The National Forest Foundation has declared July 8 to 14, 2024, as National Forest Week. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about the 20 national forests in California, which protect a whopping 20.8 million acres of federal land. The…
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A roundup of the biggest news stories in California this week… Governor Declares State of Emergency Over Thompson Fire On July 3, Governor Gavin Newsom proclaimed a state of emergency in Butte County to support the response to the Thompson…
Flames from the Thompson fire in Butte County, California, a top news story this week
Is there any item of food more American than the hot dog? The unique style of sausage, served in its custom companion bun and adorned with an individual’s own free choice among limitless condiments and toppings, is always the most…
Hot dog loaded with toppings on a paper covered serving tray
A roundup of the biggest news stories in California this week… Giant Panda Pair Heading from China to San Diego Zoo On Wednesday, June 26, a delegation of representatives from the United States, including leaders of San Diego Zoo Wildlife…
Two girls holding oars in front of a lake
Safety around water is important as people seek cool activities during hot weather, as demonstrated by these kayakers wearing life jackets at Kings Beach State Recreation Area (Photo courtesy of California State Parks, 2024.)
(+ a free printable “Summertime in California” bingo card!) School’s out and summer is officially here, so it’s time to get outdoors and enjoy all that the sunniest season has to offer. In California, we’re spoiled with incredible opportunities for…
Summertime in California bingo card with graphic icons
(Illustration by California News Press)
A roundup of the biggest news stories in California this week… Governor Newsom Plans to Restrict Smartphones in Schools Governor Newsom issued a statement on Tuesday in support of restricting smartphone use in California schools. The statement references U.S. Surgeon…
Exposed concrete wall of Shasta Dam in Northern California
Venice is a weird beachfront neighborhood of Los Angeles. Whether it’s good-weird or bad-weird, and whether or not Venice Beach is worth visiting, is entirely subjective. For some visitors, the beachfront neighborhood with its famous boardwalk is an absolute must-see…
Horizontal collage of varied scenes from Venice Beach, California
A roundup of the biggest news stories in California this week… California’s Newest State Park Opens to the Public Dos Rios State Park, the first new state park in California in 10 years, opened to the public on June 12.…
View across the wetland habitat of Dos Rios State Park, which opened as California's newest state park on June 12, 2024
Massive, majestic birds of prey including eagles, falcons, condors and hawks are among the most remarkable creatures in California. Watching them fly, hunt and nest in the wild would be an unforgettable experience, but one that’s elusive and rarely convenient…
An osprey in flight with fish in its claws
Before it was one of the Bay Area’s prettiest state parks, the oak-strewn mountainside of Olompali saw thousands of years of Coast Miwok culture, the indulgences of a wealthy ranching family, and the highs and lows of a counterculture commune.…
The sun filtered through tree branches over grasslands at Olompali State Historic Park in California
Scenery at Olompali State Historic Park (Photo by California News Press)
Father’s Day is coming up fast on Sunday, June 16th, 2024, so it’s time to pick out a gift for Dad! If you’re struggling to come up with any good ideas, and your bids for suggestions or requests go unanswered,…
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Malibu, a city hugging 21 miles of coastline in Los Angeles County, has a magical appeal that’s far greater than that of its most famous attributes. The millionaires’ homes, legendary surf scene, oceanfront restaurants and the Pacific Coast Highway –…
A sandy beach leads to a rugged cliff at Paradise Cove in Malibu, California
The beach at Paradise Cove in Malibu (Photo by California News Press)