| Jun 16, 2014
| 8:06 PM
MARKLEEVILLE, Calif. — Tess Castle, drinking a mid-afternoon pint at the Wolf Creek Restaurant & Bar on a recent afternoon, admitted something she had never told anyone before: She doesn't vote.
"Shame on you. I didn't know that," said bartender...
| Jun 20, 2014
| 3:07 PM
The National Park Service on Friday announced it was moving to ban drones on all its lands.
The move comes amid growing concern about hobbyists using drones to create dramatic videos.
The ban would cover more than 84 million acres of public land....
| Jul 11, 2014
| 6:30 AM
In Yosemite, the single-lane roads usually run slow. People are more focused on the mountains around them than going the speed limit, which is fine. It’s Yosemite. Taking a few more minutes to get from "beautiful hike A" to "stunning waterfall B"...
| Mar 29, 2014
| 9:05 PM
When Sean "Stanley" Leary's friends heard he'd gone missing in Utah's Zion National Park, they drove hundreds of miles to help.
Leary was well-known in the tight-knit world of mountain adventurers. At Yosemite National Park, he was an old hand, with...
| May 9, 2014
| 4:13 PM
Talk about an unsurprising finding: Visitors to remote areas in national parks consider noise from helicopters or planes an unpleasant intrusion. That is the result of a study conducted jointly by the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Federal...
| May 10, 2014
| 6:44 PM
Super Bowl Sunday was a quiet day for wildlife disease expert Mourad Gabriel. He and his wife, Greta Wengert, an ecologist, planned to watch the game, then peel off to do some work.
Their house, on the crest of a wooded knoll near the Northern...
| Mar 26, 2014
After nearly 38 years working for the National Park Service, I hung up my "flat hat" this month and retired as superintendent of Joshua Tree National Park. That means I can now speak out against pending proposals with the potential to harm our country's...
| Apr 16, 2014
| 7:30 AM
If you want to know what a national park smells like, head to Yosemite National Park and inhale. Maybe you'll catch the sweet scent of lupine or the butterscotch aroma of a ponderosa pine. What you are unlikely to smell is wild strawberries -- unless...
| May 16, 2014
| 7:30 AM
If you want to jump the line to get to the top of Half Dome, go next week. The metal cables and wooden planks that allow hikers to scale the steep final pitch up Yosemite's 8,800-foot rock face are being installed today, a week earlier than usual....
| May 1, 2014
| 2:39 PM
The first in an occasional series in which the Coastline Pilot spotlights artworks on display around Laguna Beach.
It's a safe bet that most vacationers would postpone a Yosemite trip if they heard that a storm was coming.
Cheyne Walls isn't most...
| May 4, 2014
| 6:27 PM
To harp on Mike Trout’s strikeouts would be like hiking through Yosemite on a gorgeous spring day, taking in the grandeur of Half Dome rising above the tree line and saying, “That’s nice, but where’s the other half?”
| Mar 25, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Larry Osterhoudt lives alone in the Downey house where he grew up, a neat, single-story that still wears the same faded pink and white lace curtains with a kind of quiet pride.
An elaborate Lionel train set takes up much of a bedroom-turned-office,...