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Major Traffic Delays Into Yosemite National Park

YOSEMITE — With Highway 140 (El Portal) closed into Yosemite National Park, we are receiving reports that as of noon today, traffic is backed up 4 to 5 miles on Highway 41 at the south entrance. Highway 140 will be closed at least through the weekend due to a rock slide, so anyone planning a trip to the park should ...

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Local Motorcycle Club Hosts Poker Run Through Yosemite

AHWAHNEE — The Sierra Shadow Casters motorcycle club is holding its very popular Sierra Memorial Poker Run through Yosemite on Saturday, June 24. Proceeds from the 8th annual event will go to local charities which benefit children’s causes. The ride begins in Ahwahnee at the Hitchin’ Post, with registration from 8 to 9:30 a.m., and kickstands up at 9:45. Riders ...

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Dangerous Temperatures Predicted, Rising Waters In Yosemite

MOUNTAIN AREA — The National Weather Service in Hanford has upgraded the previously issued heat watch to an Excessive Heat Warning starting at noon on Sunday, June 18 to 11 p.m. on Tuesday, June 20. Meanwhile, in Yosemite, heat will cause snow to melt and waters to rise. The Excessive Heat Warning is for the San Joaquin Valley and Mariposa, Madera, ...

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Marcus Mazzaferri Rescue: Happy To Be Alive

YOSEMITE — When Marcus Mazzaferri set off from Campo, California at the southern terminus of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) on April 1, his plan was to hike the all the way to the other end at Manning Park in British Columbia, Canada. The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail is a long-distance hike closely aligned with the highest portion of the ...

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NWS Issues Excessive Heat Watch

MOUNTAIN AREA — The National Weather Service in Hanford has issued an Excessive Heat Watch, which is in effect from Friday afternoon through Monday evening. The warning has been issued for the Central San Joaquin Valley and Mariposa, Madera and Fresno County Foothills including the cities of Oakhurst and Mariposa, and surrounding areas. High temperatures are predicted to be warming ...

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El Portal Road In Yosemite National Park Remains Closed

YOSEMITE — The El Portal Road and Arch Rock Entrance into Yosemite National Park remain closed due to a rockslide that occurred yesterday around noon. Yosemite National Park staff are assessing the area and the road will remain closed at least through the weekend of June 17-18. After the assessment is complete, crews will begin to remove rock debris and ...

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Highway 140 Closed Into Yosemite Due To Rock Slide

YOSEMITE — What is being described as a “significant rock slide” near Dog Rock on Highway 140 has forced the closure of the roadway for at least 24 hours. The rockfall was reported around noon today and has closed the El Portal Road and Arch Rock Entrance. The rockfall is inside the park boundary about two miles east of the ...

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Soupbowl Prescribed Burn Halted Due To Rain And Snow

YOSEMITE — At 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 11, Yosemite Fire and Aviation started ignition on the Soupbowl Prescribed Fire Unit between the South Entrance to Yosemite National Park and the community of Wawona. At 9 p.m., operations were shut down due to mixed rain and snow. Burn conditions were good leading up to the weather event, and 5-10 acres ...

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Massive Snow Damage At Tioga Pass Resort, May Not Open This Season

YOSEMITE — After a winter of heavy snowfall, news from one of the Yosemite area’s favorite lodging destinations — the Tioga Pass Resort (TPR) — is not good. Upon arriving at the resort on May 30 when the roadway was finally plowed enough to allow access, staff found the buildings buried beneath mountains of snow and were forced to cancel ...

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Full Honey Moon Is Lowest Of The Year

EARTH – Known as the honey moon for its sometimes-amber color, or strawberry moon for seasonal abundance, the June moon is technically full at 5:10 a.m. PST on Friday, June 9. It’s the lowest and to the eye appears to be the smallest moon of the year when viewed from the Northern Hemisphere. What looks like a bright star nearby is actually ...

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