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Set Your Alarm Early, Take A Look At The Moon

NORTHERN HEMISPHERE — It’s a trifecta in the sky as the full moon appearing tonight and tomorrow is three times more amazing than usual. The moon, especially bright, will reach its peak just before 5:30 a.m. PST on Wednesday, Jan. 31, followed by a total lunar eclipse. “For the continental U.S., the viewing will be best in the West,” says ...

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Hiking from McKenzie Preserve to Sky Harbor

I had a unique opportunity to join the Sierra Hiking Seniors on a docent-led hike from the Sierra Foothill Conservancy led us from the McKenzie Preserve to Sky Harbor. You just never know what you will see on a hike and this one literally delivered newborn calves before our eyes! Where: Millerton Lake State Recreation Area, San Joaquin River Gorge ...

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Over the Garden Fence: Prune Fruit And Nut Trees Now

By Bob Labozetta, Master Gardener —  In the last article of OtGF, we covered the proper techniques for planting bare root fruit and nut trees. If you have not yet, now is the time to prune such trees. By pruning at the time of planting (or close to it), you will more easily shape it to a desirable structure that ...

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Circle Of Hearts: Bringing Song And Love To Life’s Transitions

MOUNTAIN AREA — Poet Heinrich Heine said, “Where words leave off, music begins.” And this is also where Circle of Hearts comes in. Be it for sickness, while regaining wellness, or even on the threshold of death, a group of local women are opening their hearts and singing together for others, to provide love and comfort in transitional times. The ...

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Hiking to Little Nellie and Foresta Falls

It had been 27 years since I walked the area around Foresta, not since I was assigned as a Strike Team Leader on Structure Protection at Foresta and El Portal on the lightening caused A-Rock Fire that burned 17,700 acres and 45 structures back in 1990. I was way overdue to spend some leisurely time exploring the waterfalls, old barns, ...

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“I’m Not Scared, I’m Prepared” — Family Safety Meeting

OAKHURST — Parents, guardians and families of students in the Bass Lake School District are invited to a Parent Safety Meeting on Thursday, Jan. 18, in the Oakhurst Elementary School Multipurpose building. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. Students in the District will soon receive age-appropriate training in the ALICE program for K-8, as educators continue to align their safety ...

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Hiking from Tunnel View to Dewey Point

We sure got in a good workout with the over 3,000′ elevational gain on this hike and saw Yosemite from some famous viewpoints along the way. Stanford Point, Crocker Point and Dewey Point delivered many ooohs and awes. Where: Yosemite National Park Distance: 10.40 Miles Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous Elevation Range: 4,384′ – 7,387 Date: January 12, 2018 Maps: El ...

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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico Featured In New Photo Book

Submitted by Michael Olwyler — A new compact photo book presents the work of photojournalist Peter Olwyler and is packed with black and white images of the iconic town and the people of San Miguel de Allende and central Mexico. The book was produced and self-published by Peter’s son Michael Olwyler, of North Fork, Calif. He titled the book, “San ...

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The History Mystery #60

A local resident brought this sign in to the Sierra Historic Sights Association (SHSA) recently. It was given to him by a neighbor who had since died. The neighbor had told him that he found it in a forest in 1945. The donor had no idea where in the forest his neighbor found it. The SHSA would like to identify ...

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