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  • Winter Rains Could Hurt or Help Northern California Agriculture

    GUINDA — Full Belly Farm owner Judith Redmond welcomes the heavy rains this winter, but she also says it comes with challenges. The fields on her organic farm are soggy, making it hard for crews to harvest winter vegetables and working the fields for spring crops could be delayed. The almond harvest could be affected as well. Blossoms are slowly blooming because of colder weather and bees brought in to pollinate orchards aren’t active in the cold and rain. The […]

  • California Conservation Corps Continues Levee Work in Manteca

    MANTECA — Five California Conservation Corps crews continued to work Thursday on levees on the outskirts of Manteca that have been threatened by flood waters. During the height of the storms, nine crews from camps around Northern California used plastic, sandbags, stakes and cords to put up wave wash protection for levees that often had water on both sides due to seepage. The work went on in two shifts with portable lights brought in for work at night. They put […]

  • Flood Emergency Centers on High Alert

    SACRAMENTO — The State Federal Flood Operations Center is on high alert during the current storms. The agency works with the California Nevada River Forecast Center and the NOAA Weather Center located on in the same building to respond to flood events in California. On Monday it was monitoring 36 incidents of flooding or potential flooding situations throughout the state, in some cases dispatching Department of Water Resources engineers and technical staff to aid local agencies deal with flooding concerns. […]

  • Crews Work Overtime in Rain to Prevent Further Damage to Feather River Levees

    YUBA CITY — Construction work during a rain storm is far from the norm, but the high waters in the Feather River following emergency releases from the crippled Oroville Dam spillway means the Sutter Butte Flood Control Agency will work overtime shoring up levees that are seeping water. While there is no danger of the levees giving way, walnut orchards are being flooded by seeping water and boils along the 9 mile stretch of river 12 miles south of Yuba […]

  • Davis Mosque Hate Crime Suspect Pleads Not Guilty

    WOODLAND — Thirty-year-old Lauren Kirk-Coehlo through her attorneys pleaded not guilty on two counts of felony vandalism that were elevated to hate crimes by Davis Police investigators. They say she was caught on security cameras breaking windows, damaging bicycles and placing bacon on the door handles of the Davis Islamic Center. Pork is a forbidden food among Muslims. During her arraignment, Yolo County prosecutor Ryan Couzens sought to deny her bail, which is currently set at $1 million. Instead, a […]

  • Feather River Levee to Undergo Preventive Repairs

    YUBA CITY — The Sutter Butte Flood Control Agency voted to request state and federal funds to do preventive repairs along sections of the Feather River levee 12 miles south of Yuba City. Residents and growers on the west side of the river are concerned about water seeping through the levee. In some cases, small boils can be seen with water flowing into orchards. Unlike farther north where nearly 40 miles of the western levee has been beefed up with […]

  • Elk Grove Casino Project Back on Track

    ELK GROVE — Members of Wilton Rancheria announced Tuesday that their controversial casino resort project is back on track after attempts to derail it by competing gambling interests. Tribal chair Raymond Hitchcock told an invited audience that the Department of Interior has placed the 36 acres the tribe purchased from the Howard Hughes Corporation in a trust for the tribe. The site is one-third of what’s been dubbed the “ghost mall,” a partially built retail complex that has stood as a […]

  • Freight Train Derails near Elk Grove

     ELK GROVE — Instead of rocks being skipped across a calm Cosumnes River Friday train cars were tumbling into it. Twenty-two of 33 freight cars that were headed south on Union Pacific’s Fresno subdivision line somehow slipped off the tracks on a small trestle bridge at Dillard Road in South Sacramento. The three employees on board managed to escaped the crash without being hurt. “Were there hazardous materials spilling into the waterway or is there going to be a vapor […]

  • State Water Board Extends Drought Rules Despite Heavy Rain, Snow

    SACRAMENTO — The California State Water Board voted to extend emergency drought regulations despite objections from local water agencies that there is no drought and no emergency. The board felt uneasy about letting the regulations expire in two weeks after nearly five years of drought and the message it might send Californians about the value in conserving water. Messaging was also on the minds of water districts who fear a loss of credibility with customers who are being told there is […]