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Sierra Vista Scenic Byway Tour Of Willow Fire Burn

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST — The Sierra Vista Scenic Byway’s first Summer Tour will take place on Saturday, June 4, and the community is invited to participate in a tour of the Willow Fire burn area and a discussion of the results, suppression efforts and the future of the land affected. Join Sierra National Forest Fuels Specialist Burt Stalter of the ...

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70th Annual Chowchilla Fair Starts Thursday

CHOWCHILLA – For those who love a good ol’ country fair, it’s not too long a trip to the valley for “Country Nights and Carnival Lights,” the theme for the 2016 Chowchilla Madera County Fair. The excitement begins Thursday, May 19, and will run through Sunday, May 22. This year’s action packed entertainment will include bull riding, mutton busting, pro ...

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Bass Lake Block Party Celebrates Water, Finally!

BASS LAKE — Bass Lake is about to burst with activity as businesses host a day of open houses and celebration around the lake on Saturday, May 21, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. All the local lake businesses are expected to have specials and fun activities scheduled. It’s the first time the lake has been full of water for ...

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Hiking to Ostrander Lake

Glacier Point Road was back open! So we really needed to get up to Ostrander Lake to check out how much snow was up there and we were very curious whether the lake was still iced over. Plus we had a very special critter sighting! Where: Yosemite National Park Distance: 12.58 Miles Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous Elevation Range: 6,998′ – 8,613′ Date: ...

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Mirror Lake Loop Hike

We were on the hunt for those beautiful big white blooms of the dogwoods. We headed to Yosemite Valley to see what we could find. Where: Yosemite National Park Distance: 7.25 Miles Difficulty: Easy to Moderate Elevation Range: 3,983 to 4,285′ Date: April 26, 2016 Maps: El Capitan and Hetch Hetchy Reservoir Topographic Quads As we drove in, we were watching ...

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Rodeo Goes Down Without A Hitch

COARSEGOLD — Without a hitch, the 2016 Coarsegold Rodeo hit the dirt over three days last weekend and organizers are extremely pleased with the results. “The rodeo was a huge success,” confirms Jill Satterfield, President of the Coarsegold Rodeo Association. Grand Marshals this year were Dennis and Kathy Creighton, who’ve both been a big part of the association for years . ...

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Guided Outdoor Adventures In Yosemite

YOSEMITE — Visitors to Yosemite National Park can revel in its natural wonders like never before through Yosemite Conservancy’s guided Outdoor Adventures involving high country camping, bird watching and backpacking, among 60 unforgettable experiences offered in 2016. “Our Outdoor Adventures are led by naturalist guides who share lifetimes of experience and insider knowledge of the park,” said Frank Dean, president ...

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Glacier Point to Illilouette and Nevada Falls

Glacier Point Road had only been open one day and those Yosemite waterfalls were really roaring. We headed to Glacier Point on the Panorama Trail to see 4 of Yosemite National Park’s major waterfalls doing their thing. Where: Yosemite National Park Distance: 11.8 Miles Difficulty: Moderate Elevation Range: 5,882′ to 7,278′ Date: April 20, 2016 Maps: El Capitan Topographic Quads We headed ...

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New Owners At Coarsegold Rodeo Grounds Bustin’ Out The Gate

COARSEGOLD – With the 64th Annual Coarsegold Rodeo coming up, it seemed like a good idea to head over to the ranch and see what new owners Pavilion Properties, also known as the dual-generational team of Kevin and Tanner Tweed, have been up to since they purchased the 38.5 acre ranch property from Tom Bohna earlier this year. Driving up ...

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$55,000 Payout Possible In Bass Lake Fishing Derby

BASS LAKE – Snag a fish during the 36th Annual Bass Lake Fishing Derby, for your chance to win a portion of the $55,000 prize money swimming through the clear mountain waters on Saturday, Apr. 30 and Sunday, May 1. Sponsored by the Bass Lake Chamber of Commerce, this fun and competitive fishing event kicks off the summer season the ...

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