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Hiking From Olmsted Point to Mount Watkins

We had the trail and amazing views all to ourselves. From Mount Watkins, it felt like we could almost reach out and touch Half Dome, Clouds Rest, and Tenaya Canyon. Well, kind of . . . Where: Yosemite National Park Distance: 8.6 Miles Difficulty: Easy to Moderate Elevation Range: 7,996′ – 8,497′ Date: November 12, 2019 Maps: Falls Ridge, Hetch ...

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Pet of the Week: Walter the Dog

Walter the Dog

Hi there…remember me? A few weeks ago I was looking for a home and I am still looking. OK, I get it…. I am an energetic pup and at 6 months or so, I am already 50 pounds. Yes, I will be a big boy! But because I am big, I have a big heart that is full of love. I ...

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Intermittent Full Highway Closure On State Route 140 From Briceburg to YNP in Mariposa County

Traffic jam ahead! Be Work Zone Alert!

MARIPOSA COUNTY — The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will conduct intermittent full closures of eastbound and westbound State Route 140 for blasting to remove boulders near the roadway. Work will occur as follows: • Intermittent full-closure of eastbound and westbound Route 140 from Briceburg to Slate Gulch for blasting and boulder removal on Monday, Nov. 18, from 8 a.m. ...

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Mariposa Office of Emergency Services Seeks Input

MARIPOSA — The Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office, which also functions as the state’s Office of Emergency Services (OES), is currently updating the Mariposa County Local Hazard Mitigation Plan. One of the functions of OES is to create plans for incidents, like preparing for emergencies, responding to emergencies, recovering from emergencies, mitigating emergencies, and preventing emergencies. A hazard mitigation plan is ...

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Kops For Kids to Host Softball Tourney Fundraiser

Softball tournament flyer

MARIPOSA — Softball in December anyone? As a fundraiser for their Kops for Kids Program, the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Sheriff’s Association is hosting a softball tournament on Saturday, Dec. 7, and Sunday, Dec. 8. Team entry fees are $225, or $150 per team, if each team member provides a new, unwrapped toy. For additional information, or to register a ...

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Oakhurst Community Concert Band Kicks Off Its 2019-2020 Concert Season With a Concert This Sunday

Concert season kicks off this Sunday. Don't miss it!

The Oakhurst Community Concert Band kicks off its 2019-2020 concert season by celebrating the holiday season on Sunday, Nov. 17, beginning at 3:00 p.m., in the Mountain Christian Center. Admission is free for this “Jazzy Winter Concert.” Band Director Mike Corrigan has selected music that is especially suited to this time of year, including… C’est Noël! (It’s Christmas!) by Andre ...

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Mariposa Mother of Six Awarded Habitat for Humanity Home

MARIPOSA — Thanksgiving this year will be particularly memorable for Mariposa resident Sarah Philips and her family. In mid October, Habitat for Humanity (HFH) of Mariposa County announced that Philips and her family would be the residents of Habitat’s fifth home. “I’m absolutely ecstatic, we’re extremely blessed,” said Philips of her selection. “This just couldn’t be more of what we ...

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Celebration of Life for Kenneth Bruce Upcraft, Sr.

Picture of Kenneth Upcraft

Kenneth Bruce Upcraft, Sr. passed away on October 19, 2019, after a brief illness. He was born on July 13, 1928, in Minetto, NY, to Kenneth and Mary Ellen (Stevens) Upcraft. He grew up in Hannibal, NY, and graduated from Hannibal High School in 1945. Kenneth joined the U.S. Army on October 2, 1946, serving honorably with the 8th Army ...

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Minarets Volleyball Nets a Victory in First Playoff Game

Congratulations Mustangs!

By Katelyn Hough, Student Reporter MINARETS — After claiming the title of West Sequoia League Champions with an undefeated league record, the Minarets volleyball team has started their road towards the Valley Championship. On Thursday, Oct. 31, the Minarets Mustangs faced the Liberty Hawks in their first round of playoffs. Before the game, the team had a dinner where they ...

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A Lifetime Honor: Minarets National Honor Society Induction Ceremony

Congratulations to the Minarets Honor Society!

By Johanna Ziegler, Student Journalist MINARETS — Undergoing a meticulous selection process, eleven new members have been inducted into the Minarets National Honor Society. Recognized at a ceremony in front of parents, friends, and staff, these students had to complete a rigorous application and meet the ‘four pillars’ of the organization: Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character. For those unfamiliar with ...

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