High Sierra News – July 8, 2014

News and Notes from the High Sierra
July 1 – July 8, 2014


Feds doubt climate change’s impact on wolverines

July 07, 2014

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A top federal wildlife official said there’s too much uncertainty about climate change to prove it threatens the snow-loving wolverine — overruling agency scientists who warned of impending habitat loss for the “mountain devil.”
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With petroglyphs, it’s look, but don’t touch

July 5, 2014

Some places are best kept secret.

At the top of the list are American Indian petroglyphs – rock drawings or carvings made before any explorers, trailblazers or pioneers arrived.

When we find them, we like to have a trail lunch alongside, sit there for a while and try to imagine what is was like when they were created. “If only these rocks could talk,” is a favorite saying of my pal Bob Simms, the Sacramento radio show host who is a field expert in California history.
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Bear conflict campaign kicks off with bear run-ins

July 4, 2014

RENO, Nev. — For better or worse, Mother Nature helped Nevada wildlife officials kick off a monthlong “bear awareness” campaign this week to combat danger on the roadways around Lake Tahoe and, more importantly, conflicts in neighborhoods with bad trash habits up and down the Sierra’s eastern front.
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In a year, Clovis woman goes from double-lung transplant to Half Dome hike

July 4, 2014

Last summer, Amanda Moretto of Clovis was starting recovery from a double-lung transplant. This summer, she’s hiking Half Dome.

The hike with her family comes Sunday — a celebration of her remarkable recovery.

“It’s just a personal challenge,” she says. “It’s a bucket list thing. Not making it isn’t an option. I’ll make it.”
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