Local News Headlines

City firefighters called to kitchen fire on Baker St. Saturday morning...
Quick work by Jamestown firefighters prevented a kitchen fire on the city's southside from spreading Saturday morning... and, causing a lot of damage.  City Fire Battalion Chief Brian Acterberg confirms fire crews were called to 75 Baker Street shortly before 5 a.m., and got the blaze under control fairly quickly.  Crews were at the scene about two-hours.  No one was hurt.  There was no word on extent of damage, and the cause is under investigation.


County has 99 new COVID cases; 41 in Jamestown...
There are 99 new cases of the COVID-19 virus being reported in Chautauqua County the past day... with nearly half of them coming from Jamestown.  The county Health Department reports that 41 of the cases were in the 14701 zip code area... and no other location had double-figures.  Clymer was second with five cases.  Officials say that brings the number of total cases to 2,748... and, 433 of those are active.  The health department says 31 people are hospitalized... and, 2,290 cases have now recovered.


Borrello voices opposition to state moving fowards on $15 an hour minimum wage...
Reacting to this week's decision by the State Department of Labor to continue the state's $15 per hour minimum wage phase-in... regional State Senator George Borrello believes it will harm Western New York's economy, already struggling from the pandemic.  Borrello said Friday that he "can't think of a worse time as during this pandemic when we see small businesses closing all around us... this is a bad time to be raising the minimum wage."  Borrello also spoke about the increase during an appearance on Fox News Channel early Friday morning on "Fox and Friends First" at 4:20 a.m.


Chautauqua Inst. Board approves plan for "in-person" programing in Summer of 2021...
The Chautauqua Institution Board of Trustees has approved a plan for an 'In-Person Experience' in the 2021 summer assembly season.  In a printed release, Institution President Michael Hill says, "this working plan is the result of our team having spent the entire fall consulting experts, learning from the experience of industry colleagues, and observing and analyzing government regulations concerning entities with operations similar to Chautauqua's."  Pending guidance and regulations from state, federal and local government officials... Chautauqua Institution plans to use the open-air Amphitheater as its primary programming venue for all major programs... with reduced capacity if necessary.  More information in expected to follow. 


AAA says Christmas Holiday travel is expected to be down by nearly 30-percent... 
AAA is predicting a 29-percent drop in year-end holiday travel this year... due to public health concerns and travel guidance.  During a video conference late this week... Spokeswoman Elizabeth Carey with AAA of Western and Central New York says they expect the vast majority of Americans to stay home for the holidays... or take a road trip by car.  She says that'll be the "most popular form of travel.  She says it offers people the most convenience, and if they don't feel well or safe in going somewhere, they don't have to.  Carey says the decline is the first time in 11 years -- since 2008 -- that that's happened.  She adds that AAA expects at least 34-million fewer travelers compared to last year's holiday season.  Carey says that would be the lowest travel volume since 2002.  While holiday travel is expected to be down... she says as many as 84.5-million Americans may still travel. 


Upstate NY reports more than 3-feet of snow in some areas from Nor'easter...
The northeastern United States is digging out after a whopper of a storm buried some areas under more than 3 feet of snow. The storm that ended Thursday broke records and left plow drivers struggling to clear the roads as snow fell fast.  Suburban Albany, New York, got 30 inches between 1 and 6 a.m.  Binghamton, New York, got a record 42 inches of snow.  Much of Pennsylvania saw accumulations in the double digits... and, New York City got more from this storm than it did all last winter.