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September 23, 2021

State bans outdoor burning in Santa Clara County

As of Aug. 8, all outdoor burning is banned in the South Bay area, including all of Santa Clara County.The burn ban was announced by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire). The ban includes all burning in the State Responsibility Areas within Santa Clara, Alameda and Contra Costa counties, plus the western portions of Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties.The restrictions also affect the use of campfires, stoves and smoking materials in these areas. The ban will remain in effect until CalFire announces otherwise.Starting immediately, the following restrictions are in effect:• No open fires, campfires or charcoal fires will be permitted;• Lanterns and portable stoves using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel and propane or gas fire pits will be permitted;• Visitors to campgrounds must clear all flammable material for 10 feet in all directions from their camp stove, have a shovel available and ensure that a responsible person attends the stove at all times during use;• Smoking is prohibited, except within an enclosed vehicle, building or designated campfire use site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or clear of all flammable material.The burn ban was announced as more than 13,000 firefighters are on the front lines of 12 large wildfires across the state. As of Aug. 9, these fires have burned nearly 667,000 acres and damaged or destroyed more than 2,000 structures, according to CalFire.

High fire danger through today

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention

Christopher Ranch endorses tariffs on Chinese garlic

Breaking away from the position of many U.S. farmers, Christopher Ranch, the nation’s premier garlic company, announced on Tuesday, Sept. 18, that it fully supports the imposition of a 10 percent tariff on imported Chinese garlic (under the United States Trade Representative Section 301 Investigation).“Christopher Ranch applauds the decision of the U.S. trade representative to raise the tariff to 25 percent on Jan. 1, 2019,” said Ken Christopher, executive vice president of Christopher Ranch, based in Gilroy.“For decades, Chinese exporters have flooded the US market with cheap and often illegally dumped garlic, and this tariff will help to level the playing field for American garlic farmers,” said Christopher.Recently, third-generation farmer Christopher flew to Washington DC to build bipartisan congressional support for the US garlic industry and to offer testimony to the US International Trade Commission in support of the enacted tariff. Officials from the Departments of State, Commerce, Homeland Security, Labor, Small Business Administration, and the office of the US Trade Representative were present to receive the testimony.According to the US Department of Commerce, Chinese garlic exporters have defrauded the US government out of more than $600 million of billed but uncollected duties. This represents the largest single industry of the total $2.6 billion of total uncollected duties since 2001. https://www.gao.gov/assets/680/678419.pdf Unlike past duties, the proposed new tariff would require that fees be paid in advance, preventing exporters from engaging in illegal duty evasion schemes.“In broad macroeconomic terms, we recognize that an escalating trade war may not be in the nation’s larger economic interest, but immediate relief for the US garlic industry is needed,” said Christopher in the company statement. “Illegally dumped Chinese garlic continues to flood the US market, making its way to unassuming American consumers, and US farmers need our government’s support.“The anticipated tariffs of Chinese garlic will go a long way to restoring a longstanding injustice on American garlic farmers.”

VTA bus route changes coming to South County

South County commuters will be moderately affected by the proposed changes to the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority’s bus route system, which is reviewed every 10 years for a scratch redesign.

Couple rocks new shop

Poppy Jasper has sat in the hills of Morgan Hill (and nowhere else) for millions of years, and it has been the City’s official rock for more than a decade. An international film festival headquartered in Morgan Hill is named after the mineral, as is an award-winning beer, and now a downtown shop specializing in Poppy Jasper rock and jewelry is set to open.

Horror Writer Victor Miller to Keynote Poppy Jasper Film Festival

Author of 'Friday the 13th' movie to speak about his Hollywood

Dr. Robert Moulthrop dies of heart attack

Prominent community volunteer and Morgan Hill dentist, Dr. Robert A. “Bob” Adair Moulthrop, DDS, 53, died from a sudden heart attack Wednesday, June 6, as he was walking his dog.

MH Jackson Ranch Purchase is Complete

County Open Space Authority sells 38 acres of land for $1.1

101 accident kills one, snarls traffic for 3 hours

An accident on U.S. 101 north of Morgan Hill Saturday morning