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Gift of the Mask: Cuomo lauds retired farmer's gesture
4/30/2020 10:07:22 PM

By Marina Villeneuve   ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)—Help has poured into New York from many places as the coronavirus has killed thousands, but the most humble of gifts—a single N-95 mask—brought a mist to the eyes of the state's governor. A retired farmer in Kansas mailed the mask to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, saying the couple hoped it could be used by a doctor or nurse. Cuomo read the entire letter at his daily briefing as an example of courage and generosity in dark times. “I am a retired farmer hunkered down in N.E. Kansas with my wife who has but one...

Teaching Black women to be doulas to 'Save Black Lives'
4/30/2020 9:59:47 PM

By Damon Mitchell   NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP)—Over two dozen women gathered in late winter inside a large, open room at the Nashville Sudbury School. They were there to become doulas—trained birth workers who support women through their reproductive experiences—as a part of a training with the nonprofit Homeland Heart Birth and Wellness Collective. Many were mothers. Some have had miscarriages. All had to come to terms with the fact that they could lose a child or die during pregnancy. The workshop was led by Kristin Mejia-Greene, a seasoned doula who...

California won't make stores charge for bags amid virus
4/30/2020 9:16:33 PM

By Kathleen Ronayne   SACRAMENTO (AP)—California grocery and retail stores won't be required to charge 10 cents per bag, and they can again hand out thinner, single-use plastic bags under an executive order signed Thursday by Gov. Gavin Newsom. It's a change that retailers have wanted for weeks, as many major grocery chains have stopped letting customers bring in reusable bags over fears of spreading the coronavirus. California, which has some of the nation's strictest laws aimed at reducing plastic waste, banned stores from handing out single-use plastic...

Housing and Economic Development Committee approves Bentley Construction Group contract for Palm Vista
4/30/2020 5:12:58 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Oxnard-- There is a new look coming to the Kitchen Rehabilitation Project at Palm Vista, as the Housing and Economic Development Committee approved a $577,165 firm-fixed-price contract for the development.    The work will rehabilitate 89 kitchens, including the replacement of kitchen cabinets, sinks, faucets, and range hoods at Palm Vista (801 S C Street).    The project schedule is for 120 days. The project manager will notify the residents based on the work schedule to stay out of the kitchen area...

Public Works and Transportation Committee approves Badger Meter purchase order
4/30/2020 4:59:09 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Oxnard-- The Public Works and Transportation Committee, April 28, recommended executing a purchase order with Badger Meter Inc. to purchase residential, commercial, irrigation, industrial and fire service water meters, and parts for the city's water department.   The purchase order will be for $250,000 and will run through June 30, 2021.   Assistant Public Works Director Tien Ng presented the item to the committee and said that besides operating blending stations and the desalter, the water division staff also...

Our Temporary New Look
4/29/2020 10:54:15 AM

To our valued readers: At a time when many scores of local newspapers nationwide have been forced to shutter their door when they are needed more than ever, the Tri-County Sentry is bolstering its coverage. We hope you’ve noticed that in the last month we have strictly focused our news locally and the ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting our communities. As we as a community emerge, our coverage will grow more comprehensive and in-depth. And we will soon launch a new bold online presence that will keep you informed in a timely manner throughout the week, continually...

Community newspapers feel the COVID pinch
4/24/2020 5:52:50 AM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com   Ventura County-- Some of the victims in Ventura County are community newspapers, the central hub of news and information across Ventura County.   The lifeblood of each paper is advertising revenue. The stay-at-home-order has harmed Main Street in all communities and the first casualty of a revenue loss is advertising dollars.   At the Tri County Sentry, the paper has limited delivery of its weekly edition. It is focused on paid subscriptions in the interim as many locations in the county the where paper...

Oxnard approves funds to help Mercy House with increased homeless need
4/23/2020 8:02:02 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com   Oxnard--The Oxnard City Council approved additional funds for Mercy House for the homeless community to help fight the COVID-19 outbreak across the county.   That includes separating beds, as members of the homeless community sleep in bunk beds without social distancing, plus delivering the meal program to the recipients.   The COVID-19 pandemic, emergency orders, and public health recommendations issued in March of 2020 to the present required the City and Mercy House to modify operations to protect the...

Channel Islands Harbor Farmers’ Market is an oasis amid social distancing
4/23/2020 7:00:16 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com   Oxnard-- As the world continues its lockdown due to COVID-19, the Channel Islands Harbor Farmer's Market is open for business and provides a welcome respite from the daily struggle residents in Ventura County face because of the pandemic.   Usually, the farmer's market is a whirlwind of crafts, lotions, soaps, pictures, and jewelry, but since those are non-essential items, shoppers didn't have access to those treasures.   The market did have a full complement of food, however, and many items...

Limon pushes for resources to help residents
4/23/2020 5:50:42 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com   Oxnard-- As the state continues to battle COVID-19, Assembly Member Monique Limon is hard at work at the statehouse making sure that the district is well represented.   The county continues its battle with the disease, as the data on April 20, shows 428 total confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 121 cases reported from person-to-person contact, 218 cases that are community-acquired, and another 70 cases under investigation. There are 19 travel-related cases.    Oxnard has 90 cases of...

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