Articles by Jason Dearen

California Farmers Hire Dowsers To Find Water

With California in the grips of drought, farmers throughout the state are using a mysterious and some say foolhardy tool for locating underground water: dowsers, or water witches. Practitioners of dowsing use rudimentary tools – usually copper sticks or wooden …

California Agency Won’t Allot Water Amid Drought

Amid severe drought conditions, California officials announced they won’t send any water from the state’s vast reservoir system to local agencies beginning this spring, an unprecedented move that affects drinking water supplies for 25 million people and irrigation for 1 …

Slow Landing Speed Of San Francisco Jet Probed

Investigators have determined that Asiana Airlines Flight 214 was traveling “significantly below” the target speed during its approach and that the crew tried to abort the landing just before it smashed onto the runway. What they don’t yet know is …

California Lawsuit Claims Lead In Ginger, Plum Candies

California has filed a lawsuit against Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and other food retailers, manufacturers and distributors, alleging the companies are selling lead-tainted ginger and plum candies without warning labels, as required by state law. Attorney General Kamala Harris’ office …

Chevron Response To No. Calif. Refinery Fire Under Criticism

Investigators were looking at how a small, seemingly insignificant leak at one of the country’s biggest oil refineries quickly unraveled into an intense fire that sent acrid black smoke into the sky and hundreds of people to hospitals with health …

California to Vote on New ‘Clean Car’ Regulations

California, whose greenhouse gas emissions standards lead the U.S., is poised to vote on pushing them further. The new rules, if approved, would require automakers to build cars and trucks by 2025 that emit about three-quarters fewer smog-producing pollutants and …

Aging Gas Pipe at Risk of Explosion Nationwide

The tragic gas pipeline explosion in a San Francisco suburb has shed light on a problem usually kept underground: Communities have expanded over pipes built decades earlier when no one lived there. Utilities have been under pressure for years to …