Prunings pile up among vines in the Napa Valley. Heavy pruning will produce lower grape yields but reduce the amount of water needed – and could even improve the wine. It’s too early to tell how California’s drought will impact the next wine harvest. Napa County’s grape harvest produced $656 million in 2012 — that’s just the grapes, not the wine. But the drought’s impact is almost certain to be felt in regions like the Anderson Valley and the Central Valley, which are more reliant on surface water. (Craig Miller/KQED)

The 2014 Mavericks International big-wave surfing competition is history. After a day featuring some brutal early-morning wipeouts and lots and lots of seemingly death-defying drops down monster waves off Pillar Point, Grant “Twiggy” Baker, a 40-year-old South African (and part-time resident of San Francisco) took the $50,000 first prize. (Steve Byrne/KQED)

Thomas Roop and Pat Taber brought a banner opposing the Golden Gate National Recreation Area’s dog management plan to a discussion at the Trocadero Clubhouse in Stern Grove. Some vocal San Francisco dog owners are upset that they will no longer be able to let their dogs go off-leash at Ocean Beach, Fort Funston and Crissy Field. (Frank Leal/Ocean Beach Bulletin)

Washing off freshly picked asparagus at the Willard Middle School garden in Berkeley. Parents at the school are protesting proposed cuts to the cooking and gardening program, which would eliminate Berkeley’s groundbreaking program in middle and high schools and severely cut it back in elementary school. Berkeley Unified School District is trying to run the program on $300,000 instead of the $1.9 million it used to get from the federal government. (Kaia Diringer/Berkeleyside)

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Lunar New Year 4712 starts today. The two-week celebration is one of the largest in the world and includes a street fair and the Chinese New Year Parade on Feb. 15. Grant Avenue in the heart of Chinatown is all decked out for the Year of the Horse. (Patricia Yollin/KQED)

News Pix: Drought-Withered Vines, Mavericks Surf Contest, and a Dog Fight 31 January,2014Katrina Schwartz



Katrina Schwartz

Katrina Schwartz is a journalist based in San Francisco. She's worked at KPCC public radio in LA and has reported on air and online for KQED since 2010. She's a staff writer for KQED's education blog MindShift.

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