Friday, July 29, 2005

Fires And Other Local News


Old firetruck in Mountain Ranch- Posted by Picasa

My friend EJ emailed yesterday afternoon alerting me to a nearby fire. We'd heard some aircraft, but not thought it enough activity to bother turning on the scanner and by the time we did, the fire was under control.

This morning, I checked our local online resources to see what had happened, and lo and behold nothing was mentioned at all!

I shouldn't have been surprised.

Recently, I checked KCRA Sacramento online for our local weather and found they'd stopped giving forecasts for our foothills area. What's up with that? We're about a two hour drive from Sacramento, you'd think we'd rate some kind of mention!

Up here, the California Department of Forestry seems to be the first on the scene for almost any problem. Bless them all!

I guess we'll just have to leave the scanner on full-time, if we want any local news whatsoever. I'll have to adjust, period.

18 Comments:

Blogger SoozieQ said...

Nothing like making you feel insignificant,huh? Perhaps it's based on population...when we first moved to "the other side of Mt. Diablo" we'd watch the news for ANY indication of what the weather was going to be like. None of the news channels would ever say (not even that weird, not really a station anymore, KRON channel 4). FINALLY when everyone and their brother moved out to this little 'burb, we started seeing our little "dot" on the map and the fact that it was going to be 98 degrees tomorrow. Heh, maybe we were better off not knowing.

But a FIRE?!?! Hell yes you should be able to see some mention of that somewhere!

12:15 PM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

soozieq-
I would imagine it is based on population. Maybe we'll get more retirees moving up here and get some local news.
Of course that's exactly what we were trying to get away from...
I sure miss the Bay Area broadcasting, much more finesse than KCRA. You'd think the state's capitol would be doing a better job.

12:26 PM  
Blogger cheesecakey said...

I never even thought about that aspect of living away from a major city...

scanners can be entertaining, not just for information.... not that I've ever eavesdropped....

2:30 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

I live in the second largest city in Michigan so we hear most of what happens. And the Weather Channel gives us our local forecast. I'm spoiled form living in larger cities or close to one, anyway.

Speaking of Sacramento, about twelve years ago I spent a couple of months in Roseville. I was out there because my company used to have a facility in the area. Now I can understand how it's so hot where you live. It was really hot and I was there in September and October. I'll quit rambling now.

2:51 PM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

cheesecakey-
You'd think being only two hours away from a major city, that there would be something local, newswise.
Scanners really are entertaining- not that I'm nosy or anything... I just happen to keep local maps near the scanner.

squirl-
Yeah, for my needs I'm willing to forgo some of the perks of city living, obviously.
We're southeast of Roseville. The higher elevation doesn't help much in the heat department, maybe a few degrees. Winters give us a little snow, but not much.
C'mon winter!

3:33 PM  
Blogger SoozieQ said...

I have to agree with you on some of the broadcasting up that way. When we'd go to the Cabin, I was seriously traumatized by all the local programming not to mention the "local" real news.

But I think KRON could come in a close second to those other programs. I swear, half the time I can't tell if Gary Radnich is even SOBER on the news! It's like now that they aren't the real channel 4 anymore (channel 3 is), they just go hog wild and totally act like weirdos! They giggle sometimes like I used to giggle when I would get in trouble in band for making fun of the trumpet guy's red face....but they're ADULTS!*

*Let be noted, I'm NOT saying I don't giggle like a kid when I'm nervous or someone falls down in my presence, but I am not on TV so it's ok.

6:12 PM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

soozieq-
Mr. SB wants me to defend Gary Radnich since he listens to KNBR Sportstalk Radio and is a fan... Gary has a liver problem and is on Prednisone is what I'm being told. Gary has lately been complaining about the weight gain and says his head has become larger!?!
I do know what you mean, though. When I first saw him many years ago I wondered about the same thing! Maybe that's why he has liver damage now?
Now the giggling- how unprofessional! I hate some of the lame jokes and silly scripted banter I hear on KCRA. A sense of humor is great, but puhleeze!

6:47 PM  
Blogger SoozieQ said...

OHMYGOSH! The Hubs LOVES KNBR and has told me to back off Gary too! But then he will relent and AGREE with me sometimes that Gary is just a little *too* out there sometimes!

I too took Prednisone and I got HUGE (I had that "moon face" thing you can get and thankfully I lost that weight after I got off it ~ it treats really bad Asthma too, go figure). So I'd never mock ANYONE on that front, it's too much of a personal thing to me.

