The Emperor of the United States

  California is known for some pretty odd characters. It started in the early days; the crazy time of the 49’ers brought out some outrageous personalities. One of the biggest was Joshua Abraham Norton - The Emperor of the United States. Norton was an Englishman that grew up in South Africa. He was a successful …

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Drought Busted?

After all these years of drought, it’s strange to hear the dire forecasts of the last week - the words ‘atmospheric river’ create a powerful mental image of a flood of rain flowing up from the south Pacific. It’s a so much better of a phrase than ‘Pineapple Express’, which sounds to me like a train owned and operated by the Del Monte corporation.

The Heritage of our National Parks

  On August 25, 2016, the National Park Service turned 100. We have many people to thank for the preservation of Yellowstone, Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, and nearly 400 other sites that tell the story of North America.  The roots of the National Park system are deep - all the way back to 1832, when …

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Parkfield: Preserving the Past for the Future

  This summer we’ve been talking about places to go when you have a day off and need some fresh scenery.   Let me tell you about one of my favorite places on the map. Parkfield is a quiet and quaint wide spot in the road located in the central coast mountains between Paso Robles …

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Confrontation on the range

  Federal control of public lands is a hot-button issue, one that’s getting hotter as the West continues to grow. It’s been building a long time and won’t go away soon. There’s a foreboding threat of violence in the protests known as the Sagebrush Rebellion. This is an issue we need to study and resolve. …

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