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Floating Solar Would be a San Diego County First

The push for alternative energy sources has led the San Diego County Water Authority to consider a new possibility — floating solar panels on the surface of the agency’s only reservoir.

The 20-acre installation proposed for the Olivenhain Reservoir near Escondido would be the first in Southern California, although several floating panel projects are underway in Northern California and in Japan.

Endless Winter? California Ski Resorts Plan to Keep Slopes Open This Summer

Californians, blessed with the natural resources to ski and surf in the same day, may be able do both deep into summer for the first time in years. One of the wettest winters in decades has stretched the season for most California and Nevada ski resorts by up to two months, helping them regain business lost because of too much snow early in the year. At Mammoth Mountain in the Eastern Sierra and Squaw Valley west of Lake Tahoe, the slopes are expected to remain open through the Fourth of July weekend — and perhaps beyond.