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Water Shortage 01/23/2014

Bob Petersen

Why is it that, given the lack of rain, those in charge are talking about all the things that citizens can do to save water ? I would like an explanation of why all the reservoirs in the area are empty. These lakes were semi full to full at the end of the summer in 2013.< more

County’s Pick & Choose Encroachment Enforcement Laws 10/06/2013

Donald E Mason

I’m a 90 year old USMC WWII 100% disabled purple heart w/ a bronze star veteran who owns a cabin that I built with my brother back in 1965. I have a steep asphalt driveway that is being destroyed by … more

Government Shut Down 10/01/2013

Eleanor Wittrup

As I understand it, in order to pass (or repeal) a law in the U.S.A. you have to pass it by majority vote in the House AND the Senate and then the President has to sign the bill into law. … more

Recent Blogs

Plant Right, Water Wisely 07/22/2016

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Saving water doesn’t have to involve the cost and inconvenience of tearing up your yard to install a new irrigation system. It’s easy to save water and reduce your utility bills with simple changes to your landscaping and gardening routine: … more

Tree Mortality Aid Program (TMAP) 07/20/2016

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A quick drive up Highways 108 or 120 offers a stark visual of the havoc five years of drought and a tiny bark beetle are creating throughout the Sierra. The loss of timber and the resulting fire threat, reduction of property values and diminished watershed and viewshed has clearly developed into a crisis of immense proportions. more

House Rules for Radicals? 07/07/2016

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On the afternoon of June 22nd, a large number of Democrats brought the deliberations of the House of Representatives to a standstill in one of the most disgraceful and childish breaches of decorum in the history of this institution. In complete contempt of this House and the rule of law, they shouted down all with whom they disagreed, they blocked access to the microphones as members sought to address the chair, and they illegally occupied the Hall of the House – forcing an early adjournment and costing this House three full days of legislative deliberations. more

Happy 4th, Grill Safely 07/01/2016

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Happy Fourth of July – Keep wildfire awareness in your celebration
Fire up the grill, but keep safety in mind

On Independence Day, it is easy to get caught up in the enjoyment of the day with parades, ice cream, and lots of good fun. However, we also should take a moment to remember our fellow Americans – veterans who have fought in previous wars or our military men and women who are currently fighting in far off lands to safeguard the freedom our Founding Fathers so bravely secured for us.

But this Fourth of July, in addition to remembering these heroes, we can’t forget the incredible danger wildfires pose in our region. Revisiting last year’s Rim Fire is not something any of us want to do. more