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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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New Yosemite Website Features First-Ever Online Bear Tracker

YOSEMITE – Yosemite National Park and Yosemite Conservancy today announced the launch of KeepBearsWild.org, a new website to protect the park’s iconic black bears. The website features the National Park Service’s first online bear tracker, information on ways for the public to help save bears, and eye-opening photography and videos not before available to the public. “KeepBearsWild.org is an important ...

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Twice As Nice: Two Ducklings, One Egg

NORTH FORK — Arista Flanagan couldn’t believe her eyes when she checked in on the incubator to see if the family’s duck eggs had hatched. Her sons, Devlin and Ryker were excited. “We have a two-year-old and almost-five-year old, and they have been watching the chicks and ducklings growing in the eggs,” says Arista. Yet, she felt confused when she encountered the newest hatchlings ...

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The History Mystery #51

E Clampus Vitus Grub Gulch 41-49 has been researching the Yosemite Stage Route and the stage stop west of Blackhawk Lodge. This route left Madera, stopped at the Adobe Ranch, then Bates Station, went north and cut westward to the Zebra area. At the end of Longhollow Court in Yosemite Lakes Park is the supposed site of a stage stop, ...

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Hiking with the Cows along the San Joaquin River Gorge

We hiked with cows, sometimes sharing the same trail. We also had a traffic jam on the trail but we were more than happy to wait for our turn while we checked out the early spring blooms and gorgeous reflections along the San Joaquin River. Where: Bureau of Land Management, San Joaquin River Gorge Special Management Area, Millerton Lake State Recreation ...

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Huge Wins For Yosemite Decathlon State Team

SACRAMENTO — Yosemite High School and Yosemite Unified Alternative Education students competed and medaled at the state Decathlon against nearly 600 decathletes from throughout California. Brandon Healey earned a gold medal in essay and a bronze medal in mathematics. He competed in the Scholastic division earning him top ranks among more than 80 of the best decathletes in California. Kyra Cole received ...

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Mosquitoes Are Out: Guard Against Zika And West Nile

Everyone I know has been breathing a sigh of relief for the rain that has filled our wells and reservoirs, while bracing for the impact of summer sunshine on the waterlogged landscape. If you haven’t already lined someone up to take care of the weed whacking, you may want to get that on your “to do” list. A few weeks ago ...

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A Boy And His Dog And Their Community Service

OAKHURST — Every year at local schools, graduating senior students are tasked with completing a community service activity. When Yosemite High School started up last year, Joe Campbell, 18, was one such student, planning his Senior Project. Once Joe graduates with the Class of 2017, he’s going to pursue International Studies at Southern Oregon University. In the meantime, he still has work ...

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Hiking Along Eastman Lake

We headed up a trail that was lined with every color of wildflower that you could imagine. The glassy lake reflected the rocky Eastman Lake shore and we saw some critters. But those rattlesnakes were out and we have the proof! Distance: 8.1 Miles Difficulty: Easy to Moderate, depending on how far you go Elevation Range: 586′ to 709′ Date: ...

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