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California now has a state amphibian, the California red-legged frog, which was made famous in Mark Twain's "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County."
  Here is a flashback of 2014 using terms that many Americans probably never heard prior to 2014: Ebola, ISIS, Boko Haram — or couldn’t point to on a map: Gaza, Israel, Syria, Ukraine, Java Sea, North Korea, Sochi, Malaysia. The year 2014 saw the XXII Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, and the FIFA World Cup soccer match won by Germany. Malaysian Airlines passenger flight MH370 disappeared in...
The comet's path during January 2015.
  Sometime this month, pick a clear, not-too-cold evening and head outside to look at the sky. If luck is with you, a comet will go streaking past Earth as it orbits the sun. The comet, called C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy), is already visible to the naked eye in some areas and made its closest approach to Earth on January 7, passing within 44 million miles of the planet. But because it’ll continue nearing...
Silver City in the Mineral King area of Sequoia National Park on January 8, 2015. Click the arrow to see the webcam image from January 8, 2014. There is minor improvement in the snowpack.
  The January 1 snow survey recorded two feet at the 7,000-foot elevation level. It’s more than last season but still below the average. Computer models are showing two separate systems coming ashore the next two weekends that are likely to bring rain to the foothills and snow to the higher elevations. In the interim, enjoy the balmy afternoons and crisp, clear winter nights that are conducive...
What's everybody looking at? Find out in the FACES feature, only in the January 2, 2015, print edition.
  Only in the January 2, 2015, print edition: A photo gallery of the faces that made news in 2014. If you missed it, check out the e-Edition.
Frozen snow at about 4,500 feet along the Salt Creek Trail out of Three Rivers. (Click arrows to see additional photos.)
  This last week of 2014 wins the prize for the coldest weather of the year around these parts. And 2015 rang in cold as well with morning temperatures in the mid-20s. Temperatures at the start of the Rose Parade hovered at the 32-degree mark, one of the coldest ever. On Tuesday, Dec. 30, in Three Rivers, it was a drizzly, dreary day and the thermometer never rose above 39 degrees. That said,...
Thieves target easy-to-access rural mailboxes, especially during the holiday season. (Click for an additional photo of a type of locked mailbox.
  It was first reported that recent mail thefts were confined to Old Three Rivers Drive. But during Christmas week, sporadic thefts, in addition to the Old Three Rivers area, were reported on opposite ends of town, on Pierce Drive and Skyline Drive too. Rural mail thefts are common during the holidays because in addition to the usual mail, packages containing gifts are targeted by thieves. ...
An irruption of migratory birds is occurring at Lake Kaweah. Canada geese loudly proclaim their presence at this winter getaway from the colder temperatures of the Pacific Northwest and Canada.
  After  a chance of scattered showers on Christmas Eve, the busy holiday period between Friday, Dec. 26, and Sunday, Jan. 4, looks dry and cool. Daytime high temperatures in Three Rivers should be right around 60 degrees with lows in the 30s. Highs in the Giant Forest area and at Wuksachi should be in the mid-40s. Some snowplay areas may be found in the north-facing shady areas of the forest...
MEETING BY ACCIDENT: This head-on collision was caused by a driver who was in the wrong lane on Sierra Drive. He reported that he had become disoriented.
  Heading up canyon into the narrow S-curve just below the Totem Market, the last thing any motorist wants or expects to see is another vehicle heading westbound in the eastbound lane. Even with time to react, to avoid a collision would be almost impossible.   That predictable collision occurred on Friday, Dec. 19, when a rented 2014 Ford Focus driven by Melvin Cheah collided with Donna Johnson,...
Acorn woodpecker with acorn.
  They are the clowns of the oak savannah — acorn woodpeckers — with their harlequin faces, gregarious habits, and off-kilter laughing calls that inspired Woody Woodpecker. Acorn woodpecker colonies are common in Three Rivers and throughout the western Sierra foothills. Since acorn woodpeckers are not migratory, they can be seen here year-round, but are most often seen (and heard) in the fall...

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