State Route 89 (Monitor Pass) Will Open Today

State Route 89 (Monitor Pass) Will Open Today

Markleeville, CA…The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will open State Route 89/Monitor Pass at 12:00 p.m. today (Wednesday, May 11, 2022) after it was closed at noon on Sunday, May 8, 2022, due to snow. Route 108/Sonora Pass and Route 4/Ebbetts Pass remain in winter closure, as crews continue to remove snow and debris from […]

State Route 89 (Monitor Pass) Opens Again for Spring Season

State Route 89 (Monitor Pass) Opens Again for Spring Season

Markleeville, CA…The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) opened State Route 89/Monitor Pass at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 26, 2022, after it was closed on Monday, April 11, 2022, due to a storm that hit the Sierra Nevada. Route 4/Ebbetts Pass and Route 108/Sonora Pass remain in a winter closure as crews continue to remove […]

State Route 89 (Monitor Pass) to Close Ahead of Storm

State Route 89 (Monitor Pass) to Close Ahead of Storm

Markleeville, CA…Caltrans will close State Route 89/Monitor Pass on Monday, April 11, ahead of a snowstorm forecast to hit the Sierra Nevada early next week. Maintenance crews will close access to the highway starting at 8:00 a.m. and will assess it for reopening once the storm has passed. Several more mountain highways remain in a […]

Markleeville’s Iconic Death Ride – Tour of the California Alps® Rises from Covid & Ashes to Host Cyclists July 16th.

Markleeville’s Iconic Death Ride – Tour of the California Alps® Rises from Covid & Ashes to Host Cyclists July 16th.

Markleeville, CA….Registration is open for the 41st annual Death Ride – Tour of the California Alps in Markleeville, Calif. this July. The 103-mile road cycling tour includes more than 14,000 feet of climbing on Sierra Nevada roads, traversing both sides of Monitor Pass, Ebbetts Pass, and the Pacific Grade. Nearly 90% of the course is closed to vehicles, […]

Caltrans Opens Monitor Pass for Spring & Summer Season

Caltrans Opens Monitor Pass for Spring & Summer Season

Markleeville, CA…The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will open Monitor Pass on State Route 89 at noon on Friday, April 1, 2022. Crews removed snow and ice, cleared debris, and made necessary repairs to safely reopen the highway. Caltrans’ goal is to have all winter passes open to the public no later than the Friday […]

A Smidgen of Moisture in Your Forecast

A Smidgen of Moisture in Your Forecast

Arnold, CA…Detailed forecast from the National Weather Service in Sacramento for the West Slope Northern Sierra Nevada. Tonight, Mostly cloudy. At higher elevations, a chance of rain and snow showers in the late evening and early morning. Snow showers late in the night. At lower elevations, a chance of rain showers late in the evening. […]

The Central Sierra Broadband Roadmap, Community Input Wanted through Surveys and Webinar Participation

The Central Sierra Broadband Roadmap, Community Input Wanted through Surveys and Webinar Participation

Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, Tuolumne and Mariposa Counties have invested in creating a broadband roadmap for the Central Sierra region. Efforts are underway to identify gaps in broadband service, establish priorities, and to leverage funding opportunities to accelerate investment in broadband infrastructure. The Counties have hired broadband consulting firm, NEO Connect to create the broadband report […]

The 2nd Annual CAMMIES Awards Honored 51 on January 15th

The 2nd Annual CAMMIES Awards Honored 51 on January 15th

Copperopolis, CA…The 2nd Annual Calaveras Arts and Music Awards was held on Saturday evening, January 15, 2022 at the expansive Copperopolis Armory. With a mindful-to-Covid-19 audience of 180 in attendance and another 250 to 300 watching the livestream at any given time during three hour ceremony, the award show honored 51 of the Mother Lode […]

Sender’s Market’s Weekly Ad & Grocery Specials Through November 30th! Shop Local & Save!

Sender’s Market’s Weekly Ad & Grocery Specials Through November 30th! Shop Local & Save!

