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Tens Of Thousands Raised For Charities At Tree Auction

BASS LAKE — It’s nice when a traditional community event takes on new life, and that’s what people are saying has happened with the annual Christmas Tree Auction held last Friday night at the Pines Resort in the Lakeview Room. It has always been a great event, raising funds for the Boys and Girls Club in Oakhurst and a host ...

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Hiking From Tioga Road to North Dome and Indian Arch

If I could sneak one more day of hiking in before Tioga Road closed, where would it be? A hike to North Dome with a side trip to Indian Arch sounded like the perfect plan. Where: Yosemite National Park Distance: 9.76 Miles Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous Elevation Range: 7,397′ – 8,366′ Date: November 14, 2017 Maps: Hetch Hetchy Reservoir Topographic ...

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Larry And Sue’s USA Motorhome Adventure, Part II

2 ½ months, 14,000 miles, 34 states The only reservation we made was for a campsite at Flathead Lake in Montana. Made it with Sue’s daughter Jolie and her husband Derek. Oh yeah, and their two dogs! Click on images to enlarge. We’ve stayed at Flathead Lake in the past and love it. It’s huge and has great camping right ...

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Christmas Bird Counts Scheduled In The Central Sierra

Contributed by Len McKenzie, YAAS — The arrival of December heralds a number of holiday traditions and festive celebrations. Among the traditions for birding enthusiasts is the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count, when thousands of intrepid observers throughout the western hemisphere take to the field for one day to make a record of all the birds they see and hear. ...

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Hiking to Tuolumne Grove on the Old Big Oak Flat Road

Tuolumne Grove was one of the big stops that early travelers to Yosemite made. Imagine leaving Hodgdon’s Stage Station in the 1870s, then heading up through these huge trees. What a sight that must have been! And what a bumpy, dusty, dirty trip it was to get there as we learn from the words of those that made that trip ...

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More Than We Could Ever Imagine

RAYMOND — Students at Raymond-Knowles Elementary (RKS) are encouraged to help others as part of the school’s educational environment and drive to create, connect and compete. In order to graduate with honors from the K-8 school, 45 hours of community service are required over the course of 7th through 8th grades. They’re almost always working on something to benefit others. Locally, ...

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10 Weeks, 34 States, 14,000 Miles, And We’re Still Married!

Last year Sue suggested a long trip in our little 22’ Searcher Motorhome back to the East Coast. Idea was to explore states and routes we haven’t been to, and to take our time — thus the initial two-month plan. Click on images to enlarge. I was supposed to be writing blogs along the way, but that didn’t work out, ...

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Coarsegold Teen Donates 4-H Proceeds To Citizens On Patrol

MADERA COUNTY — Connor Lusk is a 13-year-old member of Coarsegold 4-H who put his money where his heart is – donating nearly $1,500 to the Madera County Sheriff’s Citizens on Patrol (COPs) where his dad has served for the past 18 months. Lloyd Green is not Connor’s biological dad, but “loves Connor with every breath and would do anything ...

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Veterans Monument Stands Tall In Coarsegold

COARSEGOLD — With the community present to applaud the results, Caring Veterans of America, Inc. (CVA) unveiled the newly installed Veterans Memorial located at the Coarsegold Historic Village on Saturday, Nov. 11. The project, some 18-months in the making, marks the corner of Highway 41 and Road 415, standing nobly to honor those who have served and sacrificed in the ...

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