| Oct 25, 2013
| 2:52 AM
Boulders and Boy Scouts have been in the news lately, and while all the stories are not necessarily related, they have come in a somewhat remarkable succession.
The most serious story in recent days involved a Delaware woman who was critically injured...
| Oct 25, 2013
| 2:18 PM
Those of you who have read this column more than a few times can probably tell that innately I am an optimist.
For example, recently I predicted that our nation's policy of drug prohibition will be ended within only a few years. I believe that is true,...
| Oct 24, 2013
| 9:33 PM
The mission of America's 400 national parks is to reflect the country's history — no matter how uncomfortable or unflattering — which is why some contain depictions of slavery, the fight for women's suffrage, Japanese internment and the...
| Nov 3, 2013
| 4:53 PM
GROVELAND, Calif. — As autumn turns to winter and rain falls over the charred landscape left behind by the Rim fire, forest rangers and emergency planners have a new worry: water.
Over 90% of the blaze burned in the Tuolumne River watershed, where...
| Nov 4, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Yosemite National Park is proposing to remove most of the development from Mariposa Grove as part of a $24 million restoration of the famed grove of giant sequoias.
Most public parking, the gift shop and the tram operations would be eliminated to improve...
| Nov 11, 2013
| 8:23 PM
SAN FRANCISCO — Interior Secretary Sally Jewell says she will recommend that President Obama act alone if necessary to create new national monuments and sidestep a gridlocked Congress that has failed to address dozens of public lands bills.
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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 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...