Mountain Ranch, CA…In 1950, we started out as a family operation with Erich’s father and mother, August and Freida Sender, in a century-old adobe building. The upstairs was home to the Sender family, and the first floor included groceries, a meat market, a bar, and a small eating place called Opa’s Smokehouse. On Christmas morning […]

A Beautiful Thanksgiving Weather Week Awaits for West Slope & Mother Lode

A Beautiful Thanksgiving Weather Week Awaits for West Slope & Mother Lode

Arnold, CA…The National Weather Service in Sacramento says we have an almost perfect Thanksgiving weather week ahead. The complete forecasts are below… Detailed forecast for West Slope Northern Sierra Nevada Today Sunny, warmer. Highs 47 to 62 higher elevations…60 to 70 lower elevations. Prevailing east winds up to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 […]

Monitor Pass Reopens, Ebbetts & Sonora Passes Remain Closed

Monitor Pass Reopens, Ebbetts & Sonora Passes Remain Closed

Markleeville, CA…The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) reopened State Route 89/Monitor Pass at approximately 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 28, 2021. The roadway had been closed due to a series of storms. Route-4/Ebbetts Pass and Route-108/Sonora Pass remain closed until further notice. Caltrans will provide updates on social media. For the latest road conditions, visit […]

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Declares Tamarack Fire 100 Percent Contained and Controlled

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Declares Tamarack Fire 100 Percent Contained and Controlled

Markleeville, CA…The Tamarack Fire on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest’s Carson Ranger District near Markleeville, California, has been declared 100 percent contained and controlled. The fire reached this milestone after steady precipitation over the weekend provided much needed moisture to the fire area. The fire was reported on July 4, 2021 and burned 68,637 acres. Approximately […]

Sunshine Returns Tomorrow as Last of System Moves East

Sunshine Returns Tomorrow as Last of System Moves East

Arnold, CA…The calm after the storm begins today. Over a foot of snow may fall at higher elevations as this system cools as it exits. The latest from the National Weather Service for the West Slope & Mother Lode are below… Detailed forecast for West Slope Northern Sierra Nevada Today Heavy rain showers at lower […]

Caltrans to Temporarily Close Ebbetts, Monitor & Sonora Passes Ahead of Inclement Weather

Caltrans to Temporarily Close Ebbetts, Monitor & Sonora Passes Ahead of Inclement Weather

Arnold, CA…The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will temporarily close State Route 4 (SR-4)/Ebbetts Pass, SR-89/Montior Pass and SR-108/Sonora Pass in advance of inclement weather expected to arrive in the area later this week. With snowfall predicted to impact the mountain region in the next few days, Caltrans will perform the following, temporary pass closures […]

Caldor Post-Fire BAER Soil Burn Severity Map Released

Caldor Post-Fire BAER Soil Burn Severity Map Released

Placerville, CA…USDA Forest Service Burned Area Emergency Response Team (BAER) specialists recently completed their data gathering and analysis of the Caldor burned area to produce a Soil Burn Severity (SBS) map of the 218,952-acre fire. USDA Forest Service Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) assessment teams are multi-disciplinary teams sent to federal lands following significant wildfires to characterize […]

Stanislaus National Forest Proposes Eliminating Free Day Use & Large 100% or More Fee Increases at Developed Locations

Stanislaus National Forest Proposes Eliminating Free Day Use & Large 100% or More Fee Increases at Developed Locations

Sonora, CA…The Stanislaus National Forest is proposing to charge new or increased fees at 31 developed recreation sites to conduct deferred maintenance and make improvements to enhance visitor enjoyment (Table 1.). Numerous day-use sites, overnight camping sites, and other recreation sites are managed without user fees on the forest. “We recognize how important these sites […]

More Caldor Fire Evacuation Orders Downgraded

More Caldor Fire Evacuation Orders Downgraded

Grizzly Flats, CA…As of September 16, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. Evacuation Orders Downgraded, Effective Immediately in El Dorado County, Amador County, Alpine County. Evacuation Order Update: The following Evacuation Orders have been downgraded to Evacuation Warnings in Amador County: Zones 4A and 5A. South of Highway 88 along the Amador/El Dorado County line from Dufrene […]

