| Oct 8, 2009
| 4:32 AM
This 75-year-old wooden cross, now covered with a tarp, was at the center of a heated debate in the U.S. Supreme Court today. The cross, which is located atop a rock in Californiaâs Mojave National Preserve near the Nevada border,......
| Mar 22, 2008
Borrego Springs, Calif.
Jeff Sewell's paintbrush chased the slanting light across a field of desert sunflowers. Gold. Ocher. Flecks of palest yellow. Then the sun sank behind the San Ysidro Mountains, and the only field left glowing was the one on...
| Sep 25, 2008
High noon and the desert is hot as a wok, yet Tim Duncan is wearing body armor under his uniform. A handgun and a Taser hang from his belt. Next to him in the truck are a shotgun and an M-16 assault rifle with extra magazines.
"Out here, you have to be...
| Feb 3, 2008
Find out about historic and scenic sites as well as programs, fees and directions to California's national parks, monuments and recreation areas:
Alcatraz Island, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Fort Mason, B201, San Francisco, CA 94123; (415) 561-...
| Sep 29, 2009
| 12:30 PM
Today's topic: What's the central focus of Salazar vs. Buono -- who has standing to sue over violations of the 1st Amendment's establishment clause, or, more broadly, whether any religious display on publicly owned land is constitutional?
| Oct 2, 2009
| 12:05 PM
Today's topic: Does the fact that the cross sits on a small patch of privately owned land -- which Congress transferred from public ownership to preserve the memorial -- protect the government in any way from claims that it is favoring one religion over...
| Mar 27, 2009
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) has done a lot of admirable work protecting California's wild desert lands from development, but her latest plans for the Mojave threaten to split the state's environmental community and could stall clean- energy...
| Feb 28, 2010
The valleys and hillsides of the Southern California deserts have been preparing all winter for their close-up. Silent and forlorn, often harsh and austere, they're ready to shed their mantle of earth tones and dress themselves in wildflowers, thanks to...