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October 18, 2010 | By Dan Blackburn, Special to the Los Angeles Times
WHERE TO STAY Bishop Creek Lodge , 2100 S. Lake Road, Bishop; (760) 873-4484, http://www.bishopcreekresort.com . Cabins $125-$315 a night. A longtime favorite stopping place for Sierra visitors. Whispering Pines Motel, 18 Nevada St., June Lake; (800) 648-7762, http://www.junelake.com . In the heart of the fall color in the June Lake loop, with an excellent waterfall across the way. Rooms from $89 a night Murphey's Motel, 51493 U.S. Highway 395, Lee Vining; (760)
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April 12, 2014 | By Bettina Boxall
Bighorn sheep are skilled mountain climbers. But one group recently made it over the Sierra Nevada crest in record time. As part of an ongoing effort to return endangered Sierra Nevada bighorns to more of their historical range, state and federal wildlife workers captured 14 of the animals in the Inyo National Forest and transported them by helicopter to the Big Arroyo area of Sequoia National Park on the range's west side. The four rams and 10 ewes, all but one of which was pregnant, were moved in late March to a part of the Sierra that bighorns have not occupied for more than a century.
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NEWS
September 8, 2011 | By Julie Sheer, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Backpackers in the Eastern Sierra got a late start this summer, thanks to last winter's huge snowpack. Early-season hikers encountered snow-covered mountain passes and dicey-to-impossible creek crossings. Forest officials are still urging caution when crossing backcountry streams, which are running higher than normal. But the snow runoff is past its peak, leaving the upper elevations mostly snow-free and teeming with wildflowers and hungry trout - along with mosquitoes. A late August backpack in the John Muir Wilderness to spectacular Pioneer Basin took us up and over 12,000-foot Mono Pass, from the appropriately named Mosquito Flat trailhead near Rock Creek , an 1,800-foot elevation gain.
SCIENCE
April 10, 2014 | By Bettina Boxall
Bighorn sheep are skilled mountain climbers. But one group recently made it over the peaks of the Sierra Nevada crest in record time. As part of an ongoing effort to return endangered Sierra Nevada bighorns to more of their historic range, state and federal wildlife workers captured 14 of the animals in the Inyo National Forest and transported them by helicopter to the Big Arroyo area of Sequoia National Park on the range's west side. The four rams and 10 ewes, all but one of which was pregnant, were moved in late March to a part of the Sierra that bighorns have not occupied for more than a century.
TRAVEL
October 5, 2010 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Never mind the wild weather that has whipsawed Southern California over the last week or two. Trees in California’s Eastern Sierra know what time of year it is. The first sprinklings of yellow are starting to show, according to the Mono County Tourism and Film Commission , which is tracking the spread of fall colors on its website and Facebook page . The agency distributes the useful “Eastern High Sierra Fall...
SCIENCE
December 21, 2012 | By Bettina Boxall
A 12,240-foot Eastern Sierra peak will be named after the late Andrea Lawrence, the Olympic ski champion and mountain conservationist. The Mono County peak, now known only by its elevation, is on the border of the Ansel Adams Wilderness, just east of Yosemite National Park. The John Muir Trail is nearby. Lawrence, who died in 2009 at the age of 76, is the only American alpine skier to win two gold medals in a single Olympics, winning the slalom and giant slalom at the 1952 Winter Games in Oslo.
TRAVEL
October 18, 2010 | By Dan Blackburn, Special to the Los Angeles Times
There is gold in the hills of the Eastern Sierra, but you don't have to dig to find it. It returns every autumn when Mother Nature paints the aspen leaves in the Sierra with shades of gold, yellow and even red. All you have to do is travel up scenic U.S. Highway 395 to discover your own glorious gold The leaf-changing season in much of the Eastern Sierra usually starts in late September at the higher elevations and creeps down to the lower reaches...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 2011 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
In a meadow of knee-high grass framed by rugged granite peaks and pine forests, cattleman John Hunter urged his horse forward along a trail crossing a creek, frowning under a cowboy hat dripping rainwater. With the summer grazing season in the Eastern Sierra coming to an end, he was preparing, perhaps for the last time, to move hundreds of cows out of the high country and into the Owens Valley. The 30-mile cattle drive from the Golden Trout Wilderness down to the village of Olancha is among the oldest in the state — and a cherished family tradition.
SPORTS
March 2, 1994 | PETE THOMAS
Eastern Sierra lakes and streams will not be shortchanged, after all. A 20% cut in the number of trout planted in the Eastern Sierra was averted when the Department of Fish and Game decided to take other measures, such as hiring freezes and schedule changes, to compensate for a reduction in federal funds to operate its hatchery program. But there is a catch. Director Boyd Gibbons said the department "will be stocking more fish earlier," which means fewer fish will be stocked later in the season.
