drought

State panel mulls $500-a-day fines for wasting water

Wasting water outdoors amid the state’s drought could start hitting Californians in the pocketbook under get-tough restrictions being proposed by state regulators, with fines ...

Drought no hindrance to raft tours

The rafting industry in Placer County isn’t suffering, despite low snow melt and ongoing drought conditions throughout the state. According to local rafting companies, the o ...

Price hike looms for Auburn produce

It’s a matter of supply and demand. Statewide produce prices have either started to climb or are expected to do so in the face of a years-long drought, depending on who&rsqu ...

Wine makers unhampered by drought

Placer County wine makers are not feeling the effects of current drought conditions despite popular belief to the contrary. For wine makers throughout the region, the general scar ...

No water, no nectar

In addition to its rivers, lakes and inland reservoirs, more than two years of drought have also parched California’s honey supply. The state recorded a record low 10.4 inch ...

Another View: Focus on drought, not bullet trains

A bullet train for California? Who in his right mind — since we’re already in the fifth year of a serious drought — would conceive of such a plan?   Accord ...

Reader Input: State should step up to desalination

Facing the worsening drought here in California, this born-and-bred Californian remembers back in junior high school, asking my teacher why we do not have salt removal plants simil ...

Reader Input: Sac residents urged to save

I am making a simple plea to the good people of Sacramento: Could you all cut back on your lavish consumption of water? In this period of unprecedented drought, the city elite ...

Ask the Master Gardener: Growing vegetable gardens in a drought

Question: Drought or not? I am confused about whether I should grow my vegetable garden this year. Any advice? Answer: Our recent rainy weather has improved the immediate outlook ...

Study links California drought to global warming

WASHINGTON —  While researchers have sometimes connected weather extremes to man-made global warming, usually it's not done in real time. Now a study is asserting ...