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Yosemite Bears Help Themselves To Unattended Food

YOSEMITE — Bears emerged from their dens in March this year and have been active throughout the park ever since. Recent observations have included bears grazing in roadside meadows and along hiking trails. Bear incidents this week have centered on activities by backpackers. Two incidents occurred in the Yosemite Valley Backpacker’s Campground when bears got into food left unattended in ...

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Fire Closes Highway 41 Near Blackhawk Lodge

 O’NEALS — Crews responded to a vegetation fire today near the Blackhawk Lodge that threatened at least one structure and snarled traffic on a stretch of Highway 41 just north of Road 200. Firefighters were called out at 12:50 p.m. to the fire which was burning in grass and oak brush just adjacent to the southbound lane. The first engine ...

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Number Of Large California Wildfires Rises With Temps

CALIFORNIA — Over 5,200 firefighters are battling 9 large wildfires in California. Yesterday’s high temperatures combined with the low humidity led to an increase in wildfire conditions. Several large wildfires broke out burning hundreds of acres. Temperatures in many parts of California are expected to be 5-15 degrees above normal, and humidity will likely drop into the single digits in ...

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Escape to Bodie: A Very Special Tour

I had a rare treat to participate in a special tour of Bodie, with the local historian behind doors of old buildings that are closed to the general public. Where: Bodie State Historic Park Difficulty: Easy When: June 12, 2016 I spent the night in Bridgeport and headed south on Hwy 395 to Hwy 270, following the paved road and ...

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Dozens Of New Fires Yesterday Across The State

CALIFORNIA — Over 5,000 firefighters are battling four large wildfires in California, while firefighters around the rest of the state battled dozens of new fires yesterday. Despite the higher temperatures and dry conditions, all the new fires yesterday were contained in their initial stages. Cal Fire crews were also able to contain the 210-acre Camanche Fire in Amador County that ...

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Over 66 Million Trees Dead In California

SACRAMENTO — As wildfires burn across California, new estimates on the number of dead trees in California were announced, prompting continued concern for California’s forest health and wildfire danger. Today, the US Forest Service released the outcome of its latest aerial surveys over California forestland, finding that over 66 million trees have now died due to drought and bark beetles ...

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Kickin’ It At Camp Keola

Written by Lexey Jenkins — COARSEGOLD — Hello and happy summer!  This is our last month of the 4-H year. This month is also 4-H camp, for ages 14 – 18 at Huntington Lake. 4-H camp is a very fun experience, and you can even become a junior counselor or teen counselor. It’s too late to sign up this year ...

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Horseback Down Paria Canyon

30 miles on the back on a horse through the box of the Paria Canyon in Utah through red slot canyons and colorful cliffs full of history was my kind of ride. Riding though the areas that the Indians used, early Mormon settlers traveled, outlaws hung out, cattlemen drove their herd through and rustlers stole them was a special treat. ...

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Healthy Gut = Healthy Body, Mind

Written by Virginia Eaton — There’s a lot of research studying the care and feeding of the bacteria in our gut. Researchers have found numerous links between the health of the gut microbiome (the colonization of bacteria that live in our intestines) and the immune system, autism, depression, autoimmune diseases and conditions in the bowel. This includes inflammatory bowel disease, ...

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Post-Fire Restoration Of Historic French Trail

Written by Mary Odell — SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST — Members of the Sierra Freepackers were asked last year by the Bass Lake Ranger District of the US Forest Service to aid in the restoration of the historic French Trail. The French Trail was burned out in the course of the French Fire during the summer of 2014.   “TRAIL HISTORY: ...

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