Happy Wednesday! Would you want some information to go along with your heat? I’m Winston Gieseke, philanthropy and particular sections editor for The Desert Sun in Palm Springs, and I’ve acquired the A/C operating full blast as I convey you a few of at this time’s high headlines.
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- Grid operator: California’s energy sufficient amid heat wave — to this point
- Monterey County brings in goats to stop wildfires
- Pelicans discovered mutilated: ‘Someone is deliberately breaking’ wings, group says
- Glendale police officer saves deer trapped in fence
- MacKenzie Scott offers hundreds of thousands to California teams, ‘no strings hooked up’
Grid operator: California’s energy sufficient amid heat wave — to this point
Yesterday, this newsletter reported on Southern California’s record-shattering heat. Today, the Associated Press reports that whereas the state was projected to have sufficient energy to meet electrical demand Wednesday, residents could also be requested to voluntarily preserve electrical energy later week as tremendous intense heat continues to blanket the West.
The California Independent System Operator (Cal ISO) mentioned the grid was steady and there was no expectation of rotating energy outages.
While forecasts additionally confirmed sufficient reserves to cowl Thursday night, a statewide Flex Alert was nonetheless issued for Thursday afternoon, according to NBC 4. This is a request to voluntarily cut back one’s energy by turning off pointless lights, limiting use of main home equipment to earlier than 3 p.m. and after 10 p.m., setting air conditioner thermostats to 78 levels or increased, utilizing followers to keep cool and protecting drapes drawn.
To keep on high of state-issued requests, you possibly can join updates at Cal ISO’s notifications page. For native alerts, examine your utility’s web site.
Summerlike heat arrived with spring nonetheless on the calendar as a dome of excessive stress lined the West. Oppressive daytime highs have been adopted by very heat nights.
Palm Springs hit a file 120 levels on Tuesday, 4 levels above the earlier June 15 file set in 1961, whereas Wednesday’s excessive was 113. Meanwhile up north, “dangerously” excessive temperatures of 110 levels in some elements of the Bay Area have prompted a heat advisory that continues to be in impact till 9 p.m. PDT Friday, according to NBC 4.
Looking for methods to fight the heat? If you are up north, The Mercury News has identified nine gorgeous Bay Area beaches you may have never heard of.
Monterey County brings in goats to stop wildfires
If you discovered your self in Jacks Peak Park in Monterey County over the weekend and occurred upon 600 grazing goats, you weren’t dreaming.
The goats are part of a $116,789 wildfire prevention effort funded by a grant from Cal Fire and can be there for roughly three weeks munching on vegetation that may gas wildfires.
Jacks Peak poses just a few challenges to firefighters if a wildfire have been to erupt. The 50-year-old, 525-acre park is situated on a ridgeline, and over time there’s been a buildup of vegetation.
The goats have been introduced in to assist expose the heavier, woody vegetation. After the goats clear the vegetation, a tree crew can be introduced in to take away further development.
“Their voracious appetite and ability to both graze down vegetation and reach low-hanging tree growth make them a helpful and ecologically friendly partner in fire prevention and vegetation clearing efforts,” officers mentioned.
The goats, owned by an organization known as Goats R Us, are a part of a touring herd originating from Orinda, east of San Francisco. While the goats are within the space, they are going to be monitored by skilled herders utilizing canine and electrical fencing.
Pelicans discovered mutilated: ‘Someone is deliberately breaking’ wings, group says
A Southern California wildlife group is looking for solutions after more than 30 pelicans have been attacked and mutilated along the state’s coast.
The Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center, a nonprofit group that works with injured wildlife in Orange County, mentioned this week that 32 brown pelicans have been considerably injured between the cities of Huntington Beach and San Clemente since March. Of these, 22 have suffered compound fractures to their wings.
“Someone is intentionally breaking brown pelicans’ wings,” the group mentioned in a press release. “We need your help to find whomever is performing this atrocious act.”
Debbie McGuire, govt director of Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center, advised USA TODAY a $500 reward is being provided in hopes of creating an arrest.
The group can also be asking for donations to assist pay for surgical procedures and look after the pelicans. McGuire mentioned that surgical procedure can value roughly $5,000 and hundreds extra in rehabilitation.
The brown pelican was as soon as an endangered species within the state within the Seventies, according to the National Park Service. The birds have made a comeback since, however they nonetheless stay a protected species within the state.
Meanwhile, again in glad animal information:
Glendale police officer saves deer trapped in fence
A police officer within the Los Angeles County metropolis of Glendale rescued a child deer that was caught in a fence, permitting the terrified fawn to rapidly rejoin its mom. Head on over to USA Today to see a video of the dramatic rescue.
MacKenzie Scott offers hundreds of thousands to California teams, ‘no strings hooked up’
In non-animal information, MacKenzie Scott, the billionaire philanthropist recognized for her impromptu multibillion greenback donations to charities and racial fairness causes, has introduced she’s donating $2.7 billion to 286 organizations, including more than three dozen based in California.
The Los Angeles Times reports that this newest spherical of donations from Scott, 51, who was married to Amazon’s founder and CEO Jeff Bezos from 1993 to 2019 and have become the third-wealthiest lady on the earth upon her divorce, are closely targeted on California neighborhood schools and universities, arts organizations and nonprofits that work for social justice. At least $285 million of Scott’s donations went to 12 of the Golden State’s instructional establishments.
In a blog post on medium.com, Scott wrote that she needed to deemphasize “privileged voices” and focus her assistance on teams which might be within the trenches. “People struggling against inequities deserve center stage in stories about change they are creating,” she wrote.
“It’s extraordinary and very different than other billionaires, who tend to give to well-known institutions,” mentioned Stacy Palmer, editor of the Chronicle of Philanthropy. “It’s just so striking that one of the world’s wealthiest women is giving to all of these groups that typically never hear from a millionaire, much less a billionaire.”
This newest spherical of choices brings Scott’s whole no-strings-attached donations since July 2020 to $8.5 billion.
In California is a roundup of reports from throughout USA Today community newsrooms. Also contributing: Associated Press, Los Angeles Times, The Mercury News, NBC4, San Francisco Chronicle. We’ll be taking a break for Juneteenth and again in your inboxes on Monday. Stay cool!
As the philanthropy and particular sections editor at The Desert Sun, Winston Gieseke writes about nonprofits, fundraising and people who give back in the Coachella Valley. Reach him at [email protected].