Latest Mike Taugher Stories

2008-10-09 06:00:23

By Mike Taugher Staff Writer HAYWARD -- A backhoe clawed through a dirt berm Wednesday, creating a channel that Bay water poured through to former industrial salt ponds that had not tasted tidal waters for more than a century.

2008-09-26 06:00:19

By Mike Taugher Shell Oil Co. has agreed to pay more than $300,000 in fees and penalties for spilling about 420 gallons of oil into Carquinez Strait at its Martinez refinery in January 2006.

2008-09-12 21:00:14

By Mike Taugher With all the attention on the diminishing statewide water supply and grim forecasts that drought could worsen substantially next year, one might think policymakers would move quickly to spend money already approved by voters to work on the problem. Think again.

2008-09-05 06:00:10

By Mike Taugher SACRAMENTO -- Fearing next year could bring a worsening drought, state water officials on Thursday said they would create the first drought water bank in California since the early 1990s.

2008-09-02 18:00:13

By Mike Taugher Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sen. Dianne Feinstein floated a $9.3 billion proposal for new dams and Delta projects Thursday in what amounted to a last-ditch attempt to get lawmakers on board with a water bond package in time for November's elections.

2008-06-24 21:02:20

By Mike Taugher, Contra Costa Times, Walnut Creek, Calif. Jun. 24--Staff Writer Five members of Congress from Northern California fired a warning shot Tuesday across the bow of a swift-moving plan that calls for a controversial aqueduct to deliver water around the Delta as its centerpiece.

2007-12-26 09:00:00

By Mike Taugher, Contra Costa Times, Walnut Creek, Calif. Dec. 26--Poring over the logs of hundreds of voyages he made into San Francisco and Suisun bays, tugboat captain Kevin Bartoo knew something was wrong. The numbers were just too low. He knew he had mined more sand than the logs showed.

Word of the Day
  • An uxorious, effeminate, or spiritless man.
  • A timorous, cowardly fellow.
Probably a blend of meek and cock, or from meek +‎ -ock (“diminutive suffix”).