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  • Dropped Health Insurance

    10/23/2013 5:37:35 PM PDT · by sasquatch · 51 replies
    10/23/2013 | Sasquatch
    We've been advised that our medical coverage will be dropped at the end of the year. We've paid for our own coverage for about the last 10 years. Others out there? It'd be interesting to send a list to the a$$holes in DC describing the extent of the problem. thx
  • Freep for Rush

    03/08/2012 9:57:25 AM PST · by sasquatch · 35 replies ^ | Mar 8, 2012 | Sasquatch
    Poll on top of page.
  • Santa Cruz County may ban bullfrogs

    12/13/2011 5:20:57 PM PST · by sasquatch · 18 replies
    santa cruz sentinel ^ | 12/13/2011 | Jason Hoppin
    County supervisors may take the unprecedented step of banning the local importation, sale or posession of bullfrogs, part of effort to save other amphibians. Bullfrogs are native to the eastern U.S. but have infested local waters such as Antonelli Pond and Loch Lomond, preying on smaller species such as the endangered California Red-Legged Frog. They can also spread disease to native species, and are difficult to eradicate. Based on a recommendation from the county's Fish and Game Advisory Commission, the board voted on Tuesday to consider enacting a ban in February, but also to urge the state to finally enact...
  • Catch-22 in California budget language may doom suction dredge mining

    06/02/2011 7:18:19 AM PDT · by sasquatch · 1+ views
    SacBee ^ | Jun. 2, 2011 | Carlos Alcalá
    A legislative Catch-22 may put a permanent stop to controversial suction dredge mining, which has been halted by a moratorium since 2009. Budget language approved in May by committees in both houses of the California Legislature would extend the moratorium for five years, or until there are sufficient regulations to mitigate all impacts of the dredging and a fee structure to cover program costs. At the same time, the language would prohibit the state Department of Fish and Game – which administers suction dredging – from spending any money to develop regulations to end the moratorium. Read more:
  • POLITICS FEBRUARY 25, 2011 Troopers Hunt for Wisconsin Senators

    02/25/2011 5:11:41 PM PST · by sasquatch · 16 replies
    Wisconsin Republican lawmakers dispatched state troopers to the homes of absent Democratic senators in search of a quorum Thursday but came up empty as the state's legislative standoff continued.
  • Ron Paul

    02/12/2011 6:00:43 PM PST · by sasquatch · 29 replies
    Any Ron Paul threads available?
  • Manhunt on in Santa Cruz Mountains for 'known gangster'

    01/31/2011 7:13:55 PM PST · by sasquatch · 13 replies
    Santa Cruz Senile ^ | 01/31/2011 04:21:30 PM PST | By Stephen Baxter - Santa Cruz Sentinel
    BONNY DOON - A helicopter, two search dogs, sheriff's deputies and police joined in a hunt for a 24-year-old man wanted on a felony warrant today on Ice Cream Grade Road and Martin Road, the Sheriff's Office reported. The chase has been on since at least 2:40 p.m. for Juan Mendoza Cruz, who is wanted for weapons violations with a gang enhancement, said Sheriff's Sgt. Dan Campos. "He's a known gangster," Campos said. "We'll oftentimes chase someone on a warrant, but it usually doesn't reach this level," Campos said. It is unclear if Cruz has a weapon, but deputies are...
  • More trouble for Solyndra as factory closes, layoffs start

    11/04/2010 6:26:35 AM PDT · by sasquatch · 16 replies
    GreenBeat ^ | November 4, 2010 | Iris Kuo
    It seems that bets on Solyndra are going sour — the government provided the company with a flagship $535 million Department of Energy loan guarantee for that first factory, even getting a visit from President Obama. But in June, the company yanked its IPO filing, but still raised another $175 million by selling promissory notes to existing investors.
  • Only in Santa Cruz

    10/27/2010 5:53:01 PM PDT · by sasquatch · 12 replies
    santa cruz sentinel ^ | 10/27/2010 | By Kurtis Alexander -- Santa Cruz Sentinel
    SANTA CRUZ - Employees of the local Salvation Army say they can offer the next best thing to the recently-canceled veteran's Thanksgiving dinner: their own community meal. The downtown nonprofit is more than doubling its shopping list so folks missing out on the traditional vets' dinner have another option. "We are totally happy to have anybody that doesn't have a place to go on Thanksgiving join us," said Denise Acosta, social services director of the Santa Cruz Salvation Army chapter. "And we want to extend a formal invitation to our honorable veterans." The Salvation Army's Thanksgiving dinner, it should be...
  • Santa Cruz to pay thousands to settle 2006 sediment spill

