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Parks and Panthera Study the East Bay’s Big Cats

Panthera teams up with the East Bay Regional Park District to study how an apex predator lives in remote wilderness and peri-urban areas like the Oakland hills.

They Came for Sex Among the Redwoods

The brightly-colored beetles mate by the gazillions in winter, and Redwood Regional Park where the Prince and Stream trails meet is a particularly lusty lair.

Alameda County Unions Split on Coal Transport

While the Alameda Labor Council and International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 10 oppose coal exports in Oakland for environmental reasons, Teamsters Joint Council 7 says bring on the coal.

EBMUD Considering Lifting Trail Ban on Mountain Bikes

At the moment, mountain bikers can’t ride on East Bay Municipal Utility District trails, but the district is thinking about ending the restriction, much to the dismay of some equestrians, hikers, and dog walkers.

It’s Not Just the Earthquake; It’s the Inferno

Most area cities remain woefully unprepared for the profusion of fires expected to break out in the wake of the Big One

Debate Over Chabot Gun Range

Gun enthusiasts have rallied in support of the longtime shooting range in the East Bay Regional Park District, but the park district is studying the noise and lead pollution.

Should You Flush or Not?

Drastic times requires drastic measures, especially when the drought is concerned. Here we examine proper behavior when it comes to flushing.

Snorkling with Manta Rays Off the Kona Coast

Graceful manta rays swimming underwater ballets off the Big Island’s Kona coast paint a picture of paradise.

Egrets Take Up Residency in Downtown Oakland

Bird advocate seeks protections for herons and their offspring nesting in ficus trees at 12th Harrison streets. Their idea works well in sleepy Santa Rosa, but doesn’t translate well for the edges of Oakland’s urban Chinatown.

When a Dangerous Sport Became Too Dangerous for Clif Bar

The Emeryville energy bar maker cites riskiness in its decision to dump climbers with the timing coming as Clif Bar presents a highly acclaimed film celebrating the hellions and athletes who pioneered Yosemite climbing.