Sierra Nevada

Sand dunes on northern edge of Sahara desert.

Dust from Africa affects snowfall in California

LOS ANGELES (AP) — One of the driest spots on Earth — the Sahara desert — is increasingly responsible for snow and rain half a world away in the western U.S., a new study released Thursday found.


Driver install tire chains

Good Samaritan finds ring on snowy Calif. highway

KINGVALE, Calif. (AP) — Finding a lost wedding ring along a snowy highway is hard enough. But a Good Samaritan in Northern California also has to track down the man it belongs to.


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Molten gold signals revival in Calif’s Mother Lode

(AP) – With the price of the metal near historic highs, hovering around $1,700 an ounce, the first large-scale hard rock gold mining operation in a half-century is coming back to life. Miners are digging in eight historic mines near Sacramento.


Tahoe Snowboarder Up For NatGeo Award

Jeremy Jones is one of the top snowboarders in the world. He’s powered his career to new levels without the use of helicopters or snowmobiles in some of the gnarliest terrain on earth. And come Jan. 16, the Truckee-based Jones might also become National Geographic’s Adventurer of the Year.


Ancient rock carvings stolen in Sierra Nevada

BISHOP, Calif. (AP) – Carvings that graced the Sierra Nevada in California for thousands of years have fallen prey to modern thieves armed with power saws. The Los Angeles Times says at least four petroglyphs […]


1 of 2 hikers missing in Sierra Nevada found safe

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – One of two hikers missing in California’s Sierra Nevada was found safe Monday as crews searched for a second hiker, authorities said. Matthew Hanson was found after a California Highway Patrol […]


Calif.'s first storm of season brings 2 feet snow

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) – Fall is looking a lot like winter across Northern California. The first major storm of the season on Monday brought snow to the Sierra Nevada and rain across the rest of […]


Fire sweeps Sierra foothills, destroys 2 homes

(AP) – More than 200 firefighters are battling a grass and woodland fire in the central Sierra foothills that has already destroyed two homes. State fire officials say the small but fast-moving fire has also […]


Donner Summit land preserved through land trusts

(AP) – In what is being hailed as a major land acquisition in the Sierra Nevada, conservation groups say they have reached an agreement to purchase 3,000 acres atop Northern California‘s Donner Summit. Under the […]




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