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Drones Delay Cal Fire in Auburn Fire

Drones Delay Cal Fire in Auburn Fire

A hobby drone over a grass fire in Auburn grounded Cal Fire air operations early Wednesday night, officials said. Cal Fire spokesperson Daniel Berlant said the drone was flying over the Baxter Fire, which was burning off of Baxter Grad Road and Memory Lane, and disrupted air support operations. Berlant…

Daniel Berlant Discussed Local Fire Issues on KAHI

Daniel Berlant Discussed Local Fire Issues on KAHI

                  Cal-Fire Public Information Officer, and Auburn City Councilman, Daniel Berlant joined Sarah McCormick on KAHI today to give an update on the fire season, the effects drones have in firefighting situations, and the potential for El Nino’s rains. Berlant says since…

Placer County Residents Get Help with “Bear Boxes”

Placer County Residents Get Help with “Bear Boxes”

A new loan program is available for homeowners in eastern Placer County looking for a simple way to fit the cost of bear- resistant garbage can enclosures into monthly budgets. At a meeting in Olympic Valley yesterday, the Placer County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve final details of a…

California Considers Drone Laws

California Considers Drone Laws

A couple of lawmakers are taking steps to stop drones from interfering in firefighting efforts after several incidents in the state. One bill, SB167, would increase fines and make jail time possible for drone use that interferes with firefighting efforts. And on Monday, Republican Sen. Ted Gaines and Democratic Assemblyman Mike…

West Nile Death in Nevada County

West Nile Death in Nevada County

An elderly woman is the state’s first person to have died from the West Nile virus this year, according to California health officials.  The state Department of Public Health said Monday the 65-year-old woman died in Nevada County. Thirty-three California counties have reported West Nile virus activity this year, four more…

Flash Flood Watch for Sierra Above 4,000 Feet

Flash Flood Watch for Sierra Above 4,000 Feet

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for the Sierra Nevada, through Monday evening. Moisture from Tropical Storm Dolores, in the eastern Pacific, will continue to spread northward into the Sierra Nevada through Monday evening. The main threat area will be above 4000 feet. Slow moving thunderstorms…

State Unemployment Down This Year

State Unemployment Down This Year

California’s unemployment rate decreased to 6.3 percent in June, down a year ago from 7.5 percent. Nonfarm payroll jobs increased by 22,900 during the month, according to data released Friday by the California Employment Development Department (EDD) from two separate surveys. In May, the state’s unemployment rate was 6.4 percent. Full-service…

Sierra Vintners 2015 Wine Trail Sees Increased Participants

Sierra Vintners 2015 Wine Trail Sees Increased Participants

It’s time for the 2015 Summer Wine Trail event.  The Sierra Vintners Association’s Bob Krogman sat down with KAHI’s Sarah McCormick today, and said this year’s ticket sales have more than doubled from last year. Krogman says 250-300 tickets have been sold, up from last year’s number of around 100. The…

Lincoln & Loomis Wineries Awarded at State Fair

Lincoln & Loomis Wineries Awarded at State Fair

For those who enjoy local wines, forget Napa and stay in Placer County. Wise Villa Winery was recognized as the best in the state, winning the prestigious Golden State Winery of the Year, by the California State Fair. The Lincoln winery wasn’t alone in earning top honors: Ciotti Cellars, Le…

New Special Deputy Position in Auburn

New Special Deputy Position in Auburn

There’s a new deputy in town, appointed by the Placer County Sheriff’s Office to deal with chronic crime problems in the north Auburn area.  Deputy Zach Poiesz has actually been here a while, but now with a new title. Deputy Zach Poiesz was selected as the new problem-oriented policing (POP) deputy,…