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Free Entrance To Yosemite On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

YOSEMITE – The first free-admission day to Yosemite National Park this year is on Monday, Jan. 16, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. In honor of the day, the United States Department of the Interior has declared all entrance fees for all public lands be waived. Yosemite has experienced an abundance of snowfall already this year throughout the ...

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One Stop Shop: Advanced Auto, Technique Towing, Hertz Auto Rental

OAKHURST — In 1990, Otto “Noe” Gramajo was working for Jeff Taylor at Jeff’s Fine Auto Service in Coarsegold. They specialized in Volvos, both maintenance and repair along with the sale of the popular foreign car. Jeff was looking to move to San Luis Obispo and Noe seized the moment by buying the company. Little did he know, a new life as an ...

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Hiking up Central Camp Road

An old railroad, lumber camp days, a beaver pond and Ginger Rogers all have something in common with our hike up Central Camp Road. Where: Sierra National Forest Distance: 14.29 Miles Difficulty: Easy to Moderate Elevation Range: 3,514′ – 5,038′ Date: December 22, 2016 Maps: Ahwahnee & Little Shuteye Topographic Quad Maps Dog Hike? Yes, depending on your dog I ...

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A Matter Of Mindfulness

If you made a new year’s resolution, this should be the week where you’re kicking it into high gear and feeling the joy of a week of accomplishing your goals. If this is you congratulations! However, if you set a resolution and are still waiting to get underway because “the kids aren’t back in school,” “it’s been raining all week,” ...

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The History Mystery #48

This is the start of the fifth year for the History Mystery on Sierra News Online. We would like to thank SNO, our loyal readers, and all those who have submitted information regarding our History Mysteries. The six organizations that prepare these mysteries have gained much information that they can pass on to the public. We are all fortunate to ...

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Hiking the Hartman Cutoff

Sometimes you just to need to get outside in winter and take a brisk walk on a dirt road through rolling green foothills with cows. Where: Near Raymond and Coarsegold, following a dirt road. Distance: 9.89 Miles Difficulty: Easy Elevation Range: 1,171′ – 1,752′ Date: December 19, 2016 Maps: Ben Hur and Daulton Topographic Quad Maps Dog Hike? Yes, depending ...

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Ice Rink, Nordic Center Open In Yosemite

YOSEMITE — Good news if you want to head down into the valley for some truly classic wintertime activity. The Half Dome Village Ice Rink is now open for the 2016-17 season. The new seasonal ice rink is located on the eastern section of Half Dome Village in the main parking area, with stunning views of Half Dome. According to ...

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Favorite Local Dog Hikes of SNO Readers

Favorite Dog Hikes of SNO Readers Thank you to the SNO readers who shared their favorite dog hikes with me. I look forward to adding more to this “living document” as more come in. I have included some basic information on these dog hikes and purposefully did not include detailed information on health, safety and conditioning related to hiking with ...

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This Holiday Smile Courtesy Of Madera County Sheriff’s Deputy

OAKHURST — When Anthony Gonzales’s truck was stolen from a local business on Halloween, he was forced to use his dirt bike for transportation, and it looked like Christmas might be tough this year. But an encounter with a Madera County Sheriff’s deputy at the gas station yesterday brought some Christmas cheer, rather than the feared citation for an expired ...

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Building A Future For Pets: EMC SPCA

MOUNTAIN AREA — In the midst of the holiday season we’re sharing the stories of a dozen groups and nonprofit organizations whose members are making a difference in our communities. We’ve profiled education, art, community, theater, broadcast, wildlife, music and more. Now we turn to our feline and canine companions, and the local organization that has been steadfast in its efforts to ...

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