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Over The Garden Fence: Tomato Pests

By Helen Willoughby-Peck (UC Master Gardener, Mariposa) It is a good idea to take a walk in your garden every day. It is good for you, but more importantly, it is good for your plants. Observing your plants on a regular basis can help control pests beginning to enjoy your tomatoes before you can. When caught early, pests are usually ...

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Welcome Back, Red-Legged Frogs

YOSEMITE — Thanks to the Yosemite Conservancy and the San Francisco Zoo, Yosemite National Park now has the makings of a robust population of California red-legged frogs in Yosemite Valley, after decades of absence. In the early 1950s American bullfrogs were introduced in Yosemite Valley. According to the Department of Fish and Wildlife, American bullfrogs were intentionally introduced into the western United States as a ...

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Hiking from Tioga Road to Devil’s Dance Floor

I had never hiked to the top of the Devil’s Dance Floor. I had tried but failed last year but we succeeded this year! We headed off trail and reached the top, a huge granite flat rock that looks like an aircraft carrier deck with views of Foresta, Bridalveil Fall and beyond! Where: Yosemite National Park Distance: 8.80 Miles Elevation ...

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Day Trip to Wishon And Courtright Reservoirs

With my cousin Beverly from Dodge City, Kansas visiting, we wanted her to experience how great our high country is so we decided to take her on a day trip up into the mountains to see Wishon and Courtright Reservoirs. We loaded up the trusty Chevrolet Colorado with a picnic lunch and drinks, including a water dish for our traveling ...

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Winery Sage: Next Stop Cinque Terre

Bergamo was great and we were really looking forward to Cinque Terre. Unfortunately, what we didn’t realize was — most of Western Europe had a three-day weekend and the UK had a whole week off and, you know what?  They all descended on the highway between Bergamo and Cinque Terre. We fly for twelve hours to get away from California ...

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We Love Riding And Taking Care Of The Forest

MOUNTAIN AREA — An easy-going group of like-minded, ultra-competent individuals, the Sierra Freepackers unit of the Back Country Horsemen of California (BCHCSFP) is comprised of a small but committed unit of volunteers, currently 50 members strong. Despite their moderate size, the group consistently ranks among the highest per capita for volunteer hours in trail maintenance, public awareness and education, logging ...

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Are You Man Enough To Be A Girl Scout?

Written by Keith Pretzer – I am proud to tell people that I am a Girl Scout. That usually gets second looks. I am, after all, a man and a father. I have been a Girl Scout for seven years, and for the past seven years. I have done my best to be “man enough to be a Girl Scout.” ...

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Summer Solstice Brings Rising Temperatures

NORTHERN HEMISPHERE — Here we go! Summer officially kicks off at precisely at 3:07 a.m. PDT on Thursday, June 21, with solstice, marking the point during the year when the sun takes its most northerly path across the sky. Summer solstice is the longest day of the year, with the shortest night, and at noon your shadow will also be the shortest of ...

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What Would You Do If You Saw This?

COARSEGOLD — For the third time in 18 months, traveling on Highway 41 in Madera County, Jennifer Christensen desperately needed a fire extinguisher. Coming home from Community Regional Medical Center, where she’s a registered nurse in the Emergency Department, Jennifer spotted black smoke pouring from a vehicle parked at Black Hawk Lodge. She saw flames coming from the hood. Immediately, ...

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