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VOLUME VII          NUMBER 1          AUGUST 1, 2020

of Continental Newstime  newsmagazine 

This is not the whole newspaper, but a special complimentary, on-line edition of the general-interest, periodic newsmagazine, Continental Newstime.  The rest of the newspaper includes national and world news, newsmaker profiles, commentary/analysis, periodic interviews, travel and entertainment features, an intermittent science column, humor, sports, cartoons, comic strips, and puzzles, and averages 26 pages per month.  Continental Features/Continental News Service publishes, on a monthly rotational basis, special, complimentary on-line newspapers: Washington DC News Edition (familiarly knownasthe Malfunction Junction News Edition or Snooze Junction News Edition), Chicago News Edition, Honolulu News Edition, Atlanta News Edition, Anchorage News Edition, Boston News Edition, Seattle News Edition, Miami News Edition, San Diego News Edition, Rochester (N.Y.) News Edition, Minneapolis News Edition, and Houston News Edition. 

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* Congressional News Briefs ... Senator Maria Cantwell, as a senior member of the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and to follow through on her commitment to climate-change mitigation, has joined Senators Angus King, Joe Manchin and Tom Carper, to request that the U.S. Government Accountability Office conduct a comprehensive review of methane emissions from oil and gas development.  The Washington State Senator stresses the need for reducing methane leaks and to upgrade technology for measuring methane emissions, while noting that the coronavirus pandemic has contributed to reduced natural-gas prices, thereby lowering the incentive for producers to capture and sell methane-laden natural gas, rather than allow it to be vented into the atmosphere.  Citing the authority of the International Energy Agency, the Senators assert that minimizing methane leaks is cost-effective and the primary means of oil and natural-gas companies for countering climate change.  Senator Cantwell and colleagues add that understanding how methane emissions from the oil and natural-gas sector affect the environment and human health depends upon understanding exactly how much methane is released into the atmosphere during normal and abnormal conditions.

* State Government News Briefs … Governor Jay Inslee has issued a Proclamation, Number 20-64, exempting personally-identifiable information from public disclosure as the state conducts contact tracing in coronavirus-case investigations.  He explains, “The success of the response to the COVID-19 epidemic depends in part on the free flow of information and individuals’ willingness to share information and cooperate with public-health authorities.  Ensuring the protection of a person’s personally-identifiable information may determine whether that person will fully cooperate with COVID-19 case investigators and contact tracers.”  Since the state’s Public Records Act already protects many types of personal information pertaining to public employees and volunteers, the Governor’s Proclamation does not furnish additional exemptions for those conducting the contact tracing.  This Proclamation is due to expire on August 29.  Meantime, the Governor has extended Proclamation 20-46.1, of April, 2020, toward protecting high-risk employees and worker rights.  Based upon new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance concerning individuals at increased risk for severe illness, employees who are 65 years of age or older continue to be covered by the Proclamation—which will continue in effect through the duration of the current state of emergency, or until rescinded or amended—and the Proclamation details processes companies should use for employees with certain medical conditions.

* County Government News Briefs … The Community, Health and Housing Services Committee of the Metropolitan King County  Council  met  virtually  on  July 29,  before  a  series  of  announced  meeting  cancellations of the Council and its


Committees running from August 3 to at least August 26.  The Committee convened to discuss such matters as, toward taking possible action on, two proposed motions acknowledging receipt of a progress report on coordination of delivery of benefits and services to low-income County residents, consistent with the 2019-2020 Biennial Budget Ordinance.  The sponsors of these proposed motions were Council Member Kathy Lambert and Council Member Rod Dembowski, Senior Legislative Analyst Sam Porter and Council Staff, respectively.  In addition, Council Staff, the Senior Legislative Analyst and Council Member Lambert collaborated on a proposal to request that County Executive Dow Constantine develop a plan to put into force the recommendations of the Department of Community and Human Services and Public Health for coordinating the delivery of benefits and services for low-income King County residents, while exploring other recommendations to improve the coordination of benefits for persons held in County Jail facilities.

