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Yosemite Fire Updates

YOSEMITE – Oct. 16, 2020 – There are multiple fires burning in Yosemite National Park. Each fire is burning in fire adapted ecosystems in Wilderness. There are trail closures in effect. All fires may be visible from Tioga Road (Highway 120 through Yosemite National Park), Glacier Point, and high country vistas. Smoke from each fire is settling locally at night, ...

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Fresno Art Museum to Reopen Next Week

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FRESNO — After seven long months of being closed to the public and their members, the Fresno Art Museum is thrilled to welcome you back to art-filled, inspiring galleries and a tranquil Sculpture Garden. They also have two brand new exhibitions to share with you! Join FAM for two weeks of members-only days through Sunday, Nov. 1, by reservation only. ...

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Visit Yosemite Madera County Updates

OAKHURST – Oct. 14, 2020 – Please find today’s Daily Conditions, Weather Report, and updated CA Road Conditions attached. 10.14.20 Daily Conditions Report      CALIFORNIA ROAD CONDITIONS 10.14.20      Weather Report20201014        Visit Yosemite/Madera County Click here for Creek Fire Updates:  https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7147/ Half Dome Cables Down Today The Half Dome Cables are being taken down Wednesday, October ...

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California Fire Updates: Critical Fire Weather Remains

CALIFORNIA –  Oct. 14, 2020 – Today over 11,000 firefighters remain on the frontlines of 20 wildfires across the state, 13 of which remain major incidents.  Yesterday, firefighters across the State responded to 24 new wildfires, all of which were quickly contained. The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for many parts of Northern California due to ...

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Mariposa County Sheriff Offering Safe Disposal of Prescription Drugs

MARIPOSA – Saturday, October 24th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will be set up at several locations in Mariposa County allowing local residents to return their unwanted, unneeded, or expired prescription drugs for safe disposal. Bring your medications for disposal to the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office ...

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Minarets Students Publish First Novel: By The Light of Elune

by Solon Walker, student journalist for Minarets Press By the Light of Elune is a fantasy novel co-authored by senior Johanna Ziegler and Minarets graduate Joseph Langley. It follows the story of a party of explorers employed by the ruling Imperium, each of whom is running from something in their pasts. They have been sent out the chart the southern ...

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Phony Amazon Callers Using BBB Phone Number To Scam People

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MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES — The COVID-19 pandemic has more people than ever ordering from Amazon, and of course, scammers are finding ways to cash in on the trend. Con artists are posing as Amazon employees, calling people and claiming to need information about their account. And if that wasn’t tricky enough, scammers are spoofing the Better Business Bureau’s phone number to do ...

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Escape with Sally & Fannie to Marina Dunes

I was so tired of the smoke, grey skies, no sun and I just had to escape it for a few days. I loaded up the camper, the dogs and headed over to Marina Dunes to breathe the fresh ocean air, feel the the sand beneath my toes and watch the waves crash in. It took us about 3 hours ...

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PG&E Installs More Than 300 Weather Stations and 130 Fire Watch Cameras So Far in 2020; More Planned Before End of Year

SAN FRANCISCO — A rapidly growing network of weather stations and high definition cameras across High-Fire Threat Districts provide Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) meteorologists and analysts, weather-watchers and first responders with detailed, real-time information that’s crucial during California’s wildfire season. So far in 2020, PG&E has added 300 weather stations and 137 fire watch cameras this year as it ...

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How Art Shapes Our Lives: The Gilded Age Mansions

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By Sal Maccarone During the years following 1870 America was beginning to enjoy a bustling industrial economy. As with some of the phenomena of today’s world, a few remarkable individuals became very wealthy during this short lived era. This time period is now referred to as “The Gilded Age”, a name first coined through the title of a book which ...

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