With camping gear, a pair of hiking boots or a kayak, you can claim a piece of paradise at Caples Lake in the high Sierra Nevada. Or you could rent a cabin and a small boat and take in a getaway that feels like an alpine version of “On Golden Pond.” The wild and crazy few might consider cashing out of the city life and buying the Caples Lake Resort, with its cabins, store, marina and boats — for the price of $1.25 million.
Calaveras County Water District ratepayers will soon experience an increase in their bills that will vary in percentage terms for different ratepayer classifications and levels of water usage. … Approximately 30 people attended the meeting, many of whom went to the podium when public comments were permitted and expressed their disapproval of the proposed rate structure.
Liberty Utilities recently announced its intent to ramp up efforts to identify and remove dead and dying trees that pose a risk to the utility’s infrastructure. The announcement comes at a time when California’s forests continue to reel from the effects of drought, disease and infestation
From Water | Food | Environment — The Blog of David Guy:
Every year my family looks forward to visiting Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite National Park—where you not only experience the beautiful alpine meadow, but you can also take in one of the wonderful presentations at the Parsons Memorial Lodge.
Long accustomed to dealing with bad news “garbage” bears that become hooked on improperly stored trash at homes and businesses around Lake Tahoe, Nevada wildlife officials say they’re increasingly responding to a new kind of troublemaker they’ve started calling “drought” bears.
A Ghost Ships exhibit at the Tahoe Maritime Museum highlights some of the many underwater stories and secrets Lake Tahoe has harbored, and offers some hints about may what yet be found in her famously clear, cold depths. The exhibit runs through April 2015.
Five hundred million dollars in road and water-quality improvements are underway on the California side of Lake Tahoe. … The new roads are designed to collect storm water and filter out pollution in 30-by-60-foot sand pits.
“Residents were told they could return to some 1,000 mountain homes on the southern end of California’s Sierra Nevada range as firefighters stunted the growth of a wildfire, one of several wildland blazes making problems for western states.”
“A wildfire burning in the Sequoia National Forest in Kern County is expected to expand deeper into the woods Monday, its flames fueled by wind and unseasonably dry conifer trees and grass, officials said.”
From the San Francisco Chronicle, in Tom Stienstra’s Outdoors column:
“One sight that alarmed me last week was at a remote natural spring I’ve returned to many times, where the water is cold and sweet and pumps like a perpetual fountain. From the drought and low snowpack last winter, it was already a trickle. I haven’t seen it go dry, but this could be the year.”