Environment

Crime - Sacto 911

Benicia refinery restarting, evacuations lifted after power outage that caused flaring

Valero’s Benicia refinery lost electrical power Friday morning, which resulted in flaring and heavy smoke from refinery chimneys that forced the evacuation of an industrial park.

Food & Drink

Want sweeter strawberries? You might have to wait until this lawsuit ends

Strawberries grown in California have been getting plumper, juicier and sweeter over the years, thanks in large part to a world-renowned plant-breeding program at UC Davis. But the breeding program is caught in the grips of a multimillion-dollar lawsuit filed by two former UC Davis scientists – a case that the scientists’ lawyers say has halted the flow of plant innovation from the Davis labs for the time being.

Environment

Bears on the prowl for food in South Lake Tahoe area

South Lake Tahoe Fire Rescue personnel were called this week to scare off some bears that entered a garage. Sierra bears are coming out of hibernation and looking for food, fire officials said. They advise area residents to keep their structures closed and garbage can secure.

Videos

10-day-old mountain lions found in Sonoma County. Happy Mother's Day

Three 10-day-old mountain lion kittens were found in Sonoma County. Their mother is P1, a female mountain lion enlisted in Audubon Canyon Ranch's research study. They were found in the Glen Ellen/Kenwood area of Sonoma County.
Quinton Martins Audubon Canyon Ranch (ACR)
10-day-old mountain lions found in Sonoma County. Happy Mother's Day 0:50

10-day-old mountain lions found in Sonoma County. Happy Mother's Day

Bears on the prowl for food in South Lake Tahoe area 1:08

Bears on the prowl for food in South Lake Tahoe area

Watch these river otters play in Amon Creek preserve 0:55

Watch these river otters play in Amon Creek preserve

Caught on wildlife camera: Meet the newest cougar in Santa Monica Mountains 0:32

Caught on wildlife camera: Meet the newest cougar in Santa Monica Mountains