MacArthur Genius Grant Recipient

Acclaimed novelist and University of California, Davis professor Yiyun Li creates emotionally compelling literary portraits set in both China and the United States. Li was one of a select few recently chosen to receive a 2010 MacArthur Fellowship, a program also known as the genius award that grants a $500,000 stipend to individuals showing extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits.

Rubicon Trail

John Pardi navigates the twists and turns of the Rubicon Trail in his modified four-wheel drive . Last year, state water quality officials said off-highway vehicles were damaging the rugged stretch of High Sierra wildnerness by accelerating runoff into streams and contaminating soils and water. Earlier this month, the county won a couple of grants that will help deal with some of the problems.