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December 24, 2009 | By David Morrill
Last Christmas, the Sierra Nevada ski industry did everything it could to put on its best face in light of little snow and the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. The smile was fake. This year the optimism is genuine. "Because of the early snow, everyone I've talked to has never been more optimistic about this season," said Rob Brown, president and publisher of Orinda, Calif.-based Mountain News Corp., which publishes and provides snow reports for media outlets.
April 5, 2009 | Times Staff And Wire Reports
One passenger was killed and 27 were injured when a shuttle bus carrying employees of an upscale mountain resort crashed Saturday morning on the main highway through the Sierra Nevada. The bus, operated by the Resort at Squaw Creek, was traveling west on Interstate 80 when it veered to the right, said Officer Steve Skeen of the California Highway Patrol.
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.
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.
May 10, 1987 | Associated Press
All three passes across the central Sierra Nevada were opened to traffic Friday, several weeks earlier than usual because of the season's light snowfall. Tioga Pass in Yosemite National Park, Sonora Pass in Tuolumne County and Ebbetts Pass in Alpine County were opened by mid-afternoon, reported Dan Waterhouse, spokesman for the state Department of Transportation. All three usually stay closed until around Memorial Day or even later in a heavy snow season.
September 18, 1989 | From Times wire service s
Snow fell on the highway passes in the Sierra Nevada range today, prompting the first road controls of the season, the California and Nevada highway patrol offices reported. The Nevada Highway Patrol this morning called for chains or snow tires on the Mt. Rose Highway out of Reno and going up to the east shore of Lake Tahoe. The controls were for a 14-mile stretch leading up to State Route 28.
June 14, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Butterflies are streaming through the Sierra Nevada by the millions this month, turning the sky into a kaleidoscope of color and astounding insect watchers across the state. "This is the probably the best year for butterflies on record in Northern California," said Arthur Shapiro, a professor of entomology at UC Davis. "It's been good in the (Central) Valley too. But the mountains are where the action is."
December 13, 2001
Re "They're Barking Up the Wrong Trees in the Sierra," Commentary, Dec. 10: Chad Hanson paints a tragic picture of past logging practices on national forests in the Sierra Nevada. However, he misappropriates our concern as he deftly condemns the current U.S. Forest Service overseers while ignoring the flaws in the newest Sierra Plan. Academic and agency scientists have voiced their concerns to the Forest Service and environmentalists like Hanson about the negative impacts of continued logging in the Sierra Nevada.
July 19, 1986 | United Press International
Firefighters handicapped by winds of up to 15 m.p.h. and 20% humidity struggled Friday to contain a 3,400-acre blaze on the timbered east slope of the Sierra Nevada south of Lake Tahoe. The battle was nearly won by late Friday, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Forest Service said. About 1,200 firefighters had contained 60% of the blaze by midday but found the going slow in the rugged Toiyabe National Forest, said Cece Stewart, a forest service spokeswoman.
The first big storm of the fall swept across drought-plagued Northern California on Thursday and was expected to drop as much as a foot of snow in many parts of the Sierra Nevada. "It's dumping right here in Tahoe City," said Patti DeRyke, manager of the Bridgetender restaurant on Lake Tahoe's north shore. "We're really excited. We're hoping this foretells a great winter."
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