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John Muir

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  • Contra Costa County officials oppose renaming Mt. Diablo after Reagan

     
    Contra Costa County officials are drafting a letter to the U.S. Board on Geographic Names opposing efforts to change the name of Mt. Diablo, the beloved landmark that rises above the East Bay. The county Board of Supervisors voted unanimously......
  • Sierra Club names new executive director

     
    The Sierra Club, the largest and oldest environmental advocacy group in the nation, has named Michael Brune its next executive director. A longtime environmental organizer who has headed the Rainforest Action Network for the last seven years, Brune will...
  • Is Ken Burns a secret propagandist for socialism?

     
    I wasn't planning on DVR-ing Ken Burns' new six-part PBS series "The National Parks: America's Best Idea," which debuts Sunday night because: 1) I don't have 18 hours of room left on my TiVo; 2) judging from the title, I......
  • John Muir's botanical pursuits brought to life

    John Muir's botanical pursuits brought to life
    John Muir loved plants. He loved their individual microscopic parts. He loved each one's totality. He understood their essential role in the vast, interconnected web that forms the fabric of our natural universe. Extinguish even the most seemingly minor...
  • Kings Canyon National Park

    Kings Canyon National Park Most people who visit Kings Canyon National Park go no farther than a 10-minute drive inside the entrance. They stop at Grant Grove, behold the stand of sequoias led by the 267-foot General Grant Tree and head home. Not that...
  • Mammoth Lakes

    Mammoth It's the contrasts that most inspire during the warmer months in the Eastern Sierra. The almost sharp-looking granite standing watch over soft pine forests. The deep, icy lakes shimmering in the bone-warming sun. The abundance of natural life--...
  • Boutique discounts on clothing, jewelry, eyewear, spa treatments

    At the just-opened Rex Boutique in Venice, Angela and Dara Rexroad are committed to stocking clothes that are made locally with organic fabrics or sewn abroad under fair trade guidelines. Their social concerns reflect the Rexroads' heritage as great-...
  • Greenacres tree kept Christmas spirit year-round

    Greenacres tree kept Christmas spirit year-round
    In our eco-challenged world of global warming and deforestation, the holiday tree is struggling to survive as a family tradition. What do we do? Buy the artificial tree that's not biodegradable? Support the sustainable -- but not local -- tree farm?...
  • After the fall

    After the fall
    On Dec. 19, 1913, the Hetch Hetchy Valley disappeared. With the stroke of a pen, President Woodrow Wilson signed the Congressional bill that authorized the construction of the O'Shaughnessy Dam. Ten years later, the Hetch Hetchy — 7 miles long and...
  • Parting the waters of what once was

    Parting the waters of what once was
    Yosemite's Hetch Hetchy Valley has legendary status in California for being the most beautiful glacier-carved gash in the Sierra you'll never see. Its death by damming in the 1910s is said to have hastened the death of John Muir, who vigorously fought for...
  • He traded wealth for beauty

    John Muir's image — the bushy, unkempt beard paired with a dark suit and walking stick — is iconic, and the general details of his life are well known. He exulted in the Yosemite Valley, developed theories on how glaciers carved out valleys...