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Work Continues On Damaged Roads In Mariposa County

MARIPOSA COUNTY — Caltrans District 10 continues to work on the washout on Highway 132, and the CHP reports nearly two-dozen roads closed or affected by the massive rain event a week ago. Floodwater sliced through State Route 132 in northern Mariposa County, during the recent violent storms, creating a 50-foot gap between the two stretches of roadway. The gaping ...

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Spring Arrives In Yosemite’s Tuolumne Meadows

Written by Laura and Rob Pilewski – Spring has arrived in Tuolumne Meadows. This week, the weather held (in chronological order):  rain, heavy snow, thundersnow, southwest wind, northeast wind and, now, sun. The low-density snow that fell at the end of the storm made for some fine, but ephemeral, powder ski conditions. The last two days, a significant upslope wind ...

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Yosemite Conservancy Provides $12.5 Million To Yosemite

YOSEMITE – Yosemite Conservancy is providing $12.5 million in support to Yosemite National Park to improve the Bridalveil Fall visitor experience, rebuild a section of the trail around Tenaya Lake and collect data using 3-D aerial mapping to improve resource management parkwide, and 34 other projects funded in 2018. “We want everyone’s visit to Yosemite to be inspiring, just like ...

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Cyclists Now Allowed On Highway 41 Over San Joaquin River

MADERA COUNTY – In an ongoing effort to encourage multi-modal transportation, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will allow cyclists on State Route 41 to cross over the San Joaquin River beginning on Mar. 23. The previous bike route required cyclists to traverse Woodward Park and Old Highway 41, but construction on the bridge over the San Joaquin River has ...

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Rockfall Closes Highway 140 In Yosemite National Park

YOSEMITE – Highway 140 (El Portal Road) inside Yosemite National Park is closed at the park line and the El Portal Road/ Big Oak Flat Road Junction due to a rockfall. Heavy precipitation has caused rocks, dirt and debris to fall in the roadway approximately 1/4 mile east of the park boundary in El Portal. El Portal Road will remain ...

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New Guardrail On Highway 41 Over Deadwood

OAKHURST — New guardrail was installed recently on a treacherous stretch of Highway 41 over Deadwood, according to Elizabeth Yelton, Caltrans PIO for Madera County. Approximately 375 feet of new guardrail was built by a contractor for Caltrans along the northbound lane around Postmile Marker 34.3. The newly-added safety measure is located about 1/2-mile south of Victoria Lane just above ...

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Snow Brings Good News For Some Skiers In Yosemite

YOSEMITE — With all the recent snow in the Sierra, there is a bit of good news from the Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area today. In a posting on their Facebook page, they’ve made the following announcement: We are excited to announce the opening of the Nordic Center at Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area with limited services starting March 9, ...

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Recent Storms Encouraging, Sierra Snowpack Still Well Below Average

SACRAMENTO – Today’s snow survey at Phillips Station tells a more positive story than it did before the recent storm, but totals are still well below average. Despite the recent late-winter storm that brought much-needed snow to the Sierra Nevada, the snow water equivalent (SWE) is 9.4 inches, which is 39 percent of normal for early March. “California has unquestionably ...

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More Fires Mean Less Funds For Local Forest Service Projects

Written by Randy Moore, Regional Forester, USDA CALIFORNIA —  Last year, more than 1,500 wildfires burned over 640,000 acres on National Forest System lands in California, including the Thomas Fire, the largest fire in California’s recorded history. The surrounding communities are still dealing with damage from debris flows caused by a charred and barren landscape that no longer has the ...

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Missing Hiker Found Safe In Yosemite National Park

YOSEMITE — Alan Chow, the hiker missing in Yosemite National Park since Tuesday, Feb. 20, has been found safe today. Chow, who was backpacking alone, was spotted from a National Park Service helicopter around noon today above Wapama Fall in the Hetch Hetchy area after an extensive search the past several days.  He was transported to the Hetch Hetchy Ranger ...

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