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Repairs Continue On Big Oak Flat Road

YOSEMITE — After being closed for nearly three weeks for major repairs, Highway 41 into Yosemite reopened yesterday afternoon to one-way traffic. However, Highway 120 remains closed due to severe road damage. Yosemite National Park continues work to repair the Big Oak Flat Road (continuation of Highway 120 ) leading to Yosemite Valley. Severe winter storms have impacted the road ...

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Agricultural Cannabis Growers Now Eligible For PG&E Ag Rate

SAN FRANCISCO — While recreational marijuana cannot be sold in California until January 2018, PG&E has announced that existing medical marijuana growers and future recreational marijuana growers will be eligible as of Mar. 1 for PG&E’s agricultural energy rate. The passage of Proposition 64 in November 2016 allows the state to license and regulate recreational marijuana cultivation and businesses. “Cannabis ...

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Yosemite National Park Works To Repair Big Oak Flat Road

YOSEMITE — Yosemite National Park is moving forward with repairs to the damaged Big Oak Flat Road (Highway 120 West) leading to Yosemite Valley. Severe storms have impacted the road and it continues to be unsafe for vehicular travel. The road has been closed since late February between Crane Valley and Foresta. The Federal Highways Administration has selected a contractor ...

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Sierra Snowpack Is Far Above Average

SACRAMENTO – The Sierra Nevada snowpack continues to build during one of the wettest winters in California’s recorded history. Today’s manual snow survey by the Department of Water Resources (DWR) at Phillips Station in the Sierra Nevada found a snow water equivalent (SWE) of 43.4 inches. February’s Phillips survey found 28.0 inches of SWE, and January’s reading was 6.0 inches. ...

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Highway 41 To Yosemite Road Closure Extended

FISH CAMP — With two out of three roads into Yosemite National Park out of commission, including the popular south gate entrance north of Fish Camp, the question on the minds of many is likely to be, “so when will Highway 41 reopen?” Photos by Virginia Lazar – click to enlarge The California Department of Transportation confirmed today that Highway 41 into Yosemite will ...

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Highway 120 Into Yosemite Closed Due To Storm Damage

YOSEMITE — Highway 140 through El Portal is now the only road into Yosemite National Park. It has just been announced that Highway 120 (Big Oak Flat Road) is now closed between Foresta and Crane Flat, 24 hours a day, with no access to Yosemite Valley from west of Crane Flat. The road has been closed due to continuing storm ...

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Update On Highway 41 To Yosemite Road Closure

FISH CAMP — Caltrans anticipates Highway 41 north of Fish Camp will remain closed in both directions for the rest of the week and into next week. Click on images courtesy of Caltrans to enlarge. The closure is located north of the town of Fish Camp and south of the turnoff to Mt. Raymond Road. The Tenaya Lodge is still ...

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Flood Watch Continues For The Central Sierra

CENTRAL SIERRA — A Flood Watch remains in effect from 10 p.m. this evening through Tuesday morning, Feb. 21, says the National Weather Service in Hanford. The Flood Watch is for portions of central California including the following areas: Madera, Mariposa, and Fresno County foothills East Central San Joaquin Valley Sierra Nevada from Yosemite to Kings Canyon Tulare County Foothill ...

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Congressman McClintock Town Hall Meeting

MARIPOSA — Congressman Tom McClintock will hold a town hall meeting in Mariposa on Tuesday, Feb.  21, and the public is invited to attend. The meeting will be held at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds Building A, located at 5007 Fairgrounds Road. The Town Hall starts at 6 p.m. Information about upcoming town hall meetings can be found on the Congressman’s website ...

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Flash Flood Watch Issued For The Central Sierra

CENTRAL CALIFORNIA — The National Weather Service in Hanford has issued a Flash Flood Watch for a wide area of the central and southern Sierra from 4 a.m. today through 4 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18. A strong and moist Pacific storm will bring widespread rain to much of the area Friday. Periods of moderate to heavy rain will lead ...

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