    12/17/2009 6:13:41 AM PST · by sasquatch · 6 replies · 173+ views
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 12/17/2009 | GENEVIEVE BOOKWALTER
    SANTA CRUZ -- City leaders will pay the state $25,000 to settle a 2006 allegation that sediment illegally backed up in a North Coast waterway that provides almost 10 percent of the city's drinking water.
  • California budget; vanity

    07/23/2009 6:19:17 PM PDT · by sasquatch · 4 replies · 149+ views
    7/23/09 | Sasquatch; that's me
    I spoke with Tom Campbell today. He said there are two ways which could require California to base the annual budget on the previous years revenue. One lets the gov. veto spending. (Not a guarentee) The other is a state constitutional amendment. He said those are tough. I agree but ask this: What do Freepers think about it?
  • County supervisors warned in letter they could lose state support

    04/02/2009 6:52:28 AM PDT · by sasquatch · 22 replies · 903+ views
    Siskiyou Daily News ^ | Wed Apr 01, 2009, 09:24 AM PDT | By Dale Andreasen
    The continuing war of words over the controversy surrounding the possibility of dam removal on the Klamath River escalated March 17, as the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors sent a letter of response to California Resources Agency natural resources secretary Mike Chrisman. The letter was in reply to Chrisman’s threat to end support for the county’s participation in the process of looking into the status of four hydroelectric dams and the effects of their possible removal on the river system and the local economy.
  • Marin sewage spill to reach 300,000 gallons

    02/18/2009 7:56:43 AM PST · by sasquatch · 23 replies · 601+ views
    SF Chronicle ^ | Wednesday, February 18, 2009 | Kelly Zito, Chronicle Staff Writer
    21:28 PST Sausalito -- A southern Marin County sanitation district under federal orders to replace aging infrastructure will have spilled 300,000 gallons of bacteria-laden sewage into San Francisco Bay by noon today after a rupture in a sewage treatment plant pipeline.
  • Conservationists gain the upper hand in rare salamander debate

    01/20/2007 7:39:58 AM PST · by sasquatch · 28 replies · 433+ views
    Mail Tribune (Medford, OR) ^ | January 20, 2007 | chris conrad
    Conservationists gain the upper hand in rare salamander debate Judge orders U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department to take another look at whether the old-growth species should be declared endangered By chris conrad Mail Tribune A federal judge in California ruled Friday that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service illegally dismissed a petition by conservation groups to place a threatened salamander on the endangered species list. Judge William Alsup ruled that Fish and Wildlife officials ignored relevant information and relied on vague reasoning when it decided not to place the Scott Bar salamander, which lives in old-growth forests in Northern California...
  • (California) State Supreme Court:

    07/02/2006 8:57:03 AM PDT · by sasquatch · 12 replies · 486+ views
    santa cruz sentinel ^ | June 30, 2006 | By GENEVIEVE BOOKWALTER
    June 30, 2006 About half the timber land in Santa Cruz County will remain off limits to loggers after a ruling by the California Supreme Court on Thursday. The 4-3 decision in favor of Santa Cruz County over Davenport-based Big Creek Lumber grants a local government the power to restrict timber operations to certain areas. Historically, logging was under the purview of the state; the court's ruling validates Santa Cruz County's 7-year-old law regulating where trees can and can't be logged.
  • Feelings

    01/13/2006 4:26:29 PM PST · by sasquatch · 30 replies · 1,146+ views
    a friend in Reno | today | sasquatch
    December 9, 2005 (CNN) While interviewing an anonymous US Special Forces soldier on his sniper skills, a Reuters News agent asked the soldier what he felt when shooting members of Al Qaeda in Afghanistan. The soldier shrugged and replied, "Recoil."
  • Arcata's resolution calls for impeachment of Bush, Cheney

