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California’s fire fee shell game: Taxpayers lose

Democrats in the California Legislature seem to be facing the reality that the fire tax they passed with the governor’s help in 2011 is unfair. Californians who live in rural areas rely on a range of public services from multiple levels of government to combat fires. These residents already pay taxes to fund essential fire services.

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Wednesday 01/28/2015
Proposed Lewiston lawsuits counterproductive
Updated: January 29, 2015 - 4:17 pm

From Don Coffin

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Wednesday 12/10/2014
An annual holiday treat: A rescue dog’s Christmas poem
Posted: December 10, 2014

(Author Unknown)

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Wednesday 11/05/2014
‘Ghostbusters’ offers timely economics lesson
Posted: November 05, 2014

By Jesse Hathaway

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Wednesday 10/22/2014
Keep rural America out of Internet slow lane
Posted: October 22, 2014

By Lu Nelsen

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Wednesday 10/08/2014
National Newspaper Week: Newspapers are community
Posted: October 08, 2014

There are hundreds of beautiful towns in the United States. And each of them has a claim to fame. Whether it’s the Fire Hydrant Capital of the world in Albertville, Ala., the giant statue of Paul Bunyan welcoming visitors to Brainerd, Minn., or the giant ice cream sundae statue in Le Mars, Iowa, every city has a desire to be known for something.

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Wednesday 09/03/2014
Wildfire is different when threatening neighbors, friends
Posted: September 03, 2014

It’s kind of hard to figure out where to start after the last 24-plus hours.

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Wednesday 03/12/2014
Decision to eliminate Big Bar water tender a bad one
Posted: March 12, 2014

From Charley Fitch

District Ranger (retired)

Regarding the controversy over the Big Bar water tender (BBWT), I feel that some additional comments are warranted. First, the BBWT was put in place while I was the district ranger at Big Bar.

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Trinity River Restoration Program has lost its way
Posted: February 12, 2014

Sometimes the best of intentions go awry. That’s understandable. But when things fall apart, rational people don’t forge ahead with the game plan that got them into trouble. They stop, reconsider, and devise a new strategy. Unfortunately, our government agencies don’t always conform to rational processes — and that’s why a tragedy is unfolding on the Trinity River.

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