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Went To Bed In Camp Curry, Woke In Half Dome Village

YOSEMITE — While today marked the first day of Aramark’s takeover as concessioner in Yosemite National Park, the dispute over the historic names of several iconic properties continues. But as that issue works its way through the legal process, for many long-time employees it was a sad day and the end of an era. “Badger Pass had a quiet day ...

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Public Comment Invited On OHV Grant Applications

CLOVIS — The Sierra National Forest will be submitting the OHV (Off-Highway Vehicle) preliminary 2015/2016 grant cycle applications on Mar. 7, to the State of California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Division. Beginning Mar. 8, and running through Apr. 4, the OHV preliminary 2015/2016 grant cycle applications will be available for public comment at OHMVR Division’s website http://www.ohv.parks.ca.gov. Public comments ...

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Environmental Issues Delay Blasting On CA-41

MADERA COUNTY — Anyone worried about construction delays set to begin this week along the CA-41 corridor near 22 Mile House can relax a little bit, due to a change in the blasting schedule that will accommodate the relocation of a protected amphibian. Department of Transportation (Caltrans) Resident Engineer Haidar Haddadin says blasting is now set to start anywhere from ...

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Aramark Replaces Delaware North In Yosemite Tuesday

YOSEMITE — Yosemite National Park will have a new primary concessioner tomorrow, Mar. 1. Yosemite Hospitality LLC begins its 15-year contract to provide lodging, retail, recreational services, and food to over four million annual visitors to Yosemite. Yosemite Hospitality LLC was selected to be the park’s new primary concessioner in June 2015, following a competitive bid process. “This is a ...

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Don’t Miss The Bus!

MADERA COUNTY — Yes, Madera County does have public transportation, with several options available. MCC and YARTS serve the general traveling public, and there’s also a Senior Bus, and an Escort Service for doctor’s appointments. Your car may be in the shop, you may not want to drive during bad weather, you may not have reliable transportation, or you may ...

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Widow Loses Her Home But Not Her Smile

NORTH FORK — Sometimes one meets the most remarkable people in the most tragic of situations. That was the case today when a long-time North Fork resident lost the home she had lived in for over 30 years on Road 226 (Old Town Road). Sarah Swiecki, known to everyone as Sally, was sitting in her living room watching television just ...

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Minarets Girls JV Soccer: Coached To Be The Best

Submitted by Brianna Roland and Krysten Siebert O’NEALS — Johnna McDougald and Michelle Shattuck were the reason why Minarets Mustang Junior Varsity girls soccer team had an undefeated season. Michelle played on the U.S. National team in college, and Johnna played throughout high school, and coached her daughter Ryan McDougald, a sophomore on the JV girls team. With all the ...

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Yosemite Softball Serves Up Drive-Thru BBQ

OAKHURST — Members of the Yosemite High School Badger Softball team will serve up a sizzling barbequed Tri-Tip Dinner “to-go” in the student parking lot, on Friday, Feb. 26. Perfect for an easy night, you can pick up a delicious bbq tri-tip meal with a fresh salad, awesome beans and a dinner roll for just $10 per person, and all ...

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Fire Destroys Motorhome, Closes Road 222, No Driver Found

NORTH FORK — A fire that burned a motorhome to the ground and closed Road 222 has left investigators perplexed as to what happened to the occupants. Just before 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 24, firefighters responded to reports of a motorhome on fire on Road 222 a couple miles north of Kerkoff Reservoir. When engines arrived on scene, they ...

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Firefighters Knock Down Escaped Burn In Cascadel

NORTH FORK – A property owner who has been working hard to do the right thing and get her land cleared of the nearly 100 percent tree mortality, did the right thing again when she called for firefighters after a burn pile got away. A resident on Cascadel Drive had hired a crew to clear her property, but when she ...

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