New Mexican Architect Has Spent 55 Years Breaking the Rules

Estimated Reading Time: 5 minutes

By Ron Stauffer

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — For five decades, architect Bart Prince has been told time and again, “You can’t do that.” This has never given him a moment’s pause.

Prince is known internationally for designing large buildings with strange shapes, complex angles, and a disregard for the traditional Adobe style that has defined New Mexico architecture.

He intentionally avoids the brown stucco and Adobe look distinctive to the Southwest. His dislike of the style goes back to his childhood. Continue reading “New Mexican Architect Has Spent 55 Years Breaking the Rules”

Column: Names Changes and Stonewalling in Yosemite National Park

Estimated Reading Time: 6 minutes

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.

The Ahwahnee Hotel is now the Majestic Yosemite Hotel, Camp Curry is now Half Dome Village, the Wawona Hotel is now Big Trees Lodge, Badger Pass Ski Area is now Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area, and Yosemite Lodge at the Falls is now Yosemite Valley Lodge. Continue reading “Column: Names Changes and Stonewalling in Yosemite National Park”

Yosemite National Park Draws Professionals and Volunteers

Estimated Reading Time: 5 minutes

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 the park. Continue reading “Yosemite National Park Draws Professionals and Volunteers”

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

Estimated Reading Time: 5 minutes

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. Foot traffic and wear and tear from vehicles over the years had contributed to the ecological damage of the grove which needed to be repaired. Continue reading “After Three Years and a $40 Million Renovation, Yosemite’s Mariposa Grove Reopens”