Partial view of the dam's emergency spillway (left) next to its main service spillway (right) (2008) Photo: Martin Alfaro

More rain & snow forecast for California – will damaged #Oroville dam spillway weather the storm?

As the saying goes, when it rains, it pours. Over the last week, Murphy’s Law has been on overdrive in Northern California as Oroville dam suffered a series of mishaps, resulting from poor planning, lack of maintenance, and lack of heeding warnings years ago on the part of the state bureaucracy known as the California Department…

Playing the global warming morality card in my local newspaper – a religious experience?

Even ad engines see the religious connection to global warming Lately there’s been an ongoing series of rants in my local newspaper, the Chico Enterprise Record, from global warming activists posing as moralists with holier-than-thou views about how noble their world view is, and how terrible that of others who aren’t jumping on the bandwagon…