Vincent J. Cleary, 1932-2018
Plumas County Vagina Monologues
Peace boats reunite near Sacramento
Mothers have an endless supply of stories
Marching for science in Plumas County
Keeping company with Benjamin Franklin
My polling place is closed.
Excellence in Journalism award from Society of Professional Journalists.
High above the Big Sur coastline, a California condor burst out of a ponderosa pine.
Ever wonder how scientists operate in rural areas far away from research centers and academic institutions?
The Goldman Environmental Prize
Invitations can come from the most surprising places.
When he died in 2012, Lonesome George was mourned around the world as the last of the Pinta species of giant tortoises. But was he?
Freelance journalists toil in isolation and obscurity. The isolation comes with the territory: After the excitement of the research – travel to exotic destinations, interviews with specialists, online exploration – it’s you, a blank screen and one word at a time.
Years ago a Sacramento Bee editor went looking for a correspondent and found me, an erstwhile east-coast academic living at the end of a paved road in rural Plumas County.
I work alone. I have almost always worked alone. That’s the nature of freelance writing – or so I assumed.
East of the Tehachapi Mountains, east of the jumbled junction of five ecoregions that forms one of the most biodiverse places on the planet, Joshua Tree offers yet another unique convergence.
Chernobyl is most remarkable for what it does not reveal: radiation. You cannot see, hear, smell or feel the region’s best-known product.
I don’t generally get jazzed by bridge construction but the Spanish Creek Bridge is an exception.
Spending a week in Owens Valley is humbling. With Mt. Whitney looming to the west at 14,505 feet above sea level, and Death Valley off to the east at 282 feet below, it puts mere humans into perspective.
I have been following Eureka-area Veterans For Peace and their progress restoring the Golden Rule, a 30-foot wooden boat that in 1958 sailed toward the Marshall Islands atomic test area to protest nuclear weapons
I will be attending the University of Oregon law school’s conference to moderate a panel, “Native American Land Acquisition for Federally Unrecognized Tribes.”