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Free Tire Recycling at Landfill on September 25

Yolo County is hosting a free tire recycling event at the Yolo County Central Landfill, located at 44090 County Road 28H in Woodland, on September 25, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Yolo County residents and farmers are encouraged to turn in their used passenger car, truck or tractor tires during this free event, made possible through a grant from the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle).  Participants may bring in up to nine tires to be recycled free of charge.

Things to remember when participating in this tire recycling event:

Yolo County Releases 2012 Crop Report

Yolo County Releases 2012 Crop Report

The Yolo County Board of Supervisors received the 2012 Yolo County Agricultural Report – an annual report which summarizes the acreage, production and gross valuation of all agricultural commodities produced in Yolo County in 2012.  The total gross valuation for all agricultural commodities in 2012 was $645,766,504; an all-time high and an increase of 17.5% from 2011.

“These production figures reflect an overall higher price per unit for commodities and increases in acreage,” said Yolo County Agriculture Commissioner John Young.  “Field labor, processing, transporting, marketing and other farm-related services significantly multiply the value agriculture has to our county.  When the multiplier effect of related industries is considered, agriculture contributes well over $1.5 billion to the economy of Yolo County.”

A pristine secret for West Sac nature lovers

A pristine secret for West Sac nature lovers

Do you like to explore nature’s off-the-beaten-path hidden hideaways? Independence Lake (12 miles north of Truckee off  I-80 east toward Reno) is a magnet for West Sac's savvy anglers, hikers, birders and more. Experts in the High Sierra say many of the lake's most frequent visitors travel from northern California communities like West Sac.

Did you see the ring around the sun?

Did you see the ring around the sun?

If you were outside today, you may have noticed a giant ring around the sun. That ring is actually the reflection of ice crystals from high cirrus clouds, according to EarthSky.org

The ring was seen all over the area by News10 viewers, including Roseville and Stockton. Did you get a chance to see it?

Weekly street green waste leaf-drop season ends, monthly pick-up resumes

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Engineered bacteria make fuel from sunlight

Engineered bacteria make fuel from sunlight

Chemists at the University of California, Davis, have engineered blue-green algae to grow chemical precursors for fuels and plastics -- the first step in replacing fossil fuels as raw materials for the chemical industry.

"Most chemical feedstocks come from petroleum and natural gas, and we need other sources," said Shota Atsumi, assistant professor of chemistry at UC Davis and lead author of the study published Jan. 7 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The U.S. Department of Energy has set a goal of obtaining a quarter of industrial chemicals from biological processes by 2025.

Biological reactions are good at forming carbon-carbon bonds, using carbon dioxide as a raw material for reactions powered by sunlight. It's called photosynthesis, and cyanobacteria, also known as "blue-green algae," have been doing it for more than 3 billion years.

Storm preparation tips from Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Storm preparation tips from Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Weather forecasts are calling for rain and strong winds in our area over the next few days.

To prepare for storms and minimize outages, PG&E has an extensive preventive maintenance and tree trimming program. Each year, the utility inspects every mile of line in its service area – more than 130,000 miles total – and spends more than $180 million to reduce the hazards of trees and bushes.

When outages do occur, PG&E employees remain focused on ensuring public safety, determining the extent of the damage, providing customers with all available information, and restoring service as quickly as possible.

PG&E offers the following suggestions to help customers prepare for the upcoming storm:

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Preparing for Power Outages