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State Parks Begins 150th Year With New Year's Day Hikes

SACRAMENTO — This New Year’s Day 2014, California State Parks will commemorate their 150th Anniversary with several First Day Hikes planned across the state. On Wednesday Jan. 1, 2014, 31 state parks will offer 38 different hikes, including hikes in the redwoods, the deserts and along the coast and beaches, as well as a paddle hike, and other activities.

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Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over

SACRAMENTO – As Californians ready for their holiday travels, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) plans to make sure yours aren’t ruined by a drunk driver. CHP is set to begin its annual Christmas Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP). The two-day holiday enforcement effort is designed to help ensure the safety of the motoring public during a time when celebrations are in ...

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Apply Now To Become A Wildland Firefighter

UNITED STATES – Anyone interested in becoming a wildland firefighter should explore this recent job post from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The job announcement for Forestry Technicians, GS 3/4/5, is open from Dec. 1, 2013 to Apr. 30, 2014, but with Academy training being held in February and March, interested parties are encouraged to apply early.

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Public Input Sought For Off Highway Vehicles Funding

CLOVIS – The Sierra National Forest is requesting public input for the 2014 State Off-Highway Motor Vehicle (OHV) funding/proposal submission cycle by hosting an Open House Dec. 5 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Forest Headquarters, 1600 Tollhouse Rd in Clovis. This year the State has funds available for education, operation and maintenance, law enforcement and restoration projects, and the ...

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Highway 120 Closed Due To Fire

MARIPOSA COUNTY – A portion of State Route 120 just east of Groveland has been closed due to a fire in the Buck Meadows area, according to the California Highway Patrol. Eastbound SR-120 is closed at Smith Station Road. Westbound is closed at Hardin Flat Road. The entrance and exit from Yosemite on SR-120 is closed.

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Fire Tax Bills Are In The Mail – Again

CALIFORNIA – The State Board of Equalization has begun mailing bills for the 2012-2013 fire prevention fee, due and payable by property owners in State Responsibity Areas (SRA). The amount of the fee has not changed since last year, at $150 per habitable structure, with a $35 credit per habitable structure for parcels located within the jurisdiction of a local ...

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North Forkians Enjoy Kite Fest In Berkeley

Written & Photographed by Don Grove – We arrived at the Berkeley Marina on Saturday morning looking forward to spending time with old friends and learning about kites. These are not the ordinary paper kites you used to buy at the local variety store. These highly efficient kites can soar, dive, stop abruptly in mid-air, and then make a 90 ...

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Is Your Family Reality-TV Funny? MTV Wants You

CALIFORNIA – Is your family the Mexican version of My Big Fat Greek Wedding? Are you of Mexican descent and come from a big family? Do you laugh a lot and think your family is crazy when everyone gets together? Do some of your older family members embarrass you with the things they say?

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Fire Tax Scheduled For Court Hearing

CALIFORNIA – The class action lawsuit filed by Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association (HJTA) challenging the “fire prevention fee” as an illegal tax under Proposition 13, is scheduled for a hearing in Sacramento Superior Court on Friday, July 19. “This lawsuit is at a critical crossroad,” says HJTA in a message from their website http://firetaxprotest.org/.

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One Killed, Four Injured When Tree Falls At Camp

TUOLUMNE COUNTY – A counselor at Camp Tawonga, located just outside Yosemite National Park near Hetch Hetchy, was killed on Wednesday, July 3, when a tree fell at the campfire circle outside the dining hall. The Executive Director of Camp Tawonga, Ken Kramarz, confirms that Annais Rittenberg, was killed and four other adult staff were injured and taken to local ...

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