L.A. once reigned as the viticulture capital of California. Frances Dinkelspiel's new book, "Tangled Vines," reveals surprising connections between the frontier city and California's modern wine trade, tracing the industry's history to its origins in conquest, colonialism, and exploitation.
Devoted birders can take package tour birding vacations to exotic tropical locales. But why do that? There are plenty of places right here in the California Desert where you can get your bird on without hopping on a plane. Here are ten of the best.
Cadiz will likely have to put its desert water project through a full federal environmental review if it's going to proceed. That means federal hydrologists will cast a critical eye on the company's claims,which may kill the project.
Wildfire is a natural and common phenomenon in Southern California, and has been a part of life here for so long that our local ecosystems are adapted to it. Fire can be a source of renewal in the chaparral landscapes...
There are lots of other pursuits that use a lot more water, but few significant water uses are so ostentatious and arguably unnecessary as golf. So it's not surprising that golf links are taking some heat. Is that heat deserved? It depends where in the state you are.
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