* City Government News Briefs … Mayor Jenny A. Durkan, since announcing on June 4 a partnership aimed at achieving free city-wide testing for the coronavirus at drive-up sites in north Seattle and in south Seattle, informs that a third testing site at Rainier Beach High School in south Seattle has opened as a walk-up location.   To date, in excess of 80,000 tests have been conducted, and the Mayor pledged that the City would add more days and hours for testing and boost capacity by up to 4,000 tests per week.  Meanwhile, a fourth location, one in Southwest Seattle, is presently under consideration.  In other developments, City Council President M. Lorena Gonzalez, together with the Mayor, have marked passage of the Seattle Transportation Benefit District Renewal.  Allowing that funding through sales-tax revenue is “a regressive and flawed revenue tool,” the small increase of 0.05 percent will permit the City to invest in other programs fostering equity and maintain the service many transit users rely on.  Besides, the legislation the Council has approved will expand regular transit service to all sectors of the City, so that essential workers and other riders will experience “safe, efficient and frequent transit” city-wide, just as maintaining as much service as possible during the coronavirus epidemic will position Seattle for recovery up ahead.

* Weather … The National Weather Service reports that current conditions at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, as of 3:15 PM on July 31, are clear, with a temperature of 81 degrees Fahrenheit, relative humidity of 42 percent, wind out of the south-southwest at 11 miles per hour, barometric pressure of 30.01 inches, a dewpoint of 55 degrees, and visibility of 10 miles.  The forecast for tonight calls for increasing cloudiness, with a low temperature of about 60 degrees, and southwest wind of 5 to 14 miles per hour.  Saturday, August 1st is expected to be partly sunny, with a daily high temperature of about 77 degrees, calm wind becoming west-northwest wind of 5 to 7 miles per hour in the afternoon.  It is anticipated that it will be partly cloudy Saturday night, with a low temperature of about 60 degrees, north-northwest wind of 5 to 8 miles per hour becoming calm after midnight, while the forecast for Sunday calls for mostly-sunny skies, with a daily high temperature of about 81 degrees and calm wind becoming southwest wind of about 6 miles per hour in the afternoon.

Report on Science:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  By Greg A. Anderson

About Earth’s Nearest Planetary Neighbor [Condensed]

     We are in an extraordinary era in human history.  In the midst of a pandemic and riots, a private company put humans in space for the first time, perhaps ushering in a new phase of the Space Age.  That age started more than sixty years ago and has given us a completely new understanding of the universe.  Before the advent of space probes, many professional astronomers thought Venus might be a tropical paradise under its ever-present clouds; in fact, NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, using computer modeling, says that the planet may have had a shallow, liquid-water ocean and a habitable surface for 2 billion years of its early history.  Venus, under the cloud cover, is a hot and hellish place, with a carbon-dioxide atmosphere 90 times as thick as Earth and with resulting greenhouse-effect temperatures approaching 864 degrees Fahrenheit.  Its sluggish rotation not only translates into a day on Venus being equal to 117 Earth days, but that means its spin subjects its dayside to the sun for nearly two consecutive months….
    Located about 25 million miles from Earth and 67.24 million miles from the Sun, Venus, about Earth-size in dimensions, has an axial tilt of little more than 3 degrees, while that of Earth is 23 degrees, accounting for our seasonal changes.  Since the orbit of Venus is more circular than that of Earth, really with no apogee and perigee relative to the Sun, Venus does not experience the "cool down" associated with reaching apogee in its distance from the Sun.  Also, the rotation of Venus is in the reverse direction from the rotation of Earth: the Sun rises in the West and sets in the East.  Scientists believe that a planet-sized object once struck Venus to establish its current spin pattern. However, Venus has fewer impact craters than Mercury, Mars, and Earth's satellite, the Moon.  Flat plains are estimated to cover approximately 65 percent of the surface of Venus, but in the remainder of the surface one of the six mountainous regions stretches for some 540 miles and rises to an elevation of about 7 miles.
    There are geologic differences, though, as reflected in computer images made possible by the U.S. space probe, Magellan's 1990 radar scans of the surface of Venus.  For example, there are ring-like crowns, coronae, formed, scientists believe, when hot matter inside the planet rises to the surface.  Besides, there are raised tiles, tesserae, ridges and valleys that extend in different directions.  Geologists allow that the surface features are less than 1 billion years old….
    Gravity?  The force of gravity on Venus is somewhat less than on Earth and its mass is approximately four-fifths that of Earth.  Overall, a person weighing 100 pounds on Earth would weigh as much as the proverbial 88-pound weakling on Venus.
    A number of different space probes have contributed to our knowledge of Earth's nearest planetary neighbor.  Those of the U.S. have not only included Magellan, but Mariner 2, Mariner 5, Mariner 10, Pioneer Venus 1, and Pioneer Venus 2.   The Venera-series probes the former Soviet Union launched have increased factual information by passing, crashing on, or landing on Venus with test instruments.

