Western View: Visit to Citrus State Park

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There’s a park in southern California that’s high on my list of places I want to visit someday. This park preserves the story of the citrus industry and its role in the history of California. The park recaptures the time when “Citrus was King” in California, recognizing the importance of agriculture to the state.

Western View: Shep’s Story

Aria Wilcox Features, Western View

I’d like to tell you an old story that still wanders the Montana countryside. It starts in the summer of 1936 when a Montana sheepherder fell ill. He was transported to the St. Clare Hospital in Fort Benton, where eventually his sheepdog, Shep, found him. Western View The man was dying, and the dog, with the intense loyalty of those …

Western View: The Times, They are A-Changin’

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It doesn’t matter which side of the fence you’re on, electing Trump was … well, electrifying. It was a new wind blowing across the land, and it isn’t just hot air. These guys are following through on their promises. Business and farm-friendly management is now the order of the day at the Federal building, and that is continuing to bring …

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Western View: Is Global Warming Real?

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Is the terrifying picture of global warming a myth? There’s increasing evidence it isn’t quite what we’ve been led to believe, and more people are thinking that it may not be a problem after all. Writing a blog post for Forbes Magazine, James Taylor, who is president of a right-wing political foundation, debunks some of the prime evidence used to …

The Western View: The Central Valley Habitat Exchange

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Over the last 150 years, more than 95 percent of the natural habitat in California’s Central Valley has been replaced by farms and ranches. As a result, native wildlife populations have declined. Today, California faces the challenge of recovering these species, and the ecosystems on which they depend, while maintaining productive agricultural lands. The Environmental Defense Fund, or EDF, has …

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The Western View: Parkfield Bluegrass Festival

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Once again, it’s time for true country music! The annual bluegrass festival will happen in a few short weeks, over in Parkfield on Mother’s day weekend. For 20 years bluegrass pickers, pluckers and fans have spent mother’s day weekend in these hills, entertaining themselves and guests with some of the best guitar and banjo sounds west of Nashville.

The Western View: On Getting Old

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I’m normally a real positive guy, but I have to say, this hasn’t been the best week of my life. It’s been a painful one. I wiped out my knee doing some exercises that a physical therapist is making me do. Unfortunately, I wasn’t doing them right. I knew a better way, of course. So I’m paying for that.

Western View: Fake Craft Beer?

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We’ve been hearing a lot about fake news lately. Our president has been accusing some major media outlets of using false sources, but I don’t know about that; I do know there’s a lot of websites out there that put up fake news stories to draw people in. They are atrocious, the source of a lot of lies and misunderstandings, …

Western View: Write an Essay, Win a Farm!

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It’s a part of the American dream, it seems, to be self sufficient, to live off the land on a place out in the country. Lots of folks dream about being a farmer, including a lot of us who write or talk about it. But it takes real money and real commitment, and if you’re not born to it, it’s …

Western View: Living History at Fort Tejon

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We’ve been talking about state parks, especially the ones that preserve a piece of our history. These are places that we can use to teach our children about our heritage and show them what makes California such a special place. These places bring their history textbooks alive.


The Western View: EPA, You Got to be Kidding!

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As you may recall, in 2015 an EPA contractor was doing excavation work at the Gold King Mine in Colorado, a superfund site, to determine the extent of cleanup needed. The work accidentally allowed some 3 million gallons of contaminated waste water to escape. Rivers in Colorado, New Mexico and Utah were polluted, with the waterways turning an eerie orange-yellow.

Western View: Drought-Busting Rain?

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After all these years of drought, it’s strange to hear the dire forecasts of the last week – the words ‘atmospheric river’ create a powerful mental image of a flood of rain flowing up from the south Pacific. It’s a so much better of a phrase than ‘Pineapple Express’, which sounds to me like a train owned and operated by …