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 […]

“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 […]

Stewards of the Sierra: Meet the owners of Carmel Gallery and Sorensen’s Resort

The President of the United States visited twice this summer to help preserve and protect the Sierra— from Lake Tahoe to Yosemite. When the President is not around, we can count on local business owners, political leaders and community members to help out. Meet some of them: Elizabeth and Olof Carmel Award-winning fine art photographers […]

Leading Latina environmentalist Belinda Faustinos is new appointee to TRPA

Belinda Valles Faustinos — who helped lead the effort that culminated in President Obama declaring part of the San Gabriel Mountains a national monument —  is being appointed to the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA), our magazine has learned. She replaces former land use planner and fine arts photographer Elizabeth Carmel of Truckee, who has […]

White House announces more federal aid for Lake Tahoe region

By White House Today, President Obama will speak at the 20th Anniversary of the Annual Lake Tahoe Summit about the importance of partnerships and innovation in tackling our shared climate and conservation challenges. The visit builds on other recent announcements, including the 100th anniversary of America’s National Park Service, last week’s designation of the Katahdin Woods […]

National Geographic and Facebook plan first presidential virtual reality video for August, featuring Obama in Yosemite

“President Obama will become the first sitting President to participate in a virtual reality video experience,” the White House press pool reported this weekend. “The virtual reality video will feature the President’s visit to Yosemite and include a conversation with Don Neubacher, Superintendent of Yosemite. “The virtual reality film, shot by National Geographic, Facebook and […]

Clean Eating: How the Sierra Foothills’ region shines

FORGET THE OLD ADAGE ABOUT cleaning your plate, which dates back to the Herbert Hoover era of the government’s “clean plate club” cam- paign. Clean eating refers to making what’s on your plate “clean”—or free of processed or refined foods. The emphasis is on eating whole natural foods, including generous portions of fruits and vegetables […]

Hawaii’s Alan Wong is one of President Obama’s favorite chefs — and ours too

We’ve been fans of Hawaiian regional cuisine for many years. We have cookbooks from Sam Choy, Roy Yamaguchi and Alan Wong, among others. We’ve owned Alan Wong’s New Wave Luau cookbook since it came out in 1999. (Ten Speed Press, one of our favorites, is the publisher). In Hawaii over the years, we’ve eaten at […]