Note: Editor-in-Chief Gary P. Salamone also contributed to this report.

Question Time with Public Figures

The American public expects public officials to deal with, rather than dodge, difficult public-policy problems, to be transparent in their public-policy positions, and to state their views confidently, thoughtfully and boldly.  One week was allowed to finalize the response, by E-mail, of each of the Presidential candidates listed below.
The Continental News Service had announced its intention to publish results of this multi-respondent poll in its on-line newspapers over the course of time, and these newspapers include its Washington D.C. News Edition, Chicago News Edition, Honolulu News Edition, Atlanta News Edition, Anchorage News Edition, Boston News Edition, Seattle News Edition, Miami News Edition, San Diego News Edition, Rochester (N.Y.) News Edition, Minneapolis News Edition, and Houston News Edition.

Would you, Senator/Representative/Governor, support  legislation, or even sponsor legislation, ending all federal government grants to Planned Parenthood if it was conducted in an even-handed and non-discriminatory manner; that is, likewise ending all federal and federally-subsidized state grants to faith-based and all other non-profit groups,  whatever their specific tax-code classification?
 __ Yes.  Uncheck "No Comment."  My reasoning is ________________________________________________________________________________.
 __ No.  Uncheck "No Comment."  My reasoning is _________________________________________________________________________________.
 X No Comment.  Senator Kamala Harris, Senator Cory Booker, Senator Bernie Sanders, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Representative Tulsi Gabbard, Washington Governor Jay Inslee.

* Proverbs (chapter 28/verse 22): “He that hastes to be rich has an evil eye, and considers not that poverty shall come upon him.”   hastes=hurries.

[A timely warning against get-rich-quick schemes]




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VOLUME I          NUMBER 1          JUNE 18, 2020


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 * Congressional News Briefs ...  Doug LaMalfa, Fort  Jones'  agent  in the U.S. House  of Representatives, has nominated five students, based upon  recommendations of his Military  Academy  Selection Committee, to four of the five  U.S. Service  Academies.  The  three students from  Chico  were  nominated to attend  different Service Academics: the U.S.  Military  Academy at  West Point,  the U.S.  Air Force  Academy  in Colorado Springs, and the U.S.  Naval  Academy  in Annapolis, Maryland.  The student  from Cottonwood was also nominated to attend  Annapolis, while the student from Shasta  Lake was nominated to attend  the  U.S. Merchant  Marine  Academy  in Kings  Point,  New  York.    No  students were nominated to attend  the  U.S. Coast  Guard  Academy in New  London,  Connecticut.   In other  developments, Congressman LaMalfa,  who  had  worked  with  Oregon  Congressman Greg  Walden on behalf  of Klamath  Basin farmers  and  ranchers on both  sides  of the state  line,  credits  the  Trump  Administration with  acknowledging the Convoy  for  Change rally  in Midland  and acting to restore  the full 140,000-acre-feet water allotment promised in April.  The rally was a reaction  to plans in May to  reduce  the  water  allotment  further  to  80,000 acre  feet,  which  would  threaten with  ruin  crops  that were  planted  based on assurances given  in April.   LaMalfa observes, "While Basin farmers are still only receiving 40% of their legal  water right from  Upper Klamath  Lake,  it  will  help  to  get  them  through  the  remainder of  the  growing  season   with  the crops they  currently have  in  the ground."     He says   the  Bureau   of  Reclamation decision  to  reverse course   operates  to  "prioritize  agriculture and  overrule  the bureaucracies that created this crisis," adding,  "The  water  in the  Klamath  Project  needs to  remain  where  it belongs: with  the  Basin farmers  who hold the  water right and rely on it for their economic survival."  Also, the Congressman reports  becoming  an original  co­-sponsor  of  the  Coronavirus County   Relief  and  Stability Bill,  to  ensure  that  small  and  medium-size  counties, operating on  "tight budgets" and  facing  revenue deficits,  receive  the funds  necessary to support  senior-care agencies, first  responders, and public-health departments.  He argues that previous  legislation furnished direct  assistance to local governments having service populations of more than  500,000 people,   overlooking 42  counties   in  California likewise in  need  of  federal  support during  the pandemic,   LaMalfa resumes,  "Despite Congress' clear directive that the Coronavirus Relief Fund  be used to assist  local  governments, several  governors continue to withhold  counties' allotment.   In California, further cuts to rural  counties' withheld share  were reduced  to half  and then redistributed to urban  areas."  Although the bill would  furnish  more  funding  than the  National Association of Counties requested, he says  that  the  funding sought "will  benefit  all  Americans."  Senator  Dianne  Feinstein's focus,  meanwhile, has  partly  been  on U.S. foreign  policy.    Accompanied by  Senators  Mark  Warner,  Angus King  and  Jack  Reed,  she  wrote  Director of  National Intelligence John Ratcliffe  to declare: "While we support  the goal  of bringing the war in Afghanistan to a responsible end, we are  concerned  that a  repeat  of our  hastily-announced withdrawal   from  Syria  could  needlessly put  more  American   lives at  risk,  increase   the  threat  to allies  and  partners participating  in the  Resolute Support  Mission,  and  squander   important intelligence relationships and  counter­-terrorism  operations."  The Senators cited "reports"; that  is, a statement in the New York  Times that "President Trump  has repeatedly voiced  a desire to leave  Afghanistan sooner  than the timeline laid out in the Feb.  29 peace agreement.  He may want to campaign on bringing home  every soldier" before  the  November election.    The  Senators expressed concern that the  withdrawal   would  not  be "orderly,  conditions-based, and   planned   in  conjunction  with   military   and  diplomatic counterparts," but would  instead  be "much earlier than the timeline established in the Taliban peace agreement that was signed earlier this year."  Other considerations Feinstein and her colleagues raised were the "stability and governance in Afghanistan, the threat posed by groups like the Haqqani Taliban Network, al-Qa'ida,and ISIS, and the risk posed by a precipitous U.S. withdrawal."  Senator  Feinstein has expressed alarm, as well, to General Tod D.  Wolters, of the U.S. European Command, that President Trump and Defense Secretary Mark Esper have reportedly decided to reduce the number of U.S. troops in Germany by 9,500,  to  limit America's NATO  deployment there  to 25,000  troops, so our NATO ally bears a larger share of the  burden for its


