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Virtual Yosemite: A Big Year-End Thanks to Everyone!

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YOSEMITE — As we come to the end of what can only be described as a “unique” 2020, we are indeed grateful that places like Yosemite have remained intact and protected through these challenges. Thanks to the foresight and commitment of countless advocates throughout the last century, Yosemite remains a sanctuary – what some might even consider a temple – ...

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Wilderness Permit Reservations for Sierra National Forest Moving to

Sierra National Forest (SNF), Clovis, CA., – Launching in March 2021, overnight visitors to the Sierra National Forest’s wilderness areas will be able to make their wilderness permit reservations using the website This will replace the current system, by which reservations were submitted by mail, or in person, and processed manually. provides trip planning and reservation services for public lands nationwide, using it for wilderness permit issuance will bring the forest into alignment ...

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How Art Shapes Our Lives: Mount Rushmore National Memorial

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By Sal Maccarone Due to both the availability, and permanence of the material, carving objects from natural stone is an ancient activity. Going all the way back to Paleolithic times, man has always found ways to fashion stone. After all, we use the term “Stone age” to reference some of our earliest ancestors. Back then most of the carving was ...

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“Seed Share” Installation on the Mariposa Creek Parkway

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MARIPOSA — The Mariposa County Planning Department and the Mariposa County Arts Council are excited to unveil Seed Share, a demonstration piece and Creative Placemaking Master Plan stakeholder engagement opportunity exploring the relationships between healthy landscapes and vibrant communities. This project is connected to the Mariposa Creek Parkway project and efforts to restore the Mariposa Creek corridor with native riparian ...

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Sheriff Douglas Binnewies Retires After 30 Years

Please Join Us As We Celebrate And Recognize Sheriff Douglas Binnewies For His 30 Years Of Service To Mariposa County And The Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office. The Board Of Supervisors Will Honor Him During Their Meeting On Tuesday December 22nd At 11am. Due To Covid Restrictions, The Board Chamber Can Only Accommodate 19 People at a time, Therefore, We Encourage ...

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Sierra Telephone Providing Service for 125 Years

OAKHURST – Sierra Tel takes pride in our rural roots, and this past year we celebrated the 125th Anniversary of Sierra Telephone Company, Inc. The main building block of the Sierra Tel Family began in Mariposa on November 2, 1895, when the Sunset Telephone Company, with the help of subscriptions totaling $2,000 from Mariposa residents, completed a line from Merced ...

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Celebration of Life for Marilyn Ekstrum-Fate

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Marilyn Ekstrum-Fate went home to Heaven on December 2, 2020. She was born in Minneapolis, MN, in 1936 and began her walk of faith in her youth. She attended high school and business college in Minnesota and lived there until 1956. She moved to Inglewood, California, in the summer of 1956 and worked for North American Aviation where she met ...

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Fresno State Loans Low-Temp Freezer to Community Medical Centers for COVID-19 Vaccines

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FRESNO — A collaboration between Fresno State and Community Medical Centers will provide a much-needed, low-temperature freezer to the hospital system that is capable of holding up to 95,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine front-line medical providers and others. Freezers that can cool down to at least minus-70 degrees Celsius are in high demand and short supply right now, since ...

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