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2008-10-02 18:00:03

By Juliana Barbassa SAN FRANCISCO - A hiker in a rugged part of eastern California found a pilot's license and other items possibly belonging to Steve Fossett, the adventurer who vanished on a solo flight in a borrowed plane more than a year ago, authorities said Wednesday. The number on the pilot license in a photograph sent to the Federal Aviation Administration matches the number on the pilot certificate the agency has on file for Fossett, spokesman Ian Gregor said. "We're trying to...

2008-10-02 12:03:39

Police in Madera County, Calif., confirmed Thursday that the wreckage of missing adventurer Steve Fossett's airplane has been found. Madera County Sheriff John Anderson said that the airplane appeared to have crashed directly into a mountain in Mammoth Lakes, Calif., in 2007, CNN reported. The sheriff also said Fossett's body has yet to be discovered. "They did locate an aircraft which we have now confirmed is the one Steve Fossett was flying when it disappeared last Labor Day," Anderson...

2008-10-02 09:00:03

By JULIANA BARBASSA By Juliana Barbassa The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO A hiker in a rugged part of eastern California found a pilot's license and other items possibly belonging to Steve Fossett, the adventurer who vanished on a solo flight in a borrowed plane more than a year ago, authorities said Wednesday. The hiker, Preston Morrow, said he found a Federal Aviation Administration identity card, a pilot's license, a third ID and $1,005 in cash tangled in a bush off a trail...

2008-10-01 18:00:01

Identification documents thought to be those of missing U.S. adventurer Steve Fossett have been found by a California hiker, officials said Wednesday. The papers were discovered in a wilderness area of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, a Mammoth Lakes, Calif., police department spokeswoman told The Los Angeles Times. She said the papers were found on the western side of the Sierra Nevadas by a hiker from Mammoth Lakes. The Times reported the papers bore the name James Steven Fossett as well as...

2008-09-25 21:00:21

To: STATE EDITORS Contact: Kay Joy Barge of Natural Resources Conservation Service, +1-530-823-5687, ex. 115 DAVIS, Calif., Sept. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today the RC&Ds in the Sierra Nevada celebrated their recent collaborations with the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, totaling $272,252 in community assistance projects. The projects capitalize on the unique natural resource strengths of small rural communities in the Sierra Nevada and seek to translate these into sustainable...

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2008-09-24 13:49:00

Scientists have discovered a new species of lichen stuck to several historic icons in Yosemite. They have spotted the new microscopic species clinging to El Capitan, Half Dome and Vernal Falls, and countless slabs of less famous rock. Now they are setting out to determine if the species can be found elsewhere. Several world-class climbers gathered at the site last week where they collected the microcosms for scientists to analyze. "We hear about new species of life being discovered in the...

2008-09-07 12:00:11

By Garance Burke Associated Press VISALIA, Calif. -- Federal researchers are warning that warming temperatures could soon cause California's giant sequoia trees to die off more quickly unless forest managers plan with an eye toward climate change and the impact of a longer, harsher wildfire season. Hot, dry weather over the last two decades already has contributed to the deaths of an unusual number of old-growth pine and fir trees growing in Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks, according...

2008-09-05 15:00:14

WASHINGTON, Sept. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Ronald J. Tenpas, Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division, will participate in the Truckee River Operating Agreement signing ceremony, a historic reservoir operations agreement between the United States, the states of California and Nevada, the Truckee Meadows Water Authority, and the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe of Indians. The ceremony will take place on SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2008, at 12:00 P.M. PDT. WHO:...

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2008-09-05 13:00:00

Warming temperatures will cause California's giant sequoia trees to die off more quickly unless forest managers plan with an eye toward climate change and the impact of a longer, harsher wildfire season, federal researchers warned. Recent research from the U.S. Geological Survey said hot and dry weather over the last two decades already has contributed to the deaths of an unusual number of old-growth pine and fir trees growing in Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks. Nathan Stephenson, a...

2008-09-02 12:00:16

The National Weather Service posted a red-flag warning Tuesday in the mountains of Northern California for the unofficial start of wildfire season. Fire crews spent Labor Day getting a handle on two fires that threatened scores of homes near the town of Lincoln and in Yuba and Calaveras Counties. Firefighters had the upper hand early Tuesday, although a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection told the Sacramento (Calif.) Bee that Labor Day "kicked off what...


Latest Sierra Nevada Reference Libraries

Eldorado National Forest
2013-12-24 11:56:03

Eldorado National Forest is a U.S. National Forest located in the central Sierra Nevada Mountain Range in eastern California. The majority of the forest lies in El Dorado County. The forest lies in Amador, Alpine, and Placer counties in California; and Douglas County in Nevada with 78 acres. The forest is bordered on the north by the Tahoe National Forest, on the east by the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, on the southeast by the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, and to the south by...

Sequoia National Park
2013-04-17 17:03:11

Sequoia National Park is located in the United States in the southern area of the Sierra Nevada. The park contains 404,063 acres of protected land that was once inhabited by the Western Mono Native American tribe. The best evidence of Native American inhabitants are the pictographs found on Potwisha and Hospital Rock and bedrock mortars, tools that were sued to crush acorns. When European explorers and settlers entered the area, smallpox had already decimated the Native American...

Yosemite National Park
2013-04-17 14:20:47

Yosemite National Park is located in eastern California in the United States in the central area of Sierra Nevada, extending to the western slopes of the range. The park holds 761,268 acres of protected land. The area became very popular after Thomas Ayres, the artist who was responsible for much of the publicity of the area, and an entrepreneur named James Mason Hutchings visited in 1855. Early tourists that visited Yosemite before it was a national park could enjoy passing over the Wawona...

Kings Canyon National Park
2013-03-19 12:16:00

Kings Canyon National Park is located in southern Sierra, Nevada. The park encompasses an area that was once General Grant National Park, which was established in 1890, in order to preserve a grove of giant sequoia trees. The area was known to European settlers in the mid-nineteenth century, but was not well-known until 1873, after John Muir visited and found the environment to be similar to Yosemite valley. Harold Ickes, a United States Secretary of Interior, supported the idea of...

Weather Reference Library
2012-07-19 13:18:39

Fallon Nevada is located on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada mountain chain which has a huge impact in the type of weather in the region and is more of an arid type pattern. Temperatures for Fallon NV: December and January mark the coldest months in the area with average temps around 20-40F. February through March temps warm into the average of 30-50 increasing to 60 by March. April is a mild month with temps in the 40-60 range on average. May and June the average temps warm to 50-70...

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