Monitor Pass to Close on Wednesday Ahead of Next Storm

Monitor Pass to Close on Wednesday Ahead of Next Storm

Markleeville, CA…The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) plans to close State Route 89 from the junction of Route 4 to U.S. 395 (Monitor Pass) at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 30, 2022, to protect public safety due to an incoming storm. Caltrans will evaluate and determine whether to reopen Monitor Pass or keep it closed […]

Ebbetts Pass Has Been Added With Sonora Pass as Winter Closures

Ebbetts Pass Has Been Added With Sonora Pass as Winter Closures

Bear Valley, CA…The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has closed State Route 4/Ebbetts Pass and Route 108/Sonora Pass for the winter. Route 4 is closed from the Mt. Reba turnoff just west of Lake Alpine to Silver Creek, 5 miles west of the Route 89 junction (Alpine County), and Route 108 is closed from the […]

One Way Traffic Controls on Hwy 88 in Alpine County for Construction & Repairs

One Way Traffic Controls on Hwy 88 in Alpine County for Construction & Repairs

Alpine County, CA…The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will perform various operations on State Route 88 next week in Alpine County. Route 88 • One-way traffic control from the Lake Margaret Trailhead to Schneider Cow Camp Road for highway construction beginning Monday, November 14, through Thursday, November 17, from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and […]

Hermitfest West is Coming to Bear Valley on September 10th, 2022

Hermitfest West is Coming to Bear Valley on September 10th, 2022

Bear Valley, CA…The Ebbetts Pass Scenic Byway Association is excited to invite you to join us for our annual celebration on the pass, fondly known as Hermitfest. This year we will be celebrating in the ballfield at Bear Valley with an all-day music festival on Saturday, September 10th, from noon-8 pm (but you know the […]

Hermitfest West is Coming to Bear Valley on September 10th, 2022

Hermitfest West is Coming to Bear Valley on September 10th, 2022

Bear Valley, CA…The Ebbetts Pass Scenic Byway Association is excited to invite you to join us for our annual celebration on the pass, fondly known as Hermitfest. This year we will be celebrating in the ballfield at Bear Valley with an all-day music festival on Saturday, September 10th, from noon-8 pm (but you know the […]

Hermitfest West is Coming to Bear Valley on September 10th, 2022

Hermitfest West is Coming to Bear Valley on September 10th, 2022

Bear Valley, CA…The Ebbetts Pass Scenic Byway Association is excited to invite you to join us for our annual celebration on the pass, fondly known as Hermitfest. This year we will be celebrating in the ballfield at Bear Valley with an all-day music festival on Saturday, September 10th, from noon-8 pm (but you know the […]

State Route 89 Opens to One-Way Traffic Control Today Aug. 18! Visit and Shop in Markeeville!!

State Route 89 Opens to One-Way Traffic Control Today Aug. 18!  Visit and Shop in Markeeville!!

Markleeville, CA…The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) continues to make excellent progress to restore full access on State Route 89 north of Markleeville in Alpine County. Caltrans District 10 has completed slurry and native material placement and compaction operations over a 120-foot long, 8-foot diameter culvert. The final structural section will be installed today. Route […]

Update #6: Caltrans Working to Reopen State Route 89

Update #6: Caltrans Working to Reopen State Route 89

Alpine County, CA… – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is making excellent progress to restore full access on State Route 89 north of Markleeville in Alpine County. Caltrans District 10 will complete slurry placement over a 120-foot long, 8-foot diameter culvert today, Wednesday, August 17, 2022. Construction crews also will focus on backfilling and […]

Caltrans Enacts Emergency Plan to Install Culvert and Reopen State Route 89

Caltrans Enacts Emergency Plan to Install Culvert and Reopen State Route 89

Markleeville, CA…The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has enacted an emergency order to install temporary drainage facilities on State Route 89 near Markleeville (Alpine County) in an effort to reopen the highway as safely and expeditiously as possible. Route 89 currently remains closed from Turtle Rock Park to Route 4 due to a devastating mud […]

Hwy 4 Over Ebbetts Pass Reopens After Caltrans Clears Mudslides

Hwy 4 Over Ebbetts Pass Reopens After Caltrans Clears Mudslides

Bear Valley, CA…State Route 4 Ebbetts Pass was closed last night due to several mudslides caused by heavy thunderstorm activity. Caltrans, District 10 crews worked into the night to clear the mud and debris and were able to reopen around 12:30 a.m. today. Thunderstorms are predicted to continue through the day, so crews will be […]

Hwy 89 Betweek Turtle Rock Park & Montegomery Street Closed Due to Mud & Debris Flows

Hwy 89 Betweek Turtle Rock Park & Montegomery Street Closed Due to Mud & Debris Flows

Markleeville, CA…The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) in conjunction with the California Highway Patrol and the Alpine County Sheriff, has closed State Route 89 between Turtle Rock County Park Road and Montgomery Street in Markleeville (Alpine County), due to mud and debris flows from heavy rain that washed out a portion of the roadway on […]

2022 Tour of The California Alps Road Closures

2022 Tour of The California Alps Road Closures

Alpine County, CA… The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will temporarily close portions of SR-4 and SR-89 to all traffic, except for emergency, law enforcement and support vehicles, for the 2022 Tour of the California Alps – Death Ride. State highways will be impacted as follows on Saturday, July 16, 2022: • SR-4/Ebbetts Pass will […]

Alpine County Approves Partnership with Golden State Connect Authority for Deployment of Open-Access, Municipal Internet

Alpine County Approves Partnership with Golden State Connect Authority  for Deployment of Open-Access, Municipal Internet

Markleeville, CA…On July 5, the Alpine County Board of Supervisors approved a partnership agreement with Golden State Connect Authority (GSCA) to install reliable, affordable high-speed internet infrastructure in Alpine County. This is one of several initial project locations that GSCA is exploring across its 39 rural member counties for the deployment of an open-access, municipal […]

Cherished Campground in Alpine County Close to Reopening Following Tamarack Fire Cleanup

Cherished Campground in Alpine County Close to Reopening Following Tamarack Fire Cleanup

Markleeville, CA…Now, less than a year after the Tamarack Fire blew through parts of Alpine County including the small town of Markleeville where Turtle Rock Park Campground is located, debris removal operations managed by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) have reached completion. In total, state-contracted crews removed more than 95.2 tons of debris […]

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 […]