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Tony Krizan

Hiking into history

Last year on Sept. 29, Clem Bingham and I set out on an adventure to relocate a military mystery. From previous research, this lone aircraft was assumed to have been removed from this site back in 1941. As the story reads: On Oct. 24, 1941, 19 P-40 aircraft were on a training mission over California. Lieutenant John H. Pease was the first of five to develop engine problems and forced to bail out. He survived and his bird was forgotten, lost to the importance of WWII.

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.


Up-close footage of California National Guard firefighting efforts

The 129th Rescue Wing shows its recent firefighting efforts in Northern California. The crew on the Pave Hawk helicopter, included Major Nate Nowaski, Capt. Tyler Gibson, Staff Sgt. Christian Meyers and Senior Airman Ryan Dumatol. Video was posted July 17, 2017.
129th Rescue Wing California National Guard
Up-close footage of California National Guard firefighting efforts 0:58

Up-close footage of California National Guard firefighting efforts

See the Detwiler fire from satellite high above California 0:19

See the Detwiler fire from satellite high above California

Detwiler Fire on social media: Flame. Smoke. And a goat 0:23

Detwiler Fire on social media: Flame. Smoke. And a goat

It's too hot to cook. Make these no-bake fruit tarts instead 0:57

It's too hot to cook. Make these no-bake fruit tarts instead