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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
A Look Back at California’s Most Recent Volcanic Eruption

Californians are accustomed to being battered by many of nature's whims. Less familiar are volcanic eruptions like the one currently taking place at Hawaii's Mauna Loa. But California's own volcanoes are capable of violent fury.

(Nov. 30, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz Sentinel report

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Image caption: A historical marker commemorates the Battle of Natividad, which took place in the Salinas Valley.
Point in Time

David Schmaltz outlines a pivotal point in California history in his Monterey County Weekly cover story on the Battle of Natividad.

Image caption: California's State Capitol, seat of a government with a colorful history, to say the least.
California’s Governmental Structure: From Chaos to Compromise

California's government was born out of utter chaos. Here's how the state developed some sort of order to the way it operates, and how it makes and enforces laws.

Image caption: California has three cities of more than 1 million people, and 187 of over 50,000.
Cities in California: What Does it Take to Be One?

California is full of places and communities, but most are not cities. Here's what it takes for a community to become a city, the benefits of being one—and why the state has a 'de facto moratorium' on new cities.

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Julia Bulette: Legend of the Comstock Lode

Julia C. Bulette was brutally murdered 155 years ago, but her memory lives on in historic plaques, chautauquas, a saloon named after her and stories. Even the popular American television series “Bonanza,” set on a fictitious family ranch near Lake …

Image caption: California aims to be 100 percent coal-free by 2026. Can other states follow suit?
Why California Uses Less Coal Than Most Other States

Coal is the dirtiest fossil fuel, yet it is the source of 40 percent of the world's energy. California remains an exception to coal industry dominance, using and producing less coal that almost any other state.

Image caption: How did oil come to dominate both California's and the world's economy—and daily life?
Can We Break Oil’s Grip on the World Energy Economy?

Oil aka petroleum holds a tighter grip on California than any other energy source. Here's how Big Oil came to dominate the state and world economy, and some hints at how oil's grip may finally loosen.

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Lakeside Park History Trail: Self-guided tour explores historic neighborhood

They’ve done it again. Lake Tahoe Historical Society has added to its Historic Walking Tours with one of the oldest neighborhoods: Lakeside Park. There are two walking tours in the series now: Al Tahoe Historic Tour and Lakeside Park History …

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Robert Louis Stevenson’s journey through the Sierra reinvigorates

In August 1879, the aspiring Scottish travel writer and poet Robert Louis Stevenson crossed the Atlantic Ocean on a journey to see his lover in Monterey. Suffering from a chronic form of tuberculosis, the 29-year-old bohemian was willing to sacrifice …

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Watch 1960 Tahoe Winter Olympics film

SNOW Sports Museum and Coolfire Studios present three local showings of the documentary “Magic in the Mountains,” which follows the story of how a little-known ski area won the bid for the 1960 Winter Olympics in Olympic Valley. Tahoe Art …

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Magic in Markleeville: Battered town rich in Sierra history

Over the past few years, the residents and businesses of Markleeville have been to hell and back. First, the Covid-19 pandemic shut down tourism for nearly two years, a mainstay of the town’s economy. In 2021 the massive Tamarack Fire …

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