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‘I refuse to bow to anybody.’ Rural California defies Gov. Newsom’s order to wear masks

‘I refuse to bow to anybody.’ Rural California defies Gov. Newsom’s order to wear masks

BY DALE KASLER Perched behind the counter of his cramped memorabilia shop in downtown Placerville, co-owner Lorenzo Smith isn’t about to tell his customers they have to put on a mask. It’s a matter of principle, he isn’t convinced it’s necessary, and he doesn’t particularly care that Gov. Gavin Newsom has ordered Californians to wear them. “Most […]

2,000 join rally against Newsom’s stay-at-home coronavirus orders at California’s Capitol

2,000 join rally against Newsom’s stay-at-home coronavirus orders at California’s Capitol

BY SAM STANTON AND DALE KASLER Editor’s Note: Attendees and organizers say there were over 15,000 protesters present, not 2000 It was the largest protest rally in Sacramento so far over COVID-19 shutdowns — with haircuts on the side. At least 2,000 demonstrators came to the Capitol on Saturday to march around the grounds, feast on […]

Sierra snowpack withering in California’s dry winter. New satellite image shows the bad news

Sierra snowpack withering in California’s dry winter. New satellite image shows the bad news

BY DALE KASLER The image is disturbing and leaves little doubt about California’s growing predicament: The snowpack in the Sierra Nevada is a sad whisper of it was a year ago, a withering testament to the lack of precipitation in the state’s increasingly dry winter. The National Weather Service tweeted satellite images of the Sierra on […]

Farmers thought they had 20 years to use groundwater as they wished — maybe not anymore

Farmers thought they had 20 years to use groundwater as they wished — maybe not anymore

BY DALE KASLER [email protected] California farmers are laboring under a daunting edict: They must stop over-pumping groundwater from beneath their ranches. The saving grace is that state law gives them more than 20 years to do it. Now, however, a landmark court ruling could force many farmers to curb their groundwater consumption much sooner than that, landing like […]