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Social Documentary

Column: Names Changes and Stonewalling in Yosemite National Park

By Ron Stauffer YOSEMITE, Calif. — In January 2016, Yosemite National Park Superintendent Don Neubacher announced that a new organization had been hired to run the concessions inside the park. As part of the transition, a quirky change was also going to be made: five major landmarks in the park will have their names changed. […]

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Social Documentary

Yosemite National Park Draws Professionals and Volunteers

By Ron Stauffer YOSEMITE, Calif. — Judy Craig retired from teaching 18 years ago. But she’s spent a month each summer for the past eight years volunteering at Yosemite National Park. Sporting khaki shorts, a dark blue shirt and name tag, she spends each day volunteering at one of the many information booths located throughout […]

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Social Documentary

After Three Years and a $40 Million Renovation, Yosemite’s Mariposa Grove Reopens

By Ron Stauffer YOSEMITE, Calif. — Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park has reopened to the public after a renovation project that lasted three years and cost $40 million. Home to over 500 Giant Sequoias, Mariposa Grove is the biggest of Yosemite’s three groves where these trees, some of the largest in the world, grow. […]

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Music

Concert Review: Wagner’s Ring Cycle at San Francisco Opera 2018

By Ron Stauffer SAN FRANCISCO — Like many opera fans, I have spent years trying to attend as many live operatic performances as I can. This often requires traveling to different cities or states, either by plane or by taking a long road trip. So far, I’ve been able to see several operas by a […]

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Music

Wagner’s Ring Cycle: The Greatest Story Ever Told

By Ron Stauffer SAN FRANCISCO — “The Ring [Cycle] is a gigantic work of art. It’s comparable to the complete works of Shakespeare, or the Sistine Chapel ceiling of Michelangelo, or any of the greatest monuments of art.” – Terence McEwen Thus begins a narrated recording of Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle, which was provided by […]

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Features

The Annual Bison Roundup at Tallgrass

By Ron Stauffer TULSA, Okla. — It’s a cold and foggy morning at the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve, where cowboys work for the second day in a row in their week-long annual bison roundup. For the past three weeks, they’ve used four-wheelers and pickup trucks to round up the nearly 1,500 bison that call the nature […]