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CURRENTS WEEK IN REVIEW: Jan. 4-8, 2016

PG&E HELPING TO ENSURE SAFETY BY REMOVING DEAD TREES IN FOREST AREAS DURING DROUGHT

California's ongoing drought has taken a toll on the state's forests. In the Madera County community of Bass Lake, trees have been weakened by lack of water and are dying in large numbers because of bark beetle infestations. These dead trees can become threats to the community when they fall, they can cause power outages or become fuel for fires. As this video shows, PG&E is going to great lengths to help safely remove dead trees to protect the public and electrical infrastructure.

Currents covered these stories and more.

Tracy Correa Lopez, Writer

 

LOCAL

Kern County: PG&E's PowerPathway Program Coming to Bakersfield

A new PowerPathway class will start in Kern County next month. It's the first time the program, which provides hands-on training for those interested in utility-industry careers, has been offered this far south in PG&E's service area. It is highly anticipated by PG&E's Kern County leadership as well as local workforce development officials.

NEWS

PG&E Urges Customers to Prepare as First El Niño-driven Storms Hit California

As heavy rains pelted much of California this week — and with more on the way — PG&E is prepared and has a plan to deal with the expected El Niño-driven storms. The company also advises customers to take all necessary precautions in case of possible power outages and provides tips to stay safe.

LOCAL

Fresno: Customer Relationship Manager Paying it Forward for Generations

Cheryl Marcelli McClaine has deep family roots in Fresno. She often drives by the church where her parents married 70 years ago and she lives on land homesteaded by grandparents from Italy. She takes pride in helping customers with energy efficiency and is one of the latest PG&E employees featured in a local television ad.

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