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Sierra Nevada

Snow on the road in the Sierra. (CBS)

Sierra Nevada Snowpack Still Below Average After Recent Storms

State water officials say recent storms have not made up for this year’s dry winter, leaving California’s snowpack at below average levels.

01/30/2012

An American black bear. (HBarrison/Wikimedia Commons)

Orphaned Bear Cub Released In Sierra Nevada

An orphaned bear cub found last spring in a tree near Lake Tahoe has been released back to the wilderness.

01/21/2012

California Department of Water Resources (DWR) Chief of Cooperative Snow Survey Frank Gehrke (L) weighs a snow sample while assisted by Kasey Schimke, DWR Assistant Director for Legislative Affairs January 29, 2010 near Meyers, California. (Max Whittaker/Getty Images)

Dry Start To Winter Leaves Sierra Without Snow

The state Department of Water Resources conducted its first snow survey of the season Tuesday but found little snow to measure.

01/03/2012

A wildfire burns in the Altamont Pass area west of Tracy on July 14, 2011. (CBS)

Heavy Rains Dampen California Wildfire Season

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says this year’s above average rainfall helped to tamp down the number of acres burnt in wildfires.

11/12/2011

A 65-foot white fir tree on its way from a Northern California forest to the U.S. Capitol after being cut down.

NorCal Christmas Tree Begins Cross-Country Trek To U.S. Capitol

A 65-foot white fir tree was on its way from a Northern California forest to the United States Capitol after being cut down Saturday morning.

11/05/2011

The Washington Nugget. (CBS)

Doubts Raised About Huge NorCal Gold Discovery

The story of the 8 pound Washington Nugget nestled in the Mother Lode certainly painted a pretty picture. But it’s tale as the largest chunk of gold found in modern California history may be its undoing.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–07/01/2011

Yosemite Falls in Yosemite National Park

Major Road Into Yosemite To Open After Snow Delay

A major road into Yosemite National Park is set to reopen this weekend after a delay because of heavy winter snow.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–06/17/2011

The Washington Nugget. (CBS)

Modern Day Prospectors Search For Gold In Sierra

The price of gold is at historic highs. While the precious metal is hard to find, modern day prospectors are combing the Sierra Nevada.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–05/25/2011

Snow on the road in the Sierra. (CBS)

Sierra Snowpack 144 Percent Of Normal In Season’s Final Survey

The state Department of Water Resources took its final snow survey of the season on Monday and found the water content in the snowpack was 144 percent of normal.

CBS San Francisco–05/02/2011

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1 Dead In Sierra Chain-Reaction Crash

The California Highway Patrol said a chain-reaction crash involving at least six big rigs and nearly 40 vehicles overall has killed one person and shut down westbound Interstate 80 during a heavy snowstorm in the Sierra Nevada.

CBS San Francisco–03/18/2011

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