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New Snow: None. Yosemite Winter Rangers’ Report

YOSEMITE — The summary of Tuolumne Winter Rangers Laura and Rob Pilewski’s latest blog post from the field is — don’t forget the sunscreen. New snow: None Total settled snow depth: 9 inches (at 8,600 feet) High temperature: 56°F (February 2) Low temperature: 16°F (January 31) Ski Conditions and Weather The daily high temperature for the past nine days has been over 50°F. The snow has ...

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New Rules In Place For Horsetail Fall Event In Yosemite

YOSEMITE — If you plan to be part of the spectacular yearly event that takes place at Horsetail Fall in Yosemite National Park, you’ll want to know about a new program taking place this year from Feb. 12-26. Park officials say the program has been created to improve the overall visitor experience as people gather to view the natural Horsetail ...

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Minimal Snowpack Reported At Tuolumne Meadows

YOSEMITE — Tuolumne Winter Rangers Laura and Rob Pilewski report in this week’s blog that the snowpack in their beautiful corner of Yosemite National Park is rather dismal. Here is their post on Tuolumne Meadows Winter Conditions for Jan. 31, 2018: New snow: 9 inches Total settled snow depth: 12 inches (at 8,600 feet) High temperature: 54°F (January 29) Low ...

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Set Your Alarm Early, Take A Look At The Moon

NORTHERN HEMISPHERE — It’s a trifecta in the sky as the full moon appearing tonight and tomorrow is three times more amazing than usual. The moon, especially bright, will reach its peak just before 5:30 a.m. PST on Wednesday, Jan. 31, followed by a total lunar eclipse. “For the continental U.S., the viewing will be best in the West,” says ...

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2017: A Record Year For Rockfall In Yosemite

By Greg M. Stock — YOSEMITE — There were many large and consequential rockfalls in Yosemite in 2017, with a record 85 events (including rockfalls, rockslides, and debris flows) documented. The cumulative volume of these events was about 36,800 cubic meters. Although this is not the largest annual volume recorded, greater volumes in previous years were typically dominated by one ...

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Yosemite’s Tuolumne Winter Rangers Say, “Think Snow”

YOSEMITE — Tuolumne Winter Rangers Laura and Rob Pilewski’s latest blog post from the field: Tuolumne Meadows Winter Conditions Update for January 24, 2018 New snow [as of Jan. 24): 6 inches Total settled snow depth: 10 inches (at 8,600 feet) High temperature: 45°F (January 23) Low temperature: -5°F (January 21) Ski Conditions and Weather This was the first week ...

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New Superintendent Named For Yosemite National Park

WASHINGTON, DC — A new superintendent will soon take over the leadership of Yosemite National Park. Today, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced that he has selected Michael T. (Mike) Reynolds to be the superintendent of Yosemite. Reynolds, a 31-year NPS veteran and a third-generation NPS employee, grew up in Yosemite and later returned to the park as ...

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Yosemite Returns To Normal After Gov’t Shutdown Ends

YOSEMITE — National Park Service employees will be back on the job in Yosemite National Park now that congress has agreed to fund the government for a few more weeks. All NPS services were halted on Saturday morning, including the staffing of the Visitors Centers, entrance gate fee collection and information, campground reservation management, trash collection, and maintenance of such ...

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Circle Of Hearts: Bringing Song And Love To Life’s Transitions

MOUNTAIN AREA — Poet Heinrich Heine said, “Where words leave off, music begins.” And this is also where Circle of Hearts comes in. Be it for sickness, while regaining wellness, or even on the threshold of death, a group of local women are opening their hearts and singing together for others, to provide love and comfort in transitional times. The ...

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Hiking to Little Nellie and Foresta Falls

It had been 27 years since I walked the area around Foresta, not since I was assigned as a Strike Team Leader on Structure Protection at Foresta and El Portal on the lightening caused A-Rock Fire that burned 17,700 acres and 45 structures back in 1990. I was way overdue to spend some leisurely time exploring the waterfalls, old barns, ...

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