An emotional courtroom battle over a plan to log a forest of dead trees incinerated in the Sierra Nevada six years ago could have a lasting impact on how California manages the after-effects of catastrophic wildfire. The dispute, over the massive burn scar left by the 2013 Rim Fire, is an example of the kinds of philosophical arguments going on in the state over landscape restoration and how best to manage forests after an unprecedented series of large, deadly and destructive wildfires. That debate is playing out in the legal fight over a plan by the U.S. Forest Service to cut down charred trees on 3,000 acres at the site of the Rim Fire, which swept through the Stanislaus National Forest and parts of Yosemite National Park. The forest service wants to log and burn the salvaged wood in a biomass plant, which would create electricity. They would then replant thousands of conifers in the burn scar, which can still be seen off Highway 120 on the way to Yosemite. But conservation groups … [Read more...] about Rebuilding forests after massive fires: Debate over best methods moves to court
Bedouin camping tents are set up at the base of cliffs in the Wadi Rum desert, where many movies have been filmed. Bedouin camping tents are set up at the base of cliffs in the Wadi Rum desert, where many movies have been filmed. Photo: Photo For The Washington Post By Amanda Orr Photo: Photo For The Washington Post By Amanda Orr Image 1 of / 4 Caption Close Image 1 of 4 Bedouin camping tents are set up at the base of cliffs in the Wadi Rum desert, where many movies have been filmed. Bedouin camping tents are set up at the base of cliffs in the Wadi Rum desert, where many movies have been filmed. Photo: Photo For The Washington Post By Amanda Orr In Jordan's desert, a blockbuster adventure worthy of Hollywood 1 … [Read more...] about In Jordan’s desert, a blockbuster adventure worthy of Hollywood
Denver Post Broncos writer Ryan O’Halloran posts his Broncos Mailbag weekly during the season. You can pose a Broncos- or NFL-related question for the Broncos Mailbag here. Follow Ryan for more daily updates on Twitter. Drew Lock seemed impressive Sunday and the offense was clicking. But I am still going to gripe about the fourth quarter in which they tried to run on first and second downs. Yes, we had a huge lead, but as we have seen, a big lead can magically disappear in a matter of a few minutes. I hope somebody calls out the coaching staff for being too conservative again in the fourth quarter and hopefully understand you cannot let up no matter what the lead is. — Del, Lamar Evidently, 38 points and 391 yards isn’t enough for Del. But I’ll take a look at the beginning of the fourth quarter. The Broncos led 38-17 with 13:34 left in the game. Starting from their 25-yard line, the Broncos had holding penalties on right tackle Eljiah Wilkinson … [Read more...] about Broncos Mailbag: How does Drew Lock’s initial success impact team’s 2020 draft plans?
A 38-year-old Santa Clarita woman was sentenced to five years in county jail after she attempted to swindle the popular wedding website The Knot twice.Vermyttya Miller booked a wedding reception in October 2016 through The Knot website for a Glendale ballroom that came with a $10,000 event cancellation insurance policy, according to the state Department of Insurance.She soon claimed that she tripped on her wedding dress and had suffered a serious injury, which meant she would need to cancel the wedding reception. Miller then filed a claim using falsified medical reports. On Oct. 31, 2016, Miller received a $10,000 check from The Knot’s insurer.About a month later, Miller emailed The Knot’s insurer to report that the check was stolen. She included a copy of a doctored police report from the Vallejo Police Department. Advertisement Detectives uncovered that Miller used a previously submitted police report for a different incident that occurred years earlier.The insurer, … [Read more...] about Santa Clarita woman gets 5 years in jail for trying to defraud wedding website The Knot
close Video Britney Spears checks into a mental health clinic; 'Captain Marvel' makes history Hollywood Nation: Popstar Britney Spears is reportedly struggling to cope with her father's declining health; Brie Larson's 'Captain Marvel' becomes the first female-led superhero film to make $1 billion at the global box office. Britney Spears' business manager, Lou Taylor, sued over websites for the #FreeBritney movement that used her name in their domain names. Taylor filed a defamation lawsuit against a man named Bryan Kuchar, who reportedly owned the domain names loumtaylor.com and loumtaylor.net. Taylor, who manages the business affairs of Spears, Gwen Stefani, Jennifer Lopez and Mary J. Blige, among others, claimed that Kuchar deliberately tried to "mislead internet users" and "tarnish Taylor's name and mark," according to court documents obtained by The Daily Mail. BRITNEY SPEARS MAY NEVER WORK AGAIN, MANAGER SAYS Loumtaylor.com, which has since been … [Read more...] about Britney Spears’ business manager sues over #FreeBritney movement websites