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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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The emperor's old clothes

Submitted: Jan 14, 2018
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Badlands Journal editorial board

Those who affect to differentiate Trump from the Republican Party are fools selling liberty for one more cozy consensus between the rulers and those who lick their boots. Nothing tells the story quite so clearly as the history of voting rights in America, or, more accurately, the history of voter repression in America and the resistance to it. -- blj

 

 

 

 United States Constitution

Amendment XXIV

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Water hogs, 1 million acre feet: Delta smelt, 2

Submitted: Jan 08, 2018
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

 “GOOD RIDDANCE! ‘PEOPLE OVER FISH’” prominent Valley farmer Mark Borba said in a Facebook post Monday. -- Kastler, Sabanow, Sacramento Bee, Jan. 2, 2018

 

12-28-17

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Nunes, Trump, Bureau of Reclamation

Submitted: Jan 03, 2018
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Badlands Journal editorial board

The transaction

Rep. Devin Nunes's district aligns with the majority of the water districts that are members of the Friant Water Users Authority. The authority gets its water from Lake Millerton, behind the Friant Dam on the San Joaquin River, in the foothills east of Fresno. Several years ago, as the result of a federal judge's strong suggestion, the authority entered into an agreement with a number of environmental groups, represented in court by the Natural Resources Defense Council, that would limit the authority's water supply to the extent that the river could flow again for the first time in more than 60 years, which would allow salmon once again to use it.

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Legalization is going to be a trip

Submitted: Jan 02, 2018
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 There is just nothing like dope for prophesy.

When it's cold and wet outside, your wood's dry, you have enough kindling, stew on the stove ... light up a dooby and make a prophesy. Or two. Then, as you get into the swing of the evening, make plans. It is very important to make plans in the winter time. Almost as important as forgetting them next summer when the prophesies, which were the basis for these plans, don't pan out.

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Growth of population and of wildfires in California

Submitted: Dec 30, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Mike De Lasaux, a forester with the University of California's Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, said the state ideally would burn hundreds of square miles of land with surface fuels annually, but he praised any efforts to reduce dangerously overgrown forests. The current plan moved forward following a recent agreement between state and federal agencies along with environmental, logging and recreational interests. -- Weber, Associated Press, Dec. 14, 2017

De Lasaux works in Lassen and Plumas counties, where there is continual tension between private, state and federally managed forests and every time a fire starts, fingers start pointing. While it is possible that his prescription might work under ideal conditions in his region, we don't think much of it as a statewide idea.

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The bugs in the mountains

Submitted: Dec 29, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 “If we get a seriously good precipitation year, perhaps that number can go down in 2018,” she said. -- Griswold, Fresno Bee, Dec. 13, 2017

12-13-17

Fresno Bee

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Thomas fire: recent reports

Submitted: Dec 27, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 12-26-17

Ventura Star

Thomas Fire stops growing, 88 percent contained

Christian Martinez,

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California 'twixt fire and flood

Submitted: Dec 23, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

12-21-17

San Luis Obispo Tribune

Thomas Fire still 65 percent contained after crews withstand wind event

By Lucas Clark

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Recent cogitations on marijuana in Modesto and in the state Capitol

Submitted: Dec 20, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 We don’t want to be Amsterdam, or Denver or even Humboldt County. But we don’t want to be left out, either. Editorial, Modesto Bee, Dec. 11, 2017

Following the will of the people of California, it has been -- as they used to say -- a trip watching state and local bureaucracies and hustling entrepreneurs large and small attempting to legalize the production, sale and distribution of recreational marijuana after more than 80 years of illegality and under the cloud of continual federal intransigence on the subject.

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