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The History Mystery #50

RAYMOND — This month we have two items we would like folks to check out and see if they know what they are or what they were used for. They were donated by local museum visitors and came from old family homes. We have had many guesses but no definitive answer. The board item looks homemade and the green metal ...

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YAAS Presents Living With Wildlife Program In Oakhurst

Contributed by Len McKenzie — Californians, particularly in rural areas such as the Sierra foothills, are generally familiar with the pleasures and the challenges of living with wildlife. While viewing animals at close range, especially species not commonly seen, is usually exciting, some critters who live or venture close to our homes can become “problem” animals or nuisances, and occasional ...

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Half-Off Adoption Fees At Madera County Animal Shelter

MADERA COUNTY — The Madera County Animal Shelter wants to unite you with a forever friend by making it easier and cheaper to adopt. Now through Feb. 23, they are offering a Sweetheart Special on all dogs six months and older. Just $50 covers your adoption fee, vaccines, worming, microchip and spay or neuter fees. For lovers of Pitbulls, the ...

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Audubon Showcases Diverse Life In Vernal Pools

Contributed by Len McKenzie — Generous rains this winter have spawned a luxuriant rebirth of plant life in the Sierra foothills and Central Valley, greening up the landscape and bringing renewed vigor to its ecosystems. Beneficiaries of this largesse include the picturesque and biologically rich vernal pools that are a distinctive hallmark of this remarkable setting. The Yosemite Area Audubon ...

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Reforestation Workshop Scheduled For February

PRATHER — A Reforestation Workshop for forest land owners and foresters will be held on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Intermountain Nursery in Prather. The workshop is being hosted by Cal Fire, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and University of California Extension. Topics in the workshop will include: Forest ecology following heavy tree ...

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Audubon Program Showcases Ugandan Wildlife

Contributed by Len McKenzie — OAKHURST — Here’s the event we’ve all been waiting for, as it was cancelled last week due to inclement weather and is now scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 19. Sierra foothill residents who have enjoyed Mariposan Matthew Matthiessen’s slide programs for the Yosemite Area Audubon Society (YAAS) or other local organizations know the John C. Fremont ...

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The History Mystery #48

This is the start of the fifth year for the History Mystery on Sierra News Online. We would like to thank SNO, our loyal readers, and all those who have submitted information regarding our History Mysteries. The six organizations that prepare these mysteries have gained much information that they can pass on to the public. We are all fortunate to ...

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Learn To Prune Fruit Trees At Free Workshop

MARIPOSA – To get the best out of your fruit trees, you need to give them the best care with the right tools at the right time of the year. That right time is now. Mariposa Master Gardeners present a free workshop on pruning presented by Emeritus Fruit, & Nut Advisor Maxwell Norton on Saturday, Jan. 21, from 10 a.m. ...

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Avoid Burst Pipes When It’s Freezing Outside

MOUNTAIN AREA – With temperatures expected to continue below freezing for the next couple of nights, it’s still not too late to insulate exposed plumbing and execute other measures to keep the disaster of burst pipes at bay. Residents who have not already done so are reminded to take precautions such as wrapping exposed metal or plastic pipes that carry water, ...

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The History Mystery #47

Submitted by Roger Mitchell — Question #1: Can anyone out there in Cyberland verify that the mill structure shown in the photo is the same mill as was built by the processing of Shaw Mining and Reduction Company in the summer and fall of 1888 for the processing of silver and lead ores from the Star Mine? Question #2: Does ...

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