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Hiking the Pa’san Ridge Trail

Poppies and other colorful wildflowers were starting to come alive with our recent warm spell and we couldn’t wait to see if we could spot some. I just love poppies! Where: BLM, San Joaquin River Gorge Special Recreation Management Area Distance: 7.72 Miles Difficulty: Easy to Moderate, depending on how far you go Elevation Range: 636′ to 1,861′ Date: February 15, ...

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Wayward Ponies’ Home Fundraiser And Self-Guided Tour

Submitted by Lou Ann Sakaki CATHEYS VALLEY – Wayward Ponies’ Home will hold its seventh annual fundraising event indoors for the first time, on Saturday, Feb. 20, from noon till 2 p.m. at McKay Hall in the Catheys Valley County Park, located at 2820 E. Highway 140. Wayward Ponies’ Home is a small equine sanctuary providing a permanent home for ...

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Yosemite High Celebrates National FFA Week

Submitted by Courtney Herrera OAKHURST — With Spring semester in full swing, Yosemite FFA is busier than ever. We are proud to be hosting National FFA Week on campus from Monday through Friday, Feb. 22 – 26. This year’s theme is “On a Mission to Save the Tradition,” and we will have dress-up days such as Patriotic Day, and play ...

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Hiking From Yosemite Valley up the Snow Creek Trail

We got a real workout on the toughest trail out of the Yosemite Valley and were rewarded with amazing views of Clouds Rest and Half Dome that you can see no other way. Not all hikes go as planned and this one definitely fell in that category. Where: Yosemite National Park Distance: About 11 Miles Difficulty: Strenuous Elevation Range: 3,972 – ...

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Fear Of Falling? Tips For Prevention

By Virginia Eaton — I have been developing a Fall Prevention program for Oakhurst area residents and the most poignant fact from the research has been this: if you are afraid of falling, you are more likely to fall! Those lacking confidence in their ability to stay upright tend to keep their eyes down and thus miss important obstacles. They ...

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Oakhurst Head Start Stays Open For Now

OAKHURST — A group of parents and community members attended a Board meeting in Madera on Thursday, Feb. 11 and got their wish: the Oakhurst Head Start center, which had been on the verge of closing its doors permanently, will continue operation for the foreseeable future. At a regularly scheduled meeting, the Community Action Partnership of Madera County (CAP-MC) Board ...

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O’s Badger Sports Bulletin: Seeking Playoff Berths

O’s Badger Sports Bulletin, Vol. 1, Issue 4, by Yosemite High School Athletic Director Rusty Oetinger — Last week the Badger sports teams played their rivals over in Auberry. The week got off to a rousing start with the girls Soccer and Basketball teams visiting Sierra. The girls Soccer team played a very strange game that ended in a tie, ...

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Hiking to Stevenson Falls

Hiking along the San Joaquin River Gorge to this awesome 500 foot cascading waterfall is always full of beautiful views and we had a few surprises along the way, including the first poppies of the year. Where: Sierra National Forest Distance: About 14 Miles (About 6 miles rt to the falls) Dificulty: Moderate Elevation Range: 1,935′ to 2,387′ Date: February 3, ...

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Exercise Your Right To Feel Great All Day Long

By Virginia Eaton — I’m not sure who decided that an exercise class ought to be an hour long. Why not 40 minutes, or 70 minutes? I think human beings squeeze appointments into a calendar to accommodate the calendar rather than the human being! The body needs regular movement and exercise throughout the day, and a single 60-minute session a ...

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International Student Exchange Seeks Host Families

Submitted by Joey Stoops — MOUNTAIN AREA — Forte International Exchange Association (FIEA) is looking for local families to host international students, ages 15 to 18, in Madera County, Fresno County, Merced County and Mariposa County areas for the 2016-2017 academic year. FIEA is a Washington, DC based non-profit organization dedicated to international cultural exchange. It is designated by the ...

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