CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 10, 2013 |
CASCADE, Idaho -- The search for missing San Diego County teen Hannah Anderson intensified Saturday afternoon as more than 150 law enforcement officials joined the effort to track the girl and her suspected abductor, murder suspect James DiMaggio. Smoke from the state's wildfires hung heavier over the vast 2.3-million-acre Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness, where authorities have homed in on 300 square miles for the search. Ada County sheriff's spokeswoman Andrea Dearden said all of the tactical teams dispatched for the search effort had arrived, including numerous FBI agents.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 14, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - The U.S. Interior Department violated federal law by failing to conduct an environmental review before ordering a Northern California oyster farmer to shutter his operation, attorneys for the farmer told a federal appeals court panel here Tuesday. In a case that has become a cause celebre across the political spectrum, oysterman Kevin Lunny had been ordered to close the farm late last year when his lease to operate within Point Reyes National Seashore expired. Closing Lunny's Drakes Bay Oyster Co. would make way for the first marine wilderness area on the West Coast at Drakes Estero, an environmentally sensitive area home to a large population of harbor seals.
November 30, 2012 |
Restaurants, seafood bars and even other shellfish providers are bemoaning the imminent demise of Drakes Bay Oyster Co., a Northern California business said to be responsible for nearly 40% of the state's oyster production. With “demand for good quality shellfish just going through the roof,” the company's shutdown “is going to squeeze some pricing up,” said John Finger, co-owner of nearby Hog Island Oyster Farm in Tomales Bay. “They were a big chunk of the local market for sure,” Finger said.
August 20, 2012 |
Yosemite National Park can be a deceptive place. Things look safe that aren't, which the public was jarringly reminded of last week when the Merced River swept away two little boys who were cooling off with their mother near a footbridge some distance below Vernal Fall. A 10-year-old boy died and his 6-year-old brother is still missing. That section of the river looks relatively calm at this time of year, and the water is shallow right near the edge. But although things are generally drier this time of year, the water still surges powerfully through an area of granite boulders that can knock people out, hold them under water and damage spinal cords.
June 17, 2012 |
JARBIDGE, Nev. - To find Jarbidge - a town so isolated the federal government rates its air quality as some of the country's purest - my husband, Michael, and I spent hours covering 50 miles of a rock and dirt road, twisting and turning alongside rivers and through mountain passes. Of course, the drive would have been shorter if we hadn't stopped so often to take photographs. I had heard that Jarbidge Canyon held bizarre pillars of rock known as hoodoos, and that the 113,167-acre Jarbidge Wilderness was beautiful but that neither the canyon nor the area's 10,000-feet-plus peaks were visible from major highways.
July 20, 2011
If people whose homes border wilderness areas paid the real expenses for their way of life, the bill would be daunting. Maintaining a local fire crew capable of defending those homes against catastrophic wildfire is more than municipalities can manage. So taxpayers throughout the state have been picking up most of the tab by paying for Cal Fire, the state firefighting force that has primary responsibility for responding to blazes in wildfire-prone areas and brings in big, expensive equipment such as water-dropping aircraft.