NEWS
October 7, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Some parts of the Eastern Sierra are at peak, others have yet to turn. Learn where to find the best viewing spots from Big Pine to Mono County with the new Eastern Sierra Fall Color Guide & Map . It's free to download immediately or request a copy by mail. The deal: Discover places places like Rock Creek Canyon, Parker Lake off the June Lake Loop and Conway Summit, which are located along the California 395 corridor. Aspens, cottonwoods and willows put on a bright orange-yellow show at this time of year.
OPINION
November 5, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Owensmouth Avenue runs just to the east of Canoga Park High School, over the spot where Bell Creek and Arroyo Calabasas join to form the Los Angeles River. The whole area was once called Owensmouth, named by Los Angeles Times Publisher Harrison Gray Otis and others who had bought up San Fernando Valley land with the knowledge that its value would increase when it became, in essence, the new mouth of the Owens River, a sparkling torrent of Eastern Sierra snowmelt that gathered and dried up in a shallow desert lake but would soon flow to farms and homes in the growing city hundreds of miles to the southwest.
TRAVEL
October 13, 2013
Some foliage in the Eastern Sierra is at peak; other areas have yet to turn. Learn where to find the best viewing spots from Big Pine to Mono County with the new Eastern Sierra Fall Color Guide & Map. It's free to download immediately, or request a copy by mail. The deal: Discover places such as Rock Creek Canyon, Parker Lake off the June Lake Loop and Conway Summit, which are along the California 395 corridor. Aspens, cottonwoods and willows put on a bright orange-yellow show at this time of year.
NEWS
October 7, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Some parts of the Eastern Sierra are at peak, others have yet to turn. Learn where to find the best viewing spots from Big Pine to Mono County with the new Eastern Sierra Fall Color Guide & Map . It's free to download immediately or request a copy by mail. The deal: Discover places places like Rock Creek Canyon, Parker Lake off the June Lake Loop and Conway Summit, which are located along the California 395 corridor. Aspens, cottonwoods and willows put on a bright orange-yellow show at this time of year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 5, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun
LONE PINE, Calif. - An Inyo County official and an environmental activist stepped into wobbly kayaks on Saturday to gauge the prospects of developing a "paddling experience" that would float people down the eastern Sierra Nevada's Lower Owens River. To Larry Freilich, Inyo County Water Department mitigation manager, and George Wolfe, founder of L.A. River Expeditions, the Lower Owens' lazy loops, oxbows and wetlands - habitat for elk, bobcats and waterfowl - and rugged, wide-open scenery are reason enough to make such voyages worthwhile.
NEWS
October 4, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Stacey Powells, a news editor at two Eastern Sierra radio stations, is spitting mad about the government shutdown of national parks in her backyard. If the closure that began Tuesday continues, Powells plans to hold an Occupy Yosemite event Friday (today) during a "sit-down protest" at Tuolumne Meadows inside the park. "Closing our national parks is absurd and is hurting all of us here in the Eastern Sierra," she wrote in a letter to the Sierra Wave that was posted online Wednesday . "Our businesses are hurting.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun
WALKER, Calif. - State fisheries biologist Dave Lentz poured poison into a remote High Sierra stream and watched quietly as every rainbow and golden trout in the water turned belly up. After the rotenone spread along 11 miles of Silver King Creek last Wednesday, other biologists poured in a neutralizing agent, making the river again habitable - and a suitable home for the rarest trout in the world. Kneeling beside a small brass spigot that dripped the milky white toxin into a pool edged with alders, Lentz, a conservation coordinator for native trout with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, smiled and said, "Looks like everything is working as intended.
NEWS
October 15, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Fall has been a mixed bag so far in the Eastern Sierra, but golds and reds are finally taking hold, according to leaf-spotting reports. The foot of snow that fell last week in Mammoth Lakes, Lake Tahoe and other high-elevation spots in the Sierra has pretty much melted -- and the focus is back on fall colors. Bishop area: Tarrin Carlile at Parchers Resort has been providing photos for fall color updates on the resort's website. She says spots of snow linger but most of it is gone.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 25, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun
A federal proposal to make the Sierra Nevada as comfortable as possible for some of their rarest amphibian inhabitants has stirred a backlash from business owners over the economic pain it could cause the region's recreation industry. Many opponents worry the proposal would do more to protect frogs and toads than nonnative trout - a top tourist draw in mountain resort communities where cash registers ring up purchases by vacationers, hikers and fishing enthusiasts this time of year.
NEWS
August 6, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
Authorities in the Mammoth Lakes area are seeking the public's assistance in their search for a hiker missing in the Eastern Sierra. Matthew Greene, 39, was reported missing to Mammoth Lakes police on July 29, authorities said. Described as an “avid outdoorsman,” Greene came to the Mammoth Lakes area around June 27 to hike, camp and climb peaks throughout the Eastern Sierra, authorities said. He is believed to have been interested in climbing Mt. Lyell, Mt. Ritter and Mt. Banner.
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