Drought Putting a Damper on Hunt for Christmas Trees


Nov 30, 2016 11:43 am
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With leftovers from Thanksgiving officially moving into the “when in doubt, throw it out” category, Christmas is now just 24 days away. The craze of Black Friday and Cyber Monday typically signify that shopping season is upon us.

Shopping for presents, stringing lights on the house and decorating will all consume many of the days until Christmas. But there’s one tradition that may need to be adjusted this year.

Family trips to the Christmas tree farm are also among those timeless staples of the holiday season. Now, some families may be forced to buy artificial trees instead.

Due to the ongoing six-year drought in California, a lack of rain and snow has slowed the growth of Christmas trees, even stunting typical 8-foot trees down to 6 feet.

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Cedar Fire Proved Wildfires Still a Threat During Wet Season


Nov 29, 2016 8:49 am

Despite a very wet October and November, California continues to remain in severe drought conditions over much of the state. Therefore, we all need to keep our focus set on conservation. And let’s not forget that wildfire season is really year-round now. As of this posting there are two active fires burning (more info).

So, today we look back at the Cedar Fire, a wildfire that broke out in San Diego County in October of 2003 and burned into November, with full containment coming on November 4th.

 

By the time it was all said and done, the blaze burned more than 280,000 acres, destroyed 2, 820 buildings which includes 2,232 homes, and killed 15 people. According to CalFIRE … continue reading »


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Even the Bradys Know the Importance of Being Prepared


Nov 28, 2016 5:27 pm
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This past Thursday, actress and entertainer Florence Henderson died of heart failure at age 82. She got her show business start on Broadway as a teenager in the 1950’s, but she is probably most remembered as one of America’s most beloved moms, Carol Brady in The Brady Bunch.

The Brady Bunch was a television series that aired from 1969 to 1974 on ABC and caught the attention of generation. The show’s reruns caught on with a new generation of viewers that enjoyed the outlandish hair and clothing styles for the early 1970’s.

The series focused on family matters mixed in with some comic relief, but often had a good lesson or “moral to the story.” There was definitely some good information passed along in Episode 6 of Season 3.

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How To Be Safe During Online Shopping Season


Nov 25, 2016 2:13 pm

Cyber Monday is around the corner and that means consumers will head to the world wide web in record numbers for the latest and greatest deals. While online shopping is convenient during the holidays, it comes with risks. Every day online shoppers have their personal information stolen, viruses damage computers, money is fraudulently withdrawn from bank accounts and countless other damages at the hands of online thieves. Don’t let this happen to you.

Cybersecurity expert Keith Tresh, Commander of the California Cyber Security Integration Center (Cal-CSIC) talks online safety and why it matters.

 

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Know Where to “Go Pound Sand”


Nov 22, 2016 5:08 pm
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You want to be ready for whatever comes your way, right? Whether it’s curve ball over home plate, a quarterback sneak in a game of backyard football, or an icy patch of snow on your favorite mountain run. OK, putting all sports analogies aside, readiness is crucial to your ease of clearing whatever hurdle is in your track (sorry, I couldn’t resist one more.)  The same goes for home and office. Have an emergency plan for both and make sure everyone close to you understands the plan.

Despite going into our sixth year of drought, rain can still come, and if a lot of it falls in a short period of time flooding can happen quickly. It did in December a short two years ago (we were in a drought then too.) Glenn County suffered major … continue reading »


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Radiation Ready and Zealous with Zika in SLO


Nov 22, 2016 10:05 am
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Episode 20 was recorded on the road in San Luis Obispo during the 2016 Ingestion Pathway Exercises, a multi-day testing of state and local counties by FEMA for nuclear incidents at Diablo Canyon. We talk with Dr. Penny Borenstein, the Health Officer for the County of San Luis Obispo.  She talks about how her health department and others might get involved in nuclear incidents immediately following a radiation breach. She also talks about other hot topics in SLO such as antibiotic resistance, secondary hospital-based infections, Zika virus, Valley Fever, drought, and West Nile virus.

SLO Nuke IPXIn her position, Dr. Borenstein has been a staunch advocate for advancing the public’s health through disease control programs, health education, access to health care, and policy development. One of her first initiatives was a departmental reorganization which resulted in formation of two new divisions – Health Promotion and Health Care Services. The Health Promotion Division created a unified focus on population-based prevention. Staffed primarily at the outset with a small number of health educators and nutritionists working in Tobacco Control, WIC and Childhood Obesity Prevention, the unit now also has programs in Oral Health and Injury Prevention. The division also works extensively on community health improvement through a range of policy initiatives aimed at food systems, climate change, the built environment, and air quality.

Prior to moving to California in 2008, she held several public health leadership positions in the Mid-Atlantic region, and was the founder and Executive Director of Baltimore HealthCare Access, Inc., a non- profit agency devoted to assuring access to health care services for low income persons and special populations. A native New Yorker, Dr. Borenstein received her undergraduate degree from Cornell University and her medical degree from the State University of New York Health Science Center in Syracuse. She received her pediatrics training at the University of Connecticut in Hartford and a Master’s Degree in public health from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

 

Links

http://www.slocounty.ca.gov/health/publichealth.htm

https://www.pge.com/en_US/safety/how-the-system-works/diablo-canyon-power-plant/diablo-canyon-power-plant.page

https://www.cdc.gov/zika/

http://www.cdc.gov/getsmart/community/about/antibiotic-resistance-faqs.html

 

 


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