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Find Insect Repellent That’s Right For You

MOUNTAIN AREA — With so much talk about mosquitoes in the news every day, it seems like a good idea to use a proper repellent. It’s not just a matter of inconvenience to swat away a few bugs. Instead, it’s become more of a necessity to use some kind of repellent for the purpose of proactive healthcare. The market is jammed with products ...

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Perseid Peaking With Double The Streaking

NORTHERN HEMISPHERE — The 2016 Perseid meteor shower is upon us, and the excitement is about to double. At its usual yearly peak, the Perseid can rain down up to 100 meteors per hour. This year, astronomers say we can look forward to twice that, with an outburst at its peak of about 200 meteors per hour. Associated with the comet Swift-Tuttle, the Perseid ...

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Drive Safely — School Is Back In Session!

MOUNTAIN AREA — Watch for kids this week as many of the schools will be back in session in the foothill area, starting Thursday, Aug. 11, and CHP will be in full enforcement at all the elementary schools and high schools. CHP Officer Kaci Lutz reminds everyone to limit the distractions and keep focus on operating your vehicle. “For our young drivers, reckless and ...

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Exploring High Lakes Above the Mono Pass Trail

We headed off trail to check out some unnamed lakes above the Mono Pass Trail. Those views! Those wildflowers! Of course I was curious how the fishing was and I was not disappointed! Where: Yosemite National Park Distance: 10.65 Miles Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous Elevation Range: 9,596′ – 11,328′ Date: July 28, 2016 Maps: Tioga Pass, Mount Dana, Koip Peak ...

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Personal Visions of Yosemite By Local Photographers

Submitted by Visit Yosemite, Madera County — OAKHURST — On Aug. 25, the National Park Service will celebrate its 100th anniversary. In honor of this auspicious event, people everywhere have been asked to discover their own personal connections to parks. Stellar Gallery, Sierra Art Trails, and Visit Yosemite, Madera County are excited to present this exhibit, honoring our Park, Yosemite ...

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Yosemite To Conduct Workshops On Wilderness Plan

YOSEMITE — Yosemite National Park will host a series of workshops to engage the public in the formulation of alternatives for the park’s Wilderness Stewardship Plan. The workshops will focus on two of the more complex issues to be addressed in the Plan—visitor use and capacity and stock use. At these workshops, the planning team will share preliminary concepts for ...

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Best Swimming Holes In Madera County & Yosemite

CENTRAL SIERRA – It is the start of August and the temperature is still telling us that dipping our bodies in cool water and eating watermelon is on the menu. Many locals and vacationers are looking for a cool retreat and Visit Yosemite Madera Country provides some great swimming places to beat the heat: Explore the many water activities on ...

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Bear Incidents In Yosemite At All Time Low

YOSEMITE — Since 1998 when bear incidents in Yosemite reached an all-time high, park officials and Yosemite Conservancy have worked diligently to educate the public, implement new policies, and provide bear-resistant containers for hikers and campers. In 1998, there were approximately 1,600 incidents resulting in $660,000 in property damage. In 2016, bear incidents total just 17, with 7 additional garbage ...

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What’s There To Do Around Here?

OAKHURST — Ever wondered what there is to do around the mountain area? Come to the Oakhurst Branch Library to hear Judi Hussain explain the plethora of activities this marvelous area has to offer. Judi has been the Visitor Center Coordinator at Yosemite Sierra Visitor Center (now called Visit Yosemite | Madera County) for the past five years, and this weekend she’ll ...

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How Pokémon Go Can Boost Your Business

Written by Jennifer Moss —  MOUNTAIN AREA — Yes, it’s a fad, but it’s all the rage, and many businesses are taking advantage of this crazy craze! First off, let’s define Pokémon Go: Pokémon Go is a video game played on a cell phone that places the fictional game in and around the real world, so players have to find ...

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