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Efforts by the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians to build a casino and resort near Highway 99 in Madera County have cleared a legal challenge.


Most growers have to pump water underground from wells and that can be expensive.


Now, tribal leaders say, the time has come to sweep away the tortured history and grab what Indians call "the new buffalo": gambling


Following three straight years of scant rainfall and restricted allocations of surface water, San Joaquin County wine grape growers are learning how to deal with dry soil conditions.


UC's 'drought' on filling two open viticulture farm advisor positions in Fresno and Madera counties - the state's top grape-producing counties by acreage - is almost over


"They know when we are getting our machines ready for the winter so they know we have fuel in them," said Bailey. "We have the batteries back in them, so they get out there."


The lawsuit will continue against permit holders who have not settled


Next year the California Department of Pesticide Regulation will likely not allow some pesticides that are high in VOCs to be used in the San Joaquin Valley non-attainment area between May and October.


Spurred by a warm spring, the California table grape season got off to an early start and is firing on all cylinders heading into the second half of its season after Labor Day


Kern County, Calif. released its final 2013 crop production numbers in mid-August and of the three counties - Fresno, Kern and Tulare - Kern's production increase was the most modest at about 6 percent to over $6.76 billion.


Some say the $325 a ton many central San Joaquin Valley farmers received in 2012 from wineries is not likely to be repeated


Grape Day highlights redeveloped vineyard acreage and upgraded facilities


Allocation of water from New Melones Reservoir triggered initial lawsuit


Nut farmers and other Modesto Irrigation District customers can wait to water crops as late as Oct. 3. That's two weeks later than initially planned, giving trees a better chance of surviving the drought and being healthy enough to produce again next year.


The Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board in September of 2013 adopted new waste discharge requirements to protect ground and surface water from irrigated agricultural discharges for the Tulare Lake Basin area. That led to a plan to monitor groundwater and what impacts irrigation has on that groundwater.


County leaders will see proposals from their staff within a couple of weeks


The ground is sinking because farmers and water agencies throughout the Central Valley are pumping groundwater heavily from far beneath the Earth's surface to make up for the lack of rain. The problems caused by this sinkage are many, with no easy fix in sight.


There is no going back after a clay-laced underground collapses, says a new report warning California of irreparable harm from excessive pumping


Since 2009, the San Joaquin River has been celebrated as a path-breaking example of restoration. But this year, Central California's largest river has the dubious distinction of being on the conservation group American Rivers' "most endangered" list because it's so overtapped.


Certainties for life in California's Central Valley include death, taxes, and drought, says Sacramento environmental attorney Amanda MacGregor Pearson

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