Snow closes roads at higher elevations
This week’s storms dusted the Sierra Nevada with snow, forcing some road closures at higher elevations.
Chains or four-wheel-drive vehicles with snow tires may be required.
For those visiting Yosemite National Park, there were no restrictions inside Yosemite Valley, but chains or four-wheel-drive vehicles were required on other roads, including Highway 41 to Big Oak Flat Road and Highway 120 west of Crane Flat.
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As of Wednesday, Hetch Hetchy Road, Tioga Road, Glacier Point Road and Mariposa Grove Road were closed because of snow.
For up-to-date conditions at Yosemite, visit www.nps.gov/yose or call (209) 372-0200, then press 1, 1.
Travelers planning to drive above 4,000 feet at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks faced chain or four-wheel-drive mandates on most roads, including Highway 180 into Grant Grove. Generals Highway connecting the parks was closed.
Updates for those two parks are available at www.nps.gov/seki or (559) 565-3341, then press 1, 1.
Tulare Co. youth can see Sequoia National Park for free
Sequoia National Park is offering free trips to the giant trees for 1,200 Tulare County youths (K-12) and their chaperones through Sept. 1.
It is made possible through the Kids to Trees Grant, a partnership with the Sequoia Shuttle and inspired by the National Park Service’s Healthy Parks, Healthy People movement.
Each person gets a round-trip ride into the park via the shuttle and free rides once inside to all key attractions and trailheads. A ranger-led orientation to the park also will be offered.
Information, registration: Jessica Blanchfield at (559) 454-9400 x211.
CDFW taking applications for deer and pig hunts
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is accepting applications for a limited number of deer and pig hunt access permits on opening weekend, Aug. 8-9, along the upper and lower Cottonwood Creek and San Luis Reservoir wildlife areas (Zone A).
Reservations are required to access wildlife areas and only 30 permits will be issued for each day. Junior hunters must sign up with an adult; up to three people may apply as one party per application.
Apply via the hunting tab at www.wildlife.ca.gov or by calling Fish and Wildlife’s Los Banos office at (209) 826-0463 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Completed applications should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to the Los Banos office at 18110 W. Henry Miller Ave., 93635.
Forms must be received in the office by 4:30 p.m. July 3. Winners will be selected in a computerized drawing July 6.
32nd Run for Relief
When: 7 a.m. Saturday (6:45 a.m. registration and packet pickup)
Where: Start and finish at Fresno Pacific track (Willow Avenue south of Butler)
The annual Run for Relief 10K is the fifth installment of this year’s Valley Runner of the Year Series. The 10-point main event starts at 7 a.m. In addition, a 2-mile Fun Run is also offered. Winners in each age group of the 10K run will receive hand-crafted mugs and the top 10 finishers in the 2-mile Fun Run will receive a medallion.
Entry costs $30 and is payable on race day.
For more information, visit www.proracegroup.com or call (559) 638-5565, (559) 618-0218 or (559) 456-0535.
Run for the Children 5K
When: 7 a.m. Saturday
Where: Railroad Park North (805 N. Peach Ave, Clovis)
The Run for Children 5K , in its 32nd running, helps increase awareness of child abuse and raise funds for local nonprofit Breaking the Silence. The run will feature chip timing and refreshment stations at miles 1 and 2. All finishers will receive a medallion. Trophies will be awarded to top three male and female runners. Registration is $35.
News & notes
• Explore the McKenzie Preserve at your leisure Saturday during the annual open house hosted by the Sierra Foothill Conservancy. There is a $2 parking fee. Details:www.sierrafoothill.org
• The 15th annual Walking for Prader-Willi Syndrome, hosted by Paula and Mike Watney, is April 18 at Dry Creek Park in Clovis. To register, go towww.pwcf.org/WalkingForPWS
• Admission to all national parks, including Yosemite, Pinnacles and Sequoia/Kings Canyon, is free April 18-19 in celebration of National Park Week. April 18 is also Junior Ranger Day at Sequoia/Kings Canyon. Free activities for youths will be offered at the Foothills and Kings Canyon visitor centers and Giant Forest Museum. Details:www.nps.gov/seki