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Hiking from Olmsted Point to Mt. Watkins and Beyond

It was a warm November day and Tioga Road had just re-opened. We had the trail and amazing views all to ourselves of Half Dome, Clouds Rest, Tenaya Canyon and the snow covered peaks beyond. It was a perfect day in my book! Where: Yosemite National Park Distance: 11.77 Miles Difficulty: Easy to Moderate Elevation Range: 7,437′ – 8,497′ Date: ...

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Thanksgiving With A Little Less Sugar

You blinked, and it’s here: Thanksgiving, also known as 38 minutes of eating a meal that takes 36 hours to make and 8 hours to digest. When it comes to cooking, in a world of Turducken, nothing seems simple, anymore. Is your turkey free range, organic and college educated? Will you brine, BBQ, bake or deep fry, bringing new meaning ...

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Strength, Confidence, Spirit, And Trophies

Submitted by Wendy Kenison —  OAKHURST — The Yosemite High School Badger Marching Band and Color Guard has had a very successful 2016 competitive marching season. Under the direction of Francisco Marquez, the Student Band Leadership Council elected to concentrate on field shows this year. While successfully marching in the parade portion in years past, this allowed the band to ...

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What We Choose To Focus On

Don’t you love how the universe offers you lessons when you least want to deal with them? This election season has been full of opportunities to examine and reexamine our politics, our beliefs, and our perspectives. In addition to the election craziness, I am in the process of winding down and closing my business, Class, The Body Pastiche. I opened ...

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Skiers, Snowboarders Needed For All Skill Levels

YOSEMITE — Can you ski? Can you snowboard? Cooler temperatures and clouds over the Sierra crest are a reminder that winter is on its way, and with it the 55th year of ski and snowboard programs for our mountain area school students through Mountain Area Ski School (MASS). “MASS needs volunteers for all levels of instruction in order to continue ...

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Bracebridge Dinner Performances Need Community Participants 

YOSEMITE — Celebrated annually since 1927, the renowned Bracebridge Dinner transforms The Majestic Yosemite Hotel’s Dining Room into a Old English-era hall filled with Christmas festivities. The inspiration for this incredible Yuletide ceremony was Washington Irving’s Sketch Book about Squire Bracebridge and Christmas traditions of the period. More than 100 cast members portray the Squire and his family, their servants, the ...

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A Visit To The Enchanted Florist

OAKHURST — Cross the threshold into Jennifer Lyster’s new shop, The Enchanted Florist and Whatnots, and you’ll have a good idea why it’s called enchanted. Spend some time talking with Jennifer, herself, and you’ll understand completely. Click on images to enlarge. The open, airy shop was established in mid-September, with an outstanding array of floral choices delivered or picked up for ...

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Madera County’s Newest Deputy Dog Wins Over The Crowd

NORTH FORK — Madera County’s newest K9 officer provided a demonstration last week for the group that helped to make his acquisition possible. On Wednesday, Nov. 9, members of the Friendship Circle at Grace Community Church in North Fork were honored with a special visit from Gastone, the 2-year-old Belgian Malinois whose purchase was made possible in part by the ...

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Hiking up the 4 Mile Trail to Glacier Point

Views of snow capped mountains and flowing waterfalls were our reward once we made it to the top but Yosemite Falls with rainbows was also pretty darn special. Where: Yosemite National Park Distance: 9.85 Miles Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous Elevation Range: 3,980′ – 7,221′ Date: November 4, 2016 Maps: El Capitan Topographic Quad Dog Hike? No, dogs not allowed in ...

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Welcome Back Aboard The USS John R. Perry, 1967-68

COARSEGOLD — Former Navy man and area resident John Zingrich wanted to reconnect with shipmates on the USS John R. Perry, a destroyer escort ship that then-Naval Petty Officer Zingrich sailed on for two years in 1967 – 68 during the Vietnam era. To do this, he created a website and now, his fellow shipmates are posting pictures and memories, and catching up after ...

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