CLOSEFilling in for the wonderful Arlene Martinez, I’m Mark Olalde, an environment reporter with The Desert Sun in Palm Springs. Today, I’ve got the news you need to know from around the Golden State, and, yes, we’re focusing a bit on the environment…But first: Gov. Gavin Newsom announced on Monday that Colorado and Nevada are joining the California-Washington-Oregon partnership that will together strategize how to relax restrictions across much of the West. All five states have Democratic governors who continue to take a cautious approach that could favor continuing to wait out the virus before allowing many businesses to reopen.“What happens if we get ahead of ourselves and start to see a surge of new cases?” Newsom said.Stay safe and informed with news and resources from across the USA TODAY Network and beyond: Sign up for In California today (it’s free!). And while you’re at it, why not also sign up for our weekly Climate Point newsletter that digs into everything climate, energy and the environment (also free!).What does reopening look like? That’s the million-dollar question.Perhaps we start with the least-hit areas, or that’s at least what those counties are hoping. Siskiyou, Tehama and Modoc counties, as of Sunday, had only registered six confirmed coronavirus cases among


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