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Forest management policy affects crucial water availability

Bill Wickman
Spokesperson
Sustainable Forest Action Coalition
 
The impacts of California’s historic drought are becoming clear with each dry month. The UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences recently estimated the ongoing drought is costing our state a staggering $2.2 billion and the loss of over 17,000 jobs. As our elected officials look for solutions, it’s critical they look to the forests and reconsider well-intentioned policies that are reducing the quality and quantity of our limited water resources.

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Plumas County had better brace for the worst wildfire conditions on record

Feather Publishing
7/18/2014


California is burning.

That might sound like an alarming statement, but it’s a fact. Take a look at any of the various state maps that indicate where wildfires are currently burning. The maps are dotted with red. And we haven’t even reached the peak fire season yet.

That, however, is not entirely true. In 2014, fire season arrived early. Actually, it never left. After two years of record drought we are living in the middle of a tinderbox. Our forests are so dangerously dry that the governor declared a state of emergency in early June. In May Gov. Jerry Brown told us to brace for one of the worst fire seasons ever.

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Survival of theatre is up to us

James Wilson
Staff Writer

“Here's $10. That should be enough for admission and some candy,” my mom said as she handed me a crisp bill, dropping me off on the corner of Main and Bradley. “I'll pick you up right after the movie.”

And like that, she was off. My 10-year-old self searched around until I spotted the group of friends I was meeting up with. I still couldn’t believe it! My mom let me go to the movies with just my friends — no adults!

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Life is too short to put off fishing with friends

Michael Condon
Staff Writer
5/30/2014

For pretty much all of my life I have been out-fished by some of my good friends. Who needs friends like that?

It seems like I should have dropped the sport or those friends in favor of maintaining my personal dignity a long time ago.

But I didn’t. My friends and my fishing have always been too important to me.

My fishing humiliation started with my best childhood friend, Tom. Tom and I fished together a lot starting in grammar school. We would fish the same water using the same bait. And he would out-fish me. He did it consistently. It was rude.

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