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Yosemite Celebrates Anniversary Events

YOSEMITE – Fall pageantry and warm temperatures invite visitors back to a reopened Yosemite with a host of celebrations planned in gateway communities. “Visitors are thrilled to be back in Yosemite and enjoying the park,” stated park Superintendent Don Neubacher. “The entire Yosemite region is dappled in spectacular autumn color and our gateway communities welcome visitors back with a series ...

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Business Open House On Tuesday

OAKHURST – The public is invited to a Business Open House at Junction 90 Center on Tuesday, Oct. 22, from 5 to 7 p.m. District 5 Supervisor Tom Wheeler will be barbequing Tri-Tip sandwiches to the sounds of live music, and there will be a no-host bar and raffle prizes. The open house is sponsored by Yosemite Brokerage, Foster & ...

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Fuel Burning Programs Get Underway Soon

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST – The Bass Lake Ranger District, Sierra National Forest, is preparing to implement the fall/winter burning program. Projects will consist of three activities: pile burning, broadcast, and underburning. “The objective of underburning is to reintroduce low intensity fire to the ecosystem on a rotational basis,” says District Ranger Dave Martin. “Prior to European settlement, lightning and Native ...

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Fossils To Falls Trail Is Complete

MADERA COUNTY – Now that Yosemite National Park is open once again following a resolution to the government shutdown that lasted for three weeks, tourists can once again complete the entire Fossils to Falls Trail according to tourism officials. The shutdown has hurt a lot of businesses dependent on the millions of people who travel to Yosemite every year. However, ...

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Sheriff's Office Mourns Passing Of K9 Zak

MADERA COUNTY — Sheriff John Anderson is saddened to announce the passing of Madera County’s top drug sniffing canine, K9 Zak. K9 Zak worked nearly a decade before his passing, earning the reputation as top drug sniffing canine among local, state and even federal officials. Bred in England, this highly trained Springer Spaniel came to the United States in 2003.

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Madera Man Convicted Of Animal Cruelty

MADERA – A Madera man has been convicted of animal cruelty by a jury in Madera County Superior Court, according to District Attorney Michael Keitz. During the trial of Valentino Torres, 44, evidence revealed that in September 2009, a Madera animal control officer was dispatched to the area of Clinton and Vineyard to investigate a dog that had been tied ...

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Bass Lake Woman Arrested After Assault

BASS LAKE – A Bass Lake woman was arrested last weekend after allegedly assaulting a neighbor, and then sicking her Pitt Bull mix on a deputy who responded to the scene. Gwen Lucille Sherrell, 52, was arrested Saturday afternoon at her home on Road 222 in Bass Lake.

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Madera County Arts Council Celebrates Ag With The Arts

MADERA – The beauty of agriculture is once again on display as the Madera County Arts Council Celebrates Ag with the Arts. “2013 marks our 20th year highlighting the agricultural heritage of Central California through the works of California artists,” said Dr. Diane Rich with the council. Numerous works of art depicting the agricultural way of life for many San ...

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Wawona Hotel and General Store Reopens Today

YOSEMITE — The Wawona Hotel and the Wawona General Store operated by Delaware North Companies (DNC) Parks & Resorts at Yosemite reopened to the public today, Oct. 12 at 2 p.m. The government shutdown remains in effect, however, hotels and restaurants that are located on through roads in national parks can reopen. Yosemite National Park remains closed and all facilities ...

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Yosemite National Park- October 9 Report

-Submitted by Mike Gauthier Dear Yosemite Community, The winter weather advisory for the Sierra Mountains above 6,000 feet continues until Thursday morning. Snow accumulations between 2-5 inches and increased winds are predicted. The bulk of the precipitation will occur tonight. The Tioga Pass road from Crane Flat to Tioga Pass remains closed because of compact snow and ice. NPS work ...

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