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New state officers bring humor, passion to California FFA

FRESNO, Calif. — California FFA’s newly elected state officer team promised the more than 5,000 students attending the organization’s state convention that they’ll put plenty of passion and energy into the coming year.

The slate of new officers announced April... More

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Despite drought, California almond acreage rose 6 percent in 2015

SACRAMENTO — The drought has done little to slow the growth of almond acreage in California, as the more than 1.1 million overall acres... More


Energy bill amendment to enable Klamath Basin water, power plans

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Proponents of certain water solutions in the Klamath Basin say an energy bill amendment that passed the U.S. Senate... More


Strong storms spoil California prune blossom

RED BLUFF, Calif. — Prune producers’ worst fears about El Nino have come true, as strong storms spoiled the March blossom and left... More


High-speed rail board approves revised California plan

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The board that oversees California’s high-speed rail project approved a revised $64 billion plan Thursday that calls for the train to go from the Central Valley to the San Jose area before it heads to Southern California, acknowledging the political... More

Mendocino County suspends predator trapping program

UKIAH, Calif. (AP) — Mendocino County has suspended its longstanding program that traps and kills wild animals and dogs that kill livestock to settle a lawsuit filed by animal rights groups.The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports that the decision to suspend the program was made last. More

High-speed rail board to weigh in on revised California plan

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The board that oversees California’s high-speed rail project is expected to approve a revised plan calling for a $64 billion approach that sends the train from the Central Valley to the San Jose area before it heads to Southern California. The board. More

CDFA’s Ross urges FFA members to think of the future

FRESNO, Calif. — State Food and Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross told 5,000 FFA members here that California’s agriculture-related industries will need their energy and innovations in the challenging years to come.Ross cited water shortages, food safety concerns and global... More

California to remove dying pines, hoping to prevent fires

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Several California organizations are pitching in to remove dead trees in the state.The Fresno Bee reports that many of the state’s ponderosa pines are dying from a combination of drought and Western bark beetles, which drill into drought-weakened... More

March storms prompt SWP to boost allocations to 60 percent

SACRAMENTO — With runoff from the March storms filling Northern California reservoirs, the state Department of Water Resources has upped its anticipated deliveries to State Water Project customers to 60 percent of requested supplies.In all, the 29 agencies that receive SWP water... More

Northern California mountains to get more snow

A late-season storm is expected to bring more snow to the southern Cascade range and the northern Sierra Nevada. The National Weather Service says Friday’s system could impact travel through Donner and Carson passes and near Lassen National Park. Snow should taper off by late... More

California governor’s greenhouse-gas cuts scrutinized

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The top lawyer for the California Legislature says Gov. Jerry Brown exceeded his authority when he issued an executive order imposing what he called the most aggressive carbon-emission reductions in North America, aligning California with the European... More

California high-speed rail officials tinker with $64B plan

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The board that oversees California’s high-speed rail system put off a vote Thursday on a revised business plan to give state officials more time to assuage lawmakers and citizens upset by the recent decision to first send the train to Northern California... More

California rethinks drought emergency regulations

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Some Southern California water providers propose making districts throughout the state responsible for setting their own conservation targets to meet the drought emergency, officials said Wednesday.Californians remain under strict conservation orders, forcing.. More

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