    01/06/2006 7:10:56 AM PST · by sasquatch · 27 replies · 845+ views
    eurekareporter ^ | 1/6/2006 | Shane Mizer
    The City of Arcata has announced a 2006 New Year’s resolution calling for the impeachment of President George W. Bush and Vice President Richard B. Cheney for breaches of constitutional and international law. “I am hoping that it will raise consciousness over the fact that the president has violated the Constitution and I’m hoping that it will inspire other cities to pass similar resolutions,” Arcata City Councilmember Dave Meserve said. Meserve and Arcata City Councilmember Harmony Groves wrote the resolution to reaffirm an earlier one passed in October 2004 that demanded Bush’s impeachment over the administration’s policy regarding the war...
  • Di Fi rejects sanity

    12/23/2004 5:57:20 PM PST · by sasquatch · 38 replies · 815+ views
    Feinstein wants end to Electoral College Senator says she'll seek constitutional amendment Edward Epstein, Chronicle Washington Bureau Thursday, December 23, 2004 Washington -- Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Wednesday that when Congress returns in January, she will propose a constitutional amendment to abolish the Electoral College and replace it with a one-person, one-vote system for electing the nation's president and vice president.
  • Students stand up for rights

    12/16/2004 5:20:06 AM PST · by sasquatch · 29 replies · 1,014+ views
    Siskiyou Daily News ^ | December 16, 2004 | JOHN DIEHM
    WEED - When the senior class at Weed High School was told it could not paint a Nativity scene on a window, student body president Jessica Hofer knew from her senior project research that the students had a constitutional right to do so and with her help they did. By school tradition, classes decorate the school for seasonal holidays with the work judged, earning the class "spirit points." The designs are approved by faculty advisors before the actual work begins. This year senior class president Becky James and her classmates designed a simple Nativity set painting for a small window...
  • Win for timber

    02/18/2004 8:07:39 AM PST · by sasquatch · 23 replies · 175+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 2/18/04 | Ken McLaughlin
    In a ruling that could open up hundreds of properties to logging in the Santa Cruz Mountains, a state appellate court in San Jose has sided with logging interests in striking down Santa Cruz County laws aimed at limiting where trees can be harvested. The decision, released Tuesday by the three-judge panel of the 6th District Court of Appeal, sent shock waves through environmental groups concerned that farmers, ranchers and other landowners with forested properties would rush to chop down timber on their mountain properties. County law banned logging on any land not zoned specifically for ``timber production'' -- meaning...
  • Sierra lumber firm to fold

    08/16/2003 7:52:34 PM PDT · by sasquatch · 42 replies · 461+ views
    SacBee ^ | August 16, 2003 | Loretta Kalb
    <p>The family-owned Wetsel-Oviatt Lumber Co. -- a fixture of the Sierra Nevada for three generations -- announced Friday it will close in 60 days due to skyrocketing workers' compensation costs and a glut of foreign competition.</p> <p>The closing of the El Dorado Hills sawmill, in business since 1939, will eliminate work for 120 people, some of whom have been with the company for decades.</p>
  • Supervisors reject BLM proposal

    08/01/2003 8:18:39 AM PDT · by sasquatch · 9 replies · 217+ views
    Siskiyou Daily News ^ | Thursday, July 31, 2003 7:29 PM PD | John Diehm
    YREKA - The Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) recommendation to acquire more land along the Klamath River as part of its Management Plan Environmental Impact Statement process was not favorably received by the Siskiyou County Supervisors. The BLM recommendation, one of four options under consideration relating to the 20 mile segment of the Klamath River five miles of which are in California, is an option the supervisors have said following several presentations is unacceptable to them. It involves removing land now owned by PacifiCorp out of private ownership and into the public ownership of BLM, something that would further reduce...

    05/26/2003 7:29:22 AM PDT · by sasquatch · 52 replies · 302+ views
    San Jose Merc ^ | May 25, 2003 | Seth Borenstein
    <p>WASHINGTON - Dazzled by views of mountains, deserts and wildlife, visitors to America's national parks rarely notice that there also are missing signs, rotting buildings and fewer rangers to answer questions.</p> <p>On Sept. 13, 2000, presidential candidate George W. Bush posed before the Cascade Mountains in Washington state and warned that national parks were ``at the breaking point.'' He vowed to eliminate a $4.9 billion backlog in deferred maintenance.</p>
  • Where's the President

