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Riley And The Animal Compassion Team

RAYMOND — Riley Hardison will be a sophomore in high school this fall and, thanks to a project began at Raymond-Knowles School, she and her mom have fostered nearly 100 dogs at their home in just about a year-and-a-half. Not all at once, Riley is quick to point out! Riley, 14, is a Yosemite High School student, where her mother, Rebecca, is a teacher. ...

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Hiking to Alder Creek Falls

I was curious about how much water was coming out of Alder Creek Falls and was really hoping to see some wildflowers, especially those beautiful harlequin lupine. Sure enough, there was lots of water gushing over the edge of Alder Creek Falls and I think those harlequin lupine were happy to see me. Where: Yosemite National Park Distance: 11.88 Miles ...

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Biking Across America With Bob: We’ve Got Issues

Editor’s Note: As longtime Oakhurst resident Bob Kaspar continues an epic coast-to-coast ride from California to his hometown near Boston, he checks in from the road. Pagosa Springs, Colorado, is a large natural hot springs on the San Juan River whose ownership was contested for many years between the Ute and Navajo tribes. Click on images to enlarge. Ownership was finally settled ...

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The History Mystery #53

By Roger Mitchell — A few years ago, I was attending a wedding reception, talking to a gentleman who seemed to be very knowledgeable regarding Madera County history. Somehow the subject of the oldest dwelling structure in what is now Madera County came up. I had researched that very subject once, and I felt confident when I expressed the view ...

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Books, Birthdays And Superheroes

OAKHURST — Branches Books & Gifts is celebrating their 4th birthday on Saturday, Jun. 3 from 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. and the public is cordially invited to attend the free, fun, family-friendly event. Branches’ owner Anne Driscoll says people are encouraged to dress up as a favorite super hero and come meet Wonder Woman, Batman and Captain America, while learning tricks of ...

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Veterans’ Memorial Dedication On Flag Day At Ahwahnee Park

AHWAHNEE — Veterans and all others in the community are invited to celebrate an important new installation at Ahwahnee Hills Regional Park on Flag Day, Wednesday, Jun. 14. Ceremonies begin at 10 a.m. for the dedication of a special monument in honor of veterans of all branches of the United States Armed Forces.  The monument is a project nearing completion, developed by local groups ...

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List-Lover Leaves Us With The Last Word

I received a ‘Memory” on Facebook the other day reminding me that I moved to Oakhurst five years ago this week. It was such an adventure leaving Salt Lake City where I had lived for 20 years, raised my children and essentially grew up. I tend not to go backwards into my memories. I would rather look forward to the ...

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Bass Lake Love Letter

BASS LAKE — There’s a new theme in the works around the lake this year: play like a local. In order to bring meaning to the message, a handful of local writers and photographers were invited by Visit Yosemite Madera County to spend an afternoon galavanting around the resorts and properties that line Bass Lake, seeking out what’s new this summer and ...

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You’re Invited To Nic Medina’s Welcome Home Party!

OAKHURST — After more than six months, Nicolas Medina is back at home following a devastating car accident, from which he has recovered beyond all expectation. Now, friends and supporters are invited to a celebration on Saturday, May 27 at the Oakhurst Community Center from 2 – 5 p.m. Let there be cake! “Nicolas was in an accident on Oct. ...

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