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103-Year-Old Grandma Becomes Junior Ranger at Grand Canyon

103-Year-Old Grandma Becomes Junior Ranger at Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon celebrates its 100th birthday as a national park this month, but it just earned itself a protector who is even older! On Jan. 14, 103-year-old Rose Torphy visited the Grand Canyon with her daughter. While there, she stopped in at the park store and learned about the junior ranger program, then decided […]

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    Top 10 Greenest Cities in America

    Top 10 Greenest Cities in America

    San Diegans, pat yourselves on the back. Your city was ranked as 2018’s “greenest city” in the U.S., beating out perennially crunchy San Franciscans by less than a point, according to WalletHub’s calculations. In a report released this week, the personal finance website compared the 100 most populated U.S. cities across 26 key “green” indicators, […]

    September Astronomical Highlights: Andromeda Galaxy and a Comet

    September Astronomical Highlights: Andromeda Galaxy and a Comet

    By Kelly Kizer Whitt Relief from the heat of summer and long days baking in the sun is on its way. The Northern Hemisphere’s fall equinox occurs on Sept. 22 at 6:54 P.M. PDT. The harvest moon—the full moon that comes closest to the equinox—is just two nights later, on Sept. 24 at 7:53 P.M. […]

    California Moves to Ban Fishing Nets Blamed for Killing Numerous Species

    California Moves to Ban Fishing Nets Blamed for Killing Numerous Species

    The California State Assembly unanimously approved a bill on Thursday that phases out the use drift gillnets in the state by January 2023. The controversial fishing gear, which can stretch a mile long and suspend 100 feet underwater, is used by fishers to target sharks and swordfish, but the nets inadvertently entangle and kill scores […]

    August Astronomical Highlights: Summer’s Best Meteor Shower

    August Astronomical Highlights: Summer’s Best Meteor Shower

    By Kelly Kizer Whitt August is the time to sit back, relax and enjoy the free show overhead. The Perseid meteor shower is one of the most prolific annual meteor showers and the only one that occurs in the summer. The Perseids can produce up to 100 meteors an hour at their peak, which is […]

    Henry Coe State Park Is the Bay Area’s Best-Kept Backpacking Secret

    Henry Coe State Park Is the Bay Area’s Best-Kept Backpacking Secret

    By Jason Mark Normally, a writer writes to reach an audience. But what I’m about to tell you, I want you to keep just between us, OK? Whatever you do, don’t email this article to your friends, don’t share it on Facebook, and please don’t post it on Twitter. Because I’m going to let you […]

    Night-Hiking With the San Luis Valley’s Bachelor Bats

    Night-Hiking With the San Luis Valley’s Bachelor Bats

    By Stacey McKenna I’m sitting on a ridge at 9,000 feet, overlooking the world’s largest alpine valley. The mid-June sun drops behind a nearby cliff band and the clouds shift, leaving errant rays of light shimmering in the passing agricultural vehicles’ dust trails. Behind me, a fence blocks access to a yawning hole—the entrance to […]