BUT he just seems so all over the place on the news...I do not listen to his KNBR show, so maybe he's more professional on that. But the giggling and "I have a crush on Pam and my wife knows" thing he does on the nightly news just makes me want to throw a slipper at the TV! Pam being one of his co-hosts, Wendy Takuda I think is the other one.

Anyway, please offer my apologies to Mr.SB and let him know that I get plenty of grief from the Hubs as well. If and when you guys are down in this area, try to watch him on the news and see if Mr. SB agrees that the dude acts odd in FRONT of the camera vs. behind a microphone ;-)

7:50 PM  
Blogger eclectic said...

I just wanna know one thing: WHERE's THE RED-N-BLACKs?!

Oh yes, and it's very frustrating to get all of your news from 'regional' stations that don't seem to know you're in they're "region."

But...c'mon, I can't be the only person posting undies today. Help a sistah out, here SB!

10:01 PM  
Blogger Romani Heart said...

I feel your pain. We get very little if any local "news". There is a county paper that comes out once a week, mostly obituaries and birth announcements. The headline is almost always a meth lab bust or someone who drowned in the river. We have a scanner, it stays on 24/7, two of us even have them at work. I used to think it was silly but, that's how you hear about the bad weather school closings, impending storms and any other news that you really need to know around here.

8:51 AM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

soozieq-
I knew you'd understand the Prednisone effects from reading your blog!
Radnich is 'kinda' offbeat on the radio also... goes off on tangents.
Didn't Wendy Takuda get fired recently?
No apologies necessary! Mr. SB knows Gary is sometimes 'out there.' He listens for Ralph and Tommy (the 3pm. show) mainly.

eclectic-
I'm taking a guess the "The Red-N-Blacks" are law enforcement?
If so, we have only the county Sheriff to "Serve And Protect" us.
One day I found a knife discarded on the main road next to our mail boxes. The tip was bent, and it had a dark stain on the blade.
I carefully picked it up (I love forensics shows,) took it home and called the Sheriff's office.
They said to throw it away!
Now I don't know about you, but I don't normally go through my possessions while driving, and discard useless things along a winding road...
I'm too late to post undies for SPF, but perhaps I'll create a different undies post later!

romani heart-
It sure sounds like we live in the same town!
The scanner really is the only way to go (out in the boonies.) Listening on the weekends, when the tourists are up here, is fascinating. They come up to have some fun, and end up drowning, having heart attacks, or in traffic accidents.
Last weekend, there was an accidental death quite a ways off the road. The Coroner wasn't available so he authorized the body to be removed from the site... after asking whether one of the victim's friends had a camera to photograph the scene of the death!

10:55 AM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

Doggone I'm so stupid...
eclectic, I finally figured out just what "Red-N-Blacks" you were talking about... talk about duhhh!

12:00 PM  
Blogger Assorted Babble by Suzie said...

YOU MUST be way back up in those foothills! (smiling) Where I am now, we are always on the local and national news...here in far south Florida!

My sister in the country listens to the scanner, actually we know everyone in the county...you get first hand info as it is happening.

12:26 PM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

suzie-
You 'betcha' you're always in the news!
Other than major forest fires, the only time we were in the news was when Ng & Lake murdered people and buried their bodies on a property not too far up the hill from here!

12:55 PM  
Blogger xsapph said...

What a great place you live in, I felt as if I was eavesdropping jus browsing your comments and site, love the whole episode... think I will keep checking in and seeing who is in your neighbourhood!
xsapphire

1:36 PM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

xsapph-
Welcome to my site, and thank you!
Drop by anytime you'd like.
I do believe you're my first visitor from Great Britain, where most of my ancestors hailed from.
If you read my post about Prince Charles and Camilla, please remember this was my opinion only, and does not reflect all other Americans... it was meant as a joke.

2:01 PM  
Blogger Homestead said...

We have the scanner on most of the time at our house too and when I miss something I call my father-in-law because I know he's listening. I just added all the air tactical channels so I can hear the smoke-spotters too. Montana is going digital with all of their radio traffic soon and I'm not sure how that will work with a scanner.... hope I can still hear everything.... it's the only way I know where my husband is some nights!!

Oh, for fire info, try http://www.nifc.gov/ and some of the links from there... sometimes you can get some real info.

9:33 AM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

homestead-
Bless your husband and all the men and women firefighters!
I wouldn't even want to hike some of this terrain, yet these people are carrying gear, wearing heavy protective clothing and working hard in the hot weather.
We also have air tac programmed in.
Thanks for the link, will be checking it out!

11:30 AM  

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