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Enjoying the grand piano in the spacious lounge of the 1950s-era Desert Club are, from left, Diane Pataki, director of UC Irvine's Center for Environmental Biology; John Scranton, the property seller; Jim Dice, a desert senior scientist at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park; and Gail Sevrens, acting superintendent of the state park system's Colorado Desert District. See full storyDon Bartletti / Los Angeles Times