CBS News Logo Woman picks up $405 restaurant tab for group of firefighters

LOS ANGELES -- A woman who was eating at a Denny's in Southern California picked up the $405 bill for a group of firefighters after they finished battling a massive blaze. The City of Colton Fire Department shared an image of the receipt on Facebook Sunday, thanking the woman who paid for the meals of about 25 firefighters who had finished fighting a fire in the city. "After all of the firefighters finished fighting the La Cadena Fire in La Loma Hills this evening, they were sent to Denny's for dinner. While eating, an anonymous woman told the Denny's staff that she wanted to buy all of the firefighter's meals," the Facebook post says. "We are all honored to serve the citizens of our communities," it added. In addition to picking up the tab, the woman bought $100 worth of dessert for the firefighters. Colton Fire Department spokesman Capt. Tom DeBellis told The San Bernardino County Sun that acts of kindness in the community are common, but much appreciated. "It happens all the time, more so when we're on big fires. People just anonymously donate money to cover the bill. They want to do what they can to help. In a small community like Colton it happens quite frequently," he said. In California, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico, crews were making progress against dozens of wildfires Tuesday. In Southern California's Santa Barbara County, at least 3,500 people remained out of their homes due to a pair of fires. The larger of the two charred more than 45 square miles of dry brush and has burned 20 structures since it broke out. It was 45 percent contained. To the south a 17-square-mile wildfire that destroyed 20 structures is 25 percent contained. Crews were getting a break from rising humidity and light winds. Authorities surveying the damage from a blaze in Northern California said Tuesday that at least 36 homes and 37 other buildings had been destroyed near the town of Oroville, about 150 miles northeast of San Francisco. Residents had started to return home Continue Reading

A gamble on a revitalized Reno, Nevada

Elizabeth Zach, The Washington Post Published 7:24 pm, Friday, March 16, 2018 window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-4', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 4', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); Photo: Courtesy Of The Nevada Museum Of Art. Image 1of/4 CaptionClose Image 1 of 4 The Nevada Museum of Art, designed by Will Bruder and opened in 2003, is reminiscent of northern Nevada's Black Rock Desert. The Nevada Museum of Art, designed by Will Bruder and opened in 2003, is reminiscent of northern Nevada's Black Rock Desert. Photo: Courtesy Of The Nevada Museum Of Art. Image 2 of 4 The 2013 Burning Man "Believe" sculpture in Reno's City Plaza is made of thick, rustic, 12-foot-high steel letters. The 2013 Burning Man "Believe" sculpture in Reno's City Plaza is made of thick, rustic, 12-foot-high steel letters. Photo: Photo By Elizabeth Zach For The Washington Post. Image 3 of 4 The Reno Arch, which spans Virginia Street at its intersection with Commercial Row, has long welcomed visitors to the Nevada city. The Reno Arch, which spans Virginia Street at its intersection with Commercial Row, has long welcomed visitors to the Nevada city. Photo: Image 4 of 4 A gamble on a revitalized Reno, Nevada 1 / 4 Back to Gallery Midway through his 1940 Western classic "The Ox-Bow Incident," author Walter Van Tilburg Clark paints the barren Nevada landscape that is the backdrop to a lynch-mob killing. He writes plaintively of snowy peaks, even in the summer months, of dried creekbeds, meadows bedecked in purple and golden Continue Reading

Retail-restaurant roundup: Bay Area’s Koja Kitchen coming to Tustin; Grater Grilled Cheese opens in Irvine; Roger’s Gardens ‘Tomatomania’ begins

