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California Drought News: A Song of Ice and Fire

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Welcome to all of our new readers who came here expecting "Game of Thrones" spoilers. Sorry for the confusion. This song of ice and fire is related to today's drought news.

Today's dryku:
Hey, HBO fans
Here is your spoiler alert:
Summer is coming


  • Or rather, the lack of it. The BBC highlights the trials and travails of the nearest ski slope to Los Angeles. The ongoing solannoyed (this week's drought synonym) has kept Mount Waterman from opening for two years. They're looking to diversify their offerings:
They plan to diversify to include opening in the summer for mountain bikers and hikers, and perhaps even holding concerts. (BBC)


  • This could be the worst fire season ever. Fire officials are pushing prevention since 95 percent of California fires are caused by humans. Not only is it a dangerous job fighting fires, it's also expensive:
Firefighting costs have also hit new highs, forcing the state to draw on emergency funds to supplement its firefighting budget of more than $1 billion. Since July of 2013, some $130 million has been tapped from the state emergency fund. Cal Fire’s Mr. Berlant says the agency estimates it will have spent some $212 million in additional emergency funds fighting fires by the end of June of this year, when the fiscal year wraps. (Christian Science Monitor)


  • Michael Doyle reports on a meeting of House Democrats convened by Sen. Dianne Feinstein. Actually, he reports more on the mood before and after, since he wasn't allowed inside. But he says attendees were smiling afterwards. Does that mean we're close to an anti-drought bill? (McClatchy)

Quick hits:

  • Anthea Mitchell's got a dire headline: "California's Drought is Hurting All of America." It's about food prices. (Wall St. Cheat Sheet)
  • A retired school teacher gives us a lesson on solannoyed solutions. He says we need to suck it up and spend. (Visalia Times Delta and Tulare Advance Register)
  • A Contra Costa Times columnist talks about crops that may be hurt by the drought and then gives us a recipe that involves some of them. (Contra Costa Times)

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