• CalPERS looks to cut financial risk

    CalPERS looks to cut financial risk

    By Melody Petersen, Los Angeles Times California taxpayers have never paid more for public worker pensions, but it’s still not enough to cover the rising number of retirement checks written by the state’s largest pension plan. Even before the stock market’s recent fall, staffers at the California Public Employees’ Retirement System were worried about what […]

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  • Sandoval to put 3-week trade mission to work

    Sandoval to put 3-week trade mission to work

    By Michelle Rindels, AP CARSON CITY —  Gov. Brian Sandoval and more than 60 business, government and education officials recently returned from a three-week trade mission to England, Ireland, Germany, Poland and Italy. The visit included meetings with dignitaries, tours of car factories and receptions bringing together Nevada and European tourism officials. As a result […]

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  • Dams may be answer to future droughts

    Dams may be answer to future droughts

    By Carolyn Lochhead, San Francisco Chronicle Driven by drought, California stands ready to build a water system for the 21st century. Ideas are flowing: conservation, recycling, desalination, aquifer recharge, floodplain restoration, storm water capture. But the biggest, most expensive, most popular item of all is the foundation of the 20th century water system — dams. […]

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  • Crews use sensors, cameras to track fire’s behavior

    Crews use sensors, cameras to track fire’s behavior

    By Rory Appleton, Fresno Bee A special firefighting team with the Sierra National Forest hiked into the mouth of the 56,900-acre Rough Fire on Thursday to drop special equipment in the blaze’s path, and data recorded by the equipment may help prevent future wildfires. Rough Fire public information officer Shawn Lenske hiked alongside the 10-man […]

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  • Calif. congressional Dems push for state climate bills

    Calif. congressional Dems push for state climate bills

    By Devin Henry, The Hill Democrats in the California congressional delegation are urging state lawmakers to pass two sweeping environmental bills this legislative session. Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer sent a letter to members of the California Assembly on Wednesday urging them to pass the bills before their legislative session ends next month. House […]

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  • Big month for water conservation in Calif.

    Big month for water conservation in Calif.

    By Bettina Boxall and Rosanna Xia, Los Angeles Times After Gov. Jerry Brown ordered a 25 percent reduction in urban water use statewide, regulators spent much of the spring chastising water districts for not conserving enough during California’s stubborn drought. Data released Thursday suggest the message is getting through. Californians cut back their urban water […]

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  • Hotel taxes bright spot in SLT budget

    Hotel taxes bright spot in SLT budget

    By Kathryn Reed An unexpected spike in the cost of retiree pension benefits and a continual declining value of some redevelopment properties is being offset by a substantial increase in transient occupancy taxes in South Lake Tahoe. All of this means the 2015-16 budget that takes effect Oct. 1 is balanced. And while legally the […]

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  • Partnership to test if forest thinning can grow groundwater

    Partnership to test if forest thinning can grow groundwater

    By Edward Ortiz, Sacramento Bee The purchase of 10,000 acres of watershed land west of Lake Tahoe is slated to launch a living laboratory testing whether the answer to drought lies in fewer trees. Research by the environmental group the Nature Conservancy has shown that thinning forests of small- to medium-size trees and bushes allows […]

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