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Swap Household Devices and Lower Your Carbon Footprint

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HOME & GARDEN — In every room of your home, you’ll likely find numerous devices, appliances and fixtures that rely on the electric grid for power. Collectively, they affect your carbon footprint more than you may realize. Converting to lower carbon alternatives can help you be a better steward for the environment while reducing your reliance on electricity. “As a father, ...

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Yosemite National Park Declares Fire Season Has Begun

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MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES — Yosemite National Park has declared fire season as of June 30, 2022 due to hotter and drier weather conditions. Fire season is officially enacted when the fire danger ratings for the park are at or above a moderate level for three consecutive days. When recreating, be sure to follow all fire rules and regulations. Help prevent human ...

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Recipes of the Week: Pork Chops & Roasted Chicken Tostadas

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Recipes courtesy of Marcia Stanley, MS, RDN. FOOD & DRINK — After a long day in the classroom or at the office, it’s tough to top bringing the family together with a home-cooked meal. When evenings are busy with homework and activities, however, there might be little time left for complicated dishes. Take those schedules on with a menu of ...

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History Mystery #112: The Traveling Mystery Cabin

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Submitted by Debby Carter, SHSA Librarian. According to articles in the Sierra Star, the cabin that is now located at Fresno Flats Historic Park & Village (see map below) was originally located west of Highway 41 and south of Sugar Pine, and east of Silver Knob.  In 1969, a year after the Sierra Historic Sites Association (SHSA) was formed, ...

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Over the Garden Fence: Oak Tree Care in the Summer

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By Ron Allen, UC Master Gardener, Mariposa County Right now we are in the midst of extreme, widespread drought. One telltale indication is that oak trees in Mariposa County are dropping their leaves. What should one do? It’s a good time to review proper oak tree care during dry spells. You don’t need to do much, but you should avoid ...

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Using Your Mouth as an Indicator of Whole-Body Health

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HEALTH & FITNESS — Poor oral health is common among American adults. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 65 million Americans have periodontitis, the most advanced form of periodontal disease. According to Harvard Medical School, people with periodontal disease have been found to be at higher risk for cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease, and dementia. Incorporating ...

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What is Agrimentalism? All New “Women in Ag” Tonight

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What is Agrimentalism? All New “Women in Ag” tonight at 7:30 p.m.         Catch a sneak peek of tonight’s season premiere (see below). Bridging the worlds of environmentalism and agriculture. Both are important and need each other‌! ‌Emmy Award Winning “American Grown: My Job Depends on Ag.” Tonight at 7:30 p.m. on Valley PBS. Not in California’s ...

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Vet-Approved Tips to Help Keep Your Pets Safe This Summer

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PETS & ANIMALS — Extreme temperatures and booming sounds can have big impacts on pets. With record-breaking heat across much of the nation, here are some tips to help pet parents keep their furry friends healthy and safe this summer. Heat Heat stroke can occur quickly in animals. Without the ability to sweat the same way humans do, it’s important ...

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Use Color to Create an Inviting Refuge in Your Home

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HOME & GARDEN — If ever there was a need to create a tranquil escape from the chaos of the world, the time is now. Converting your living space into a soul-soothing refuge may be easier than you think as a serene color palette is often all you need to shift the mood of your home. Incorporating colors inspired by ...

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Air District Board Approves Clean Air Rooms Pilot Program

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MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES — The Valley Air District Governing Board unanimously voted last week to launch a pilot Clean Air Rooms program. The pilot program, which should open in a few weeks, will provide approximately 1,500 free residential air purifier units with one additional replacement filter to residents throughout Valley disadvantaged communities. The goal of the program is to help mitigate ...

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