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Vacaville woman and friend arrested in Hawaii for violating COVID-19 travel rules

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(KTXL) – Two women from California are sharing what happened when they were arrested in Hawaii for violating COVID-19 travel protocols.

FOX40 caught up with Vanessa Hamilton of Vacaville and her friend Ariel Catalano of Oakley as they made their way to the airport to fly back to California Monday afternoon.

According to a press release from the Maui Police Department, both Hamilton and Catalano, along with two others, were arrested last week for violating the rules and orders of the COVID-19 travel quarantine.

All transpacific travelers are required to have a negative test result before their departure for the state of Hawaii in order to bypass the 10-day quarantine.

“We’re required to have a COVID test result to fly to Maui. And we took our test, and we didn’t have our test results yet,” Catalano explained. “When we got to the airport, they weren’t very helpful at all.”

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Study shows human activity behind nearly all of Earth’s warming

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Virtually all global warming since the industrial era is caused by manmade emissions, according to research published Monday that concludes Earth’s natural processes contribute only “negligibly” to climate change.

Near-surface air temperatures have increased on average around the world just over one degree Celsius since the mid-19th century.

That 1C increase has already seen more frequent and powerful extreme weather events such as droughts and floods, as well as superstorms made more deadly by rising seas.

The 2015 Paris climate accord commits nations to limit global temperature rises to “well below” 2C (3.6 Fahrenheit) and to a safer cap of 1.5C if possible.

An international team of researchers wanted to better quantify how much warming can be directly contributed to human activity — in the form of greenhouse gas emissions and land use change — and how much is down to so-called “natural forcings”.

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‘We Are Alive, Everyone Is Okay’: Vacaville Evacuees Happy To Get Out Of Homes In Time

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VACAVILLE (CBS13) — Thousands of Solano County residents were forced to leave with only the bare necessities as the LNU Lightning Complex Fires grew out of control. Many people are still waiting to find out if they’ll have a home to come back to.

Bright flames and smoke brought an early morning wake-up call for John Moya who said he only had minutes to escape.

“We are alive, we are alive, everyone is okay,” he said. “You could feel the heat and the wind blowing from the fire and the ash, it was too hot, I said, ‘We don’t have time, let’s just get out of here.’”

Moya’s home is one of the few still standing in his neighborhood on English Hills Road.

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Vacaville Man Says Neighbor Helped Save His Home As Fire Torched Property

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VACAVILLE (CBS13) – It’s probably some of the hardest steps to take and worst sights to see: gazing upon your property of nearly 20 years that now looks like a warzone.

Dilso Balthazar remembers waking up to bright light, thinking the sun had just come up, but it was only midnight.

“Looked at the clock and was like time to go to work and it was not. It was fire…and we evacuate,” Balthazar said.

Balthazar stayed behind to fight the fires. A lot of his contracting equipment and most of his property were lost in the blaze.

But there’s still one thing still standing after the fiery chaos — the thing everyone hopes survives:  home.

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Vacaville family flees home overnight as Hennessey Fire inched closer: ‘We just grabbed a bunch of clothes and jumped in the truck’

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OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) — It’s a scenario all too familiar for Bay Area residents in recent years. As wildfires rage on and temperatures rise during this week’s heat wave, many across the the greater Bay Area are forced to gather their belongings and leave their homes, unsure of when they might return.

Gus Valerian, his wife Kersti and their 3-year-old twins, Lincoln and Emmy, awoke early Wednesday morning to knocking on the door of their Vacaville home.

It was time to evacuate as fire inched closer to their neighborhood at Pleasants Valley Road and Vaca Valley Road.

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Vacaville to keep McBride center open through Friday as temps, smoke rise

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VACAVILLE — The city announced Monday it will keep the McBride Senior Center open as a cooling center through Friday as Vacaville finds itself in a two-week stretch of daily temperatures reaching 100 degrees or higher.

The run of century-mark days started Thursday when the high was 103 degrees. The hottest day during that stretch was 111 Saturday, though Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s highs are expected to be 110 degrees, according to Accuweather.com.

The average high for those 14 days is 94.43 degrees.

Vacaville uses the weather station at the Nut Tree Airport and the National Weather Service out of Sacramento for the data upon which it makes its decisions about the McBride center.

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Here’s a list of cooling centers open across Bay Area as heat wave continues

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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) – It is hot out there, and the temperatures are expected to stay in the triple digits this week across the Bay Area.

Here is a list of some cooling centers that you can use to get out of the heat:

Alameda County

  • Matt Jimenez Community Center: 28200 Ruus Rd., Hayward will be open Saturday until TBD from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. – (510) 887-0400
  • Robert Livermore Community Center: 4444 East Ave., Livermore will be open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – (925) 373-5760
  • Ashland Community Center: 1530 167th Ave., Ashland will be open Saturday until TBD from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. – (510) 881-6700

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Coronavirus: Distance learning in place as Vacaville students, teachers begin new year

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For the fifth year in a row, Orchard Elementary School teacher Jaxie Murray greeted her new class of kindergarteners, sang songs with them and had them do activities.

The difference this year is that she had to do all of that through her computer screen.

Vacaville Unified School District students returned Monday for the 2020-21 school year, a traditional rite of passage that serves as a new start for students each year. This year took that concept to another level. Because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Vacaville campuses remain closed for the time being, but students continue to attend classes through distance learning. By order of Gov. Gavin Newsom, schools in counties on the state’s watchlist for COVID-19 cases must start the year with distance learning and remain in the model until the county has been off the watchlist for 14 consecutive days.

Solano County is on the state’s watchlist, so VUSD students began the year by logging onto Zoom and receiving instruction from their teachers.

Murray said she was nervous leading up to the start of the year, but after meeting with her students and their parents, she felt more confident.

“It’s definitely a learning curve for everyone,” she said. “I feel very fortunate because leading up to today, I’ve had contact with a lot of my parents through email, and they’ve all been really positive in their messages back and forth…I feel like I’m in a good place with the families.”

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Sacramento Area Selected For COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Trial

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SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Sacramento has been selected to participate in a COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial that could lead to a widely available vaccine by the end of the year.

UC Davis Health announced Wednesday that it hopes to enroll as many as 200 people from the greater Sacramento metropolitan area in the clinical trial that involves roughly 30,000 people worldwide. The trial is in partnership Pfizer and BioNTech, who have developed a COVID-19 vaccine candidate.

The Sacramento area was selected, in part, because of UC Davis Health’s ability to reach minority communities quickly. Sacramento is the third most ethnically diverse city in America, according to U.S. News & World Report. Stockton is number one.

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