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Snowshoeing to Upper Mariposa Grove

A dusting of new snow was the perfect backdrop for our hike to see gigantic Sequoias. Some of our hike was with snowshoes and some of it was without. That is the way it goes with springtime snow. Where: Yosemite National Park, Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias Distance: About 10 Miles but you can go shorter or farther Difficulty: Moderate ...

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Lenny The Trash Guy; What’s Not To Love?

COARSEGOLD – Folks in the Coarsegold area have likely seen Lenny McConnell walking between his home on Ellen Mine Road and the center of town, picking up trash along the way. But recently, “Lenny the Trash Guy” has expanded his horizons. Over the past few weeks, Lenny has taken his mission of cleaning up the roads a bit farther – ...

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No Snowflake Left Unturned: Yosemite Winter Rangers Report

YOSEMITE — Tuolumne Winter Rangers Laura and Rob Pilewski latest report from the field recounts some windy time at Tioga Pass as they remind wilderness travelers to prepare for potentially difficult conditions in the higher elevations. New snow: 18 inches Total settled snow depth: 96 inches (at 8,600 feet) High temperature: 40°F (March 12) Low temperature: -7°F (March 10 and 13) Ski ...

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Over The Garden Fence: Container Gardening

By Brian David —  How are you at growing plants in containers? From Dixie cups to fifty gallon barrels, the size of a container and its material composition make container gardening different from nurturing plants in the earth. Clay pots are porous, for instance, and plastic pots are impermeable. A plant’s nutrients, air flow and water need special attention in ...

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Snowshoeing the Merced Crest

Rain, snow, clouds then the bluest of skies with pristine white snow greeted us while we snowshoed from Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area along the Merced Crest. We were treated to views of the snowy Clark Range, Liberty Cap, Mt. Broderick, Half Dome, the Quarter Domes and Clouds Rest as we got in a great workout. Where: Yosemite National Park ...

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New $25M Oakhurst Community College ‘On Schedule,’ Could Open In 2022

OAKHURST – The new $25M Oakhurst Community College Center is quickly taking shape. Late Friday, college officials released an updated project timeline that could have students in classrooms as early as fall of 2022. According to Darin Soukup, director at the Oakhurst Community College Center, construction is now slated to start late next year — and be completed in the ...

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Tommy’s Art Has Heart For Challengers

OAKHURST — Like most students preparing to graduate from Yosemite High School this June, Thomas Garcia is planning his senior project and, as is required, he’s devoting time to an important charitable effort. Thomas has chosen to benefit the young athletes in our special needs community. In addition to being a gifted artist, Thomas also has a disability. His differences ...

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Winter Rangers: Broken Records, Cream Cheese, Powder Days

YOSEMITE — It sounds like Winter Rangers Laura and Rob Pilewski are hard at work and having a good time around Tuolumne Meadows, if their most recent blog is any indication. New snow: 27 inches Total settled snow depth: 96 inches (at 8,600 feet) High temperature: 41°F (March 4) Low temperature: 12°F (March 4) Ski Conditions and Weather It was ...

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Hiking From Sky Harbor Along Millerton Lake With The Cows

I needed a good workout hike and the trail out of Sky Harbor is a perfect spring hike. If I got lucky, I just might see some early blooming wildflowers and just maybe my first poppy of the spring. Maybe! Where: Millerton Lake State Recreation Area, San Joaquin River Gorge Special Management Area, Bureau of Land Management Distance: 7.88 Miles, ...

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