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Toys Strapped To The Backs Of Their Motorcycles

NORTH FORK — Brightly colored packages strapped to the backs of their bikes, members of the local North Fork riding group get together each year for a special reason. Bearing the gifts of new, unwrapped playthings, these men and women support the local Toys for Tots program with an annual ride to the Madera County Sheriff’s Office and the Oakhurst ...

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Yosemite Badger Youth Wrestlers: On The Mat!

By Anne Guynn —  OAKHURST — Yosemite Badger Wrestlers are on the mat! Yosemite Badger Youth Wrestling includes kindergarten through high school senior athletes. After traveling to Lodi, Dinuba, and Morro Bay, the Yosemite High School team duals at neighboring Mariposa this Tuesday, Dec. 11. “Most of our high school team are new to wrestling and are gaining experience,” says ...

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Bootjack 49ers 4-H Club Winter Report

By Nina Sharrar —  MARIPOSA — The Bootjack 49ers 4-H Club is enjoying the winter season! We recently installed our officers and had a welcome-back dinner. We were honored to have Mariposa County Supervisor Miles Menetrey and Mariposa County 4-H Council President Karen Cutter install our officers in a candlelight ceremony, which was followed by a potluck dinner. At the ...

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Yosemite Ski And Snowboard Area Opening

YOSEMITE — It’s time for winter’s fun activities — Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area, formerly Badger Pass, is scheduled to open on Thursday, Dec. 20. This includes the Nordic Center. The Day Lodge, rentals and food service will all open at 8:30 a.m. Lifts are open from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. A courtesy shuttle is offered daily to and from Yosemite ...

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Shoe Drive Connects Warm Hearts And Bare Feet

MOUNTAIN AREA — For the second year in a row, one local student is busy organizing an effort to put shoes on the feet of those who need them. Minarets freshman Erika Hafkey is committed to her project, No Más Niños Descalzos, or No More Barefoot Children, which began last year. Erica is the older daughter of Adriana Armenta and Mark Hafkey, and ...

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Emergency Repairs To Highway 140 In Ferguson Fire Burn Scar

MARIPOSA COUNTY – With a break in the weather, brief as it may be, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is seizing the opportunity to make ongoing emergency repairs and engage in rehabilitation work on State Route 140 in the Ferguson Fire burn scar. The work is taking place from Briceburg to the Yosemite National Park boundary. The Ferguson Fire ...

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Celebrating 25th Annual Free Dental Day In Oakhurst

OAKHURST – The Tooth Fairy flew in to remind us this week marks the 25th annual Free Dentistry Day in Oakhurst, when a team of professionals will once again join forces to help patients who do not have dental insurance and cannot afford to see a dentist. The free day of healthy hygiene will take place at the practice of Dr. ...

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Holiday Shenanigans Courtesy Of YHS Theater Arts

OAKHURST — Stop by Yosemite High School for some merry-making this week, as the Theater Arts Department presents Holiday Shenanigans, a one night comedy variety show that features 25 students from YHS’s Advanced Theater Arts class. “It’s a celebration of the holidays and a chance to laugh and enjoy the spirit of the season with family and friends,” says department chair Lars ...

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5th Graders Take A Trip Back In Time

OAKHURST — Online and in person, parents and community members have been talking about a terrific field trip recently taken by about 75 lucky students from Oakhurst Elementary School (OES) to nearby Fresno Flats Historic Village and Park. The hours-long excursion was a celebration of their own pioneer day, as three 5th grade classes descended on the conveniently located landmark, ...

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Free Days For Yosemite 2019

YOSEMITE — Here are some good dates to add to your calendar for the coming year: the National Park Service says it will waive entrance fees at Yosemite National Park and other locations on five days in 2019. “The entrance fee-free days hosted by the National Park Service are special opportunities to invite visitors, volunteers and veterans to celebrate some ...

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