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Vintners court Mexican buyers as U.S. wine export values soar

As the value of U.S. wine exports reached a record $1.62 billion in 2016, wine industry representatives are working to keep markets open in the wake of global uncertainty over U.S. trade policy. More

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Tree mortality epidemic in California forests keeps spreading

A task force set up by Gov. Jerry Brown is seeking solutions as drought, pests and other factors have killed 102 million trees in California forests... More


McClintock: Congress can use funding authority to curb bureaucracy

Rep. Tom McClintock, who chairs the House subcommittee on federal lands, says Congress should use the program reauthorization process to push back... More


State may curb pumping near Aqueduct to halt subsidence-related damage

A new National Aeronautics and Space Administration study showing subsidence near the California Aqueduct and other facilities has prompted the state... More


California dam lacks adequate escape time, officials say

The state informed federal dam regulators that local emergency officials “do not believe there is enough time to perform evacuations in the communities immediately downstream of the dam during a sudden failure,” according to a Feb. 8, 2011, letter reviewed by The Associated Press. More

New storms test California dam spillway repairs

Officials raced to drain more water from a lake behind battered Oroville Dam as new storms began rolling into Northern California on Wednesday and tested the quick repairs made to damaged spillways that raised flood fears More

Workers rush repairs at dam as storm approaches

The Department of Water Resources wants to drop the reservoir’s level 50 feet overall by Sunday. More

Colorado governor offers pot advice to California

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is telling California lawmakers to set standards for edible marijuana goods and driving under the influence of cannabis as soon as possible to avoid repeating mistakes his state made when it legalized recreational pot More

Crews rush to repair centerpiece of California water system

Gov. Jerry Brown said Monday that he sent a letter to the White House requesting direct federal assistance in the emergency, though some federal agencies have been helping already. More

Faltering dam puts region’s $1.5 billion ag industry at risk

Some of California’s most valuable almond, walnut, peach and prune crops as well as several processors sit in the path of potential flood waters from Lake Oroville. More

Lake Oroville critical to California’s complex water system

Lake Oroville is the starting point for California’s State Water Project, which provides drinking water to 23 million of the state’s 39 million people and irrigates 750,000 acres of farms. More

Water level drops, easing Oroville Dam emergency

About 150 miles northeast of San Francisco, Lake Oroville — one of California’s largest man-made lakes — had water levels so high that an emergency spillway was used Saturday for the first time in almost 50 years. More

Gaping hole in spillway for tallest US dam keeps growing

Faced with little choice, the state Department of Water Resources resumed ramping up the outflow from Lake Oroville over the damaged spillway to keep up with all the runoff from torrential rainfall in the Sierra Nevada foothills. More

Strongest storms hit already soggy California

Nearly 5 inches of rain fell in a 12-hour span Wednesday in the San Joaquin Valley, swamping roads and swelling waterways to critical levels. More

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