Wild things aren’t tame: bear-incidents increasing

Events in New Mexico last week and on the Eldorado National Forest (60 miles from Sacramento) Friday remind us that conflicts between wildlife – in this case,  hungry bears – and forgetful or negligent humans can have devastating results for all concerned.   California Attack      Bear Attack on Eldorado National Forest New Mexico Attack      httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTD5RsGPa3Q   Public lands […]

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H1N1: pandemic arising

Earlier this year, we received an email that said if we looked in the mirror and saw this cute little guy, it might be good idea to stay home from work. Dude, if we wake up looking like this, we may not have a job to go to anymore! While the email was humorous, coming down with […]

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Delta dreamin’: legislature considers water woes

On the heels of approving  a “solution” to California’s budget crisis,  tomorrow an unusual conference committee of state legislators will consider reconciling five bills to solve water issues in the Delta. Not only are they dreaming, but what they’re considering is an expensive nightmare. Proposed in at least two of the bills is a requirement that in-Delta city and […]

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Big 5 deal will push local folks & govts. off cliff

Final Countdown: action alert from Paul McIntosh, Executive Director California State Association of Counties July 18, 2009    It appears that this is the week that will change the face of California counties for many years to come.  As has been widely reported through Capitol sources, the Big Five is expected to meet tomorrow to […]

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Interesting year in the soup kitchen

This has been an interesting year, hasn’t it? For the county, it’s not unlike being an orphan in a soup kitchen, begging the state for just a little more gruel. Meanwhile, the federal government has come in like Santa Claus with ballet slippers for everyone: not what we needed, but we’re not turning anything down! […]

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