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Forecasters now predict wet winter in California

The federal Climate Prediction Center now foresees a wet winter throughout California, particularly in areas south of Sacramento, as a result of a weak El Nino combining with the state's normal wet season. The updated prognosis comes as the U.S. Drought Monitor shows drought conditions are slowly... More

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Animal rights activists take California rodeo to court

California Rodeo organizers denied the claims and said they have given the Monterey County SPCA full access to the rodeo grounds. More

California gets more rain, big mudslide

Eight to 10 inches of snow accumulated in the San Gabriel Mountains northeast of Los Angeles, and 5 to 7 inches fell farther east in the San Bernardino Mountains. More

EcoFarm 2015 to focus on climate change, food safety

Registration is being taken for the 2015 EcoFarm Conference, one of the West's largest gatherings for organic and environmentally concious producers. The Jan. 21-24 event in Pacific Grove, Calif., will include talks on climate change, food safety and bee health. More

Water dispute nears end between tribes, government

Five San Diego County tribes filed a lawsuit 45 years ago against two California agencies and the U.S. government for diverting most of the water from the San Luis Rey River. More

California dam being removed

The built-up sludge behind the dam is going to be left in place, planted with native trees and grasses, and surrounded with a rock berm, which should allow the reservoir to revert to nature once the dam is removed next year. More

Federal ruling a win for California’s bullet train

The ruling makes it clear that federal law has precedent over state law as it pertains to construction of the high-speed rail line. More

Waterlogged Northern California gets more rain

The storm was expected to drop between an inch and 2 inches of rain throughout the morning in the Bay Area and Sacramento regions before heading to Southern California, National Weather Service forecaster Bob Benjamin said. More

Farms weather historic storm’s high winds, big rains

Farms in California's Central Valley have appeared to make it through one of the most severe storms in years without sustaining damage. No significant toppling of trees were reported despite the high winds, although one farm advisor was concerned about almond trees that still have their leaves. More

California chinchilla farmer who sued PETA dies

Lurlie Adams, 90, had sued PETA and one of its donors for $2.5 million last October, two months after they bought her chinchilla ranch and shut it down. More

Northern California braces for powerful storm

This storm is “expected to be one of the strongest storms in terms of wind and rain intensity” since storms in October 2009 and January 2008, respectively, said the National Weather Service in Monterey. More

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