Monday Aug 18
Explore California's gold mining history in Tuolumne County
In the 1860s, Mark Twain traveled by coach to California, hoping to strike it rich during the storied Gold Rush.
Santa Cruz Sentinel
Gary Griggs, Our Ocean Backyard: Fresh water: A drop in the bucket
What may be surprising and not particularly good news, is that about 96.5 percent of all of the water on Earth is in the oceans, is salty and not terribly useful to us.
Scotts Valley Banner
The Mountain Gardener: How weather affects our lives
DrIp: While not a replacement for actual rain, moisture that comes from fog can sustain many of the plants and trees that are found in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Los Angeles Times
Short days and shorts are the rule during lawmakers' recess
Their absence, for the more literary of the statehouse denizens, brings to mind a famous quote popularized by 19th century author Mark Twain: In the meantime, the more relaxed atmosphere has emboldened some legislative staffers to show up late at their offices and leave a bit early.