Bill Paxson

Bill Paxson I am a native of Chicago, a graduate of California State University, Sacramento, a former Air Force navigator, and one-time technical writer. Now retired, I have lived in Sacramento since 1966.

Web Site: http://www.blogger.com/profile/10898208626566784784


Does the Bay Delta Conservation Plan "Wisely Use the Waters of These Mountains"?

Oct 17, 2014
Does the Bay Delta Conservation Plan "Wisely Use the Waters of These Mountains"?

The Bay Delta Conservation Plan hasn't been in the news much lately because its creators have taken it out of sight while they try to fix flaws exposed during the public comment period.  That sounds like a good idea, but unless big changes are mad...

"California’s First Lady of Water"

Oct 10, 2014


Here's a change of pace--an article not about water, at least not directly, but about a "Wife. Mother. Widow. Politician. Water warrior. Role model. California’s First Lady of Water."

She was Pauline Davis, who served in the California Assembly from 1953 through 1976, and from 1960 to 1966 was the sole woman in the 120-member Legislature. 

To...

When Scott Met Julie, a Love Story Writ Large on the Long Bridge

Sep 30, 2014
When Scott Met Julie, a Love Story Writ Large on the Long Bridge


I set out to take pictures of the Sutter Buttes, but got a late start and then frittered away my time in the shadows of the buttes at the Long Bridge.  That’s the name it goes by, although Bridgehunter.com shows the alternative name of Old Sutter Bypass Bridge.


From Whine to Wine at the Abbey of New Clairvaux

Sep 24, 2014
From Whine to Wine at the Abbey of New Clairvaux


Under a bright, blue sky, the scenery was relentlessly morbid.  Fields parched by the valley’s long, hot summer.  Creek bottoms bare, brown scars in the face of the earth.  No photographs here.   I’d posted enough pictures of the drought.

I drove through hills to the west of the valley and into Paskenta.  Yards sported...

"Extraordinary Images of the Devastating Drought in the West"

Sep 22, 2014

See striking photos of the worst of the drought (so far) in an article in the Daily Mail (U.K.).  (Note:  "Rye Path" should be Rye Patch.)***

John Sutter in the Sacramento Valley–Sutter’s Hock Farm

Sep 10, 2014
John Sutter in the Sacramento Valley–Sutter’s Hock Farm


Sutter had his enemies, his detractors, his faults.  He was a complex, controversial man. Commentators have used up entire catalogs of adjectives trying to define him.

Whatever people called him or thought of him, there was no denying his energy and stubborn perseverance, his Teutonic tenacity.   In the quest of his own holy...

John Sutter in the Sacramento Valley–Sutter and the Gold Rush

Sep 7, 2014
John Sutter in the Sacramento Valley–Sutter and the Gold Rush


“It was in the first part of January, 1848, when the gold was discovered at Coloma, where I was then building a saw-mill,” Sutter wrote in Hutchings’ California Magazine.  “The contractor and builder of this mill was James W. Marshall, from New Jersey.”

Marshall had found the precious metal in the South Fork...

John Sutter in the Sacramento Valley–Sutter’s Fort

Sep 5, 2014
John Sutter in the Sacramento Valley–Sutter’s Fort


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East (28th Street) entrance to Sutter's Fort
The Sutter’s Fort that you visit these days is a restoration.  After gold was discovered in 1848, the original fort was abandoned and fell into disrepair.  Restoration began in 1891...

John Sutter in the Sacramento Valley–Sutter’s Long Journey; Sutter’s Landing

Sep 3, 2014
John Sutter in the Sacramento Valley–Sutter’s Long Journey; Sutter’s Landing


California’s governor, Jerry Brown, and his wife, Anne Gust Brown, own a Welsh corgi called Sutter.  In California, the name Sutter is affixed to what is also called the World’s Smallest Mountain Range.  A town at the base of those mountains is named for him. So is a California county.  And so are streets,...

Bay Delta Conservation Plan Stalled–Two Articles

Aug 28, 2014

No surprise here.  Public comments on the so-called twin tunnels project--the Bay Delta Conservation Plan--show great dissatisfaction with the plan, so the bureaucrats are taking it back to the drawing board.  Or should that be Ouija board?

For more info, see these two articles:

"Plans for two huge water diversion tunnels in the Delta are being...

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