Hundreds of dry wells in the state | Another Mill Fire lawsuit | Lassen Park restoration
The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Thursday, Oct. 6.
California wells are running dry, low-income and rural communities are hit the hardest
More than 1,200 wells in California have run dry this year, according to state data. The Associated Press reports that’s a nearly 50% increase from what the state reported at this time last year. The groundwater crisis is another symptom of the severe or extreme drought afflicting California for its three driest years on record, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.
— Jamie Jiang, NSPR
Another lawsuit against Roseburg Forest Co. for negligence leading to the Mill Fire
Another Mill Fire victim is suing the woods product company Roseburg Forest Products Co. According to The Associated Press, Robert Davies, a resident of the city of Weed who lost his home in the fire, alleged that the company’s negligence created dangerous conditions for fire. At least 100 others have also sued the company. The Mill Fire killed two people, injured three, and destroyed more than 118 structures.
— Jamie Jiang, NSPR
Dixie Fire restoration work continues in Lassen Volcanic National Park
Restoration efforts after the 2021 Dixie Fire are still underway at Lassen Volcanic National Park, according to a press release from park officials. The fire burned through more than 73,000 acres of parkland last summer. Some of the restoration projects underway this fall include the removal of hazardous trees along the park highway in the Warner Valley area.
— Ken Devol, NSPR
Proposition 27 would allow online sports betting
Most sports betting isn’t legal in California, but voters will weigh in on two initiatives in November that could change that. One of them is Proposition 27, which would allow online sports betting. The proposition is funded by large gambling companies. Experts say Prop. 27 could generate hundreds of millions of dollars a year for California. Opponents say online sports betting could increase the risk of gambling addiction. Read more about all seven of the state’s propositions.
— Grace Gedye, CalMatters
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