Red Cross Evacuation Center for Mad River/Ruth at: Van Duzen Community Center, Van Duzen Road, Mad River:    
Precautionary evacuations for the town of Blocksburg.:    
Mandatory Evacuations for residences in the area of Mad River Rd from Highway 36 to Three Forks Road area and the back side of the lake on Ruth/Zenia Road to the Ruth Dam:    
State Route 36 is closed at the Trinity County line due to the wildfires. It's unknown when the roadway will re-open:    
For 24-hour Air Quality Information, call the NCUAQMD’s hotline toll-free at 1-866-BURN-DAY (1-866-287-6329), or visit the website at www.ncuaqmd.org.:    

Common Core Academic Standards under fire

Get flash to see this video, or turn javascript back on

The nation’s largest teachers union is calling for the Common Core Academic Standards in schools to be changed.

When adopted by California and a dozen other states back in 2010, the Common Core Standards were meant to instill more rigorous language, arts, and math instruction in public schools. As new lessons have rolled into classrooms nationwide, public outrage has flared often driven by distrust of the federal government’s role in promoting the standards. No state has yet pulled out but Indiana is close to doing so. Intense debate is expected this spring. National Education Association President, Dennis Van Roekel said, he believes the standards can improve education, but they will not succeed without major course correction; including the possible rewriting of some standards and revising the related tests with teacher input. Stay tuned to News Channel 3 for the latest on this issue as it goes forward.