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Tease photo for California To Fire Up Burners To Battle Dead Tree Epidemic

California To Fire Up Burners To Battle Dead Tree Epidemic

June 20
By Associated Press

California's drought and a bark beetle epidemic have caused the largest die-off of Sierra Nevada forests in modern history, raising fears that trees could come crashing down on people or fuel deadly wildfires that could wipe out mountain communities.

Tease photo for Intense Heat Wave Shatters Records Across San Diego County

Intense Heat Wave Shatters Records Across San Diego County

June 20
By City News Service

Summer got off to a scorching start in the San Diego area Monday as an intense hot spell grew even fiercer across the region, particularly in its eastern reaches.

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Hot Temperatures Prompt State Officials To Urge Energy Conservation

June 19
By KPBS News, City News Service

Hot weather will cause electricity supplies to tighten in Southern California Monday, and residents should implement "Flex Alert'' procedures starting at 10 a.m., officials urged on Sunday.

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Fire Officials Brace For Heat Wave, Lifeguards Expect Big Beach Crowds

June 17
By KPBS News, City News Service

Temperatures on Sunday and Monday could exceed record levels. Forecasters predict temperature highs to reach 100 to 107 degrees inland, 80 to 95 degrees on the coast and 115 to 121 degrees in the deserts.

Tease photo for Lawsuit Over Gas Plume Under Qualcomm Stadium Settled

Lawsuit Over Gas Plume Under Qualcomm Stadium Settled

June 17
By City News Service

The settlement ends nine years of legal battles between the city and Kinder Morgan, owner of a gasoline tank farm across Friars Road from the Mission Valley stadium. The dispute arose from releases into the ground of petroleum products dating as far back as the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Tease photo for Santa Barbara County Wildfire Scorches Area That Hadn't Burn In 60 Years

Santa Barbara County Wildfire Scorches Area That Hadn't Burn In 60 Years

June 17
By Associated Press

Fire officials said early Friday that the blaze had calmed a bit after surging Thursday night. For a second night, U.S. 101 was closed in the area.

Tease photo for La Jolla Sea Lion Situation Now A ‘Crisis’

La Jolla Sea Lion Situation Now A ‘Crisis’

June 16
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

It’s not just the stench anymore. Residents say sea lions have taken over the beach and their droppings are polluting the ocean.

Tease photo for Soaring Temps Expected As San Diego Heads Into The Weekend

Soaring Temps Expected As San Diego Heads Into The Weekend

June 16
By City News Service

High temperatures are predicted to range from 90 to 96 degrees at mountain resort level to 110 to 120 degrees in the deserts. Forecasters said Monday — the first day of summer — will likely be the hottest day.

Tease photo for SDG&E Gets OK To Market On Alternative Energy Program

SDG&E Gets OK To Market On Alternative Energy Program

June 16
By Claire Trageser

The decision by state utility regulators means San Diego Gas & Electric could soon begin marketing for or against San Diego's plans to form an alternative energy program called "community choice aggregation."

Tease photo for Scientists Gather In San Diego To Talk About Global Warming

Scientists Gather In San Diego To Talk About Global Warming

June 15
By Susan Murphy

Climate change, heat waves and acid levels in the ocean are some of the major topics at a conference this week at the University of San Diego.