• New wolf pup spotted in Lassen pack

    New wolf pup spotted in Lassen pack

    By Ryan Sabalow, Sacramento Bee Earlier this summer, state biologists announced that a pair of wolves in Lassen County had three pups. Turns out, they missed one. Last week, Stafford Lehr of the Department of Fish and Wildlife told a state board that a fourth pup has since showed up on motion activated trail cameras […]

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  • Squaw’s parent company buys Deer Valley

    Squaw’s parent company buys Deer Valley

    By Jason Blevins, Denver Post A looming season-pass showdown among Colorado’s ski-industry heavyweights moved closer to reality Monday as the new Aspen Skiing-KSL Capital Partners venture bought Utah’s posh Deer Valley resort. The purchase adds a key Utah destination to the partnership’s growing portfolio that already included resorts in Colorado, California and elsewhere, and makes a […]

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  • Gold miner finds diamond in Sierra foothills

    Gold miner finds diamond in Sierra foothills

    By Ed Fletcher, Sacramento Bee A California woman says she found a 1½ carat diamond while mining gold near the Sierra Nevada foothills town of Foresthill. “I was like ‘oh my god I found a diamond,’  ” said Jillian Kelly. Kelly, 49, left her Silicon Valley career to take up mining 10 years ago and […]

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  • Eclipses create science and so can you

    Eclipses create science and so can you

    By Seth Borenstein, AP The sun is about to spill some of its secrets, maybe even reveal a few hidden truths of the cosmos. And you can get in on the act next week if you are in the right place for the best solar eclipse in the U.S. in nearly a century. Astronomers are […]

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  • Rangers lead educational hikes at Heavenly

    Rangers lead educational hikes at Heavenly

    By Kathryn Reed A tree is not just a tree. And those sounds; they mean something. Gustavo Nava walks a little way before he starts an impromptu quiz about how to identify the various trees that line the trail. The three key differences – bark, needles and cones. Key phrases like “gentle Jeffrey” for the […]

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  • El Dorado County to remove dead trees

    El Dorado County to remove dead trees

    El Dorado County is looking for a contractor to remove dead trees on the West Slope. The county has $300,000 from the California Disaster Assistance Fund and cash from last year’s budget to fell the 155 trees. Bark beetle infestation is being blamed on the deaths of these trees in Happy Valley, Grizzly Flat and […]

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  • Trail will retrace Donner Party path

    Trail will retrace Donner Party path

    Placer County this week took action that will help the Memorial Overland Emigrant Trail through Donner Memorial State Park become a reality. Placer County will be the lead when it comes to planning and designing the trail. Money will in part come from hotel taxes. California Department of Parks and Recreation will oversee permitting and […]

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  • LTCC soccer teams eager to launch ’17 season

    LTCC soccer teams eager to launch ’17 season

    By Terra Breeden The only thing artificial about soccer at Lake Tahoe Community College is the field on which the players smack that white and black ball. The men and women’s teams have been practicing for weeks in anticipation of the season opener Aug. 22, with both squads hoping to improve upon last year’s results. […]

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  • Saga of a poacher: crime and punishment

    Saga of a poacher: crime and punishment

    By Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle A wildlife detective saga in Northern California ended with the conviction last month of an out-of-state deer poacher — with a twist from a law that just took effect: The same poacher, caught now, would have faced fines of $80,000 instead of the $1,500 he was assessed in Superior […]

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  • Nev. team will capture eclipse from 100,000 feet in air

    Nev. team will capture eclipse from 100,000 feet in air

    By Benjamin Spillman, Reno Gazette-Journal A group of Nevada researchers plans to take solar eclipse viewing to new heights. They’re launching a balloon outfitted with cameras to the edge of space just as the eclipse shadow rolls over eastern Oregon and Idaho. The idea is to capture unique images from the first total solar eclipse […]

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