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  • Loves, losses and utter disasters

    In her new novel, The Berkeley Pit, Dorothy Bryant intertwines the stories of two very different Berkeleys: The California college town during the ‘60s, and the famously toxic open-pit mine in Butte, Mont.

  • Watershed moment

    The residents of McCloud, Calif., a struggling former timber town, are fighting over whether corporate giant Nestle should be allowed to build a bottling plant that makes use of the local spring water

  • Heard Around the West

    Squirrels vs. Santa Monica; Baby goes to rehab; crows and carriers; Maricopa County is booming big-time; Julie MacDonald vs. the Interior Department; boat horns vs. coyotes in Oxnard.

  • Schooling, fish

    Judge Jim Redden is right to push the Bush administration on salmon restoration, but fish may end up faring as poorly in courtrooms as San Francisco’s schoolchildren did after well-intentioned decisions on busing.

  • Excremental gains?

    Kern County, Calif., is trying to prevent Los Angeles sludge from entering the county, where it is used to fertilize farmland, and the resulting stink is raising all kinds of questions about how we handle human waste

  • River Redux

    Six decades after Friant Dam killed off the San Joaquin River’s spring-run chinook, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Friant Water Users Authority are working with the federal government to restore both the fish and the river

  • State of Jefferson: A place apart

    Brian Peterson considers himself the interim governor of the State of Jefferson, an area in Northern California and southern Oregon that has been talking about secession since the early 1940s

  • What we love will save us

    We are all, too much of the time, captives of the wreck and the mistake. Can’t take our eyes off it, can’t stop thinking about it, can’t stop picking that scab. We slide into our merely negative identity — defined by what we refuse...

  • On the ballot: Will Californians vote to build an off-ramp from the oil highway?

    California’s Proposition 87 would tax oil produced in the state to raise money for the development of alternative fuels

  • Our Green Mountain

    A writer recalls the adventures he had had in Quincy, Calif., 20 years ago, when he was the youthful editor of a small-town independent paper called the Green Mountain Gazette

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