June 19, 2011
COCHISE COUNTY, ARIZ. Independence Day celebrations When, where: July 1-4, Benson, Bisbee, Douglas, SierraVista, Tombstone and Willcox Highlights: The communities of southeastern Arizona are festive for the Fourth, with Bisbee's Coaster Races down Tombstone Canyon, Sierra Vista's Pets & People parade (plus a variety of other parades throughout the county), a firefighters' water battle, sports matches, live entertainment and, of course, fireworks. Cost: Free Info: http://www.explorecochise.com PARK CITY, UTAH Park City Food & Wine Classic When, where: July 7-10, various venues Highlights: More than 100 high-profile chefs, vintners, brewers and distillers convene to present tastings, pairings, classes and culinary-themed outdoor adventures.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 12, 2011 |
Built in 1859, the simple cottage in the scenic Gold Rush town of Sutter Creek wasn't even on the market in 1966 when Jane Way persuaded the owner to sell it. Way bought it "on a whim," she later said, during "an all-time low in my life. " "My son had been killed in an accident, my husband had split, my health was terrible — I'd had cancer twice," she told the San Francisco Chronicle in 1999. Seeking to reinvent her life, Way turned the property into the Sutter Creek Inn, an early bed and breakfast in the West that served as a prototype for many that followed, according to travel guidebooks.
January 21, 2010 |
Ozone from Asia is wafting across the Pacific on springtime winds and boosting the amount of the smog-producing chemical found in the skies above the western United States, researchers said in a study released Wednesday. The new study, published in the journal Nature, explores a phenomenon that has puzzled scientists in the past decade: Ground-level ozone has dropped in cities thanks to tighter pollution controls; but it has risen in rural areas in the western U.S., where there is little industry or automobile traffic.
January 14, 2010 |
It was less than 18 months ago that the Democratic Party declared this region its new base. Barack Obama claimed the party's presidential nomination at a football stadium here, in a state where Democrats had won the governorship, both houses of the state Legislature, and were about to pick up both U.S. Senate seats. Now President Obama and his party's approval ratings in the West are lower than elsewhere in the country. Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter Jr. abruptly announced last week that he would not seek reelection.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 2009 |
Federal courts in California and eight other Western states will allow video camera coverage of civil proceedings in an experiment aimed at increasing public understanding of the work of the courts, the chief judge of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said Thursday. The decision by the court's judicial council, headed by Chief Judge Alex Kozinski, is in response to recommendations made to the court two years ago and ends a 1996 ban on the taking of photographs or transmitting of radio or video broadcasts.
October 25, 2009
It's only fitting that Tombstone, Ariz., which gained fame for a shootout, has a rough-and-tough gunslinger grave site. Check out the political commentary on the epitaphs of Billy Clanton, Frank McLaury and Tom McLaury, killed as they battled Wyatt Earp and his posse at the O.K. Corral. Want a taste of headstone humor? Try this: "Here lies Lester Moore / Four slugs from a .44 / No Les / No more." And this one recalls George Johnson (wrongly sentenced to hang for buying a stolen horse)