Snowpack levels in the Sierra Nevada at 185% of average

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Snow covers the Sierra Nevada mountains and the shoreline of Lake Tahoe on Monday, Jan. 30, 2017, near Memorial Point, Nevada.  (Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group)
Snow covers the Sierra Nevada mountains and the shoreline of Lake Tahoe on Monday, Jan. 30, 2017.

Measurements taken in the Sierra Nevada show the range’s snowpack at historically high levels. The average snowpack across the range was at 185% for March 1, the Department of Water Resources said. The Sierra Nevada provides about a third of California’s water when it melts in the spring and summer. It’s the biggest snowpack in 22 years and another sign that doomsday has not arrived for California, at least.


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Flach to Challenge Virtuoso

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Jeff Flach (left) with Niagara Hub's "Soapbox" host Craig Avery.
Jeff Flach (left) with Niagara Hub’s “Soapbox” host Craig Avery.

A decorated Iraq war veteran and the owner of the Gorge View Hostel has announced his candidacy for the 6th District Niagara County Legislative seat now held by Democrat Dennis Virtuoso.

Jeffery Flach, who has the full support of Niagara Falls City Republican Chairman Bill Carroll, returned to Niagara Falls in 2014 after leaving active military service as an army major.

Flach, 46, said in the announcement of his candidacy that “transparency lets both residents and decision-makers clearly see how resources are being allocated as well as the direct result of those allocations.  By prioritizing transparency, we remove the distractions of ignorant debates and replace them with informed discussions on how to realistically solve problems based on available resources.” read more

Down Memory Lane with Raniere, Bronfmans, Lama Tenzin and Dalai Lama

March 1, 2017 Frank Parlato 169
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The Dalai Lama speaks in Albany. Clare and Sara Bronfman are seated onstage with him.

As readers know, NXIVM conducts “human potential and ethics” seminars in Albany and elsewhere. Keith Raniere is the company’s founder. And Clare and Sara Bronfman (two of heiresses of the Seagram’s fortune) started investing with Raniere around 2003.

By 2007 the Bronfman sisters had invested more than $100 million in commodities, real estate and in litigation to sue adversaries who were preventing NXIVM from reaching its full potential.

Some of the litigation was aimed at indicting adversaries, including one of Raniere’s harem members who left the NXIVM group. read more

Down Memory Lane with Raniere, Bronfmans Lama Tenzin and Dalai Lama

March 1, 2017 Staff 355
dalailamapalace
The Dalai Lama speaks in Albany. Clare and Sara Bronfman are seated onstage with him.

As readers know, NXIVM conducts “human potential and ethics” seminars in Albany and elsewhere. Keith Raniere is the company’s founder. And Clare and Sara Bronfman (two of heiresses of the Seagram’s fortune) started investing with Raniere around 2003.

By 2007 the Bronfman sisters had invested more than $100 million in commodities, real estate and in litigation to sue adversaries who were preventing NXIVM from reaching its full potential.

Some of the litigation was aimed at indicting adversaries, including one of Raniere’s harem members who left the NXIVM group. read more