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  • 12 billion gallons of water pour into Lake Tahoe amid this week's heat wave

    06/24/2017 7:25:49 AM PDT · by rktman · 44 replies ^ | 6/23/2017 | Amy Graff
    The process of the Sierra Nevada spring snow melt sped up this week as a heat wave brought triple-digit temperatures to parts of the Western United States. A thawing snowpack that's massive after a brutal winter fed rivers and reservoirs with high-flowing runoff. One place that saw a stunning impact from all the runoff is Lake Tahoe. More than 12 billion gallons of water poured into the lake over the past week.
  • Sparks-based Sierra Nevada Corp. looks to hire up to 1,000 employees

    05/15/2016 8:32:40 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies ^ | Thursday, May 12th 2016 | By Matthew Seeman |
    Sierra Nevada Corporation was looking to make the hiring push over the course of a year. Most positions will be in Colorado, she said, but many positions, including administrative staff and some technical and engineering positions, will be in the Reno-Sparks area. ... The company is growing thanks to several new government and commercial contracts it has received this year, she explained, citing a new contract to resupply the International Space Station starting in 2019. Sierra Nevada Corp. received several contracts to provide hardware for NASA's 2020 Mars mission, according to a statement from the company released earlier this month.
  • New snowstorm hits Sierra Nevada as 'March Miracle' continues

    03/12/2016 1:52:52 PM PST · by Mariner · 21 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | March 12th, 2016 | Veronica Rocha and Soumya Karlamangla
    Several feet of new snow is expected in the Sierra Nevada mountains this weekend as another El Niño-influenced storm moves into Northern California. In what some are calling a "March Miracle," the Sierra have been hit by a series of powerful storms this month. That's important because the Sierra snowpack is a key source of water for California, which is in its fourth year of a drought. The storms have boosted the snowpack and replenished reservoirs. Heavy showers pummeled L.A. and Ventura counties Friday afternoon, and forecasters said there was a chance of some light rain in some areas of...
  • Newt Gingrich : 2014-09-18 : NASA Commercial Crew Plan Is Scant Progress

    09/18/2014 5:22:50 PM PDT · by Patton@Bastogne · 2 replies
    Newt Gingrich ^ | 2014-09-18 | Newt Gingrich
    . September 18, 2014 Newt Gingrich : NASA Commercial Crew Plan Is Scant Progress ===================================================== It didn't take a rocket scientist to predict that NASA's plan to pay Russia to launch American astronauts into orbit wasn't going to turn out well. Three years after NASA retired the space shuttle program, relations between the United States and Russia are worse than at any point since the end of the Cold War. Americans have reportedly been paying Russia $70 million a seat to send our astronauts to the International Space Station. That's three and a half times what the Russians charge private...
  • Airframe Structure for First Commercial Dream Chaser Spacecraft Unveiled

    08/10/2014 9:38:53 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies ^ | August 9, 2014 | Ken Kremer
    The orbital airframe structure for the first commercial Dream Chaser mini-shuttle that will launch to Earth orbit just over two years from now has been unveiled by Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and program partner Lockheed Martin. Sierra Nevada is moving forward with plans for Dream Chaser’s first launch and unmanned orbital test flight in November 2016 atop a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The winged Dream Chaser is being developed under NASA’s Commercial Crew Program aimed at restoring America’s indigenous human spaceflight access to low Earth orbit and the International Space Station (ISS).
  • Sierra Nevada Dreamchaser Will Launch on First Orbital Flight Test in November 2016

    01/23/2014 4:15:29 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 24 replies ^ | January 23, 2014 | Nancy Atkinson on
    The mission will be automated and unmanned, but if all goes well Sierra Nevada hopes to have a human flight by sometime in 2017.
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Yosemite Winter Night

    12/25/2012 8:30:36 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 17 replies
    NASA ^ | December 25, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: In this evocative night skyscape a starry band of the Milky Way climbs over Yosemite Valley, Sierra Nevada Range, planet Earth. Jupiter is the brightest celestial beacon on the wintry scene, though. Standing nearly opposite the Sun in the constellation Taurus, the wandering planet joins yellowish Aldebaran and the Hyades star cluster. Below, Orion always comes up sideways over a fence of mountains. And from there the twin stars of Gemini rise just across the Milky Way. As this peaceful winter night began, they followed Auriga the charioteer, its alpha star Capella near the top of the frame.
  • Appalachian professor’s research finds no evidence of cannibalism at Donner Party campsite

