Beth Spotswood

Beth Spotswood is Alta's digital editor, podcast host, events manager, and a contributing writer. In addition to her work for Alta, Beth writes a Thursday column for the San Francisco Chronicle. She lives in Marin County, California with her husband and son (who is lovingly referred to as Baby Alta by her coworkers.)

An Alien sculpture lines the side of the road in the town of Baker, California, which is also known as the 'Gateway to Area 51.'

E.T., Phone Home to California

In this week's newsletter, we tour West Coast spots devoted to finding life beyond Earth. (And yes, E.T.'s house is included.)

Tom Frost during his second ascent of the Nose, a climbing route up Yosemite’s El Capitan, in June 1997.

Go Climb A Rock

In this week’s newsletter, we brave the granite of El Capitan with a new generation of athletes and celebrate a pioneer of the climbing world by inviting you to a film screening. 

One portion of the Well of Scribes has been located and will soon be returned to the Los Angeles Central Library.

Solving California’s Cold Cases, One at a Time

In this week's newsletter, we celebrate a crack in a cold case—and look to solve more mysteries. 

A Cal Fire airplane drops retardant on a large hilltop home that caught fire during a 2014 wildfire in San Marcos.

Getting Ready for the Big One—Fire, That Is

In this Alta newsletter, we cover what to know for the remainder of California's wildfire season. 

California condor (Gymnogyps californianus) photographed at the Phoenix Zoo in Phoenix, Arizona. Status: critically endangered.

Keeping the West Wild

This week, Alta's newsletter looks at the ways individual Californians are keeping the state's endangered animals alive. 

Light-footed clapper rail (Rallus longirostris levipes) photographed at the Chula Vista Nature Center in Chula Vista, California. Status: endangered.

Photographer Joel Sartore’s Ark of the Endangered

One man’s effort to photograph 12,000 animal species in captivity includes haunting images of those threatened by extinction.

Sergio Gonzales, one of the longest-tenured servers at Musso’s, delivers truffled mac and cheese, crab Louie, and grilled New York steak to a hungry Anniversarist.

The Restaurant That Helped Define Hollywood

In this week's newsletter, we spill the secrets of L.A.'s most glamorous vintage eateries with writer and historian David Kipen.

Whole roasted San Miguel vermilion, an example of a boat-to-table meal.

Tastes as Big as California

Subterranean Sacramento and home cooked meals in Riverside? In this week's Alta newsletter, we explore California's burgeoning food scenes outside of high-profile San Francisco and Los Angeles. 


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