SAC COUNTY SHERIFF SAYS SOME LOCAL DEPUTIES ATTENDED WASHINGTON D.C. TRUMP RALLY
The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office is looking into whether their deputies engaged in violence during last week’s Trump rally in Washington, D.C. Sheriff Scott Jones confirms some local deputies attended the event. In an interview about security measures, Sheriff Jones mentioned that the department is looking into the deputies’ social media to ensure they didn’t act improperly at the rally.
So far, Jones says they haven’t found any information that officers were involved in anything other than them being present at the rally.
CITY OF MARYSVILLE SUES CALTRANS OVER HWY 70 EXPANSION PROJECT
The City of Marysville has filed a lawsuit against Caltrans over its HWY 70 expansion plan, accusing them of not following the steps required by the California Environmental Quality Act. The suit claims the city took issue with several aspects of the Environmental Impact report and that Caltrans approved the project without consideration of those comments.
Yuba County and Union Pacific are also “parties of interest in the lawsuit” which additionally claims local entities were not notified of Caltrans approval of the project until two weeks later, according to The Appeal-Democrat.
FACEBOOK HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS INITIATIVE ARRIVES LOCALLY
A statewide student and parent-driven Facebook effort to get the Governor, Legislators and Health Officials to lift athletic restrictions is now impacting locally. It’s called “Let Them Play’ and members have grown into the hundreds-of-thousands since it was launched.
The effort will take its next step this afternoon, with in-person rallies at high schools beginning at 4:00. Dozens of schools are taking part including Colusa, Williams and Pierce High Schools in Colusa County. You’re asked to be pandemically responsible and mask up.
Meanwhile, masked up Yuba City High School baseball players have taken to Winship and begun practicing in anticipation games will be played this season.
YUBA CITY SCHOOL BOARD SAYS THEY’RE READY TO GET BACK TO CLASS
In their meeting this week, the Yuba City School Board approved a partial return to class beginning next Tuesday, for preschool through 5th grades, partly by in-school, partly online, using a morning / afternoon split schedule. Online classes began this past Monday.
The Yuba City plan, while going against the Bi-County Health Officer’s recommendation that no in-person instruction begin until Spring at the earliest, is not mandatory and is up to the individual student’s parents or guardians as to whether the child actually goes to in-person classes.
Masks will be required at school and on buses.
6Th – 12th graders in Yuba City are scheduled to return to classrooms February 1st, but the Superintendent tells The Appeal-Democrat a special meeting will be held to finalize that.
The Marysville District remains on distance-learning until further notice.
STATE CHANGES PARAMETERS OF NEXT PHASE OF COVID VACCINATIONS
As more counties throughout our state near completion of the first phase of the COVID-19 vaccinations – direct healthcare workers – The Governor has announced an expansion of the second phase, which will include all residents 75 and older. That’s now, 65 and up.
Local health officers are indicating that while it’s an admirable effort to speed up the process of everyone getting vaccinated as soon as possible, it’s impossible without the proper number of doses being provided. In Yuba/Sutter, a spokesperson says as of yesterday, only 10 doses remain, with the next shipment of 1,400 not due to arrive until next Tuesday.
In Butte County, they’ve begun Phase 1B, but face a similar supply issue with the expansion to those 65 and over, from 75-plus.
MISSING GRIDLEY MAN REPORTEDLY FOUND YESTERDAY AFTERNOON
Late yesterday morning, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office issued a missing person alert for 67-year-old Peter Rasmussen of Gridley, whom family members said had taken a day trip “to Feather Falls or the Berry Creek area” Tuesday afternoon, and had not returned home by yesterday morning.
At 2:45 yesterday afternoon, Action News, citing the Butte County Sheriff’s Office, posted to their website that Rasmussen had been located “and is heading home.”
PARADISE MAN ARRESTED FOR POSSESSION OF CHILD PORN
The Butte County Sheriff’s Office has arrested 29-year-old Alex Rozycki for possession of child pornography after an investigation turned up evidence of over 600 images on personal electronic devices seized after a search warrant was served at Rozycki’s residence in the 6,000 block of Tyden Way.
Charges include a felony count for ‘possession of child pornography portraying sexual masochism.”
LATEST COVID NUMBERS AS DR. LUU REPORTS ‘FIRST GLIMMER OF HOPE’
Calling it a ‘glimmer of hope,” Yuba/Sutter Bi-County Health officer Dr. Phuong Luu said yesterday our COVID-19 test positivity rate is slower, but “there is still much work to do.”
137 new positives were reported yesterday, increasing the local total to 12,091 – 1,099 active -with 69 hospitalized, and an additional death yesterday, bringing that total to 101. Dr. Luu also said with the removal of our regional stay-at-home order, hair & nail salons can reopen and restaurants may again offer outdoor dining in addition to takeout.
Colusa County reports 229 new positives in the last week, taking their total to 1,667 – 458 active – with 7 in the hospital and 9 deaths.
Butte County’s at 8,891 cases total – 937 active – with 61 hospitalized and 120 dead.
Glenn County has had 5 COVID related deaths in the new year, increasing their total to 19, with 1,778 total cases – 279 active – and 17 patients in the hospital.
COVID VACCINE NOTIFICATION SYSTEM ROLLING OUT IN CALIFORNIA
California will soon be rolling out a new system to alert people when they’re eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. The notification system will let people know if they’re ready to receive the vaccine, and if not yet eligible, to register for a notification through text or email when they are. It will also allow the general public to schedule their vaccination appointments once it’s their turn. The system will be available next week.