Aug. 14, 2013 — Sierra Pacific Industries has been arguing for nearly six years that it wasn’t responsible for starting the 2007 Moonlight Fire. Last week the timber company received a favorable ruling that helped to bolster its claim.
One week before a civil trial was scheduled to begin in Plumas County Superior Court in Portola, Judge Leslie C. Nichols reviewed the evidence and told the prospective jurors to stay home. He said there simply wasn’t enough evidence against SPI to justify a trial.
Aug. 6, 2013 — During the last decade many California businesses have financially benefited from reforms made to the ailing state’s workers’ compensation insurance system. But our Sacramento lawmakers are far from finished with the overhaul needed in this important program created over a century ago tohelp employees with legitimate job-related injuries.
The key word here is “legitimate.”
That message really hit home this month as Feather Publishing began shopping rates for our policy’s August renewal. We were shocked to learn that the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau proposed a flat, across-the-board rate increase for all classifications. The 18 percent hike was approved by the California Department of Insurance.
Aug. 6, 2013 — Sewing is not a hobby that has had any appeal to me, although I do find this a bit odd considering I grew up with a mom who can sew just about anything. I remember a few shirts and dresses she made for me when I was a child, and she still uses the trusty sewing machine she's had for some 32 years to fix a tear, create a gift or other craft she’s working on.
I've attempted to sew a few things in the past, but determined a long time ago sewing is not for me. However, I find my attitude shifting in this area, mainly due to a story I wrote several months ago about local seamstresses sewing pillowcases for ConKerr Cancer.
Aug. 6, 2013 — When I was growing up, my parents were mostly nonpolitical, although my grandfather — who grew up in Fort Worth, Texas —absolutely hated “Landslide Lyndon” (president Lyndon Baines Johnson) because he believed Johnson had stolen a couple of elections years before I was born.
In one of those elections officials discovered a box full of 202 uncounted ballots. When they counted those missing ballots, Johnson got 200 votes and his opponent got only two, and that was enough to make the loser win. My grandfather always said Johnson was the most corrupt politician of all time. Worse than Nixon.
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