One great bad-air escape: Grand Canyon, Arizona

Living in a location considered by many reliable sources to have America’s worst particulate matter pollution – that’d be California’s expansive San Joaquin Valley with roughly 4 million residents, 2 million motor vehicles and which accounts for half the state’s yearly agricultural production sales dollars – literally and figuratively taking “a breather” from any number … Read more

Air Quality Matters blog on the cusp: The start of year five

When the Air Quality Matters blog first was started – Nov. 5, 2012, President Barack Obama had just completed his very first term in office and was ready to embark on his second. Meanwhile, the country at this juncture had emerged – and I would add glowingly and stalwartly – from what has since become … Read more

Excursion train travels: Fuel for thought

The Baltimore & Ohio; the California & Western; the Cape Cod & Hyannis; the Filmore & Western; the Gettysburg; the Roaring Camp & Big Trees; the Sierra; the Yosemite Mountain-Sugar Pine; the Yolo Short Line; and the Yreka Western railroads. Yup, I’ve ridden these rails, all, behind steam and diesel alike. Never rode electric, but … Read more

Of Earth Day and a past, present and future Earth

For two years I’ve written about Earth Day on Earth Day (Apr. 22nd) and I figure: why should this year be different?! Witness “Earth Day 2014: ‘Conserve’ is the word” and “Earth Day 2013: The view of one interested observer.” So, here is this year’s Earth Day message. I never know exactly what I’m going … Read more

Great Western Cities ‘On-the-Air’ tour: Reno, Nevada

The eighth in this series. Reno renown Yeah, I’ve been to Reno on occasion, the northwest Nevada town also known by another name: “The biggest little city in the world.” In fact, I even traveled on through by train once, on my way back to California. Interesting that Nevada (the Silver State) and California (the … Read more

Great Western Cities ‘On-the-Air’ tour: Flagstaff, Arizona

The sixth in this series. Flagstaff, Arizona is one “amazing” city. I say that because each and every time I visit I continue to be awed. There is just something about Flagstaff. A mountain community where two major highways cross (Interstates 17 and 40), Flagstaff is situated south of the Grand Canyon’s south rim at an elevation of 6,910 … Read more

Great Western Cities ‘On-the-Air’ tour: Long Beach, California

The fifth in this series. Home to the permanently docked RMS Queen Mary and the Long Beach Grand Prix in April, Long Beach, California in Orange County, sits to the south of Los Angeles in Los Angeles County. So, why profile Long Beach for this “Great Western Cities ‘On-the-Air’ tour” series and not the bigger … Read more