By Samantha Gowen | [email protected] | Orange County RegisterPUBLISHED: March 2, 2018 at 11:21 am | UPDATED: March 2, 2018 at 11:44 am KoJa Kitchen, a blend of Korean & Japanese cuisine, is coming to Tustin side of The Market Place this summer. The Asian fusion restaurant — born in a food truck in San Francisco in 2011 — is known for its gourmet “KoJa” burgers made with crispy garlic rice buns. Most of its locations are in the Bay Area. The Irvine location will mark the restaurant’s first move to Southern California. San Diego-based Grater Grilled Cheese has opened in Irvine. The restaurant franchise’s mission is “making the world a grater place, one grilled cheese at a time.” The Lobster Grilled Cheese, seen here, is a fan favorite, made with a “secret” five-cheese blend, butter fried lobster, crab, and signature Sierra Nevada Pale Ale Beer Chipotle Aioli. Other selections include soups, salads, mac n cheese, and pomme frites. (Courtesy of Grate Grilled Cheese)San Diego-based Grater Grilled Cheese has opened in Irvine. The restaurant franchise’s mission is “making the world a grater place, one grilled cheese at a time.” Seen here is the avocado grilled cheese sandwich. (Courtesy of Grate Grilled Cheese)San Diego-based Grater Grilled Cheese has opened in Irvine. The restaurant franchise’s mission is “making the world a grater place, one grilled cheese at a time.” Seen here is the Grater Burger. (Courtesy of Grater Grilled Cheese)San Diego-based Grater Grilled Cheese has opened in Irvine. The restaurant franchise’s mission is “making the world a grater place, one grilled cheese at a time.” (Courtesy of Grate Grilled Cheese)San Diego-based Grater Grilled Cheese has opened in Irvine. The restaurant franchise’s mission is “making the world a grater place, one grilled cheese at a time.” (Courtesy of Grate Grilled Continue Reading

What Are the Best Restaurants in Balboa Terrace?

Related Articles 1 A Little Russia Breakfast: Is There Any Better Way to Greet the Day? 2 What Are Some Can't-Miss Choices Near Corona Heights for Breakfast? 3 What Are the Options in Yerba Buena for Brunch? 4 What Are the Top Spots in Little Saigon for a Great Breakfast? Balboa Terrace, an upscale neighborhood nestled near Lakeside, Monterey Heights and Merced Manor, stands out for its tree-lined streets and well-manicured lawns, along with a selection of cafes and restaurants. Ocean Avenue, known for its shops and food establishments, is just a short walk away. Part of the charm of the neighborhood is its walkability, which allows residents and visitors access to food without worrying about dealing with traffic or parking. While Balboa Terrace doesn’t have the largest selection of restaurants, its neighborhood food options are well-respected. Here’s a look at the best restaurants in Balboa Terrace. The Dubliner: Drinks While The Dubliner, featured in an HBO documentary, is a favorite among locals and tends to cater to its core native crowd, the selection of beer and cocktails ranges from local favorites to ales and brews from around the world. There are plenty of beers on tap to suit all tastes. Some examples of what might be included on the menu include the 805, a light blonde ale designed with the breezy California lifestyle in mind, to the Goose Island Matilda, a strong Belgian pale ale, to the Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, and American Pale Ale brewed in Chico, California. Instead of a dedicated cocktail menu, customers are invited to make up a cocktail of choice. The Dubliner: Food Unlike a traditional bar, The Dubliner doesn’t offer any food. However, hungry patrons are invited to step across the street for a bite at The Manor, which serves typical bistro fare. Another distinguishing characteristic of The Dubliner is that outside food is allowed inside the pub, allowing guests to enjoy delicious drinks with their cuisine of choice. Continue Reading

Basque culture leaves its mark on Nevada

Basque sheep herders deliver water to flock. (Photographer Richard H. Lane UNR Basque photography collection) Elko also has a long connection to the Basque shepherd culture of northern Spain, and for more than a century it has played host each July to the National Basque Festival. (Courtesy Elko Convention & Visitors Authority) National Basque Festival in Elko. (Photo courtesy TravelNevada) National Basque Festival in Elko. (Photo courtesy TravelNevada) National Basque Festival in Elko. (Photo courtesy TravelNevada) The lobby of the Western Folklife Center reverts to being the old Pioneer Saloon during the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering at Elko. (F. Andrew Taylor/Las Vegas Review-Journal) The 31st annual National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, a weeklong celebration of Western life, gets underway Monday in Elko. (Photo by David Becker/Las Vegas Review-Journal) A woman looks at the Guernica painting by Spanish artist Pablo Picasso during an exhibition at the Reina Sofia museum in Madrid, Monday, April 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco) Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt addresses the crowd during the third annual Basque Fry held at Corley Ranch in Gardnerville, Nev. on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017. Richard Brian Las Vegas Review-Journal @vegasphotograph Jon Bilbao Basque Library, University of Nevada-Reno Libraries Photographer Richard H. Lane UNR Basque photography collection Jon Bilbao Basque Library, University of Nevada-Reno Libraries Basque Sheep herders delivering water to flock. Two-year-old Calvin Phillips was in full Basque regalia at the National Basque Festival in Elko in July. (Heidi Knapp Rinella/Las Vegas Review-Journal) Dominique Laxalt on horseback (Jon Bilbao Basque Library, University of Nevada-Reno Libraries) Men attending to various tasks at their sheep wagons at a campsite. (Jon Bilbao Basque Library, University of Nevada-Reno Libraries) Dancers at Elko Basque Festival in 2017 (Frank Rinella) Continue Reading

