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Yosemite National Park Honors the Recipients of the 2020 Volunteer of the Year Awards       

Yosemite National Park proudly announces the recipients of the 2020 Volunteer of the Year Awards. These awards are bestowed annually to outstanding volunteers in several different categories, recognizing exemplary service to Yosemite National Park. In 2020, volunteers faced innumerable challenges. These resilient, service-minded individuals worked right alongside National Park Service coworkers despite these challenges, striving to keep park visitors safe, ...

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New COVID-19 Clinical Studies Promise Big Bucks (for Scammers)

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MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES — Thought you had seen the end of COVID-19 scams? Think again! Scammers are sending out text messages promoting participation in phony clinical studies. Don’t be tempted by the opportunity to help scientists while making extra cash. Make sure it’s the real thing before you sign up. How the Scam Works You receive an unsolicited message via text, ...

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Governor Newsom Swears in New CHP Commissioner

SACRAMENTO – Nov. 17 ,2020 – Governor Gavin Newsom today administered the oath of office to California Highway Patrol (CHP) Commissioner Amanda Ray, a historic move making her the first woman in its 91-year history to lead the largest state law enforcement agency in the nation. Newsom appointed Ray as the 16th Commissioner on October 20, 2020, following the retirement ...

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Alaska Type 2 Incident Management Team Departs California After Two Weeks Managing the Creek Fire

Editor, As the Alaska Type 2 Incident Management Team departs California after two weeks managing the Creek Fire, we would like to extend our thanks to the residents of Fresno, Madera and Mono counties who were impacted by the fire and our presence managing it. Your support, cooperation, patience and resilience has been appreciated and inspiring. We would like to ...

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Mariposa Heritage House is Hosting a Fundraiser/Food Drive For National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

MARIPOSA – In acknowledgment of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness week the Mariposa Heritage House is hosting a fundraiser/food drive. As this year has stretched us all thin, we could certainly use any help. Starting Nov 15th through Nov 22, 2020 the Mariposa Heritage House will be collecting donations of food and or monetary donations to aid the hungry and ...

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Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Company Pledges “1% for the Planet” Donation to Creek Fire Recovery Efforts through the Central Sierra Resiliency Fund

The five year commitment provides a $20,000 minimum donation in its first year, plus outreach and volunteerism to empower revitalization efforts from California’s largest recorded wildfire SHAVER LAKE, CALIFORNIA – The Central Sierra Resiliency Council (Resiliency Fund) proudly partners with Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Company (Tioga-Sequoia) to revitalize and restore communities and the more than 379,000 acres of Central Sierra Nevada forest ...

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It’s Utility Scam Awareness Week and PG&E Urges Customers to Protect Themselves

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SAN FRANCISCO — Every day, electric and natural gas customers throughout the country are being targeted by utility scams. These imposters typically target customers online, in-person, and by telephone. Unfortunately, this year is even worse due to the ongoing financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. PG&E is taking a stand against scammers by joining its fellow electric, natural gas, water ...

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Cal State Apply Application Workshops for Native Americans Begins Soon

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Hil-le Hil-le, The time is now! The Cal State Apply application deadline is approaching and CSU will be providing application workshops available for both First-Time Freshman (high school) and Transfer students for Fall 2021. Future students are welcomed to join whether you haven’t started or are working on your application. Counselors will go through the application and highlight the most ...

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CHP Offers Seniors The “Keys” to Continued Safe Driving

SACRAMENTO – As the number of older drivers continues to grow, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is determined to help them maintain their driving independence for as long as they can safely drive. Through the support of a yearlong federal grant, Keeping Everyone Safe (KEYS) XII, the CHP will continue its traffic safety program that places an emphasis on roadway ...

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Virtual Yosemite: Speeding Kills Bears

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For the interactive 360° VR experience, go to https://www.virtualyosemite.org/virtual-tour/#node303 Every year, Yosemite puts up “Speeding Kills Bears” signs to mark where bears have been hit or killed by vehicles in the park. Most spots change year-to-year as new incidents occur, but others mark repeated accident locations. In 2019, the park designated several new Wildlife Protection Zones and clocked the speed ...

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