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Annual Geo-Atmospheric Treat: 2018 Yosemite Firefall sticky icon

 

Astro-Geo-Water News
Annual Geo-Atmospheric Treat

Yosemite Firefall

With only a trickle of water, Yosemite's 'firefall' still puts on show,
SFCrate, February 21, 2018.

 

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The repository of Bear news and stories we come across.

I've written about my experiences with High Sierra Black Bear Behavior in the Trail and Camp Skills section of the Trail Guide. Remember, bears act differently in different locations, and can be quite unpredictable in most situations.

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High Sierra Hiking Dogs: "Ace,"Another Lucky Dog, Survives Wilderness Adventure

 

High Sierra Hiking Dog

"Ace,"Another Lucky Dog, Survives Wilderness Adventure

ACED IT
Crowley Lake dog survives 12 nights in Long Valley Caldera
,
The Sheet, February 17, 2018, PDF, p.8.

 

Ace's Big Adventure

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Water News, Nestle in San Berdo Nat Forest; Selling Us our Own Water

 

High Sierra Water News
Nestle in San Berdo Nat Forest

Selling Us our Own Water

Bottled water giant Nestlé tells California regulators it’s entitled to keep piping water,
Desert Sun, February 9, 2018.

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Degrading California Government-Environment-Safety: Corrupted Govt in California Not Trusted

 

 

Degrading California Government-Environment-Safety

Corrupted Govt in California Not Trusted

Californians blast state over repairs to tallest US dam,
AP, December 7, 2017.

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Climate Change News: The Western US Climate Already Changed, Measuring the Effects

 

 

Climate Crash News 
The Western US Climate Already Changed

Measuring the Effects

How Climate Change Is Impacting the American West Right Now,
Water Deeply, December 4, 2017.

 

Recent Climate Crash News

Fragile Habitats

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Water Supply News: Backasswards Jerry Brown, Twin Tunnels Financial Analysis Last Thing Done

 

 

Water Supply News
Backasswards Jerry Brown

Financial Analysis Last Thing Done

Delta tunnels: Cost study coming, state says,
Record Net, November 30, 2017.

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December 2017 High Sierra News

Latest 
High Sierra Backpacker's News
 Man and Nature

 


December 31, 2017

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Happenings in the relationship between Man and Nature affecting our hike down life's trail through both worlds. We study both the reality created by humans and the uncreated reality reflected in, and tended by Nature. 

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High Sierra Trail News: Climbing. IS THAT A ROCK UNDER ALL THAT CHALK? Buttermilk Boulders

 

 

High Sierra Trail News

IS THAT A ROCK UNDER ALL THAT CHALK?

The Rock-Wilderness Interface

IS THAT A ROCK UNDER ALL THAT CHALK?
Bishop’s iconic Buttermilk Boulders may be getting loved to death,
The Sheet, November 18, 2017, PDF, P.5. 

 

Last Climbing News

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November 2017 High Sierra News

  Latest

High Sierra Backpacker's News
 Man and Nature

November 2017

November
of
2017

Happenings in the relationship between Man and Nature affecting our hike down life's trail through both worlds. We study both the reality created by humans and the uncreated reality reflected in, and tended by Nature. 

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Getting Expensive to Get to the Trail: $70 Yosemite entrance fee?

 

Updates 

Double-Dipping: Yosemite Entrance Fee

Your Comments:
Should Feds Collect Taxes and Fees, Raise Fees?


DEADLINE EXTENDED FOR COMMENTS ON PROPOSED NPS FEE INCREASE
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Kaweah Commonwealth, November 24, 2017.

Public comment period extended until December 22.

Tell them no, no fee increase.

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Oroville Dam Area Residents Perceive Government as Greater Threat than Terror

 

 

Government Perceived as Greater Threat than Terror

Oroville Dam Area Residents

Gallagher survey: Respondents worry more about DWR than terrorists,
Appeal-Democrat, October 22, 2017.

Smart folks.


Main resident concerns

Failure Causes: concern (govt liars)

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The Power companies Flex their Political Muscles: We Blow Up & Die, We Burn & We Die & Then We Pay

 

 

FIRE

The Power companies Flex their Political Muscles

We Burn & We Die & Then We Pay

PG&E helped stall effort to map risky power lines prone to wildfires,
The Mercury News, October 23, 2017.

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Giant Metropolitan Water District of SOCAL Approves Devil’s Straws tunnel project

 

 

Giant Metropolitan Water District of SOCAL

Approves Devil’s Straws tunnel project

Despite some opposition from Los Angeles, giant Southern California water agency approves Delta tunnels project,
Sac Bee, October 11, 2017.

 

Last Devil’s Straws News

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Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino County LNU Complex Fires: Wind Complex Fire News, Smoke News & Fire Information

 

 

Massive Napa-Santa Rosa Fire

INCEPTION
Sunday Evening, the 8th of October

Overnight 30 mph standing winds, with gusts to 50, blows firestorms into the massive "LNU MENDO, and WIND" Complex Fires.

 

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Bear News: High Sierra Bears Gorging for Winter

 

 

Gorging for Winter

Many bears not hibernating during Warm Summers

Heightened bear activity in the Sierra Nevada during fall season, (video),
Tahoe Daily Tribune, October 8, 2017. 

 

Bear Tech & Culture

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Aspens Fire Up in the High Sierra

 

 

Aspens Fire Up in the High Sierra

Alpine trees put on annual show,
Record Courier, October 5, 2017.

 

Have any interesting experiences with trees? My first observations of the slashes of Aspen Colors through the darkening evergreen forests of Fall always shocks me. 

 

Plant Planet: The Plant & Tree Forum

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