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Malibu man, 19, falls, dies at Sequoia park

August 12, 2009, 8:25 am
A 19-year-old Malibu man died in a fall Monday near Tokopah Falls in Sequoia National Park.Kevin Trevor Rodriguez was pronounced dead at approximately 4 p.m. Monday after sustaining severe head injuries. He had fallen more than 50 feet, officials reported.Rodriguez and a friend were scrambling on the rocks above ...

Sequoia National Park offers guided lantern tours

July 9, 2009, 9:01 am
Lantern tours of the General Sherman Tree in Sequoia National Park are being offered throughout the months of July and August, organizers announced.The evening sessions set for 8-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Tuesday and July 28 and 30 and Aug. 6, 11, 15, 20, 25 and 27 will take place at the foot ...

Sequoia National Park's Crystal Cave to Feature LED Lights

May 12, 2009, 7:34 am
Last year was a trying time for Sequoia National Park's Crystal Cave as separate incidents kept shutting it down during the tourist season: Live dynamite from the 1930s was discovered, an outdated generatorpowering the caves lighting kept breaking, a bear ripped apart a stinging insect nest on the trail and ...

Mineral King's Long Road to Wilderness

March 27, 2009, 9:21 am
When Congress created an additional 2 million acres of wilderness Wednesday, it brought to a close one of California's more memorable conservation sagas: the fight over a chiseled High Sierra valley called Mineral King.In the 1960s, Walt Disney Productions unveiled plans for a $35-million resort development in the valley, then a ...

280,000 Acres of Protected Land for National Parks in California Fails Congress by 2 Votes

March 16, 2009, 8:19 am
A bill that would have added around one million acres of land to the National Wilderness System, including 280,000 acres in California, failed to pass the House of Representatives Wednesday by two votes. Republicans felt it had too many unnecessary earmarks. But the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act of 2009 could head back ...

L.A. Times Travel Show: Travelingmamas and a Kelp Forest Hike

February 17, 2009, 7:02 am
These are the issues discussed at, a smart and interesting voice in the blogosphere with tips and destinations for traveling with ...

Campsite Spurs Fear Hiker May Be Missing in Sequoia National Park

December 4, 2008, 11:38 am
Sequoia National Park officials have a mystery on their hands. An abandoned campsite complete with gear and food was discovered at an elevation above 7,000 feet near Twin Lakes. No identification from the person who set up the site has been ...

CSU Lab Maps Strategies for Fighting Wildfires

November 24, 2008, 8:14 am
Two Colorado State University researchers have written a playbook that fire agencies can use to effectively attack the massive wildfires that plague the country, particularly in the western United ...

Storm Could Bring Snow to Higher Elevations in Sierras

November 10, 2008, 7:42 am
A weak storm may bring a dusting of snow to the upper elevations in Tulare County. The National Weather Service is expecting snow for the mountains above 9,000 feet on Saturday night, with the snow level dropping to 7,000 feet early Sunday ...

Fire Restrictions Lifted in Nearby National Parks

October 27, 2008, 9:04 am
Due to the recent change in weather, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are lifting fire restrictions that have been in effect since July ...

Missing Hunter Found in Sequoia National Park

October 15, 2008, 7:26 am
Authorities say 27-year-old Salvado Chavez was found on Monday afternoon, after being lost for two days in the Sequoia National ...

Mexican Marijuana Cartels Leave Forests Polluted

October 14, 2008, 1:41 pm
The 1,800-square-mile Sequoia National Forest that is popular with Mexican marijuana-growing cartels is also home to some of the most intensely polluted pockets of wilderness in America, according to federal officials. Grow sites—700 were discovered on California's U.S. Forest Service land alone in 2007 and 2008—are soaked and sprinkled with ...

Officials Weigh Benefits, Costs of Forest Fires

October 7, 2008, 1:37 pm
When officials decided not to stop the Tehipite fire east of Fresno, they got three big payoffs -- a cheaper fire to manage, reduced risk for firefighters and cleanup of dangerously overgrown forest. But this fire -- which has burned 11,000 acres since mid-July -- worries the San Joaquin Valley ...

Mountain Home Fire Contained

October 2, 2008, 8:03 am
In the aftermath of a thunderstorm that rumbled through Tulare County Monday, a small wildfire northeast of Springville was fully contained while firefighters in Sequoia National Park turned their attention to a new blaze north of Mineral ...

Sequoia National Park Fire Fully Contained

October 1, 2008, 12:57 pm
After almost three weeks of digging and burning fire lines on steep mountainsides, firefighters have achieved 100% containment of the Hidden fire burning in Sequoia National Park. Since it began with a lightning strike from a passing Sierra thunderstorm, the Hidden fire has burned about 3,700 acres in the mountains ...