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The History Mystery #69

This month’s History Mystery is submitted by George Raymond, Historian, E Clampus Vitus Chapter 41-49 Subject: Southern Pacific Railroad – Berenda Branch Question: Do any of the readers have or know how to obtain a map showing the route of the Berenda Branch of the Southern Pacific Railroad? It ran from Berenda to Daulton to Raymond. Over time this stretch ...

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Fall Leaves And Downed Trees: Over The Garden Fence

By Brian Moore — MOUNTAIN AREA — Hugelkultur builds garden mounds using tree trunks, limbs, branches, leaves, decaying organic matter (compost) and soil as a planting base. Hugelkultur mimics a forest floor’s process of decomposition and regeneration. Hugelkultur can improve soil vibrancy, water holding ability and soil heating. But what is with the name? In the late 1970’s two German ...

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Bear Incidents Drop In Yosemite, Vehicles Still A Big Threat

YOSEMITE — Over the past 20 years, Yosemite National Park officials have achieved notable results in their work to protect bears by reducing the number of incidents between bears and humans. Compared to statistics at this point in 2017 — the lowest year on record — bear incidents in 2018 are down by 50 percent and damage amounts (in dollars) ...

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Become A Master Gardener And Keep Local Information Alive

MARIPOSA — As the gardening season winds down, gardeners always think about the future. What can we do to improve our soil? Enhance our landscape? Ease the workload? What plants have caught our eye? Master gardeners are thinking about the future in a different way. Master gardeners go through training to help you with gardening challenges. We write, answer questions, ...

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Native Plant And Wildflower Seed Sale In Mariposa County

MARIPOSA – The Mariposa County Resource Conservation District will be holding their annual native plant and wildflower seed sales over two  Saturdays in two locations. On Oct. 27, from 8 a.m. to noon, the sale will be held at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds Ag Building – 5009 Fairgrounds Road in Mariposa. The sale will continue on Saturday, Nov. 3, from ...

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The History Mystery #68

RAYMOND – The building in the photograph burned in the early 1990s in Knowles and was a boarding house for many granite quarry workers over the years. But our History Mystery is not about the building but concerns the two stone bears crouched along either side of the stairs leading to the porch. The two bears, which some folks think ...

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Mountain Lion In The City Is Focus Of Next Audubon Program

Written by Scarlett Bullock – MARIPOSA – The Yosemite Area Audubon Association (YAAS) invites the public to attend their next meeting on Thursday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Mariposa. Beth Pratt, California’s Regional Executive Director for the National Wildlife Federation, will be presenting a program on how Los Angeles residents embraced living with the ...

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Master Gardeners Fall Plant Sale And Native Grasses Workshop

Submitted by Sherri Mace – MARIPOSA – It’s that time of year when the UC Master Gardeners of Mariposa County gear up for their Fall Plant Sale and Native Grasses workshop. They’ll also be at the 33rd annual CoyoteFest in historic downtown Coulterville on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Master Gardeners are proud to participate ...

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History Mystery #67 – Mystery Solved!

It’s not often that one of the History Mysteries gets solved so completely, but when it does happen we think it should be highlighted. Thanks to diligent research of North Fork History Group member Kathy Ellis, and preservation of historic information in the past by Margie (Jeppson) Hensley and Doris Scovel, every person in History Mystery #59 was identified. The ...

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Over The Garden Fence: Wildfires & Fall Gardens

By Brian David —  We know that wildfire smoke affects people’s health. Particles of burned plants and trees land on dust particles and are breathed into the lungs. However, this year’s Ferguson Fire not only affected you, it affected your plants. This summer’s Sierra foothill smoke has limited gardening, in part by imposing health restrictions on gardeners. In areas that ...

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