    05/01/2003 9:00:54 PM PDT · by sasquatch · 1 replies · 163+ views
    Where and when will President Bush be in Santa Clara tomorrow? Where will proponents gather?
  • McCloud lumber mill will close

    04/30/2003 7:44:49 AM PDT · by sasquatch · 26 replies · 186+ views
    Siskiyou Daily News ^ | Wednesday, April 30, 2003 | John Diehm
    McCloud lumber mill will close McCLOUD -- The last sawmill in Siskiyou County is scheduled to close this summer, announced California Cedar Products Executive Vice President Jon Reed. Reed said California Cedar Products, the company that owns the subsidiary company known to the residents of Siskiyou County as P&M Cedar Products, provided about 100 employees at McCloud with phased-in layoff notices. He said about 90 percent of the people working at McCloud will be laid off by mid-September. "A mill closure has not been announced," Reed said. "We have announced a curtailment of production for an indefinite amount of time."...
  • Industry to sponsor Stanford's research

    11/20/2002 5:56:34 PM PST · by sasquatch · 6 replies · 120+ views
    San Francisco Chronic ^ | Wed. Nov. 20, 2002 | Keay Davidson, Chronicle Science Writer
    <p>Stanford -- In an unusual alliance between one of the nation's top research campuses and some of the country's most polluting industries, Stanford University will receive a huge donation for research on energy, climate and environmental problems.</p> <p>The grant -- which could reach nearly a quarter of a billion dollars -- will come from oil, gas and other energy companies such as ExxonMobil and General Electric.</p>
  • Supervisor fighting sale of Felton’s water source

    10/01/2002 7:47:56 AM PDT · by sasquatch · 23 replies · 295+ views
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 10/1/2002 | JONDI GUMZ
    FELTON — A German conglomerate wants to buy the company that supplies water to Felton and export water to Perrier, said county Supervisor Jeff Almquist, who wants to put the brakes on the deal. Two weeks ago, the water company, California-American Water Works, asked the state for permission to raise rates by 57 percent. The company has 1,350 connections in the Felton area, where water rates already are among the highest in the county. The water company maintains rates have become unreasonably low. Almquist called the rate-hike request "extremely high and inappropriate," and will discuss the proposal at today’s county...
  • Julia Butterfly in Ecuador jail

    07/18/2002 11:18:57 AM PDT · by sasquatch · 49 replies · 2,087+ views
    SFChronicle via Rough & Tumble ^ | Thursday, July 18, 2002 | Glen Martin, Chronicle Environment Writer
    <p>Julia Butterfly Hill, California's well-known tree sitter and environmental activist, has been jailed in Ecuador for protesting a proposed oil pipeline that would penetrate a virgin Andean "cloud forest" that teems with rare birds.</p> <p>Hill, 28, was arrested Tuesday with seven other demonstrators in Quito outside the offices of Occidental Petroleum, a U.S. oil company.</p>
  • Tax repealed

    03/06/2002 6:52:25 AM PST · by sasquatch · 6 replies · 16+ views
    Santa Cruz Sentenel ^ | March 6, 2002 | Heather Broener
    It appears residents of the unincorporated area will have a little more change in their pockets. Measure L, the voter initiative to repeal the tax on water, natural gas, electricity, telephone and cable TV service and sewer, was winning by 10 percentage points, or more than 5,000 votes. And that left proponents of the measure jumping with joy. "Hey, Martha, look at this," said Tom Walsh, who helped gather signatures to get the measure on the ballot. Martha Montelongo, a member of the Latino Chamber of Commerce, hopped up and down in the lobby of the Scotts Valley Hilton Hotel ...
  • Reception for Marsh

    01/17/2002 7:19:42 AM PST · by sasquatch · 1 replies · 13+ views
    YREKA -- The Siskiyou County Supervisor's room was filled yesterday with county officials and friends welcoming Anne Marsh as the new District 5 supervisor. This was Marsh's second supervisor's meeting since her appointment by California Governor Gray Davis to fill the position made vacant over one year ago by the death of Kay Bryan. Marsh is scheduled to serve for one year with the candidate winning in the November general election to be seated on the first meeting of January 2003. Marsh is one of those candidates. A reception was held to welcome Marsh following the Siskiyou County Supervisor's ...
  • Lying Letters

