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State Health Department Investigates Case Of Human Plague After Child Visits Stanislaus And Yosemite

SACRAMENTO – California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith today announced the department is investigating a case of human plague in California, and conducting an environmental evaluation in the Stanislaus National Forest, Yosemite National Park and the surrounding areas. The department began investigating this incident after a child from Los Angeles County became ...

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Yosemite Jazz Band Returns To Pizza Factory

OAKHURST – “We’re back!” says Berl Howell of the Yosemite Jazz Band, who will be resuming their local gig this Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Oakhurst Pizza Factory. “We had a great eight days of playing at Paso Robles Mid-State Fair, performing over 320 songs. Eee-gads, I look like I got botox shots in my lips!” After ...

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Grants For Kids In Eastern Madera County

COARSEGOLD – The Coarsegold Rodeo Association (CRA) wants to let the community know about the availability of grant applications for — donation or funding — open to any local nonprofit youth group, or individual kid. The CRA calls the mini-grants “bump bids,” and young people don’t necessarily have to be affiliated with the rodeo to receive one. “Every year we ...

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Activity On Willow Fire Winding Down

NORTH FORK – Things are beginning to wind down on the Willow Fire, and crews and equipment are being released and made available for other fires across the region. The fire is now estimated at 5,702 acres, with 70 percent containment.  Over 1,700 personnel are currently assigned to the incident, but that number will drop dramatically over the next few ...

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Wounded Warrior “Chance” Gaal Makes It To Arlington

OAKHURST – UPDATE Monday, Aug. 3, 2015: After 63 days hand-cycling across the United States, former Marine and YHS grad Toran “Chance” Gaal has made it to Arlington. That was his goal. For a complete update on Toran’s journey, check out USA Today. And now, here’s the story we told a month ago: A Yosemite High School graduate and former ...

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Home Away From Home In Fire Camp

NORTH FORK – Back in the day, we called it Fire Camp. These days, it’s known as the Incident Command Post (ICP). Whatever you call it, it’s where everything happens that supports boots on the ground out on the firelines, and where all decisions are made in fighting the fire. If you’ve never visited an ICP, it’s quite an impressive ...

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Who Are These People Running This Fire?

NORTH FORK – As the Willow Fire has played out over the past eight days, and residents have watched in alarm as huge plumes of smoke rise over Peckinpah Mountain, people may have wondered just who’s running this show. Well, that would be a group of calm, methodical, deliberate individuals who make up the South Central Sierra Interagency Incident Management ...

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Tuolumne Meadows to Boothe Lake by Horseback

Where: Yosemite National Park Distance: About 15 miles Difficulty: Moderate Elevational Range: 7,868′ – 10,000′ Date: July 26, 2015 Highlights: Riding horses in Yosemite’s beautiful high country is always a special treat. Taking them up to the 10,000′ elevation where we had the towering, jagged high points of Vogelsang, Fletcher and Rafferty Peaks along our side as we mosied up the trail to Boothe Lake was extra ...

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The Willow Fire – What A Difference A Day Makes

NORTH FORK –  At the morning briefing today crews were told that this would be a pivotal day on the Willow Fire. That certainly proved to be true. Huge columns of smoke rose from the foot of Peckinpah Mountain throughout the morning and much of the afternoon as firefighters burned out vegetation inside control lines. The show started long before ...

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