| Sep 10, 2013
| 8:12 AM
The size of the Rim fire burning into Yosemite National Park has increased to 254,685 acres, or 398 square miles, the U.S. Forest Service reported Tuesday.
The cost of battling the massive blaze has reached $100.4 million. It remains 80% contained,...
| Sep 9, 2013
| 9:45 AM
The massive Rim fire in and around Yosemite National Park remains 80% contained after growing in size over the weekend.
Firefighters on Monday face hot, extremely dry conditions that, combined with shifting winds and low humidity, can make for “...
| Oct 31, 2013
| 9:30 AM
Are photographers vandals?
Does the mere presence of a camera at an ordinary place or extraordinary event inevitably damage the experience of it, as vandalism does? Is photography a powerful creative tool for the willful destruction of established art,...
| 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 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...
| 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 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.
| Oct 16, 2013
| 9:40 AM
WASHINGTON — Even as a deal was in the works to end the federal government shutdown, bickering continued Wednesday morning -- over the closing of national parks.
House Republicans accused the National Park Service of barricading open-air monuments...
| 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 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...