    04/15/2010 2:20:18 PM PDT · by Palter · 30 replies · 866+ views
    ASU News ^ | 15 April 2010 | ASU News
    Research conducted by Dr. Gwen Robbins, an assistant professor of biological anthropology at Appalachian State University, finds there is no evidence of cannibalism among the 84 members of the Donner Party who were trapped by a snowstorm in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in the mid-1840s. Remains from the Donner party’s Alder Creek campsite were excavated by a team of archaeologists from the University of Montana and the University of Oregon Museum. A sample of bones from the campsite hearth was analyzed by Robbins and Kelsey Gray, an Appalachian graduate. They will present the results of this project this week at...
  • Appeals court stops feds plan to log Sierra Nevada forest (9th Circus strikes again)

    05/14/2008 12:17:57 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 147+ views
    A federal appeals court has barred logging in the Sierra Nevada forest. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says the federal government failed to explore other ways to raise money to fight forest fires when it approved a plan to award timber contracts to cut down trees on three sites. The Forest Service says the logging of commercially valuable trees is needed to help pay for thinning of less desirable smaller trees and brush. Environmental groups say the logging plan fails to protect scarce species such as the California spotted owl, martin and Pacific fisher. Attorney General Jerry Brown...
  • Lawmakers, environmentalists tussling over logging bill

    07/27/2006 6:18:43 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 332+ views
    ap on Riverside Press Enterprise ^ | 7/27/06 | Erica Werner - AP
    WASHINGTON Angry lawmakers lambasted environmentalists at a congressional hearing Thursday over their opposition to a new bill to speed logging in the Sierra Nevada. "If we have a forest fire it's your fault, and I hope your group will take the responsibility when we're not thinning out the forests properly," Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Tulare, scolded Craig Thomas, director of the Sierra Nevada Forest Protection Campaign. Rep. George Radanovich, R-Mariposa, interrupted Thomas to accuse him of trying to destroy the last saw mill in the area. "If you stop these sales, sir, with your lawsuits, this logging company is going to...
  • Yellow-Legged Frog Faces Extinction (and No, it's not Global warming)

    02/11/2006 11:48:43 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 392+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/11/06 | Juliana Barbassa - ap
    YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. - The mountain yellow-legged frog has survived for thousands of years in lakes and streams carved by glaciers, living up to nine months under snow and ice and then emerging to issue its raspy chorus across the Sierra Nevada range. But the frog's call is going silent as a mysterious fungus pushes it toward extinction. "It's very dramatic," said Yosemite biologist Lara Rachowicz. "One year, you visit a lake and the population will seem fine. The next year you go back, you see a lot of dead frogs scattered along the bottom of the pond. In...
  • [California] Agencies implore state to build dams

    12/29/2005 8:01:12 AM PST · by SmithL · 24 replies · 673+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 12/29/5 | Mike Taugher
    California hasn't built a major reservoir in decades, and its most important reservoir by far -- the Sierra Nevada snowpack -- is in danger of shrinking because of global warming. Water agencies say those facts, coupled with projected population increases, mean that it is time for the state to get serious about building new dams. "Failure to consider these potential changes and develop the storage to address it will all but guarantee a future that swings from extreme floods to droughts on a regular basis," the Association of California Water Agencies reported in a "blueprint" for statewide water planning in...
  • Sierra Nevada Range Gets Three Feet of Snow

    12/19/2005 10:57:29 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies · 809+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/19/05 | Martin Griffith - ap
    RENO, Nev. - The strongest storm of the season so far in the Sierra Nevada dropped as much as 3 feet of snow, snarling travel through the mountain range but improving ski resort conditions. Controls were lifted Monday morning on the two major highways linking Sacramento, Calif., to resorts in the Lake Tahoe area: Interstate 80 over Donner Summit and U.S. 50 over Echo Summit, authorities said. However, the third major trans-Sierra highway, California Highway 88, remained closed near Kirkwood, Calif., because of avalanche-control efforts. Chains or snow tires were required on other highways in the area. The Kirkwood Mountain...
  • Sierra growth to bring more congestion, development, report says

    06/21/2005 9:23:57 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies · 433+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 6/21/05 | Don Thompson - AP
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The population of the Sierra Nevada could more than triple in the next 35 years, threatening many of the mountain range's Gold Rush-era towns with sprawl, gridlock and pollution, according to a report released Tuesday. Much of the 400-mile-long range is designated as national forest, park land or wilderness. It also holds plenty of private land where development could change the face and feel of the mountains, warns the Sierra Nevada Alliance, a 12-year-old coalition of more than 60 environmental organizations. About 600,000 people live in the 20 California and three Nevada counties that divide the...
  • Truckee, Nevada City battle over Sierra Conservancy

