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Yosemite Heroes Honored For Courageous Actions In Dangerous Rescue

YOSEMITE – Three Yosemite National Park employees were honored on July 4th by Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke at the 73rd Honor Award Convocation Ceremony in Washington, D.C. Park Ranger Jesse McGahey, Park Ranger Philip N. Johnson, and Firefighter/Paramedic Nick Bliss received the Valor Award of the Department of the Interior for heroic actions, courage, and professionalism exhibited in ...

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Hiking with Sally to Conness Lakes

I love to hike up to the glacial fed Conness Lakes above Saddlebag Lake. I don’t know how the colors of the lake’s waters magically change from green to turquoise to deep blue before my eyes, so magic is the best explanation I can come up with. Where: Harvey Monroe Hall Research Natural Area, Hoover Wilderness, Inyo National Forest Distance: ...

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Day Trip To Whisky Falls

We encourage you locals to get out and enjoy your backyard, the Sierra National Forest. One of our favorite day trips is a drive up to Whisky Falls, just less than an hour from North Fork. We recently made two trips up to the Falls. First was to take my cousin Bev from Kansas and the second some friends of ...

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Winery-Sage: Tasting In Tuscany

Wine tasting in Tuscany has been a decades-long goal of Karen’s and mine, so when we finally got to Tuscany we knew we’d be spending some time in a winery. The interesting part is that, in Tuscany, Chianti reigns supreme. But in our little corner of heaven — San Gimignano — a curious wine grape called Vernaccia is the queen (it ...

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The Romance In Rev’s Farm House

OAKHURST — There’s a new restaurant opening up in Oakhurst. It’s called Rev’s Farm House, and owners Brian and Renée Velasquez say they’re here to stay. Taking over the former Crab Cakes location, the opening date isn’t set in stone, though they figure it to be around the first of August. Rev’s Farm House is an expansion and re-envisioning of their ...

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Axe And You Shall Receive: Minarets Timber Team

O’NEALS — Great news out of Minarets High School and in North Fork, as Precision Axes of Mariposa is sponsoring a team of male and female athletes who will compete in timber as a varsity sport. Right now, they’re getting ready for the Loggers Jamboree. “It’s a reality!” says North Fork resident and Minarets parent Deborah Hough. “We are happy ...

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The History Mystery #65

This month we are featuring not so much a Mystery as a celebration of the past from Christina McDonald. “As the Sierra Mono Museum embarks on a new phase in cultural preservation, let us remember the original ground breaking that took place in the 1970’s. Community members please identify the people in the groundbreaking photo. Let us see who you ...

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Winery-Sage: Lucca And Tuscany

Lucca was a one day stop over between Cinque Terre and Tuscany, but it turned out to be a real find. It’s completely surrounded by medieval walls and the tops are wide enough for biking, which we did the morning we left. Our hotel was on the main piazza which took the shape of the Roman amphitheater that once stood there. ...

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What A Pain In The… Foot! Healing Plantar Fasciitis

I’ve run into an amazing number of people recently suffering from plantar fasciitis (one of those Greek phrases meaning inflammation of the connective tissue on the bottom of the foot). I’ve had this condition and most people I know have either struggled with it themselves or are closely related to someone who has. It can take a year to fully ...

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