Nevada Legalizes Recreational Marijuana Sales: Other States Where You Can Legally Purchase Cannabis

Nevada became the fifth U.S. state Saturday to allow the sale of recreational marijuana to the public. After this move, it also joined the list of seven other states in the country, which permit the usage of weed for recreational purposes. Nevada voted to legalize recreational sales in November’s election in order to allow dispensaries to sell weed to anyone above the age of 21 years. Read: International Church Of Cannabis Is Now Offering 'Weed Weddings' The first sale began shortly after midnight Saturday when people from across the country flocked to Las Vegas and began purchasing cannabis in the state. The new move allows those above the age of 21 years with a valid ID to buy up to an ounce of pot. However, it still remains illegal to smoke weed in public places, including the Las Vegas Strip, casinos, bars, restaurants, parks, convention centers and concert halls. Offenders will face a fine of $600. Driving under the influence of cannabis is also still illegal. The millions of tourists that Las Vegas and other Nevada cities attract every year are probably the ones who will make two out of every three marijuana purchases, a USA Today report stated.  "Everyone's excited, it's upbeat. Everyone's happy, giddy," said Troy White, 28, who was a tourist from Boise, Idaho, and decided to "be part of history" while she was on her way to Lake Tahoe, by standing in line for the sales at Blum medical marijuana dispensary in Midtown Reno, Nevada, the report said. A residence of Reno, Alisha White, 38, stood in the line at Sierra Wellness in order to show support for her daughter and brother even though she is not a smoker. "My daughter started to have seizures two years ago," she said. "I gave her some marijuana, and it helped her. Marijuana helps people in pain. I’ve watched it change people’s lives," she added, USA Today quoted her as saying. "I've been living in Vegas for 15 years, and I keep missing the cities that Continue Reading

Sierra Nevada is taking its Beer Camp global, casting a wide net for craft brew lovers

Sierra Nevada's Beer Camp series is going global. The third edition of the brewery's 12-pack of collaboration beers searched far and wide for inspiration. The result is a variety assortment of brews from six international and six stateside brewers. The range of beer styles is as diverse as the geography of the participants, reflecting a booming worldwide market for craft beer. Sierra Nevada's collaborations include Copenhagen-based Mikkeller's Thai-Style Iced Tea Ale, to an East Meets West IPA from Tree House Brewing in Massachusetts, and Raspberry Sundae Ale with California's The Bruery. "The craft beer revolution has spread from the U.S. to pretty much every country in the world, and we thought 'let's invite brewers we know and respect around the globe as a celebration of craft brewing and the spirit of collaboration,'" Ken Grossman, Sierra Nevada Brewing's founder and CEO, told CNBC recently. The task is not always easy, he told CNBC. "There a lot of very small brewers that maybe produce a few hundred kegs a year [and] are popping up around the country," said Grossman. "They're finding a few bars and restaurants who will support their branding, making it a little more challenging for more established brands to get on the shelf or get into the bar for a tap handle." Continue Reading

‘Atmospheric river’ causes flooding, mudslides in California; hundreds of Nevada homes evacuated

