The Sierra and its surrounding foothills: A model for sustainability

“Of all the mountain ranges I have climbed, I like the Sierra Nevada the best,” John Muir wrote in The Atlantic magazine in 1899. “Its marvelous beauty, displayed in striking and alluring forms, woes the admiring visitor.” Writings by Muir and Mark Twain, and photos by Ansel Adams have introduced multiple generations to Yosemite, Lake […]

Nisenan Heritage Day on November 12 in Grass Valley

BEFORE THE GOLD RUSH AND muddying of the Yuba and Bear rivers from hydraulic mining, “maj” (sounds like “my”), or salmon, were integral to the Nisenan way of life, says Shelly Covert, tribal council secretary of the Nevada City Rancheria, the indigenous people of the area. A Nisenan salmon doctor was in continual commune with […]

“A Walk Through Autumn” in the foothills and Sierra

Our region is one of the best places in California to view fall foliage, earning it the name “New England of the West.” Here are some suggestions: HISTORIC HIGHWAY 40 Weather permitting, take an old-fashioned Sunday drive along Old Hwy. 40 from Rocklin to Donner Pass and Truckee instead of Interstate 80. The fall colors […]

Nisenan Heritage 2015 on Nov. 6-7: Honoring our past

THE NISENAN PEOPLES OF THE SIERRA FOOTHILLS welcome their community to the 6th annual Nisenan Heritage Day celebration at the Grass Valley campus of Sierra College, November 6-7. Learn the history of the tribe and their stunning journey through time. This is a story of enormous challenges and triumphant survival through California’s distant eons and […]