Central California’s Blossom Trail

For Valley people, February and early March is a special time of year, that time between the cold fog and the amazing heat of summer. it’s suddenly spring with blue skies and wild floral displays.  It’s amazing how fast blossom time sneaks up on us; but careful observers could see bud swell beginning a month ago, …

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The tragedy at Mussel Slough

  If you’ve wondered why the locus of the protest against high speed rail in California is Kings County, the answer is, there’s history there, a history that makes the local folks distrustful of anything associated with a railroad. It goes all the way back to the 1880’s and a place called Mussel Slough. With the transcontinental railroad, …

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