“A former Contra Costa Times newspaper reporter who became a spokesman for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife died while snorkeling on vacation in Hawaii, according to the state agency and police.
“Michael Taugher, 50, of Benicia was found unresponsive in the water off Black Rock in Kaanapali Saturday morning. ”
“The goal at the John Muir National Historic Site is to preserve the landscape in such condition that if the naturalist came back, he would recognize it as home. That means creating a genetic replica of the tree Muir planted.”
“The Senate voted to confirm Gina McCarthy as the new administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, ending what had been the longest delay for any of President Obama’s second-term Cabinet picks.”
From the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Mid-Pacific Region website:
Michael L. Connor, commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Department of the Interior, testified July 16 before the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee’s Subcommittee on Water and Power on the “Colorado River Basin Water Supply and Demand Study.”
An excerpt from his statement: “Today the Colorado River is facing a record drought. The period from 2000 to 2013 is shaping up to be the lowest 14-year period in the over 100-year historical record for the Colorado River.
“This time, though, the source of the drama was the Senate, where Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) threatened to end the minority’s ability to filibuster presidential nominees for executive branch posts.
“Reid relented Tuesday morning after Republicans agreed not to block votes on President Obama’s nominees for secretary of Labor, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.”
“At the 160th State Fair, [the late Huell] Howser is expected to be among the most popular attractions. … The new 1,000-square-foot exhibit will be housed in the California building near the county exhibits.
“Last month, Hydra Publications released her [Stacy Garrett's] first novel, ‘Chronicle of Destiny, Book 1.’ … The book symbolizes how Garrett escapes the daily grind of office work at the Department of Water Resources.”
“Five Best Best & Krieger attorneys were named among the Northern California lawyers most respected by their peers. In addition, one BB&K lawyer is among the top up-and-coming attorneys in Northern California under 40 years of age or practicing less than 10 years.
“The attorneys on the 2013 Northern California Super Lawyers list are Susan L. Schoenig and Stacey N. Sheston for employment and labor law, Harriet A. Steiner for government and municipal law, Sarah E. Owsowitz for land use and zoning law, and Gene Tanaka for environmental litigation.
“The state Senate has confirmed Gov. Jerry Brown’s nominee to head the California Department of Parks and Recreation, which came under heavy criticism for hiding $54 million during the state’s budget crisis.
“Monday’s 28-4 vote to confirm Anthony Jackson was bipartisan.”
“UC Davis professor Daniel Sperling, one of the nation’s most influential transportation thinkers and policymakers, is the recipient of the 2013 Blue Planet Prize, sometime called the Nobel Prize for environmental science.”
While the FBI won’t disclose the subject of its investigation, it appears to involve Tom [Calderon's] consulting work for health-care centers that specialize in treating workers’ compensation claims, as well as the Central Basin Municipal Water District.