Friday Aug 15
My Mother Lode
Calaveras Big Trees Park
It is Family Fun Day at Big Trees State Park is this Saturday. Be patient with a traffic delay due to caltrans work and enjoy family activities in the North Grove area of the Park.
Thu Aug 14, 2014
Stars Over Three Brothers
Tuesday evening my wife Claudia and I drove to Yosemite Valley. The moon was due to rise about 90 minutes after sunset, so I hoped to photograph the northern end of the Milky Way over Three Brothers, with the rising moon adding a bit of light to the peaks.
The Washington Post
Appreciating John Muir at 8,000 feet
Where, when, why: Last winter when it was so cold in Washington, I thought that it would be dreamy to escape to Yosemite to take a class in wildflower identification.
Wed Aug 13, 2014
Fire Over Ahwahnee: John Muir and the Decline of Yosemite
Eric Michael Johnson has a Master's degree in Evolutionary Anthropology focusing on great ape behavioral ecology.
Tue Aug 12, 2014
The Fresno Bee
Woman accused of stealing $42,000 from Yosemite child care center
A 40-year-old Sonora woman is being accused of embezzling more than $42,000 from the Yosemite National Park Child Care Center, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced Tuesday.
Mon Aug 11, 2014
Park seeking volunteers to help preserve, restore Yosemite Valley
Volunteers can meet in front of the Valley Visitor Center at 9 a.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 30 to be led by experienced work guides through three hours of volunteer work.
The Fresno Bee
Earth Log: Remembering endearing past of Yosemite
Federal Magistrate Donald Pitts had opened a gash on his pinkie the day I met him at Yosemite West in 1993.
Sat Aug 09, 2014
Recalling Hotel El Capitan
Hotel El Capitan on Main and M streets was built in 1912. Its predecessor, El Capitan Hotel, was torn down in 1900 by Southern Pacific Railroad.
Fri Aug 08, 2014
Yosemite judge Donald Pitts, 86, recalled for ethics, positive outlook
Mr. Pitts died July 31 of a heart attack at the age of 86. A Yosemite resident for 36 years, Mr. Pitts returned in 2011 to Fresno, where he formerly worked as an attorney.
Disney's animated film Planes 2: Fire And Rescue draws inspiration...
Retired four-star general is 'dismayed' at Obama's failure to use 'decisive' force in Iraq in face of 'huge unfolding tragedy' as McCain calls for more than 'half-measures' Disney's latest film Planes 2: Fire And Rescue gained inspiration for it's breathtaking landscapes from Yosemite, one of the United Sates' most beautiful world-renowned national ... (more)
Wed Aug 06, 2014
Tue Aug 05, 2014
California Catastrophes: Why is the Golden State Always a Mess?
California is burning . In several places . Of course, this is news, especially since lives and property are at risk-but in a sense, it isn't news at all.
Fri Aug 01, 2014
Yosemite fire: All evacuations to be lifted
A stepped-up attack by firefighters and cooler weather allowed crews to contain an estimated 58 percent of the blaze by Friday morning, authorities said, up from 34 percent a day earlier.
Wed Jul 30, 2014
The Fresno Bee
Wildfires continue to spread in tinder-dry Sierra
An airplane drops retardant on flames burning more than 2,000 acres in the French fire in Madera County.
Tue Jul 29, 2014
National Parks Traveler
El Portal Fire Covers More Than 3,000 Acres Along Yosemite National Park Border
The "El Portal" wildfire that flared up several days ago from unknown causes had burned more than 3,000 acres along Yosemite National Park's western border by Tuesday and was just 19 percent contained, but the park remained open for visitors.
Mon Jul 28, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Man saves house from El Portal fire with rake, chainsaw, a final plea
On Saturday, Jason Torlano, 39, got a call from a friend asking him to help save her ranch from the El Portal fire, which has now burned more than 2,600 acres and is less than 5% contained.
Yosemite Fire Forces Evacuations
July 27--A wildfire has burned between 300 and 500 acres near Foresta in Yosemite National Park on Saturday afternoon and caused mandatory evacuations for the community of Foresta, said park spokeswoman Kari Cobb.
Inside Bay Area
Air assault helps control Yosemite wildfire
Officials in Yosemite National Park say a relentless air assault helped limit the spread of a wildfire that has forced the evacuation of about 100 homes and sent smoke into Yosemite Valley.
Wildfire Near Yosemite Grows to 2,600 Acres, No Containment
Firefighters will be working through the night, and into the morning, to gain control of a wildfire that is burning near Yosemite National Park for a second night.