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Statement from Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino

At approximately 12:30 p.m., our fire alarms sounded, and we quickly and safely evacuated guests and team members from the property; no injuries have been reported. We’re grateful for the support of our firefighter teams who responded to this situation swiftly. The source of the fire is currently under investigation and is unrelated to the Creek Fire. The location has been ...

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Charles Gaines Works on Display (Virtually) at the Fresno Art Museum

Image of a work by Charles Gaines.

Charles Gaines is a pivotal figure in the field of Conceptual Art. Gaines’ works are often on paper and acrylic glass. His photographs, drawings, musical compositions, and video installations investigate how rule-based procedures influence representation and construct meaning. Visitors to the Fresno Art Museum will find the image below on permanent display near the entrance to the Bonner Auditorium. Charles ...

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Virtual Yosemite: Lukens Lake Wildflowers

Image of a Virtual Yosemite screenshot showing wildflowers.

For the interactive 360° virtual reality experience, go to: The hike to Lukens Lake is a relatively easy one by Yosemite standards, in spite of the 8,200′ elevation.  The trail extends about 0.8 miles from Tioga Road, and only climbs about 200 feet. This is a good trail for young kids (not too long and not too steep.) As ...

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BLM Temporarily Closes Recreation Area in Madera and Fresno

BAKERSFIELD — The Bureau of Land Management Bakersfield Field Office has issued a temporary emergency closure of the San Joaquin River Gorge Special Recreation Management Area in Fresno and Madera counties due to wildland fire danger. The closure is effective immediately and remains in effect until further notice. The Creek Fire is exhibiting extreme fire behavior and has burned nearly ...

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Camping and Hiking With Sally and Fannie at Saddlebag Lake

Camping with the dogs for four days in the Tioga Pass area was a great getaway from the smoke. Sally, Fannie and I did a little hiking, a little wandering, a little relaxing, some wading, and we all took a few good naps. Where: Harvey Monroe Hall Research Natural Area, Hoover Wilderness, Inyo National ForestDistance: 5.94 MilesDifficulty: Moderate to StrenuousElevation ...

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Visit (Virtual) FAM Today for the Latest Mural from Erik Gonzalez and His Students

Image of "The Roots" mural at the Fresno Art Museum

FRESNO — The Roots mural (see above) was created by students aged 10-17 in the Fresno Art Museum’s Summer 2017 ArtAcademy class. It was completed under the direction and guidance of muralist, graffiti artist, and educator Erik Gonzalez, assisted by FAM Art instructor Cat Dellavalle and former ArtAcademy student (now current art instructor) Ariana Hernandez. Students explored FAM’s Pre-Columbian collection ...

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Visitors to the Forest Should Always be “Bear Aware.”

MADERA COUNTY MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES – Bears are attracted to anything scented or edible (such as lip balm, hand sanitizer, toothpaste, sunscreen, insect repellent, etc.) and improperly stored human or pet food and garbage are temptations bears can’t resist. Once bears gain access to food or garbage, they become less cautious of people and may exhibit bold behavior in their search ...

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Virtual Yosemite: Thunderstorms on Mt. Dana

Image of a thunderstorm on Mt. Dana.

For the interactive 360° VR experience, go to: Here at 12,400′ elevation on the Mt. Dana trail, you’re only 600 feet below the summit. There is very little plant life, as you are well-above the timber line in the alpine zone. Weather here can deteriorate rapidly. On this day, the sky was completely cloudless and temperatures were in the ...

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Fresno State Among Top Universities for Fifth Consecutive Year

Image of the Fresno Bulldog mascot.

FRESNO — Fresno State is ranked among Washington Monthly’s top 30 national universities that best serve the country in the areas of social mobility, research, and civic engagement. The magazine announced Monday that Fresno State ranked No. 26 out of 389 private and public universities. Fresno State is joined in the top 30 by six Ivy League institutions, seven University ...

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