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Carbon Tax Contested

Carbon tax proposal gives most Americans $132 a month

E&E News – ClimateWire – June 9, 2014 The Citizens Climate Lobby will release a plan today for a carbon tax that proposes mailing monthly checks to nearly every American, including children. The California– based group supports enacting a $10 ...»
Burn Ban in effect June 1

CAL FIRE Suspends Burn Permits on June 1

Camino May 16, 2014 – To date CAL FIRE has responded to twice as many wildfires than average and it is anticipated that fire season will only continue to get worse. Fortunately, CAL FIRE began its transition into fire season ...»
Picturesque meadow at Soper Ranch

Soper-Wheeler Not Developing Yuba County Lands

Appeal-Democrat and Territorial Dispatch – May 8, 2014 To the constituents of Yuba County’s 5th District: You may have received a letter from Hal Stocker, our incumbent 5th District supervisor, stating “Soper-Wheeler has designated some 5,200 acres of land for ...»
US Forest Service parking fees have been ruled illegal.

Court ruling could undercut Forest Service user fees

Judge: Agency cannot charge for parking The Bend Bulletin – May 5, 2014 – A ruling in federal court in California this week could unravel the U.S. Forest Service’s system of charging fees to visitors, with the judge ruling the ...»

Soper-Wheeler 2014 Champion of Yuba County

Appeal-Democrat – Sunday, April 27, 2014 Strawberry Valley-based Soper-Wheeler Co. has been selected as this year’s Champion of Yuba County during the Yuba County Perspectives 2014 breakfast to promote economic development in the county. The family-owned, global lumber company received ...»
Cap and Trade supported by Jerry Brown

California’s Carbon Spending Rush

Sacramento proves that cap and trade is about income redistribution. Wall St. Journal – April 22, 2014 – California seems to be the place where bad ideas go to live—and reproduce. Behold Senate president Darrell Steinberg’s brainstorm to spend cap-and-trade ...»
Homeowner wildfire protection act

Homeowner Wildfire Protection Act Approved in Committee

Sierra Sun Times – April 7, 2014 – Assembly bill 1867, the Homeowner Wildfire Protection Act was approved in the Assembly Natural Resources Committee Monday. Assemblyman Jim Patterson (R-Fresno) introduced AB 1867 to allow landowners clearing defensible space around their ...»
EPA says stock pond is illegal.

Wyoming welder faces $75,000 a day in EPA fines for building pond on his property

FoxNews.com – March 14, 2014 – All Andy Johnson wanted to do was build a stock pond on his sprawling eight-acre Wyoming farm. He and his wife Katie spent hours constructing it, filling it with crystal-clear water, and bringing in ...»

Redwood park closes road to deter burl poachers

Associated Press – March 5, 2014 – Authorities say unemployment and drug addiction have spurred an increase in the destructive practice of cutting off the knobby growths at the base of ancient redwood trees to make decorative pieces like lacey-grained ...»
Smoke from the Moonlight Fire

Cal Fire to Pay $30M for ‘Egregious and Reprehensible Conduct’

Sacramento Bee – Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 – In a blistering ruling against Cal Fire, a judge in Plumas County has found the agency guilty of “egregious and reprehensible conduct” in its response to the 2007 Moonlight fire and ordered ...»
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