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Dave McCoy, Who Gave Skiers Mammoth Mountain, Dies at 104

BISHOP — Dave McCoy, who transformed California's Mammoth Mountain from a remote Sierra peak into a downhill destination for skiers and snowboarders from around the world, has died at 104. Rusty Gregory, former chief executive of the resort, said McCoy “die...
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Potential Record 209 MPH Gust Hits Tahoe Peak

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — A gust of 209 mph was recorded atop a Lake Tahoe area peak Sunday, a potential record that wowed forecasters monitoring a cold storm moving south through the state. “It's an exciting mom...
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Dry January Puts a Hurt on California Snowpack

PHILLIPS STATION — California's weather turned largely dry in January and left the water content of the Sierra Nevada snowpack below average for this time of year, state officials said after measurements Thursd...
Photo of the view from Gaylor Peak down to the east side of Tioga Pass during winter

Caltrans Closes 3 More Sierra Passes for Winter

Heavy snow has caused the California Department of Transportation to close several more passes through the Sierra Nevada for the winter. The closures implemented Monday are Sonora Pass on State Route 108, Monitor Pass on SR89, and Ebbetts Pass on SR4. Li...
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Snow Falls on I-80 at Top of Sierra Nevada

RENO, Nev. — It's still technically summer but snow is falling in the Sierra along the California-Nevada line. California transportation officials posted a photo on the Caltrans District 3 Twitter account sh...
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Should Grizzly Bears Be Restored to California’s Sierra?

Wildlife advocates are seeking a court order that would force U.S. officials to consider if grizzly bears should be restored to California's Sierra Nevada and habitats in other Western states, following the animals' resurgence in the Northern Rockies. Grizz...
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US Steps Up Winter-Warfare Training as Global Threat Shifts

MARINE MOUNTAIN WARFARE TRAINING CENTER — Hunkered down behind a wall of snow, two U.S. Marines melt slush to make drinking water after spending the night digging out a defensive position high in the Sierra Nevada. Their laminated targeting map is wedged into ...