September 2008


 9-1-08Merced Sun-StarMerced property values among worst in nation...J.N.


 9-2-08Merced Sun-StarOur View: Sierra as lab for warmingIn the Arctic, climate change can be dramatic, but it's also happening closer to home. Petermann Glacier in Greenland is an impressive chunk of ice. The glacier sprawls over 500 square miles, slightly larger than the expanse of Los Angeles.Unfortunately, the Petermann Glacier isn't as impressive as it was not long ago.

Final Turn

 When the mayor of New Orleans (referring to the approaching Hurricane Gustav) described the Doppler radar image as the “mother of all storms” and decreed a mandatory evacuation of the city, I packed my bags in a hurry.  The fear factor was escalated when reporter Geraldo Rivera followed with a description of the storm as “an awesome killing machine.”  Despite my experience that the media hyperbole does not always match the facts in these atmospheric predictions, I obeyed marching orders. Evacuating at 4:00 a.m.


 9-3-08Merced Sun-StarMerced County supervisors approve largest-ever home developmentVillages of Laguna San Luis would add 16,000 homes, 45,000 people...CORINNE REILLY Merced County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to accept plans for the largest housing development ever proposed in Merced County.Dubbed the Villages of Laguna San Luis, the plan effectively creates a new town on the county's Westside.If it'


 9-4-08Merced Sun-StarDry year hurts farmersMID's water shortages cut into growing seasons and reduce crops...CAROL REITER 250 acres of figs in East Merced, Blair and Tonetta Gladwin make a living growing the ancient fruit. Many of the trees are 40 years old, and the Gladwins work hard to keep them both healthy and productive.But the water shortages this year are hurting the Gladwins -- and their trees.


  Center for Food Safety, September 2 2008 Contacts: Kevin Golden, 415-826-2770; Joseph Mendelson, (202) 547-9359   Washington, D.C. - In a decision handed down today, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has upheld a nationwide ban on the planting of genetically-engineered (GE) Roundup Ready alfalfa pending a full Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).


 9-5-08Merced Sun-StarPublic NoticePublic Hearing: To Set Aside the CEQA Determination and Project Approval of Conditional Use Permit Application NO. CUP08-002 (Brett Tate) OF PUBLIC HEARING A Public Hearing will be held by the Board of Supervisors of the County of Merced, State of California, on Tuesday, September 16, 2008, at 10:00 a.m.


  9-6-08Merced Sun-StarValley's housing woes get congressional hearing in Stockton todayMcNerney, Cardoza, Frank among lawmakers schedueld to attend...Michael Doyle, Sun-Star Washington Bureau -- Political incumbency offers many advantages, including the chance to summon congressional hearings like the one coming to Stockton today.The House Committee on Financial Services hearing at S