electronically now, although penalties won’t start for another three years.


The perk: Businesses can now pay their taxes using credit cards. The third-party company that processes the payments will charge a 2-point-3 percent convenience fee.


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 A competition between high schools across much of Northern and Central California for 100 micro solar power plants will be ramping up soon, powered by the organization Green Tech and Pacific Gas & Electric Company.

The portable, suitcase-sized solar units will be given away to schools through a contest being run on the utility’s website.