Associated Press/Photo by Haven Daley

Court blocks initiative to split California three ways

by Leigh Jones & Lynde Langdon
Posted 7/19/18, 11:24 am

The California Supreme Court shot down a ballot initiative asking voters if the state should be divided into three parts. The justices on Wednesday ordered the secretary of state to leave the three-state plan off the ballot, saying significant questions have been raised about its validity. “We conclude that the potential harm in permitting the measure to remain on the ballot outweighs the potential harm in delaying the proposition to a future election,” the justices wrote in a unanimous ruling.

Read more

Associated Press/Photo by Anna Stonehouse/The Aspen Times

Western wildfires drive residents from homes

by Kent Covington & Lynde Langdon
Posted 7/06/18, 10:31 am

Officials in southern Colorado have described a spreading blaze as a “tsunami of fire.” The Spring Creek wildfire has engulfed more than 100,000 acres, making it the third largest wildfire in the state’s history. It has damaged or destroyed more than 250 homes so far. Another fire about three hours west of Denver took an unexpected turn Thursday, forcing sudden evacuations around the town of Basalt. Firefighters continue to battle more than 60 large blazes throughout the drought-stricken West, including blazes in New Mexico, Northern California, Oregon, and Utah.

Read more

Associated Press/Photo by Paul Kitagaki Jr./The Sacramento Bee

Another fire eats through Northern California

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 6/26/18, 10:37 am

Raging wildfires in Northern California are again forcing thousands of residents to flee. A fire about 100 miles northwest of Sacramento has devoured more than 20 homes and buildings since Saturday. Officials say the blaze threatens more homes in Lake County, which has been ravaged by fire the past few years. Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency there Monday. CalFire Capt. Jordan Motta said more than 250 firefighters were battling the blaze. Officials have not yet determined a cause for any of the fires.

Read more