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YNP Honors ‘Volunteers of the Year’

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK — In 2018, more than 13,000 individuals donated over 132,500 hours to “help” at Yosemite National Park with a wide variety of volunteer projects. Dozens of those generous, community-minded volunteers were recognized late last month when park officials hosted the 2019 Volunteers of the Year Awards at a special ceremony held in Yosemite Valley on Sept. 28. ...

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Yosemite National Park Employees and Local Citizens Recognized for Bravery

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Five Yosemite National Park employees and two members of the public were honored by Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt at the 74th Honor Award Convocation Ceremony in Washington, D.C. for heroic actions, courage and professionalism in the line of duty. For their actions taken during three separate rescue operations, Park Ranger Aaron Smith, Park Ranger Jack ...

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Madera County Crops Worth $2 Billion in 2018

MADERA — County Agricultural Commissioner Stephanie “Stevie” McNeill presented the 2018 Madera County Crop and Livestock report to the Madera County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday (October 1) — and the final tally on last year’s overall ag output was impressive. In 2018, the gross value of agricultural production in Madera County was $2,058,474,000 — an increase of $85,025,000 — ...

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New Web Site Offers ‘Virtual’ Tour of Yosemite

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK — A new web site — Virtual Yosemite — is now offering a virtual reality (VR) tour of Yosemite National Park and its surrounding areas. The new site, which went live this summer, provides high resolution, 360-degree panoramic views from over 200 locations throughout the sprawling park. Virtual Yosemite was created and photographed by pioneering VR photographer ...

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16th Annual ‘Facelift’ Coming to Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK — An extensive, park-wide yearly clean-up event — known as a “Facelift” — will take place here beginning later this week. Yosemite National Park and the Yosemite Climbing Association, which sponsor the event, invite the public to participate in the 16th Annual Yosemite Facelift, held each fall to remove litter from around the park after the busy ...

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Owner: Broken Bit About to ‘Git’ Some Attention

COARSEGOLD — Gabby the Miner has not had a lot of company lately — or attention. The 10-foot-tall statue that greets motorists on Highway 41 just north of Coarsegold is perched next to the Broken Bit, a restaurant and one-time tourist attraction that’s been closed and boarded up for years now. In January 2015, the Broken Bit was purchased by ...

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Hip Hip Hooray! Oakhurst Boys & Girls Club Will Reopen Next Month

OAKHURST — The board of directors of the Oakhurst Boys & Girls Club made it official Wednesday night: After being shuttered for more than three months, the club will formally reopen in late October. Doug Macaulay, president of the organization’s board of directors, confirmed Thursday the club’s first day back in operation will be Tuesday, Oct. 22. “It’s been a ...

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YNP Hosts Citizenship Ceremony to Mark Constitution Week

Yosemite Valley

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK — Forty-two people from 15 countries will take the Oath of Allegiance Thursday, becoming American citizens in one of America’s most spectacular settings. The naturalization ceremony is taking place this week in Yosemite National Park to mark Constitution Week — and Citizenship Day. The hour-long event begins Thursday at 11 a.m. in the Glacier Point Amphitheater, which ...

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YLP Arsonist Again Denied Parole

MADERA — A serial arsonist who terrorized Yosemite Lakes Park six years ago has once again been denied parole. Earlier this month (Sept. 9), Kenneth Jackson’s petition for early release was rejected by the Board of Parole Hearings. Jackson was arrested along with his wife Alice Waterman on June 25, 2013, following a month-long investigation into a rash of suspicious ...

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Fast-Moving Blaze Guts Structure, Car in YLP

YOSEMITE LAKES PARK — A fast-moving fire at a property on North Dome Drive scorched a garage, house and car before firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze Friday afternoon. The cause of the fire, which broke out about 3:30 p.m. at 31207 North Dome Dr., remains under investigation. The fire is believed to have started in the garage near ...

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