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Calif. manual survey shows 5 percent of normal snowpack

The California Department of Water Resources found little snow water content in its third manual snow survey of the season March 3 despite weekend storms that dumped 12 to 18 inches of snow in parts of the Sierra Nevada. More

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Bill aims to speed completion of Sites Reservoir study

A bill in Congress aims to expedite the completion of the proposed Sites Reservoir in Northern California, which has been identified for possible... More


Tehama District Fair considers moving back to summer

The Tehama District Fair in Red Bluff, Calif., may change its dates from September to July. It is the latest of many fairs that have considered or... More


Hives appear OK after quick, robust almond bloom

With the almond blossom in California nearly complete, there have as yet been no reports of widespread bee die-offs, an expert says. More


California shuts down oil wells to protect ground water

A review found more than 2,500 instances when the state authorized the injection of oilfield waste into protected water aquifers that could be used for drinking or irrigating crops. More

Calif.’s State Water Project boosts allocation to 20 percent

California's State Water Project increased its anticipated deliveries from 15 percent to 20 percent of requested supplies as early-season storms enabled the state to send water to storage south of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. More

Southern California sees more rain after weekend downpours

To the north, the Sierra Nevada received a welcome dose of snow Friday and Saturday, with some areas reporting 12 to 18 inches of snow. More

National monument supporters in California get antsy

The designation typically takes lands already owned by the government and walls them off from new mining, roads and power lines. More

Calif. farms to go without federal water again in 2015

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has made its initial allocation of Central Valley Project water for 2015, announcing that agricultural users without senior water rights will likely get no water again this year. Thousands of acres in the San Joaquin Valley were taken out of production last summer... More

Central California farmers anticipate no federal water

Last year farmers in the district left thousands of acres unplanted or irrigated by pumping scarce ground water. More

California issues 110,000 driver’s licenses to immigrants

The state expects to issue 1.4 million driver’s licenses to immigrants. More

Study suggests onion seed producers should limit pesticides

A University of California study has found that insecticide applications too close to the onion bloom appear to repel the honeybees that are crucial to seed production. Farms in the southern Sacramento Valley provide the seed that's used on onion farms worldwide. More

Poll: Californians see drought as serious, more want limits

Half of Californians also said that in dry years, the state should help farmers by easing environmental regulations that protect fish in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, but the survey found 46 percent disagreeing. More

Grape harvest contractor ordered to pay back wages

The contractor was cited for several violations, including not paying employees at least biweekly or semimonthly; not providing wage statements to workers; and not disclosing employment conditions to workers. More

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