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African Tortoise Waylaid While Heading For Deadwood

OAKHURST — Coming home from work around 5 p.m. last week, Anne Grandy’s eyes scanned the road, watching for the usual hazards of deer and drivers, when she spotted one that stood out against the late summer landscape. Anne was on Road 425B heading toward Still Meadow when, there on the right, clipping along toward Deadwood, was a tortoise. How did she know it was ...

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Record Turnout For My*Tri Bass Lake

BASS LAKE — The 4th annual My*Tri at Bass Lake was a huge success this year as the event that’s all about youth fun and family fitness drew more than 40 community sponsors, over 85 volunteers, and a record-breaking number of enthusiastic participants. My*Try is hosted by Miller’s Landing Resort at Bass Lake, and sponsored by the Children’s Educational Foundation. The swim-bike-run took ...

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Hiking up to Cora Lakes

We hiked up to lakes that were smooth as glass and full of reflections. A really nice, big, flat rock made a dandy place for lunch and a siesta. Where: Sierra National Forest Distance: 9.19 Miles Difficulty: Moderate Elevation Range: 9,130′ – 8,434′ Date: September 1, 2016 Maps: Merced Peak Topographic Quads Dog Hike? Maybe We drove up Beasore Road ...

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Pilates Works Your Body Like You’re Climbing Denali

About 15 years ago, I ruptured a disc in my back (L5/S1 for those who like details). My doc was sure that surgery was in my future but I had other ideas. After the physical therapist had done all she could for me, I moved on to Pilates to complete my rehabilitation. I’ve written about this period of my life, ...

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The Story Of George Anderson – The First Man To Climb Half Dome

Written by Dave Hubbard — The Yosemite Granite Icon represents such a dominating presence within Yosemite Valley that it is likely that the first adventurous human being to set eyes on it thought about climbing it… But no one succeeded until 1875, over 25 years after the first white man entered the valley.   Climb Half Dome…It was in the ...

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Oakhurst Patriot Day Moves To YHS Football Stadium

OAKHURST – Sierra Tel invites area residents to Yosemite High School’s football stadium this year to commemorate Patriot Day 2016, with Keynote Speaker Michael A. Vane, Lieutenant General, US Army Retired. LTG Vane was most recently the Deputy Commanding General at the US Army Draining and Doctrine (TRADOC) Futures Center. The 2-star general lives at Shaver Lake. The ceremonies begins at 9 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 12. YHS Principal Randy ...

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Busy Summer For North Fork Scout Troop 357

Submitted by Dave Smith — NORTH FORK — Mid-May found members of North Fork Troop 357 traveling to the Johnson Meadow area above Mammoth Pool for a weekend camping trip. The Scouts spent the weekend practicing their camping and cooking skills as well as just enjoying outdoor activities. The last week of June, three Troop 357 Scouts participated in the ...

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The History Mystery #44

This sign was found in some brush in the 1960s by Malcom Fulmer while he was gathering cattle. It was in the area of the Philp family cattle permit off the dirt road running from Fish Camp to Mount Raymond. Malcom’s wife, Anita Fulmer donated it to the Raymond Museum and of course the mystery is, what does it say? ...

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Scrambling Up To Finger Lake

Climbing up a loose and rocky chute, hopping boulder to boulder, sometimes with a surprise of a wobbly rock, pushing our way through knarly willows, and pulling ourselves up and over boulders the size of a small house were the tougher parts on this hike. The easy part was admiring the wonderful view of some of the high lakes in ...

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Open Mic Yosemite Nights: Warm And Welcoming

OAKHURST — Thanks to a retired archaeologist who loves to sing and strum and is always willing to dig up the right kind of talent, there’s a couple of places every week where singers, songwriters, poets and others can express themselves. Stephan Baldwin has lived in Oakhurst for eight years, but he’s been playing guitar and singing folk songs for over 50 years, ...

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