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Yosemite Announces Centennial Ambassadors

YOSEMITE — Yosemite National Park announced today that a prestigious group of park supporters and advocates has been announced to be Yosemite Centennial Ambassadors. The Yosemite Centennial Ambassadors were selected from a wide variety of backgrounds and include musicians, scientists, artists, athletes, historians, writers, public officials and educators. Each ambassador shares a unique story, love, and commitment for Yosemite National ...

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Agencies Focus On Expanding Beneficial Use Of Fire

SACRAMENTO – Federal and State agency officials gathered today with conservation and community fire protection groups to kick off the inaugural workshop for a Memorandum of Understanding that will “promote the careful and expanded use of fire for natural resource and other social benefits in California,” said Cal Fire in a statement released today. Wildland fuels are continuing to build ...

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Good News As State Measures Snowpack

SACRAMENTO – Results of the winter’s second media-oriented manual snow survey by the Department of Water Resources (DWR) confirmed what Californians already know — It’s raining and snowing much more this winter than last. Rainfall and the Sierra Nevada snowpack’s water content are both markedly improved this water year, and storage in the state’s major reservoirs also has increased significantly ...

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Cal Fire Awards Grants in High Tree Mortality Areas

SACRAMENTO – Three agencies in Madera and Mariposa Counties that are dedicated to fire safety and resource conservation have been awarded over half-a-million dollars in grants for projects designed to address the massive tree mortality across the area. Cal Fire announced Monday it has awarded 19 State Responsibility Area Fire Prevention Fund grants in six counties that have been greatly ...

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Funding For Restoration Of Mariposa Grove Of Giant Sequoias

YOSEMITE — The National Park Service announced $15 million in support of 69 projects in 63 parks, including $1,165,000 for the Restoration of the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias at Yosemite National Park. This funding augments other National Park Service funds and a Yosemite Conservancy donation of $20 million to make the restoration project possible. This landmark restoration of the ...

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New Laws Affecting Motorists In 2016

SACRAMENTO — As 2016 approaches, so does the implementation of a slate of new laws, signed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. during the 2015 legislative session. These new laws apply to various aspects of roadway safety, and as part of its mission to save lives, the CHP wants to keep the public well informed on upcoming changes: Hit-and-run (AB ...

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CHP Working To Keep Your Holidays Merry

SACRAMENTO – California Highway Patrol officers across the state will be giving up time with their families this Christmas to help ensure that your holidays are not marred by tragedy. The CHP’s wish this holiday season is for everyone to stay safe during their travels. They remind drivers to follow the posted speed limit, buckle up, avoid distractions while driving, ...

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Website Gives SR-99 Commuters Real-Time Info

CENTRAL CALIFORNIA — Commuters who use State Route 99 between Clinton and Ashlan will want to take advantage of the detailed information provided on the new California Department of Transportation (Caltrans-Fresno) website for the State Route 99 Realignment project in Fresno County. Caltrans and Granite Construction invite you to visit http://99realignment.blogspot.com. Readers can subscribe in order to receive the latest ...

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Bighorn Sheep Star In New Episode Of Yosemite Nature Notes

YOSEMITE — A new episode of Yosemite Nature Notes entitled “Bighorn Sheep” is now available for viewing. The video features stunning footage of Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep, interviews with wildlife biologists, and a special focus on the re-introduction of these magnificent animals to the Cathedral Range in Yosemite National Park in March 2015. The video is posted on the park’s ...

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Teen Drivers Have More Fatal Accidents

SACRAMENTO – The use of a cell phone while driving increases your chances of being involved in a collision by 400 percent, says the CHP. Is it really worth losing a family member or loved one, getting into a collision, increased insurance rates, or getting a citation? For the past four years, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) has partnered with ...

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