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Tommy’s Art Has Heart For Challengers

OAKHURST — Like most students preparing to graduate from Yosemite High School this June, Thomas Garcia is planning his senior project and, as is required, he’s devoting time to an important charitable effort. Thomas has chosen to benefit the young athletes in our special needs community. In addition to being a gifted artist, Thomas also has a disability. His differences ...

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Winter Rangers: Broken Records, Cream Cheese, Powder Days

YOSEMITE — It sounds like Winter Rangers Laura and Rob Pilewski are hard at work and having a good time around Tuolumne Meadows, if their most recent blog is any indication. New snow: 27 inches Total settled snow depth: 96 inches (at 8,600 feet) High temperature: 41°F (March 4) Low temperature: 12°F (March 4) Ski Conditions and Weather It was ...

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Flash Flood Warning For Mariposa County

MOUNTAIN AREA — The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for Central Mariposa County in central California and Southeastern Tuolumne County in northern California until 5:15 p.m. Doppler radar detected thunderstorms with very heavy rain over northwestern Mariposa county. This area of thunderstorms is moving eastward and will be within the Ferguson burn scar region by 4:30 ...

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Highway 140 Reopens From Midpines To El Portal

MARIPOSA COUNTY – A stretch of Highway 140 that was closed for about seven hours due to the recent storm has reopened, according to Caltrans. Caltrans had announced a preemptive closure of State Route 140 in and near the Ferguson Fire burn scar beginning Wednesday, Mar. 6 at approximately 12:30 p.m. due to an ongoing storm they believed could impact ...

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Massive Oak Topples, Blocking Road Near School

OAKHURST — A once-majestic oak tree estimated to be about 100 years old toppled over this afternoon, leaving a road closed and crews working in the rain to clear the scene. At about 12:30 p.m. today, the massive tree, rotted inside and saturated after nearly non-stop storms, fell on Hangtree Lane just west of Road 428, not far from the ...

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Reception For Arts Council’s Faces And YWA Fracture

MADERA — The Madera County Arts Council invites the community to the opening reception for their newest exhibitions, Faces and Yosemite Western Artists’ Fracture. The event takes place on Thursday, Mar. 21  from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Madera County Art Council’s Circle Gallery located at 424 N. Gateway Drive. Art lovers are invited to meet the artists ...

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Register Now For Interpreting Yosemite Artist Retreat

OAKHURST — Two local nonprofit organizations have banded together in order to produce a collaborative event and the public, from near and far, is invited to join in. Registration is now open for Yosemite Western Artists (YWA) Interpreting Yosemite Artist Retreat & Creative Event at the Episcopal Conference Center Oakhurst (ECCO). There are two ways to join in. In each ...

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Foothills Flood Watch, High Country Storm Warning

MOUNTAIN AREA — Rain and snow return to the foothills and high country as the National Weather Service (NWS) issues a Flood Watch for the foothills and a Storm Warning for the Sierra above 7,000 feet. A moisture-laden weather system arrives Tuesday and persists until Thursday, and then yet another system brings unsettled conditions Thursday night into at least Friday. ...

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Wide-Reaching Power Outage Affects Thousands

MOUNTAIN AREA — Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is reporting that a power outage stretching from Bass Lake to Ahwahnee and up to Wawona had initially affected more than 3,500 customers. PG&E said that nearly 2,000 customers were without power well into the evening. By about 9 p.m., fewer than 1,000 customers were still awaiting restoration of service. By ...

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Caltrans Culvert Repair On Highway 41 Postponed For Weather

OAKHURST — Caltrans has postponed construction on Highway 41 in the Oakhurst area that was scheduled to begin on Monday, Mar. 4. The work is now set to start a week later, on Monday, Mar. 11, and motorists should be prepared for traffic delays at that time as construction work gets underway. Caltrans, in cooperation with Agee Construction, says one-way ...

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