    05/17/2005 10:07:20 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 57 replies · 767+ views
    Sierra Sun ^ | May 17, 2005 | Dave Moller
    Eight towns would love to land the new Sierra Nevada Conservancy headquarters, projected to eventually have 70 employees and a $10 million budget. But only two showed up at the historic first meeting of the conservancy board Thursday in Sacramento, and both were from Nevada County. Nevada City used a laid-back approach in its pitch, but Truckee came on like a runaway snowboarder. Auburn, Colfax, Placerville, Amador City, Ione and Jackson were no-shows. “Give us your serious consideration,” said Truckee Mayor Craig Threshie in a lengthy speech that trumpeted the town’s location, history and commitment to the range. “We have...
  • CA: Board seeks Sierra funds - New conservancy will act to protect environment/economy

    05/10/2005 9:09:37 AM PDT · by calcowgirl · 17 replies · 379+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | May 8, 2005 | Dorothy Korber
    The Sierra Nevada, historically a majestic battleground for competing local interests, comes under the stewardship of the state's newest and biggest conservancy this week. Proponents say the 25-million-acre Sierra Nevada Conservancy will be more than a protector of the mountain environment - it will also be an incubator for jobs and economic growth. The conservancy's 13 voting board members - seven state appointees and six county supervisors - will hold their first meeting at 10 a.m. Thursday in Sacramento at the state Energy Commission building, 1516 Ninth St. The Sierra Nevada Conservancy is the ninth conservancy created by the Legislature...
  • Colombia's tribes battle to survive

    10/22/2004 1:10:20 PM PDT · by El Conservador · 2 replies · 262+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | October 22, 2004 | Gary Marx
    Standing above a riverbank in the majestic Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, six Arhuaco Indians bowed their heads as tribal leaders chastised them for joining Colombia's Marxist guerrillas. But the event also marked the first time that members of the Arhuaco tribe had abandoned the rebels and rejoined their tight-knit community. The days-long ceremony offered a glimmer of hope for the Arhuacos and other indigenous groups struggling to survive amid Colombia's brutal civil war. "I have my kids. I have my wife," said Roger, 27, one of the six former rebels. "I understand that this is the road that I...
  • Surge for the Sierra: Governor (Schwarzenegger) approves massive conservancy (25 MILLION ACRES)

    09/24/2004 11:00:31 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 249 replies · 2,596+ views
    The Union ^ | September 24, 2004 | Dave Moller
    After signing the Sierra Nevada Conservancy bill along the Bear River, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger gives a thumbs-up to dignitaries and the media. From left are Assemblyman John Laird, D-Santa Cruz; state Resources Agency Secretary Mike Chrisman; California EPA Secretary Terry Tamminen; and Assemblyman Tim Leslie, R-Tahoe City. The Union photo/John Hart Standing on a wide gravel bar with the Bear River flowing gently by him, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the Sierra Nevada Conservancy bill Thursday to the sound of bipartisan applause. "California is where the conservation movement began, and today we are happy to continue this noble tradition," Schwarzenegger said....
  • New state agency to guard Sierra (from the people of course)

    09/24/2004 4:12:27 PM PDT · by SierraWasp · 12 replies · 497+ views
    San Francisco Comicle ^ | 9/24/04 | Glen Martin
    Bear River Canyon, Placer County -- Framed by a crystalline stream and steep slopes carpeted with ponderosa pine and black oak, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill Thursday authorizing the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, a new state agency dedicated to preserving the 25 million acres of forest, meadow and craggy granite peaks that comprise John Muir's "Range of Light."
  • Schwarzenegger approves conservancy, signs 20 other enviro bills

    09/23/2004 7:04:29 PM PDT · by Simmy2.5 · 109 replies · 1,082+ views
    SF Gate/San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Thursday, September 23, 2004 | JIM WASSERMAN, Associated Press Writer
    09-23) 16:56 PDT COLFAX, Calif. (AP) -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger chose a woodsy mountain setting Thursday to sign legislation establishing a 25 million-acre Sierra Nevada Conservancy, while also signing nearly 20 other bills to protect the Pacific Ocean, curb smog and clean up blighted urban land. With numerous strokes of the pen, Schwarzenegger opened 1,100 miles of car pool lanes to hybrid cars, established the nation's first Cabinet-level Ocean Protection Council in state government and barred cruise ships from burning garbage and dumping sewage inside state waters. He also banned commercial fishing fleets from bottom trawling along designated parts of...