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Todos Santos residents fight to stop development on dunes

Todos Santos residents fight to stop development on dunes

Cinder block by cinder block the coastline of the greater Todos Santos area is changing. But not for long if a group of residents has its way. For several years people have been struggling to stop development on the dunes that in some cases are literally a stone’s...

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Lawns a legacy of wasteful water use

Lawns a legacy of wasteful water use

How anyone can justify having a lawn is beyond me. It’s a pleasure that is hurting the masses. Why? Because water is a precious resource. Anyone living in California, the desert or another similar climate knows those grassy areas are a waste of water. “Lawns are...

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Lassen Peak provides blast of volcanic beauty

Lassen Peak provides blast of volcanic beauty

It was a year ago July 13 that Lassen Volcanic National Park was forever changed. All because a 70-foot Douglas fir tree toppled onto a PG&E distribution line in the Feather River Canyon. Of the 963,309 acres that were consumed in the 2021 Dixie Fire (which as of...

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Physical, emotional benefits of walking in the sand

Physical, emotional benefits of walking in the sand

Walking is usually listed as one of the best forms of exercise. Add sand to the equation and it’s even better for you. I had forgotten what a good workout it is until I spent  two weeks in Todos Santos in June, with beach walks a nearly everyday occurrence. Thank...

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Tahoe-Truckee promoting free transit, more trails

Tahoe-Truckee promoting free transit, more trails

While Americans have a love affair with their vehicles, the powers that be in the greater Lake Tahoe area doing all they can to make car keys less of a necessity for locals and guests. An increase in free transit throughout the region is being designed to be efficient...

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Finding a reason to celebrate Fourth of July

Finding a reason to celebrate Fourth of July

Independence Day is going to take on a new meaning this year for so many people. Some will find there is less to celebrate with all of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions. It was not just the reversal of Roe v. Wade that was so damning. I feel less safe with the...

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