Extreme athlete Dean Potter dies in BASE jumping accident

(AP) — Extreme athlete Dean Potter, renowned for his daring and sometimes rogue climbs and BASE jumps, was one of two men killed while attempting a wingsuit flight in Yosemite National Park, a park spokesman said Sunday.

Report: Central Valley tourism a $2.23B industry in '14

Fresno County's Blossom Trail is one local tourist destination that helped generate $1.37 billion in direct travel spending in the county last year. Photo via visitcalifornia.comTravel and tourism was a $2.23 billion industry supporting nearly 24,000 jobs in the four-county Central Valley region last year, according to new data from Dean Runyan Associates.

Sequoia Shuttle to sell $5 tickets May 21

Visalia-based Sequoia Shuttle will kick off the summer season on May 21 with special $5 round-trip tickets. 

Paltry snowpack forces skiers to higher ground amid drought 

(AP) — We've trudged through deep powder, braved icy slopes and weathered rain, wind and snow in an annual quest to reach a ski cabin in the wilderness of Sequoia National Park for the past 13 years. We always had skis on our feet — until this year.

Visalia weighs new downtown hotel to lure conventions

The Visalia City Council is exploring the development of a new hotel near the Visalia Convention Center.

January a hopping month in Sequoia, Kings Canyon parks

Visitation was up significantly in Kings Canyon and Sequoia national parks in January.Both Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks saw a major uptick in visitation in January, according to figures from the U.S. National Parks Service.

Climbers hope historic ascent inspires fans to follow dreams 

Adidas Outdoor athlete Kevin Jorgeson and partner Tommy Caldwell complete the first free ascent of El Capitan's historic Dawn Wall. (Photo Credit: Ted Distel/adidas Outdoor)(AP) — A day after completing what had been considered the world's most difficult rock climb, two Americans who spent 19 days living on a sheer granite wall said they hope their feat inspires others to follow their own passions.

Fresno Chaffee Zoo sets another attendance record

Fresno Chaffee Zoo attendance exceeded 700,000 last year for the first time in the zoo's history.Fresno Chaffee Zoo officials announced today that attendance for 2014 was another record breaker with 703,325 guests — eclipsing the 700,000 mark for the first time.

Climbers expected to reach top of Yosemite peak Wednesday

(AP) — Two climbers vying to finish the once-seemingly impossible challenge of scaling a sheer slab of granite in California's Yosemite National Park without climbing aids are closing in on the top of the 3,000-foot peak.

Yosemite climbers push to finish El Capitan ascent 

(AP) — One of two climbers attempting a grueling ascent up a half-mile of sheer granite in California's Yosemite National Park was making a push Monday to catch up with his partner.