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We can all thank Big Sur Land Trust—at least partially—for the stunning views of open space in Monterey County.

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New Monument Created on California-Nevada Border


In the largest land conservation act of his presidency so far, President Biden has established a new national monument in the Mojave Desert, protecting an area sacred to Native American tribes.

Visit California Hires Global Consulting Firm


JLL will prepare a dozen regional strategic plans to help the state marketing organization promote smart, sustainable tourism over the next decade.

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Pacific Grove Recreation Board deletes controversial alternative for skatepark location.

One after another, neighbors of George Washington Park in Pacific Grove beseeched the P.G. Recreation Board on Thursday, Feb. 23 to remove it from a list of possible locations for a proposed skatepark.

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Big Sur’s Sykes Hot Springs – which are illegal – have again become a destination.

As social media platforms exploded over the last 15 years, so did the exposure of picture-perfect destinations in Big Sur, which seem to have become a bucket list for many out-of-town travelers. It’s why traffic on Highway 1 often snarls…

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Del Rey Oaks officials revisit the rules around a central park amid neighbor complaints.

Del Rey Park is one of two parks owned by Del Rey Oaks, and sits just behind City Hall, in the canyon long ago carved out by Arroyo del Rey. It’s home to a dog park, a baseball diamond, a…

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The cross-country course at Palo Corona has the Regional Park District in the hot seat.

The controversy over the cross-country track at Palo Corona Regional Park does not appear to be going away anytime soon.

Image caption: The newly opened Presidio Tunnel Tops provides free entertainment in pricy San Francisco.
Cheaper Thrills

California has some top-notch tourist attractions—with top-shelf prices. Here are some that won’t break the bank.

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City of Greenfield receives nearly $700K for recreational activities

GREENFIELD — City of Greenfield has been awarded a nearly $700,000 grant from California State Parks to create and expand access to outdoor experiences for local youth and families.  The application, funded by State Parks, was shaped by Greenfield residents …

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Work begins on Soledad’s first inclusive park

SOLEDAD — City of Soledad and the Soledad City Council hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking on July 16 to celebrate the construction of the first inclusive park in Soledad and in South Monterey County. The new park, temporarily known as Orchard …

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Soledad will get its first inclusive park, and the first of its kind in South County.

Officials in the city of Soledad will celebrate the groundbreaking of a special park Saturday, July 16, during Parks and Recreation Month. This accessible park is designed for kids with disabilities to be able to safely play and enjoy time…

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As Big Sur tourism soars, the federal government wants to protect its land.

In rising numbers, roadtrippers, backpackers, hikers and campers from across the globe have steadily saturated Big Sur’s roads, trails, parks and campgrounds in recent years. As the region’s popularity has grown, so too have concerns from residents and agencies over…

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Measure B’s narrow defeat in Del Rey Oaks shows how much every vote counts.

David Schmalz here, thinking about democracy and how much elections matter—they ultimately shape the society we live in, for better or worse.

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