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Harden Your Home Against Wildfire — What Does That Mean?

By Roger Maybee — One way or the other, by now you have probably heard the terms “firewise” and “harden your home.” But what does it really mean? Being firewise is being knowledgeable on how wildfire behavior affects you. Hardening your home against wildfire just means taking steps to improve the chance of your home and structures withstanding ignition by ...

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Homeowners’ Financial Assistance To Fell Dead Trees

MOUNTAIN AREA — The Coarsegold Resource Conservation District (CRCD) anticipates that they will have some money to help qualified homeowners who need to fell dead trees within 100-feet of their dwelling. “The money comes from the Cal Fire Department of Forestry and Fire Protection – Tree Mortality grant,” explains Anne Melrose, Executive Director of the CRCD. “We are hoping to offer funds to ...

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Escape to Carrizo Plain’s Superbloom

The Carrizo Plain and foothills that border it were popping with sweeping displays of wildflower in yellow and purple hews. It was a heck of a long, one day drive from the Oakhurst area but it was so worth it! If this sounds like a drive that you want to take, you had better do it quick because it won’t ...

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Do You Need Vitamin D? Answer May Surprise You

Sometimes I find it easier to write in public places, where there is no laundry calling my name. One such time recently, as I was researching a topic, I was also eavesdropping on a gaggle of women comparing their vitamin D test results. Apparently, they had all been told, in the last five years, that they were deficient in vitamin D ...

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Law Day Yosemite Focus Is WWII Japanese Internment

YOSEMITE — The Fifth Annual Law Day Yosemite will be held this year on Friday, Apr. 28, beginning at 10 a.m. in Yosemite Valley, on the playing field of Yosemite Elementary School. This year’s theme is “Not to Be Forgotten: Legal Lessons of the Japanese Internment.” Seventy-five years ago the United States entered into World War II following the Japanese attack ...

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Mountain Lion Encounters – What Should You Do?

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST — Following reports of two separate and confirmed accounts of mountain lion activity within the Sierra National Forest in the Jose Basin and Pine Ridge areas, SNF officials are reminding people who are frequent hikers or visitors to be extra cautious. Here are a few tips to keep you safe while enjoying your Forest. If you do ...

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Hiking from Sky Harbor along Millerton Lake

Lupine really really showing off their dramatic purple long plumes of flowers but they weren’t the only wildflowers I saw as I hiked along Millerton Lake. Where: Millerton Lake State Recreation Area, San Joaquin River Gorge Special Management Area, Bureau of Land Management Distance: 6 Miles, but you can go shorter or longer Difficulty: Easy to Moderate Elevation Range: 575′ ...

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Coffee Creamers: The Good, The Bad, The Gross

When I began coaching clients, one of the very first things that I learned was not to suggest that he or she stop drinking coffee. Even the suggestion to cut back on the number of cups in a day deafened their ears to anything else I would have to say. Coffee absolutely can be part of a healthy eating plan. ...

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Oakhurst Woodcarver’s Rendezvous 10th Anniversary

OAKHURST – The California Carvers Guild celebrates the 10th annual Oakhurst Woodcarver’s Rendezvous at the Oakhurst Community Center during the week of Sunday, Apr. 23 through Saturday, Apr. 29. Woodcarvers travel from around the state and beyond attend this special week of carving and camaraderie. The Rendezvous is made up of carving sessions, demonstrations, and seminars for all level of carvers: beginning, ...

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Innovative Ideas For Oakhurst Community College Center

By Dennis Spear — After bond Measure C was passed last summer, setting aside about $25 million for the new Oakhurst Community College Center (OCCC), the project is now in early planning stages and College officials are requesting your ideas for instructional programs which will benefit students and the Oakhurst community. This is a rare opportunity to create a dynamic institution ...

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