Score one for the salmon
A tip of the cap to the federal Bureau of Reclamation, which agreed to release more cool, clean water into the Trinity and Klamath rivers to prevent a repeat of the calamitous conditions of 2002 that killed tens of thousands of salmon. Warm water, resulting from low flows, caused the fish kill. With the drought, the same conditions were developing, as adult salmon started returning from the ocean, bound for their spawning grounds.
The bureau, which controls the tap on Lewiston Dam, started releasing water into the Trinity River, the largest tributary of the Klamath, last week over the objection of Central Valley irrigation districts. The districts wanted the water stored over the winter for delivery to valley growers next year. A federal judge in Fresno rejected a bid to halt the increased flows in the Trinity and Klamath rivers. Salmon runs help support coastal communities as well as the Hoopa and Yurok tribes.
Sonoma County gets bypassed once again
Is the Amgen Tour of California cycling race suffering from Santa Rosa fatigue? That could be the case given the Amgen’s decision to once again leave Sonoma County and its largest city out of its racing plans.
As many recall, Sonoma County has been a stop in the eight-day race in seven out of the past nine years including in 2012 when it hosted the overall start of the event. But since then it’s been an on-again, off-again relationship. Last year, it was Santa Rosa that did the jilting, choosing not to be part of the race due, in part, to “donor fatigue.” This year, Raissa de la Rosa, the city’s economic development specialist and co-chair of the local organizing committee, said local organizers worked diligently to be included, but ultimately their bid was rejected.
Were they playing too hard to get? Could be. The city’s application was contingent on the city getting a weekend race, of which there are only three. Amgen organizers said they wanted to reserve weekend days for bigger media markets. Hmmm.
Well, it appears that if Santa Rosa really wants to be part of this two-wheeled extravaganza, it may need to reconsider its opposition to a weekday visit. (Isn’t that when there are more vacancies in hotels anyway?)
Either way, Amgen, we may take a dim-view of your decision to leave Sonoma County at the curb, but we’ll leave a light on for you. At least for 2016.
What players aren’t in trouble?
It appears NFL now officially stands for “Needs Felony Lawyers.”
Just a day after San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith apologized to the organization and fans for his knucklehead antics and nine-game suspension, another Niner was in the news — and behind bars. Starting defensive lineman Ray McDonald was being held without bail Sunday on a felony charge of domestic violence, according to Santa Clara County Department of Corrections.
In addition to coming on the heels of Smith’s apology — for felony possession of an assault weapon, making a bomb threat at an airport, etc. — McDonald’s arrest came just three days after NFL commissioner Roger Goodell overhauled how the league will handle players involved in domestic abuse cases. The first incident will result in a six-game suspension. A second could result in an indefinite ban.