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Firefighters save famous Colonel Armstrong tree + more good news from around the Bay Area

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The 1,400 year old tree and surrounding redwoods were spared from the Walbridge Fire last week.

Plus, La Santa Torta and Al Pastor Papi are feeding undocumented farmworkers amid California wildfires, Squaw Valley Ski Resort will be renamed, and more local headlines that aren't totally depressing.


As Wildfires Rage, a Bay Area Taco Truck Is Feeding Undocumented Farmworkers, Eater SF

In an effort to help undocumented people working outside in the polluted air, Bay Area taco truck La Santa Torta headed to Watsonville, Salinas, and Gonzales farms on Monday to pass out free meals. Additionally, La Santa Torta and fellow popular food truck Al Pastor Papi are collecting unused supplies for farmworkers—and until September 3rd, are donating 10 percent of sales to Bay Area farmworkers and undocumented community members affected by the fires. Read more.


Lake Tahoe Bear "Shops" at Grocery Store, Funcheap

Finding the outdoor trash bin options to be a let down, a black bear wandered into a Kings Beach Safeway, and safely exited with a bag of tortilla chips—and there's video, of course. Read more.


Firefighters save 1,400-year-old redwood at Armstrong park, SF Chronicle

Thanks to the work of firefighters and state natural resources crews, the oldest tree in Guerneville-adjacent Armstrong Woods was unharmed by Tuesday's Walbridge fire. Read more.

Temporary Animal Shelters Pop Up Across Bay Area, Offering To House Everything From Rabbits to Llamas, SFist

In addition to permanent shelters, venues around the Bay Area including Cow Palace and Solano County Fairgrounds are temporarily housing pets and livestock displaced by wildfires. Read more.


SF Announces $12.8 Million in Grants for Arts and Culture Organizations, KQED

While the pandemic has impacted the arts in San Francisco, Mayor London Breed's Wednesday announcement that 227 arts and culture organizations will receive Grants for the Arts this year offers hope. Read more.


Famed Northern California ski resort changing name, citing offensive word, The Mercury News

After consulting with local Native American groups and extensive research, popular ski spot and 1960 Winter Olympics site Squaw Valley Ski Resort has made the decision to change its name. Read more.

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