Environment

"Flash" bloom to hard freeze to drought: a hard year coming

Submitted: Feb 21, 2018
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 2-9-18

Chico Enterprise-Record

Flash bloom: Warm weather has all almond varieties blooming at the same time

 

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Some Trump un-appointments

Submitted: Feb 18, 2018
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

These are a few articles concerning some Trump nominations for important, unfilled positions in the government. The first two concern nominations of people whose records show they are opposed to the mission they are being considered to lead. That would be like appointing Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the EPA.

But, of course, Pruitt was appointed to that position.

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California Water: Trump, Brown, and a Highfalutin Romeo-and-Juliet tale

Submitted: Feb 14, 2018
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Badlands Journal editorial board

“One wonders if they couldn’t deliver the project more quickly and more efficiently,” he (Jeffrey Mount, a water expert with the Public Policy Institute of California) said. -- Kasler and Sabalow, Sacramento Bee, Feb. 13, 2018

 “Putting someone who is in charge of DWR who you might say is married to the Metropolitan Water District in more ways than one sort of makes sense if you look at it from the governor’s standpoint,” said George Hartmann, a Stockton attorney who represents Delta farmers. “But is it ethical? I don’t think so. Is it proper? I don’t think so.” -- Sabalow and Kasler,  Sacramento Bee, Jan. 19, 2018

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Mad cowboy congressman haunted by smolts?

Submitted: Feb 06, 2018
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Is it frivolous to suggest that the burr under Rep. Devin "Cowboy" Nunes' saddle blanket is the success of the San Joaquin River Restoration Project? Spring-run Chinook salmon are spawning again where they have not been able to for 60 years because most of their river has been diverted down south in a canal to help farmers who had overdrafted their groundwater. There are also towns serviced by the Friant-Kern Canal, which are politically deployed as piteous hostages to the large agricultural interests, in a tradition first recognized by Walter Goldschmidt's late-1940's study of Cutler, Dinuba and Orosi, As Ye Sow: Three Studies in the Social Consequences of Agribusiness.

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Portrait of a tortured river

Submitted: Jan 27, 2018
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

More than 20 years ago, Jim Nickles, Stockton Record reporter, wrote one of the outstanding newspaper series on California water that we've ever seen. With his dual focus on the Delta and Friant Dam, he captured the central flaw in the federal Bureau of Reclamation's grand Central Valley Project, the largest (and most destructive) irrigation system in the world, like few before or after him.

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Dam projects rejected by state

Submitted: Jan 25, 2018
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 A number of dam proposals were submitted to the state Water Commission last week and the commissioners rejected all of them because they didn't provide enough public benefit for recreation or environmental improvement.

We've collected articles from various parts of Northern California to show different responses -- from Silicon Valley to Hanford to Tulare and Fresno counties to Sacramento. The latter's concerns at the moment illuminate a point never made by promoters of dams: their danger. But cities living downstream from the Oroville Dam have lived in anxiety and fear since one of its spillways disintegrated last year.

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Norwegian mafia activities

Submitted: Jan 24, 2018
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 7-20-17

The Local (Norway)

Norwegian police to investigate 'fish mafia'

https://www.thelocal.no/20170720/norwegian-police-to-investigate-fish-mafia

 

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He lies, he cheats at golf, and he lies about cheating at golf

Submitted: Jan 17, 2018
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 1-10-18

Esquire

This Was President Trump's 2,000th Lie in Office

What a moment!

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Behind the racist buffoonery

Submitted: Jan 14, 2018
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 


1-11-18

The Nation

Trump Is On His Way to Record-Setting Defense Spending in 2018

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