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Gar Swaffar

Citizen based in CA, United States. Joined on Mar 13, 2008
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Tree mortality epidemic impacts forests and safety

Sonora - California is facing a fifth year of drought. The drought is affecting both the forest environment as a whole, and also the communities which are now embedded in those forested areas. Ponderosa Pine may largely disappear.

Cal Fire: Butte Fire report, $90 Million and 2 lives lost

Jackson - The ultimate cause and the consequent blame for the Butte Fire in California late last year has been detailed in a report from Cal Fire.

Op-Ed: GOP vs. the proletariat masses

New York - If the GOP throws its supporters under the bus, who will remain to elect its members to office? If the GOP is splintering, who will pick up the pieces?

Meth and driving a poor combo

Sonora - Driving under the influence of meth is a bad idea. Driving and carrying methamphetamine or heroin while under the influence lands two couples, in separate incidents, in jail.

One dead in CHP related crash

Plymouth - The California Highway Patrol was involved in an accident Monday night which resulted in a fatality. The identification of the victim has been released, the officer remains unnamed.

Yosemite National Park, copyright issue has two sides Special

Yosemite National Park - Yosemite National Park copyrights — to who do they belong, and why do they belong to them? The answer may not be as simple as it seems at first glance,

Op-Ed: What you need to know about the fight over Yosemite National Park Special

Yosemite National Park is poised to be eliminated. Several properties within Yosemite National Park are also poised to be eliminated. Not their actual existence, just the names by which they've been known for decades.

Tornado warning near Sacramento, Ca.

Sacramento - Weather is in the news today in California. From low snow fall, to a tornado reportedly touching down, Christmas Day could see some volatile weather systems.

Triple homicide in California - Update

Rail Road Flat - A marijuana growing operation turned deadly in California with news of a triple homicide, and residents in the area are alarmed.

School massacre thwarted, how did it happen? Special

Sonora - The planned Columbine style massacre, on steroids, was averted by the actions of a few students. Their actions saved lives.

Butte Fire threatens 6,400 homes - UPDATE Special

San Andreas - The Butte Fire has been a roller coaster ride for the county seat in Calaveras County. Mandatory and advisory evacuations have been the orders of the past two days.

Butte Fire explodes — Containment still 10% Special

The Butte fire in Amador and Calaveras counties in Central California has expanded significantly. Many homes are at risk now.

Central California foothills burning again Special

Jackson - The fire season in Central California is still going strong, and still causing trouble for residents. Amador County is in for a bit of trouble now.

Alleged intruder slain, Second Amendment used

Angels Camp - An investigation is underway in the California Foothills to determine the motives of a person making threats against an Angels Camp resident in Calaveras County. One person is deceased.

Op-Ed: Greek whiners still whining about overspending

Athen - Today's news regarding the Greek intransigence against facing reality is pretty much the same as yesterday's. And the day before, and the day before that.

Op-Ed: UN Sustainable Development Goals - death targets

Sonora - One person in the UK is upset at what the UN calls Sustainable Development Goals and which Prof. Peter Lloyd-Sherlock calls death targets.

Hunters Fire in Mariposa grows to 1,300 acres

Mariposa - More acreage has been consumed by the Hunter's Fire in Mariposa, California. Winds are forecast to increase in the area tomorrow.

Wildland fire in Mariposa County at 300 acres and growing

Last year the Rim Fire in Tuolumne & Mariposa Counties created havoc. This year has seen an early start, and the first fire to cause concern is the 'Hunter Fire' in Mariposa County.

Op-Ed: Venezuelan Ministry of Truth Moment

Caracas - Venezuela institutes 'system of secure supply'. Would George Orwell be proud of the Venezuelan Ministry of Truth and their form of Newspeak?

Op-Ed: Rafael Cruz is why I want Ted Cruz for POTUS Special

Twain Harte - I had the chance to listen to Pastor Rafael Cruz, the father of Rep Ted Cruz (Tex.) Ted Cruz may be a bit of a novice at politics, but his family of origin suggests to me, I could live with Ted Cruz as President.
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