The timing has been terrible for California farmworkers in 2020: wilting heat waves, wildfires spewing acrid smoke across the state and the persistent threat of COVID-19. This triple threat looms large over the lucrative fall harvest of grapes and almonds, which for some seasonal laborers is the busiest time of year, until November. Kent E.
Smoke from the West Coast wildfires has tainted grapes in some of the nation’s most celebrated wine regions with an ashy flavor that could spell disaster for the 2020 vintage. Wineries in California, Oregon and Washington have survived severe wildfires before, but the smoke from this year’s blazes has been especially bad — thick enough
Today, members of the Western Caucus released the following statements after the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry held a hearing on wildfires effecting the Western United States. “Today’s hearing is long overdue. The West has been devastated by wildfires this fire season and Congress has sat on its hands and done nothing. Just this
It began as a stunning light show on a mid-August weekend — lightning bolts crackling in the skies over Northern and Central California, touching down in grasslands and vineyards. The National Weather Service warned that the dry lightning striking a parched landscape “could lead to new wildfire.” It turned out to be a huge understatement.
The smoke over Arizona is expected to clear this week, but meteorologists say it could return as wildfires fueled in part by climate change continue to scorch large swaths of Northern California, Oregon and Washington. Scientists predict new wind patterns will move the smoke east and encourage clearer skies and higher temperatures in Arizona, while
When Nick Lima looks back on his soccer career, the defender for the San Jose Earthquakes remembers the talented athletes he played with before he went pro who never got a shot because the college admissions process didn’t recognize their struggle. “Some of the best athletes I played with growing up didn’t have the economic