From the Publisher
We dedicate this issue to the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Yosemite Grant Act – the historic beginning of both the California State and National Park systems. You can be part of this landmark event by participating in many themed activities scheduled from November 2013 through 2014. Read on! Inside you’ll find our humble homage to one of the most magnificent places on earth, as well as rich and colorful stories that we hope will enrich your Central Sierra experience year round. You’ll learn about the treasures found in our four area State Parks, secretive getaways, the tumultuous history of water rights in Calaveras County, the welcomed addition of a new Sno-Park dedicated to people-powered recreation, and an introduction to enterprising new wineries in our area, the green movement of solar cars, winsome ways to weed your garden and, of course, another poetic journey of the Chance family. Please join our “Seasoned” writers, photographers, artists and historians, who have pooled all their experiences together to bring you this Winter/Spring issue, and join with us in celebrating Yosemite and its amazing corridor of plenty.
Jan Hovey, Editor