Diana Marcum writes about life in the small towns and rural areas of California for the Los Angeles Times. In 2015, she won the Pulitzer Prize for narrative portraits of farm workers, farmers and others in California’s drought-stricken Central Valley. She is the author of “The Tenth Island, Finding Joy, Beauty and Unexpected Love in the Azores.”
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In California and beyond, some people are deeply in grief, stunned that flames could again imperil some of Earth’s oldest living things.
The Central Valley has long been a stronghold for red California. And on Tuesday, there were loud voices of support for the recall while some election workers had to deal with taunts over unfounded conservative claims of election fraud.
At Sweet Girl Farms, Liset Garcia seeks to be as resilient as her sunflowers, as she tends a bustling fruit stand amid a dire dry period.
This part of the Sonoma wine country has endured fire, flood, intense heat and lightning bolts the last five years. Now it faces ever-more severe water restrictions.
After her husband died, Sherril Wells needed a reason to carry on. She found it in tilling the Fresno fields he planted, giving away fresh food to the hungry.
The First Lady visited a landmark of the United Farm Workers to highlight vaccinations of field laborers on César Chávez Day.
A battle over the Art Deco theater has brought chasms to the fore over LGBTQ rights, religion, arts, the pandemic and more.
Emotions spilled forth in the Ramirez household after mom and dad, both doctors, received their second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
The man known as the godfather of California’s organic farming died of cancer at the farm where he loved to work.
La camioneta avanzaba traqueteando por un camino de terracería donde se destacaba por la nube de polvo que dejaba en su camino, estaba pintada con colores que semejaban el glaseado de un pastel de cumpleaños y las luces del árbol de Navidad, confeti rojo-púrpura-amarillo-azul.