defense.   Besides, the  Senator, joined  by Senator Chuck  Schumer and  Senator  Mark  Warner,  has  contacted FBI  Director Christopher Wray and Director  of National  Intelligence John  Ratcliffe  to request  release  to the public  of  any  information supporting the President's claims that,  in the looting, violence and  destruction of property, "our   nation  has  been  gripped   by  professional  anarchists and  Antifa," agents  of "domestic terror." Terming  the  President's  declarations "inflammatory  claims," the Democratic Senators  charged  that  the  purpose  is  to  discredit  "legitimate peaceful protests" and  to "justify unnecessary federal, even  military, intervention and the excessive use of force."

* Governor's Office  News Briefs .          Governor  Gavin  Newsom  has pledged  to work with the California Legislative Black  Caucus, the California  Latino Legislative Caucus, other legislative leaders, national experts, community leaders, law enforcement and journalists in developing new policing and criminal-justice reform & following  nation-wide demonstrations related to  the killing of George Floyd.    The Governor points out that in  2019  his Administration collaborated in passage of Assembly Bill 392, what he characterizes as the “nation's strongest  standard  for police use of deadly force," and that this year the thrust  of  his Administration  is promotion  of  a  "now  conversation  about broader  criminal-justice   reform" toward  establishing  "a cultural change.''     In particular, he has announced support for a general prohibition of the carotid hold and other  techniques that will apply to all police departments  in California. Already, he emphasizes that he has ordered removal of carotid-hold instruction from state training materials and state police-training programs; he suspended use  of the  death penalty  due to racial and economic differentiation  in its application; he proposed closing  two state prisons and the  Division of Juvenile Justice; his revised May Budget called for shortening prison time for offenders who take part in treatment or education  programs and who demonstrate good behavior;  and  he has advocated access by incarcerated youth  to higher education.   In addition, the Governor acknowledges  that BYD  North America has finally received certification  from the National  Institute for Occupational Safety  and Health  for its  respiratory masks, thereby  meeting a State deadline  of June  12.   Consequently, the  company  is now  set to ship  additional masks, some 150 million N95  masks, to health-care  workers and first responders,  in connection with California's public-safety and re-opening plans. Previously, an estimated 110 million surgical masks were delivered under the State contract  with BYD, and Governor Newsom says that the  new supply of personal protective equipment will ensure that the State can meet the future needs of doctors, nurses  and yet other front-line  workers.   Meantime, the Califomia Senate's Budget and Fiscal Review Committee  planned a hearing for June 12 on the Budget Act of 2019.  Besides, the Committee scheduled a hearing on the same date relative to education-finance apportionments, as well as a hearing  on statc taxes and charges. Then, on June  18, the Senate Appropriations Committee  was due, at this writing,  to conduct  a hearing  on flavored tobacco products.

