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Scientists work to save endangered desert mammal

Davis, California - Amargosa voles, small rodents that inhabit rare marshes of the Mojave Desert, have faced dire circumstances in recent years. Loss of habitat, extreme drought and climate change brought this subspecies of the California vole to near extinction, leaving only a few hundred clinging to existence. It is now one of the most critically endangered mammals in North America. Its luck may be changing with the birth of the first set of pups from a new captive breeding program at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.

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Cottonwood Area Trails Open

Twentynine Palms, California - The trails at Cottonwood Spring area are open after a temporary closure. This includes Cottonwood Spring, Lost Palms Oasis, and the Mastodon Mine Loop in the southern part of the park. The park is maintaining a limited closure of off-trail areas at Cottonwood Spring to allow for additional work.

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Death Valley National Park Waives Entrance Fees to Celebrate Historic Legislation

Death Valley, California - Death Valley National Park invites the public to "Wilderness Week" October 26-November 2 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act and the 20th anniversary of the California Desert Protection Act (CDPA).

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Rare Kiwi Chick Hatches at San Diego Zoo

San Diego, California - After undergoing a 78-day incubation, one of the longest of all birds, a rare kiwi chick hatched this morning at the San Diego Zoo's Avian Propagation Center. Animal care staff made the decision to intervene with the hatching of this newest chick when it didn't proceed as it should.

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Asian citrus psyllid quarantine Santa Clara County

San Jose, California - A portion of northwestern Santa Clara County has been placed under quarantine for the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) following the detection of psyllids in the City of San Jose near Kelly Park.  The quarantine zone measures 99-square miles, bordered on the north by Alum Rock Park; on the south by Santa Teresa Blvd; on the west by N Monroe Street; and on the east by Joseph D Grant County Park.

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School Lunches: “California Thursdays” Project Launch Follows Success of National School Lunch Week

Sacramento, California - A quick quiz:  If you could be a student anywhere in the nation during National School Lunch Week, which state would you choose? Easy answer, right? California!  Students across the nation celebrated this annual observance last week, October 12-18, and of course the California kids had the best spread to choose from. But then, we’re allowed to be a bit biased about things like that at CDFA – in fact, we’re proud of it.

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California Teachers of the Year

Sacramento, California - State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today named five outstanding educators as the 2015 California Teachers of the Year, one of whom he nominated as California's National Teacher of the Year.

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Federal Court Enters Order and $25 Million Judgment Against Los Angeles Area Work-at-Home Scheme

Los Angeles, California - An order of permanent injunction against The Zaken Corp. of Thousand Oaks, California, and company president Tiran Zaken, of Calabasas, California, was entered today by U.S. District Court Judge Dean D. Pregerson, finding that they made false and misleading statements in marketing work-at-home business opportunities and promising commissions to consumers, the Justice Department announced. 

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