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Tony Krizan

Must do hikes for Spring

West of Tioga Pass Road is two old forgotten mining towns. One is called Dana City, located above the upper Gaylor Lake at 10,840 feet. The trailhead is located west of Yosemite’s east gate at an elevation of 9,970 feet.

Gregg Dodderidge

Emotional basketball season

The 2016-2017 Yosemite basketball season has to be one of the more emotional and tumultuous basketball seasons in recent memory. The boys season wrapped up with Yosemite losing their first round D-IV contest to eventual finalist Madera South 64-52 on Feb. 22. The team finished with a respectable 16-11 record and 7-3 in the North Sequoia League, good third place. It was the second straight playoff appearance for YHS.

Tony Krizan

Storms bring snow, spring will be exciting

After five years of drought, 2017 started out with over double the amount of rain and snow from previous years. With road washouts, overflowing streams and the testing of our skills installing and removing tire chains, it’s not fun having the entire winter season in one month.


Section rankings

This has been a strong year for individual basketball players, both boys and girls, at Minarets and Yosemite High. A number of mountain basketball players maintain significant rankings in the entire Central Section and not just their individual divisions.

Gregg Dodderidge

A super game

My wife Christy and I got to spend Super Bowl Sunday with our awesome neighbors Scott McGhee and Julie Truelove. It’s a very loving home with a strong emphasis on sports. Julie’s daughters Amanda and Kayla are Badger JV volleyball players.

Gregg Dodderidge

Varsity boys could break league title drought

The Yosemite High varsity boys basketball team (11-7, 2-0 North Sequoia League) coached by Aaron Eames and assistant Erik Peterson have a legitimate shot at a league title this year, a feat that has not been accomplished since 1999. That is because Yosemite has played in the same league as Washington Union, perhaps one of the best basketball programs in Central Section history.

Tony Krizan

Snowshoe Yosemite’s wilderness

What does one do with a new pair of snowshoes? First find a buddy with the same equipment and then plan a trek into the wilderness. With our snow level below 5,000 feet, there are a few choices of trailheads. I chose the Snow Park Area just before the south entrance to Yosemite National Park.

Tony Krizan

Chasing history

Sometimes we make major decisions after some forethought and other times they are just spur of the moment ideas. Roughly 30 days before I decided to visit family in Ohio for the holidays, I thought to myself ... what if I shared one of those historical hikes into Kings Canyon National Park looking for those five P-40 fighter aircraft that crashed? Maybe someone in Ohio may be interested in our California aviation history.

Gregg Dodderidge

Remember Shania

I had something completely different in mind for this week’s column instead of what you are about to read. I am still in emotional shock at the tragic accident and death of Shania Costella Saturday night. As I write this, I cannot stop wiping away my tears. Why did this happen?

Gregg Dodderidge

Incredible Badger turnaround

I know we are just getting started with basketball season but with all the bowl games, I just can’t put football out of my mind. Some final thoughts about the recently concluded Yosemite season - its first after withdrawing from the North Sequoia League and playing as an independent.

Tony Krizan

Stranded at Mono Hot Springs

Christmas is almost here and 2016 is rapidly coming to a close. It’s difficult to believe I’ll soon be starting my 13th year of sharing my wilderness adventures with Sierra Star readers. I dug back into my files and decided to share my original adventure that was published in the Sierra Star on Jan. 14, 2005 - Stranded at Mono Hot Springs.

Tony Krizan

Easy access to snowshoeing and cross-country skiing

Our winter season is once again upon us as Eastern Madera County received several inches of snow between Nov. 26 and 27. Gone are those dusty trails and bright colored wildflowers that covered the hillsides and canyons within our mountain wilderness. Mother Nature is always reliable and brings back those memories from previous years with each season change.

Tony Krizan

Along the Pacific Crest Trail part 2

At the conclusion of my last article, I joyfully described the relief we experienced when that huge black bear we met along the trail decided to depart over the adjoining ridge. After that experience I developed a habit of looking over my shoulder while walking along the trail for the next few hours.

Pete Reardon

Great way to end the baseball season

As another MLB baseball season comes to an end and us die hard fans prepare for four months of hibernation, what better way to end it then to watch two teams, storied in history as underachievers, battle for the trophy declaring them the best team of 2016.

Tony Krizan

Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail

During my first two decades of hiking adventures into the Sierra Nevada Mountains, one of my favorite treks was along the Pacific Crest Trail, starting at Florence Lake and completing this five-day hike at the Bear Creek Trailhead. Joining me on a recent hike on the trail were my good friends Nancy, Christa and my dog Smokey.


What do to if you meet a mountain lion

​​Mountain lions are generally calm, quiet, and elusive. People rarely get more than a brief glimpse of a mountain lion in the wild. Lion attacks on people are rare, with fewer than a dozen fatalities in North America in more than 100 years. But just in case you do encounter a mountain lion, this video will help you be prepared.
Colorado Division of Wildlife
What do to if you meet a mountain lion 4:18

What do to if you meet a mountain lion

Apartment complex in Oakhurst floods 1:17

Apartment complex in Oakhurst floods

Yurt floats away in Fresno River flooding 0:53

Yurt floats away in Fresno River flooding

Most babies should be exposed to peanuts earlier, according to new guidelines 1:39

Most babies should be exposed to peanuts earlier, according to new guidelines