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Deadline Approaching To Become Master Gardener

MARIPOSA COUNTY — The deadline is fast approaching to apply for the Mariposa Master Gardener training class, which begins in January. Applications must be submitted by Oct. 31. Students will spend 17 weeks learning the ins and outs of home gardening from experts. All the information is based on University of California, peer-reviewed research. The class meets for four hours, ...

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Low Cost Rabies Vaccines Clinic In El Portal

MARIPOSA COUNTY — A gray fox in El Portal recently died from rabies. Any mammal can get rabies, but bats, feral cats, raccoons, foxes and skunks are more likely to get sick with rabies. Do not approach, touch, handle, or attempt to feed wildlife or any unfamiliar animals. Never adopt or bring wild animals into your home. Report sick, dead, ...

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The History Mystery #45

Willow Creek School? Located on Road 415 between Coarsegold and Raymond stands an adobe wall. Nearby is an old foundation believed to be part of the Willow Creek School. The Grub Gulch Clampers are asking if anyone can share information about the school and the adobe wall which is thought to have been the school’s storage building. What time frame ...

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Mariposa Master Gardeners Move To Winter Hours

MARIPOSA — Want some plant lists for a winter garden? Need to know whether to cut back your passion flower vines now or wait until spring? When should your daffodil bulbs go into the ground? How should you dispose of your dead tomato vines? Is it worth it to plant cover crops that add nitrogen to the soil? The Mariposa ...

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African Tortoise Waylaid While Heading For Deadwood

OAKHURST — Coming home from work around 5 p.m. last week, Anne Grandy’s eyes scanned the road, watching for the usual hazards of deer and drivers, when she spotted one that stood out against the late summer landscape. Anne was on Road 425B heading toward Still Meadow when, there on the right, clipping along toward Deadwood, was a tortoise. How did she know it was ...

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Free Workshop On Fall Color in Your Garden

Submitted by FOBL —  OAKHURST — Sue Langley, aka green thumb extraordinaire, photographer and founder of the well-known-and-loved local website Sierra Foothill Gardening, says she picked up this passion for planting while working and playing in her mother’s garden as a child. The prolific blogger and giver of great advice will talk about “Fall Planting and Color in Your Garden” at an Oakhurst Library workshop ...

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Mariposa Master Gardeners Recruiting New Members

MARIPOSA — The Mariposa Master Gardener Program is looking for gardeners who would like to improve their skills and help educate other gardeners about the art and science of growing in the Sierra foothills. MGs represent University of California Cooperative Extension and provide research-based information, advice and education for the home gardener. Meeting for four hours once a week from ...

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The History Mystery #44

This sign was found in some brush in the 1960s by Malcom Fulmer while he was gathering cattle. It was in the area of the Philp family cattle permit off the dirt road running from Fish Camp to Mount Raymond. Malcom’s wife, Anita Fulmer donated it to the Raymond Museum and of course the mystery is, what does it say? ...

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Why Are My Oak Trees Dying?

Submitted by Kris Randal, Master Gardener Coordinator — CENTRAL SIERRA — The Mariposa County UC Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners’ Helpline Desk has been busy fielding inquiries about dead and dying oaks. Many concerned landowners have asked about, or have been told that their trees have been infected with Sudden Oak Death (SOD). Phytophthora ramorum, or SOD, is a pathogen that ...

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The Man Who Climbs In Jeans: Free Soloing Mt. Whitney At 65

OAKHURST — Bob Kaspar has always been ahead of the curve. He built his first telescope at the cusp of his teenage years. When he was 14, the Massachusetts native rode a bicycle alone from southern California to Yosemite. At 15, he spent six weeks solo off-trail hiking and climbing through the High Sierra. Turning 16, Kaspar rebuilt his first car, ...

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