In a year filled with heightened political vitriol, two deaths brought the nation together to remember men who represented a seemingly bygone era of U.S. politics. George H.W. Bush was a president, vice president, congressman, CIA director and Navy pilot during World War II, where he flew 58 missions and was shot down over the Pacific. As a politician, he had his fair share of critics and was voted out of office after one term as president. But the Republican reinvented himself in the years after his time in the White House, becoming a fundraiser for disaster relief and forming an unlikely friendship with the man who ousted him from office, former President Bill Clinton. John McCain was a political giant in his own right. He served as a senator for more than 30 years, ran for president twice and spent five years as a prisoner of war after being shot down during the Vietnam War. In captivity, McCain endured torture and even turned down a chance to be released early, denying the North … [Read more...] about Final goodbye: Roll call of some who died in 2018
California produce in season
Beans cultivated in the Golden State produce $18 cups of joe — as pricey as a glass of fine Napa Cabernet Sauvignon Cirrus Wood, Altaonline.com Updated 10:28 am PST, Friday, December 7, 2018 Lindsey Mesta, Frinj’s co-founder and chief marketing officer, examines coffee beans on the grower's Southern California farm. Lindsey Mesta, Frinj’s co-founder and chief marketing officer, examines coffee beans on the grower's Southern California farm. Photo: Tod Seelie Photo: Tod Seelie Image 1 of / 53 Caption Close Image 1 of 53 Lindsey Mesta, Frinj’s co-founder and chief marketing officer, examines coffee beans on the grower's Southern California farm. Lindsey Mesta, Frinj’s co-founder and chief marketing officer, examines coffee beans on the grower's … [Read more...] about $18 cups of coffee: California-grown coffee at California prices
Gallery: Report: Climate change threatening Georgia peach season +4 more photos Climate change will likely have a devastating impact on the beloved Georgia peach crop as extreme changes in weather could pummel the agricultural industry, according to one of the country's most authoritative and thorough reports on climate change. The Peach State typically generates 130 million pounds of peaches every year, worth in excess of $30 million. However, according to the National Climate Assessment, the changing climate is expected to severely alter growing seasons for the fruit, which relies on steady cold during the winter followed by warmth in the spring and summer. The congressionally mandated report was released Nov. 23 and gives an in-depth look at how climate change will affect the U.S. and its economy. It was published with the help of 13 government agencies, universities, climate scientists and other experts. The 1,600-plus-page report comes as leaders from around the world meet … [Read more...] about Report: Climate change threatening Georgia peach season
By Taylor Kate Brown Published 4:00 am PST, Friday, November 30, 2018 Photo: Scott Strazzante / The Chronicle The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints burns during Camp Fire in Paradise, Calif.. on Thursday, November 8, 2018. Buy this photo The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints burns during Camp... The fire may be out in Paradise, but problems are far from over. Not only did the Camp Fire destroy lives and homes, reporter Kurtis Alexander writes, it’s harmed the state’s fight against climate change. And now, flooding caused by heavy rainfall is prompting evacuations around the Butte County town. The Camp Fire released as much greenhouse gas as all of California’s cars and trucks produce in a week, according to state estimates. That’s relatively small when it comes to worldwide emissions. But last year, the cumulative greenhouse gases released by California fires were … [Read more...] about Bay Briefing: How wildfires are undermining California’s climate progress
Democrats’ takeover of the House of Representatives means Texas Republican Mike Conaway will be ceding chairmanship of the agriculture committee, likely to centrist Collin Peterson of Minnesota. It will be a comeback for Peterson, who chaired the committee from 2007 through 2010. Conaway likely swaps positions with Peterson and becomes ranking member. “Yes, we’re disappointed that we lost a chairman from Texas; he was a good friend of ag,” Texas Farm Bureau President Russell Boening said. “But we know Congressman Peterson is a good friend of ag as well, and so we look forward to working with him.” The good news for the nation’s farmers and ranchers is that both Peterson and the Midland Republican are wanting to get the farm bill — an $867 billion spending plan for safety nets like crop insurance and subsidies as well as national nutrition programs including food stamps — through Congress before the end of the year rather than wait … [Read more...] about Texas farmers face changing of the guard in D.C.