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Virtual Yosemite: Winter in Yosemite Valley

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YOSEMITE — The peace and relative quiet of Yosemite in winter, particularly after a fresh snow fall, can be a magical experience. Unfortunately, travel in California is currently restricted to within 120 miles of home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, yet the beauty of Yosemite persists. Yosemite is now open only to day use visitors, between the hours of 8 ...

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Over the Garden Fence: Selecting Fruit Trees

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By Bob Labozetta (UC Master Gardener, Mariposa) December to March is the best time to plant fruit and nut trees here in California. Selecting appropriate fruit trees, however, can be confusing. Impulsive purchases can lead to disappointment, particularly in the foothills where not every variety grows well. The key to success when it comes to fruit and nut varieties is ...

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Sierra National Forest Extends Closure Order With Select Closed Recreation Sites, Roads and Trails

Clovis Calif., – The Sierra National Forest (SNF) announces the closure extension of select recreation sites, roads and trails. Closure Order No. 05-15-00-21-01 SNF Recreation Site, Road and Trail Closure supersedes previous Closure Order No. 05-15-00-20-22 Sierra-Creek and Closure Order No. 05-15-00-20-23 SNF Developed Recreation and Trail Closure. For clarity and simplification we’re combining these orders to protect the public ...

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Celebration of Life for Donald Wayne Harlan

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Donald Wayne Harlan was born February 15, 1929, to James and Vivian Harlan in Brawley, CA. He passed away on December 31, 2020. Don was a past Worshipful Master and member of Sierra Lodge #788 in Oakhurst, CA. Don is preceeded in death by his parents, wife Janet, son Jeff Harlan, and brother Leland. He is survived by his daughters, ...

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C21 Ditton Realty | First Time Buyer

If you are reading this article you are probably around the age 25-35 and are looking into purchasing your first home. This is one of the biggest decisions and one of the most expensive purchases you will make in your life. When purchasing your first home there are a lot of unknowns and unexpected expenses so it is important to ...

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CAL FIRE Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit Declares End to Fire Season, Transitions to Winter Preparedness

MARIPOSA – Recent rains and cooler temperatures across the region have lowered the threat of wildfires allowing CAL FIRE’s Madera, Mariposa, Merced Unit (MMU) to declare an end to fire season effective Monday, December 28, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. within Madera, Mariposa and Merced Counties. “2020 brought yet another record-setting peak wildfire season. Fires impacted the entire state, reminding us of ...

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Californians Ring in The New Year With New Traffic Safety Laws

SACRAMENTO – As 2020 comes to a close, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) wants to highlight some new roadway safety laws that take effect in 2021. License points for distracted driving (AB 47, Daly; 2019): Using a cell phone in a handheld manner while driving is currently punishable by a fine. Beginning July 1, 2021, violating the hands-free law for ...

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A Grinchy Way To Celebrate The Holidays

Submitted by Donovan Enriam, Student Journalist for Minarets Press “Am I just eating because I’m bored?” — The Grinch. I think lately many of us can relate to this, but in the spirit of Christmas and boredom, why not make some grinchy brownies? These fudgy chocolate brownies, coated in minty green ganache and sprinkled with crunchy mint oreos and tiny ...

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