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Californians Urged to Continue Conserving Electricity

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Grid Operator Calling for Third Straight Day of Voluntary Energy Conservation as Most of  California Remains Under Excessive Heat Warnings OAKLAND, Calif. — The state’s grid operator, the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), credits conservation efforts over the past two days for maintaining grid stability and has encouraged customers to answer the call once again today. CAISO issued a Flex ...

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Over the Garden Fence: Partnerships Between Humans & Nature

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By Michele Nowak-Sharkey, UC Master Gardener, Mariposa County This is the first part of “The Partnership between Humans and Nature during Fire Recovery.” MARIPOSA — Wildfire has entered our common vocabulary over the past 15+ years across California and Mariposa County. From the Telegraph Fire in ’08 to the Washburn, Agua, and Oak Fires, Mariposa County has experienced unpredictable blazes, ...

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Excessive Heat Warning Extended

MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES–The National Weather Service (NWS) Forecast Office in Hanford, CA  has extended the Excessive Heat Warning issued earlier in the week as reported here. The warning is now expected to last until Wednesday, September 7, 2022. An Excessive Heat Warning is in effect for the San Joaquin Valley, Kern County desert, Sierra foothills, Yosemite Valley, Kern River Valley, and Coastal ...

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CHP Launches Labor Day DUI Enforcement Campaign

SACRAMENTO – Labor Day weekend is quickly approaching, and many Californians are preparing to close out the summer with a holiday gathering or road trip.  The California Highway Patrol (CHP) wants to ensure everyone reaches their destination safely and will implement a Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP) in anticipation of the increased traffic that often accompanies a holiday weekend. The CHP’s ...

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Excessive Heat Expected All Week

MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES–The National Weather Service (NWS) Forecast Office in Hanford, CA  is reporting that excessive heat is expected through the San Joaquin Valley and Lower Sierra foothills throughout the week of 8.29.2022 and the Labor Day Holiday weekend. An Excessive Heat Watch is in effect for the San Joaquin Valley, Kern County desert, Lower Sierra foothills, Yosemite Valley, Kern River ...

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Bass Lake Weekend Fatality

BASS LAKE–On August 27, 2022 shortly before 4:30pm, the Madera County Sheriff’s Emergency Communications Center received a call for a female suffering from a medical emergency at Bass Lake.   An 81-year-old female was swimming with her husband in Bass Lake near a private dock just off of Blue Jay Point. The female became fatigued from swimming and began experiencing ...

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Mist Trail in Yosemite Closing

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK–One of the most popular trails in Yosemite Valley, the Mist Trail, is getting some work done. Crews will be making repairs and improvements to the trail and stone staircases to allow for safe passage and to prevent resource damage from off-trail traffic. The Lower Mist Trail – from the John Muir Trail (JMT) junction, just uphill from ...

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Celebration Of Life For Colleen Kay Dempsey

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Colleen Kay Dempsey July 9, 1951 – Aug 19, 2022 OAKHURST — Colleen Kay Dempsey, daughter of Jean and Leland Means, was born July 9, 1951, in Clarinda, IA. Colleen passed away peacefully in her sleep at home on Friday morning, August 19, 2022, in Oakhurst, CA, surrounded by her family and close friends. She passed away at age 71 ...

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Yosemite Fires Red And Rodgers Updates

YOSEMITE–The Rodgers Fire and The Red Fire are naturally caused lightning fires in the wilderness of Yosemite National Park with no threat to structures or critical infrastructure. The burn pattern on both fires can be described as mosaic, meaning patches of fire spread across the landscape. The fire is cleaning up dead and downed fuels on the ground to make ...

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September is National Preparedness Month

Red Cross Urges Everyone  to Get Ready Now for Emergencies, Climate Change Causing More Disasters in the U.S. than Anywhere Else FRESNO — People everywhere are feeling the impacts of climate change with more frequent and intense weather events threatening our communities. September is National Preparedness Month and the American Red Cross, Central Valley Chapter, urges everyone to get ready for ...

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