November 19, 1989 |
Dry whiffs of sagebrush streamed through the open windows of the pickup as the three of us, clad in shorts and T-shirts, headed north along U.S. 395 toward the high-desert town of Independence. The road ahead, wonderfully lonely at 1 a.m., was arrow-straight and lined with Joshua trees. North of Mojave, the dark mass of the Sierra Nevada began to loom higher, closer. We began to see small patches of what we hoped was snow on the tallest peaks. Was it snow or bare granite?
March 5, 1994 |
"One More Mountain," a TV movie airing at 9 p.m. Sunday on ABC, is about the ill-fated 1846 Donner Party, many of whom resorted to cannibalism to stay alive after they were trapped in the Sierra Nevada mountains during the harsh winter. It is not, however, about cannibalism. "People tuning into our show will be a little disappointed if they come looking for that," said star Meredith Baxter. "We are the people who didn't eat people."
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August 10, 2013 |
California is feeling the effects of climate change far and wide, as heat-trapping greenhouse gases reduce spring runoff from the Sierra Nevada, make the waters of Monterey Bay more acidic and shorten winter chill periods required to grow fruit and nuts in the Central Valley, a new report says. Though past studies have offered grim projections of a warming planet, the report released Thursday by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment took an inventory of three dozen shifts that are already happening.
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March 12, 2008 |
The remains of an airman killed in a 1942 military training crash have been identified nearly a year after they were found in the Sierra Nevada by an author researching the accident. Defense Department officials announced Monday that they had identified Aviation Cadet Ernest G. Munn of St. Clairsville, Ohio, one of four crew members who died. Another airman, Leo A. Mustonen of Brainerd, Minn.
August 5, 1992 |
Firefighters on Tuesday had nearly contained an 8,000-acre brush fire in the central Sierra Nevada that had forced evacuation of mountain settlements but burned no homes. Around the West, 26 major wildfires that scorched 230,000 acres were still burning. All 300 residents evacuated from Moccasin, Big Oak Flat and Ferndale over the weekend because of the Sierra fire were allowed to return home.
December 1, 1995 |
The winter of 1994-95 was like a house guest who would not leave--snowstorms in May, hail in June, skiing on the Fourth of July. Someone must have said something as he finally walked out the door because Old Man Winter hasn't come back. Here at Sierra Summit ski resort 65 miles northeast of Fresno, they spent nearly $2 million gearing up for this winter, adding a chair lift and 10 ski runs.
March 30, 2003 |
To veteran backpackers Ken Hively and Jeff Winter, wilderness trekking means shedding the clutter of urban living--deadlines, traffic and noise--in favor of granite peaks, sparkling glaciers and silence. So if you ask the lifelong friends what bare essentials are necessary for their biannual Sierra Nevada trips, they don't mince words: fishing rod, camera, cigars.
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May 26, 2002 |
Early in the morning one day last week, a few sleepy campers poked their heads out of their tents in the Big Pine Creek campground and got the Sierra Nevada's equivalent of a pie in the face. Snow. Although the sun was shining and the temperature was a pleasant 35 degrees, flakes were coming down hard. A mile farther up Big Pine Creek Canyon, the jagged peaks of the Sierra were completely shrouded in clouds. The storm packed more of a punch than forecasters anticipated.
March 3, 1992 |
The latest storm front to thunder through Southern California dumped more than an inch of rain on parts of Orange County on Monday, but failed to end the drought locally, officials said. However, rainfall totals led one official Monday to declare an end to the drought in Ventura and southern Santa Barbara counties, spreading hopes along the drenched California coast that restrictions on water use may soon ease elsewhere.
July 3, 1992 |
Bob and Sharon Miller watched their only son, Kenny, nearly die of meningitis a decade ago. The high fever and brain swelling left him mentally disabled, forever 4 years old. It wasn't easy raising him. He had a hard time sitting still. He would see a butterfly and off he'd go. The choice was either to manacle his life or open up the world to him. The Millers, both popular high school teachers here, chose the latter course for their 12-year-old son, friends say.