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Wildlife losing homes, habitat to wildfires

Wildlife losing homes, habitat to wildfires

Wildlife relies on instinct, intuition and centuries of DNA passed through their ancestors to know how to cope with wildfire and the aftermath. But when the fires happen more frequently, burn hotter and more habitat is lost, their resiliency may not be what it was in...

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Stormy weather adds moodiness to walk along Sac River

Stormy weather adds moodiness to walk along Sac River

The sun tried to punch through, only to be thwarted by the ominous black clouds. The river looked so uninviting, rushing furiously downstream, its edges swelling to accommodate the recent rains. Mother Nature’s vast moodiness was on display the last Sunday of December...

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Slow process to become comfortable speaking Spanish

Slow process to become comfortable speaking Spanish

It’s one thing to practice Spanish in the privacy of my bedroom each night, it’s another to try to speak it in front of people. I got so nervous just asking my nieces what they would like to drink. I know red wine is vino tinto, but I said vino rojo. Then I got more...

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100+ year old seed orchard continues to be of value

100+ year old seed orchard continues to be of value

Rows of trees growing in a line like they are a crop, a paved path meandering along a creek with a tree canopy providing an abundance of shade, a large greenhouse with a few busted glass panes. This is the Chico Seed Orchard. According to the U.S. Forest Service’s...

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Reverberations from Jan. 6 insurrection continue

Reverberations from Jan. 6 insurrection continue

How anyone can call the Jan. 6, 2021, storming of the U.S. Capitol anything but an insurrection is beyond me. Maybe they don’t know what the word insurrection means. The dictionary defines it this way: “a violent uprising against an authority or government.” Clearly,...

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Diamond Peak a jewel of a snowshoe in Lassen Park

Diamond Peak a jewel of a snowshoe in Lassen Park

  Rising like a beacon, the diamond was all a glitter in the unbridled sunshine on this first day of 2022. While that might be a bit of an exaggeration, it is not hyperbole to say this snowshoe in Lassen Volcanic National Park was incredibly spectacular. Snow...

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Trying to be hopeful for a joyful 2022

Trying to be hopeful for a joyful 2022

I’ve stopped saying it can’t get worse because I kept being proven wrong. I guess that’s what happens when you are living through a pandemic. It’s not like I have a lot of experience with something like this. I actually feel like I’ve been affected by the pandemic...

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