Monday, 20 April 2015
Calm Before  the Storm at the Las Mariposas Civil War Days in Mariposa on Saturday Afternoon, April 18, 2015

This troop was resting between the Civil War Re-enactment battles on the rolling hills of the Long Ranch.
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California Association Of Realtors March 2015 Home Sales Report Finds Mariposa County Home Prices Increase 12% Year Over Year

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Mariposa Weather for Monday, April 20, 2015
NOAA has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook beginning today.
Mostly sunny today with a 20% chance of afternoon/evening showers/T-storms. Yosemite and the Sierra has a 60% chance of showers/T-storms today (About .10" expected). Today's high temp is forecast at 81 degrees. The low tonight is forecast at 49 degrees. Yesterday's high temp in Mariposa topped out at 80.9 degrees, 2.6 degrees warmer than Saturday. The low temp yesterday was 52.3 degrees. Tuesday's high temp cools off to 75 degrees under partly sunny skies with a 20% chance of afternoon/(30%)evening showers/T-storms over the area. Yosemite and the Sierra has a 60% chance on showers/T-storms on Tuesday with about .25" expected. A chance of showers/T-storms for the area from Wednesday-Saturday with the best chances on Wednesday/Thursday.
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 Merced County Board of Supervisors Meeting Agenda for April 21, 2015 - Items on the Agenda Include Williamson Act
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Clovis and Merced Detectives Make Arrest in Identify Theft Involving Cell Phones
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California State Senator Andy Vidak Says Majority Party Kills His Effort to Stop Hidden Gas Tax
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UC Merced Campus Celebrates UC Natural Reserve System on Protected Lands
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Ferguson Project Merced River Canyon Mariposa County
This photo by Skip Skyrud shows the draping of the loose material on the top of the Ferguson Project. 
The purpose of the metal draping is to protect the workers who are working below from falling rock.


For more information on the Ferguson Project:
Caltrans Mariposa County Ferguson Project Kick-Off on Highway 140 (Video)
Ferguson Project Presentation to the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors by Caltrans
Mariposa County Ferguson Slide Permanent Restoration Project to Begin Spring 2015
Archive: Sierra Sun Times: The Ferguson Rockslide Timeline (Some links may not work)
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President Obama Says Climate Change Can No Longer Be Ignored. Do you believe the warming of the climate is mainly a natural cycle or human caused?

The warming of the climate is mainly a natural cycle - 45.3%
The warming of the climate is mainly human caused - 54.7%

Total votes: 53
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The House has voted 240-179 to Repeal the Estate Tax (Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015). Do you agree with repealing the estate tax?

No, I do not agree with repealing the estate tax - 31.3%
Not sure I agree with repealing the estate tax - 4.2%
Yes, I agree with repealing the estate tax - 64.6%

Total votes: 48
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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Determines Wolverine Does Not Warrant Protection Under Endangered Species Act



August 12, 2014 - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that it is withdrawing a proposal to list the North American wolverine in the contiguous United States as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The wolverine, a large but elusive member of the weasel family found in the Mountain West, has made a steady recovery in the past half century after hunting, trapping and poisoning nearly extirpated the species from the lower 48 states in the early 1900s.

While it is clear that the climate is warming, after carefully considering the best available science, the Service has determined that the effects of climate change are not likely to place the wolverine in danger of extinction now or in the foreseeable future. As a result, the wolverine does not meet the statutory definition of either a “threatened species” or an “endangered species” and does not warrant protection under the ESA.

Service Director Dan Ashe’s decision to withdraw the listing proposal was informed by the consensus recommendation of the agency’s three Regional Directors for the regions encompassing the wolverine’s known range in the contiguous United States—the Mountain Prairie, Pacific Northwest and Pacific Southwest regions. The three Directors made the recommendation based on a synthesis of the entire body of scientific evidence. The Service had previously extended the listing deadline by six months due to substantial disagreement regarding the sufficiency or accuracy of the available data relevant to the determination, as allowed by the ESA.

“Climate change is a reality, the consequences of which the Service deals with on a daily basis. While impacts to many species are clear and measurable, for others the consequences of a warming planet are less certain. This is particularly true in the Mountain West, where differences in elevation and topography make fine-scale prediction of climate impacts ambiguous,” said Ashe. “In this case, based on all the information available, we simply do not know enough about the ecology of the wolverine and when or how it will be affected by a changing climate to conclude at this time that it is likely to be in danger of extinction within the foreseeable future.”

The Service initially proposed to list the wolverine based on climate-change-model forecasts showing overall loss of spring snow across the range of the species. However, upon conducting a more thorough review and gathering additional information, the Service found that climate change models are unable to reliably predict snowfall amounts and snow-cover persistence in wolverine denning locations. Additionally, evidence suggests that wolverine populations grew and expanded in the second half of the last century and may continue to expand into suitable, unoccupied habitat. For example, wolverine sightings outside formerly known habitat occurred in the Sierra Nevada range in California in 2008 and in Colorado in 2012. And in April 2014, a wolverine was seen in the Uinta Range of Utah—the first confirmed sighting of the species in that state in some 30 years. Currently, there is insufficient evidence to conclude that wolverine habitat impacts due to the effects of climate change will affect the population in the foreseeable future.

“While we concluded that the wolverine does not merit Endangered Species Act protection at this time, this does not end our involvement in wolverine conservation,” said Ashe. “We will continue to work with our state partners as they manage for healthy and secure wolverine populations and monitor their status. If new information emerges that suggests we should take another look at listing, we will not hesitate to do that.”

Wolverine populations currently occur within the contiguous United States in the North Cascades Range in Washington and the Northern Rockies of Montana, Idaho, Wyoming and a small portion of Oregon (Wallowa Range). Populations once existed in the Sierra Nevada of California and the southern Rocky Mountains in the states of Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico.

Simultaneous with the withdrawal of the listing proposal, the Service is withdrawing a proposed special rule under Section 4(d) of the Act that would have tailored protections to those needed for the conservation of the species, and a proposed nonessential-experimental-population designation for the southern Rocky Mountains of Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming.

For more information: Fact Sheet