With fire season in full swing, taking preventative measures are top of mind for homeowners and insurance companies. But finding a company to do the work may be challenging—amidst a labor shortage.

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Shortage Of Tree Trimmers Delaying Creation Of Defensible SpaceWith fire season in full swing, taking preventative measures are top of mind for homeowners and insurance companies. But finding a company to do the work may be challenging—amidst a labor shortage.
Oppressive Drought Affecting Ranchers Bottom LineTwo droughts in the last decade mean a rough ride for ranchers who are selling off cows to survive.
Sutter Davis Hospital Cutting Down Trees To Make Way For Solar PanelsSutter Davis Hospital is going green. They're planning to put in solar panels to help lower its carbon footprint and save thousands of gallons of water. But it would involve cutting down many trees -- something local tree advocates don't want.
Facing Labor Shortage, Stockton Restaurant Uses Robot To Help ServeA Stockton restaurant hiring a different kind of help. Like so many restaurants, they're battling a worker shortage. Determined to stay in business, they turned to extra help that's not even human.
Arrests Made After 2 Men Seen On Video Stealing From Woodland Skate ShopTwo men are behind bars after they allegedly stole several scooters from a Woodland business, police say. It happened at Sord Boardshop.
Woodland Bar Shuts Down After Customers Infect Staff With COVID-19Two customers walked into a Yolo County bar unvaccinated and COVID-positive. Days later, the manager said the bar is shut down after employees became infected.
Farmers Facing Water Shortage Just As Peak Growing Season BeginsThe water shortage is hitting farmers' bottom line, and possibly consumers' as well. The state is trying to balance agriculture’s needs with keeping enough water in lakes and streams for protected fish populations. Farmers could lower their wells to drill deeper, but that would cost tens of thousands of dollars.
City Of Sacramento, Downtown Partnership Offering Return-To-Work IncentivesThe city of Sacramento and the Downtown Sacramento Partnership are teaming up on a big giveaway in hopes of bringing employees back to the metro.
Folsom Residents Oppose Plan For Nearby Cemetery's New CrematoriumThe cemetery estimates no more than 500 cremations would be performed each year, with each taking about 90 minutes to complete. According to the application - as more people opt for cremation and Folsom's population grows, there is a growing need for cremation services, and currently there is no facility in Folsom that offers this service. But those who live nearby say a crematorium just doesn't belong so close to their homes.
Sacramento's Tower Café Back Open For BusinessThere were plenty of smiling, familiar faces at the Tower Café as it reopened for business Monday after more than a year. 
Folsom Taqueria Posts Sign Blaming Government Assistance For Slow ServiceA restaurant owner in Folsom posted a “slow service sign”, asking customers to be patient with the short-staffed taqueria desperate for employees to come back to work. It criticized the United States' "government handouts" for being short-staffed.
Pool Chlorine Shortage, Heat Wave Hit Sacramento Area At The Same TimeOn the brink of another heatwave, some pool-goers may have to put a halt on their plans. A nationwide chlorine shortage is starting to trickle down to this area. The shortage has forced one Woodland splash-pad to shut down temporarily until a donor stepped in.
Clean-Up Efforts Continue At 100-Year-Old Modesto Lumber YardThe four-alarm blaze tore through the iconic American Lumber Company on June 18. The lumber yard has stood for almost a century. A little after midnight, crews responded to a small fire behind the business. It quickly spread – fueled by wood and other flammable materials.
Extreme Heat Has Diners Abandoning Outdoor Dining, Scrambling For ReservationsFinding reservations to eat at Midtown restaurants has become almost impossible because it's too hot to dine outside.
Stanislaus County Fair Kicks OffThe heat is on. No matter where you live, it may be the hottest Stanislaus County Fair ever. Visitors are already feeling the heat at the fairgrounds in Turlock. It is not stopping people from showing up.
Despite Increasing New Home Sales, Owners Are Seeing Major Move-In DelaysBuilders say new home sales are the highest they've been since 2004, but some people purchasing the properties are now facing major move-in delays. So why is construction moving so slow? Marlee Ginter has the answer.
Gunther's Named Best Ice Cream In CaliforniaFood & Wine magazine gave the iconic ice cream joint top honors. The ice cream parlor has been in business for 81 years.
Manteca’s New Great Wolf Lodge Indoor Waterpark Now OpenOne year after they were slated to open, the Great Wolf Lodge in Manteca is finally welcoming customers. The 95,000 square-foot indoor water park has 16 slides and a wave pool.
Disruption To Fireworks Supply Chains From China Could Lead To A Slightly Dimmer July 4thIt’s the day many non-profits have been waiting for - and you better not wait too long to get yours. Fewer fireworks and a desire to celebrate at home have authorities concerned many will look online, which is illegal, authorities warn.
Some McDonald's Franchises Hosting COVID Vaccine EventsA free shot and a free menu item. The owner of several restaurants in Northern California has partnered with the CDPH to provide Californians with the COVID-19 vaccine. Those who get a shot also get a free menu item.
Air Conditioning Units And Parts The Latest Pandemic ShortageThe summer heatwaves are rolling in, making people rely more and more on their air conditioning units during the sweltering temps. If you need A/C repairs, or a new unit altogether, expect a long wait.
Salon's Opening Delayed By COVID-19 PandemicA salon at DOCO in Sacramento was ready to open its doors for the first time just before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Today, they finally opened, fully staffed.
Nursing Facilities In Northern California Hit With LawsuitThe government alleges that facilities hired physicians who promise to refer patients in exchange for kickbacks. Four of the nursing homes are in Hayward. The others are Martinez, Fremont, and Yuba City.
Sacramento Travelers Frustrated After Southwest Flights GroundedProblems caused by technical glitches affected flights across the nation on Monday and Tuesday.

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