* County Government News Briefs …  The Siskiyou County  Board of Supervisors, meeting just two days ago, was scheduled to approve a Consent  Agenda of  routine  and  non-controversial items including  approval of a 2020-2021  fiscal-year, contract  addendum  with  Scott Valley Veterinary  for provision of spay/neuter  services,  boosting the  contract  value by $2,000  to a  total amount  not greater  than  $12,500; authorization for the  County  Fish and  Game Commission to  purchase $4,336 (plus tax) in deer decoys, and to transfcr the articles to the California Department of Fish and  Wildlife; clarification of the January 7, 2020  appointments  of Frank Hayden and Dan Drakc to the Scott Valley and Shasta Valley Watermaster District for terms closing December 15, 2023;  approval of a 2020-2021 contract addendum  for used-oil collection and recycling services with the Oil Re-Refining Company; and approval of a not-­to-exceed-$365,818  contract  with the  California Department  of Social  Services for  coordination of  adoption services.   Departmental  Requests included support for the Chief Probation Officer's study of the feasibility of Siskiyou County becoming one of the proposed Regional Hub Centers to house juveniles in  the  aftermath  of  the  State Division  of Juvenile  Justice  no  longer accepting  juvenile intakes;  consideration  of  an application for  $150,000  in Local Government  Planning Support Program funds from the California Department  of Housing  and Community  Development; development  of an administrative fine schedule  for violations  of Siskiyou County  Code  provisions on industrial hemp cultivation; and  presentation of an update on the status of coronavirus cases in the  County.   Also,  a Public  Hearing  initiated  on  May  19  resumed, concerning  the second reading  of  an Ordinance  amending  County Code provisions  relating to personal marijuana cultivation, to allow for increased fines for multi-day  citations.   Plus, County Supervisors anticipated that a Public Hearing on the 2020-2021 fiscal-year Recommended Budgets it was undertaking must he carried over to a Public Meeting on June 23.  Further, the Board of Supervisors was poised to appoint one member to an unscheduled  vacancy on the Scott Valley and Shasta Valley Watermaster District for a term  closing December  15, 2023, the candidate, among other stipulations,  not holding water rights.

* City  Government  News  Briefs …     The Fort Jones  Town  Council, conducting a special  meeting  by Zoom computer  hook-up  on June 17, was set to consider,  toward approval, Resolution  1076, to consolidate local-election balloting with the November,  2020  General Election.    Additionally, the Council was scheduled  to take up, toward approval, Fort Jones’ final 2020-2021  fiscal-year  budget.   Thereafter, with adjournment, the Council  planned to hold its next meeting on July  13 at 7 PM in City Hall.  At the Council's previous meeting on June 8, also held through Zoom link-up, the Council was set to take up such non-action, discussion  items as the monthly  Police Department  report,  the monthly Fire Department  report, Code Enforcement,  the monthly  Public Works report, City Administrator Karl Drexel's Report, the Planning Committee Meeting, and the Etna Ambulance. Among the Consent Calendar items the Council was due to approve, unless a Council Member or a member of the public requested removal, were the Minutes of the Council's Regular Meeting of May  11; ratification of disbursements during the period May l-May 31, 2020; June Accounts Payable, and Fort Jones' budget  versus  actua1 spending during the period July  1, 2019-May  31, 2020.   Now, the action items included discussion of a permit and use permit in the Scott Valley Business Park; review and adoption of the Employee Handbook, appointment  of a New Ordinance and Policy Committee; adoption of an Interim Policy on Bulk  Water Sales Permits; and review and adoption of the 2020-2021 Preliminary Operational  Budget.  Next, leading to adjournment, the Council had set aside time on its agenda for a Public Hearing, spotlighting an associated Staff Report and Board Comments, on the Second Reading of an Ordinance regulating Mobile Home/RV Parks.

* Weather  ...       The  National  Weather Service  reports  that current  conditions  at Montague  Siskiyou  County  Airport,  as of 10:53  PM,  are clear,  with a temperature of 71  degrees Fahrenheit, relative humidity  of 40  percent,  winds out  of the north at 14 miles per hour,  barometric pressure of 30.01  inches, dewpoint of 46 degrees, and visibility of 10 miles.   The forecast for tonight calls for mostly-clear skies, with a low temperature of about 56 degrees, and light and variable wind. Friday is expected to be sunny, with a daily high temperature of around 87 degrees and light and variable wind.


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