RENO, Nev. — A massive winter storm that could be the biggest to slam the region in more than a decade prompted the evacuation of hundreds of homes in northern Nevada and triggered flooding and mudslides that blocked major highways and stranded motorists in Northern California. Crews in California cleared trees and debris Sunday following mudslides caused by steady rain accompanying the system that could dump 15 inches in the foothills of the Sierra and heavy snow on the mountain tops before it’s expected to move east early Monday. Forecasters warned a second storm is expected to hit the already drenched area Monday night. In Nevada, emergency officials voluntarily evacuated a total of 400 homes affecting about 1,300 residents in a south Reno neighborhood Sunday afternoon as the Truckee River began to leave its banks and drainage ditches started to overflow south of U.S. Interstate 80. This is a serious flood situation,” the National Weather Service said in a special flood statement late Sunday night. Flood warnings continue along much of the Sierra’s eastern front and western Nevada into Tuesday. No injuries had been reported, but high waters forced the closure of numerous area roads, a series of bridges in downtown Reno and a pair of Interstate 80 off-ramps in neighboring Sparks, where the worst flooding is expected to send several feet of water early Monday into an industrial area where 25,000 people work. Bob Elsen of Sparks said he saw plenty of wet weather in his former hometown of Bremerton, Washington, but he didn’t expect it in Nevada’s high desert where only 8 inches of precipitation falls annually on average. “I don’t think I’ve seen this much rain since I moved here six years ago,” Elsen said as he watched the Truckee River’s waters rise in Sparks. “It’s why I moved out of Washington to get away from this stuff.” An avalanche Continue Reading

Is there a craft beer bubble in Rochester? Not with our ‘insatiable thirst’

When news broke recently of a Rochester-area brewery closing, the question surfaced: Is the craft beer bubble popping? The simple answer: No. Take a deep breath. It's part of the natural business cycle. Some fail, some thrive, some close, some survive.Ontario County's Nedloh Brewing, which announced via a statement that it would close at the end of October, is the first Rochester brewery to close in the last 10 years. According to the owners, it was a personal decision.Nedloh wasn't a victim of the bubble, because there is no bubble, both local and national experts say."Most of the breweries that have opened are very small and locally focused," said Bart Watson, chief economist of the Colorado-based Brewers Association. "We have seen market growth slow, but it’s still growing. I don’t want to say it has plateaued or is flat, but it’s not growing at the rate it did."At the same time, 75 percent of the breweries in the country make less than 1 percent of the beer. Even in a slower growth environment, you can still get a lot of breweries opening that are small and locally focused."People use the bubble term incorrectly, Watson said. "A bubble bursting is when people build out for demand that didn't exist," he said. "This growth is built on fundamental demand. People want fuller-flavored beer. They want to support local businesses." The simple truth exists: The vast majority of breweries don't make that much beer. So if breweries open with a local focus, there is plenty of room within the market, Watson said. Breweries with more regional or national outlooks are running into more hurdles and resistance. But the vast majority of openings in Rochester has been with breweries looking to carve out a footprint in a neighborhood or a suburb."I don’t think it’s a bubble bursting but a lot of people have to be realistic with their projections, who they are, and what they’re trying to be," said Three Heads Brewing Continue Reading

A hike in Yosemite helps you connect with nature

'The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness." - Preservationist and writer John Muir, aka "The Father of Our National Parks." Ditto. I discovered Muir's writings on a trip to California's Yosemite National Park some years ago and was instantly grabbed by his vivid descriptions of nature in action. For me, too, a good hike in the woods is a favorite psychological getaway. In honor of Muir, I'm also looking for the universe in a forest wilderness. The centerpiece of my visit to Yosemite this year is a three-day backpacking trip in the southeastern section of the park and the adjacent Ansel Adams Wilderness Area. I've got an ambitious plan: A 35-mile loop starting on the John Muir Trail, which runs for more than 200 miles through the mountains of the Sierra Nevada range. Two days before my backpacking begins, I stay at Evergreen Lodge, a vibrant cabin complex in the forest near Hetch Hetchy Reservoir that's a great base camp for families and couples alike. The next day, I take off into the park, spending much of the afternoon in splendid (albeit bustling) Yosemite Valley. Later in the day, I check into my canvas tent cabin at the Tuolumne Meadows Lodge. By 8:30 a.m. the next morning, I am hiking up Lyell Canyon, a long, green finger cut by the Lyell Fork of the Tuolumne River that leads the way to the 11,056-foot Donohue Pass. It gets cooler as the trail starts to climb Donohue Pass, and on the final steps up and over the pass, the views crystallize into an ornate fantasy of granite, snow, meadow and water. Leaving Yosemite for the Ansel Adams Wilderness Area, I descend into the valley below, stopping at a campsite near a babbling brook and under a spectacular collection of peaks. The sky is perfectly blue, the sunlight perfectly golden. Tucked in my sleeping bag later that night, I read myself to sleep. But the night is cold and windy, and my rest fitful. As I eat breakfast the next morning, a steady stream of hikers heads Continue Reading