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California's Iconic Highway 1 Near Big Sur Ready To Reopen

Jul 18, 2018
Joe Johnston of The Tribune (of San Luis Obispo)

California transportation officials say an iconic stretch of Highway 1 in the scenic Big Sur coastal region that was blocked last year by a massive landslide is ready to reopen to traffic. 

 

Courtesy of the Almond Board of California

California almond growers are likely to see their largest-ever harvest this August. But the surge comes at an unfortunate time as their second largest importer imposed a 50 percent tariff on their product. 

 

Throughout his life, Paradise author Garth Nielsen has participated in Native American ceremonies and talked to traditional elders. As an adult he was adopted by an Iroquois woman. His first book was a collection of essays about what he learned, and it described his personal discovery. After this first book, Odyssey of a Spiritual Nomad, he published a second collection of stories called Petroglyphs.

At issue is an industrial scrapyard and recycler that’s stayed behind as the surrounding neighborhood changed. Habitat for Humanity built several single family homes just outside the gates of Chico Scrap Metal on assurances that the business was set to move.  

Activists have been trying to put the issue before voters. But they say the council’s conservative majority has repeatedly used parliamentary tricks to blow deadlines and keep the issue off the ballot. 

Last night the Redding City Council was set to take up a countywide tax measure that would be used for Public Safety.  However, a vote earlier in the day by the Shasta County Board of Supervisors put limits on how revenues could be spent. 

Robert Freiberger

Europeans generally get credit for having “discovered” America, including the mythic land of California, though of course the people already here didn’t realize they were lost, or otherwise in need of finding. But there are claims that the Chinese discovered the Americas, often derided. According to one story, a storm-tossed Chinese ship—misdirected by its own compass, after a cockroach got wedged under the needle—sailed stubbornly for 100 days toward what was supposed to be mainland China. (The navigator reportedly ignored the crew, who pointed out that the sun was setting on the wrong horizon.) These unwitting adventurers finally reached land, and reported stepping out into towering forests surrounding an almost endless inlet, and meeting with red-skinned peoples amid giant red-barked trees. California, right?

Rich Pedroncelli at AP

Journalists, researchers and political campaigns that receive voter data must tell California officials if it may have been stolen under a new law Gov. Jerry Brown announced he signed Monday. 

 

It requires people and organizations that have California voter registration data to report security breaches affecting the storage of that information, which can include names, birth dates and addresses. 

Andrew Bowen for Capital Public Radio

State Senator Kevin de León got a boost over the weekend in his underdog campaign to unseat California’s U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein: an endorsement from the state Democratic Party. But it might not bring as much help as his backers hope. 

De León used his connections from his four years leading the California Senate to trounce Feinstein, with 65 percent support from the party’s executive board.  

On 7/13 we visit Chico Theater Company to talk with director and actors from "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change," a collection of musical theater sketches about contemporary life and love.  We also talk with a teacher from Yuba City High about a ceramic mural made by her students, a mural about the life-cycle of salmon, for display at the Feather River Fish Hatchery. 

Todd Hall

A wildfire burning in Upper Bidwell Park at the base of the Sierra foothills east of Chico has swelled to about 500 acres this morning with firefighters and other assets streaming into the area.

Rick Carhart is a spokesman for Calfire Butte County.

"I’ve seen one helicopter and two air tankers, and I heard an order for two more bucket helicopters, oh and there is the skycrane, I just see it coming in right now, the big, giant 2,000 gallon water dropping helicopter."

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