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Wild Neighbors: Beetles, Mites, and Other New Faces of 2009

Scientists at California Academy of Sciences described 94 new species during 2009. Although most were from exotic places like Yunnan or Burma, there were a few locals in the mix.

So what new lifeforms did the Academy come up with? Some were marine species, collected off the California coast. These included the black ghostshark (Hydrolagus melanophasma), described as having sexual appendages on its forehead. That could be awkward. (I've never thought of sharks as having foreheads.)

Have Yosemite National Park to Yourself in the Winter

Yosemite National Park is one of the most popular destinations in the US. Most of these visitors come during the summer months, however. According to tourism officials, winter is an amazing time in the park.

Guests also enjoy lighter crowds during the winter months, which Yosemite officials say makes for a more personal experience. "Winter in Yosemite is completely different than summer. It's like a completely different park," said Kari Cobb, spokesperson for the park.

Yosemite nonprofits join forces

The Yosemite Fund and Yosemite Association, two of Yosemite National Park's major nonprofit groups, said they're forming a unified nonprofit to support projects and programs that preserve park resources and enrich the visitor experience.

The groups said they expect state approvals for the merger to take effect in January. Outwardly, the fund and association said, they'll operate as they are now until mid-year, while a transition to a consolidated organization occurs.

Dodge Ridge To Open Friday

Pinecrest, CA -- Thanks to the Monday storm that brought 26-36 inches of snow to the Sierra Nevada Dodge Ridge will open Friday.

From Mountain Operations Director Jason Smith, "The latest storm surprised us with three feet of snow putting Dodge Ridge in good shape for opening day and I'm excited to get our crew out there grooming."

5,885 P.G.& E. Residents Still Without Power

According to P.G.& E. Spokesperson J.D. Guidi 5,885 Mother Lode customers are still without power following the Monday storm that swept through the region.

905 customers, mostly in the northeast Sonora area, remain without power this morning. Full restoration is expected this afternoon.

Tuesday School Information

Sonora, CA -- Tuesday closures and a number of delayed school openings have been reported by administrators.

The Twain Harte School District including Twain Harte Middle School, Black Oak Elementary, Pinecrest and South Fork Elementary is scheduled for a one hour delayed opening, and it will be a Snow Transportation Day.

Tuesday Delayed Openings Already Scheduled

Sonora, CA -- A number of delayed school openings have already been announced for tomorrow.

The Tuolumne County District Attorney's Office is without power. Tuolumne Me Wuk Health Center is closing at noon today. Tuolumne and Calaveras County Transit systems have been shut down for the day. In addition Waste Management/Cal Sierra has recalled all trucks canceling the remainder of today's schedule.

Power Outages Across Mother Lode

Sonora, CA -- Power outages are being reported all across the Mother Lode this morning.

In the Calaveras/Amador County region there are 17,380 customers without electricity and in Tuolumne County there are 880.

Motherlode Winter Storm Warning Through Monday

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the Motherlode and Sierra Nevada, which remains in effect until midnight on Monday.

The Motherlode's foothills on Monday could see six to twelve inches of total snow accumulation above 3000 feet. Fourteen to twenty inches is possible above 4000 feet. Two to three feet of snow is possible at the highest elevations.

Arrests Made After Explosive Devices Found In Valley Springs

San Andreas -- The Calaveras County Sheriff's Department has arrested three Valley Springs residents on suspicion of making homemade explosive devices.

The series of arrests started Tuesday morning when deputies attempted to contact 25-year-old Vernon Keith Moore near his Sequoia Street home. Moore immediately fled on foot and was eventually apprehended by the Sheriff's Department.

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