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What To Do Before The Tax Year Ends Dec. 31

WASHINGTON – As tax filing season approaches, the Internal Revenue Service is reminding taxpayers there are things they should do now to get ready for filing season. For most taxpayers, Dec. 31 is the last day to take actions that will impact their 2016 tax returns. For example, charitable contributions are deductible in the year made. Donations charged to a ...

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PG&E Prepares For Heavy Wind And Rain

CENTRAL CALIFORNIA — PG&E forecasters have issued an advisory to their crews in the Yosemite, Fresno and Kern Divisions that strong winds and heavy rain are likely to occur beginning around midnight tonight and continuing until midday Friday. This storm has the potential to cause power outages for PG&E customers, particularly in mountain communities. Localized flooding is also possible. Everyone ...

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Bird Lovers Invited To Join The Christmas Bird Count

CENTRAL SIERRA — Bird lovers, photographers and anyone interested in the enjoying the variety of bird species in the Central Sierra are invited to join the National Audubon Society’s 117th Christmas Bird Count (CBC). The CBC is an annual international bird census that began on Christmas Day in 1900, and now takes place in more than 1,500 locations throughout the ...

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Listen Locally: KRYZ Community Radio

MOUNTAIN AREA — For many, this is a season of giving. In the dozen busy days leading up to Christmas on Sunday, Dec. 25, we invite readers to join in celebrating twelve local nonprofits and the people behind them who are making a difference. We start with a locally broadcast and internet streaming source of news and entertainment playing great music ...

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Christmas Tree Fire Safety Tips

MOUNTAIN AREA — The National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) wants to remind everyone that, as you deck the halls this holiday season, be fire smart. A small fire that spreads to a Christmas tree can grow large very quickly, they say. Here are some tips from the NFPA: Picking the tree: Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do ...

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Winter Dreaming With The Mariposa Symphony Orchestra

MARIPOSA —  The Mariposa Symphony Orchestra’s 15th Season continues as its Festive Holiday Concert is performed on Saturday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m. in the Fiester Auditorium of Mariposa County High School. The concert features a major work by Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, though not the suite from his ballet The Nutcracker, which many orchestras – including the MSO ...

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Matthiessen Features “Birds of Ecuador” In Audubon Program

MARIPOSA — Yosemite Area Audubon will offer Sierra foothill residents another virtual birding experience in an exotic locale at its monthly program in Mariposa on Thursday, Dec. 8. Birder and photographer extraordinaire Matthew Matthiessen, an engaging storyteller and world-class photographer who has previously captivated local audiences with entertaining slide talks featuring his birding adventures in Peru, Brazil, Cuba, Ethiopia and ...

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Local Man Dies In Hazard Tree Removal Operation

COARSEGOLD — A local man was fatally injured in an industrial accident while removing hazard trees in the Coulterville-Greeley Hill area of Mariposa County, according to Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office PIO Kristie Mitchell. At approximately noon on Thursday, Dec. 1, Coarsegold resident Nash Mayer, 40, was working as part of the ground crew felling a hazard tree on Sugar Pine Drive, says ...

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A Look At Life Through Others’ Eyes

By Cara Goger —  MARIPOSA – The Mariposa County Arts Council invites the public to the opening reception of two concurrent exhibitions at the Treetop Gallery. I Am The Dream For Myself: Images by Refugee and Immigrant Youth (Photographs from the AjA Project’s Permanent Collection) and Photos from the Field: Images from F/STOP open on Friday, Dec. 9, from 4 to 6 p.m. ...

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CHP Is Out In Force This Weekend

CALIFORNIA — While most folks are enjoying the Thanksgiving holiday with friends and family, most of the officers of the California Highway Patrol (CHP) will be out on the roadways, helping to ensure that everyone returns home safely from their travels. Millions of Californians will be on the road this Thanksgiving holiday weekend, and while this time of year is ...

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