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Family Vacation Includes Saving A Life At Bass Lake

BASS LAKE — After posting our story on an elderly man who fell some 150 feet down to the rocky banks of Willow Creek on Sunday, we were contacted by one of the amazing young men who rendered aid and stayed by his side until help arrived. “My name is Davis Young and I was the young man in the ...

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June Snowshoeing up to Gaylor and Granite Lakes

I know it is June but we snowshoed up to Gaylor and Granite Lakes, with a side trip to the old abandoned mining town of Dana City in the Tioga Pass area. If the hot weather is getting you down, maybe these pictures will help you cool off. Where: Yosemite National Park, Inyo National Forest Distance: 4.7 Miles Difficulty: Moderate ...

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Anti-Aging Begins with Protection

Written by Virginia Eaton — The two worst things that we do to our skin are smoking and exposing it to the sun. Since there isn’t much I can say about smoking that you don’t already know, I’m going to leave that alone for now. However, sunscreen is another story all together. The research out there that suggests blocking exposure ...

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Years Of Living Badgerously Pay Off For Mrs. P And Class Of ’16

OAKHURST — Rousing cheers, thunderous foot-stomping and non-stop applause accompanied the Class of 2016 as they entered the gym for their last rally as students at Yosemite High School today. Displaying typical pride as this Year of Living Badgerously comes to a close, the senior class stormed, skipped, ran and leapt across the floor in a blue parade of bright ...

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History Mystery #41

This is a real photo postcard of the type commonly used to send images of a person or location to friends and family. It is just one of the several hundred photos given to the Research Library of the Sierra Historical Society by Jack Gyer before his death. Before he began to publish the Sierra Star in 1957, Jack was ...

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Impressions Of Nature At Timberline

OAKHURST — Stop by Timberline Gallery during the month of June to see a unique collection, including a new installation of photography and gourd art in the special features room. Photographers include Andrew Erikson, Karen Tillson, and Wendy Dent. Gourd artists are Gretchen Lee, Vivian Helena Aumond-Capone, and Jacqueline Kurtt. Gretchen Lee is a formally trained artist whose current medium of expression is gourds, grown in ...

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The Torch Is Passed, The Heroes Honored

NORTH FORK — For 40 years, one dedicated World War II veteran has been honoring those who served by placing flags at each of their graves in the North Fork Cemetery on Memorial Day and Veterans Day. This year, after the community lost this stalwart soldier to cancer, there was a changing of the guard. George Priest passed away in ...

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Hiking up to Alder Creek Falls

Those colorful harlequin lupines can put on quite the display on this trail but what would they look like this year? We were definitely looking forward to seeing how much water was coming over Alder Creek Falls and the many other wildflowers along this trail. Where: Yosemite National Park Distance: 13.36 Miles Difficulty: Moderate Elevation Range: 4,028′ – 5,845′ Date: ...

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New Food Labels Are Good For Consumers

Written by Virginia Eaton — For the first time since 1996 the FDA has updated the requirements for the type of information that should appear on food labels and how that information should look. This is a boon for consumers who have been inundated with information about what is healthy and what is harmful but, when you pick up a ...

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The Making of a Paid Call Firefighter Pt. 2 – The Training

Written by Bill Ritchey — Realistic Training for Real Emergencies MADERA COUNTY — On a Sunday morning in March, the time had come for twelve Madera County Fire Department Paid Call Firefighter (PCF) recruits to finally get their hands dirty. Nearly halfway through their 200-hour academy, they gathered at a Madera wrecking yard among dozens of mangled cars. Their mission: ...

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