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Friends, family remember slain Torrance woman

The largest storm of the season provided a welcome boost to winter rainfall levels, but water officials say the effect on the statewide drought would be minimal.

Rainfall levels in Southern California are running at about 80% to just-under-100% of normal levels, but the statewide snowpack is only at 71% of the norm, Palmer said. By Tuesday afternoon, downtown Los Angeles had received 8.54 inches of rain since July, less than an inch below the seasonal norm of 9.37 inches

California taps sea for water needs

SAN FRANCISCO -- Is it time to stick a straw into the Pacific Ocean? About 20 water agencies up and down the California coast seem to think so.

From Marin County to San Diego, small and large projects that turn seawater into tap water are gaining favor, propelled by events unprecedented in California's history: worsening drought, dwindling species of freshwater fish, crumbling plumbing systems and unyielding demand.

Survey paints bleak picture of Sierra snowpack

On Tuesday morning, Frank Gehrke was standing at 8,500 feet elevation, looking down on the Tahoe Drainage area, near Lake Lois in the northern Sierra Nevada.

The official snow survey results from the department show a snowpack in the Sierra that's only 61 percent of normal. Every month, from January through May, a manual snow survey is done by the department, according to Don Strickland, an information officer with the public affairs office of the department.

Top 10 Ways to Be a Romantic in Yosemite National Park

Looking for a unique way to say "I Love You" this Valentine's Day?

Yosemite National Park makes amore easy, with a variety of lodging packages, activities and pre-packaged dining available for the "romantically challenged." Below are ten ways to be a romantic in Yosemite National Park:

Yosemite National Park Photography

For some ideas on where to shoot in Yosemite: No rush for sunrise... consider Cook's Meadow from the Sentinel Bridge parking lot area shooting towards Yosemite Falls, as the sun first hits it about an hour after dawn.

In late morning, you can catch a rainbow in Vernal Falls from the mist trail, then again from above Vernal Falls 1/2 mile back on the alternate return trail. Mid afternoon is a good time to shoot Half Dome from Ahwahnee Meadow, and El Capitan from the field near its base...

Natural Firefall

Horsetail Falls in Yosemite Valley is backlit by the setting sun. This was an amazing spectacle to witness.

Happening only two weeks out of the year, the setting sun falls behind the vertical face of El Capitan, selectively lighting this waterfall with its orange sunset light.

Yosemite changes Paiutes on park signs

A couple years ago a family member called some of my uncles to investigate something. He informed them that while on his yearly family visit to Yosemite National Park he came across a new interpretive sign located by the Yosemite waterfalls.

He them called because he was surprised that he saw a photo of our ancestor Tom Hutchings on the new interpretive sign labeled as a Miwok. Tom Hutchings was a Mono Paiute who was the first mailman in the Yosemite Valley. Today many of Tom Hutchings descendents are situated in several Paiute tribes in California and Nevada. There are none of Tom Hutchings descendents in the Southern Sierra Miwuk tribe.

High Sierra Mountain Fun | Dardanelles Resort

Nestled in one of the most scenic areas of the High Sierra, The Dardanelle Resort is known by many a summer traveler as 'the place' to stop.

With very short notice Dardanelles Resort was returned to the previous owners Chuck and Cindy Fleischer, and thus will be closed for the 2008/2009 winter season. Dardanelles is scheduled to re-open in the Spring of 2009. If you have made reservations, please e-mail to reschedule.

Snowmobiles silenced at Dardanelle Resort

Sometimes, it snows so hard at Dardanelle Resort that you can hear the snowflakes land. Then, the quiet is broken by the whine of snowmobiles as club members and others make the resort their base camp for weekend day trips. Not this winter, though.

This quaint little resort, which first opened in 1923, is closed and fast becoming a legal morass. Its doors are shuttered at least until the spring, meaning high-country visitors will need to pack their own hot coffee, cocoa and food. The Lopases took control in August 2007 and ran it for 15 months, though escrow had never closed...

Obama Faces an Economic Disaster

One symptom of the economic malaise is the proliferation of yard sales in very middle class neighborhoods throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

Even in the clean, cool air of the Sierra Nevada town, Twain Harte, the hotels and restaurants are more than half empty. During Fall, the mammoth pines and redwoods, the clear streams presumably loaded with trout, should lure city dwellers. Every other store window in Twain Harte adorns its windows with photos of bargain houses -- for vacation or retirement.

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