The Orion

Six reasons for a six-state split

Zachary Phillips

Zachary Phillips

March 1, 2014

With its sunny beaches, fertile farmland and bustling cities, California is nothing if not newsworthy. The most recent story hovering over the state involves Silicon Valley businessman Tim Draper and his proposition to split California into six different states. Draper’s new boundaries have...

Drought depletes dam energy production

Jana Frazier, an Oroville Dam tour guide, explains how the hydroelectric turbines work.Photo credit: Chelsea Jeffers

Yessenia Funes

March 1, 2014

The ongoing drought has kept Lake Oroville nearly 20 percent below its average capacity for this time, according to the Department of Water Resources' website, causing its power plant to produce only half the electricity it should be. People don't use much power during the winter, so this ener...

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