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Detour Alert for Southbound Traffic on Highway 41 in Madera County Starting Tomorrow

Detour alert!

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) announced a planned detour for southbound State Route 41 traffic due to paving operations. The following detour will be in effect: Beginning Wednesday, Nov. 13, and ending Friday, Nov. 15, southbound State Route 41 traffic between State Route 145 and Avenue 15 will be placed on a signed detour. The detour will take place ...

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Dyer Featured in New ‘CA Burning’ Podcast

MOUNTAIN AREA — A new podcast series released this week called California Burning takes an in-depth look at how natural disasters like wildfires continue to increase across the U.S., and especially in places like California. The series includes an interview with Brittany Dyer, former chief of staff for District 5 Supervisor Tom Wheeler. Dyer, now state of California director at ...

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Yosemite Commemorates World Ranger Day

YOSEMITE — The men and women who protect Yosemite were recognized Wednesday during a ‘World Ranger Day’ celebration held at the national park. Officials hosted the annual event to honor park rangers worldwide who’ve lost theirs lives in the line of duty. The ceremony also recognizes current park rangers who form the so-called ‘Thin Green Line’ in state and national ...

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Mountain Area Homeowners Battling Sky-High Insurance Rates

MOUNTAIN AREA — Even local insurance agents are calling it a “crisis” — the sky high price tag attached these days to homeowners insurance in large parts of eastern Madera County. Many area residents have recently been notified their homeowners insurance is going up — for some, by as much as 450 to 500 percent. And lately, according to local ...

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Settlement Reached In Yosemite Historic Name Change Lawsuit

WASHINGTON — DNC Parks and Resorts at Yosemite, Inc. (Delaware North), the United States of America, and Yosemite Hospitality, LLC (Aramark) have settled the lawsuit filed by Delaware North related to Delaware North’s former concession contract at Yosemite with the National Park Service (NPS), according to the NPS. The settlement, announced by the NPS on Monday, July 15, involves the ...

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Recent Earthquakes And (Lack Of) Rockfalls In Yosemite

By Greg M. Stock — YOSEMITE — Recent earthquakes centered near Ridgecrest, CA, were strongly felt in and around Yosemite Valley. The largest of these, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake at 8:19 p.m. on Friday, July 5, caused shaking of the floor of Yosemite Valley that lasted ten seconds. Despite this shaking, it seems that there were not any rockfalls triggered ...

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Yosemite’s Tioga Road Opens To Unrestricted Traffic

YOSEMITE — Officials in Yosemite National Park have announced that the Tioga Road will open to unrestricted vehicular traffic on Monday, July 1, at 8 a.m. From now until the full opening Monday morning, vehicular access will continue to be available from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., and 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. There will continue to be no stopping ...

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Caltrans Upgrades Highway Drainage In Ferguson Fire Scar

MARIPOSA COUNTY — Caltrans is repairing two culverts on State Route 140 in Mariposa County with funds from Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017. Caltrans says this project will fix two locations in the area of the Ferguson Fire scar, west of the Yosemite National Park entrance, where Incline Road meets SR-140. The ...

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Tioga Road In Yosemite Opens With Limited Access

YOSEMITE — For visitors interested in crossing the Sierra, just in time for the official start of summer, Yosemite National Park announces limited access to Tioga Road (Highway 120 East). Tioga Road will be open to all vehicles, including bicycles, beginning on Friday, June 21, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. No parking ...

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PG&E Holds ‘Public Safety Power Shutoff’ Wildfire Safety Meeting

MARIPOSA — PG&E will host the first in a planned series of public meetings to let area residents know more about the utility’s new ‘Public Safety Power Shutoff’ plan, which allows PG&E to shut off electric distribution and transmission power lines that pass through high fire-threat areas during periods of high winds, extreme low humidity or other potentially dangerous conditions. ...

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