Guest Comment

Notes from under ground

Butte County is blessed with bountiful fresh water within its boundaries. Big Chico Creek, Butte Creek, Feather River and the Sacramento River all support incredible and vibrant natural ecosystems. What is not as apparent is […]

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Higher fines for water scofflaws?

By Rachel Becker (for Cal Matters) CalMatters is an independent public journalism venture covering California state politics and government. For more info, visit calmatters.org. When ranchers violated an emergency order to stop pumping water from the […]

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Crash course in water

Jim Brobeck is a long-time Butte County water advocate, water policy analyst for AquAlliance, and the environmental community representative on the Stakeholders Advisory Committee for the Vina Groundwater Sustainability Agency. The mature urban forest of […]

Arts & Culture

Hot tomato

It’s May, and the initial tomato frenzy has died down. The nurseries have sold the bulk of their tomato starts, and most are likely in the ground, already showing several blossoms. Your tomato plants no […]

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No California salmon

This story was produced by CalMatters, an independent public journalism venture covering California state politics and government. For more info, visit calmatters.org. Most summer mornings at first light, Jared Davis is a few miles west of […]

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Governor waives water rules

This story was produced by CalMatters, an independent public journalism venture covering California state politics and government. For more info, visit calmatters.org. Facing an onslaught of criticism that water was “wasted” during January storms, Gov. Gavin […]

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Still dry in California

This story was produced by CalMatters, an independent public journalism venture covering California state politics and government. For more info, visit calmatters.org. The powerful storms that clobbered California for weeks in December and January dropped trillions […]

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‘Everyone loses’

by Rachel Becker for CalMatters CalMatters is an independent public journalism venture covering California state politics and government. For more info, visit calmatters.org. Standing on the grassy plateau where water is piped onto his property, Josh […]

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Snow falling

By Rachel Becker for CalMatters CalMatters is an independent public journalism venture covering California state politics and government. For more info, visit calmatters.org. Packed onto the slopes of the Sierra Nevada is a precious source of […]

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A dry state

A drought-stricken Lake Oroville was barely visible through smoky skies on Thursday (Aug. 19) from a vantage point off Oro Quincy Highway. Air quality reached unhealthy levels in Butte County due to smoke from multiple wildfires, […]