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The Spring Thaw Means a River Rush

It'S time to stash your snowboard and blow up your inner tube. A significant spring thaw is expected to make the boating and rafting season stronger and longer this summer - especially out West.

Abundant snow this winter and a cool spring have created snowpacks above or well above average throughout most of the West. Rafting and boating outfitters are practically beside themselves over the good water conditions. Outdoor Adventure River Specialists of Angels Camp, Calif., better known as OARS, put out a press release touting "a big year and some big white water"...

Home burns, 2 others damaged

COLD SPRINGS -- One home was lost, two others were damaged and about 20 acres of forest burned Friday evening in this mountain community near Pine Crest, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Cal Fire ordered 50 to 60 homes in the subdivision evacuated after the fire spread and the house and a garage were overrun. The fire started when an unattended debris burn spread.

Internship Opportunity | Mountain Bounty Farm

Do you know a student who just loves farming or gardening?

This is an exciting opportunity to get close to nature, learn some new skills and get paid too! Mountain Bounty Farms has four openings in their summer internship program.

High gas prices won't kill the appetite for adventure

The question to you is this: Will the price of gas curtail your outdoor adventures this year?

Gas is hovering at $3 to $3.50 per gallon, depending on who is doing the gouging, and insiders say it will get kicked up to nearly $4 as soon as the oil companies feel they can get away with it, probably in late spring or early summer.

Venus and Jupiter Converge!

Wake up before dawn on an arctic-cold February morning .... and go outside? This Friday you'll be glad you did.

The two brightest planets in the Solar System, Venus and Jupiter, are converging for a spectacular close encounter. The best time to look: Friday morning, February 1st.

Yosemite's high camp amenities in question

YOSEMITE -- It's almost like a conversation between John Muir and Edward Abbey. Just how pure and pristine do you want to make one of America's scenic jewels?

Yosemite National Park is in the early phases of planning its utilities improvement project for Vogelsang High Sierra Camp and Backpackers Camp. The camps' water supply and waste-water systems have deterio- rated, and more stringent state and federal regulations require that the facilities be revamped. No work has started, Yosemite spokeswoman Adrienne Freeman said. But the public scoping process will begin Tuesday and run through Feb. 13. Scoping refers to information exchanged about the scope of a project.

Twain Harte Man Found Safe

TWAIN HARTE, Calif. -- A Tuoulumme County man has been found safe after he was reported missing, sheriff's officials said Tuesday. Tuesday, January 8, 2008.

Deputies were notified Sunday that 69-year-old Peter Hedegard from Twain Harte failed to show up to the Mammoth Lakes area, where he was due to arrive for a visit.

Fear of the unknown

The owner of popular Kennedy Meadows Resort worries land transfer could rein in his business

Bloom's fear is that the U.S. Forest Service, which already owns all the land surrounding the resort, will be chosen as the new custodian for Kennedy Meadows. That, he says, would bring cumbersome bureaucratic oversight and regulation to his business. PG&E owns Kennedy Meadows' 160 acres...

Paws to Read Summer Program | Tuolumne County Library

'Paws to Read' provides an opportunity for children to improve their literacy skills with the assistance of Mother Lode K-9 registered canine reading companions in a fun and relaxed environment.

The Paws to Read summer reading program held during June and July at the Tuolumne County Library is a big hit. The program pairs young readers up with Therapy Dogs provided by Mother Lode K-9, Therapy Dogs of the Sierra chapter of Therapy Dogs International.

Data Theft Grows To Biggest Ever

TJX, whose 2,500 stores include clothing chains T.J. Maxx and Marshalls, reported the breach in January but disclosed its massive scale in a filing made to the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Thieves have been using the data to make fraudulent purchases in Florida and as far away as Sweden and Hong Kong, according to police and bank officials.

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