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  • Yosemite's historic Camp 4 serves as a base for mountain climbers from all over the globe.
    PENNI GLADSTONE
    OUTDOORS

    The Rescue a Yosemite Campsite

    - For decades, Camp 4 was the base camp for climbers scaling the vertical walls of Yosemite. That’s why the legendary Tom Frost fought to have it declared a historic site when its demise was imminent.
COLD CASE

Alta Helps Recover L.A. Library Sculpture Missing for 50 Years

Our article led to the discovery of the missing Well of the Scribes—but parts of it are still lost. Join us in finding the rest of this prized bronze.

Replica of the Russian satellite Sputnik.
GETTY IMAGES
COLD CASE

Like ‘a Falling Star’ from Outer Space

Delve into the mystery of Sputnik, a $50,000 reward, and a possible government conspiracy.

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

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.

A Cal Fire airplane drops retardant on a large hilltop home that caught fire during a 2014 wildfire in San Marcos.
ALLEN J. SCHABEN/GETTY IMAGES
FEATURE

Fighting Fire from Above

Longer fire seasons, bigger blazes, and urban encroachment into the wilderness pose new challenges for those charged with fighting flames from the sky.

Serial entrepreneur Anthony Wood founded five companies before launching Roku in 2002. (Roku means “six” in Japanese.)
MARC OLIVIER LE BLANC
ALTA Q&A

Anthony Wood and the Future of Streaming

Do you watch Netflix or Hulu on a smart TV? The CEO of Roku reveals how his company helps those services (and soon Disney and Apple, too) stream movies, sports, and TV programs.

After spending six months in detox at Camarillo State Hospital, a reinvigorated Charlie Parker went to Jack’s Basket Room and gave what is considered by many to be the greatest performance of his life.
WILLIAM GOTTLIEB/REDFERNS
MUSIC

The Night Charlie Parker Soared in South Central L.A.

The jazz saxophonist gave a legendary after-hours performance at Jack’s Basket Room in 1947. No photos or recordings captured it, and last year a suspicious fire destroyed the L.A. building.

The Well of the Scribes before it was removed from the outside of the Los Angeles Public Library.
PHOTO COURTESY OF LOS ANGELES PUBLIC LIBRARY
COLD CASE

Whatever Happened to the Well of the Scribes?

A prized sculpture of the Los Angeles Central Library disappeared in 1969. The city would like it returned if at all possible. (Late fees will be waived.)