Farmers' almanacs make conflicting winter forecasts

Two competing almanacs with national followings are supposed to hit newsstands Monday with long-range weather … Read more

Privatizing Groveland CSD raises questions

One customer and a union representative told Groveland Community Services District board members Monday they … Read more

Yosemite custodians seek input on Wilderness Stewardship Plan

Plan aims to balance visitor use and wilderness protection

Record numbers of people are visiting Yosemite National Park and most of them go to … Read more

Board revisits tree removal contract amid threat of lawsuit

Threat of legal action loomed Tuesday after the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors reopened discussion … Read more

Air quality alert issued due to smoke

The National Weather Service is including Tuolumne County in an air quality alert due to … Read more

Funds pour in to revitalize Columbia College trails

When it was first proposed, the plan to fix up two walking trails that weave … Read more

Heat means heightened fire dangers

Avoid heat-related illnesses as well as unintentional fire starts

The current dry heat wave this week is expected to bring highs above 100 degrees … Read more

Exploration of privatizing spurs debate

An elected director says the agency has a track record of incompetence

Criticism of Groveland Community Services District’s track record as well as calls for caution have … Read more

New Melones water level rebounds, but still low

The recent wet winter increased storage levels at New Melones Reservoir, but not as much … Read more

Restore Hetch Hetchy files appeal notice

Oakland-based activists who want Hetch Hetchy Valley restored in Yosemite National Park have filed a … Read more

Fires erupt across Lode

Structure fire reported near Cedar Ridge, two wild fires in Calaveras

It’s hot. It’s dry. And, as expected, fires are erupting across the Mother Lode. Three … Read more

Lightning sparks fire in Yosemite National Park

The fire south of Yosemite Valley is being monitored but not suppressed

Mountain weather spawned isolated thunderstorms and lightning at times in the past week over the … Read more

Mother bear killed by car in Yosemite

Three orphaned cubs cared for in Tahoe

A mother black bear was struck and killed by a car on Tioga Road in … Read more

Right for rafting?

Input sought on whitewater plan between Camp Nine and New Melones Reservoir

Before New Melones Dam was completed, whitewater rafting and kayaking were popular in the Camp … Read more

Holiday revelers spark two fires

Blazes ignited by fireworks were in Calaveras

At least two fires were sparked by fireworks in the Mother Lode over the three-day … Read more

Highliners rig Vernal Fall

Four friends rigged a 420-foot highline across the face of Vernal Fall, and three of … Read more

Authorities urge caution this Fourth of July weekend

Man accused of sparking Tulloch blaze with fireworks

Days before this Fourth of July weekend, Cal Fire said a Stanislaus County man is … Read more

Chinese Station biomass plant contract in limbo

Lack of a long-term contract means plant owners can’t justify investing millions on upgrades and maintenance, while a dead-tree wildfire catastrophe looms in the Sierra Nevada.

The 20-megawatt biomass plant outside Chinese Camp that burns wood chips to produce electricity is … Read more

Dead tree crisis: How mortality impacts environment

Escalating fire threats are a primary concern. Changes in Sierra Nevada ecosystems are among long-term effects.

More than 60 million dead trees in the Sierra Nevada mean mountain forests are changing. … Read more

Obama in Yosemite: ‘Captures the Wonder of the World’

The 44th president is the first to visit Yosemite while in office since John F. Kennedy in August 1962.

Fourth-grader Tyrell Price Jr. smiled proudly as he spoke about meeting President Barack Obama early … Read more

Obama bound for Yosemite

President Barack Obama and his family will vacation this Father’s Day weekend in Yosemite National Park. Will he see firsthand the devastating effects of tree mortality and the 2013 Rim Fire?

President Barack Obama arrived in Yosemite National Park late Friday, en route from Atwater in … Read more

Mom, daughter pleased to see nesting osprey

Copperopolis residents Ciara Datwyler, 10, and her mother, Bonnie Pivirotto-Datwyler, used to see osprey nesting … Read more

Backup reservoir considered for flume

Board also rescinded the mandatory 21 percent water conservation target

Fire-proofing the vulnerable flume-ditch system that carries water for people served by Tuolumne Utilities District, … Read more

Cattle drive: From lowland pastures to mountain meadows

Ranchers are transitioning to summer in the Central Sierra Nevada. That means moving cows up to higher-elevation grazing allotments in the Stanislaus National Forest.

Dick Gaiser, Daryl Larsen, Michael Engler and other ranch people with descendants that go back … Read more

Tackling tree mortality

State officials say Tuolumne County is leading the way with pilot project to remove dead and dying trees in beetle-ravaged Highway 108 neighborhood

Jacee Vallelunga, 7, stood with her friend, Mary McCrory, 6, outside her family’s Leisure Pines … Read more

Fire season declared in Yosemite

The start of fire season has been declared in Yosemite National Park due in part … Read more

Amazing grazing: Goats reduce fire fuel

Rancher Jack Gardella’s grandson was in 4-H when he started asking about goats. “We’d go … Read more

Customers complain of discolored water; CCWD says it’s not a threat

Discolored water has been flowing out of the pipes of Calaveras County Water District customers … Read more

Firework from boat ignited Tulloch Fire

A firework thrown or launched from the back of a boat on Lake Tulloch ignited … Read more

Turtle and frog species reintroduced in Yosemite

California red-legged frogs made famous by Mark Twain in his 1865 story 'The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County'

Western pond turtles and California red-legged frogs, described by Mark Twain in his 1865 story … Read more

County gets $1.6 million for waterline

Tuolumne County administration and emergency services staff have received $1.6 million in funding from the … Read more

Butte Fire debris gone with ‘last load’

Crews have cleared between 10K and 20K truckloads since fall

After more than seven months of cleaning debris caused by the Butte Fire, Calaveras County … Read more

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