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Feds freeze offshore CA fracking

Feds freeze offshore CA fracking

By James Poulos . Twin legal settlements with environmentalist plaintiffs put a freeze on fracking in California waters. “The agreements in Los Angeles federal court apply to operations off Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, where companies such as Exxon Mobil Corp. operate platforms,” the Wall Street Journal reported. “Federal agencies will have to complete the review by the end of May […]

Good news on several CA drought fronts

Good news on several CA drought fronts

By Chris Reed . State officials measured the Sierra Nevada snowpack for the second time in 2016 on Tuesday, and once again the news was good. Capital Public Radio has the details: The latest measurement …  showed that the “snowpack is growing quite nicely.” Frank Gehrke, chief of the California Cooperative Snow Surveys Program for the […]

Armando Chavez will not be charged by D.A. even though he conducted autopsies without a medical license

Armando Chavez will not be charged by D.A. even though he conducted autopsies without a medical license

In May 2015, the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office learned of serious allegations regarding the Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office including practicing medicine without a license, conflict of interest, misappropriation of public funds, and fraud. Today, the District Attorney’s Office is releasing a 50-page public report detailing the scope and results of the investigation. An […]

Army, Marines chiefs say women should register for the draft

Army, Marines chiefs say women should register for the draft

The top officers in the Army and Marine Corps testified Tuesday that women should now be required to register for a potential military draft, as men now must at 18, because the Pentagon has opened all military combat roles to female service members. Gen. Mark A. Milley, chief of staff of the Army, and Gen. […]

Santa Paula: Volunteers, Rebates and Cat Herding

Santa Paula: Volunteers, Rebates and Cat Herding

By Sheryl Hamlin The February 1, 2016 council meeting of Santa Paula demonstrated how city councils must focus on broad, financial issues as well as the human side of government. Volunteers for Code Enforcement Fire Chief Araiza introduced a citizens group formed for Beautification of the City, which will assist the Building and Safety Department […]

El Niño: It’s One For the Books — But Not Behaving As Expected

El Niño: It’s One For the Books — But Not Behaving As Expected

By Daniel Swain, Stanford University  . The prospect of an El Niño event in the Pacific Ocean always generates a stew of excitement, dread, and speculation in California. This largely stems from the fact that two of California’s wettest winters on record — 1982-1983 and 1997-1998 — occurred during the strongest El Niño years in […]

Obamacare enrollment sets record with younger, healthier customers

Obamacare enrollment sets record with younger, healthier customers

The administration declared victory for Obamacare on Monday, saying the third year of sign-ups on the health care exchanges went smoothly and set an enrollment record, with customers younger and healthier than they have been in the past. While final numbers were still being tallied, the administration said enrollment avoided the kinds of problems that […]

Cruz takes Iowa Republican caucus, Hillary claims Dem victory

Cruz takes Iowa Republican caucus, Hillary claims Dem victory

By George Miller In huge battles by both major parties in their respective Iowa caucuses in a hotly contested presidential race: Ted Cruz won with 27.7% of the vote, followed by Donald Trump at 24.3% and Marco Rubio at 23.1%. Totals dropped off quickly after that, with Ben Carson back at 9.3% and others much less. […]

Ted Cruz wins Iowa caucuses

Ted Cruz wins Iowa caucuses

BONDURANT, Iowa – Sen. Ted Cruz halted Donald Trump’s GOP presidential coronation, defeating the billionaire businessman in Iowa’s caucuses Monday night in a vote that showed just how dissatisfied rank-and-file Republicans are with their party’s establishment. Mr. Cruz held an insurmountable lead with 28 percent of the vote, with 99 percent of precincts reporting. Mr. […]

Santa Clara River breaks through McGrath State Beach sandbar

Santa Clara River breaks through McGrath State Beach sandbar

By George Miller There wasn’t a huge amount of rain over the weekend, but it was significant. In fact, it was enough to increase the Santa Clara river flow to break through the sandbar at the river mouth. This drained the lagoon which has been flooding the park facilities, rendering them unusable and damaging them.  Thanks to photographer Donna Hendricks […]

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