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Lawsuit Filed in Gold Mine Dispute

05/14/2024

A lawsuit has been filed against Nevada County by a subsidiary of the Rise Gold Corporation which is seeking to restart mining operations at the Idaho Maryland Mine in Grass Valley.

Chuckwalla National Monument Would Protect Swath of California Desert and Preserve a Sacred Land

04/27/2024

Indigenous Californians want President Biden to establish a national monument in a stretch of desert that is both an ecological wonder and a window into their cultures.

Who Killed CA Utility Bill Legislation?

04/26/2024

A bill to rein in a proposed monthly fee on California electric bills would let California’s largest for-profit utility companies charge customers $24 per month — with fees as low as $6 for lower-income customers — as a kind of membership fee for the power grid.

Prescribed Fire Projects Begin Soon

04/24/2024

Spring prescribed fire projects are set to begin in the Tahoe National Forest as early as April 29, depending on conditions.

Photo Contest Launches to Promote Dark Skies

04/22/2024

A photo contest promoting dark sky lighting has been launched by the Nevada County Arts Council, Nevada County, the City of Nevada City and the City of Grass Valley.

As Salmon Are Released Into the Klamath River, Tribal Leaders See a 'Symbol of Hope'

04/20/2024

California has released 500,000 salmon into the Klamath River. As dams are removed, the fish will be some of the first to return to a free-flowing river.

A Plan to Change Your Utility Rates Is Dividing California Environmentalists. Here’s Why

04/18/2024

The California Public Utilities Commission will consider on May 9 a new proposal that would change how Californians pay for electricity.

California Sets Nation’s First Water Standard for Cancer-Causing Contaminant

04/17/2024

Water suppliers say the costs will be massive, with rates increasing for many consumers. Known as the “Erin Brockovich” chemical, hexavalent chromium is found statewide.

PG&E Hit With $225-Million Lawsuit for 2021 Dixie Fire Damages

04/14/2024

A coalition of timber businesses filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against the embattled Pacific Gas & Electric Co., alleging $225 million in damages caused by the 2021 Dixie Fire.

Grass Valley and Nevada City Go Green

04/12/2024

The City of Grass Valley and City of Nevada City have engaged with Pioneer Community Energy to power municipal operations with 100% renewable energy.

Nevada City Hosts 3rd Annual Earth Fest Street Fair

04/12/2024

The 3rd annual Nevada City Earth Fest Street Fair will is taking place downtown on Sunday, April 21 from 11AM - 5PM.

California Requires New Homes to Have Solar Panels. Should Wildfire Victims Get a Break?

04/11/2024

A California Republican’s bill would exempt low and middle income wildfire victims from solar panels requirements on rebuilt homes that didn’t have them when they burned down.

California's Largest Reservoir Is Close to Full

04/11/2024

California's reservoirs are brimming with water, and even Shasta Lake could fill up.

Part of Highway 1 Near Big Sur Crumbles as New Landslide Closes More of Historic Roadway

03/30/2024

Highway 1 is closed indefinitely from Palo Colorado Road to Rocky Creek Bridge, the California Department of Transportation said on social media after a new landslide eroded part of the roadway.

Salmon Populations Are Struggling, Bringing Economic Woes for California's Fishing Fleet

03/30/2024

Captains of fishing boats on the California coast are bracing for salmon fishing to be severely restricted — or possibly canceled for a second year.

Feds Propose Killing Nearly 500,000 'Invasive' Owls to Save Calif. Native Owls

03/27/2024

The goal is to eliminate habitat competition between "invasive" owls and native owls.

Public Comments Opened for Proposed Event Center

03/19/2024

Public comments are open for a proposed event center in Penn Valley as it goes through its Environmental Impact Review process.

Alan G. Sieroty, Former State Senator Who Helped Create the Coastal Commission, Dies at 93

03/17/2024

Sieroty, of Beverly Hills, served as a state Assembly member and senator, championing disability rights and efforts to protect California's coast.

California Unlikely to Meet Landmark Goals for Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

03/15/2024

California will miss its goals unless it can increase emission reductions threefold, according to a new study.

New Recycling Drop Off Location

03/15/2024

A new recycling center has opened at 12640 Loma Rica Avenue in Grass Valley, and is open Monday - Friday: 9 AM - 3 PM.

Forest Entrepreneur Training Program Launches

02/29/2024

Sierra Business Council, in partnership with Sierra Commons, is launching a free, in-person education program to encourage creation of new forest-based jobs and wood products businesses this April.

EPA Announces New Superfund Cleanup Projects in California

02/27/2024

Part of President Biden’s Investing in America agenda, the projects include California’s Lava Cap Mine in Nevada City, Sulphur Bank Mercury Mine in Clearlake Oaks, and Southern Avenue Industrial Area in South Gate.

Wildfires Are Killing California’s Ancient Giants. Can Seedlings Save the Species?

02/26/2024

Ecologists estimate that up to 14,000 sequoias have been killed in recent wildfires. The National Park Service for the first time has begun replanting some severely burned areas.

After Heavy Storms, Death Valley Is Now Open to Kayakers

02/20/2024

A temporary lake in Death Valley National Park doubled after recent rains and is now deep enough to launch a kayak. Prior to August, ghostly Lake Manly hadn’t appeared in 19 years.

Researchers Shed Light on River Resiliency to Flooding

02/14/2024

Researchers at the University of Nevada, Reno have completed a study examining how river ecosystems recover following floods, using data from oxygen sensors to estimate growth in aquatic plants and algae.

Frosty Flakes

02/07/2024

Gary Ellrod, retired NOAA Meteorologist and current senior meteorologist at Weather Extreme, explains the basics of frost, and how it forms.

Some Experts Are Proposing a Category 6 Storm Rating

02/05/2024

A handful of super powerful tropical storms in the last decade and the prospect of more to come has a couple of experts proposing a new category of whopper hurricanes: Category 6.

The Terrifying Forces That Created a California Monster Storm

02/05/2024

The storm fed off of unusually warm waters as it grew. It also reached “bomb cyclone” status as it neared California.

Imperiled Monarch Butterflies Cling to Survival in California

01/30/2024

Monarch butterflies have a long way to go before reaching stable population numbers.

A Fire Burning Inside an L.A. County Landfill is Raising Alarms Over Toxic Air

01/29/2024

As an underground fire burns deep within Chiquita Canyon Landfill, air regulators are raising alarms over the possible spread of toxic vapors.

Scientists Debunk California Biblical-Storm Hysteria Swirling on Internet

01/29/2024

What is an ARkStorm and why is everyone talking about it on social media right now?

‘Hot Droughts’ Are Becoming More Common in the Arid West, New Study Finds

01/28/2024

Take a period of limited rainfall. Add heat. And you have what scientists call a “hot drought”—dry conditions made more intense by the evaporative power of hotter temperatures.

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