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Winter Weather Advisory In Effect Until 9 p.m. on Friday Above 7,500 Feet

The national weather service in Sacramento has issued a winter weather advisory for snow above 7500 feet for the western slopes of the northern Sierra Nevada.

This cold system will bring late season snow to higher elevations. The heaviest period of snow is expected through this morning from an area of enhanced precipitation over the western slopes. There are 4 to 7 inches of snow accumulation.

Twain Harte CAL Fire Station Opens

The newly completed Twain Harte Fire Station located on Meadow Drive was officially dedicated Wednesday morning.

Acknowledging the concerns of the community, the new station was built with cedar log siding to retain the "mountain charm" of downtown Twain Harte.

Entire Groveland, Calif., school board recalled

Voters in a small rural school district near Yosemite National Park voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to oust all five board members.

The tiny Tuolumne County school district has a history of political infighting and unrest that came to a head in September, when the board voted not to reinstate a popular math teacher over allegations that he committed plagiarism in a course he took at Cal State Fresno. He was later cleared of the charges, but not rehired.

State exempts guns from federal regs

The state of Montana has drawn a line in the sand, challenging the federal government to decide whether to follow the U.S. Constitution with a new gun law that exempts from federal regulations any gun, gun accessory or ammunition made in the state...

"Moving to Montana soon," wrote a blogger called Primevalpapa. In an era in which the administration of President Barack Obama is replete with anti-gun activists in influential positions, including an attorney general who supported a complete handgun ban in the District of Columbia before it was tossed by the U.S. Supreme Court, Montana's move is being called nothing less that revolutionary.

NASA: Clean-air regs, not CO2, are melting the ice cap

New research from NASA suggests that the Arctic warming trend seen in recent decades has indeed resulted from human activities: but not, as is widely assumed at present, those leading to carbon dioxide emissions.

Rather, Arctic warming has been caused in large part by laws introduced to improve air quality and fight acid rain. Shindell's research indicates that, ironically, much of the rise in polar temperature seen over the last few decades may have resulted from US and European restrictions on sulphur emissions. According to NASA:

SMT Interview: Kevin Pettway Antarctica Environmental Specialist

Six hundred miles off the coast of South America at the southernmost tip of the globe lays a continent covered with snow and ice surrounded by the frigid waters of the Southern Ocean.

With about 98 percent of its surface covered by ice (which on average measures a mile thick), this massive glacier is the highest, driest, windiest and coldest place in the world - making it an extremely difficult environment for life to survive.

Sonora Gottshalks To Close

Sonora, CA -- It's official; liquidators have won the battle and that means Gottshalks will be going out of business in Sonora.

Founded in 1904 Gottshalks is headquarted in Fresno. It currently operates 58 department stores and employs 5,200 employees in California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada and Alaska.

Twain Harte become a mall?

The Self Proclaimed Twain Harte Commissioner, Billy Fitter-Gnot spoke to a committee of six on Saturday. They all agreed, down town Twain Harte has been misused for over 65 years.

"Visitors want to be able to cross the street without looking both ways," said Fitter-Gnot. "Not only that, but don't you think it would be pretty cool?" Fitter-Gnot, a resident of Los Gatos for over 25 years, moved to the area 3 months ago.

California's claims of three-year drought are all wet

California's "drought" is overblown. The alarmists calling it a historic disaster are trying to pull a fast one. Rain fell constantly through February. Yet at month's end, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger ominously declared a "drought emergency."

Earlier, Lester Snow, head of the state Department of Water Resources, proclaimed, "We may be at the start of the worst California drought in modern history." Not even close. In reality - a word seldom placed in the same sentence as water in California - rainfall is nearly normal for this time of year.

Twain Harte: High Sierra adventure sans crowds

Hidden between Yosemite and Lake Tahoe, Twain Harte advertises its literary moniker with a jovial arched sign across the main street. This blink-and-you'll-miss-it village beckons weekenders on the prowl for epic hiking and not many people.

After the snow thaws, and the masses clear out of the Dodge Ridge ski area, Twain Harte settles back into its leisurely pace. The few restaurants and cafes cut back their hours for "off-season" and the few shops along Twain Harte Road take the liberty of opening at varying hours.

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