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Editorial Roundup: U.S.

Jun. 16, 2021 12:25 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: June 15 The Guardian on U.S. President Joe Biden, China and Europe: It is 50 years next month since Henry Kissinger embarked on the secret mission to Beijing that...

Des Moines water officials call for water use reduction

Jun. 14, 2021 15:29 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Officials at the public water system for the city of Des Moines on Monday asked customers to begin using water wisely and cut lawn irrigation by 25% as water usage reached new highs and drought conditions slowed the flow of rivers. The...

Utah governor calls for reduced water usage amid drought

Jun. 08, 2021 19:31 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Gov. Spencer Cox urged residents and businesses to cut down on their water usage Tuesday to combat the worst drought the state has experienced in decades. Cox, a Republican, said he will issue an executive order directing state agencies in...

Central Oregon farmers struggle in drought

Jun. 05, 2021 12:22 PM EDT

BEND, Ore. (AP) — Cate Havstad-Casad, co-owner of Havstad-Casad Family Farms in Jefferson County, didn’t hold back last week while speaking on a Zoom call with state representatives about the drought conditions affecting farmers in Jefferson County. Speaking during a...

City of Farmington asks residents to reduce water use by 10%

May. 27, 2021 21:52 PM EDT

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — City officials in New Mexico have approved a measure urging residents in Farmington to reduce their water usage by 10% as drought conditions continue throughout San Juan County. The advisory, which asks residents to voluntarily reduce their...

California expands drought emergency to large swath of state

May. 10, 2021 20:40 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday expanded a drought emergency to a large swath of the nation's most populous state while seeking more than $6 billion in multiyear water spending as one of the warmest, driest springs on record threatens another severe wildfire...

Farmers trying to save the Ogallala Aquifer seeing success

May. 07, 2021 10:52 AM EDT

HAYS, Kan. (AP) — A few years ago, Stuart Beckman drove 65 miles with a neighbor to attend a wedding in Saint Francis in the northwest corner of Kansas. The two farmers weren’t particularly welcome. “They found out where we were from,”...

California governor declares drought emergency in 2 counties

Apr. 21, 2021 20:45 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Standing in the dry, cracked bottom of Lake Mendocino, Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a drought emergency Wednesday in two Northern California counties where grape growers and wineries are major users, an order that came in response to arid conditions affecting much of...

Behind production of a top-selling bourbon, push to go green

Apr. 21, 2021 09:22 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The process of making fine whiskey involves aging spirits to a golden brown, but a bourbon producing giant is going green along the way. Beam Suntory, producer of top-selling Jim Beam and Maker's Mark, both crafted in Kentucky, said Wednesday it...

Study: High-capacity wells draining central Wisconsin lakes

Apr. 06, 2021 15:57 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — High-capacity wells are draining two lakes in Wisconsin's central sands region, according to a study state environmental officials released Tuesday. Then-Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill in 2017 mandating that the Department of Natural Resources...