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Hiking the San Joaquin River Trail

I had gotten word that the San Joaquin River Trail was loaded with many different types and colors of wildflowers putting on a great show. We had to check it out. Where: Bureau of Land Management, San Joaquin River Gorge Special Management Area, Millerton Lake State Recreation Area Distance: 9.41 Miles Difficulty: Easy to Moderate Elevation Range: 564′ – 1,279′ Date: March ...

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Ruth Smiley On Cranial Sacral Therapy

Introduction by Virginia Eaton — In last week’s blog, I talked about massage as being good for the body and mind. Many of my readers had questions about other types of bodywork, and I solicited my friend and fellow health practitioner, Ruth Smiley, to talk about Cranial Sacral Therapy (CST). I have experienced CST by itself and in conjunction with ...

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Clampers Add North Fork To Historic Monument Sites

NORTH FORK – More than three dozen red-shirted members of E Clampus Vitus, affectionately know as Clampers, descended on downtown North Fork Sunday morning to unveil their latest monument preserving the history of the West. The monument, placed in front of the Stagecoach Stop downtown, shares a bit of the history of North Fork, beginning with Milton Brown. “Brown’s Place ...

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Conservancy Funds Major Projects In Yosemite

YOSEMITE – Yosemite Conservancy is providing $15 million in support to Yosemite National Park to restore the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, protect great gray owls and rebuild spectacular hiking trails, among 34 projects being funded in 2016. “Everywhere you look in the park you can see the impact of Yosemite Conservancy grants and programs, whether that’s hiking a restored ...

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Chilnualna Falls Hike

With all of our recent rain and warm spring-like weather, I had been hearing reports about what a great show our local waterfalls were putting on but I hadn’t heard any reports on Chilnualna Falls. We needed to go check it out for ourselves. It was a good sign when we could hear Chilnualna Falls roaring from the parking lot and ...

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Enjoy A Good Rub For Body And Mind

Written by Virginia Eaton — When I was in my early 40s, I ruptured a disc in my back. I remember lying on the driveway in front of my home in Salt Lake City feeling like I had just been electrocuted as my husband stood over me trying to figure out what to do next. This happened in January, when ...

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Eli’s Superheroes Take On Type 1 Diabetes

NORTH FORK — Six months ago, 10-year-old Eli was diagnosed with Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes. Now, he’s an 11-year-old superhero participating in the Central Valley JDRF 5K fundraiser on Saturday, Apr. 2 at Woodward Park in Fresno. Eli, his family, friends and community supporters will walk together in a team known as Eli’s Superheroes! The walk starts at 9:30 a.m. with registration ...

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Steve’s Pet Shop Celebrates Five Fun Years

OAKHURST — It’s hard to believe that Steve’s Tropical Fish & Pet Supply is celebrating five years in business this weekend, but it’s true. Steve and Kristin Bateman have managed to successfully grow a small mom and pop business, while growing their family at the same time. At this stage, the future is bright. “It certainly has gotten easier now that the ...

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Coffee And Conversation With The CHP

OAKHURST — The Cool Bean Cafe was buzzing this morning as folks dropped in to chat or have coffee while getting to know their local CHP officers. Coffee With A Cop is a program near and dear to the heart of Oakhurst Area CHP Commander Lt. Jason Daughrity. The purposed is to bring together police officers and the community members ...

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I Didn’t Want To Be A Cop, Just Part Of The Family

MARIPOSA COUNTY — When you’re scared of the dark and don’t like mean people, perhaps a career in law enforcement isn’t for you. But Mariposa County Sheriff’s Public Information Officer Kristie Mitchell somehow found a way to make it work. Kristie is a 1994 graduate of Mariposa County High School, and shared her experience and wisdom with the graduating class ...

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