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President Obama’s Address to the United Nations General Assembly

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New York, NY…PRESIDENT OBAMA: Mr. President, Mr. Secretary General, fellow delegates, ladies and gentlemen: We come together at a crossroads between war and peace; between disorder and integration; between fear and hope. Around the globe, there are signposts of progress. The shadow of World War that existed at the founding of this institution has been […]

American Red Cross Continues Response to Northern California Wildfires

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Sacramento, CA…Friday, September 19, 2014 – The American Red Cross continues to provide disaster relief and support in response to two large fires in the Capital Region – King Fire and Boles Fire. Volunteers have provided 220 overnight stays and served more than 860 meals since the fires began earlier this week.   Boles Fire […]

With a common vision, working for a breakthrough on funding By Joanne Marchetta

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Lake Tahoe, CA/NV…“A breakdown can pave the way for a breakthrough,” California Governor Jerry Brown said at the Lake Tahoe Summit on August 19. The governor was speaking about the challenges people face in looking beyond their differences for common ground, whether that’s working to craft the $7.5 billion water bond California voters will consider […]

No Evacuations In Tahoe Area From King Fire At This Time

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Lake Tahoe, CA/NV…At this time the King Fire, originating in the Pollock Pines area, does not present an immediate danger to the Lake Tahoe Basin including Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows, and Truckee. All local fire authorities and adjoining districts are cooperating and monitoring the progress of the King Fire. There are no evacuation orders at […]

Eldorado National Forest King Fire Forest Order Closure

Ted King, Captain Engine 41 and firefighter Skylr Penna-Couttenye are shown mopping up the Luther Fire, south of Big Meadow trailhead off Highway 89.  In addition to Forest Service crews, Lake Valley Fire Protection District assisted in suppressing the fire, which was contained at a half acre.  The cause is under investigation.

Placerville, CA – The King Fire area closure is effect in the Eldorado National Forest beginning September 17, announced Forest Supervisor Laurence Crabtree. “Under our Unified Command System, our top priorities are fighting this fire and keeping the fire fighters and the public safe, said Crabtree. “We cannot safely fight this fire with intermingled publics. […]

Arrest Made In King Fire

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Camino, CA…CAL FIRE and United States Forest Service (USFS) law enforcement officers, in conjunction with the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office and the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, arrested a Pollock Pines man on suspicion of arson in connection with the King Fire. Wayne Allen Huntsman, 37, of Pollock Pines was booked into the […]

Restore Hetch Hetchy Supporters ‘Outbid San Francisco’ For The Rights To Hetch Hetchy Valley In Yosemite National Park

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San Francisco, CA…Restore Hetch Hetchy put out a call to action in a special fundraising appeal to ‘outbid San Francisco’ for the rights to the Hetch Hetchy Valley last month and nearly 200 people responded bidding $63,684 – more than twice what San Francisco pays annually in rent to the National Park Service. The funds […]

King Fire Prompts Backcountry Advisory & Rubicon Trail Now Closed

Ted King, Captain Engine 41 and firefighter Skylr Penna-Couttenye are shown mopping up the Luther Fire, south of Big Meadow trailhead off Highway 89.  In addition to Forest Service crews, Lake Valley Fire Protection District assisted in suppressing the fire, which was contained at a half acre.  The cause is under investigation.

South Lake Tahoe, Calif. –Due to the uncertain path of the King Fire, the U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit has closed the McKinney Rubicon Trail and is advising against travel into the Desolation or Granite Chief wildernesses. The Eldorado National Forest has issued a forest closure for its Desolation Wilderness trails and […]

King Fire Devoured 43,000 Acres Yesterday! Now 70,944 Acres

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Pollock Pines, CA…Fire behavior was extreme yesterday with an estimated increase of 43,000 acres push to the north of over ten miles. Highway 50 is subject to closure based on fire behavior.. The fire continued to burn actively throughout the night. However: due to the days extreme fire behavior, steep terrain, inaccessibility, variable wind direction, […]

President Obama’s Weekly Address: We Will Degrade and Destroy ISIL

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Washington, DC…As Commander in Chief, my highest priority is the security of the American people. And I’ve made it clear that those who threaten the United States will find no safe haven. Thanks to our military and counterterrorism professionals, we took out Osama bin Laden, much of al Qaeda’s leadership in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and […]

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