North America

Winter skiing's finally on in the Eastern Sierras

The Pineapple Express has been dumping snow the past two weeks.

Just when SoCal skiers and snowboarders thought winter would never come, the Pineapple Express has opened up and is dumping tons of snow on Mammoth and June Mountain. The weather phenomenon picks up moisture-laden air ...

Bailing out the last frontier

There’s been a lot of talk about the northern part of California breaking away from its nether regions to form one or more new states. Last September, before a standing-room-only crowd of 40, Modoc County ...

New York water in Coronado pizza

Village Pizzeria ships in New York water for pies made in Coronado

“It’s a huge expense financially and environmentally it’s a disaster, but nine out of 10 people prefer it,” says David Spatafore, owner of two Village Pizzerias in Coronado. The “it” he is referring to, is ...

O’ahu on a plate

A foodie list for this popular Hawaiian island.

A culinary expedition: journalist resolves to achieve edible incapacitation in the Aloha state. Let us resolve to gain weight this new year! Known as the melting pot of the Pacific, Hawaii is home to hundreds ...

What's the delay at Manchester's Austin hotel?

Papa Doug's son says financing still not nailed down

Texas media are wondering what's holding up the beginning of Papa Doug Manchester's 1035-room hotel in downtown Austin, to be named the Fairmont. A headline in the Austin Business Journal this week asked, "Hotels abound ...

Hipster Tucson

Is the Arizona college town getting hipper?

Tucson’s becoming a hipster destination? Get out of town! Recently, Tucson was named one of the top up-and-coming "hipster" cities in the U.S. Someone must have stumbled out too deep into the desert and started ...

A roadside find: American Pickers in Iowa

Antiques shop made famous by the History Channel.

Driving from the upper Midwest through Illinois, immediately across the state line is the historic town of LeClaire, IA. We quickly pulled off the I-80 exit, but not to visit the quaint old buildings in ...

Canada issues travel warning for Mexico

"Exercise extreme caution" when traveling in Baja California

Canada has joined the United States in warning its citizens of the potential dangers they may face when visiting Mexico, with specific reference to Baja California. In an advisory posted on the home page of ...

Adam Sandler occupies Manchester’s Austin hotel site

Movie crew reportedly bivouacking on location of La Jolla real estate mogul’s stalled Texas hotel project

This was supposed to be the month that Douglas Manchester finally broke ground on his latest mega-money development, the $350 million Fairmont in Austin, Texas, according to an announcement back in October of last year ...

Hunting big trees in California

From Western Sierra sequoias to Humboldt redwoods.

With its varied climates, landscapes and ecosystems, California is a one-of-a-kind state. When European settlers first arrived here, one of the signs of this uniqueness they discovered were the mammoth trees of California, the sequoia ...

Peters sets up fundraising committee with Arizona Democrat

Targeted by Koch brothers, La Jolla House freshman stages fundraiser with ex-aide to Gabby Giffords

La Jolla Democratic congressman Scott Peters and fellow House Democrat Ron Barber of Arizona, under fire by ads sponsored by the billionaire GOP Koch brothers of Wichita, Kansas, have set up a joint fundraising committee, ...

New Year brings new taxes in Mexico

From pet food to junk food

Baja Californians awakening today, New Year's Day, face what the daily newspaper El Mexicano describes as "a cascade of taxes." In addition to an increase in the sales tax to 16 percent, Baja Californians will ...

Carl DeMaio, King of New York

GOP congressional candidate Carl DeMaio, running against freshman La Jolla Democrat Scott Peters, has been raising money in New York City. According to the website PoliticalPartyTime.org, Log Cabin New York threw a December 10 Manhattan ...

Hoppy trails in Austin

Craft beer gold in the heart of Texas.

It's no surprise to anyone that Austin, Texas, is a hip destination, boasting one of the best live music scenes in the country, some fantastic barbecue, and the University of Texas. I was already aware ...

Canadian condo king piles up cash for Faulconer

High-rise developer gives big to GOP candidate; unions double down for Alvarez

As GOP ex-mayor and San Diego chamber of commerce chief Jerry Sanders sets out to vanquish the city's so-called linkage fee on commercial building to subsidize so-called affordable housing here, a distinctly high-end residential developer ...

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