| Jan 3, 2012
| 9:32 AM
Dean Ohanian was born and raised in Burbank, attended Edison ES, Luther Burbank JHS and graduated John Burroughs HS in 1975. Dean was an outstanding swimmer; he won many ribbons and trophies in competitions for the Burbank YMCA and Burroughs...
| Jan 8, 2012
For a nation in perpetual motion, to cross the lands that make up the Mojave National Preserve has long meant only one thing: You are very nearly somewhere else.
For westward-bound travelers, whether they came through open wilderness, along the now-...
| Jan 13, 2012
| 4:52 PM
Ione Delores Hiller Barker of Burbank died on Sunday December, 25, 2011, after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage.. She was 83. Ione was born on February 18, 1928 in Plymouth, WI. Ione was survived by her three daughters, Kathleen “Kitty”...
| Jul 22, 2011
| 2:31 PM
You know what I like best about Sequoia National Park? The fact that conservationist John Muir walked off its dusty trails and into a warm bed with a woman.
What inspires me most about Neil Armstrong? That a straight man was willing to take one small...
| Jul 29, 2011
| 4:40 PM
I was quite surprised to read not one but two columnists attack a new law, the FAIR Education Act, just signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown.
I usually find both columnists quite interesting and agree with most of their viewpoints, especially Dan Kimber's...
| Aug 5, 2011
| 9:52 AM
Our book club reads a wide range of titles, frequently about nature.
We meet in the Sterling Morton Library, which contains 28,000 books, 12,000 artworks and several hundred nursery catalogs.
"Walden" by Henry David Thoreau brought on one of our best...
| Aug 5, 2011
| 10:51 PM
A controversial movement to increase parental authority over public education is quickly gaining traction in Pasadena.
A parent group recently forced a change in the principal’s office at Jefferson Elementary School, and organizers are now...
| Sep 25, 2009
Ours is a house divided -- not by red and blue states but by something more essential: our relationship to what's wild. Should we leave it alone? Cherish it and make sure it lasts? Or continue to wall it up, fence it off and take shiny things from it so...
| Oct 25, 2009
The Big Burn
Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire
That Saved America
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: 324 pp., $27
During 18 years with the New York Times, many as the paper's Pacific Northwest correspondent, Timothy Egan wrote several nonfiction...
| Sep 27, 2009
The Wilderness Warrior
Theodore Roosevelt and the
Crusade for America
Harper: 960 pp., $34.99
Reviewing several Roosevelt biographies in 1920, H.L. Mencken reported that he had found more "gush" than "sense." Douglas Brinkley's...
| Nov 5, 2009
Mike Roselle is in his element -- fighting a controversial coal industry practice called mountaintop removal mining in the town of Rock Creek, W. Va. "I had to bail some people out of jail," the 55-year-old rumbles happily by phone from the office of...