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Yosemite National Park to Require Day-Use Reservations Starting February 8 

Yosemite National Park — Beginning February 8, visitors to Yosemite National Park will need a day-use reservation to enter the park. The temporary day-use reservation system will allow the park to manage visitation levels to reduce risks associated with exposure to COVID-19. The park is currently closed and will remain closed until Sunday, Jan. 31st, 2021 at which time re-opening will be evaluated. Day-use reservations will be required for all users, including ...

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Virtual Yosemite: Yosemite Closed Due to Mono Winds

Image of a grove of trees in Yosemite.

YOSEMITE — It’s been an extremely busy week in Yosemite due to massive damage caused  by powerful Mono Winds (reported gusts up to 80 mph) last Monday night.  Fortunately, no injuries were reported. The park has been closed to all visitors while repairs and cleanup work are being done.  Expected reopening is this coming Tuesday – for day-use only (8 ...

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Mountain Area Home Sales 2020

Submitted by Ed Bailey Realty  MADERA COUNTY MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES – A look at mountain area home Sales in 2020 compared with 2019, (including Oakhurst, Bass Lake, North Fork, Wawona, Yosemite West, Ahwahnee, Coarsegold, Raymond, O Neals, and Wishon)* 710 mountain area homes were sold in 2020, compared to 589 in 2019, an increase of 21 percent. The median price was ...

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North Fork Rancheria To Open State-of-the-Art Auto Repair Shop

NORTH FORK – During a time when the region has been impacted by the COVID 19 pandemic and devastating Creek Fire, a new business blossoms in the foothills of Madera County. In a continued effort to promote economic development for its tribal citizens and community, the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians of California (NFR or ‘Tribe’) is announcing plans ...

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Members Only Event Coming Up at the Fresno Art Museum

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On Thursday, Feb. 4, at noon, the Fresno Art Museum will bring you to the Michigan studio of Bonnie Peterson, the fiber artist featured in the current exhibition Another Glorious Sierra Day. Click here to register. Bonnie Peterson is a textile artist investigating environmental and social issues. Recently, she worked with scientists studying fire ecology, atmospheric science, and lake chemistry ...

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Over the Garden Fence: Bare Root Planting Techniques

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By Bob Labozetta (UC Master Gardener, Mariposa) December through March is the time to plant fruit and nut trees. Bare root trees are less expensive, transport easily and acclimate best to native soils. Once you’ve chosen your variety of bare root tree, it’s time to plant. Choose a site that gets a minimum of six to eight hours of sunlight ...

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Madera County Department of Public Health Announces Vaccine Clinics

MADERA – A limited number of COVID-19 vaccination appointments are now available through the Madera County Department of Public Health (MCDPH). Those identified as currently eligible at www.maderacounty.com/covid19vaccine: health care workers, long-term care staff and residents, medical first responders, and anyone aged 75 years or older are eligible to register for an appointment. The vaccination clinics will take place on ...

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Madera County Dept. of Public Health to Host Facebook Live Event to Answer Vaccine Questions

MADERA – Madera County Dept. of Public Health (MCDPH) will be hosting a Q&A Facebook live event featuring Public Health officer, Dr. Simon Paul, and Public Health Director, Sara Bosse. Please join tonight for the opportunity to have any questions answered concerning the Covid-19 vaccine. The live event will be tonight, Jan 26, 2021 at 5:30 pm. Submit your questions ...

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Evacuation Warning for Creek Fire Burn Scar Areas Including Cascadel and Kinsman Flat

MADERA – The Madera County Sheriff’s Office is issuing an evacuation warning for Road 225 between Cascadel Road, including the area within Sierra National Forest, due to an incoming storm with possible debris/mud flow concerns. The evacuation warning area includes Kinsman Flat Subdivision, Saginaw Creek Subdivision, and Cascadel Road at Cascadel Heights Drive (Cascadel Woods Subdivision). The National Weather Service ...

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