Hwy 88 a Key Sierra Nevada Roadway Opens After Closure From Caldor Fire

Hwy 88 a Key Sierra Nevada Roadway Opens After Closure From Caldor Fire

Alpine & Amador Counties, CA…The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and partner agencies reopened State Route 88 at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 16, 2021. The roadway had been closed between Peddler Hill and Route 89/Picketts Junction, and later from Peddler Hill to Kirkwood due to the Caldor Fire, which according to Cal Fire had […]

Governor Gavin Newsom Should Survive Recall & Serve Out Remainder of Term

Governor Gavin Newsom Should Survive Recall & Serve Out Remainder of Term

Arnold, CA…Locally in our coverage area Alpine County is only County that followed the statewide trend.  From the Secretary of State’s Office… “Unofficial Election Results. Results will be certified by October 22, 2021. ( 18,185 of 18,185 ) precincts partially reporting as of September 15, 2021, 2:55 a.m.. Precincts are listed as “partially” reporting since […]

Caldor Fire at 210,259 Acres, 25% Contained, 811 Structures Destroyed, Firefighters Continue Herding Fire

Caldor Fire at 210,259 Acres, 25% Contained, 811 Structures Destroyed, Firefighters Continue Herding Fire

Grizzly Flats, CA…Calmer winds and return of moderate humidity to some areas of the fire reduced activity overnight however spotting and fire spread still occurred along the northern edge of the fire.  Firefighters will work today to bolster lines where large pockets of previously unburned fuel threaten existing control lines.  Damage inspection is in progress […]

Caldor Burns On, 204,390 Acres, 20% Contained, 729 Structures Destroyed, 4,224 Personnel

Caldor Burns On, 204,390 Acres, 20% Contained, 729 Structures Destroyed, 4,224 Personnel

Grizzly Flat, CA…Evacuation Warnings, Effective Immediately, Douglas County, Nevada.  Douglas County is asking the following communities to be on the alert and start preparing for potential evacuations. Evacuations have not been ordered for the following areas at this time; however, there is potential for evacuation warnings to heighten to evacuation orders in the near future. […]

The Caldor Fire Now 191,607 Acres, 16% Contained, 669 Structures Destroyed, 3,904 Personnel

The Caldor Fire Now 191,607 Acres, 16% Contained, 669 Structures Destroyed, 3,904 Personnel

Grizzly Flats, CA…The top map is the NASA/USFS heat map.  In the heat map you can tell it burned across Hwy 89 and is racing behind South Lake Tahoe on the ridge towards Heavenly Ski Resort.  Yesterday Sierra at Tahoe today Heavenly & Kirkwood?  Time will tell.  On the southern leg the fire has crossed […]

Evacuation Orders Hit Alpine County Again as They Recover from the Tamarack Fire

Evacuation Orders Hit Alpine County Again as They Recover from the Tamarack Fire

Markleeville, CA…The latest from the Caldor Fire as portions of Alpine County are now under mandatory evacuations. Highway 89 south from Luther Pass Road to Pickett’s Junction, (Highway 88) West on Highway 88 to Kirkwood. This includes Kirkwood resort and Caples Lake. Click below for interactive information… Evacuation Warning: Highway 88 at Forestdale Road. West […]

Highway 88 is Closed Between Omo Ranch Rd. & Highway 88/89 Interchange Due to Caldor Fire

Highway 88 is Closed Between Omo Ranch Rd. & Highway 88/89 Interchange Due to Caldor Fire

Grizzly Flats, CA…Highway 88 is closed between Omo Ranch Rd. and the Highway 88/89 interchange. Evacuation Order: Amador County South of Highway 88 along the Amador/El Dorado County line from Dufrene Road, due east to the Amador/Alpine County line and from the Amador/Alpine County line north to Hwy 88. Shelter Info • Our Red Cross […]