Sacramento, California - Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued a proclamation declaring May 2016 as "Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month" in the State of California.

Sacramento, California - California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith today announced the intent to award the Implementation Pilot Projects (IPPs) as part of Phase II of the California Reducing Disparities Project (CRDP). The CRDP aims to reduce mental health disparities across five target populations that include African American, Asian and Pacific Islander, Latino, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning (LGBTQ), and Native American communities.

Sacramento, California - Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued a proclamation declaring May 1-7, 2016 as “Wildfire Awareness Week” in the State of California.

Pine Valley, California - U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a woman at the Interstate 8 checkpoint Tuesday for smuggling two Mexican nationals inside the trunk of her car.

Sacramento, California - There was no change in drought conditions last week in California and Nevada, but spring storms added snow to the northern Sierra Nevada.

Sacramento, California - It’s springtime again and young wildlife are emerging from their dens and nests and beginning to learn the ways of the world. Because of this increase in wildlife activity, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) reminds people to leave young wildlife alone if they come across them in the wild. The improper handling of young wildlife is a problem in California and across the nation, especially in spring.

Sacramento, California - California’s recreational Pacific halibut (Hippoglossus stenolepis) fishery season will open May 1. This year the fishery will be held to a federally established quota of 29,640 pounds. The open season dates will be May 1-15, June 1-15, July 1-15, Aug. 1-15 and Sept. 1-Oct. 31, or until the quota is reached, whichever is earlier. The open and closed periods are intended to spread fishing opportunities from spring through fall. Anglers are limited to one rod and two hooks while fishing for Pacific halibut.