Spare the Air day means no fire in the fireplace

UPDATED Wednesday December 10, 2008

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has declared a winter Spare the Air Alert for Wednesday, December 10, which bans wood burning both indoors and outdoors through noon Thursday December 11. Air quality in the Bay Area is forecast to be unhealthy. It is illegal for Bay Area residents and businesses to burn wood in fireplaces, wood stoves and inserts, pellet stoves, and outdoor fire-pits.  This wood-burning ban will be in effect for Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, southern Sonoma and southwestern Solano Counties.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District recently instituted a policy that prohibits the use of wood-burning appliances on Winter Spare the Air Days. This prohibition is in effect during the winter season from November 1, 2008, through February 28, 2009.  To know when fireplaces use is banned, sign up for e-mail alerts and/or automatic telephone alerts at

E-Waste: Where does it go?

Tuesday November 25, 2008

On Sunday November 9, 2008, the CBS program 60 Minutes aired a segment exposing how some of the millions of computer monitors, cell phones and other electronic refuse generated in the US is shipped illegally to China, impacting the environment and the people who salvage the components. The 60 Minutes broadcast may have been alarming to local residents who are concerned about the proper disposal of these materials and may wonder where Napa's e-waste ends up.

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Fleet Division hosts local ROP students



Tuesday November 18, 2008

On Wednesday, October 29, 2008, the City of Napa's Fleet Management division hosted a field trip for students in the Napa County Office of Education Regional Occupational Program (ROP) who are learning about Automotive Services.

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Youth basketball signups underway

UPDATED Tuesday December 16, 2008

Registration is open now for the City of Napa Youth Basketball League. The program is set up so that boys and girls, 7-12 years old, have the opportunity to learn and develop basketball skills. Each team practices for an hour once a week starting the week of January 19, 2009,with games beginning Saturday, January 31st. Redwood Middle School, Harvest Middle School, Napa High School and Vintage High School are utilized for this program. 


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Recycle more and help feed the hungry

Monday November 10, 2008

America Recycles Day, celebrated nationally on November 15, is dedicated to encourage Americans to recycle and buy recycled products. Celebrating its eleventh year, it has grown to include millions of Americans pledging to improve their recycling habits at home and at work.  To join in the national festivities, the City and County of Napa and Upper Valley Waste Management Agency have partnered with the Napa Valley Food Bank in an effort to improve our community recycling habits as well as help those in need.

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