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

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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.
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
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.
Faltering dam puts region’s $1.5 billion ag industry at risk
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.
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.
Water level drops, easing Oroville Dam emergency
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.
McClintock: Congress can use funding authority to curb bureaucracy
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 against administrative overreach. He also lays out a legislative agenda for 2017.
Gaping hole in spillway for tallest US dam keeps growing
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.
State may curb pumping near Aqueduct to halt subsidence-related damage
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 Department of Water Resources to consider measures to curb groundwater pumping.
Strongest storms hit already soggy California
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.

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