Highway 180 to Cedar Grove opens Friday
The main road linking Grant Grove to Cedar Grove in Kings Canyon National Park will re-open Friday.
Caltrans will open Highway 180 at noon on Friday. It’s scheduled to close for the winter season on Nov. 12.
In the Sierra National Forest, McKinley Grove Road is open all the way to Wishon and Courtright reservoirs, while the projected opening date for Kaiser Pass is May 20.
The San Joaquin River Parkway will lead a nature walk at Sycamore Island to celebrate Earth Day. Wear comfortable shoes, appropriate clothing, and bring water and a snack. No dogs allowed.
The walk is free, but participants will need to pay $9 per car to enter Sycamore Island.
The Valley Runner of the Year series continues Saturday with its eighth event, the Shinzen Run Walk.
The 5-mile main event starts at 7:30 a.m. and is worth 30 points. A 10-mile run, run/walks of 2 and 5 miles and a quarter-mile kids run are also offered. The Fresno Gumyo Taiko Group will host a drum performance after the race.
Packet pick-up and registration will be available from noon to 7 p.m. Friday at Kitahara Buick GMC or on race day starting at 5:45 a.m.
Registration through Friday is $10 for the kids run, $25 for the 2- and 5-mile events, and $40 for the 10-miler. The 2, 5 and 10-mile events increase $5 on race day.
All entrants will receive a race T-shirt. There is a $5 park entrance fee per vehicle.
The race benefits the Woodward Park Shinzen Friendship Garden, Central California Nikkei Foundation and the Fresno Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League.
Oakhurst event marks state trout opener
The statewide trout opener for streams, creeks and many popular Eastern Sierra lakes is Saturday. How popular? An estimated 10,000 anglers typically turn out at Crowley Lake. Trout stocking by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife already has begun.
The Yosemite Rivers Fly Shop (40827 Highway 41, Oakhurst) is hosting its sixth annual open house Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn how to tie flies or perfect that certain pattern with the expertise of six fly tiers who will be on hand. A free barbecue lunch will also be offered starting at noon. For details, call (559) 641-7788.
On April 17, the California Fish and Game Commission increased the possession limit of Chinook salmon from two to four in the Central Valley and the Klamath River basin for the 2015 season. All other regulations remain the same.