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MSO's Symphonic Celebration of Yosemite

MARIPOSA – On Apr. 25 and 26, the Mariposa Symphony Orchestra commemorates the 125th Anniversary of Yosemite National Park’s 1890 creation with special concerts in Yosemite and Mariposa. Renowned Cellist Ira Lehn returns to perform with the orchestra as soloist in Camille Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto #1 in A, Opus 33 – the very piece in which Mr. Lehn made his ...

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Bighorn Sheep Restored To Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks

YOSEMITE – A multiagency operation was recently concluded that returned two herds of endangered bighorn sheep to locations in Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, Inyo National Forest, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service worked together on the complex operation in the Sierra Nevada.

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Glacier Point Road Opens For The Season

YOSEMITE – The Glacier Point Road in Yosemite National Park will open for the season to automobile traffic on Saturday, Mar. 28, at 6:00 a.m. All visitor services at Glacier Point will be fully operational, and the Bridalveil Creek Campground will open within the next several weeks. Visitors are urged to drive slowly and with caution, as wildlife may be ...

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Cops And Firefighters Compete In Guns & Hoses Tournament

OAKHURST – Teams made up of first responders from the Sheriff’s Office, California Highway Patrol, the U.S. Forest Service, Cal Fire, Madera County Firefighters and local EMS will be participating in a “pitched battle” on the Yosemite High School diamonds during the second annual Guns & Hoses Slow Pitch Softball Tournament on Saturday, Apr. 11.

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Rebecca “Becky” Tracy Beling

Becky Tracy Beling, 53, of Coarsegold, Calif., entered into eternal peace on March 15, 2015 in Fresno, Calif. Becky was a resident of the mountain area for 45 years. She and her family moved from Fresno to Coarsegold, Calif. in 1970, where she attended Coarsegold Elementary and graduated Yosemite High School in the class of 1979. She worked as a ...

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Sheriff To Test County Emergency Alert System

MADERA COUNTY – In light of the major wildland fires the county experienced last summer, expectations for another long hot summer, and the serious drought conditions we have been facing, Sheriff Varney says it is imperative for all people who live or work in Madera County – especially those in the foothills – to register or update their information for ...

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Yosemite Ranger Honored For Excellence

YOSEMITE – Yosemite National Park Ranger Robert “Rob” Lewis received the Pacific West Region Harry Yount Award, given annually for excellence in “rangering.” Lewis was recognized for his overall impact, record of accomplishments, and excellence in traditional ranger duties. He will be considered, along with six other National Park Service (NPS) regional award winners, for the National Harry Yount Award. ...

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Victim Of Road 222 Crash Passes Away

OAKHURST – Friends and family mourn as they receive word that a 59-year-old Oakhurst man involved in a two-vehicle accident on Road 222 near Road 220 yesterday has passed away. Benjamin Leslie Peugh was transported by air ambulance to Community Regional Medical Center after the crash, but succumbed to what were described by CHP as major injuries. The accident happened ...

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Road 222 Crash Results In Major Injuries

OAKHURST – A two vehicle accident just east of the Mountain House blocked traffic for over an hour this morning, and resulted in major injuries to one driver. Just after 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Mar. 24, Steven Avellana, 41, of Oakhurst was eastbound on Road 222 at approximately 45 mph, approaching the intersection with Road 220, according to CHP. Benjamin ...

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Yosemite Kicks Off 125th Anniversary Celebration

YOSEMITE – Yosemite National Park kicked off its celebration of the park’s 125th Anniversary with a ceremony at Yosemite Falls today. The theme of the event was Youth of Today: Park Stewards of Tomorrow. Approximately 500 people attended the event, 300 of whom were students from the Yosemite region and Sacramento.

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