Amy Coney Barrett Confirmed To Supreme Court, Takes Constitutional Oath

The Senate has voted 52-48 to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, just about a week before Election Day and 30 days after she was nominated by President Trump to fill the seat of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. In a White House ceremony following the vote Monday evening, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas administered the constitutional oath to Coney Barrett. President Trump spoke at the event, thanking Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and calling today a ...

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How To Vote In A Pandemic When You’ve Lost Your Home In A Wildfire

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In August, as lightning strikes ignited fires around his Napa County home, Ian MacMillan escaped the flames with his wife, three kids and mother-in-law. A month later, when another wildfire roared through Northern California’s wine country, they had to flee their home again.

“It sounded like a war zone,” MacMillan, 41, said. “The fire was blazing, the winds were bad and you could hear the propane tanks going off.”

This time, their house didn’t make it.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is shutting off power for approximately 361,000 customers in Northern California on Sunday to help prevent sparking wildfires amid extreme weather conditions. The utility says the shutoffs are affecting customers across 36 counties as weather forecasts predict wind gusts over 70 mph in some areas combined with dry conditions.

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The tax revolt started in California in 1978, but it never really ended.

Four decades ago mad-as-hell voters banded together to pass Proposition 13, capping property taxes, slapping a constitutional muzzle on state government and wringing local budgets like a washcloth. The electorate’s anti-tax fever may have broken in the years since, but the legacy of Prop. 13 is still very much with us. 

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Pacific Gas & Electric announced it may cut power to about 466,000 customers in parts of 38 counties and 25 tribal communities as soon as Sunday morning, its largest shutoff this year.

The shutoff warnings come as forecasters expect extreme fire danger for much of Northern California this weekend, including winds up to 70 mph in the Sierra. A red flag warning covers much of the region from Modesto to the Oregon border.

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If You’re Short On Time

  • Election officials recommend Californians return mail-in ballots at least one week early to avoid any problems with slow mail delivery.
  • Ballots must be postmarked no later than Nov. 3.
  • Voters must sign the outside of their ballot envelope.
  • Refer to the signature on your driver’s license or other recent government documents to ensure your signature matches those kept on file by election officials.

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The west's epic wildfire season shows no signs of letting up as one Red Flag Warning follows another and millions of acres burn. Dave talks to three experts from the University of California at Davis. Forest ecology experts Malcolm North and Andrew Latimer weigh in on the state of wildland ecosystems past, present and future as they respond to long-term mismanagement, drought, and a rapidly changing climate. 

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 At just 35 years old, Kevin Kiley is one of the freshest faces of California’s Republican party.

The Rocklin-based, Yale-educated attorney represents the 6th District in the State Assembly, covering the Sacramento suburb of Roseville and the Sierra foothills — his childhood stomping grounds.

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This week on Cultivating Place we’re joined by award winning landscape designer Judith Phillips of Albuquerque NM. Her Design Oasis, characterized by creative thinking, designing gardens, and growing plants born of her wider place in the high desert has been shifting ideas of beauty and meaning for other gardeners of the American Southwest since the 1980s. Listen in!

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Just south of Bodie is Mono Lake. You could mistake this pale gray inland sea and its ghostly tufa towers for an eerie alien swimming pool on some other planet.

 

Back in the day, Mark Twain had much to say about Mono Lake—then known as the Dead Sea of California. “One of the strangest freaks of nature found in any land,” was one of his kinder comments.

 

“Mono Lake lies in a lifeless, treeless, hideous desert,” he wrote. “This solemn, silent, sailless sea—this lonely tenant of the loneliest spot on earth—is little graced with the picturesque.

Andre Byik


Lennie Copeland and Tom Smith, owners of the property that used to be the Ono Store and International Café, are facing something that is becoming more and more familiar to residents of the North State.

 

“Not much is left,” Copeland said. “What didn’t burn melted. I see devastation. I see everything we ever had is melted or broken or twisted and not repairable. A lot of it is not replaceable. This was a historic store and a lot of this stuff dates back to the gold rush days. That’s irreplaceable.”

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The Senate has voted 52-48 to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, just about a week before Election Day and 30 days after she was nominated by President Trump to fill the seat of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

In a White House ceremony following the vote Monday evening, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas administered the constitutional oath to Coney Barrett.

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This summer, CapRadio and North State Public Radio are teaming up to explore the effects of COVID-19 in Plumas and Sierra counties, two rural areas along California’s Sierra Nevada.

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