COLD CASE

‘The Well of the Scribes’ Sculpture Resurfaces

"The Well of the Scribes" mysteriously disappeared 50 years ago from the Los Angeles Central Library gardens, but a recent article in Alta led to the return of a section of the famed bronze fountain. The search ...

Los Angeles civil rights leader Floyd C. Covington, 1942.
COURTESY OF UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, ON BEHALF OF THE USC LIBRARIES SPECIAL COLLECTIONS.
HISTORY

L.A.’s Forgotten Civil Rights Champion

As executive director of the Los Angeles Urban League, Floyd C. Covington made a difference in the lives of the African American workers he fought for—not only in the workplace, but in housing, in education, and at ...

Dan Bugge spent more than a decade as a fish thrower before opening Matt’s in the Market in 1996.
JOHN LOK
FOOD & DRINK

Seattle Is Your Oyster

With its charming neighborhoods and distinctive cuisine, the Emerald City is creating a dining scene that proudly embraces tradition and innovation—and is more than a little reminiscent of San Francisco’s.

Andy Hedges doesn’t claim that all cowboy poetry stories are true, but “you could listen,” he says, and “learn a lot of true things.”
SCOTT BAXTER
COVER STORY

Cowboy Poets of the New West

Heading west out of Salt Lake City, Interstate 80 sheds lanes as the city’s skyscrapers become indistinguishable from the mountains ...

Paul Boaventura-Delanoe demonstrates the Eco-Gen JouleBox for a YouTube video, saying that the device can amplify solar energy. One critic dismisses the claim as “a clear-cut violation of the laws of physics.” (Images are from the video.)
YOUTUBE
CRIME

California’s Scion of Swindlers

Paul Boaventura-Delanoe has a history of creating businesses that target vulnerable people and end in regulatory crackdowns. His latest venture: green energy.

YEAR IN REVIEW

Alta’s Best Fiction 2019

Fiction came to the pages of Alta this summer. Our debut featured Peter Orner’s “Above Santa Cruz,” a story he included in his collection, Maggie Brown & Others. Our Fall 2019 issue featured “The Gnome,” a new story ...

Beneath the tranquil waters of Lake Berryessa lies the village of Monticello. The community was sacrificed as part of the Solano Project, which created the Monticello Dam in the 1950s.
CHRISTIE HEMM KLOK
HISTORY

Lost Beneath Lake Berryessa

Napa County’s largest lake covers 1.6 million acre-feet—and submerged an entire town. Dorothea Lange photographed the flooding of the valley in the 1950s.