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Fresno, Calif.
Freelance Journalist — Freelance

Science and environment journalist telling the story of the San Joaquin Valley and the Sierra Nevada. Alicia Patterson Foundation fellow. mgrossi7@gmail.com

Earth Log: After 40 years of journalism, an October sunset

Earth Log: After 40 years of journalism, an October sunset
fresnobee.com — Thirty-seven years ago, I wrote my first story about the environment on a thoroughly modern electric typewriter. The story was about this idea to build the "Peripheral Canal," but this column is is not about that idea. This is me looking back as I approach a very personal sunset this week.

Kidney stone of a summer, but it has passed

Kidney stone of a summer, but it has passed
fresnobee.com — It was a long, strange summer in the most-brutal of the four drought years. In early October, it's a good time to look back briefly, but only if you also try to look forward. The dry time broke a 90-year record for lowest flow in the Kings River.

Valley will struggle with tough, new air standard

Valley will struggle with tough, new air standard
fresnobee.com — Federal leaders on Thursday announced their most-protective national ozone standard, saying California alone would save up to $2.1 billion annually in health care after 2025. But the San Joaquin Valley, which hasn't yet achieved the older eight-hour ozone standard, will struggle to meet this one in the 2030s, a local air-quality leader said.

Yosemite is third-oldest national park, but parks idea was born there

Yosemite is third-oldest national park, but parks idea was born there
fresnobee.com — Yosemite on Thursday is celebrating its 125th anniversary a week later than Sequoia and 18 years behind Yellowstone. And Yosemite was actually tied for third on Oct. 1, 1890, when it was officially established. The General Grant National Park, which would be part of Kings Canyon National Park 50 years later, sprang from the same legislation as Yosemite.

Westlands Water District’s drainage cleanup time may have come

Westlands Water District’s drainage cleanup time may have come
fresnobee.com — Fifteen years ago, a court ordered federal officials to get rid of potentially poisonous irrigation drainage trapped below vast Westlands Water District farms - "without delay." The drainage timeline actually started decades before the court order, but it might yet prove to be an advantage.

Air-quality scientist David Lighthall, 61, dies

Air-quality scientist David Lighthall, 61, dies
fresnobee.com — Scientist David Lighthall investigated damaging effects of wood smoke on humans and detailed health risks among farmworkers in the San Joaquin Valley. He was known among researchers, air quality leaders and the medical community for his curiosity and gentle spirit. Mr. Lighthall, 61, died this week of cancer.

From ashes of Rough fire, what’s the real problem here?

From ashes of Rough fire, what’s the real problem here?
fresnobee.com — Our story Sunday about the 142,000-acre Rough fire touched a few nerves as it described seven weeks of burning, smoke, evacuations, expense and high anxiety. The fire is not a big threat now, though it will likely burn until snow flies in the Sierra. Now people are beginning to ask tougher questions.

Next drought nightmare: The fire that wouldn’t die

Next drought nightmare: The fire that wouldn’t die
fresnobee.com — Firefighting commander Rocky Opliger can dial directly into the Rough fire on his iPhone 6s to track his location via satellite as he walks the perimeter for a detailed look. He can stream live video feeds from helicopters and aircraft - in 3-D. From any angle, this monster wildfire east of Fresno is a zombie.

Whiff of ‘wet ash’ - rain helps end soot siege

Whiff of ‘wet ash’ - rain helps end soot siege
fresnobee.com — After the spritzing of rain Monday, Fresnan Tom Bohigian said on Facebook that it smelled like "wet ash" downtown. It really did. The rain dampened the soot mess from the Rough fire, which at times last week made the San Joaquin Valley look like another planet.

El Niño stays warm, boosting hopes for wet California winter

El Niño stays warm, boosting hopes for wet California winter
fresnobee.com — The Pacific Ocean along the equator stands a 95 percent chance of staying warm through winter and possibly influencing storms to hit drought-damaged California, federal officials said Thursday at an increasingly popular monthly update on El Niño.
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May 01, 2016

So, a 70,000-lb dead whale washes up on the beach. How do you move it? nyti.ms/1W1EKZP

May 01, 2016

If you haven't read @johnellis24's coverage of Trump in California, it's worth a look: bit.ly/1WA1b6W

May 01, 2016

California drought impacts everything from your lawn to your guacamole cbsn.ws/1TDy8Nm #cadrought

Apr 29, 2016

One of these little guys forced the world's most powerful scientific instrument to shut down bit.ly/1pQnYhR

Apr 29, 2016

Feds put up $6.6 million for water bank project in south Valley bit.ly/1rG3Il0 @fb_LewGriswold

Apr 28, 2016

Northeast Fresno residents hear study results on dirty tap water bit.ly/1YVGtx9

Apr 28, 2016

Central coast growers face another year of drought after disappointing El Nino bit.ly/1VE2Qti

Apr 28, 2016

I wasn't actually at Mono Lake Tuesday for the sunrise photo. It was a webcam, like this: bit.ly/24mll6V pic.twitter.com/kLcB8ZM1o5


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