Central Valley

The California Bay Delta (Photo credit: CalWater)

$24.7B water plan unveiled by Calif. officials

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – California Water officials on Monday released a draft of a $24.7 billion plan to restore the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, in part by building two 30-mile underground tunnels to ensure stable water […]

12/09/2013

Icicles hang off oranges as growers use water to help keep the orchard warm during freezing weather on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, in Del Rey, Calif. (AP Photo/The Fresno Bee, Mark Crosse)

California growers to see some damage from cold

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Citrus growers expect to see minimal damage to the state orange crop after battling freezing temperatures for a second night but no major impact on the price of the fruit. […]

12/06/2013

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Feds deny early approval of CA rail segment

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Federal regulators have rejected California’s request to exempt a route in the Central Valley for what would be the nation’s first bullet train from a lengthy planning review. The three-member Surface […]

12/05/2013

CALIFORNIA AQUEDUCT

California citrus crop OK despite cold temps

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A California citrus trade group says temperatures did not drop low enough overnight to cause any crop damage. Bob Blakely, of California Citrus Mutual, said on Wednesday that temperatures in the […]

12/04/2013

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Land acquisition for high-speed rail moving slowly

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — The agency that oversees California’s high-speed rail project has started the daunting and expensive process of acquiring thousands of acres in the Central Valley. But months after shovels were supposed to […]

11/09/2013

A stream runs through snow covered banks near the site of the Department of Water Resources snow survey at Echo Summit, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Climate change is impacting California

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Coastal waters off California are getting more acidic. Fall-run chinook salmon populations to the Sacramento River are on the decline. Conifer forests on the lower slopes of the Sierra Nevada have […]

08/08/2013

An explosion knocks down one of the remaining towers at the old Kern Power Plant,  Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013 in Bakersfield, Calif. (AP Photo/The Bakersfield Californian, Autumn Parry)

Shrapnel from imploding plant injures 5 spectators

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — One man had his leg severed Saturday and four others were also injured as shrapnel from the demolition of a power plant flew into a crowd of more than 1,000 spectators […]

08/03/2013

The Sierra Nevada mountain range in California

Study: Scientists name pesticides in Sierra frogs

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Scientists have known for years that pesticides drift from California’s agricultural heartland and accumulate in frogs at the highest elevations of the Sierra Nevada. Now they have a better understanding of […]

07/26/2013

Interstate 5

Brush fire near Grapevine burns 300 acres, closes lane on I-5

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) – Fire officials say a 300-acre fire is burning near Interstate 5 at the Grapevine, threatening to close a heavily-traveled stretch of road between Los Angeles and California’s Central Valley. The Bakersfield […]

07/19/2013

(AP Photo)

First death from California heat wave reported

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) – A 77-year-old man was found dead in his mobile home amid triple-digit temperatures in California’s San Joaquin Valley in the first reported death blamed on a weeklong statewide heat wave, authorities […]

07/04/2013

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