    01/13/2002 6:10:20 AM PST · by sasquatch · 8 replies · 135+ views
    Skim the following: Bush, Daschle frame the tax debate DEMOCRATIC Sen. Tom Daschle seems to be one of very few politicians in Washington to have learned from experience how to steer the nation out of a recession. In the early '80s, we followed the Republican approach -- massive, irresponsible tax cuts along with a huge increase in spending that created a decade of budget deficits. In the early '90s, however, the Democrats put in place a sound approach to economic recovery -- investments in job training and education, and new approaches to health care and retirement security. The result was ...
  • Take a hero to dinner

    12/21/2001 3:21:53 PM PST · by sasquatch · 15 replies · 44+ views
    anyservicemember ^ | 12/21/01 | me
    I've extended an offer to the recipient of a holiday card sent via send message
  • Poor county can't pay

    12/17/2001 4:52:44 AM PST · by sasquatch · 47 replies · 268+ views
    San JoseMercury News ^ | Monday, Dec. 17, 2001 | BY JENNIFER COLEMAN
    CRESCENT CITY -- By now, Del Norte County knows the language of layoffs. Timber mills in the far northwest corner of California have closed, going from 50 to just a handful. Commercial fishing in this coastal community has dried up. Today, even government employees are threatened with layoffs, because Del Norte County is going broke. County officials say they've cut as much as they can in their $34 million budget and now need $1.7 million from the state to pay for increases in state-mandated programs, such as foster care, to balance their books. California, with its own budget problems, won't ...
  • New voting district will stand

    12/01/2001 6:35:04 AM PST · by sasquatch · 7 replies · 297+ views
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | December 1, 2001 | By JEANENE HARLICK
    Assemblyman Fred Keeley's fight to keep the Central Coast's voice united and strong in the state legislature has officially ended. The U.S. Department of Justice upheld new boundaries approved by the legislature for Senate Districts 11, 12, and 15 Friday. Keeley, Assembly speaker pro tem, filed an appeal in October because he said the boundaries muffle the voices of Santa Cruz County residents as well as the Central Coast's emerging Latino majority. "I am deeply disappointed. ... I had hoped that the Department of Justice would recognize that the proposal was the result of political decisions, rather than respect for ...
  • Prime land moves closer to public use

    11/09/2001 5:53:44 AM PST · by sasquatch · 8 replies · 7+ views
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | Nov. 9,2001 | Brian Seals
    DAVENPORT — Plans to provide public access to 7,000 acres of undeveloped North Coast land are taking shape.snipWormhoudt called the latest report a significant step toward saving the land. "It’s a wonderful thing," she said. "Almost all the coast from the Santa Cruz city limit to the San Mateo County line are in public or nonprofit hands. I can think of no greater legacy to leave than a North Coast that looks very much the way it does now."
  • NMFS moves downriver

    10/13/2001 7:58:13 AM PDT · by sasquatch · 6 replies · 7+ views
    Klamath fisheries task force orders Salmon River study YREKA -- Important decisions affecting the management of fish and habitat in the Klamath River Basin were discussed for two days in Yreka this week with very little public input.
  • Urban Growth, East-West Sprawl Studied

    10/04/2001 12:53:24 PM PDT · by sasquatch · 14 replies · 5+ views
    AP/Washington Post ^ | Thursday, Oct. 4, 2001; 12:13 a.m. EDT | By William McCall
    PORTLAND, Ore. –– A panel expected to report to Congress next year heard warnings from conservationists Wednesday that urban growth, sprawl, and waste runoff are threatening the East and West coasts. The Pew Oceans Commission is looking for ways to limit or reverse coastal pollution and marine habitat damage. Members heard several suggestions, including one that coastal states buy farm land near the ocean to restore it to its natural state."When the agricultural economy is weak, as it is now, that's when opportunities exist,"said Sara Vickerman, director of the West Coast office for Defenders of Wildlife, a conservation group.
  • Tree Sitter turns Faller (my title)

    06/14/2001 7:21:15 AM PDT · by sasquatch · 165+ views
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | June 14, 2001 | Dan White
    BOULDER CREEK - An Earth First! tree sitter was badly hurt Wednesday when she slipped from a redwood and fell to the forest floor. Jenna Griffith, 20, was climbing the tree with at least four others around 3 a.m. when she apparently lost her footing and fell 30 feet, hitting her head on a stump.