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President Biden Announces New National Monument Near Nevada-California Border

Avi Kwa Ame National Monument will protect sacred Native American sites, wildlife.

(Nov. 30, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz Sentinel report
Pescadero's Pigeon Point Lighthouse Turns 150

The local landmark that hosts daytrippers and hostel guests alike is about to undergo renovations that could increase public access.

(Nov. 27, 2022) → Read the full Palo Alto Online report

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Aromas Community Park donors honored with monument

AROMAS—Two decades ago, a fundraising drive was held to install dedication bricks at Aromas Community Park. However, even after a number of community members had already donated to the effort, the project came to an abrupt halt. “It was kind …

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San Vicente Redwoods trails to open Dec. 3

North Coast land offers wildlife viewing, hiking and cycling

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Rio Del Mar Walkway Battle Continues

County says it will appeal recent ruling that allowed homeowners to block walkway

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Big Basin Inspires Historical Reenactment

A theatrical performance based on Traci Bliss’ book, ‘Big Basin Redwood Forest: California’s Oldest State Park’

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Torched Trees Given New Life as Fencing For Landmark

Those familiar with the popular Vancouver Island lumberjack show “Big Timber” on Netflix, know the riveting storylines that emerge from working with giant trees—and the care it takes to do historic preservation right. Down here in California, in the state’s …

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Opening delayed at Cotoni-Coast Dairies National Monument

Five trails nearly complete, work stops on parking lot

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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Rail-trail construction to restart in Santa Cruz

Path to be paved from Bay Street to wharf

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Big Basin Park Reopens July 22

By Julie Horner Big Basin Redwoods State Park reopens on Friday, July 22, 2022, with limited day-use access by reservation only. The reservation system opens on Friday, July 1, 2022. The Redwood Loop near the former visitor center and approximately …

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