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Aqua Aerobics! Don’t Forget About The Pool

OAKHURST — Peggy Decker-Anderson reminds locals and visitors that Aqua Aerobics is happening at the Baker Swim Complex at Yosemite High School. Classes are Monday through Friday from 8 to 9 a.m. through August 11th. The cost is $4 a day, $10 a week or $30 a month.* “See ya at the pool,” says Peggy, who is returning as instructor ...

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Marcus Mazzaferri Rescue: Happy To Be Alive

YOSEMITE — When Marcus Mazzaferri set off from Campo, California at the southern terminus of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) on April 1, his plan was to hike the all the way to the other end at Manning Park in British Columbia, Canada. The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail is a long-distance hike closely aligned with the highest portion of the ...

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Lego Robotics Day Camp Through Bass Lake Ed

OAKHURST — The Bass Lake Education Foundation (BLEF) is once again giving kids a Lego-Up on the STEM world, by running a robotics summer day camp designed for middle school students. Using the Lego Mindstorm EV-3 16-Student Curriculum Solution, the program offers a complete bundle for teaching computer science and STEM subjects using robotics. Lego Robotics are on the cutting ...

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ACT Dog Of The Week: Meet Stanley

The Animal Compassion Team foster and adoption program introduces Stanley: Hi, my name is Stanley. I am a beagle mix, about two years old. I weigh about 20-25 pounds and am an adult dog, so I am all done growing. My foster mom says I am such a well-behaved, good boy who loves all dogs, cats, and people. I am ...

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Escape with Sally to Convict Lake

Tioga Pass hadn’t opened up from its winter’s sleep yet, but I really wanted to get over to the east side of the Sierra. Sally was up for the adventure and we drove along those brightly colored, snowcapped mountains to Convict Lake for a few days. Where: Inyo National Forest, John Muir Wilderness Distance: 2.77 Miles Difficulty: Easy Elevation Range: ...

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Biking With Bob: Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky

Editor’s Note: Longtime Oakhurst resident Bob Kaspar continues his epic ride across the United States from California, through Kansas and beyond, heading toward his hometown in Massachusetts. From Wichita the route heads directly east on US Route 400 through the Flint Hills and later the Osage Hills of eastern Kansas, then into the Ozarks of southern Missouri and across the ...

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Riley And The Animal Compassion Team

RAYMOND — Riley Hardison will be a sophomore in high school this fall and, thanks to a project began at Raymond-Knowles School, she and her mom have fostered nearly 100 dogs at their home in just about a year-and-a-half. Not all at once, Riley is quick to point out! Riley, 14, is a Yosemite High School student, where her mother, Rebecca, is a teacher. ...

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Hiking to Alder Creek Falls

I was curious about how much water was coming out of Alder Creek Falls and was really hoping to see some wildflowers, especially those beautiful harlequin lupine. Sure enough, there was lots of water gushing over the edge of Alder Creek Falls and I think those harlequin lupine were happy to see me. Where: Yosemite National Park Distance: 11.88 Miles ...

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Biking Across America With Bob: We’ve Got Issues

Editor’s Note: As longtime Oakhurst resident Bob Kaspar continues an epic coast-to-coast ride from California to his hometown near Boston, he checks in from the road. Pagosa Springs, Colorado, is a large natural hot springs on the San Juan River whose ownership was contested for many years between the Ute and Navajo tribes. Click on images to enlarge. Ownership was finally settled ...

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The History Mystery #53

By Roger Mitchell — A few years ago, I was attending a wedding reception, talking to a gentleman who seemed to be very knowledgeable regarding Madera County history. Somehow the subject of the oldest dwelling structure in what is now Madera County came up. I had researched that very subject once, and I felt confident when I expressed the view ...

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