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Cider Time! Lutz Apple Ranch Opens This Week

OAKHURST – In keeping with a local tradition that dates back about 30 years, Lutz Apple Farm will open again this season thanks to the efforts of Cheryl Lutz and John Lutz (rhymes with boots) over the last twelve months. Apples are being picked and sorted right now, the freezer is filling with cider, the children’s play area is ready ...

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Yosemite High Badgers Celebrate Fall

OAKHURST – Students, teachers and community members got their Fall on Friday, Sept. 25 at Yosemite High School, as a large and festive group celebrated autumn with an all-school rally. About 700 classmates, their instructors, administration and special visitors attended the rally in the gym just before lunch. The event was planned and presented by ASB class, led by Rose ...

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Adult Soccer Is Here!

Submitted by Michael Vaughan O’NEALS – Want to play some soccer with friends without leaving the mountain area?  Join the co-ed mountain area soccer league.  Registration is open to all adults (18+).  Just go to Oakhurst Adult Soccer online and join one of six teams. Rules:  11 vs. 11.  30 minute halves.  Maximum 2 male and female players under 30 ...

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4 Wheeling and Hiking with Raven to Iron Lakes

We loaded up the Jeep, our packs, one dog, and headed to Iron Lake. Our plan was to 4WD into Iron Lake, then walk to several of the lakes nearby but we were rained out once we reached Iron Lake. I’m not complaining because we sure loved the rain, how it made everything look beautiful and smell wonderful.  We were yelling ...

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Welcome to the WUI

Written by Marcia Penner Freedman – We’ve chosen to live in a forest, tens of thousands of us in eastern Fresno, Madera, and Mariposa Counties. Not just any forest, but a Sierra forest. And that means we’ve chosen to live with the certainty of fire. To complicate things, our communities sit at the edge of the million-acre Sierra National Forest, ...

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Orphaned Fisher Kits Reintroduced To Yosemite

YOSEMITE – Four rescued fisher (Martes pennanti) kits were released yesterday north of the Merced River in Yosemite National Park. This historic reintroduction was a cooperative effort between the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station (PSW), Fresno-Chaffee Zoo, and the Fresno Wildlife Rehabilitation Foundation. The reintroduction aims to increase the long term viability of the declining ...

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Kiwanis’ Run For The Gold Results & Pics

OAKHURST — Kiwanis’ two day car show extravaganza known as Run for the Gold turned up a treasure chest of funds raised for charity, with the count at about $12,500, according to Kiwanis’ member Bob Spinelli. “The money goes to the mountain elementary schools in the form of grants that the teachers submit,” Spinelli explains. “These grants will be awarded ...

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Logan Sesto Pays It Forward

COARSEGOLD – Logan Sesto had a profound yet seemingly simple wish: a day of play at the beach. Not much is uncomplicated, though, when you’re someone like Logan. Now 5, the cherub-faced charmer lives with residual health effects of Transverse Myelitis (TM), an autoimmune disease he acquired as a baby. While being as active as possible, Logan is a paraplegic, so going ...

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Florine Completes His 100th Ascent Of The Nose Route Of El Cap

YOSEMITE – Hans Florine, world renowned rock climber, completed his 100th ascent of the Nose Route of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park on Saturday, Sept. 12. Florine, along with Jayme Moye, an adventure writer from Boulder, Colo., and Fiona Thornewell, an adventurer from London, England, finished the ascent on Saturday afternoon, after beginning the climb on Thursday, Sept. 10. ...

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