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Massive Kern County Fire Exceeds 45,000 Acres

275 structures have been destroyed or damaged in the 45,388 acre Erskine wildfire that continued sweeping through California’s Central Valley on Monday — while some evacuations were lifted for some of the area’s residents.

Kern County fire (Frederic J. Brown / AFP / Getty)

Man Arrested on Explosives Charges in Rural CA

A Johannesburg, California man who allegedly made threats against local and federal law enforcement agencies on social media was arrested Saturday after authorities found a cache of explosives at his home. Todd Sloan, 51, was arrested without incident at a gas

Nuclear explosion (AFP / Getty)

Los Angeles Times Attacks Jerry Brown for Supporting Fracking

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Times published an op-ed by environmental activist Middlebury College professor Bill McKibben in which he attacks California Governor Jerry Brown’s support for fracking, calling fracking during a drought an “obscenity” because of its use of water.

AP Photo/Brennan Linsley

CA Sheriff Slams Obama’s ‘Green-Tip’ Ammo Ban

On March 4, Sheriff Donny Youngblood of Kern County, California, said the ATF’s attempt to ban M855 ammo seems like an attempt “to create a problem that doesn’t actually exist.”

Green-tip M855 bullets (Alex Brandon / Associated Press)

CA Water Districts, Growers Take Delta Smelt Fight to Supreme Court

On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court will evaluate two appeals filed by California water agencies and a coalition of Central Valley farmers that urge the court to strip away strict regulations regarding agricultural and commercial water deliveries under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

Delta Smelt (AP / Rich Pedroncelli)