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Planning Dept. Seeks Input On Transportation System

MARIPOSA COUNTY –  The Mariposa County Planning Department is conducting a survey of employee and resident transportation needs as part of the “Town of Mariposa Transit Center Feasibility Study.” Input from the community is very important to the process. The study is funded by a Caltrans planning grant. The community is asked to please take a moment to download the ...

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Yosemite Distributes 1,000 Free Passes To 4th Graders

YOSEMITE — Yosemite National Park has distributed approximately 1,000 free park passes to Fourth Graders through the “Every Kid in a Park” program. Fourth graders from across the country brought their vouchers to Yosemite to receive the free park pass. The passes are intended for fourth grade students and their families to visit more than 2,000 federal recreation areas through ...

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Audubon Christmas Bird Count

MOUNTAIN AREA – Bird lovers, photographers and others are invited to join the National Audubon Society’s 116th Christmas Bird Count (CBC). The CBC is an annual international bird census that began on Christmas Day in 1900, and now takes place in more than 1,500 locations throughout the Americas. This season the Christmas Bird Count will be held in the foothill ...

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Permit Exemption For Dead Tree Removal Extended

SACRAMENTO – As California’s severe drought and bark beetle epidemic has left millions of trees dead, the California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection last week voted to extend a drought mortality exemption to the state’s tree removal permitting process. “With massive tree mortality across California, this exemption streamlines the process for landowners who are working to reduce their wildfire ...

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Campaign For Families Of Those Lost In SkyLife Tragedy

CENTRAL CALIFORNIA — Anyone wishing to support the families of the SkyLife crew that was lost last week in a tragic accident, can do so by donating to a YouCaring fund that has been set up by their colleagues. On Thursday, Dec. 10, Skylife H4, a medical helicopter based out of Visalia, Calif., was on an emergency flight from Porterville ...

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Sierra National Forest Addresses Tree Mortality

Submitted by the Sierra National Forest SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST – Following four years of drought, forests throughout the Southern Sierra are experiencing a tree mortality event at a scale unprecedented in recorded history. Locals and visitors to the Sierra National Forest (SNF) are well aware of this event, as dead trees are visible in staggering numbers throughout the landscape. Beyond ...

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Dashing Through The Snow With MSO

MARIPOSA – The Mariposa Symphony Orchestra’s upcoming Festive Holiday Concert features no fewer than four musical sleigh rides. And considering both the weather forecasts and season to date, a sleigh may be a suitable way to negotiate the Yosemite region, suggests MSO Founder/Conductor Les Marsden. The MSO’s popular annual concert event will be held in Mariposa County High School’s Fiester ...

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Yosemite Updates Wilderness Management Plan

YOSEMITE — Public scoping for Yosemite National Park’s planning and environmental impact analysis for the Yosemite Wilderness Stewardship Plan is open, and comments will be accepted through Jan. 29, 2016. Yosemite’s Wilderness is currently managed under the 1989 Wilderness Management Plan. The park needs to update this plan to incorporate current information about visitor use patterns, methods of managing visitor ...

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Lots Of Firewood As Road 274 Project Completed

BASS LAKE — More than 1,300 dead and dying trees have been taken down along Road 274, eliminating hazards to motorists and providing residents with a wealth of easily accessible firewood. On Wednesday, Dec. 9, crews from Cal Fire and the U.S. Forest Service completed the last stretch of Road 274 between Marina View and Mono Wind Way, dropping about ...

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Two Suffer Major Injuries While Running From Police

OAKHURST – Two mountain area residents were transported to the hospital last night after suffering major injuries in a rollover while attempting to evade police, according to CHP. Around midnight on Friday, Dec. 11, officers initiated a traffic stop on a brand new 2016 Nissan Maxima on Highway 41 near 49 in Oakhurst. The Nissan was being driven by Anthony ...

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