| Oct 1, 2013
| 1:45 PM
The shutdown of the federal government means that our national parks -- including Yosemite -- are being closed today. Ironically, the closing of the awe-inspiring California park comes as it celebrates its 123rd anniversary, which is noted in today's...
| Mar 14, 2013
| 5:05 AM
El Capitan is an intimidating granite formation in California's Yosemite National Park, popular with climbers because its 7,573-foot vertical face presents such a challenge.
Pete Davis has done the four-night, five-day ascent twice, which is an...
| Apr 8, 2012
| 5:47 PM
Carolyn Holly Howard, a practitioner of alternative medical techniques, died Tuesday at her Baltimore home after an eight-year battle with ovarian cancer.
The resident of the Woodlands at Coldspring Newtown was 61.
Ms. Howard was born in Dallas, Texas,...
| Aug 10, 2011
| 9:52 AM
"What's in California?" quizzed Don Worsham, the self-proclaimed Mayor for Eternity of Glen Ridge Drive. "Just a lot of congestion and pollution, from what I've heard. And phony actors and singers. Betcha there's not even an American Legion post there."...
| Aug 19, 2011
| 1:33 PM
At funeral services for Nathan Krasnopoler at Sol Levinson and Bros. Funeral Home on Aug. 12, the 20-year-old was remembered by a Johns Hopkins University professor for his "keen and incisive intellect."
Mr. Krasnopoler died Aug. 10 at Gilchrist Center...
| Dec 11, 2013
| 11:32 AM
Over at Essay Daily (which calls itself “A Filter for and An Ongoing Conversation About Essays and Magazines About Writing”), John D’Agata offers a brief meditation on Ansel Adams — and the moment he understood that photographs...
| Dec 11, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Rose Rodriguez took her seat inside the cavernous former ticketing concourse in Union Station while her husband went to fetch some coffee.
She wasn't waiting for a train but for a screening of the award-winning documentary "Wampler's Ascent," about a...
| Dec 6, 2013
| 1:49 PM
A Tuolumne County official said this week that federal prosecutors have "privately declared" their intention to charge a hunter who earlier this year sparked the Rim fire, the third-largest in state history.
Tuolumne County District Atty. Michael...
| Dec 2, 2013
One hundred years ago this month, President Woodrow Wilson signed the Raker Act, which allowed San Francisco to build a dam in Yosemite National Park and convert the spectacular Hetch Hetchy Valley into a municipal reservoir.
As native Californians...
| Dec 1, 2013
A pop-up book and a smartphone prop. A pretty little poncho and a sturdy, stylish tripod. A comfy new pillow and a little lamb that lulls you to sleep. These are some of the finds that just might wind up on your wish list — or your shopping list for...
| Nov 26, 2013
| 5:02 AM
The final chapter from a seven part series, Postcards From the West, was just published in the Los Angeles Times. The series was originally going to be called, Icons From The West, but that name landed on the cutting room floor. Such is life at a daily...
| Nov 29, 2013
| 8:26 AM
One of Ansel Adams' pet peeves was when Alan Ross would forget to turn off a battery-powered digital thermometer in the dark room.
He communicated his displeasure about the batteries wearing out by leaving notes that read, "You left the thermometer on...